Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
I'm very excited about this beer as it seems we finally have a brewery in the direct Boston area that is going to make the barrel part of the brewing process.
The flavors of the wine barrels that are imparted from the fermentation are outstanding. You get oak, you get slight vanilla, heavy on the wine tannins, a light peach and pear over tone - just phenomenal work.
This is great stuff.
11-14-2011 03:05:26 | More by Patrickbrusil
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
A- Poured into a Mystic flute. Light golden copper in color. A bit hazy at first but clears after sitting for a bit. A nice fluffy head with great retention and solid lacing.
S- Peppery, slightly vinous, some oak and grape flavors. Typical saison flavors with white wine grape sweetness blended through.
T- This is where this beer starts to differentiate itself from the regular version. Starts smooth, slightly sweet, honey, melon, white wine notes and some malt lead the way before transitioning into a dry spicy finish dominated by notes of pepper, a slight hint of green grass and then a very vinous finish. Very fantastic and very different from the regular version.
M- Nice carbonation, very smooth, not as much spritz as the regular saison.
O- I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The bal-treatment did wonders to this beer. The phenols were subdued, the sauvignon blanc added a fantastic sweetness that both complemented and contrasted the spicy yeast notes. Something to look forward to once the hot summers months come back around.
11-14-2011 00:59:34 | More by nas5755
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Picked up my reg spot for ~$12. Poured into an Allagash chalice.
A- Pours a dull clear amber color from bottle. A big bubbly white head forms. Sits darker in the glass and is almost opaque. Lots of foamy lacing. A great capping of tight bubbles lingers around.
S- Pretty light in general. Lemon zest, white pepper, hay, and light musky funk. Light and airy. Musk increases as it warms.
T- Light summer fruit, some tart citrus, soft wet hay musk. Oak frames the flavors. Really pick up a good deal of white wine grapes. The flavors really play well with each other and are in a good balance.
M- Light- med bodied. Light and delicate. Lingers softly and well. Slowly dries. Light zest on the palate. Lots of crisp bubbles on tongue.
O- Flavors are very well balanced and it makes for a very easy drink. Really on the border of beer/wine and could make for a good transition beer. Very nicely done. Will be getting another bottle to share.
11-13-2011 02:30:49 | More by busterthecat
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Love the normal Saison, hoping this one kicks ass too.
A-Pours a honey color. Seems to be a bit more orange than the original. Head is similar. Big, frothy, fluffy. Retains excellently and leaves nice bits of lacing. Carbonation is exceptionally violent.
S-Considerably more funky and vinous than the original. You can really get a good aroma of both the oak and the Sauvignon Blanc. I really enjoy the nose. Peppered, slightly sweet and decently tart.
T-Very flavorful. The vinous quality comes on quite well on the back end. The oak also lingers beautifully. Funky and sweet. Love the yeast here. Peppery too. Alcohol is masked a bit better than in the original. I love the dynamic and complex flavor here. Wine and oak notes last for aged. Noble hoppiness is in the mix too and lends a nice deal of bitterness.
M-Medium body. Nice dryness. Ample amounts of carbonation. Alcohol isn't as much of a factor as it is in the original.
O/D-Well this is one tasty brew. I do in fact like this one more than their original Saison. Before this, the original Mystic Saison was my favorite of the style. Now this one takes the crown. Loving this. Will enjoy this 750 ml, even though it is about $12.
11-11-2011 03:45:15 | More by VelvetExtract
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Been waiting for this brew for a long time. Glad to see it finally arrive. Purchased at Julio's. According to the brewer only 58 cases were made (meaning only 1044 bottles). This is a blend of Mystic Saison 1 & 2 (mostly 2) that was that was separately fermented in Napa-sourced barrels then aged for 6 weeks before blending and bottling. It was then re-fermented in the bottle with a wine yeast strain and aged for 6 weeks in their warm room.
A - Poured into my Mystic tulip a light copper/amber hue with a big, rocky three finger white head that sunk down to a thick, creamy dense quarter inch blanket. Good lacing, but spectacular head retention.
S - Nice light pepper and saison funk notes. All the good parts of a "good batch" of their staple saison, but with some very nice barrel notes. Some slight vinous notes that are definately sauvignon blanc mix really nicely with the yeast.
T - Upfront you're greeted with their staple saison, nice light barnyard funk, subtle citrus fruits (lemon), light spice (pepper), and belgian yeasts. It then becomes awash with soft earthy barrel aspects. Leads to nice vinous qualities, good white grapeskins with a solid tart/sourness on the finish. Alcohol is slightly present though on the finish.
M - Really, really like this mouthfeel. Very sharp in the mouth to start. As it sits and warms the carbonation tones down a bit and the white wine qualities come out abit more. There is a little alcohol present on the end, though, its more wine like than saison.
O - Overall, really liked this beer. The barrel aging goes very nicely with this. Exceptional appearance, solid aroma and mouthfeel in this one. Intriuged to see what a little time does with this...maybe smooth out the very slight harshness of the sauvignon blanc. Glad I bought this beer.
11-08-2011 02:54:05 | More by rudzud
Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
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