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Vinland One - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%


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

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fermented w/ wild local yeast

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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jstilwell

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Some random thoughts. This has been my favorite of the mystic beers. Love the concept of the local yeast. This one is cultivated from plums. Fantomesque to me in terms of the frutiness without real fruit. I've had this fresh and with a bit of age and like both. I think this was a bit overly carbonated fresh but it has settled over time. The yeast has done its job turning this into a thicker creamier experience. There are a few more sour notes as this matures. Overall I would consider this an outstanding local beer with several layers iof complexity. Reminiscent somewhat of orval or a lighter version of a quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 00:32:16 | More by jstilwell
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml brown caged and corked bottle with Batch #001 on the label.

Clear amber, nearly glowing. Lively lacing and leaves a trail all the way down the glass. Very aromatic with plums, wild flowers, nutty yeast, green tea, lemon pith and hay. Nice crisp bite, very smooth with a solid but dry medium sized body. Earthy, dried grass, herbal, esters, dandelions, pithy, crackers, tea, apple skin, tart plum and light chalky yeast are the more noticeable complexities. Nearly bone dry finish.

Extremely impressive, these guys certainly went out on a limb here and it had paid off ... unlike any beer I have had, unique is just the start of the conversation here. I'll have to find more as I would love to see what a bit more time will do, not to say that it is not great to drink right now ... which it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 04:04:11 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1.25 inch head, high carbonation, orange/red/brown in color, cloudy

Smell: bread, apricot, tropical fruit, and dough

Taste: apples, funk, bread, apricot, tropical fruit, and dough

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter middle spike and a less bitter end--funky, medium in body, medium-high carbonation

Overall: Surprisingly super complex--very nice mix of apricots and apples..Some saison elements, but drinks like a holiday beer or a light quad..Expensive, but well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 13:06:03 | More by tigg924
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a moderate head, that doens't have much staying power.
It's got a kind of key lime pie type of aroma, with raspberry, peach and hay,and perhaps just the power of suggestion, but I'm getting plum also.
the flavor has the same components as the aroma, with some grassiness, and herbal hops. It's got a nuanced amount of residual sweetness, that is just enough to enhance the flavors. Near perfect.
It's got a medium body, with a mellow carbonation level.
Overall another great beer from a great brewery. It's got a carefully crafted and very unique flavor profile, it's great.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:00:21 | More by kmo1030
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ZEROorDIE

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from Notes. 375ml cork & caged bottle. Batch 001, Bottled 8/10/12; reviewed 10/19/12.

Aroma: yeasty(very Belgian in character), fruity, plum, apricot, peach, bread, grass, hints of dried fruits and lime zest with a subtly sweet malty background.

Appearance: dark gold to pale copper, thick khaki head, which recedes into a nice layer atop the beer. Fairly clear and effervescent.

Flavor: light and dry, hoppy, grassy with small amounts of bright citrus and sweet tree fruit. Malt is dominated by the yeast, which is Belgian in affinity towards abstract fruit flavors, as well as the hops but the malt adds a sweet, toffee-like finish.

Body: Medium-light. Dry but not without substance. Typical of saison-like beers.

Finish: Leaves lingering yeast tones and hoppy bitterness. The malt smoothes out the finish with a lingering sweetness as the yeast fades from the palate.

Final Note: i have 1 more bottle and will hopefully be buying more to mature for the next 2-4 years depending on how well this beer ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:26:24 | More by ZEROorDIE
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Buffett

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Five Horses Tavern. Light tropical fruit. Clean. Not too tart. Easy drinking. soft buttery mouth feel. Honey and wild flowers. Very well balanced. Cultured from local wild yeast in eastern Mass.
Real good! Surprisingly good! Very well-done. My first time trying a beer from Mystic. Will be looking for more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 21:16:26 | More by Buffett
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.68 fl oz brown bottle, caged and corked, served in a chalice.
Batch #001, note: ABV listed as 6.5%.

Pours a deeply hazy, yet glowing auburn in color with a faint shade of violet. Creamy, white head about a half of an inch tall that shows no signs of receding. Walls of condensed lacing with very little give.

A light farmhouse-musty aroma with most of the real dirty, earthen touches absent. Bright citrus and berry, not quite tart but approaches that quality. Light notes of diacetyl and a very mild toasted malt character.

Light earthen musty flavors begin this Saison's flavor profile; however, things quickly get much more flavorful and aggressive from here. Raspberry, lemon, lime, plum, and grape flavors converge all at once which creates a sharply acidic and fresh bite. Pepper and coriander balance the tartness while contributing to a slightly heavier earthen quality following a dry finish.

Medium bodied; slightly active on the palate, but surprisingly creamy as well. A real nice body to balance such dynamic flavors.

A very unique Saison. Pretty hard to complain about a fresh, local, well crafted Saison brewed with a wild yeast. Hats off to the brewers for the idea and execution.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 19:46:30 | More by NEhophead
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davey101

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #001, 375ml C+C bottle into a tulip. 6.5% abv

A - Darker than most saisons. Pours a clear brown/red body with a creamy and lasting one finger white head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Funky hay, lemons, plum, apricot, spice, and vinous red wine. Aroma is of strong and complex Belgian yeast.

T - Saison like with some dubbel like flavors. Hay, lemon, and spice lead into some darker plums and figs with some light caramel malt. This really does drink like a funky and lighter bodied dubbel. Aftertaste is yeasty and warming,

M - Creamy with silky carbonation. Excellent mouth feel. Drinkability is a bit hampered by the alcohol presence.

O - A unique and tasty saison. Wild yeast isolated from local plums, crazy concept! I really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:34:52 | More by davey101
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Batch #001. From notes.

A - Dark orange, cloudy pour. One finger off white head. Strong carbonation. Some spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Funky fruits. A neat grape note. Very complex in the aroma. All sorts of funky, musty, weird fruit aromas floating around. Oranges, plums. Beautiful.

T - Grapes and a dark fruit note, not like dates, but similar to something like a plum. Sugar and yeast. Neat flavour. Sweet plums and oaky vanilla sweetness. A bit sharp, but I'm sure that's the acidity.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Some sharpness.

O/D - A cool beer indeed. Wild yeast provides great complexity and a different element. Not tremendously flavourful, but it certainly does the trick. Forces you to take your time with it. Might be a bit sharp, but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 16:13:36 | More by tbeckett
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with three fingers of white foam.

S: Plums, prunes, peppercorn, and musty Saison yeast. This smells like a mixture of a Dubbel and a Saison. I can certainly smell some red wine notes as well.

T: Complex, but quite odd. Plum is certainly quite apparent with a bit of funk along with clove and other spices. This beer stays quite dry despite having a lot of dark fruit flavors. I get prunes along with the aforementioned plum. Really, it's like a dry, spicy Dubbel.

M: Medium thickness with strong carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer - it's odd for the style, but quite nice. Interesting, complex, tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:24:03 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at MeadHall.
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a decent off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Aromas of grain, straw, spice, wheat, a bit of tart fruit and a hint of earthy. The smell is a bit different, but I kind of dig it. Flavor is sweet honey and bready malts with a shot of spicy wheat and a solid hit of tart fruit. It's an interesting flavor, it is certainly different kind of like pilsner meets saison with fruit added. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I liked this, I will have to pick up some bottles when they go on sale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 22:10:17 | More by johnnnniee
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden color with a good ammount of carbonation 1 finger of a bright white head with some lacing but dissipates fairly quickly

S: lots of yeast on the nose a little bit of funk with a good ammount of a straw barnyard smell only slight ammount of malt though

T: fairly tart taste some green apple a little bit of malt sweetness most of the taste seems to come from the wild yeast

M: medium bodied with a good ammount of dry carbonation

O: good wild ale doesn't have the same tartness as a Belgian sour would the local wild yeast is a great idea it's adds more of a local flavor to the ale

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 15:38:41 | More by smcnulty1981
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #001; Poured into a tulip glass

copper colored murky, some visible carbonation, thick off-white head that reduces to layer and leaves lacing.

smells very fruity and sweet

Initial sweetness that is succeeded by flavors similar to an apple cider. Tartness sticks. faint bitterness. slightly metallic

lots of carbonation like in a cider, light to medium body

Very interesting try using wild yeasts from a plum. I do not smell the plum, but I certainly get a lot of fruits, that reminds me of flavors produced by Belgian yeast as in a Tripel. I also enjoy the sour refreshing taste and spritzyness.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 17:00:46 | More by safaricook
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle shared with my sister's husband in Ohio.

Served cold in a fluted glass, Mystic Vinland is a hazy golden amber with creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves a nice thin layer for the duration.

Aroma is sweet and funky with apricot and pear plus some slight spice.

Flavor is sweet, tart, and a little sour but well balanced between the three. There is bitterness too which is probably the only one of those mentioned that seems a little too strong and out of place on this particular beer.

Mouthfeel is nicely done. A medium bodied, well carbonated, bottle conditioned ale that makes for a nice slow sipper.

Overall an interesting beer and I'm glad I got a chance to share this bottle with someone else who enjoyed it too.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 13:35:41 | More by GilGarp
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. Thanks Joe. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/31/2014.

App- Dark copper, nearly brown body with a thick two finger, nitro-like effervescent white head. Splotchy lacing. Good retention.

Smell- Tart green apples, white grape tartness, herbs, bread, a little bit of earth. On the sweeter, fruitier side which I find interesting due to the stated lack of fruits used in brewing this beer but rather the wild yeast being harvested from local Massachusetts plums. Even after reading this on the bottle, I still do not find plums per se, but the fruit tartness is certainly very pleasant.

Flavour- Plum juice, dates. Quite sweet and sugary. Bread, a bit of floral notes and earthiness. Identifiable but subtle estery yeast notes of an amalgam of bubble gum and banana. Finish is almost vinous, with a lingering earthy bitterness. Does not lack for complexity and I consider this to be a very unique flavor profile even if I didn't know where the yeast was harvested from.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, very well carbonated and quite creamy. Grape tartness and an earthy bitterness on the backend, which is very dry and makes for a sipper despite it's relatively low ABV. A bit hard to drink due to the surprising bitterness.

Overall- A fascinating flavour on this beer which is compounded by the fact that there is zero fruit used here. The wild yeast is pretty much solely responsible for the sweet, dark fruit flavours in this saison which translates to a solid, if a bit overly bittersweet farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:33:57 | More by Stevedore
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been excited to try this one, local isolated wild yeast, for an Anniversary beer, and I've enjoyed almost all the other Mystic beers so far.

big fluffy 2 finger head fades fairly quickly at first, then slows after it hits a fluffy bubbly 1 finger head, lots of layered sticky lacing at that point, very clear apricot orange color.

Nose is a big mixed aroma, light sweet malts, amber sweet light toasty almost candy like malts, etc. Then moving into the big yeast aromas, wild-ish, more farmhouse funky like though, light bready yeasty aroma too, with light saison like spices too. light fruity esters, little grainy straw, apricot like stone fruit, and a little plum and grape like mustiness. The overall funk and farmhouse is very light.

Taste starts again complex, waves and layers come through, starting at first with a light yeasty flavor, bready yeasty flavor, with more light farmhouse funk. That quickly transforms into the sweet malty flavors, caramel candy malts, amber reddish little toasty malt flavors, touch syrupy sweet. That turns to the yeast characters, light esters, hint of phenols and light warming slightly tingly booze. Then on to the fruit, again stone fruit, little apricot, some plum, light grape and fig like. Then back to the sweeteners, caramel, a bit of a candy syrup and candied fruits. The finish comes with more of the sweet candied fruits, candied plum, fig, apricot, etc, lingering, with a bit of farmhouse yeast funk and bready yeast flavors, quite dry although sticky.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little sticky and a bit of warming booze, the carbonation is strange as it feels light but there are quite a lot of very small bubbles, but still seems like it's lacking a little in the carbonation department.

Overall pretty good, but not quite what I expected. I was expecting much more farmhouse flavors, more saison, more funk, more yeast attributes, but its more of a big malty beer with some sweetness, candy, malty flavors, with some of the yeast characters more in the background. The booze comes on a bit strong as well for just 7.25%, and a bit light on the carbonation. The fruit characters are nice though.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:11:57 | More by jlindros
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mikeyv35

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 03/23/13
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2012
Glass : Southampton Large Snifter

Pours a golden straw in color w/ a 1 finger white head that leaves medium amounts of lacing. Aromas of fresh cut hay, lemon zest, herbs, wet socks/Blue Cheese. The flavor is of earthiness, lemon zest, mild bitter hop bite, funk, and a touch of dark fruit/plum as per the description. Thin in body, but lush due to appropriate carbonation. Easy to drink as the ABV is well hidden.

Overall, interesting! This brew is not really my cup of tea, but it is solid and very unique. Mystic really pushed the envelope by utilizing their own cultivated yeast strain to impart the plum characteristic. In the end, I enjoyed it, but the Dandelion in the taste made me content w/ just one glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:31:11 | More by mikeyv35
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm impressed with the yeast that coats the bottom of the bottle after the pour. Starts with a lasting white-beige head. There's a couple of spots on the glass for lace. Very cloudy with an orange hued amber color.

When I first open the bottle, I smell sweet raspberry. After I pour it into the glass, it becomes more sour, reminding me of a framboise. It's very much a Saison after that.

The flavor is earthy and sour. There is no indication of a framboise here. There's a strong, but short lasting, bite in the swallow. Initially, I thought it was hop, but I now think it is a result of the wild yeast. Short aftertaste. The mouthfeel is relatively thin.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:32:06 | More by smcolw
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy honey hue. Head is off-white and creamy. Leaves a bunch of lacing strings.

S-Interesting nose. Wild yeast up the wazoo. Florals and light spice. Plum yeast strain brings some plummy notes. A yeast-laden nose. Excited to sip.

T-Flavor is sweeter and less wild and tart. Maltier flavors. Grainy with a ton of honey and honeysuckle. Yeast comes in mid-palate with some surprising force but then dies off again. The nose is better than the flavor.

M-Full bodied for a Sasion. Plentiful, massaging carbonation. Not very easy to drink. Creamy.

O/D-Smelled cool, but the flavor wasn't awesome. Mystic has been hit or miss for me. This one was a miss for the most part. In the end it was still a decent brew but I got excited for this and it let me down a bit. Their product doesn't always match their divine packaging.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:20:31 | More by VelvetExtract
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked and caged, Batch 001.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" meringuey beige head over the cloudy copper brew. Head lasts and even grows some as time passes, with chunky lace. Aroma is tart and bready.

Taste begins with spices, tart fruitiness in the middle, and closes quietly, with a dry character. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish there was a bit more malt depth upon which to showcase the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:34:14 | More by ppoitras
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scottfrie

California

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle thanks to SneezyAchew. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of tan head that faded into a fuzzy film and collar leaving spots of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Lots of earth and peppery yeast, green apple, apple cider and hints of clove and leather.
T: Big notes of spices and yeast with apples and dark fruits following. Follows the nose. The finish is just slightly sour. Sweet and spicy overall with sweet sugary fruits dominating.
M: Frothy carbonation but not overpowering. Airy and sweet mouthfeel, medium-slick body.
O: Well-rounded but leans on the sweet side. Reminds me of a Belgian golden ale or maybe even a Belgian dark ale. Too fruity for me to love. Good though, thanks again Michael.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:14:19 | More by scottfrie
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