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Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery

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Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented SaisonCabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented Saison

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BA SCORE
88
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NEhophead on 02-10-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

rowingbrewer, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

mbs11, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

kjkinsey, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Lare453, Apr 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

A-Pours a murky apple cider color. Head is not huge but it retains very well and is bright white. Head leaves consistent lacing splotches.

S-I prefer the aroma of the Sauv Blanc fermented version better. Still, its a nice smelling beer. Tartness and a bunch of oak. Musty and only mildly sweet with some notes of pepper. I think the Cab barrels really enhanced the initial aroma of the base beer, but I absolutely love the nose on the Sauv Blanc version. This smells quite dry.

T-This is definitely an interesting flavor. You can really grasp that red fruitiness from the barrels. Finishes quite vinous. Also leaves a lasting oaky flavor. Decently tart. Quite dry. Quite a unique, yet pleasant flavor.

M-Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Dry. Leaves a lingering feel and taste.

O/D-Overall, this beer is pretty cool. I liked the Sauv Blanc version considerably more. But this is a beer that is blatantly worth trying. It just doesn't flow as well as the Sauv Blanc version, but hey, I really enjoyed it nonetheless. A bit steep on the price at about $12, but it is a 750 ml. Worth a shot. Unique.

VelvetExtract, Feb 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

codasnap52, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Brew33, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rab53, Jul 22, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a copper hue. Two-plus inches of dense white froth. Thick, tattered lacing and a solid coating on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with cut grass, cloves, green apples, bubblegum, and cracked pepper. Hints of vineous, toasted oak, and vanilla follow through.

Light bodied with a creamy, pillowy mouthfeel.

Biscuity malt and tart wheat lay a base for earthy spice and tannic oak and grapeskins on the palate. Slightly vineous and bone dry with apples and clove dust. Extremely phenolic with plenty of funk, bubblegum, wet hay, and a hint of juniper.

Finishes with lingering spice, tannic oak, vineous fruit, and a hint of honey.

Looking forward to see where this one goes in the cellar.

brewandbbq, Feb 21, 2012
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%

I bought this thinking it was the Sauv Blanc barrel-fermented version. Oh well. But a big, bold red wine in oak barrels used to age something like this style of beer? If they insist...

Batch # 001

A: Beautiful, cloudy, golden-yellow with a seriously huge head. The carbonation builds so quickly but it isn't a gusher. Super bubbly, effervescent head. Sign of a great yeast strain. Big lace and some great retention. How much better can a Saison look?

S: Huge grape and wild fruit. Tart, sour, funk, yeast, barn, fruit, hay, musk, wood.

T: Dry, yeasty fruit with some of the barrel coming through. Some wood and a rich, fruity character that separates this from most traditional Saisons. I'm impressed with the complexity of flavors. I must admit that the beer is more enjoyable at a colder temperature than room but it's still a fine beer when it's warm. It's more tart and has more bite when it's colder. But the intense fruit and yeasty flavors come out more when it's warm.

M: Some of that chalky feel and aftertaste that I get with many beers of this style. Otherwise, the carbonation is on point while also allowing the beer to be very smooth. Very dry.

O: While I wish I could find and drink the Sauv Blanc version of this beer, the Cab Sauv version definitely surprised me and made me happy with my purchase. A seriously good beer that seems to have benefited from the barrel fermentation although I haven't had the original Mystic Saison. I won't hesitate to pick up another aged rendition of this beer if I see it. Mystic is working with a good yeast strain here.

Gatch, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

danmcg62, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a super large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with light residual sugar notes and cabernet notes with light tart feels. Taste is also dominated by some tart notes with rustic malt and some vinous notes from the Cabernet barrels. Body is about average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well balanced in terms of drinkability and complexity.

Phyl21ca, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

bespin15, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

ComRock12, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

I saw a display of this at Julio's in Westborough, MA and the thing that pulled me in was definitely the barrel-aging.

A foamy head but not pillowy. Not sure if it was my glass, but really no lacing throughout the consumption (ok, a runny lacing).

A little funk on the nose. Definitely not overwhelming. I'd like to think I smelled a hint of oak, but hard to say.

Overall, a very smooth taste. No sour. A good balance of hops and malt and yeast. Yeah, I'd call this quite balanced. Not much funk on the taste.

Good carbonation.

In terms of saison, I think that the barrel-aging actually had a pretty minimal impact on the the beer but despite that, it stood out as a very sold beer for the the style. I'd drink it again in a heartbeat.

chakadrum, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

PEIhop, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Kelp, May 15, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks Thorpe,

Beer is golden / amber and clear with a white head of small and large bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly wine, sweet grapes and a little yeast.

The wine character covers up or makes absent almost everything I disliked about the base beer and made it undrinkable. This is more like a carbonated wine with a slightly grainy aftertaste. I may even have this beer again one day.

drabmuh, Apr 06, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a golden yellow with about an inch of fluffy white head. It settles leaving a solid rim of lace.

The aroma has a nice vinous aroma with some hints of tartness in the background. A little bit of grassy hops but this has a nice fruit character to it. The pallet has notes of oak and some vanilla with hints of red berries. A bit of grassy hops and biscuit malts.

The body is light with somewhat excessive carbonation. Overall this one is tasty. Nice one to try. Would love to see more BA saisons in the future.

Bendurgin, Jun 01, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

A: A very cloudy golden pour. Enormous bubbly white head. Head retention is top notch. A smattering of lacing.

S: Oak. Bready yeast. Some pear and lemons. A touch of tart grapes. Pretty subtle aroma, less so than the sauvignon blanc version or the non-barrel fermented version.

T: Oaky up front (and throughout) with some bready yeast, cloves, pepper and lemon peel. Surprisingly strong tart grapes after that. Drying lingering tartness in the aftertaste.

M: Mid-range body, carbonation is dead on. Drying.

O: Another interesting saison from Mystic. I'd say this is 2nd to the sauvignon blanc version. This version is more fruity, more tart and more oaky, which unfortunately dominates just a touch compared to the other barrel fermented version. Perhaps it spent more time in the barrels? This is still a decent improvement over the normal saison and is far from a bad beer.

Dope, Feb 20, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -2%

Split a 750 poured into a duvel glass

A- pours a hazy murky golden with a two finger white head that dissipates nicley, a nice medium amount of
Lacing spots the glass.

S- melon, oak, wine notes, I kinda expected a little more aroma from this one, smells good though, I wouldve know it was a wine barrel but probably wouldn't have guessed red wine from the nose alone.

T- citrus, bannana, melon, oak and wine character,
I feel like the red wine notes come out, subtly, in the finish, the use of the barrel is very nice with this one, it doesn't overpower the base beer, but rather adds subtle complexities of wine and oak notes. I was expecting aide aggressive red wine character to dominate the flavor, this is nice.

M- medium bodied with a a high/medium carbonation that leaves it with a slightly effervescent feel, creamy in the middle with a dry finish, I'm really loving the mouthfeel on this one.

O- A very nice beer, I usually don't like saisons, but this was nice, and the barrels were used as a nice addition rather then a defining force, well done all the way around, deffinatly would recommend this one.

PeterIngemi, Feb 20, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into a tulip. The color is clear golden. There is a white foamy head, with decent sticky lacing.

The aroma indicates spicy vinous yeast, with some sweet orange.

The taste is dry, with some spicy yeast dominating the flavor. A bit of wood is noted in the finish, with a very slight tartness.

This is medium bodied with nice full carbonation.

This is very good. I will definitely be on the lookout for more Mystic Saisons.

andrewinski1, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

wethorseblanket, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

EZE123, Mar 31, 2012
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Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.