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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.


2.7
   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, ’12 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ajnepple (2551) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6214) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (980) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4173) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2552) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Back rate here. This was quite tasty and extremely rustic and a bit musty. Lots of yeast esters and a bit murky but i enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3480) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle thanks to jleblanc. Clear pale yellow pour with white head. Aroma is earthy, leafy hops, something a bit dank, like mushrooms, very "forest" smelling. Taste is grainy, quite fresh, leafy hop finish with a lingering dry bitterness. Palate is well carbed and medium bodied. Everything you can expect from a good american saison.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
A towery. dense fine-bubbled white head reigns supreme above the fizzy hazy gold. The very active carbonation carries spicy and herbal hop notions straight to the nose and that spiciness is amped up by furthermore spicyness from the yeast’s phenolic character. I must say I’m not overly fond of the latter which feels a bit rough edged and not all that rustic. At the same time, the yeast provides a lot of tropical pale fruit esters, think litchi, pineapple, mango and while the palate is actively carbonated, that fruity yeast brings forth a certain bubblegummy juiciness that I’m not especially enjoying, prefering earthy and citrusy nuances to explosive esters.Concurrently, the beer is perhaps ironically both juicy and dry, almost very dry. That makes it refreshing enough and fairly easy to drink and in the end, contributes to bringing the beer more toward the like than the dislike spectrum and considering the potential variability with this style, I’ll gladly revisit anytime. Unless the more interestingly rustic Renaud is on the same shelf...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
In short: A basic straightforward blond Saison, a bit grassy/spicy, moderately dry, not too tasty, easy to drink.
How: From a bottle at Hill Farmstead Farmhouse Saison Festival 2012.
The look: Cloudy yellow-blond body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Nose is moderately rustic, light spicy-grassy notes, some tart light color fruits. Taste is crisp crackery cereals, low sweetness, pineapples, a bit of dry grassy hops, intrinsic spicy notes, refreshing tartness. Low intensity, high drinkability, moderately dry. A very basic Saison that drinks easy for a 7% beer even if there is a bit of booze showing. Another Saison rating for me, if Waldo was a Saison, I’d find Waldo like, really fast.


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