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Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison - Mystic Brewery

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Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison
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very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.