Vinland One | Mystic Brewery

Vinland OneVinland One
BA SCORE
3.92/5
77 Ratings
Vinland OneVinland One
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fermented w/ wild local yeast

Added by Jason on 08-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
77
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been excited to try this one, local isolated wild yeast, for an Anniversary beer, and I've enjoyed almost all the other Mystic beers so far.

big fluffy 2 finger head fades fairly quickly at first, then slows after it hits a fluffy bubbly 1 finger head, lots of layered sticky lacing at that point, very clear apricot orange color.

Nose is a big mixed aroma, light sweet malts, amber sweet light toasty almost candy like malts, etc. Then moving into the big yeast aromas, wild-ish, more farmhouse funky like though, light bready yeasty aroma too, with light saison like spices too. light fruity esters, little grainy straw, apricot like stone fruit, and a little plum and grape like mustiness. The overall funk and farmhouse is very light.

Taste starts again complex, waves and layers come through, starting at first with a light yeasty flavor, bready yeasty flavor, with more light farmhouse funk. That quickly transforms into the sweet malty flavors, caramel candy malts, amber reddish little toasty malt flavors, touch syrupy sweet. That turns to the yeast characters, light esters, hint of phenols and light warming slightly tingly booze. Then on to the fruit, again stone fruit, little apricot, some plum, light grape and fig like. Then back to the sweeteners, caramel, a bit of a candy syrup and candied fruits. The finish comes with more of the sweet candied fruits, candied plum, fig, apricot, etc, lingering, with a bit of farmhouse yeast funk and bready yeast flavors, quite dry although sticky.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little sticky and a bit of warming booze, the carbonation is strange as it feels light but there are quite a lot of very small bubbles, but still seems like it's lacking a little in the carbonation department.

Overall pretty good, but not quite what I expected. I was expecting much more farmhouse flavors, more saison, more funk, more yeast attributes, but its more of a big malty beer with some sweetness, candy, malty flavors, with some of the yeast characters more in the background. The booze comes on a bit strong as well for just 7.25%, and a bit light on the carbonation. The fruit characters are nice though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm impressed with the yeast that coats the bottom of the bottle after the pour. Starts with a lasting white-beige head. There's a couple of spots on the glass for lace. Very cloudy with an orange hued amber color.

When I first open the bottle, I smell sweet raspberry. After I pour it into the glass, it becomes more sour, reminding me of a framboise. It's very much a Saison after that.

The flavor is earthy and sour. There is no indication of a framboise here. There's a strong, but short lasting, bite in the swallow. Initially, I thought it was hop, but I now think it is a result of the wild yeast. Short aftertaste. The mouthfeel is relatively thin.

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Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml brown caged and corked bottle with Batch #001 on the label.

Clear amber, nearly glowing. Lively lacing and leaves a trail all the way down the glass. Very aromatic with plums, wild flowers, nutty yeast, green tea, lemon pith and hay. Nice crisp bite, very smooth with a solid but dry medium sized body. Earthy, dried grass, herbal, esters, dandelions, pithy, crackers, tea, apple skin, tart plum and light chalky yeast are the more noticeable complexities. Nearly bone dry finish.

Extremely impressive, these guys certainly went out on a limb here and it had paid off ... unlike any beer I have had, unique is just the start of the conversation here. I'll have to find more as I would love to see what a bit more time will do, not to say that it is not great to drink right now ... which it is.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at MeadHall.
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a decent off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Aromas of grain, straw, spice, wheat, a bit of tart fruit and a hint of earthy. The smell is a bit different, but I kind of dig it. Flavor is sweet honey and bready malts with a shot of spicy wheat and a solid hit of tart fruit. It's an interesting flavor, it is certainly different kind of like pilsner meets saison with fruit added. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I liked this, I will have to pick up some bottles when they go on sale.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. Thanks Joe. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/31/2014.

App- Dark copper, nearly brown body with a thick two finger, nitro-like effervescent white head. Splotchy lacing. Good retention.

Smell- Tart green apples, white grape tartness, herbs, bread, a little bit of earth. On the sweeter, fruitier side which I find interesting due to the stated lack of fruits used in brewing this beer but rather the wild yeast being harvested from local Massachusetts plums. Even after reading this on the bottle, I still do not find plums per se, but the fruit tartness is certainly very pleasant.

Flavour- Plum juice, dates. Quite sweet and sugary. Bread, a bit of floral notes and earthiness. Identifiable but subtle estery yeast notes of an amalgam of bubble gum and banana. Finish is almost vinous, with a lingering earthy bitterness. Does not lack for complexity and I consider this to be a very unique flavor profile even if I didn't know where the yeast was harvested from.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, very well carbonated and quite creamy. Grape tartness and an earthy bitterness on the backend, which is very dry and makes for a sipper despite it's relatively low ABV. A bit hard to drink due to the surprising bitterness.

Overall- A fascinating flavour on this beer which is compounded by the fact that there is zero fruit used here. The wild yeast is pretty much solely responsible for the sweet, dark fruit flavours in this saison which translates to a solid, if a bit overly bittersweet farmhouse ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tigg924
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1.25 inch head, high carbonation, orange/red/brown in color, cloudy

Smell: bread, apricot, tropical fruit, and dough

Taste: apples, funk, bread, apricot, tropical fruit, and dough

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter middle spike and a less bitter end--funky, medium in body, medium-high carbonation

Overall: Surprisingly super complex--very nice mix of apricots and apples..Some saison elements, but drinks like a holiday beer or a light quad..Expensive, but well worth it.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy honey hue. Head is off-white and creamy. Leaves a bunch of lacing strings.

S-Interesting nose. Wild yeast up the wazoo. Florals and light spice. Plum yeast strain brings some plummy notes. A yeast-laden nose. Excited to sip.

T-Flavor is sweeter and less wild and tart. Maltier flavors. Grainy with a ton of honey and honeysuckle. Yeast comes in mid-palate with some surprising force but then dies off again. The nose is better than the flavor.

M-Full bodied for a Sasion. Plentiful, massaging carbonation. Not very easy to drink. Creamy.

O/D-Smelled cool, but the flavor wasn't awesome. Mystic has been hit or miss for me. This one was a miss for the most part. In the end it was still a decent brew but I got excited for this and it let me down a bit. Their product doesn't always match their divine packaging.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bylerteck
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Batch #001. From notes.

A - Dark orange, cloudy pour. One finger off white head. Strong carbonation. Some spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Funky fruits. A neat grape note. Very complex in the aroma. All sorts of funky, musty, weird fruit aromas floating around. Oranges, plums. Beautiful.

T - Grapes and a dark fruit note, not like dates, but similar to something like a plum. Sugar and yeast. Neat flavour. Sweet plums and oaky vanilla sweetness. A bit sharp, but I'm sure that's the acidity.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Some sharpness.

O/D - A cool beer indeed. Wild yeast provides great complexity and a different element. Not tremendously flavourful, but it certainly does the trick. Forces you to take your time with it. Might be a bit sharp, but it's good.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked and caged, Batch 001.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" meringuey beige head over the cloudy copper brew. Head lasts and even grows some as time passes, with chunky lace. Aroma is tart and bready.

Taste begins with spices, tart fruitiness in the middle, and closes quietly, with a dry character. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish there was a bit more malt depth upon which to showcase the yeast.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle thanks to SneezyAchew. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of tan head that faded into a fuzzy film and collar leaving spots of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Lots of earth and peppery yeast, green apple, apple cider and hints of clove and leather.
T: Big notes of spices and yeast with apples and dark fruits following. Follows the nose. The finish is just slightly sour. Sweet and spicy overall with sweet sugary fruits dominating.
M: Frothy carbonation but not overpowering. Airy and sweet mouthfeel, medium-slick body.
O: Well-rounded but leans on the sweet side. Reminds me of a Belgian golden ale or maybe even a Belgian dark ale. Too fruity for me to love. Good though, thanks again Michael.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Vinland One from Mystic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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