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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 50
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rudzud on 11-08-2011)
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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Small white head that retains well. Medium collar and a single island of foam.

Smell - Pale malt. A little yeasty. Bright fruity esters.

Taste - Yeasty and pale malts. Oaky. Minimal barrel character, but some oak.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Just as bland as all the other Mystic saisons.

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of CP20
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, yeasty golden orange color with a rather large white head. The nose is a touch phenolic and quite funky. It’s very spicy and also a bit barnyardy. Mild fruit toward the finish. The flavor is also funky and spicy with a strong malt flavor, a touch of wine, and minimal fruit. Maybe a light tannic oak character to it.

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a recent-ish trade! Shared by myself during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Upon getting the last turn off the cage loose the cork AND cage ejected itself right at my face grazing my cheek! Be warned! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart fruit, spice, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, wood, and white wine. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Based on the cork and cage almost killing me, I was worried that this one would be WAY overcarbonated. However, it was not bad at all on this aspect. The aroma was pretty pleasant on this one as you could pick up on the barrels a little bit but didn’t overpower the style. The flavor though was heavy on the barrel it was aged and made it finish quite dry. Definitely glad I got to try this one and share it, but wasn’t the standout of the night.

Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Julios. Pours a translucent yellow-orange with a loose, white head that dissipates into a skim. Nose is fairly clean with some buttery notes, light toasted malts and a slightly bready character. Taste follows nose with the addition of wheat and grains, and a hint of wet cardboard. The sauvignon blanc barrel is suggested, but not overly prominent. Mouthfeel is light in body, but the carbonation is way too assertive and comes off a bit coarse. There's also a fair amount of acidity. A decent saison - fairly clean, but the carbonation is too over the top. The sauvignon blanc barrel is a nice complement to the style and something I'd like to see repeated.

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of abagofit
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear color of copper. A white finger of frothy head sits across the top with solid retaining powers that lasts almost the entire duration supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. Some finger-like patterns of patchy lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is yeasty with a hint of pepper and clove. Some mildly fruit tinge along with a residual grain sweetness that is bready and a bit wheaty. More notes of peppery spice and wheat come forward as the brew warms up and breathes.

The taste is mildly fruity with yeast esters and alcohol. The expected clove and peppery spices are present. Some suggestions of phenolic character with more fruit emerging like white grape juice and a soft oak quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. This is a pretty solid saison at the base. The choice in barrel treatment brought out a nice subtle complexity that got increasingly noticeable as it warmed up. Id drink this again if the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of guezarka
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, this was my favorite out of the 3.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing. Nice retention.

Aroma is white wine, grapes, mild oak.

Beer is light to medium in body, sweet but not too sweet, a dry finish, a decent beer. The set itself was a little disappointing and the overall beer was fine, I may try them again in the future but I'm not in a rush.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone shared this at thetomG's place - thanks, as I've been trying to get this version for a few months now. Served in a 3 Floyds tasting glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and thick collar, but minimal lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - Phenolic and mildly gauze-y farmhouse yeast, with light vinous character in the periphery. Some nice pale and stone fruit malt flavors, and surprising little oak for a barrel fermented beer.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with spicy yeast up front, sweet, stone fruit and bready malts mid-palate, and some mild vinous, wet oak, and sour flavors in the finish.

M - Lightly grainy, with pleasant carbonation. Medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol.

D - By far the best Mystic Saison variant I've had, and pretty enjoyable. Delivers exactly what it promises, but somewhat forgettable. I'd have this again if it were local to me, but it's not good enough to actively seek out.

Photo of Jofroi
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy golden pour. Ridiculously huge and frothy white head. Retention is quite decent and the lacing as well. Decent streaks all over the glass.

S: Great mix of grassy hops, banana, cloves and pepper. There is a nice citrus element which I assume is from the sauvignon blanc barrel. Nice crispness to it.

T: Lot going on here. Up front it's more typical saison. Yeasty, citrus and grass mostly. Quickly combines with a complimentary dry white wine element. Saison character fades leaving only the dry, tart grassy grape of the wine behind in the aftertaste. There is a residual grainy black pepper taste afterwards.

M: Fairly high carbonation but otherwise nice and smooth. Medium body.

O: Very interesting and unique beer. Never had a sauvignon blanc barrel fermented saison before. Might not even be any others out there for that matter.

I've reviewed the base beer for this and I didn't particularly like it. It tasted unusually estery and yeasty, giving it a very harsh character unlike most saisons which are very smooth and drinkable. The wine barrel seems to have really smoothed this one out as there is no evidence of that harshness in this beer. The added complexity enhances the flavor but does not overpower the good saison qualities either.

Photo of Shaggy9356
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy straw color, lively carbonation with huge white fluffy head that took a while to go down. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Definitely some white wine, fresh stone fruit, with a little funk over top of the normal saison smell.

T: Wow...amazing what the Sauvignon Blanc barrels did to this. Oak and muscat upfront, some clove in the middle followed by a definite bitterness from the tannins or yeast. Real earthy and fresh. Nice!

M: The oak has given it a dry finish. Carbonation is a bit much for my liking.

O: Glad I picked this up. Just an extremely balanced, enjoyable beer. Not extreme or over the top, this feels like a perfect pairing of barrel aging and beer style. Mystic continues to impress with these rare treats!

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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
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