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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1634) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2012
750ml bottle from Julio’s. Pours a slightly hazy amber/yellow with a frothy white head. Took a bit to settle down. Light, sweet, fruity aroma with apples and pears. Some touch of honey, but light, not cloying. Flavor is same. Light palate with fizzy carbonation. Pretty good, although I would have preferred more funk.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
look: 4 smell: 2 taste: 2 feel: 2 overall: 2 Bottle courtesy of Reagan1984. Served in a Mystic saison glass. Pours a clear medium golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. Nice retention. The nose carries some grainy pilsner malt plus a bit of oxidized malt. Light cardboard character and some fairly-heavy phenols. The flavor carries along the same lines and was a bit too much to handle. Harsh character with a bit of solvent. Hard to get through. I hope this was a bad batch, as I really enjoyed the Sauv Blanc version of this, and the Cabernet version we had alongside this bottle was much better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of herbs, florals, yeast, and pear. Flavor of florals, pepper, grass, subtle pear, light citrus, and grain with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Citrus hops with a bit of yeast on the nose. Deep golden in color. Taste had the citrus from the hops balancing the yeast with a touch of sweetness from the malt. Good balance with a dry finish. Good example of a Belgian style Saison

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle shared by fellow HH. Hazy golden pour. Taste was belgian yeast, hint of spice and some bubblegum. Just ok IMO.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is sweet fruit and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a dry wheat and citrus. Not much going on with this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinto1993 (45) - Revere, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Batch 2, 750ml bottle, capped and corked poured into Tripel karmeliet goblet. Appearance is a hazy yellowish gold with a 1 finger white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of lemon, citrus and pepper with a hint of Belgian yeast. Taste is citrusy with hints of pepper, pineapple, lemon and grain. I expected more wine like qualities from fermenting in sauvignon blanc barrels. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp and refreshing. This is a light but complex saison. Very drinkable and refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6403) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
first bottle of the share .. . pours a effervescent gold .. . medium head, lots of white lacing .. . light grain, hay, yeast, and dough .. . mild spritz .. . pretty good, but still too american for my liking
.. . . well its better than rubbing your head for 4 hours and ending up dead in a shoebox..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cheekybaby (12) - - JAN 7, 2012
This is a very refreshing beer. It is very light. I only wish it had a Tad more body, a little stronger finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 16, 2011
750mL Bottle, purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits - Somerville, MA. Sadly, Saisons are the new "Contemporary American Bar Food" of the craft beer scene. And like the cliche nouveau cuisine, some are worth it and some are not. Lately, I’ve run through a spate of sweet, carelessly fermented, fad-bombs. I’m excited to have one that appears to transcend that vein. This beer stays dry, clean, and subtle. No overwhelming bubblegum esters, no mouth-punching sweetness, just that ephemeral, cottony wisp of spice, mineral, and earth. The essences of whole grain in a bottle. A bit of raspy husk, some prickly, piquant spice notes, and a soft bed of quieted hay to rest the palate on. This does not ascend to traditional Belgian standards, but riffs on them in an appreciable way. Drinkable, thoughtful, complex.


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