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RATINGS: 54   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 ó 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 Ďgrain beltí 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow body under a one inch frothy white head that had nice retention due to the vigorous carbonation. The nose is rather nice, very soft and subtle with nice pale malt, some earthiness, light floral hops, and some subtle spiciness. The flavor is quite spicy with some great peppery notes and an earthy yeastiness. A little heavier bodied than I generally like my Saisons, but itís not too bad. Thereís a bit of a lemony smack on the finish thatís pretty nice. A little bit of alcohol on the back end as well. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a little bit of clinginess. Interesting beer, not especially what I look for in a Saison, but itís pretty interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1642) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle..batch 11..Pour is golden with a thin white head..Nose is honey, yeast, spice, musty, grainy..Taste is honey, grains, Belgian yeast, spicy, must, grains, herbs, spicy hops..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1433) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Pours a nice medium golden color. Fairly cloudy. Medium just barely off-white head. Good retention. Aroma is a nice mix of fresh malt, saison yeastiness and light fruitiness. Iím getting green grapes, white wine, peaches, blueberries, apples. Honey. Malt flavor is bright and fairly sweet. Mild pepper. Some very light funk. Mildly herbal. Taste starts fairly sweet with a good dose of honey-ish malt. Then, some apricot and grape fruitiness kicks in. Finally, the beer finishes with some drier yeast notes and a bit of lemony, floral hops. Lightly effervescent with some decent body to the beer. Tasty enough, but itís mostly well-trod territory. I remember liking Renaud a bit more, though I think this one is a touch more fruity. Still, itís a solid, well-made saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Batch 11. Pours with a hazed blonde-straw yellow hued body with a medium sized white head. Good retention and lace. Aromas are of pepper, root vegetables, mild grainy qualities, herbal hops, floral and green. Lots of phenolic notes, mildly dry and fruity esters. White grapes, crackery. Flavors are of peppery phenols, mild sweetness, grainy, lots of esters, black pepper, straw, apple sauce, mild umami. Dry finish. Nice balance and complexity. Low tartness. Fuller carbonation, medium-low body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 6, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 29, í12 Poured from a bottle into a tasting tulip. A: Bready yeast and banana & clove phenols, apple and pear, some light hay-like funk, honey, with some herbal and earthy hops. A: Pours a clear medium golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. Nice retention. T: More apple along with some orange and apricot, nice level of spice with pepper and cloves. Some bread/bicsuit malt on the back end. P: Medium bodied with high carbonation (A bit to much for a saison, IMO) , slight alcohol presence. O: typical well done farmhouse saison beer, but the booze and esters get a bit much, nice flavors overall though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ajnepple (2272) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pretty straight forward saison with Belgian yeast, pepper, tropical fruit, light bitterness and a dry finish. Pretty crisp and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Sample at The Festival, blondish pour, light head, slight fruit, green apple & pear notes. Touch of pepper spice. slight tartness. medium body good mouthfeel. Nice saison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (919) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with seb and jf A: fruity, citrusy. App: hazy pale small white head. T/p: light body and light acidic finish. Crisp. O: good and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4031) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Sampled at the brewery. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of pale malts, apple and light fruits, some spice, and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
[bottle-thanks, Tico!] Yeasty champagne aroma. Hazy yellow, fizzy appearance. Very highly carbonated. Typical phenolic saison flavour with some vinous white wine character. Bubbly and dry feel, like an Extra Brut champagne.

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