Saison Renaud
Mystic Brewery

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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.96 | pDev: 8.84%
Jun 14, 2020
May 24, 2012
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pathman from Ohio

06/14/20 bottle @ Craft Collective

Jun 14, 2020
4.23 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Jan 01, 2020
4.27 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Oct 09, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CaptainHate from Ohio

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
4.08 by wroywel from Massachusetts on Aug 28, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Billolick from New York

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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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

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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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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
4.54 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
3.78 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 02, 2018
4 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2018
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 15, 2018
4.05 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Sep 09, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mike22ne from Massachusetts

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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3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
by JackRWatkins from Georgia

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
4.25 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jul 28, 2018
4.05 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jul 27, 2018
3.75 by smb71481 from Vermont on Jun 25, 2018
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3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by macrosmatic from Florida

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
3.77 by BAsbill from California on May 12, 2018
4.5 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Apr 22, 2018
4.11 by eluvah from New York on Apr 11, 2018
4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Feb 17, 2018
4 by mattycasey from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2018
4.25 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts on Jan 06, 2018
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jan 03, 2018
3.81 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Nov 26, 2017
3.69 by Phineasco from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2017
3.93 by paresis from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2017
4.19 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Sep 11, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by edward_boumil from New York

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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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

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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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BrewVenture2 from Massachusetts

An Awesome light beer, easy drinking any day of the week.

Sep 02, 2017
3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Aug 12, 2017
3.84 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Jul 06, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by babaracas from Florida

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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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by sonicgrass from Massachusetts

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
4.35 by yoshie from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2017
4.37 by Darrin_Smith from Massachusetts on Jun 04, 2017
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