Mystic Saison - Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

Leighton's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at The Kernel during Nates Farewell Concert. So solid overall. Good grass and dough character. Pleasant sugar sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Light dryness. Just very, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9421) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"A nice tasty brew for wine lovers. The grapes and oak slightly overpower the saison-like characteristics of the beer in the aroma and the flavor. very mellow, fruity, slightly sweet, with a hint of pepper. Id like to try the base saison. a little too prickly on the carbonation for my tastes, otherwise a nice beer."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
50belair (3266) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle. Straw yellow pour with a white head. Light green grape aromas. Effervescent with cheap ass white wine notes. Below average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Quite blah nose of cheap white wine, Belgian esters, and Brett b. Not a fan in the slightest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 Im looking for the barrel to lend a little more and maybe pop a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
A cloudy, yeasty golden orange color with a rather large white head. The nose is a touch phenolic and quite funky. Its very spicy and also a bit barnyardy. Mild fruit toward the finish. The flavor is also funky and spicy with a strong malt flavor, a touch of wine, and minimal fruit. Maybe a light tannic oak character to it.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3184) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
damzz (442) - 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.

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