Luminous Ruins | Mystic Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry-hopped sour farmhouse ale

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 22
Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750ml // 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to our friends Girish and Jenny for this thoughtful gift.

Outstanding appearance. The crystal clear, pale gold body was topped by a billowing, bright white, sea foam mass that nearly rose above the top of the glass. Solid retention. The head slowly dropped to a lasting dollop of froth. Sheets of Brussels-style lacing coated the glass from top to bottom.

The nose was amazingly fruity and bright. Loads of citrus. Mandarin orange was the first thing that hit me. Canned mandarins, to be exact. Super sweet and fragrant. Lime notes also came through strong. Some grapefruit as well. As the beer sat, a dry, powdery yeastiness took over. Really crisp and fresh. There was a grassy hop presence as well. Bit of damp hay. Later, the yeastiness took on more Belgian-like qualities. Juicy honeydew melon was also noticeable. Really interesting and dynamic.

The flavor profile was solid but definitely more simplistic than the aroma. Super tart and lemony. Bretty. Grassy hops were noticeable. More lemon and lemon rind as the beer moved along the palate. Crisp, clean and rather dry. Some earthy hop bitterness appeared on the back end and in the finish. Hint of oak and tannins. Sour lemon notes lingered after the swallow. Touch of sweetness too.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Really lively and sprightly on the palate. Lighter bodied and fluffy. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, rather aggressive effervescence that, despite its intensity, was was spot on for the style.

Most American craft breweries have a difficult time capturing the essence of a true Belgian saison, but the guys at Mystic did a fantastic job with this beer, while also putting new school twist on it. This is an outstanding and truly unique hoppy sour ale/saison hybrid. I really hope they keep this beer in their rotating lineup.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear light lemon hue with very active carbonation fueling a 2-3 inch frothy white head. Excellent retention.
S: Subtle sour lemon, white pepper, dry cracker malt, soft orange, bright fresh lime, and a hint of soft oak. Near perfect presentation of a saison base, but sour.
T: Tart lemon, sour grape, bright lime, white pepper, soft oak, and a hint of dry cracker malt. Not quite up to what the aroma was promising, but still very good.
M: Light body. Bright, citrusy, and sour...perfect balance there. Dry and acidic. The sour grape note dominates a bit much and lingers too long in the finish...leaving you with less than the beer's best.
D: Loved the construction of this beer! A wonderful example of a sour saison. What's amazing is all this complexity comes with a super drinkable 4.3% ABV. If you love saisons and at least tolerate sours, seek it out and give it a whirl!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite breweries right here! always a treat to get to drink on their stuff, and this is an exceptional sour. its really flavorful in terms of the sourness, not just a hot and quick lacto profile, its more evolved and mature than that, even if its soured on the front end, its very unique, with lemon zestiness and bright clean acidity, awesome there, my mouth waters for it all over again just thinking about it. the brilliance though is how well the hops work with this particular tenor of acidity, they are citrusy and juicy themselves, not sure which varietals are used, but i get fresh cut oranges and tangy natural pineapple from them, even the sweet little mandarins, and a little lime, really delicious with the tartness. fluffy wheaty malt base underneath it all is hearty enough to keep this feeling like beer, and to balance some of the harshness of the acidity, its a case of the grain actually making it more easy drinking than it would otherwise be, not less, very cool. solid carbonation and a dry finish, but the hops keep on going with this sourness long after the swallow, tart fruits just popping left and right, i taste this forever. its awesome its so light in abv, and still have a saison component about the yeast and the feel, just a really well done new school style sour. these guys can do it all!

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Photo of Buck89
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Nice-looking: a hazy bright golden color with a large white head. Nice retention and lacing. Modest aromas of orange, straw, grass, and funk. The taste was quite tart. Lemon, orange, some grass, and funk. A crackery, doughy background. Dry on the finish. Overall, an OK beer. A bit too tart and less complex than I prefer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip

Pours a hazy straw/gold with a great foamy head that gives way to excellent champagne-like bubbles, and excellent lacing throughout.

Aromas of banana and pineapple are balanced by lemony citrus notes, and white-pepper spiciness. In the background, vinous and oaky aromas are lurking. Well balanced, and bright. It becomes more and more complex to the nose as it warms.

The acidity is forward as promised, but not overwhelming. Unlike the nose, the citrus (lemon and grapefruit) is the star, with the esters taking a back seat, though peach and pineapple are there. The hops and spiciness provide grassy, horsey, funky farmhouse excellence. Finally, the barrel aging provides the oaky, vinous notes that are very welcoming. Like the aroma, it gets more and more complex as it warms.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. Light, crisp, fresh, and eminently drinkable. The carbonation is perfect.

This isn't a token sour-bomb. It is true to its farmhouse roots while providing a sour citrus punch that makes it unique, but very drinkable. Highly recommend, if you can track it down.

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Photo of yoshie
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of writing (9/16/18), I still think about this beer, even if it's been over a year since last having it. Definitely one of the better kettle soured bottles out there. The highlights of this beer are how well the lacto profile meshes with the lemon citrus notes that must come from the hops. All of that then blends in so well with the saison aspect of the beer. Nothing about it is over the top mind blowing like the quintuple dry hopped triple fruited abominations out there - but that's why this is so special. It's so well made with just the right amount of complexity to make it interesting to drink while keeping it easy to knock back during the summer.

P.S. The perfect food pairing for this beer is tacos. Plain and simple tacos with onion, cilantro, and pico de gallo.

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Luminous Ruins from Mystic Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 22 ratings