Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison | Mystic Brewery

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Chardonnay Barrel Fermented SaisonChardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison

Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Barrel Program beers are entirely fermented and aged in wood barrels. For millenia wood was an essential part of the brewing process - long before the advent of stainless steel. This beer was fermented in barrels formerly used for chardonnay wines. As such, it expresses and essence of its former contents along with the classic vanilla of French oak.

Added by Jason on 08-26-2013

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by MJSawyer:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of tigg924
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: funk, white wine, and grapes

Taste: dry white grapes and wine, light saison spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start with slight bitterness that lasts to the end, dry, light body, high carbonation

Overall: About as wine like a beer as I have had. It tastes like Chardonnay with light saison spices. Above average for the style, but this one did not blow me away like several other Mystic brews have.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brother_rebus
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Much more of a funk on the nose. A bit misleading though, as the taste wasnt as funky as expected. A bit phenolic but not to the point of dissuasion. Good carb. Tasty. Lemony.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love their saisons, and aged in a barrel, how could you lose? Chardonnay should only add the slightest hint of fruit and vinous characters as well as some barrel notes hopefully. Batch 002.

Pours into my Ommegang tulip with a nice big creamy frothy 1+ finger head that sits there forever it seems, and leaves walls of lacing all around, great looking head, the lightly clear mostly hazy golden straw honey colored reveals bubbles streaming up from the bottom which reinforces the head.

Nose is nice, big farmhouse funky aromas, dry bready yeast with some nice saison funk, very farmhouse funk that is almost Brett like but not quite there, that great saison funk. Mild grassy notes with a little straw doughy like note, light lemon rind and lemongrass notes, and some wheat, with a light vanilla barrel note, hint buttery like oak too, nice oak rounding, and bit of bright golden fruit.

Taste starts with more malt notes to start, some wheat flavors and even a little creamy, into some bready grainy straw like malt characters but not a lot, and a touch of sweetness overall, more sweet than I expected at first. A pretty big lemony flavor, little lemon rind and lemongrass, bit of doughy flavors. Then into saison funk, with mild grassy doughy funk and saison bready yeasty funk, not nearly as farmhouse funky as the nose made it out to be, but theres a nice touch of it. Then into a nice buttery oak, hint of vanilla and overall oaky flavor, the longer it goes and more it warms the more that toasty oak flavor comes through. Then a little bright golden like fruit. Finish is dry and mild bitterness, more lemony rind lingering, little saison farmhouse funk, little grassy and bready.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little creamy and smooth.

Overall pretty nice, great saison characters with a great farmhouse funk, nice saison characters with lemony notes, lemongrass, grassy, wheat, etc, and great buttery toasted slightly vanilla oak barrel with faint hints of golden fruit. Very nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maxwell
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky orange with a nice fat head of large, off-white bubbles. The head sizzles down to a quarter finger’s width, leaving a sticky lacing of thin bubbles on the sides of the glass. In body, this beer is murky and opaque, with light sediment building at the bottom of the glass. On the nose, this beer is richly phenolic with clove, banana, and peppers spicing the nose. The pepper is really fresh and fleshy. Light hay and grass do touch the nose, but I don’t really get a lot of chardonnay on the nose. This changes on the tongue, however, where the beer unfurls with fruity sweet esters from the chardonnay and the yeast, and very soft tannic bitterness from the barrel. Soft grassy bitters also come from the hops, while the yeast provides a pop of citric and malic acidity. The beer’s body is perfectly set for a saison, as is the way with most Mystic saisons. The beer sits in the mouth with a medium body that allows the mouth to feel full, while not being weighed down. Carbonation is soft and fluffy with a perfect amount of prickle to keep the beer balanced. This beer has a smooth, almost oily mouthfeel that still manages a crisp ending. In flavor, the beer boasts sweet chardonnay grapes with pineapple juice and soft lemon. Soft green apple can also be sensed. These flavors blend into the middle and are met with soft, bitter oak flavors and grassy hay to balance out the rich esters. The beer ends a little sweet with soft dough and sweet pineapple juice in a middling finish that lasts into the aftertaste. Overall, this is another damn good saison from Mystic. The chardonnay and the barrel are both a bit restrained in this beer, but I like them that way, as they add rich nuance without slowing down the tongue. I personally want a little more from the bitter tannins and hops, so as to balance out the rich esters and grape sweetness in this beer, but it is still pretty damn good. In my book, Saison Renaud and Mary of the Gael are a little ahead of this in terms of overall beer, but this is great and worth trying. Another success from the wizards of yeast.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery
Pours a hazy light golden color with a good sized off white head that persists forever leaving soapy lace on the sides. Smells of pear, a bit of funk, some grape and winey notes and just a hint of vanilla and oak tannin. Sweet very light honey sugary notes with bits of pomme fruit, grape skins, and a touch of oak. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Tasty easy drinking light refreshing saison. I wish I had bought more than one bottle, doh!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison from Mystic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 52 ratings