Saison Civil Society Brewing Co.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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About the Saison

Also known as a Farmhouse Ale, the Belgian Saison originated as a rustic ale provided for farmhands in French-speaking Wallonia. The modern Saison by Dupont was produced in the 1920s. Its mouthfeel is dry and ranges from light to medium with high carbonation. Typically golden in color, the style can also appear amber or brown. Its palate is either bittered or soured with citrus fruit flavors, earthy or spicy hops, and possibly spiced. Darker versions may be a little sweeter. Regardless of the variation, the Saison yeast character is an absolute must.