Vinland Two | Mystic Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by asaharyev on 09-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.68voz dark brown bottle, corked & caged, served in a fluted goblet.
Batch #001, 7.3% ABV (Vinland One weighed in at 6.5% ABV)
"Farmhouse Ale brewed with Native Yeasts Cultured from Maine Lowbush Blueberries"

This lovely Saison pours a slightly hazy golden color with just a touch of amber hue in the highlights. The spritzy and foamy 2” off-white head fades ever so slowly. Loads of clinging webbed lacing follow the liquid in rings, recording the volume and frequency of each satisfying gulp.

The aromas are quite Saison-like, but depart into places never before explored. A musty and slightly earthy smell rises at first pour, followed by the typical yeasty, citrusy, hoppy, malty, spice and woody aromas associated with the style. Underlying smells of dried grass, leather, smashed berries, juniper, distant smoke and a slight whiff of gin make for a uniquely interesting aroma profile.
The flavors also represent the style quite nicely, but as in the aroma, the flavors take on a few appealing twists and turns. The toasted malt and hop profiles are very balanced and in tune with the yeasty and musty tastes of a typical Farmhouse Ale. Fairly aggressive tastes of tart plums, macerated berries, tobacco, gin and orange zest mingle and meet during the first few gulps, then blend nicely into one satisfying, gulpable, velvety liquid.
All aromas and flavors of beers, no matter the style, will naturally transform and balance themselves once they’re released from their enclosures and begin to warm, but Vinland Two (and One) goes many steps further to create new and interesting paths down the olfactory and taste bud freeway.
This review actually required 2 Vinland Twos to complete. I drank the first to shake off a difficult, dreary and drizzly day. The second one (for a photo op and review) was all the more gratifying and enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: dry white wine, light blueberry, light Belgian saison spices

Taste: blueberry--light wheat, hay, Belgian saison spices

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, dry, light body, high carbonation

Overall: Amazing blueberry centric beer. The base saison is very tasty--little acidity and very light. The blueberries are present but never over done or cloying. This is an all day or fancy dessert beer. Getting more of this.

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3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange to yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a bready sweet yeasty blueberry. The taste was basically the same as the smell with a light sticky sweet blueberry blended bready aftertaste. A light sweet sticky wet finish enters in at the end. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. I didn’t find this one too sessionable but it wasn’t necessarily a sipper either. Different, definitely. Overall, I say this was a pretty good saison which is what the bottle said on it. I’d have it again.

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3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heard about the GABF triumph, had to try this one out. Really happy to see breweries finding their own strains in the USA. Yet another way to push brewing variety further and further. Batch #1.

A- Poured into a large chalice from the 750ml bottle. Semi-hazy golden body with some orange in the middle. Creamy white head forms to a finger but falls to a frothy ring relatively quickly. The ring persists and leave some nice patches of lace.

S- Really ripe fruits jump out of the glass upon pouring, kind of a general berry feel. Upon further inspection caramel, fresh cracked grains, pepper and some classic Saison yeast comes to mind.

T- Quite fruity here too with that nice berry flavor coming through but the spiciness of the yeast catches up and brings upon a nice balance. Like a nice jam without sweetness. Somewhere between the well known Saison and Belgian Strong Goldens people know today. Peppercorns, honey, raw cracked grains, white grape juice, apples, pears, bread, raisin and lemon zest comes to mind.

MF- High carbonation supports the flavor nicely and works nicely with the creamy, silky consistency of the beer. Body is light and nicely dry with some spiciness on the palate in the finish.

I'm sure my interest in new yeast strains plays a role but this beer just feels fresh. The berry jam-like flavors are nice and work well with the other products the yeast produces. Somewhere between a Saison and Belgian Golden for me, but solid even without the classification we strive to create.

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Vinland Two from Mystic Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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