Vinland One - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 4.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fermented w/ wild local yeast
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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 77
Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (2,158 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of davey101
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. (761 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of ZEROorDIE
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of Buffett
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. (326 characters)

Vinland One from Mystic Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.