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Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mystic Saison is our take on the old Belgian farmhouse ale. Saisons were traditionally brewed for refreshment during the summer months. Light in color, effervescent with a billowy, well-retained head — it is very dry and strongly aromatic with light pepper and pear overtones. Heavier in alcohol at 7% abv, it finishes clean and bright, with a very light bitterness.

Saison is far more a tradition than a style. Made with wine yeast by French speaking people in the ‘grain belt’ of Europe, saison was brewed in winter to slake thirsts of farm workers in summer.

We found that in many ways saison goes far beyond white wines that were in the minds of the old Wallonians. It can be as dry and crisp but far more variable. In Belgium, every farm house had its own saison, influenced by their very own farm and the grains available to them. For Mystic Saison we worked towards the essence of saison.

The Name. Mystic Saison was our first beer and named to reflect the straightforward approach to a “whole field” saison.

Added by rudzud on 09-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
198
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
24.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 198
Photo of gfreed
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be suspicious of a beer that gets only A/A+ ratings-- that's what I always say. And judging from the wide swing in review scores, I'd say Mystic has a hit on its hands. My bottle was not overly boozy or sweet-- it was, in fact, one of the best and most creative American saisons I've ever had. Well balanced, fruity, yeasty but not bready; nothing overbearing or fat-handed or adolescently over-hopped; refreshing and not much beyond a hint of booziness. The only thing I'd improve upon is the print on the bottle: it's too small and too dark.

I enthusiastically await future releases.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a huge pillory white head at least three fingers thick. I was not expecting so much carbonation wince the cork did not shoot out when I began to turn it. The Smell is spicey floral slightly sweet with a hint of alcohol and a peppery zing. The flavor follows suit with the yeasty spiceyness coming out in the front followed by a light peppery finish. The mouthfeel is light of medium light with excellent carbonation. Overall this beer is delicious and was a really nice surprise. I would take this beer over saison duping any day

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a mug.

Thick fluffy white head and a somewhat cloudy red/yellow body. Smells grassy up front. Some lemon and pepper. Some anise flavor. Lemon. Sugar. Herbs. Faint bubblegum. Complex but in a good way. Well carbonated. Dry.

I had this beer as an earlier batch and was not feeling it. Upon trying it a second time around I noticed how pleasant it is. Not the yeast bomb or carbonation nightmare as compared to the first time I tried it.

Try this beer with food, you will appreciate it more. Might save some of these for turkey day.

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The much anticipated debut of Mystic Brewery! Found many, many bottles of this at Julio's and picked up a couple as today was the big debut!. Been anxious for this brewery to open and do its thing, even more anxious for some of the big beers. Really glad to see this beer. Batch 001. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Wow, this stuff is great. A massive, billowing three finger head that leaves HUGE clumpy, rocky side lacing slumping down to leave a solid white blanket. Crystal clear dark gold with loads of nucleation going on in this glass. Spectacular.

S - Really nice saison aromas here. Good light funk and belgian yeasts. Super nice light pepper notes. Little bit of fruit on the nose too. The website says pear, and I can definately see that.

T - The more I drink this, the more I like the taste. Starts slightly sweet with a nice solid barnyard funk that is typical for the style. This gives way to a gentle, pleasant peppery spiceness. Intermingling with the spicey pepper is an almost juicy fruit that when I concentrate I definately do get pear. Cracked pepper, pear, back and forth back and forth. Delicious.

M - My only knock on this beer. I find the 7% ABV to be a bit too noticeable with this beer. Good carbonation that gets nice and mellow as it sits. Good dry finish, but again, the ABV is there.

O - Overall, wow. So if this is their staple beer, just what will their limited releases be like? I don't know, but I'm anxious to try them. This beer was great and for the price ($9.99) you honestly can't beat it. This blows Dupont out of the water for that price, and Mystic is in brown bottles to boot! Definately worth seeking out this offering.

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Photo of crusian
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from brauers in Boston from my awesome girlfriend...
This bottle is beautiful. Very fancy.
pours a cloudy orange color with a ton of head... which was unexpected because I had to pull the cork out, and it made nary a pop.
nose is quite nice... white grape, lemon, and champagne.
Taste is also quite nice, it has been a while since I have muttered anything more than a meh with a saison, but this is quite citrusy, and a bit of a sauvignon blanc, reminds me a bit of the mikkeller sauvignon nelson minus the brett. nice lingering aftertaste.
mouthfeel is quite nice as well, thicker than a normal saison, but it works quite well. this has to be one of the best saisons I have had in a while. Not sure why this is not rated higher. The only thing I can really think of is that it is not a more popular style. Pick one up for sure.

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Photo of Brewhaha
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mystic Saison, Batch 001.

I lived in Chelsea for a number of years, and Matt at Berman's told me about this new brewery and showed me the first offering...

Beautiful 750 ml brown bottle, nicely corked and caged. The cork was a chore to extract, finally requiring a plier to torque it out. Surprisingly it released without violence. Early production issues afoot here.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter, released a huge billowy head with delicate bubbles and lacing. Subsequent pours resulted in equally heady effect. The cloudy blond-orange appearance was nice, quite rich-looking for a saison.

Luch aroma pushed out by all this effervescence - a spicy clove-banana phenol were the dominant notes.

Tasting - definitely mild barnyard notes: some straw, slight yeast funk, citrus peel. Alcohol was definitely present, but I thought this was nicely integrated.

Other than the recalcitrant cork, a most worthy first offering, equal in my experience to the release of my ami Jack d'Or.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had three examples of this beer, and all three were completely different beers.

All were pretty much the same looking: Awesome bottle appeal, raging carbonation, crazy foamy head and lacing, slightly hazed straw color - light orange hew.

Batch 001 #1- The first one was one of the better examples of an American Belgian Style Saison I've ever had. Foam was mountainous, high carbonation, great farmhouse funk aroma (bright- citrusy/peppery), acidic mouthfeel, refreshing crisp finish. Maltiness, hops and yeast were all working together. Really good balanced beer.

Batch 001 #2 I had another that had true acetone aroma, and a harsh boozy flavor. Hard to get over the off flavors. Four people couldn't finish (or had no interest in) the 750ml bottle. Clearly a botched bottle, and I ignored my opinion of the beer for the BA review.

Batch 002 - My impression of this one was that it was more of an American Farmhouse. Less of a funky yeast character, and far more sweetness. Saisons easily go overboard with sweetness, but this was surprisingly suiting. The beer may have changed with some aging, but I preferred the first on I had.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought somewhere localish. Corked and caged, Batch 004.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden copper brew. Meringuey head sno-cones above the rim, then collapses oh-so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet, effervescent, and lightly tart.

Taste starts with spicy sweetness, citrus tart in the middle, light prickly hops through the close, with pronounced lemon. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice. This one comes together great.

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Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A seamless and prolific off-white head lies patiently on top of a ruddy-orange brew.

Big notes of Orange, white grapes and Belgian yeast followed by lesser notes of pear, lemon and other somewhat sour, light fruits to the nose.

More strong notes of orange and lemon up front with layers of Belgian yeast mixed with a slight fruity funk, and finishing with a peppery background that also includes some butterscotch and burnt sugar way down low.

Medium bodied and not as crisp as expected, with a hint of creaminess in the middle and some heat at the back.

Having a hard time pacing myself with this underrated but flavorful and potent brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1- Big, beautiful 750 ml

A-Pours a very hazy honey color. Carbonation rises aggressively up to a huge, fluffy, off-white head. Head retains exceptionally. Looks awesome. Splotches of lacing pepper the glass.

S-Smells very intense for a Saison. Big whiffs of Belgian yeast, Hallertau (listed) hops, and some nice barnyard funk. Lightly grainy and spicy. Maybe the most inviting aroma from a Saison I have ever come across.

T-This is a tasty one. The flavor is very rich. Incredibly dry. Light funk combines with the Belgian yeast very well. A long, bitter, grassy hop finish sits on the palate. Pale fruits and some considerable peppery flavors too. The hops are strong. A bunch going on here, and its all good (and Local!).

M-Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Finish is super dry. I enjoy the feel and the lingering aftertaste.

O/D-This is Mystic's first beer, and so far (especially for a style that I am not absolutely in love with) they have really impressed me with this Saison. This is probably my favorite Saison I have tried. I heard they will be trying Lambics too...please do that Mystic.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this at Craft Beer Cellar when I visited Boston. The color of it is in the vein of raw umber, with a bubbly, pure white head that stays nicely. Very hazy due to the natural carbonation from the re-fermented yeast in the bottle.

The aroma is very alluring, reminding one of biscuity, sweet bread, pepper, rosemary and other herbs, apple cider vinegar, pear and light fruits, white wine, and Belgian yeast.

The flavor is quite complex and tasty. I tried this at several temperatures and I do prefer it quite a bit above room temperature. Initially, I perceive the classic Saison flavors of fruit esters and yeast, however, there's a pronounced citrus/lemon aspect presumably from the Hallertau hops mentioned on the bottle. The effects of the aging process in French oak Sauvignon Blanc barrels kick in during the sharp finish, which comes across as strong and vinous, with wine grapes and some woody-ness.

Overall, medium bodied, complex and sharp would be an accurate way to describe this. It paired well with the Trout dish I had for dinner this evening. I'm not sure why some reviewers are putting this selection down so much, I think it is quite enjoyable and worthy of your purchase if you like complexity and experimentation which is so prevalent in today's craft beer.

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Photo of SABERG
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Cambridge after Wilco show. Poured into tulip glass.
A - Deep staw color, big beautiful head, laced to the end.

S - Some grass, white pepper, slight lemongrass, hints of vanilla. very pleasant.

T - Having read about "boozy" atributes. I am happy to report, wonderful balance. Initial feel is smooth, light carbonation, maybe a little leathery for the style. A short tart finish is refreshing.

M - Some quick herbal elements, then medium body and a short sharp finish. Well done.

O - Very well done, with all the coverage of this offering, my experience is very pleasant.
Lets hope the future releases continue to be as good.

Cheers

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous classy bottle but the caged cork top was a serious pain - the top too mushy to get leverage and the bottom really wedged in there. Poured all head, and in fact all refills of the glass to the end of the bottle would erupt again into all head. The smell honors the Belgian style with malt, yeast, hints of the rich spiciness to come. Appearance is cloudy but bright like a orangy-yellowy sunrise. Taste initially is mild but the finish has sizable length and reveals the citrusy rich spiced bubblegum/banana flavours. Others complained the high alcohol was too much. Although it may be higher than a Saison typically is I did not think it subtracted from the flavors enjoyment at all. But yeah I do have a bit of a headache the day after. All in all I found this to be a quality classy product and as a Boston local I'm both pround and stunned it came out of Chelsea MA.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive five-finger foamy white head. Brew is clouded yellow with some nice orange tint. Head lingers awhile and leave nice lacing.

Peach, lemon, and spice stand out in the scent. The white barrels are also quite prevalent.

Very light, but kinda spicy kick. Very nice without having over done sauvignon barrel. Nice oakyness. Dry, crisp, refreshing and heavy carbonation.

Very solid Saison! Thanks Andy for sharing this one, awesome extra! Highly recommended as an easy hot summer day drinker.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on my birthday while visiting Boston. Wish I had another one!

This was from Batch 002.

This has a nice golden hue with a good head retention as its poured. A funky, floral aroma comes through. Delicately flavored with a dry finish and some lingering funk. Very effervescent, light and flavorful. Glad I was able to share this one with someone special.

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Photo of silentjay
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a bit hazy glowing golden color gives way to a huge pure white fluffy head that leaves enormous chunks of foam on the glass.

lemony, slightly tart and zesty, peppery, with some hay, a touch of barnyard and some bubblegum sweetness.

bubblegum, pepper, with some zesty citrus (not bitter) juice, a touch of funk along with some not-quite-ripe stonefruits. some apple. a lot going on, actually, but remains refreshing and drinkable. a bit too sweet on the finish as bubblegum and candy-sugar like sweetness stick around a while.

fluffy velvety medium bodied that works very well.

overall, i like it. it definitely skirts to the sweeter side of the spectrum rather than the dry side. Will definitely check out other brews by this brewery.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 005 picked up from julios last summer

the beer rockets the cork into the ceiling as soon as the cage comes off and pours a slightly hazy golden with a huge white head. the nose is very pungent, reminiscent of pear, lemon, and yeast. there is an adequate amount of sweetness in the taste, but it still finishes relatively dry. the mouthfeel is medium, effervescent, and aromatic. I enjoy the beer and would like to try the wine barreled versions in the future.

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001. 750ML corked and caged.

Poured into a Duvel chalice, giant blssoming head, orange, yellow, very appealing.

Smells of clove, yeast, citrus.

Taste is slightly high in alcohol, as noted by others, but very well balanced with light bread, dry fruits, and a good mouthfeel.

Very impressive for a new brewery.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a well hazed glowing orange color, bright and translucent with a two finger cap of fluffy white head that shows excellent staying power.

S - Spicy, green, grassy, fresh hop bitterness, malty sweetness, cloves, lemons, oranges, fresh bread and a hint of tartness.

T - Surprisingly - a bit boozy. A warmth and taste sensation that last throughout. A bit phenolic and medicinal. Nice hop bitterness. Has a fresh "green" flavor throughout as well - grassy, lightly fruity/orangey and peachy, spicy with cloves, bready malt base. The level of alcohol presence is a bit of a detractor for me that turns this a bit into a sipper.

M - To me saisons should be easy drinking, light and refreshing...this comes off a bit heavy with the alcohol. Doesn't kill it, but just keeps it from being as good as it could be. Carbonation is mid-level and appropriate for style.

O - A good saison! Less noticeable alcoholic nature would improve this one greatly for me. I like this but the competition in this style is stiff, so might not be a regular purchase. I'll definitely get again, just not sure how often.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with BeerLady2. Served in a standard pint glass.
Pours a hazy yellow gold with a HUGE frothy/foamy head and a substantial amount of lacing.
The aromas are mix of horse stable, dried malt, meadow flowers, cut word, orange peel, limes and a faint whiff of gin.
The flavors are fairly complex and changing as it goes down. Caramel malt, floral and resinous hops, citrus peel, spices, herbs and gin.
This is an edgy Saison with competing smells and flavors. A slight sweetness checks in and mellows things out late in the glass.
Fine brew with a hearty stew or sharp cheeses and salamis.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to johnnnniee for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, fluffy head with very long retention and sticky lacing left behind.

S: Very fruity, plenty of apple and pear with some pepper and clove spice mixed in.

T: More apple along with some orange and apricot, nice level of spice with pepper and cloves. Some bread/bicsuit malt on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, slight alcohol presence.

O: A solid saison. The carbonation was a bit high, but not more so than other saisons I have had from corked bottles.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a big frothy head that sticks around. Golden orange in color. Some chill haze. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Earthy. Musky. Yeasty.
T) Pleasant malty sweetness. Subtle spiciness. A well balanced flavor profile - not pungent or astringent.
M) Crisp. Medium light body. Dry.
O) A great saison. I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan.

The beer appears hazy and yellow, with a finger of white head. The aroma offers citrus, spice, malt, light alcohol. Good flavor, with a lot of citrus. Light to medium in body, with only a mild alcohol presence. Faint mustiness and funk. Easy to drink and pretty smooth. A good saison, I would have this again.

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Photo of seand
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a fair amount of light white head. A film with some bigger bubble retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Sweet and yeasty, on the subtle side for a saison.

T: Fuller sweetness than the aroma suggests, leading into a lightly hoppy refreshing finish. The 7% isn't particularly noticeable except perhaps for a moment on the finish.

M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation. It's fitting for the beer.

Overall, quite good, and nicely refreshing without being too light.

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Photo of popery
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium golden color. Fairly cloudy. Medium just barely off-white head. Good retention. Aroma is a nice mix of fresh malt, saison yeastiness and light fruitiness. I'm getting green grapes, white wine, peaches, blueberries, apples. Honey. Malt flavor is bright and fairly sweet. Mild pepper. Some very light funk. Mildly herbal. Taste starts fairly sweet with a good dose of honey-ish malt. Then, some apricot and grape fruitiness kicks in. Finally, the beer finishes with some drier yeast notes and a bit of lemony, floral hops. Lightly effervescent with some decent body to the beer. Tasty enough, but it's mostly well-trod territory. I remember liking Renaud a bit more, though I think this one is a touch more fruity. Still, it's a solid, well-made saison.

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