Saison Renaud - Mystic Brewery
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Reviews by JordanPhraczek:
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Served in a 22 oz sniffer glass out of a Mystic 25.4 oz bottle at 40 degrees.
A - Light tangerine orange hue with a foamy white head with light retention, pale unfiltered body with sediment suspended in the drink rather than sinking to the bottom.
S - Smells delicious with an immediate hit of fruity yeast followed by a strong scent of chardonnay. Follows up with a flowery saison and pilsner malt smell.
T - Strong pilsner taste up front that changes into a plum-filled belgian farmhouse saison before you even take your lips off the glass. The bubbles in this one guide the smells and transform them into flavors like ginger and plum. Easy drinker, you could imagine it would be less than it's 6.5% alcohol. Exhaling the beer you get a strong hop taste in the back of your mouth with pleasant light bitterness.
M - Renaud is refermented in the bottle so it is very bubbly, and the bubbles make this beer swish around your mouth without effort. It is a bit light, but because of the bubbles and non-filtration it doesn't come across as watery.
O - This is an easy drinking, bubbly saison that works for any time of day. It is a farmhouse beer but the yeast is mild and fruity and doesn't care a harsh Belgian taste/odor.
04-14-2013 19:14:43 | More by JordanPhraczek
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
375ml brown bottle, caged and corked with a batch #.
Towering head, clear straw color. Aromas of lemongrass, chalky yeast, mineral, dried grass, lime pith, faintly medicinal and dragon fruit. Lighter bodied, tight crisp snap. Grainy, phenolic, bandaid, cotton candy, herbal, nutty, faintly warming, green tea, peppercorn, crackers, estery, vaguely astringent, yeast, dried green plantians ... you get it now, this is a complex ale. Dry grainy yeasty finish.
Saison full throttle, this is a serious beer that wants to have fun with your tastebuds.
06-07-2013 03:19:01 | More by Jason
3.76/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, bright yellow in color, high carbonation
Smell: lemon, funk, and hay
Taste: follows the nose with light Belgian spices, lemon, funk, and hay
Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light bodied with high carbonation
Overall: A solid easy drinking saison that for me just misses the good mark. Accurate according to style and clean but just no wow factor. That said, I would certainly not pass this up if offered to me.
05-06-2013 14:11:05 | More by tigg924
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
Bought this newly-released Farmhouse-style ale by Mystic at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA. I had high hopes for this beer since Kate at the store recommended it as a good Saison for warm weather drinking. It didn't disappoint. Split the 750 mL bottle (which looks very classy and notes the beer was brewed with Saaz hops and Pilsner malt) with my girlfriend. Served in a pint glass.
Appearance (4.5/5): Saison Renaud pours a beautiful translucent orange-yellow color with a creamy, white, two finger head. In terms of color, it definitely compares favorably with other saisons. This is a stellar looking beer–I just wish I had a tulip glass to drink it from; then it would look even better.
Smell (4/5): Smells grassy, a little spicy funk from the yeast, light herbal hop character comes through, some sweet and biscuity aromas show as well. Definitely a complex aroma, though it isn't a home run. Nicely done. Could pass as a Belgian in a blind tasting.
Taste (4.5/5): Citric and grassy/herbal hops in the foretaste (this is a saison that leans to the hoppy side), then resolves with a muted sweetness. However, the defining characteristic of this beer is its earthy yeastiness. It adds a nice, mild spice to the flavor profile that really reminds one of a finely crafted Belgian saison. The yeast's flavor carries through from start to finish, and that's not a bad thing–it's great.
Mouthfeel (4/5): Saison Renaud has a smooth medium body and medium-low carbonation. These characteristics make for an easy and pleasant drink. The finish is not very long, with only a moderate aftertaste of herbal hops and biscuity malts. It also isn't as dry as some saisons tend to be.
Overall (4.5/5): Mystic has a very good beer on its hands here that is perfect summer weather drinking. I think its mixture of earthy yeastiness and hoppiness is spot on. The only criticism I can think of is that the carbonation could be a little higher. (But they're only a hair off, so it's not a big deal.) This is a classy beer made by people who obviously know how to brew farmhouse style ales–not an easy style, one with lots of nuance! Great job, Mystic. I will be buying more of your beer.
07-11-2012 19:23:28 | More by hagbergl
Saison Renaud from Mystic Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.