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 Khazadum
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Way over carbonated. This 2011 bottle is nearly impossible to pour, and presents a aquarium like appearance visible through the golden honey body.

S- Smells really nice though. Peppery opening with a sharp clove middle. I'm talking super pepper like I sprinkled it all over the head. Beyond that a bit of fruity esters but they are really really hard to get beyond the pepper and banana nature.

T- Lots of fruity esters assault my taste buds. What presents through the intensely bright carbonation is bubble gum with banana flavor. Lots of bubble gum actually with fruit esters. Some tartness of citrus and a phenolic finish. Bit of leather or band-aid character with sprinkled pepper. Its complex but too jumbled and sweet. Juicy even.

M- Bright carbonation but not dry enough. Very sweet, malty even. Full bodied, the carbonation gives it a thick flavor. Lingering flavors of pepper and lemon grass on the back end help bring up the score a bit.

Its nice.. just not what I want at all in a saison. In fact, I'm not even sure I could call this a saison.

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

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, bottled 8/13/11.

Appearance: Very careful pour (of a cold bottle) yields a glass of foam. Dissipates slowly, leaving thick walls of lacing. Head is nice, but this is a bit of a pain in the ass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, once the foam turns into beer.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty, with a little pepper. Faint mineral and lemon. Effervescent. Not much spice besides pepper. Gives an impression of a few different fruits, but kind of a not-fleshed-out suggestion. Smells bright and refreshing, but ultimately a little dull.

Taste: I sometimes pan should-be-complex beers for tasting the same every sip... no worry of that with this beer.

The first sip has lots of yeasty flavor, with interesting savory undertones that appear well into the sip. Dry finish devoid of aftertaste. Subsequent sips tone down considerably with the yeast flavor, but reveal some undercooked bread and lemon rind. No clove or harsh phenols, just slightly fruity, subtle Belgian yeast flavor, almost-solvent-like-alcohol, and a little pear on the back end.

After I pour the next glass (not even halfway through the bottle; this thing seems to fill my Duvel tulip with foam for every 6th of the bottle I pour), the flavor gets notably more powerful. It's suddenly sweet and fruity, with a prominent mineraly note. Less watery, more creamy.

All told, most sips don't really rise above 3 to 3.5 territory for taste... they never have off notes, but they're not overwhelmingly interesting on their own, nor more palatable than the average saison. I'm bumping the score to a 4.0 because there's a lot going on without clashing, and the only consistent aspect of the flavor is its softness.

Hard to explain "softness", but everything that happens (mild funk, fruity or herbal hops, fruity esters, yeasty flavors) is subdued without being bland. Given the good mouthfeel, it makes for a refreshing beer, and experiencing all these different flavors is ultimately quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, high side of moderately carbonated (despite the pouring difficulties). Dry finish. No alcohol heat.

Overall: Tasty, and a strong start for this new brewery, but not in the same league as Captain Lawrence Saison, or Fantome, or Saison Dupont, or other readily available beers from across the stylistic spectrum called 'saison'. I enjoyed it, but too often I found myself taking a sip and being left wanting more from the beer.

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Photo of aorloski
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle. Batch 002

Appearance: A beautiful golden, hazy slightly orange beer. I am kind of upset at how carbonated this one is. Poured slowly into a glass yielded me a good 4 fingers head of really tight white bubbles. Why do i have to wait 5 minutes to drink this?

Smell - Quintessential, lemon zest, barnyard, funky yeast and breads with a light light hop character. Dont forget the oak, its there! Smells good.

Taste - Despite the carbonation level of this beer this thing tastes incredibly good. Honestly one of the better saisons I've ever drank. Lemon zest, funky yeast, grass all up front and ending on a faint hop note, tastes really good. Awesome oak character in this one.

mouthfeel - i can't believe how this feels in the mouth based on the pour. I thought it would be much more carved but it is nice and smooth actually. You just have to wait for the bubbles to die down.

Overall - Despite the carb levels this beer is awesome. I am not a fan of waiting a long time to pour/wait for the brew to calm down based on these types of problems but once it calms down this is a top notch beer!

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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 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 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 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 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 srandycarter
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork bottle... hard to open. Very very carbonated. Slow to leave, with lots of puffy, cloudy cling.

A - Pours huge white cloud, murky light copper.

S - Overripe tart fruit, sweet malt underlay.

T - Nice light sweet malt, grainy texture, light funk. Nice.

M - Light body, maybe over carbed, good balance.

D - Easy to drink. Nice offering!

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

A - Cotton-like, peach colored head. The beer is murky and ranged from dark orange to burnt yellow.

S - Tons of fruit, manly lemon, grapefruit and banana. The grain comes through as wheat flower, but the aroma is mostly fruit.

T - Ah, there's the spice I was looking for! Peppercorns abound, followed by a hot alcohol bite. Then comes the fruit, this time with some pineapple. Some band-aid, medicinal character, but it works well here. Also, there is a bit of herbal tea flavor.

M - Light to medium body, but a touch too sweet for style.

O - A fruity, peppery saison and a great first brew for this burgeoning brewery. Can't wait to try to the next one!

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

750 mL bottle, batch 001

A: Golden body under a huge white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet, grape-like, hint of apple, some earthy yeast. Fruit notes throughout.

T: Very sweet up front, pepper notes, earthy yeast, some pear. Fruit notes, a hint of alcohol in there before a dry/yeast finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is about a medium. A little too think I think for the style. Very good drinkablity. Overall, a rather interesting Saison. Not quite as dry or crisp as I'm used to, but very flavorful through out.

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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 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 Dreadnaught33
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 001, thanks again to portia99.

A: Beautiful looking pour with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Hazy orange to lighter orange on the edges. Pretty.

S: Lots of assorted fruits, even some tropical notes and peach in the nose. Some dry straw. Would be better if there were not some metallic like notes in the smell.

T: Taste not as fruity as I thought, a dry and bready saison with some dry yeast notes. Champagne dry grape. Not overly complex, dry and not very sweet. Maybe a splash of lemon zest. Almost pilsner like in the malt profile to me, some random grains in the aftertaste that does not linger.

M: Abrupt finish, no lingering flavor as noted above. Lager like in fell and not as creamy as I hoped it would be.

Oerall pretty solid but not memorable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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