Three Cranes - Mystic Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I bought a bottle of Mystic's Three Cranes at Craft Beer Cellar in Newton, MA on Thanksgiving eve on a recommendation from a staff member. Really good choice!
Appearance (4.75/5) Orange-red, cloudy and topped with a beautiful white, tightly bubbled head that towers above the beer. Impressive. Really, a beautiful beer– especially in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass!
Smell (4.25/5): Funky smell--some wet hay, grassy hops, red tart dried cranberry is there, though not dominant. A very...interesting medicinal, dentist-toothpaste smell sits atop this all. While at first this odor was off-putting, I'm now blown away at how unusual and unique the yeast character is. Wow.
Taste (4.25/5): The cranberry flavor (more noticeable in the taste) melds with the slightly funky yeast to create a dry, tart, understatedly fruity base flavor. A fairly assertive noble hop presence give adds spicy and grassy accents. And some light crackery, bready malt works in the background to provide backbone and body. The addition of cranberries really works well; the berries' tartness offers a great compliment to the grassy and refreshing flavor profile of a saison.
Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Smooth and creamy medium mouthfeel. Wondrous carbonation. Medium high. The beer is refreshingly dry in the finish.
Overall (4.25/5): I am always concerned when a brewery adds fruit to a beer. Dogfish Head has used fruit in many beers, resulting in many botched recipes that add distracting, overwhelming, or just plain bad flavors to the base beer. This makes what Mystic has pulled off particularly impressive. Three Cranes is a cranberry saison that is both true to the style and possesses a unique cranberry-tinged flavor profile that is delicious and understated. A great Thanksgiving beer that proves that saison isn't just a "summer" style! Grab a bottle or four.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 21:26:43 | More by hagbergl
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Golden at its core, but it has a nice pink blush to it. Towering rocky head retains very well. A sheet of lacing adheres to the glass.
S: Lots of yeast. Floral, boquet of fragrant spices. Cranberry comes through in a dry fruity way. Shortcake and dry vanilla cake from the malts.
T: Shortcake. Fruity and tart cranberry comes out quite a bit more than it did on the nose. Banana esters complement this pretty naturally. Hints of vanilla. Vague yeasty spice is subtle. Shortcake and cranberry finish.
M: Medium body. Creamy and silky smooth. Moderate carbonation is very soft. Cranberries astringency is there, but controlled nicely.
O: The cranberry tartness fits very naturally in a saison. My main worry was that the astringency would be overbearing, but it's kept enough in check. This beer is more than just a Thanksgiving gimmick. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2013 18:59:12 | More by ryan1788a5
Three Cranes from Mystic Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.