Saison | Mystic Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 63
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 Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 brotherloco
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Zkscharf
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Saison from Mystic Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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