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RATINGS: 61   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmerz (728) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Draught at Brouwerij lane bk. Potted light yellow slight haze and not much head. Aroma is classic saison herbal floral citrus sweat with light pepper. Flavor is similar with a bit of funk and lightly tart. Watery. Just easy and nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
This one pours as a very nice looking glass of beer. Golden, with a light haziness, the head is very big and very white & it leaves a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is spicy with a light toastiness. It’s got a little bit of fresh baguette smell to it and a touch of fruit & black pepper.

The flavor certainly has it’s pleasantries. It’s nicely bitter with a little bit of lavender & some light pear. It’s got a nice minerallity, some mild husky malt, & some earthy happiness. The beer is dry, and I’m afraid has a touch too much warming alcohol for everything to work here. 1% or even .5% abv lower and I think this would be just right.

The mouthfeel is lively and the beer is easy to drink with a sort of long finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (1056) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2014
750ml bottle pours cloudy dark orange with 2 finger head. Nose is stale grains, white grape, apple sauce, citrus. Taste has some dusty old grains, a bit of a chalky aspirin flavor, white grape, light yeast notes. Finish is dry, chalky grapefruit, citrus, grape, grains.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4410) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Draft. Light golden pour with white head. Light yeast and spice tones, citrus infusion of aromas. Flavors are similar you could call table beer, saison light.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1393) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Gracieuse mousse blanche bien crémeuse sur un liquide d’or plutôt trouble; nez en céréales blondes et en ananas. La bouche est assez sèche, tout en étant fruitée et sucrée, avec une finale de levures et de houblons qui ferment la marche. Une saison assez simple, bien faite, fidèle au style, vraiment un exemple sans flafla de cette belge désaltérante ; on l’aurait souhaité un brin plus complexe, plus fonceuse, mais elle est délicieuse tout de même.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3214) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
Pours hazy pale golden color with big white head. Aromas of doughy yeast and pale malts with some spices. Fruity and doughy flavors with some spices. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5315) - 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 it’s not too bad. There’s a bit of a lemony smack on the finish that’s 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 it’s pretty interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1897) - 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..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1575) - 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. I’m 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 it’s mostly well-trod territory. I remember liking Renaud a bit more, though I think this one is a touch more fruity. Still, it’s a solid, well-made saison.


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