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Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery

Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%

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

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Barrel Program beers are entirely fermented and aged in wood barrels. For millenia wood was an essential part of the brewing process - long before the advent of stainless steel. This beer was fermented in barrels formerly used for chardonnay wines. As such, it expresses and essence of its former contents along with the classic vanilla of French oak.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-26-2013)
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Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy, straw-gold with a loose white head that quickly dissipates into a froth. Nose is somewhat dull and subdued - hints of spice and zest. Taste is quite saison-esque and the chardonnay barrels are definitely present and add a unique and pleasant quality to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, almost crisp carbonation and a kiss of dryness. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and am quite pleased with the use of white wine barrels in the aging process. I'd love to see more farmhouse ales aged in white wine casks.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:25:06 | More by Jwale73
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love their saisons, and aged in a barrel, how could you lose? Chardonnay should only add the slightest hint of fruit and vinous characters as well as some barrel notes hopefully. Batch 002.

Pours into my Ommegang tulip with a nice big creamy frothy 1+ finger head that sits there forever it seems, and leaves walls of lacing all around, great looking head, the lightly clear mostly hazy golden straw honey colored reveals bubbles streaming up from the bottom which reinforces the head.

Nose is nice, big farmhouse funky aromas, dry bready yeast with some nice saison funk, very farmhouse funk that is almost Brett like but not quite there, that great saison funk. Mild grassy notes with a little straw doughy like note, light lemon rind and lemongrass notes, and some wheat, with a light vanilla barrel note, hint buttery like oak too, nice oak rounding, and bit of bright golden fruit.

Taste starts with more malt notes to start, some wheat flavors and even a little creamy, into some bready grainy straw like malt characters but not a lot, and a touch of sweetness overall, more sweet than I expected at first. A pretty big lemony flavor, little lemon rind and lemongrass, bit of doughy flavors. Then into saison funk, with mild grassy doughy funk and saison bready yeasty funk, not nearly as farmhouse funky as the nose made it out to be, but theres a nice touch of it. Then into a nice buttery oak, hint of vanilla and overall oaky flavor, the longer it goes and more it warms the more that toasty oak flavor comes through. Then a little bright golden like fruit. Finish is dry and mild bitterness, more lemony rind lingering, little saison farmhouse funk, little grassy and bready.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little creamy and smooth.

Overall pretty nice, great saison characters with a great farmhouse funk, nice saison characters with lemony notes, lemongrass, grassy, wheat, etc, and great buttery toasted slightly vanilla oak barrel with faint hints of golden fruit. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 01:53:27 | More by jlindros
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3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: funk, white wine, and grapes

Taste: dry white grapes and wine, light saison spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start with slight bitterness that lasts to the end, dry, light body, high carbonation

Overall: About as wine like a beer as I have had. It tastes like Chardonnay with light saison spices. Above average for the style, but this one did not blow me away like several other Mystic brews have.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 16:23:50 | More by tigg924
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery
Pours a hazy light golden color with a good sized off white head that persists forever leaving soapy lace on the sides. Smells of pear, a bit of funk, some grape and winey notes and just a hint of vanilla and oak tannin. Sweet very light honey sugary notes with bits of pomme fruit, grape skins, and a touch of oak. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Tasty easy drinking light refreshing saison. I wish I had bought more than one bottle, doh!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:21:41 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Dope


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 001, 7% ABV.

A: A hazy light orange pour. Very large and effervescent white head. Great head retention as it refuses to fade away easily. Substantial but thin spiderweb lacing everywhere.

S: Very fruity. Kind of a nice crisp citrus and floral character. Loaded with bananas and a little clove. Very refreshing and pleasant.

T: Wine is more prominent here with a dry white wine flavor. Has a little citrus, some banana and some sweet graininess backing it up to balance it nicely. Spicy cloves and white pepper kick in in the middle and finish. Oak and really dry white wine also kick in in the finish and lends to an overall dry and spicy aspect, almost completely the opposite of the beginning. Nice contrast.

M: Nice medium body, smooth and a dry finish.

O: Hell of a nice saison from Mystic. Almost as good as their sauvignon blanc version from a year or so or go. In some ways I actually enjoy it more. Nice complexity, nice balance of flavors and nice contrast of flavors too. Really starts out sweet and fruity and turns spicy and dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:53:56 | More by Dope
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky orange with a nice fat head of large, off-white bubbles. The head sizzles down to a quarter finger’s width, leaving a sticky lacing of thin bubbles on the sides of the glass. In body, this beer is murky and opaque, with light sediment building at the bottom of the glass. On the nose, this beer is richly phenolic with clove, banana, and peppers spicing the nose. The pepper is really fresh and fleshy. Light hay and grass do touch the nose, but I don’t really get a lot of chardonnay on the nose. This changes on the tongue, however, where the beer unfurls with fruity sweet esters from the chardonnay and the yeast, and very soft tannic bitterness from the barrel. Soft grassy bitters also come from the hops, while the yeast provides a pop of citric and malic acidity. The beer’s body is perfectly set for a saison, as is the way with most Mystic saisons. The beer sits in the mouth with a medium body that allows the mouth to feel full, while not being weighed down. Carbonation is soft and fluffy with a perfect amount of prickle to keep the beer balanced. This beer has a smooth, almost oily mouthfeel that still manages a crisp ending. In flavor, the beer boasts sweet chardonnay grapes with pineapple juice and soft lemon. Soft green apple can also be sensed. These flavors blend into the middle and are met with soft, bitter oak flavors and grassy hay to balance out the rich esters. The beer ends a little sweet with soft dough and sweet pineapple juice in a middling finish that lasts into the aftertaste. Overall, this is another damn good saison from Mystic. The chardonnay and the barrel are both a bit restrained in this beer, but I like them that way, as they add rich nuance without slowing down the tongue. I personally want a little more from the bitter tannins and hops, so as to balance out the rich esters and grape sweetness in this beer, but it is still pretty damn good. In my book, Saison Renaud and Mary of the Gael are a little ahead of this in terms of overall beer, but this is great and worth trying. Another success from the wizards of yeast.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:01:38 | More by Maxwell
Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
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