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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our take on the Belgian farmhouse ales, saisons were traditionally brewed for refreshment during the summer months. Light in color, effervescent with a billowy, well-retained head — it is very dry and strongly aromatic with light pepper and pear overtones. Heavier in alcohol at 7% abv, it finishes clean and bright, with a very light bitterness. Saison is far more a tradition than a style. Made with wine yeast by French speaking people in the ‘grain belt’ of Europe, saison was brewed in winter to slake thirsts of farm workers in summer. We found that in many ways saison goes far beyond white wines that were in the minds of the old Wallonians. It can be as dry and crisp but far more variable. In Belgium, every farm house had its own saison, influenced by their very own farm and the grains available to them. For Mystic Saison we worked towards the essence of saison.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8961) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow gold white head. Nose/taste of lemongrass, flaked oats, peppercorn and pear. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1348) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Very solid, very classical North American saison. I say solid, in that there is absolutely nothing missing here. I say classical, in that the flavors are exactly what you expect and want in a saison. I say North American because the ABV is a bit higher, and the carbonation a bit lower, than those from our friends in the Old Country.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Handypaul (258) - - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with a thin white frothy quickly disappearing head that leaves no lace. Weak aroma of yeast and citrus. Light body, thin to watery texture, average carbonation, lightly sour taste, some flavor of lemon and yeast leading to a watery finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Hazy golden color with a small, white head, light lacing on the glass. Aroma of toast, oxidation, light citrus, spices, yeast. Taste of toast, honey, apple, spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (3057) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose is lemon, taste is lemon, zesty, sweet, awesome

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2015) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle batch 015. Pour has an orange amber color with a thick coating of white head that retained well. Aroma has grains, yeasty spice, some lemony citrus, and dusty hay. Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation is on the lower side. Flavor has grains, fairly clean yeast, mild spice, and some old dusty hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2275) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2014
On the side, the batch number says: 11. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a light hazy bronzed orange color. It started off with a soft foamy whitecapping mushrooming head. This head gently died to leave some lacing clinging here and there. The smell had a dry sweet pear with light spiced apples and then a black pepper invading and combining substantially. The taste was sweet and bitter at separate times but it does have a lingering bitter and bright citrus appeal to make me want to indulge in more. There’s a light lemon here and there. On the palate, a light tartness comes into play to enliven a slight harsh carbonation to run amuck over my tongue and mouth. Harsh - only slightly. This one sat about a light on the body. Overall, I say this was a pretty good saison I’d have again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Surprised to see this rated as low as it is, because I quite enjoy it. Hazy cloudy golden pour, tons of head on this. Very carbonated. Nice and tart up front. Sharp tart citrus fades as you go on.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle, batch 11. Hazy golden color with lingering white foam. Lemon, dry hay, mild barnyard, dust aromas. Light bodied with average carbonation. Mild lemon tart flavors with grass, dusty pils malt, dry spices, and light fruits____good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3809) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled April 2014
A steady, soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, tan-tined, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a clear, bright golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells like sun-toasted grain up front backed by a light herbal note, some Meyer lemon zest like character and a soft fruitiness towards the finish that reminds me of ripe pears. There is an earthy, musty character to the nose, as well as some peppery, perhaps ginger leaning, and clove like spice character that all seem to come from the yeast character. As my nose gets used to it the lemon zest and clove like character become more prominent.

The beer is fairly light bodied, but finishes with a creamy texture that is well balanced by some hop bitterness and a bit of astringency; the carbonation is nicely effervescent and a bit prickly without being excessive. Flavors of phenolic clove have a bright presence and this morphs into a musty, spicy, slightly plastic leaning character towards the finish. The clove character accentuates a sweetness in this beer that is not really here, this melds well with the grain character which contributes flavors of dried straw, whole grain pale crackers, pale malt husk notes, sun baked wheat, and some rustic, non-sour dough, bread like notes.

I like the chewy grain character that this beer has, and the lemon herbal leaning hop character provides a nice counterpoint. The phenolic clove character is perhaps a bit much to take this to the next level, but it is not so much that this beer is still not quite enjoyable.


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