Mary Of The Gael | Mystic Brewery

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Mary Of The GaelMary Of The Gael

Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
21 IBU

Added by Duhast500 on 04-11-2013

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 120
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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Photo of Maxwell
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting a while to get a review for this beer on here because I love it so much and it had not been posted yet. Batch #001 bottle bought at Quality Liquors in Salem, MA. Poured into a Boulevard Beer Belgian-style glass.

A - Holy mother of bubbles. This is like champagne. I undid the cork guard and the cork popped right out of the bottle without me even pulling it out. That's how carbonated this beer is. That being said the foam also didn't come pouring hectically out of the top of the bottle. Pours a hazy bronze looks delicious. is a 16 finger head possible?

S - Pear and chardonnay hit you right away with a fresh belgian and hop smell. Not like most belgian beers in that it doesn't smell industrial and sweaty. The yeast in this carries the smell of the hops over wonderfully.

T - Sour character with a subtle belgian yeast tone. This beer has a quality bite at the back end that kicks in pear and a bit of apricot flavor. Not as light as some of Mystics other offerings.

M - Smooth bubbly texture that fills your mouth with foam as you drink it. Champagne like qualities. This beer really goes all out.

O - One of the best sour/belgian beers I've had that isn't actually from Belgium. This is well crafted. If you share this bottle with someone they will be a happy date.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +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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Photo of Duhast500
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass.

The color is a bright hazy orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

Hoppy in the nose. Earthy goodness that teases if big hops to come.

The taste is fruity with a bitter kick toward the end. The hops are mellow here except for a slight punch toward the end that is more of a slap on the wrist. Tangerine and Mellon flavors are up front with a nice juicy banana that slips through as well.

The feel is light bodied and makes for a gear lunch time beer. This is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of hagbergl
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy golden-orange with reddish hues. A thick, foamy white head settles after a while, but holds at a respectable half-inch. Lacing is thick, prevalent, and irregular.

S: Malts lend a soft graininess and a honeyed sweetness. Hops are reminiscent of freshly cut grass and a field of wildflowers. Yeast is very subtly spicy. Tropical esters are quite prominent and lend aromas of pineapple and Clementine. A very vibrant nose that suggests 'spring' perhaps more so than most beers that claim to be spring seasonals.

T: Honeyed granola. Touch of toast and bread crust. Juicy clementine, pineapple. Doughy and chalky yeast. Vague spiciness. Muted spike of alcohol. Firm hop bitterness. Green and floral hop tastes with a touch of grass and just the slightest hint of pine needles. Dries a bit and finishes with doughy yeast and lingering hop oils.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and even a little chewy. Velvety and smooth. Modest prickling carbonation.

O: A pleasant, hoppy saison that does a good job of conveying a sense of seasonality.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle shared with the girlfriend and poured into large tulip glasses. Batch #1 of this beer.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy head that reduced to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing on the glass. It is a cloudy orange red color. Looks a bit murky for the style.

Smell: yeasty, spicy, bready, vanilla, apple, and citrus.

Taste: Pretty much same as above with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, spicy, medium carbonation, medium and medium bodied.

Overall: A good Saison to add to the list. Definitely would pick up another bottle.

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Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice overall saison, leaning far closer to a sweet, Belgian Pale style yeast presentation than a rustic saison. Straw, wheat, and light spices.

Refreshing, dry, and sparklingly carbonated.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked bottle poured into brewery branded oversize wine glass.

Pours a nice cloudy, golden honey with a nice one finger head. The head dies down fairly quickly.

The smell is rather subtle with orange peel and fruit notes. The taste follows the nose. Refreshing citrus notes with a subtle grass. The flavor is a little too subtle for me but great spring saison.

Overall I would drink again but more for relaxing at night watching the coals die out on the grill. Not the best buy certainly nowhere near the worst.

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Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 001, just released a week ago.

A: Pours a very light hazy orange. Big effervescent white head. Head fades away slowly, leaving lots of little fluffy tidbits of lacing behind.

S: Nice sweet citrus and floral notes. Little bit of bready notes and some spices.

T: Kind of a funky graham cracker crust meets orange peel meets flowery taste. Very interesting combination. Crackery malt in the middle. Turns bitter on the back end with a little floral and citrusy hops mainly.

M: Medium bodied, pretty standard.

O: A very floral saison. Lots of floral aroma notes and a ton of flowers in the flavor. Probably one of the most floral saisons I've had, check it out if you like the style.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.


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Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Mary Of The Gael from Mystic Brewery
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