Three Cranes | Mystic Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by rab53 on 11-26-2012

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like cranberries and a touch of funk. Slightly tart, somewhat rich, very tasty

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

mystic is fast becoming one of my favorite operations in the country. every single time a have a beer from them, its flawlessly made, unique, and leaves me wanting more. this is one of the more interesting ones i have had from them, a cranberry saison with wild yeast. the cranberry is really forward in this, piquant and tangy, with the funk from the yeast pairing well with it. just pink in hue, quite light looking, and clear until the last quarter of the bottle gets poured. lively off white head too, a few flecks of yeast floating around, but a clean appearance for a wild beer. the aroma of tart cranberry and funky brett based yeast is cool, and i cant think of anything like it. its not sour, at least not from a bacterial fermentation, but the fruit has plenty of acidity so it almost seems that way. probably the most genuine true to real fruit cranberry i have had in a beer, its spot on. almost sharp for a second before the fluffy wheaty base comes in and cuts it off. dry in the finish but still lathery in feel, highly carbonated, and refreshing. i could see this being awesome around a holiday table, but it needs no such occasion to stand out as one of my favorite beers i have had this summer. the mix of yeast and the overall balance of this is stunning. wish i could have visited mystic when i was back east earlier this summer... next time for sure!

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Photo of Phineasco
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hagbergl
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Mystic's Three Cranes at Craft Beer Cellar in Newton, MA on Thanksgiving eve on a recommendation from a staff member. Really good choice!

Appearance (4.75/5) Orange-red, cloudy and topped with a beautiful white, tightly bubbled head that towers above the beer. Impressive. Really, a beautiful beer– especially in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass!

Smell (4.25/5): Funky smell--some wet hay, grassy hops, red tart dried cranberry is there, though not dominant. A very...interesting medicinal, dentist-toothpaste smell sits atop this all. While at first this odor was off-putting, I'm now blown away at how unusual and unique the yeast character is. Wow.

Taste (4.25/5): The cranberry flavor (more noticeable in the taste) melds with the slightly funky yeast to create a dry, tart, understatedly fruity base flavor. A fairly assertive noble hop presence give adds spicy and grassy accents. And some light crackery, bready malt works in the background to provide backbone and body. The addition of cranberries really works well; the berries' tartness offers a great compliment to the grassy and refreshing flavor profile of a saison.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Smooth and creamy medium mouthfeel. Wondrous carbonation. Medium high. The beer is refreshingly dry in the finish.

Overall (4.25/5): I am always concerned when a brewery adds fruit to a beer. Dogfish Head has used fruit in many beers, resulting in many botched recipes that add distracting, overwhelming, or just plain bad flavors to the base beer. This makes what Mystic has pulled off particularly impressive. Three Cranes is a cranberry saison that is both true to the style and possesses a unique cranberry-tinged flavor profile that is delicious and understated. A great Thanksgiving beer that proves that saison isn't just a "summer" style! Grab a bottle or four.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Jslay013
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, red-gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: cranberry, funk, hay, and light holiday spice/bread

Taste: funk, Belgian spice, hay, light tart cranberry, and sugar that that comes out as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: sweet start and funky/bitter middle that is less bitter towards the end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: This is not a cranberry bomb yet the tartness and touch of it add a different dimension to this saison. Not my favorite from Mystic, but well worth a try. I appreciate the added dimension to a quality saison.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork flew off aggressively on this one as soon as the cage was loosened, beware. Pale Amber body with a slight pinkish hue. Huge, foamy pale pink head. Aroma is primarily bready malts with a dash of white peppercorns. The cranberry is noticeable in the flavor and plays nicely with the bready malts and peppery yeast. The feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation and very drinkable. A really nice saison altogether, very nice cranberry flavor.

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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Fall 2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart cranberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cranberries, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cranberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cranberry, lemon, orange zest, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread dough, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cranberries, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cranberries, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light copper in color. Unfiltered; hazy and largely opaque. Pours a large 3 finger creamy white head that dies down leaving a thick layer of rich foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Slight sour/funk scent; lots of citrus and with noticeable scent of cranberry. Nice. Made me want to drink the beer.

Taste: Starts with a smooth mix of malt, yeast and mild cranberry flavor, ending with a lemon/citrus sour taste combined the cranberry. I really liked it for what it is.

Feel: Lighter side of medium; fizzy feel from lots of light carbonation.

Overall: Unique beer. Great for Thanksgiving - not too heavy and flavor that compliments the meal in terms of having a beer. Very refreshing. Would also be good on a warm day.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Appearance is a pink, very slightly hazy hue. Gotta say, it's a pretty beer.

Smells and tastes like some funk and Belgian yeast, with subtle cranberry. Very similar to HF Arthur, but with subtle sour cranberry notes. Which in my opinion makes it better. ...which again makes me contemplate on the effect of "hype" on beer ratings.

In summary, if your like Arthur and you like cranberries, no need to travel to VT lol

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