Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison | Mystic Brewery

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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented SaisonSauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
mystic-brewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rudzud on 11-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of FUNKPhD
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 wildcats10
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of EZE123
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of guezarka
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 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 mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of admiralcrunch
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 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 Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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 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 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 wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CP20
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
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