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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 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 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 jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 3+ finger head that keeps rising and then fades semi quickly with lots of big bubbles, pot marked lacing, over hazy golden tan colored beer.

Nose light saison malts, little toasty, light spices and hint of citrus, light sweet malts as well, bit of a rustic farmhouse saison aromas, bit of wheat like aromas as well. Staple for saison aroma.

Taste starts with some light sweet malts, some esters as well, and a bit of an earthy almost herbal estery flavor with a bit of tannins, then light malts, bit toasty and wheat flavored, leading to the farmhouse rustic malt flavors and light yeasty flavors. Light spices break through with a hint of booze, actually the booze starts to get a bit heavy and warming, drinks more like 9% than 7% unfortunately. Touch of citrus rounds it off. The finish has a light bitterness with more warming booze and a bit of esters and farmhouse rustic malt flavors, dry finish as well.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation, and some warming booze.

Overall not bad, mostly typical well done farmhouse saison beer, but the booze and esters get a bit much, nice flavors overall though.

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Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown corked and caged bottle.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, chunky semi-dense off-white head sticks well to the glass.

SMELL: Peppercorn, chalky yeast, ripe persimmons, faint pineapple, slightly medicinal, dusty cellar, biscuit dough, crackers.

TASTE: Smooth, moderate body, bitty snap, golden raisins, ripe pears, faint honey, floury grain, subtle hop flavor, peppery, papaya, yeast, faint broth, bitter herbs, alcohol, dry yeasty finish.

Very interesting, perhaps that is a loaded way to start my notes and yes it is an interesting beer. The yeast forward aspect drags this beer down a bit for me, not to the point of being undrinkable but it clearly leaves a note that my palate can't shake. Love the dryness and use of hop but I expected a bit more malt character to back all of this up. Glad I tried this again, batch #1 that I shared at Bukowski's seemed like a yeast bomb. Looking forward to trying future batches if there are variances.

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

Huge, frothy white head. It recedes in a rocky fashion. Quite cloudy as expected. Yellow-gold color.

Lots of sour aroma featuring lemon. Mild yeast nose. Some pepper.

The flavor is more pronounced than the smell and very traditional (predictable). Starts with a fluffy, pale malt flavor which gradually turns sour. The swallow has some pepper but it doesn't last in the aftertaste. Good body and carbonation for the style.

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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 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 johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1
I've stored this upright in the fridge for at least two weeks and this still pours a cloudy deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that takes forever to recede but leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass. Smells of pears and pepper right off the bat. Hints of apple, sweet honey malt, and candied sugar. Taste is lightly sweet and malty. The flavor holds some nice fruitiness and a bit of pepper, pomme fruits and light esters. Spirited level of carbonation, light but bubbly mouthfeel, Medium to light body. Great tasting flavorful beer. Maybe a touch sweet for the style, but it really works for me.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jason I think? Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - Sharp grains, black pepper and other nebulous spices, perhaps a bit of clove, some phenolic notes, a bit of sulfur.

T - Spicy black peppery yeast, sulfur, some stone fruits, and a bit of tart citrus. The sweetness is an improvement and balances the other flavors a bit better.

M - Medium body, a tad watery, dry and lightly tannic finish, medium-high carbonation.

D - This Saison is a bit too spicy and medicinal for my tastes. I enjoyed it more than Mystic Pizza, but less than Mystic River.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a loose, half inch bright white head that dissipates into a swirly skim and a dollop of white. Nose is somewhat clean - citrus, coriander and bubblegum/banana esters. Taste is a little duller than anticipated by the nose. Flavors of citrus, yeast, wheat, clove and a buttery character are present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a gassy carbonation. All and all, a good freshman effort for this brewer. The carbonation is a little off in my opinion; however, it was quite enjoyable and suggests that this brewery shows some promise.

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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 AgentZero
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellowish beer with some traces of orange, a bit hazy. Nice big white head, good lacing.

S - Grainy, some pretty distinct (not terribly pleasant either) spices, and some harsh phenols.

T - A bit sweeter than the nose. Still has that spice, a little peppers, and phenols from the yeast. Slightly citrus, not great but passable.

M - Medium bodied, slightly dry on the finish, good carbonation.

O - Not a huge fan, many better saisons out there with better tastes.

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Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1

A: A very hazy straw pour with a huge billowy white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

S: Grassy with some pear. Cloves and pepper.

T: Very peppery for sure. Some sort of herbal quality (lemongrass?). Pear and maybe some apple. Peppery really shines, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Mid-range with good carbonation. Almost a little heavy for a saison. Slightly drying.

O: Definitely a peppery (black pepper/peppercorn) saison and a must-try if you like the style. Got a decent bite from the spice and from the alcohol. Not your average light, all-fruit saison.

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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 dryness...it 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 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 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 Sean9689
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared by me with the crew.

A - Pours yellow, white frothy head, thick cap, spotty lace.

S - Funk, cloves, herbal notes, hay. A little sweeter then I really like my Saisons with a cloying note on the end.

T - Sweet funky fruit notes, spices, hay. Again, a little too sweet here but nothing terribly off-putting. Just not exactly what I was hoping for.

M - Light to medium body, a bit too much carbonation, dry finish.

O - This was amongst the lower end of the other Saisons we opened during this tasting. While decent, it's not on the upper-level of this style. Not really worth searching out.

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