Mystic De Varenne

I love Mystic’s beers, I just don’t like that their website doesn’t have all of their beers on it. I have to make a trip out to the brewery at some point.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: I couldn’t find anything about this beer online, but there is a hotel in Paris named “De Varenne” that looks beautiful.

Random: Their label art is really unique and stunning. It’s simple too.

The beer was in a corked and caged bottle, but there was no pop of the cork. This beer is showing as retired, so I’m not sure how old it was. But, either way, it poured with a quarter finger of white head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a decent amount of carbonation and the body was apple juice colored. The nose was filled with some young oak, golden raisins, white apple juice and apple skins. The taste was also quite fruity. It had white grape juice and skins along with golden raisins. There was also apple juice, oak and lemon peel. I didn’t get much funk on this, but the fruity flavors made up for it. The body was thin with light carbonation. I wish there was bit more. The finish was quick with white grapes. This was a beer gift from my parents, so I have no idea how much it was. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I just wish there was more funk and carbonation to it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mystic Frequency Of The Sky

Today’s ride home from work was perfect. I hit absolutely no traffic and it only took me 35 minutes. That definitely warrants a beer.


ABV: 3.9%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mystic Brewery is a brewery specializing in farmhouse-style ales utilizing locally sourced yeast and other ingredients. Drawing on historical methods, our increased focus on fermentation allows us to impart a sense of unique New England terroir into all of our beer. Our beer can be found in select bars and restaurants across the country.”

Random: Why won’t Mystic distribute here?

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, white head. it dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon-yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose reminded me of a sour lemon cleaner with a lot of yeast and lemon rind. I didn’t pick up much else. The taste was a bit more balanced. It had decent tartness with white vinegar and then a sweet and sour note with lemon candy. There was some bready yeast, but no spice came along with it. It had a grassy and hoppy note at the end. The body was thin and watery with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with white vinegar. I don’t remember if I got this beer myself or if it was a gift, but it was a nice table beer, especially with the low ABV. I think I would have enjoyed this better if it was paired with food.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mystic Freak Scene

Two things I love: Mystic beers and gruits. Hopefully this goes well.


ABV: 7%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While we like experimenting with ingredients all year long, February 1st is the day we really get to have fun with our recipes. Along with other like-minded breweries around the world, we will be delving into a style nearly lost to time, gruit. Like the original brewers, we forgo hops in favor of herbs, spices and other rarely-seen brewing ingredients. This year we’re especially excited to debut this year’s selection, which will have been brewed in our new brewhouse by our new head brewer Charlie Cummings. Charlie’s lineup incorporates the traditional ingredients of ancient gruits with modern flavors. All of these will be brewery only and in extremely limited quantities so if you want a taste, make sure to drop by our Chelsea location on February 1st! Our tap room will be open from 4-9, but usual hours will resume Wednesday.”

Random: The website had no information about this beer.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass with a quarter finger of crown. The body was a murky, dark brown, almost like dirty pond water. There was still a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a musty yeast note and then had a burnt maple flake. It also had an herbal note with tea. The taste started with the same musty yeast note and sweet malts. The next flavor to come through was honey and then the herbal tea flavor came through. It had a rather thick body, but a lot of carbonation. There was no alcohol detectable. The finish was quick with the honey and tea flavors. A bottle of this was expensive at $24 ($1.09 per ounce). This was interesting and drinkable, but not the best selection I’ve had from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mystic Hazy Jane

I picked this beer up at the end of the summer and stuck it in my bomber chiller. I completely forgot about it, which is why I’m drinking a summer seasonal way out of season. I assume that it would be a better beer fresh, so if I see it again, I will give it a try.


ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer celebrates ‘La Bealtaine’, the Celtic festival of the summer solstice. Somewhere along the way, the beer gained the more easy to pronounce nickname ‘Hazy Jane’. Jane is a wheat saison finished with a blend of citrusy American and Japanese hops, then dry-hopped with the aromatic, noble Tettnang hop.”

Random: I really wish Mystic would distribute here. Their beers are always solid.

This beer poured with a four finger, pure white head that dissipated very slowly. It left a lot of lacing on my Tree House Teku glass. The body was a hazy, light orange with high carbonation visible. The nose started with yeast and then quickly went into Sorachi Ace hops and citrus. Lemon zest was there as well. The taste had a lot of yeast as well, with some coriander as well. The Sorachi Ace hops came through next with lemongrass and citrus zest. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation. It had a long and sticky finish with lemongrass and citrus zest. The bomber was $9.99, which was $.45 per ounce. This was a really nice beer that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mystic Vinland Three

Since I only had one day off this week, I didn’t get many of my chores done. We went to lunch and walked around Doylestown yesterday. We also saw “Inside Out.” I thought the movie was only alright, but I did really like the seats, which reclined completely. It was difficult to stay awake because the seats were so insanely comfortable. Anyways, this is a brew that I had last week. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vinland three yeast cultures were obtained from Bryan’s grandparent’s farm in Popple Dungeon, VT. The beer is currently in development for a targeted August 2014 release.”

Random: I watched part of a Phils game this weekend. It’s the first game that I’ve watched in months and they looked like crap.

This beer poured with a three finger, off White head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown color. The nose presented with a lot of yeast and big notes of nuts and sweetness from caramel malt. The taste was much lighter than I expected. It had no notes of booze, but lots of biscuit and nuttiness. It had a slight sweetness from the caramel malt as well. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with the nuts permeating it. The bomber was $15.99, which broke down to $.73 per ounce. I normally adore beers from Mystic, but this one just missed the mark for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mystic Conviction

The other half is at a concert with one of her friends from law school. This means that I can hopefully bang out more of the backlog while I’m watching “Cat From Hell.” Let’s get to it.


ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This purchase reserves a 750 mL Bottle of Spectral Evidence, New England Imperial Stout, Alc. by Vol 12% Purchases may be picked up on or after October 30, 2014 (or if a ticket is held at the release party on October 29) These are 750 mL bottles that can be cellared and aged. 375 mL bottles will be release at a later time. A barrel-aged version of this beer (‘Mystic Conviction’) will be available at later date, with first dibs taken by the Barrel Club (Friends of the Barrels).”

Random: That is all I can find out about this beer.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with roasted malts and chocolate. I didn’t pick up any sort of oak or normal notes that barrel aging imparts. The taste had some licorice and then deep cocoa notes with bitter chocolate. There was leather as well, but not much from the oak, which was disappointing. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish had a lot of licorice and roasted malts. I don’t have a price on this beer as it was another gift. Honestly, this was a bit disappointing. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mystic Table Beer

The other half isn’t home yet and I’m watching “Gangland.” They’re discussing a motorcycle gang based out of Pennsylvania that I’ve never heard of. At one time, they were one of the largest distributors of meth in New Jersey. Anyways, let’s get to something more interesting and legal…


ABV: 4.3%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mystic Table Beer traces its roots back to a time when water was never an option at the dining table. Beer from 1.2-4.5% ABV was served at the table as well as in the fields in the form of saison. Its flavor and texture are derived from our house yeast strain, ‘Renaud’ as well as traditional bottle-conditioning. The Name. Like it’s big brother Mystic Saison, Table Beer was named to reflect the unpretentious field beers that inspired it.”

Random: I really do enjoy “Gangland.” The format is really good.

This cork opened with a huge popped. It poured with a one finger, thin white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with lemon and yeast and light spice. The taste was also very light with not a lot of flavor, which was a bit disappointing. There was some bready yeast, light lemon but it didn’t provide a lot of tartness. There was some spice, but not enough. It had a thin body with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast and lemon. It was $11.99 for the bomber, which was $.55 per ounce. Given what I expect from Mystic beers, this one just didn’t do it for me. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Mystic Saison Renaud

Another week finally over. This was a beer that I was very excited to pick up from Half Time. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This provision saison is great food’s best friend. Saison Renaud exemplifies a modern take on the traditional farmhouse ale. Made with just pilsner malt and Saaz hops, this recipe is made to truly let the assertiveness of our house yeast shine. Presenting a clean and crisp body, the spicy and fruity esters of the yeast prevail over a slightly earthy bitterness from the Saaz. The name. Renaud shows its French ancestry it naming after Bryan’s great grandmother, Florence Renaud, from Popple Dungeon, VT.”

Random: Today is cookie day, which means we’re going to be baking cookies all day.

This beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head on top of a cloudy, straw yellow body with lots of visible carbonation. The nose was light with white grape, pear, white pepper and straw. The taste was nice and light. It had straw and fresh cut grass and moved quickly into pepper, light banana and clove. There was light citrus as well, specifically orange. Lemon oil came through as well. After a few sips, some bready yeast was present. The body was light and effervescent, almost like a champagne. There was no alcohol apparent on the beer. The finish was long with yeast and white pepper. For $12.99 a bomber, it’s definitely a pricey beer, but worth it. It’s a light saison with a lot of flavor that was easy drinking. If this is distributed in your area, definitely grab it. If you’re from New Jersey, you won’t find this one on your shelves, at least not yet.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Mystic Saison

My team freaking lost yesterday. I knew it was going to come at some point, but they really should have won that game. Anyways, I was really excited about trying this beer not available in Jersey. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mystic Saison is our take on the old Belgian farmhouse ale. 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. The Name. Mystic Saison was our first beer and named to reflect the straightforward approach to a ‘whole field’ saison.”

Random: At least I knew to leave Sproles on my fantasy bench this week.

This brew poured with a thick, three finger white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark orange color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose had lemon rind, white wine grapes and yeast. The taste was light and dry. There was a lot of yeast with bread and crackers. White grapes were present as well. There was a slight hint of clove spice. The body was on the thin side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with yeast. This was a really good beer and one that I would definitely have again. Even for $12.99 a bomber, I think it was worth it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Mystic Saison Asterisk

Since I’ve been doing this review thing for awhile, there are certain things that I love. I love being able to add a new brewery to my categories. This one was a brew that my parents brought back from Massachusetts and the beer guy gave to them for free after he talked to me on the phone. First of all, that was incredibly nice of him (and I especially appreciated his patience on the phone with me) and second of all, I get a brew that I would never get to try otherwise. Score!

ABV: 7.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Mystic Saison transformed by barrel aging in Bourbon barrels. Aged over 6 months resulting in smooth oak flavors and hints of bourbon. 7.8% abv.”

Random: It looks like Sandy has finally gotten to DC…I have a feeling NJ is totally screwed.

So, this brew was from the first batch. I totally felt special. This brew poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy, light orange color with moderate to heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was definitely bourbon barrel with some vanilla. It didn’t smell like the typical saison. After I let it sit for awhile, the nose took a different turn. I got some citrus and yeast as well. The taste was not at all what I was expecting. I got citrus, yeast, coriander and some yeast. This quickly went into serious bourbon barrel with some maple and vanilla with a hint of smoke. Everything worked really well together. It was really complex but just straight out awesome. The booze was invisible. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky, although I got light carbonation than expected. The finish was quick with a hint of bourbon. I love this brew. The only thing that was more surprising? Katie loved it too! Grab this immediately!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0