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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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

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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