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Mystic Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Saison
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Barrel fermentation, one of the great arts of the vintner, has been nearly lost in the world of brewing. In this method the French oak breathes as fermentation fluxes, creating a symbiosis of beer and barrel. The flavor characteristics developed are irreproducible in any other way. It is a method of making beer that evokes the days when fermentation was mystic and the results patiently anticipated. For this special release, fermentation in Sauvignon Blanc barrels from Napa creates an intriguing and delightful pairing of traditions and flavors.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
damzz (267) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 In one word: WOW! Pours a a hazy yellow with a pure white head that lingers with light lacing. The nose is citrus. The body is medium-thin with a thin texture and average carbonation with a long crisp white grape aftertaste. This is what Sam Adams Infinium should have been. (Who said brewers could not use wine barrels?) Mystic has married Sauvigon Blanc with beer and done it extrremely well by choosing the right ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2340) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2011
I got the pleasure of trying this today at the brewery. Pours a slightly cloudy deep straw color with a thinnish white head that shows remarkable retention and moderate lace. Smells of apples, pears, grape tannin, hints of oak and vanilla with a slight bit of Belgian yeast esters. Taste is sweet and fruity with that yeasty funk in the background. Lots of the same fruit flavors from the aroma. Hints of oak and a bit of wine tannin add lots of complexity to this version. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I thought this version was fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at The Kernel during Nate’s Farewell Concert. So solid overall. Good grass and dough character. Pleasant sugar sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Light dryness. Just very, very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Pours deep amber into a tulip. White head with excellent retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Yeast and sour oak aromas. Crisp with sweet yeast and sour oak and a tart, lasting woody grape finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pours orange blonde with a decent white head. The aroma is sweet saison and grapes blended well, which comes in with the flavor as well. It a bit spicy, not much funk at all, both muted from the barrels, which brought about pleasant white wine grape flavors. Those flavors of grapes and sweet saison as described in the description blend well together on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 16, 2012
750mL Bottle. Monday is as good as any night for popping special bottles. Aroma breathes fire of spice, mulled chamomile and clove, with subtle drops of Hefeweizen and beet sugar. Fluffy body foams quickly and evaporates, leaving a dry finish, with an origin of oak and Saison yeast. Cooked lemon peels, a hint of preserve lemon, and cocktail onions flow through the middle. Chewing on this, I get herbs, dry and soft. Tarragon, old mint, and young coriander. I expected this to be pretty funky. The white wine character is there, but sneaky and a bit elusive, melding into the beer like a camoflauged moth, patterning hints of the background across itself. It finally shows itself in the aftervapor as a slight white raisin and petrol note. This is really refined, smoothed out and gentle beer. It is nuanced and charactered, but almost a bit subtle. Very nice base yeast work, but I’m looking for the barrel to lend a little more and maybe pop a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Big thanks to ms11781 for sending this my way. Served in a Mystic saison willi becher, also courtesy of ms11781. Thanks! Batch 2 Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden-peach color with a towering white head that’s very, very foamy. Great retention and loads of sticky rings of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose first brings notes of Sauvignon Blanc and grapes plus some stone fruits. Behind that comes a bit of oak and light malt. The flavor is fairly oaky with a bit of light tannin. Good white grape character throughout. A bit of lemon zest and notes of apricot. Faint earthiness and white pepper in the background. Body is light-medium. A bit too full as far as I’m concerned, but the quite-dry finish makes up for that. Good carbonation. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle hauled from Massachusetts by TPatuto...Slightly hazy deep yellow with a foamy off-white head. Spicy dry oak with a hint of dry white grape, nice light dusty yeast, and a bit of heat. Taste has more fruit, with some dry oak/alcohol sharpness. Light, dusty yeast. The fruitiness lasts through the finish,with a bit of sweetness and some more oak sharpness. Lots of soft carbonation that fluffs the whole thing up nicely. Big and foamy in the mouth--real smooth. This is good stuff, even if a bit sharp at times.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Aroma is lightly tart, some wood, citrus, and light spice and yeast. Flavor is very well balanced. Some sourness but not too much where it kills all the saison flavor. Still has a little spice and malt. The wood is present and the wine character is great. A little effervescent and quite refreshing. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle from TPatuto and shared by Madvike. Thanks Tom and Matt! Yellow pour with a bit of a head. You can pick up the grape on the nose, but it is not overpowering. I am a big fan of this as I have the other treatments. Taste is dry, and although I am not usually a fan in this one it works well. There is a mix of the fruit, oak, and booze that all work well with the dry finish.


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