Mary Of The Gael - Mystic Brewery
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.51/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a rusty brown with some light golden hints. It pours with a rocky head of medium sized, sand colored bubbles, and leaves a lacing of thin dry streaks on the glass. In body, the beer is a murky haze of muddy water. On the nose, the beer smells of sweet and grassy hops with a nice underlying saison funk that brings prickly hay and slight bready malts. The hops also bring a nice floral quality to the beer, and there is an underlying smell of citrus lemon in the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes dry and bitter with a nice herbal salt character and little touches of citric sweetness. The flavors begin as sweet malt, but is immediately dried out by grassy hops and touches of lemon bread. A salty flavor does works its way into the beer, mixing with the more herbal aspects of the grassy hops, and leaving a nice savory feel to the mouth. The finish is longer, and brings yeasty funk and grassy hops to the forefront of the palate, with nice citric nuances. The aftertaste is a grassy bitter with light bready yeast flavors lingering. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body with a nice weight behind each sip. The carbonation in the beer is smooth and creamy with only the faintest ghost of a prickle on the tongue, and the beer’s superb dryness allows this carbonation to work beautifully with the beer. The mouth is left wet with acid neutralizing spit, and with a lingering herbal dryness on the top of the tongue. Overall, this is a superb saison, and perhaps one of my favorites in the style. Mystic really has a way with the saisons, and this might be there best yet! Superb dryness and rich nuanced flavors blend perfectly together in this beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 21:53:36 | More by Maxwell
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3.59/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Champagne-corked wine bottle served in pint glass. Batch number 001. Cloudy orange in color with intense cabronation and a massive white head. Subtle yeast-fresh aroma.
Flavor is quite delicate, with sour citrus fruit notes and a suggestion of wheaty/graininess. Surprisingly, it works well with the heavy carbonation. And for an American take on farmhouse ale I am very pleased with how gentle the sourness/funkiness is. Not bad at all, though I'm guessing this particular bottle would have been better when it was fresher.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 01:57:32 | More by hreb
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed this beer on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.
Appearance (4.25/5): Unfiltered and golden yellow with a creamy merengue like head of white foam.
Smell (4/5): Typical saison yeastiness. Beautiful barnyard and lemony, grassy aromas. Touch of wheat and rye like spiciness (don't think the brewer is actually using those ingredients). Citric hops that are quite assertive for a Saison and make this a less traditional interpretation of the style. They aren't overwhelming, though.
Taste (4/5): Follows the nose nicely: black pepper spice, hay, fresh cut grass, orange zest, lemon, and grapefruit. More pronounced hop flavor than a traditional Saison, though the hops don't overwhelm the other flavors that result from the yeast and light malts.
Mouthfeel (4/5): Dry finish that is pleasingly lemon-like. Medium feel. Great medium high carbonation that helps clean the palate on each swig and deliver the assertive grassiness of the beer.
Overall (4/5): This is another solid beer by the guys at Mystic Brewery. It's pretty, and it smells and tastes very good; that being said, it's not that unique from other American interpretations of the Saison style. Therefore, I have to deduct some points. I'd love to have this beer again and see what I think next time, though.
Serving type: on-tap
04-24-2014 18:04:28 | More by hagbergl
Mary Of The Gael from Mystic Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.