Will O' The Wisp | Mystic Brewery

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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye saison

Added by Jason on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation, mahogany in color, hazy

Smell: slight hops, rye bread, and Belgian spices

Taste: big rye bread, Belgian spices, hay, and light hops

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

Overall: This is the type of rye beer that I love. The rye is pronounced, and it tastes like rye bread. Hops are here, but not overwhelming. The base beer is a good saison. I will look forward to getting a bottle every fall.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of hagbergl
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything that I have tried from Mystic Brewery has been really high-quality and complex; I expect the same from their fall seasonal saison, Will O' The Wisp. It comes highly recommended from beer geeks at Craft Beer Cellar Newton. Let's go.

Appearance (4/5): Poured into my Firestone Walker snifter. Dark brown body, slightly off-white head. The color contrast between body and head is pretty cool. The head sticks around for close to the entire drink, in the fashion of many of the better Belgian, bottle-conditioned beers. I'm impressed.

Smell (3.75/5): Lightly hoppy, some spice from the malted rye, but I cannot really detect the brown sugar. You can definitely tell that this a dark saison, though, since you get some light roasty, nutty, and spicy notes that aren't present in this beer's paler cousins. I'm liking it; it's subtle and complex, though not outstanding.

Taste (4.25/5): The rye and brown sugar are much more evident in the taste. The brown sugar in particular adds a great dimension to the beer, giving it a subtle molasses-like sweetness that you don't get in a traditional saison. The yeast lends a dryness and spiciness, which also plays nicely off the rye malt. The hop profile is grassy and lightly spicy–less citric and bright than your typical saison–but the hops stay in the background for the most part. I also get a considerable amount of dark bread–pumpernickel and wheat–as well as a nutty character. Really cool, dynamic flavors going on here that in some ways remind me of an English brown ale or Belgian dubbel.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Dry finish, amazingly creamy mouthfeel from the bottle conditioning. It's a relatively easy drinker compared with other dark ales you'll be drinking this winter.

Overall (4.25/5): Another excellent and unique saison by Mystic Brewery of Chelsea, MA. It incorporates some of the flavor profile of dark Belgian and English ales while maintaining its saison "core," so to speak. To the grassy, spicy hop character and dry yeastiness of a traditional saison are added a sweetness from brown sugar and a robust, spicy and bready character from the use of rye malt. Really good. If you see it, buy a couple bottles and check it out for yourself.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting looking autumn saison, they have had some pretty good saisons so far so excited for this one.

Poured a cellar temp, so not too cold, with a big foamy bubbly 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice thick lacing, semi clear semi hazy chestnut cranberry reddish brown color.

Nose is strong and aromatic, I can smell it a couple feet from the glass, nice farmhouse saison aromas but with some dark malts mixed in, reddish malts mostly, some dry grainy malts, little bready, some wheat aromas, nice biscuit, a little dark wheat bock like aromas too with some sweet candy, little toffee, hint syrup and molasses, etc. Then yeast additions are plenty, light saison spices, plenty of phenols and mild esters want to bring booze but it barely comes, a little buttery biscuit, nice bottle conditioning light yeast aroma, effervescence, even a hint of lemony grassy yeast addition.

Taste starts with dry effervescent flavors, it seems like it should be sweet but it's not. Lots of malt, toasty grainy but not bready, some biscuit, lots of wheat again, little hay and straw, etc. into sweet characters like toffee and a mild syrupy molasses but not sweet or syrupy at all. Yeast brings lots of characters to it again, most of the flavor seems to come from it, with plenty of phenols and tannins, bitterness as well, little ester profile again, and again seems like it wants to bring booze but just a hint of warmth, mild saison spice and some farmhouse like funk, with a big effervescent saison pop. Bitterness gets a bit rampant as it dries even more on the finish, sooo dry, too dry actually, and too much carbonation, hops come through a bit with a spicy profile, bit more esters and phenols lingering, more yeast additions, and some toffee biscuit, etc.

Mouth is med bod with tons of effervecent carb and just a bit too much, super bone dry like it's sucking water out of my tongue.

Overall pretty nice, but it has some flaws, it's too bitter and tannic on the finish, sooo bone dry that it gets a little nagging, too much carbonation, and phenols go a little rampant, but those are nitpicking. Otherwise a nice beer with good saison, lots of nice saison flavors, a nice blend of dark malts that don't get syrupy or sweet, it has some bock characters mixed with a nice farmhouse saison. pretty tasty overall though.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 001 Bottle from the Brewery.
Pours a solid amber color with a huge tightly bubbled off white head that persists forever. Brown sugar, caramel and lots of spicy rye make up most of the aroma here. Light yeasty esters remind you this has a Belgian strain. Little to no hop aroma. Sweet dark sugary flavor with hints of rye spice, yeast, a touch of alcohol and a bit of aspirin in the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost tart mouthfeel. The dark sugary flavor is a nice change but there's a bitterness in here that disagrees with me. Decent beer, but not something I'm likely to seek out again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bylerteck
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

A - Good carbonation and bright. Mahogany colour with two fingers of fluffy off white head. Really nice spatterings of thick lace and a solid half finger of retention throughout.

S - Red ale aroma. A bit of caramel. Some mild hops. Not a ton going on.

T - Again, very similar to a red ale. Toffee sorta flavour. Definite rye present, but not aggressively spicy. You can pick up the sugar there too. Dark fruit. Drinks more like a Belgian Dubbel as the yeast is added. There is a pleasant sweetness present too. What didn't seem like a very complex or interesting beer, certainly takes on some newer elements with the addition of the yeast, and some warming.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, dry and sweet finish with some spiciness.

O/ D- I enjoyed this. Some good complexity and the rye didn't take it over. Well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of oceanman907
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark Brown, muddled and murky, rotten leaves, opaque; off color cream head.
S-Sweet Cherry, toasty oak and rye dominate the palate, spicy apple, wet hay
T-Cherry and apple falling off to intense amounts of spicy slightly sweet brown sugar and a bit of a tart aftertaste.
M- medium body with a surprising amount of effervescence, really nice for a bottle conditioned ale
O-Very rye forward saison with plenty of caramel and fruit notes with peppery aftertastes. Just not enough acidity for the style and the yeast character is not as [resent as I would like it to be for year old beer. also a little too rye forward, but good for a unique rye forward fall saison.

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Will O' The Wisp from Mystic Brewery
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