Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Crystal bright golden color with a large creamy head - pour carefully. The head lasts and maintains at 1/2 finger high, leaving large streaks of foam on the glass.
Bread and lemon nose. Complex flavor with bread, lemon, white grapes, earthy, with a buttery oak character. Crisp with a lively acidity.
Medium-light body with a bold carbonation. Refreshing and champagne-like with a strong barrel character. Plenty of complexity to keep you on your toes.
03-19-2012 13:06:39 | More by CliffBrake
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe.
By far my favorite of the three Mystic saisons sampled. The balance and subtlety of this beer was completely absent from the regular version and Cabernet barrel, and this version also lacked any of the off flavors of the others. Mild oak throughout the body with strong lemon and white grape fruitiness blending with peppery earthiness. Medium bodied, high carbonation, and a refreshing dry finish. Good stuff; based on the batches sampled, seek this out and pass on the regular and cab.
03-16-2012 19:57:12 | More by yourefragile
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.
Liquid barely hit the bottom of the glass and a sizeable white head began to emerge. Slightly golden/organ and very hazy. Head stuck around for a while, and dissipate to a nice white cap. Left some webbing on the glass.
Smells similar to champagne, can definetely detect the sauv blanc smells. Very tart smelling with some belgian yeasts and cinnamon.
Taste is fantastic. Starts off with some tart apples, pears, and peaches. Middle begins the belgian yeast tastes followed closely by some spices. Very refreshing, light, and tart.
Mouthfeel is good, though I think it is slightly overcarbonated. Still, the light mouthfeel matches the taste perfectly. Well done.
Overall a deliciously refreshing offering. I could picture myself enjoying this on a hot summer night. Easily can polish off the 750 by myself. Great beer!
02-07-2012 01:04:25 | More by TWStandley
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
slightly hazy copper with amber hues and a generously sized almost pure white head that lasts and lasts and sticks well to the glass.
very champagne-like aroma with green grape skin and lots of tartness. musty funk and hay behind that with a yeasty spiciness and some light oak aromas.
again, champagne comes to mind, but much better. tart, not sour by any means, with green grapes, cellar must, a lot of peppery yeasty spiciness. some herbs and grass and hay.
medium bodied with a plethora of tiny-bubbled carbonation, but a velvety finish.
better than the original. a great addition to the saison qualities is brought in by the wine barrel qualities. very nice, and well worth the money.
02-02-2012 06:52:12 | More by silentjay
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
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!
01-23-2012 22:04:48 | More by Shaggy9356
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Big thanks to ms11781 for sending this my way. Served in a Mystic saison willi becher, also courtesy of ms11781. Thanks!
Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden-peach color with a towering white head that's very, very foamy. Great retention and loads of sticky rings of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose first brings notes of Sauvignon Blanc and grapes plus some stone fruits. Behind that comes a bit of oak and light malt.
The flavor is fairly oaky with a bit of light tannin. Good white grape character throughout. A bit of lemon zest and notes of apricot. Faint earthiness and white pepper in the background. Body is light-medium. A bit too full as far as I'm concerned, but the quite-dry finish makes up for that. Good carbonation. Highly drinkable. Recommended.
01-21-2012 20:59:37 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-18-2012 04:18:49 | More by Dope
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
750 ml bottle picked up at Julio's
Sauvignon Blanc French Oak Barrels
No batch number given
Pours a clear golden color, a huge white head fills half the glass and fades at a slow rate, tons of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass continuously.
Smell has a nice wooden character, a light fruity ester hits the nose, a touch of funk and yeast make things interesting, everything with the aroma is well balanced and seems to work cohesively.
Taste starts out with a fruity front, citrus tingles the mouth, a woody flavor then comes into play and adds a nice complexity, a light funk in the aftertaste, not overly yeasty, finishes slightly dry but not overwhelming.
I don't know how it compares to the regular Mystic Saison but this barrel aged version is quite tasty.
12-17-2011 01:34:37 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
I got the pleasure of trying this today at the brewery.
Pours a slightly cloudy deep straw color with a thinnish white head that shows remarkable retention and moderate lace. Smells of apples, pears, grape tannin, hints of oak and vanilla with a slight bit of Belgian yeast esters. Taste is sweet and fruity with that yeasty funk in the background. Lots of the same fruit flavors from the aroma. Hints of oak and a bit of wine tannin add lots of complexity to this version. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I thought this version was fantastic.
12-04-2011 00:43:26 | More by johnnnniee
Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
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