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Mary Of The Gael - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Duhast500 on 04-11-2013

21 IBU
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops, honey, spices and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the honey malt flavors are a bit more prominent and the spices are most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the alate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A slight amount of dryness is perceptible.
O: This is a very enjoyable American take on a Belgian saison that is very drinkable.

Note: Batch #001

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

one of the better saisons I have had in awhile, perfect for spring, still appropriate for summer. its hazy and blonde and pale and thick and frothy and beautiful. it has a grassy hoppy nose and the faintest funk that hints brett, but I think its just a clever yeast strain uncommon and unfamiliar to me, really well done here, well built brew. I had this in a bottle at a place called hen of the woods or something like that, right near the lake in Burlington, Vermont. it was served in short stemmed glasses, and we ordered oysters on the half shell to shoot with it. the horseradish and vinegar sauce they came with both went extremely well with this earthy and grassy brew, that seemed to thrive on the briny minerality of the oysters. its fuller bodied, but all wheat and nothing more than a real low lovibond in color. its creamy and well hopped, maybe dry hopped, but hardly bitter. its a softer funkier summer straw thing, with a tart finish. the yeast is amazing here, really finished its work as far as sugars are concerned. its dry but still creamy and large in feel. bubbles are prominent but its not sharp in that way, just pillowy and big, truly phenomenal stuff from one of my new favorite breweries. mystic is absolutely killing it!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I do love me a good farmhouse ale, and I know Mystic does a good job with that, so hopefully this is a winner.

Pours a very large fizzy fluffy head that hits almost 3 fingers even on a careful pour, fades semi slowly with decent lacing and leaves large sparkling bubbles interestingly, mostly clear blond slight amber orange colored.

Nose brings a nice saison character, some farmhouse funk is right out front, with some saison yeast and a mild sweetness, nice citrus and orange peel, light bitter rind, mild saison spices that get kinda floral, and a bit of a grassy floral hop character, bit of a candied orange peel hop, the nice farmhouse funk really comes through, and just a bit of a musty resin.

Taste starts with more farmhouse funk, not quite Brett level of funk but a nice farmhouse character. Then mild sweet malts kick in with a blond toasty pilsner malt, faint honey like sweet character, etc. Then the hops kick in and do they ever, nice bitterness that is light enough but brings a nice hop character, floral grassy hops mostly, with a touch of pine and spicy taste. A nice citrus throughout, a light lemon peel, and even orange pith bitterness, and very light saison yeast spices, a bit grassy and a lemongrass character too. There is also a very very light phenolic flavor that gets a little unpleasant, almost a alcoholic perfumey taste that is the only thing keeping it from being great, although it is very light. Finish is dry, very dry, with a nice lingering saison character, more farmhouse funk lingering, a little grassy toasty malt, more lemon peel flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of fluffy carb, almost too much.

Overall a nice saison, good malts, a nice saison farmhouse funk, nice grassy flavors and lemony citrus, the hops come on strong initially but don't seem to last and a bit more would have been better since they kinda promised that on the label, and that one unpleasant phenolic character takes away slightly.

Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Chris' place - shared by ChrisPro I think?

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed orange body. Spot-on for the style.

S - Floral, zesty, and herbal hops mingle with peppery Saison yeast, light honey, some stone fruit and citrus. Reminds me a little of La Vermontoise.

T - The taste is quite similar with a mix of floral, grassy, and zesty hops, with notes of sweet honey, fruity esters, peppery yeast, and toasted grains.

M - Dry, crisp, with pleasant active carbonation. Medium bodied, with a dry, clean, finish.

D - This is probably the best beer I've had from Mystic. It's a solid Saison with some aggressive continental hopping. If this was local I'd probably order it on-tap occasionally, particularly on a hot summer day. Quite drinkable and refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold color. Okay starting head that leaves a cross between spotted and ring lace.

Spicy aroma that reminds me of rosemary and oregano. There's also a sweetness that is reminiscent of cherry syrup, but that might be because of my proximatey to the fruit garnish tray.

Okay I have a weird first impression: This tastes like unsweetened bubble gum. Relatively dry, especially when compared to the smell. The body is neutral but the carbonation is a bit high. Spicy finish that reminds me of all spice and cardamon. In the end, I give this beer big kudos for the complexity and interesting flavors.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense frothy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, fruity yeast, peppery yeast, citrus/orange hops, and floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with the tastes of a traditional saison with the earthiness that I expect combined with the spicy/peppery and fruity yeasts - there is some grassy flavors as well as just a hint of barnyard/hay. There is a lighter amount of pale malt underneath and then the flavors of the hops hit you - I got both citrus/orange and floral flavors which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: My first beer from this brewery and I am impressed - I really like the idea of a hoppy saison for the late spring/early summer. The combination of styles made this one I would definitely have again - refreshing and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Ball Square.
Pours a really clear Medium golden color with a huge bubbly white head that is continually fed by a steady stream of carb bubbles. Earthy and floral hops dominate the aroma with a bit of bready yeasty funk and hints of pepper and spice rounding out the nose. The flavor is a yeasty bready affair with plenty of spice to cut through it all. Light floral earthy hop flavor with hints of melon like fruit. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a tart bubbly mouthfeel. Another Saison this time a little hoppy. This one is drinkable, not my favorite from them, but good just the same.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium slightly hazy amber, couple inches of tannish head.

Smells of lemon, citrus peel, spicy hops, some floral or grassy character.

Taste is happier than expected, pretty hop forward with floral and lemony hop character, maybe a bit of other zesty fruit, maybe some grape even, some farmhouse yeast. Fairly bright. This actually tastes a lot like my most recent batch of homebrew which was another hoppy saison.

Nicely carbonated and pretty, I dunno, sharp? mouthfeel. Between the carb and the light body and the hoppiness this is a nicely refreshing beer.

Nice hoppy saison.

7.5/10

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: pine, funk, and Belgian spices--coriander

Taste: pine, funk, and Belgian spices--coriander--light toasted malt and a hop presence especially at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky, light in body, high carbonation, crisp

Overall: Dry and delicious with a definite hop presence..The hops are there, but are never overpowering. Delightfully balanced, I would like to get this one once it first comes out next year.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Mary Of The Gael from Mystic Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.