Saison | Mystic Brewery

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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch number: 011.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice earthy quality in the flavors.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK a strange one here...
poured from bottle into tulip.
Really nice head on a slightly orange color brew.
Aromas of saison peppery notes but also a hint of banana like hefe yeast.
Taste is fruity saison with a lot of german hefe influence. Some peppery finish with a lot of fruity esters. I wish it had a bit more saison personality but the flavor is not bad.
My biggest wish is for a bit more still has some somewhat residual sweetness but not bad.
Its a bit over malty but in general its a good brew. Not a seeker but worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a cloudy nectarine yellow color with two fingers of bright white head. Just a bit of wet lacing with this one.

Aroma of lemon, ripe tropical fruit and herbal notes and table sugar along with a yeasty mustiness.

Tasted of tangerine, lemon, ripe tropical fruit, spicy herbal notes sugar, yeast and crackers. Finished clean.

Medium bodied, sticky and dry with a moderate carbonation.

Perhaps a tad too sweet but still a tasty Saison from Mystic.

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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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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 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 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 Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Makes for a beautiful pour with a bright orange body and a nice white fluffy head on top. Sticky and lacy as well.

Fruity and yeasty on the nose with a faint lemon note and some pepper and clove spice notes. A little more subtle than some saisons but definitely showing some complexity to it.

A fruity tartness starts things off. Yeasty spice notes mix in as well making for a well balanced beer. Finishes with a bit of an earthy and musty character.

Bubbly and crisp on the mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty solid saison. Nothing really sticks out but all the flavors blend together so well it makes for a nice sipper on a beautiful summer afternoon.

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Photo of sommersb
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-30-2013
Freshness: Batch 008
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged with gold foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours with a huge white head on a beer that is clear, bright and golden in color. The last pour from the bottle shows some cloudy yeast sediment from the bottle conditioning. Head retention is very good but there seems to be no Belgian lace as I'd expect.

The smells are fruity at first, with grape notes. I then get aromas of Belgian yeast spiciness, with some mustiness. Finally there is also the aroma of grassy hops.

The taste is especially dry with some amount of tartness, as well as spicy with a hint of white pepper. I'm not a wine guy, but this tastes a lot like I'd describe as a dry, white wine flavor.

The mouthfeel has a very high carbonation level on a medium body. The finish is much like the taste, with spiciness and a little sourness, wrapped up in a very dry package.

Overall a pretty good saison, although I think it lacked flavor complexity and seemed too dry for my liking.

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

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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 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 Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a huge two finger puffy white head that has reduced to a puffy layer and left some clumpy lacing on the glass. It is a pale orage yellow color with some haziness and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: vanilla, spiciness, bready and sweet malts, apples, pears, golden raisins, some booze on the nose, and yeasty esters. Smells more like a tripel than a saison. Very strange.

Taste: everything mentioned above with some strange tartness to the beer. Almost makes me pucker up. Sour apples and spiciness are the most noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, tingly feeling in the mouth, a bit dry, still tingling, and medium bodied.

Overall: A mediocre saison at best. Being there first batch, there is still room to move up. I will revisit these guys again and again because of there upcoming styles and barrel usage.

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Photo of oline73
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 001, poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden tint. There is a super thick off white two finger head that leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Just a bit sweet. It is reminding me of champagne. I'm getting some mild herbs and a fruity characteristic.

Taste: Light and slightly herbal, but less so than I would expect from the style. There is a noticeable alcohol presence and some fruity notes. Those facts combine to make me think of champagne here as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with way too much carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Not my favorite saison. Too much alcohol and not delicate enough if you ask me. I think I would pass in the future.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Driftwood Tavern Plymouth, MA

Appearance: one inch head, gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: wheat and light flower

Taste: wheat, hay, light flower, slight lemon

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, slightly bitter

Overall: An ok, slightly above average saison. Not a bad beer, but it really did not stick out too much in a style I really like. I would get this again if offered to me, but would not go out of my way for it.

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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 jmerloni
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden amber with a hazy tornado spinning through the center vertical. Solid white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Aroma is sour and tart smelling. Pear, green apple, cranberry, pomegranate, citrus. I pick up no malt here, though.

T - Green apple, pear, citrus, hops. Malt is absent. Entirely. I can only taste it faintly after swallowing a sip and it's on the very cliffedge of my tastebuds. Also, an unappealing vinegar taste. Ehh.

M - I don't know whether this was old on the shelf or what but this mouthfeel isn't very appealing. Each sip totally comes apart and there is almost no carbonation.

D - A poor showing. Not impressed by any means. The aromas and tastes are sour and anti-fulfilling. For this brewery (and this is the first beer I've tried from them) to call this a saison is just sacrilege to the style. For them to call this a saison is nonsense. There is no saison here. Nothing even approaching it. They could change five things about this beer in an effort to make it a saison and it still wouldn't trigger. This is, frankly, a beer gone wrong.

This is the first beer I've had from Mystic and, though Im disappointed by their first offering, I'll try two more to be faithful to a democratic spirit. I have a couple friends who have attested to Mystic's talent (and they're people whose taste I have faith in) and I'll be indulging them again soon.

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Photo of pisano
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured cold out of a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass

a: pours a hazy deep copper color with a massive four finger creamy head that slowly dissipates down to about half finger

s: malt sweetness, light citrus notes, belgian yeast, slight oxidation

t: sweet up front with strong hop bitterness and spice notes, banana, belgian yeast, a hint of alcohol, strong lingering bitterness; also getting some slight oxidation

m: medium body, lots of carbonation that gives a nice tingling sensation, no alcohol burn, refreshing

o: overall it's OK but i found it to be a bit too sweet and it had a strange aftertaste

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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 YouSkeete
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy yellow pour with a giant bubbly off-white head. Fermented citrus, lemongrass, bananas, clove spice with hints of hay bales and earthy hops on the aroma; very hefeweizen-like. Heavily carbonated hit of sour fermented citrus fruits, bananas and white bread on the first sip. Thick yeast and bready malts compose most of the overall body with fermented citrus that lingers across the palate, into a sour, dry finish. Light to medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Not dramatically impressive, just about average in my opinion.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.36/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks Thorpe, bottle served in a snifter.

Beer is brownish and hazy with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, some carbonation.

Aroma is odd, fusel, sweet, odd.

Beer is close to non-drinkable. I've heard a lot about our bottle of this, mislabeled, wrong batch, whatever the problem is this beer is not good, it is oddly bitter, has other alcohols not ethanol in it, lots of esters and aldehydes carrying through, phenolic and medicinal. Not a repeat. Fortunately the BA versions were vastly superior.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.12/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a Mystic saison glass.

Pours a clear medium golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. Nice retention.

The nose carries some grainy pilsner malt plus a bit of oxidized malt. Light cardboard character and some fairly-heavy phenols. The flavor carries along the same lines and was a bit too much to handle. Harsh character with a bit of solvent. Hard to get through.

I hope this was a bad batch, as I really enjoyed the Sauv Blanc version of this, and the Cabernet version we had alongside this bottle was much better.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe.

Pours a clear light copper with a quickly fading fizzy white head with dots of lace. Head quickly fades to a thin collar. Grainy aroma, with some yeast and a nasty rubbing alcohol finish. Semi sweet, fruity body with an unbalanced grain finish. Slightly syrupy, low carbonation body with strong alcohol presence again. Not sure I would have blindly guessed this was a saison.

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Photo of afrokaze
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mt4080 for this one!

Pours a hazy amber orange with a huge 3 finger head that sticks around and strong lacing.

Smell is bready yeast and banana & clove phenols, apple and pear, some light hay-like funk, honey, with some herbal and earthy hops.

Light citrus from pear & green apple gives way to bready yeast mixed with malt sweetness, although it lingers a bit too long. Clove and banana, spicy peppery notes, earthy/spicy hops are very nice and impart a bit of woodiness with some hay and funk/tart in the finish.

Thin-medium body with prickly carbonation, semi-dry long finish with a bit of tannins. Alcohol is almost nonexistant until the end of the glass but never intrudes.

A good saison but it feels like it's caught between classic balance or bigger standout characteristic. There are definitely more hops as typical of US styles, but they come across a bit too herbal for my taste when mixed with the strong yeast character. The ABV could stand up to more citrus-forward hops to give it a more distinctive flavor.

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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 DanK4
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Bauer W&S in Boston, the clerk was promoting this brewery pretty hard so I figured I'd pick one up.

A: Into a flute- huge carbonation streaming from the bottom, big 4 finger head that diminished slow leaving nice lacing and a golden-orange color.

S: Its got some funk, but it almost reminds me of champagne. Nothing crazy awesome about the smell but it was pleasant. Had a nice funk to it, subtle though.

T: The sauvignon blanc notes stand out here big time, along with a decent farmhouse funk to it. The carbonation is kind of overkill causing a lot of the flavors to be masked. Not fantastic, but not terrible.

M: A lighter-medium bodied beer that has fantastic potential. A good drink, but I would love to see more taste from this beer and maybe a little less carb. Semi-dry finish, nice easy drink that leaves a nice white aftertaste.

O: A decent find, nothing remarkable by any means but I enjoyed it. Could be better but none the less its a nice one-time beer.

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