Saison Renaud
Mystic Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.98 | pDev: 8.79%
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Saison Renaud exemplifies a modern take on the traditional farmhouse ale. Made with just pilsner malt and Saaz hops, this recipe is made to truly let the assertiveness of our house yeast shine. Presenting a clean and crisp body, the spicy and fruity esters of the yeast prevail over a slight earthy bitterness from the Saaz.
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a tulip at Big Fatty's in White River Junction, Vermont. Hazy straw colored with big white head. Smell was of lemony barnyard funk and grassy fields. Taste added a nicely sweet taste to the above with a dry finish. Mouthfeel was briskly refreshing. Even my non beer drinking wife found it pleasant.

Sep 08, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.68 oz bottle, undated, caged and corked.

Pops open with obvious energy, lifts a large, lasting and gauzy cap.

Lemony nose, with some peppery and floral flourishes.

Tasty, fresh and worthy saison, with more lemon, ginger, more soft pepper, and some leafy/earthy qualities..later yeasty pour adds a soapy/nutty/yeasty sensation...easy drinking and worth a try...nice summery brew, would pair nicely with some tangy cheese....go get some.

Jul 04, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle with no noticeable date. Sampled on March 10, 2019.

The appearance is an unfiltered, slightly hazy yellow or pale amber with a soft, lingering white head.

The aroma gives off a bright lemon and toasted white bread crust character with Belgian yeast and a hayfield.

The body is medium to full but very smooth.

The taste is sweet at first but the lemon zing is also present. The finish is dry and only mildly tart.

Mar 10, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Batch Code: 00004131. Corked and caged bottle.
Slightly cloudy, pale gold colored body, with good visual evidence of rising bubbles. One finger of white head, which is foamy, and disperses quite quickly. Each sip leaves behind a thick web of lacing coverage.
Aroma of yeast esters and slightly spicy hops.
Taste is dry and full of yeast esters and slight funk. At the end the spicy hops introduce themselves.
Thicker mouth feel from the yeast. Effervescence in the mouth. Good carbonation. More smooth than crisp.
Thoroughly satisfying yeast driven farmhouse ale. Dry but refreshing. Very good on its own, but would be terrific when paired with lunch fare such as rustic sandwiches with cured meats and flavorful cheeses. The last pour introduces swirling layers of yeast sediment.

Jan 07, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice mix of earthy hops and spicy yeast components. Pilsner-style aspects blend nicely with the saison yeast.
Overall a pretty good saison! Solid, happy to drink it when I can find some.

Aug 26, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a teku, BATCH CODE: 00003449
A: Pours up a slightly hazy gold with a frothy to creamy two finger head and nice lacing.
S: The immediate thing that jumps out, based on reading the description of the beer is there is some toasty, sweetness from the malt coming through here, from there we get subtle undercurrents of lemon and a slightly dulled spiciness
T: Soft, round, and subtly yeasty, with a slight bitterness and not much in terms of hop spiciness, there are some apple cider notes coming through here, and the malt is as advertised though it doesn't shine through in any particular way.
M: Seems a bit full, almost like it's weighing down some of the flavors trying to come out here.
O: I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this is either an old bottle or a bad batch, I'm not an expert on this but here is why: It isn't terrible, but reminds me in some ways of a 9 month old bottled of Avec Les Bons Vœux I once had, so it seems like this is actually a very good beer, but I don't sense that this is a good bottle, I've never had a saison that lacked crispness in such a profound way, and I really don't think that this is what the brewers intended. I'm not going to give this terrible numbers, that wouldn't be fair, but I can't give it a five either, so, going on faith from what I can tell that's here and knowing what I know about how these types of beers can age (not much, but enough to have my suspicions, and I've certainly done written reviews of a lot of saisons, 71 counting this beer) I'm going to give it a 3.5, which I think is more than fair and I will certainly try this again at a later date and update my review if it seems that I was correct in my assumptions.

Aug 21, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. 2014 vintage cork and caged bottle. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Mildly hazy (as long as you don’t pour the trub) and light gold. A thin white head forms and fades pretty quickly. A fairly good blush of visible carbonation at first, though it fades quickly.

S: Musty barnyard and lemon-forward citrus. Cracker malt body with only a mild pilsner character. Some hay and grassy, with hints of dried peaches and white vinous. Pretty appealing, though not a huge aroma.

T: A disappointment here. Lemony and earthy. A mix of pilsner and cracker malts – much more sulfurous pilsner than the nose suggested. Again, some white vinous character, and just a bit of caramelly oxidation to the malts. Some sweet yeast esters – but not really fruity. No black pepper character here. No real funk here whatsoever, even after the cellaring. It finishes dry and mildly bitter.

M: A light body and decent carbonation sensation for style. Low alcohol presence.

O: This drinks more like a yeasty, hop-forward pilsner than a saison. There's just not the funk, or barnyard, or yeast, or black pepper, or citric tartness…or any of the alternate qualities I’m looking for in a saison.

Jun 21, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden yellow with burnt orange highlights, very opaque. Huge, impressive, cloud-like head with excellent retention, tons of soapy lace
S: Yeast is very present, like fresh dough. Hints of sweet bubblegum as well. Earth notes hidden in the aroma
T: Tons of complexity, official description is spot on. Malts are present, provide a background grainy sweetness. I get hints of spicy phenol, and a mild earthy and floral finish with slight bitterness from the hops. Also notice a bit of apple in there as well
F: Very crisp, body is heavier but not necessarily in a bad way. Full mouthfeel, yet still easy to drink. Bitterness is not astringent or drying. Pretty easy to kick back
O: An impressive saison, for sure. Remarkable balance, bold flavors but in a balanced way. Complex, yet not to the point where it is overburdening. Subtle and superb, highly recommend.

Sep 10, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a huge, soapy white head. The head has great retention, hanging around for days before leaving a fair bit of sticky cobweb lacing in its wake.

The aroma brings a surprising amount of white grapes and citrus up front, followed by some earthy, grassy notes. The nose is peppery and subtly spicy throughout, with a crackery malt backbone.

The taste is quite yeasty and funky, with notes of saltine crackers and wheat bread. The fruit flavors are less citrusy, bringing notes of green apples and pears, as well as a very dry white grape flavor. Finishes grassy and earthy, with plenty of spicy cracked pepper.

The feel is medium-light bodied with ridiculous carbonation. Prickly, crisp, and dry as hell. Refreshing, yet full enough to be a slow sipper.

Overall, a great farmhouse ale that is bold and flavorful, yet retains the refreshing, highly drinkable qualities that the style is known for. A great beer for any season.

Sep 10, 2017
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babaracas from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with billowing white head, settles slowly, sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: grass, pepper, straw, coriander, very fruity.. crisp apple, pear, white grape. Taste: herbal and spicy, jammy (peach, pear), grassy and peppery closer. Space-filling carbonation kicks it to a full-ish body, coriander-y and dry finish. Legit!

Jun 27, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy yellow color with a one finger white foamy quickly dissipating head that left some white side notes of clinginess. The smell starts off with a dry efferevescent champagne like character rolling over some sweet lemon pulp and a delicate sweet dry grassiness. Grapefruit slides in underneath. The taste moderately balances the crisp sweetness of the dryness to a light wet nurturing aftertaste. Light crisp sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with the dry crispness hitting my tongue appropriately. Overall, nice saison, I’d have again, most likely with food.

Jun 21, 2017
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sonicgrass from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer, It had a huge head, I had to wait for it to subside, it looks like a float, lacing as the head subsides. That alone made me smile.
It has a yellowish haze with some bubbles and smells fruity of apples and yeast.
Has a wonderful sour apple taste with a creamy mouth taste. It's not as wild tasting as some Saisons but a really good beer.

I recommend it

Jun 17, 2017
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jfitzbrew from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy peach with a massive rocky white head that sits on top for quite a while. Peppery, white grape, slight yeasty funk, earthy, and citrus aroma. Follows through nicely but the alcohol is a bit abrasive for 6.5%. Nice and dry and highly carbonated (might be reason for noticeable alcohol).

May 10, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale orange in color, very hazy, and a massively thick pure white creamy head. The foam is dense and clings to the sides of the snifter.

S - Citrus, funk, musty white grapes, pear, and dry straw.

T - Very dry from start to finish, lingering dry citrus bitterness, musty white grapes, earthy, dry pears.

M - Big medium body and more velvety in texture that sprightly and bubbly, extremely dry on the finish.

O - This is a fantastic Saison.

Sep 21, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a three finger foamy white head. The head fades fast leaving a heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is cracker, biscuity malts, white pepper, pear and earthy yeast.

T - The flavor is bready malts, spicy Saaz hops, apple and pear with funky yeasty finish.

M - Light bodied with medium/high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a clean dry finish.

O - A very solid Saison. Great balance of flavors. Highly recommended.

Sep 17, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Nice solid pop off the cork when opening.

Opaque body presented, but with a light color. A peach lemon yellow, with nice orange colored character to it, sort of like a big nectarine in a glass in front of you with some faint carbonation, and a good solid roaring middle column in the center. Head creation is negligible, barely a creamy white finger, but a simple nice bowled puck makes a good top for a nice appearance.

Real excellent aroma. Ripping grains, hints of spices (grains of paradise, coriander?), excellent herbal hop angles, and real nice chewy and dense sensing malt profile. Hints of real ripping barely off of this. Clean yet nice and dry, not much of an ester or farmhouse but everything else is just very impressive.

Palate really expands. Dry tasting grains with mild sensing light honey touches. A real good malty mouthfeel, hitting with lots of coating and flavors. Dried green sage and mint just evaporate off the tongue, and even build stronger as time stands. Bready honey and a little bit of mild pepper dryness, not really hot as there is a perfect sweetness that takes away much of the farmhouse qualities, but leaves an impeccable brew.

Real impressed with this one, going to have keep my eye on more of these Mystic brews.

May 22, 2016
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joerconnors from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Refreshingly light, subtle aromatic entrance with good quality headiness. Perfect for porch and back deck lounging! Seemingly pure and clean with rich flavor. Highly recommend this to anyone with a penchant for farmhouse ales, but more importantly a craft beer enthusiast.

May 12, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch number: 015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, straw, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, straw, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/yeast spiciness after the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, straw, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly grainy/bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding saison! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Apr 09, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

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

Straw colored with a light fluffy head.

Im smelling faint lemon, slight yeastiness to it.

Very light on palate. Nothing overpowering. Its super easy to drink. Dry, slightest of tartness.. it may be my imagination.

Jan 16, 2016
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Radome from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

L - Straw-colored and just a bit hazy. Head is fluffy and white and fades to a thin sheet of tiny bubbles. Lots of lacing.

S - Good aromas of grainy Pilsner mal, lemony/grassy hops, black pepper and light horse blanket. All is fresh and authentically Belgian-like.

T - Flavors are dominated by hops. The malt is bready but faint behind strong grassy hops.

F - Spritzy carbonation. Thinnish body. Low alcohol presence. High, almost soapy hops bitterness.

O - This is a nice saison with lots of authentic touches. The hops bitterness I a bit over the top for me, but that is my personal preference and not a flaw.

Dec 20, 2015
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Mfilchock from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Saison that does not disappoint. Earthy, classic use of Brettanomyces yeast strain that yields a truly pleasing Saison in the quintessential Belgian style.

Nov 16, 2015
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer - pours a hazy gold with a moderate head that lingers. Aroma of pepper, coriander, orange and lemon. Excellent fruit/malt balance brings about a pleasant sweetness that isn't sticky with a nice light, hoppy taste. The spicy notes of nutmeg and pepper warm the mouth and lead to the dry finish. No lingering sweetness or bitterness on the palette. The care and attention Mystic places on the cultivation of yeast strains sets this beer apart. Excellent representation of the style that, depending on the freshness, could rival that of Boulevard's iconic Tank 7.

Jul 26, 2015
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Summerteeth from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't get much of a nose on this one. Color is hazy hay yellow. Taste is simple but terrific. Nice maltiness with slight hop and peppery, spicy finish from the Mystic yeast. Great stuff. Probably even better a bit colder and with the weather a bit hotter. Recommended.

Jun 24, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a hazy, light straw amber with light gold highlights and a one finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready, somewhat grainy malt, saison yeast, banana, light stone fruit; a nice saison profile. Flavor is bready and biscuit malt with pleasant raw grain elements, saison yeast, banana, faint light stone fruit and pear juice. Crackery, but rustic finish with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with pleasant, active carbonation. A very nicely made saison, somewhat maltier than traditional, but the yeast and dryness fit the style perfectly. Lots of rustic grain and grassy flavors with very light fruit. The pilsner malt really shines with the saison yeast, which is unexpected. I liked this a lot.

Jun 15, 2015
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 18 375ml. Have had this a few times, on-tap and from the bottle. It definitely seems like somewhat of a MA staple to me nowadays, especially as far as saisons go.

A - Pours to a tulip hazy+light orange. A wonderfully thick white head easily retains as half-finger for most of the duration and leaves great lace.

S - Actually quite a potent pure straw/farmhouse aroma, like standing next to a dirty cow in a grassy field, but you know, in a good way. Lots of yeast, herbal, light apples and grapefruit. Kind of a weird buttery band-aid thing going on.

T - More of a balance here, more of that bready+grainy pilsner malt coming through, good Saaz lemony/herbal hop presence too. Nice grassy farmy yeasts with a bit of spice and slight medicinal tones.

M - Full-bodied, foamy and yeasty, perhaps a bit heavy for the style but great. Easy drinking, crisp and refreshing.

O - Those cravin' dat funk may be disappointed, but if you enjoy nice farmy straw elements and a good lil hop dose on top of a standard-solid saison this should do the trick. Great feel especially, and I kinda enjoyed the smell/taste contrasts.

May 29, 2015
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