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Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented Descendant - Mystic Brewery

Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented DescendantCabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented Descendant

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BA SCORE
84
good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 17.87%


Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 12-04-2011)
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Reviews by nas5755:
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into Mystic Flute @ cellar temp.

Note: Serve Mystic Descendant and the different Bal-treatments at cellar temp. It makes a giant difference.

A- Pours a very dark brown/basically black beer with an off white/cream head with amazing retention and an absurd amount of lacing.

S- Roasted Malts, some chocolate, vinous notes and touch of oak.

T- Roasted malts mix with wine tannins to create, chocolate and berry flavors. Complex in nature. Some light bitterness from the roasted flavors.

M- Carbonation is very high. I have had this on draft and in the bottle format. I preferred the draft format simply because the carbonation is to high in the bottles and it takes away from the complexity of this beer.

O- Bal versions of Descendant are amazing. I really love what Mystic is doing with their Barrel program, off to a great start so far and I am sure more amazing things are to follow. Descendant aged in Cab Sav bal is a very interesting beers, one of the best red wine bal aged beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:37:01 | More by nas5755
More User Reviews:
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark rich brown with some deep reddish hues. Light khaki head. Starts at a couple cm and drops to a small bubbly cap in short order. Medium to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Decidedly Belgian. Molasses adds some deep dark sugar coupled with some sweet candi sugar notes. Mildly roasted with a ton of dark fruit. The barrel influence is heavy, with serious grape and berry notes. Blackberry and a strong vinous character. It all blends together nicely. Some spicy yeast esters as well. Yeast pushes hard as it warms. Some clove. Malts are nicely sweet.

Taste: Wine barrel riddled with Belgian yeast. Sharp esters loaded with clove, a touch of Ghana, and some dark candi sugar. Some vinous notes. Touches of dark berries, mainly blackberry with some cherry and blueberry. Malts add some caramel and almost toffee with a slight roasted element. Clean finish. Warming tamps everything down a bit, but let's the yeast run rampant on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a lively, bubbly carbonation. Clean and slightly crisp.

Overall: Giving this one up for adoption.

The barrel is nice but it feels a little bland. Flavor pops and disappears and the yeast dominates.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:01:51 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/14/14

Appearance: Unexpectedly dark - dark, dark brown, appears almost black until you really look at it - pours with a large, light tan head, keeps a solid head, leaves some blobs of lacing

Smell: Cooked grains and some roasty malts - some vaguely burnt aromas, with some hints of coffee, and some chocolate - some dark fruits, as well as a distinct, big undercurrent of red wine - wood and grapes, basically - gets more wine-y as it warms - Belgian yeast, with some banana and clove

Taste: Somewhere between red wine and some kind of dark Beligan ale - lots of red wine, although it's kind of watered-down - wine barrels, lots of wood - some dark malts, with some dark fruits (again, probably from the wine) - chocolate and some roasted malts - big Belgian yeast presence, with banana, clove, and some bubblegum - kind of tastes like it should have some more booze in the flavor, but it doesn't; it's nicely dry - somewhat earthy, with a light touch of barrel funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, dry finish

Overall: Excuse me, waiter, there's wine in my beer

This is a strange beer, and I will admit that I can't quite make sense of it. To an extent, it definitely tastes like a dark Belgian ale. But the Cabernet Sauvignon is also pretty big. Definitely interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:58:45 | More by angrybabboon
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-13-2013 22:34:27 | More by doremite
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-18-2013 03:04:59 | More by outoffocus
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redfishlk

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-17-2013 02:22:48 | More by redfishlk
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somenerd

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2013 22:47:55 | More by somenerd
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nlfrenette

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-16-2013 22:39:42 | More by nlfrenette
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redsoxfan73

New York

1/5  rDev -73.3%

03-16-2013 19:03:32 | More by redsoxfan73
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-16-2013 18:08:13 | More by Jason
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Bsavigo

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +33.3%

03-16-2013 05:21:03 | More by Bsavigo
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-29-2012 22:42:50 | More by nmann08
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with a large tan head. It's apparent there is a lot of carbonation.

Cocoa on the aroma with some tart barrel notes in the background. Kind of fruity overall. Dark fruits on the start of the pallet with cocoa on the finish. Good balance.

A little bit much on the carbonation and the body seems a bit thin. Overall this is fair enough. A bit of a disapointment, but drinkable with good balanced flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 05:21:53 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is black with slight amber hues. There is a giant head on this that makes pouring very difficult; retention is minimal.

The aroma is full of nice roasted notes.

The start of the taste starts out with mild cherry notes, but the finish is all cocoa and roasted barley. This actually strikes a nice balance between fruity and roasted flavors. While this isn't the most fantastic stout I've had, it strikes a nice balance.

This is light in body for the strength, with a nice velvety mouthfeel. This is very drinkable for the style. I can't give it a ringing endorsement, but I would enjoy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 05:21:44 | More by andrewinski1
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

11-22-2012 23:01:52 | More by t0rin0
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-02-2012 02:32:42 | More by rab53
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - thanks to lubiere for this

Appearance - Reddish/brown colour with with an average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, vanilla, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/smokey notes. There is also a bit of cherry/grape sweetness and some dry woody notes. It ends with a malty slight sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I preferred this to the bourbon version. The dark fruit flavours seemed to be quite prominent and added to the flavour quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 17:44:30 | More by spinrsx
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biniek13

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-19-2012 03:02:05 | More by biniek13
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of molasses and other light residual sugar with subtle vinous notes. Taste is also a mix between some light tart notes with some subtle vinous notes with some molasses and residual sugar notes. Boyd is a bit light with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit of a strange one with most stout characteristics gone and not enough cabernet notes to make a real difference.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 20:00:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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larryi86

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
750 mL bottle, batch 1, poured into a tulip

A- A dark brown/black with a two finger tan head

S- Roasted malts, hints of chocolate, some fruits, getting some wine from the barrel.

T- Roasted malts, some dark chocolate, darker fruits with a little tartness, slight wine flavor, some oak.

M- Medium body, tons of carbonation.

O- I have enjoyed the Saisons I had from Mystic a little more than this, but it is still good. I was hoping that the barrel would stand out more.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:06:12 | More by larryi86
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womencantsail

California

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is dark brown in color, almost black, with a big tan head. Strong aroma of oak and wine. The roast is also prominent and it’s slight acidic. A light fruity note, mostly berries and sort of non-descript red fruits. As with the aroma, lots of roast and wood on the palate. There is a slight charred character to it and overall it’s quite dry. A light acidity and the same light fruit quality. A little too thin in terms of the body.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:12:19 | More by womencantsail
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing.

A: Deep, clear brown body under a finger of ultra-fine tan head. Ok.

S: Very roasty and vinous, with strong tannins as well as dark chocolate and char. Ok, but a little underwhelming.

T: Starts out sweet and roasty, with only a hint of vanilla and tannic oak. Where's the wine?

M: Highly frothy, slightly prickly, and a little thin. Not great.

O: This was decent, but I really expected a lot more. Sorry to say my first experience with Mystic was less than stellar.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 21:13:15 | More by woosterbill
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-13-2012 22:50:38 | More by JAHMUR
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a large fluffy/fizzy darker colored almost 2 finger head, that fades semi quickly at first, with the large bubbles popping throughout making it a swiss cheese like head, but slows a bit later. It doesn't leave much lacing though. The beer is practically pitch black, with the faintest hint of what should be light sneaking through the thin parts, but the light doesn't actually seem to make it through.

Nose is an interesting combination, part farmhouse saison, part dark ale, and hints of barrel. I'll start with the farmhouse saison, some rustic saison aromas, mostly yeast, with hints of spices and floral toasty malts, and an all around earthy farmhouse aroma. Then malts, a bit syrupy, with hints of molasses, nutty malts, and an earthy root extract like malt. then under all that is slight hints of barrel, light toasty oak and vanilla, but don't really get the cabernet yet.

Taste continues where aroma left off, first this one brings the malts. nice dark malts, toasty brown malts, hint of a much darker malt but not quite roasty, and slightest touch of cocoa butter. Again the earthy root extract like aroma touches the taste, and then more of the fluffy malt flavors and a hint of nougat. The some saison yeast flavors, but not a lot. Hints of spices and a bit of a rustic farmhouse earthy saison flavor, and a bit of bitterness in the back end. There is some barrel as well, a light toasted oak with a light vanilla rounding flavor. Then way in the back end brings a slight hint of vinous earthy dry red wine, but not a whole lot, just a nice touch. The loads of carbonation help to keep the palate clean as the various flavors swing back and forth. Finish is a bit drier but still slightly syrupy and sweet, lots of lingering earthy flavors with the saison, root extract, and slight hop flavor. Some lingering toasty brown malts as well.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, tons of carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a really intersing take on a "stout", saison yeast, nice earthy flavors, no roast/choc/black patent or any overly roasty bitter malt, and some nice barrel flavors, I would have expected a bit drier finish though if I had to find anything to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:05:10 | More by jlindros
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-05-2012 23:49:54 | More by kaelingirl
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Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented Descendant from Mystic Brewery
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