Table Beer (Mystic Brewery)

Style: Table Saison

4.3% ABV

From: Chelsea, MA

Brewer’s Note: “Mystic Table Beer traces its roots back to a time when water was never an option at the dining table.  Beer, often as low as 1.5% ABV, was the only drink served to slake the thirst. At 4.3% ABV, Mystic Table Beer is a slightly more potent table beer, but it retains its namesakes’ eminent drinkability. Its flavor and texture are derived from our house Renaud yeast strain and traditional bottle-conditioning. Enjoy with lunch or while swaying in a hammock.”

DSCN4541 The beer’s label is simple and classic.  I love the fonts used as they blend together nicely and give the label a rustic, yet refined look.  The texture of the paper is beautiful and the background color is bright and inviting, but in all, this is a very simple label.  It’s worthy of labeling, but not quite up to par for the shelf.

DSCN4538The beer pours a pale, hazy straw-yellow with a huge creamy head of tiny, eggshell white bubbles.  The head sticks around at a finger and a half’s length, and leaves a lacing of medium sheets and strings on the side of the glass.  In body, the beer is crystal clear and full of bubbles that race to the head of the beer.  On the nose, the beer smells fresh and funky, with wonderful herbal notes and a strong grassy scents from the hops.  The funk is distinctly from the Renaud strain, bringing some beautiful herbal qualities to the nose, much like Saison Renaud did.  A light minty scent is also present in the smell.  On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and lightly tart with a soft, balancing bitterness from the grassy hops.  In flavor, the beer begins lightly herbal with a soft funk that works nicely alongside the herbal flavor.  Faint bread malts and bitter grass dance in the middle of the tongue, balancing out the beer in an elegant tug-of-war on the taste buds.  Citric lemon notes can also be sensed in the funk, more akin to lemon grass than lemon fruit, but lovely and bright.  The finish is clean with light wheat and bread notes, accented by minty hops, and the aftertaste is soft and fresh in the mouth, like bready mint.  In the mouth, the beer feels light and airy in body, with a very soft carbonation that fluffs across the tongue.  The beer is crisp and soft in mouthfeel.  Overall, this is a hugely drinkable beer that is perfectly crisp and refreshing for a summer’s day.  It is light, but is has some very nice complexity in flavor.  I like this beer a lot, and would love to put it on a dinner table and pair it with foods.

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