Mist, a Belgian-style Saison by Civil Society Brewing Co.

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Mist is a Belgian-style Saison brewed by Civil Society Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, was served in a tulip glass from a crowler.

Appearance

The saison pours a crystal-clear straw and is capped by nearly an inch-thick head of fizzy white foam that dissipates rapidly. A smattering of sticky lace clings to the glass during reduction. Doesn’t show the effervescence seen in better representations of the style.

Aroma

Aroma is faint but pleasant with a welcoming scent of grain spiced with clove and ground pepper.

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Flavor

Palate begins with a taste of sourdough bread sweetened slightly by fruit before being punched headlong by spices of cracked pepper and clove. Finishes somewhat dryly with a lingering bite of grapefruit and lemon. There’s a bit of a herbal note that also appears as the beer warms. Soft grain and a taste of apple ties the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Feel has a somewhat oily texture with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Not as lively or quite as dry as better Belgian-style brews.

Overall

Mist is a nice effort by Civil Society, a brewer not known for their Belgian-style beers. But the aroma is faint, feel is a bit off, and the palate is well, palatable. This saison is still light and refreshing, and should you be at the brewery and are in the mood for a saison, give it a try. Otherwise, there are better representations of the style to be found elsewhere.

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