Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison | Mystic Brewery

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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented SaisonSauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison

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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rudzud on 11-08-2011

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle picked up at Julio's
Sauvignon Blanc French Oak Barrels
No batch number given

Pours a clear golden color, a huge white head fills half the glass and fades at a slow rate, tons of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass continuously.

Smell has a nice wooden character, a light fruity ester hits the nose, a touch of funk and yeast make things interesting, everything with the aroma is well balanced and seems to work cohesively.

Taste starts out with a fruity front, citrus tingles the mouth, a woody flavor then comes into play and adds a nice complexity, a light funk in the aftertaste, not overly yeasty, finishes slightly dry but not overwhelming.

I don't know how it compares to the regular Mystic Saison but this barrel aged version is quite tasty.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the normal Saison, hoping this one kicks ass too.

A-Pours a honey color. Seems to be a bit more orange than the original. Head is similar. Big, frothy, fluffy. Retains excellently and leaves nice bits of lacing. Carbonation is exceptionally violent.

S-Considerably more funky and vinous than the original. You can really get a good aroma of both the oak and the Sauvignon Blanc. I really enjoy the nose. Peppered, slightly sweet and decently tart.

T-Very flavorful. The vinous quality comes on quite well on the back end. The oak also lingers beautifully. Funky and sweet. Love the yeast here. Peppery too. Alcohol is masked a bit better than in the original. I love the dynamic and complex flavor here. Wine and oak notes last for aged. Noble hoppiness is in the mix too and lends a nice deal of bitterness.

M-Medium body. Nice dryness. Ample amounts of carbonation. Alcohol isn't as much of a factor as it is in the original.

O/D-Well this is one tasty brew. I do in fact like this one more than their original Saison. Before this, the original Mystic Saison was my favorite of the style. Now this one takes the crown. Loving this. Will enjoy this 750 ml, even though it is about $12.

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Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Mystic flute. Light golden copper in color. A bit hazy at first but clears after sitting for a bit. A nice fluffy head with great retention and solid lacing.

S- Peppery, slightly vinous, some oak and grape flavors. Typical saison flavors with white wine grape sweetness blended through.

T- This is where this beer starts to differentiate itself from the regular version. Starts smooth, slightly sweet, honey, melon, white wine notes and some malt lead the way before transitioning into a dry spicy finish dominated by notes of pepper, a slight hint of green grass and then a very vinous finish. Very fantastic and very different from the regular version.

M- Nice carbonation, very smooth, not as much spritz as the regular saison.

O- I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The bal-treatment did wonders to this beer. The phenols were subdued, the sauvignon blanc added a fantastic sweetness that both complemented and contrasted the spicy yeast notes. Something to look forward to once the hot summers months come back around.

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Photo of larryi86
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
750 mL bottle, batch 2, poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a four finger white fluffy head.

S- White wine, apples, earthy spices, pepper, yeast, tart lemons.

T- Oak, wine, earthy spices, apples and other light fruits, slightly bitter finish. The Sauvnon Blanc barrels work very well with this Saison.

M- Light to medium body, lively carbonation, dry finish.

O- This is a really nice barrel aged Saison, wish I had another bottle. Easy to drink and just enough complexity.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal bright golden color with a large creamy head - pour carefully. The head lasts and maintains at 1/2 finger high, leaving large streaks of foam on the glass.

Bread and lemon nose. Complex flavor with bread, lemon, white grapes, earthy, with a buttery oak character. Crisp with a lively acidity.

Medium-light body with a bold carbonation. Refreshing and champagne-like with a strong barrel character. Plenty of complexity to keep you on your toes.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very loud thwop after the cork pops worries me for a second, but when no eruption happens I settle back a bit. Finally pouring the beer, I watch a pasty white fizzy and bubbly head ruse up to about a finger and a half before fading fairly quickly at first, but settles at about 1/2 a finger and stays there for a while. Bits of messy lacing remain on the sides of the glass. The beer itself is slightly hazy, with a honey orange nice looking colored beer.

Nosing it brings more experience of a typical saison... at first. It comes with a light Belgian golden malt profile, slightly toasted malt, and even a bit of wheat. That gives way to very light floral spices and citrus from the typical saison yeast, but in this case it's much lighter than typical. my nose picks up a nice fruity aroma, with hints of peach and white grape, and those fruits give way to a light musty vinous white wine like aroma, actually the white grape fruit and wine really ramps up as my nose adjusts to the rest of the aromas.

As I take a sip, my taste buds thank me with nice floral flavors of floored fl-ruits (had to keep the alliteration). Fruits are the main attraction this time, a big apple and pear like fruit flavor explode out the gate, even a bit of peach as well. The white wine and white grape flavors are fairly dominant in the same context, with the juicy fruit flavors, and a light musty vinous flavor. Malts run in the background but let their presence be known, again light Belgian golden malts, saison flavors, light farmhouse but not much. Juicy tasting for the most part, with hints of floral hops coming through with a hint of bitternes, then a bit of barrel. Light toasty buttery barrel is fairly light but enough to be noticed like a wife's 3 inch hair cut (note later vintage is loaded with buttery oak). Finish is fairly dry, although the overall taste profile is mostly dry anyways, saison flavors lingering with lots of stone fruit, light musty vinous white wine, juicy malts and fruits, and just a hint of barrel lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, quite a bit of carb that comes through well.

Overall nice, a great saison profile that doesn't fall into the same step as most and just brings farmhouse rustic malts and hints of spices and citrus fruits from the yeast, and it adds lots of nice stone fruit flavors, musty vinous white wine, and just a hint of barrel. Quite drinkable, esp for 7% abv. I could drink lots of this and have no problem killing the entire 750 myself, and I wish it was a bit cheaper.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm very excited about this beer as it seems we finally have a brewery in the direct Boston area that is going to make the barrel part of the brewing process.

The flavors of the wine barrels that are imparted from the fermentation are outstanding. You get oak, you get slight vanilla, heavy on the wine tannins, a light peach and pear over tone - just phenomenal work.

This is great stuff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the pleasure of trying this today at the brewery.
Pours a slightly cloudy deep straw color with a thinnish white head that shows remarkable retention and moderate lace. Smells of apples, pears, grape tannin, hints of oak and vanilla with a slight bit of Belgian yeast esters. Taste is sweet and fruity with that yeasty funk in the background. Lots of the same fruit flavors from the aroma. Hints of oak and a bit of wine tannin add lots of complexity to this version. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I thought this version was fantastic.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours sparkling gold with a two-plus inch head of stark white. Tattered sheets of lacing and a solid coating on the surface for the duration.

Green apples, cotton candy, clove-dusted-honey-drizzeled biscuits and grape must start the nose. Vineous, fruity, and chock full of Belgiany goodness.

Light to medium bodied with an expansive, pillowy mouthfeel. Crisp and a bit splintered.

Honey-laced apples, wine-steeped bubblegum, fresh cut grass with wet hay, and a trace of husky malt leads off the palate. A sweetish, almost candied apple profile runs through as well as a less-than-dry white wine vineousity.

Finishes with some lingering honey, apples, and wine-soaked oak.

Probably the best Mystic brew I've had yet. If this beer had some brett in the barrels and aged until dry and tart I would be hoarding this.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe.

By far my favorite of the three Mystic saisons sampled. The balance and subtlety of this beer was completely absent from the regular version and Cabernet barrel, and this version also lacked any of the off flavors of the others. Mild oak throughout the body with strong lemon and white grape fruitiness blending with peppery earthiness. Medium bodied, high carbonation, and a refreshing dry finish. Good stuff; based on the batches sampled, seek this out and pass on the regular and cab.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this brew for a long time. Glad to see it finally arrive. Purchased at Julio's. According to the brewer only 58 cases were made (meaning only 1044 bottles). This is a blend of Mystic Saison 1 & 2 (mostly 2) that was that was separately fermented in Napa-sourced barrels then aged for 6 weeks before blending and bottling. It was then re-fermented in the bottle with a wine yeast strain and aged for 6 weeks in their warm room.

A - Poured into my Mystic tulip a light copper/amber hue with a big, rocky three finger white head that sunk down to a thick, creamy dense quarter inch blanket. Good lacing, but spectacular head retention.

S - Nice light pepper and saison funk notes. All the good parts of a "good batch" of their staple saison, but with some very nice barrel notes. Some slight vinous notes that are definately sauvignon blanc mix really nicely with the yeast.

T - Upfront you're greeted with their staple saison, nice light barnyard funk, subtle citrus fruits (lemon), light spice (pepper), and belgian yeasts. It then becomes awash with soft earthy barrel aspects. Leads to nice vinous qualities, good white grapeskins with a solid tart/sourness on the finish. Alcohol is slightly present though on the finish.

M - Really, really like this mouthfeel. Very sharp in the mouth to start. As it sits and warms the carbonation tones down a bit and the white wine qualities come out abit more. There is a little alcohol present on the end, though, its more wine like than saison.

O - Overall, really liked this beer. The barrel aging goes very nicely with this. Exceptional appearance, solid aroma and mouthfeel in this one. Intriuged to see what a little time does with this...maybe smooth out the very slight harshness of the sauvignon blanc. Glad I bought this beer.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up my reg spot for ~$12. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a dull clear amber color from bottle. A big bubbly white head forms. Sits darker in the glass and is almost opaque. Lots of foamy lacing. A great capping of tight bubbles lingers around.

S- Pretty light in general. Lemon zest, white pepper, hay, and light musky funk. Light and airy. Musk increases as it warms.

T- Light summer fruit, some tart citrus, soft wet hay musk. Oak frames the flavors. Really pick up a good deal of white wine grapes. The flavors really play well with each other and are in a good balance.

M- Light- med bodied. Light and delicate. Lingers softly and well. Slowly dries. Light zest on the palate. Lots of crisp bubbles on tongue.

O- Flavors are very well balanced and it makes for a very easy drink. Really on the border of beer/wine and could make for a good transition beer. Very nicely done. Will be getting another bottle to share.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ms11781 for sending this my way. Served in a Mystic saison willi becher, also courtesy of ms11781. Thanks!

Batch 2

Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden-peach color with a towering white head that's very, very foamy. Great retention and loads of sticky rings of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose first brings notes of Sauvignon Blanc and grapes plus some stone fruits. Behind that comes a bit of oak and light malt.

The flavor is fairly oaky with a bit of light tannin. Good white grape character throughout. A bit of lemon zest and notes of apricot. Faint earthiness and white pepper in the background. Body is light-medium. A bit too full as far as I'm concerned, but the quite-dry finish makes up for that. Good carbonation. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of the_beerist
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy straw color, lively carbonation with huge white fluffy head that took a while to go down. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Definitely some white wine, fresh stone fruit, with a little funk over top of the normal saison smell.

T: Wow...amazing what the Sauvignon Blanc barrels did to this. Oak and muscat upfront, some clove in the middle followed by a definite bitterness from the tannins or yeast. Real earthy and fresh. Nice!

M: The oak has given it a dry finish. Carbonation is a bit much for my liking.

O: Glad I picked this up. Just an extremely balanced, enjoyable beer. Not extreme or over the top, this feels like a perfect pairing of barrel aging and beer style. Mystic continues to impress with these rare treats!

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Photo of silentjay
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy copper with amber hues and a generously sized almost pure white head that lasts and lasts and sticks well to the glass.

very champagne-like aroma with green grape skin and lots of tartness. musty funk and hay behind that with a yeasty spiciness and some light oak aromas.

again, champagne comes to mind, but much better. tart, not sour by any means, with green grapes, cellar must, a lot of peppery yeasty spiciness. some herbs and grass and hay.

medium bodied with a plethora of tiny-bubbled carbonation, but a velvety finish.

better than the original. a great addition to the saison qualities is brought in by the wine barrel qualities. very nice, and well worth the money.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Liquid barely hit the bottom of the glass and a sizeable white head began to emerge. Slightly golden/organ and very hazy. Head stuck around for a while, and dissipate to a nice white cap. Left some webbing on the glass.

Smells similar to champagne, can definetely detect the sauv blanc smells. Very tart smelling with some belgian yeasts and cinnamon.

Taste is fantastic. Starts off with some tart apples, pears, and peaches. Middle begins the belgian yeast tastes followed closely by some spices. Very refreshing, light, and tart.

Mouthfeel is good, though I think it is slightly overcarbonated. Still, the light mouthfeel matches the taste perfectly. Well done.

Overall a deliciously refreshing offering. I could picture myself enjoying this on a hot summer night. Easily can polish off the 750 by myself. Great beer!

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy golden pour. Ridiculously huge and frothy white head. Retention is quite decent and the lacing as well. Decent streaks all over the glass.

S: Great mix of grassy hops, banana, cloves and pepper. There is a nice citrus element which I assume is from the sauvignon blanc barrel. Nice crispness to it.

T: Lot going on here. Up front it's more typical saison. Yeasty, citrus and grass mostly. Quickly combines with a complimentary dry white wine element. Saison character fades leaving only the dry, tart grassy grape of the wine behind in the aftertaste. There is a residual grainy black pepper taste afterwards.

M: Fairly high carbonation but otherwise nice and smooth. Medium body.

O: Very interesting and unique beer. Never had a sauvignon blanc barrel fermented saison before. Might not even be any others out there for that matter.

I've reviewed the base beer for this and I didn't particularly like it. It tasted unusually estery and yeasty, giving it a very harsh character unlike most saisons which are very smooth and drinkable. The wine barrel seems to have really smoothed this one out as there is no evidence of that harshness in this beer. The added complexity enhances the flavor but does not overpower the good saison qualities either.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear color of copper. A white finger of frothy head sits across the top with solid retaining powers that lasts almost the entire duration supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. Some finger-like patterns of patchy lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is yeasty with a hint of pepper and clove. Some mildly fruit tinge along with a residual grain sweetness that is bready and a bit wheaty. More notes of peppery spice and wheat come forward as the brew warms up and breathes.

The taste is mildly fruity with yeast esters and alcohol. The expected clove and peppery spices are present. Some suggestions of phenolic character with more fruit emerging like white grape juice and a soft oak quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. This is a pretty solid saison at the base. The choice in barrel treatment brought out a nice subtle complexity that got increasingly noticeable as it warmed up. Id drink this again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, this was my favorite out of the 3.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing. Nice retention.

Aroma is white wine, grapes, mild oak.

Beer is light to medium in body, sweet but not too sweet, a dry finish, a decent beer. The set itself was a little disappointing and the overall beer was fine, I may try them again in the future but I'm not in a rush.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone shared this at thetomG's place - thanks, as I've been trying to get this version for a few months now. Served in a 3 Floyds tasting glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and thick collar, but minimal lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - Phenolic and mildly gauze-y farmhouse yeast, with light vinous character in the periphery. Some nice pale and stone fruit malt flavors, and surprising little oak for a barrel fermented beer.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with spicy yeast up front, sweet, stone fruit and bready malts mid-palate, and some mild vinous, wet oak, and sour flavors in the finish.

M - Lightly grainy, with pleasant carbonation. Medium-bodied, with well-hidden alcohol.

D - By far the best Mystic Saison variant I've had, and pretty enjoyable. Delivers exactly what it promises, but somewhat forgettable. I'd have this again if it were local to me, but it's not good enough to actively seek out.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Julios. Pours a translucent yellow-orange with a loose, white head that dissipates into a skim. Nose is fairly clean with some buttery notes, light toasted malts and a slightly bready character. Taste follows nose with the addition of wheat and grains, and a hint of wet cardboard. The sauvignon blanc barrel is suggested, but not overly prominent. Mouthfeel is light in body, but the carbonation is way too assertive and comes off a bit coarse. There's also a fair amount of acidity. A decent saison - fairly clean, but the carbonation is too over the top. The sauvignon blanc barrel is a nice complement to the style and something I'd like to see repeated.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a recent-ish trade! Shared by myself during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Upon getting the last turn off the cage loose the cork AND cage ejected itself right at my face grazing my cheek! Be warned! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart fruit, spice, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, wood, and white wine. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Based on the cork and cage almost killing me, I was worried that this one would be WAY overcarbonated. However, it was not bad at all on this aspect. The aroma was pretty pleasant on this one as you could pick up on the barrels a little bit but didn’t overpower the style. The flavor though was heavy on the barrel it was aged and made it finish quite dry. Definitely glad I got to try this one and share it, but wasn’t the standout of the night.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, yeasty golden orange color with a rather large white head. The nose is a touch phenolic and quite funky. It’s very spicy and also a bit barnyardy. Mild fruit toward the finish. The flavor is also funky and spicy with a strong malt flavor, a touch of wine, and minimal fruit. Maybe a light tannic oak character to it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Small white head that retains well. Medium collar and a single island of foam.

Smell - Pale malt. A little yeasty. Bright fruity esters.

Taste - Yeasty and pale malts. Oaky. Minimal barrel character, but some oak.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Just as bland as all the other Mystic saisons.

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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
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