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The Mermaid (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dancing Duck - SeductionExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Slater's - Black IPAExcellent1
North Cotswold - Hung, Drawn 'N' PorteredExcellent1
Hydes - Hits The SpotGood1
Mighty Oak - Oarsome AleGood1
Batemans - Salem PorterGood1
Tring - Mansion MildGood1
Tring - Mercy DashGood1
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Ashes AleGood1
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple MildGood1
Wyre Piddle - Piddle ExpressGood1
Wold Top - Wolds Way Pale Ale (superseded by 4% version)Acceptable1
Castle Rock - MeadowsweetAcceptable1
Alehouse - Sauvin So GoodAcceptable1
Anglo-Dutch - Summer KolderAcceptable1
Milestone - Cromwell's BitterAcceptable1
Alehouse - What's My Age Again '09?Poor1
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Essex BeastNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - TigerNot Tried0
White Horse - Wayland SmithyNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Tring - BlondNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Mermaid, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Visits Details

18 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening meet up of our Friday Evening Group. An award winning pub with superb service and beer. Other beers details lost in this server's website crash.
Oakham - Citra4.20Excellent
Slater's - Black IPA5.00Excellent
01 Mar 2014 (thebrewingman)
Lunchtime visit. A few in.
North Cotswold - Hung, Drawn 'N' Portered5.00Excellent
Dancing Duck - Seduction5.20Excellent
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple Mild3.70Good
Tring - Blond4.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Essex Beast6.20Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
12 Oct 2013 (thebrewingman)
Reasonably busy with locals and football supporters going to the match down the road. Blackboard had 12 ciders on it and said cider pub of the year but I'm not sure whether this was local or national. I can't remember the rest of the beers.
Batemans - Salem Porter4.70GoodA good porter but did not inspire me.
22 Aug 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival in progress so fairly busy.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Ashes Ale4.60GoodShown as 4.2% here, this was a well balalnced pale ale with good hop and malt character. My score 15/20.
Wyre Piddle - Piddle Express4.30GoodCaramel/toffee malt flavours with a little hop balance. My score 15/20.
Mighty Oak - Oarsome Ale3.70GoodPale, hoppy but well balanced bitter. My score 15/20.
Tring - Mercy Dash3.80GoodFestival special, a mid brown well balanced bitter. My score 15/20.
Hydes - Hits The Spot4.10GoodVery malty golden ale. My score 15/20.
Anglo-Dutch - Summer Kolder4.00AcceptableVery pale beer with a dry hop character and dry finish. My score 14/20.
Milestone - Cromwell's Bitter4.00AcceptableMid brown bitter with some malt taste and a dryish finish. My score 14/20.
Castle Rock - Meadowsweet4.40AcceptableStrange aroma of minted peas, very strong hop taste of pine needles. Not particularly to my tsate but an interesting beer. My score 14/20.
Alehouse - What's My Age Again '09?3.70PoorRather sour tasting mid brown bitter with a tart finish. My score 9/20.
15 Jul 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
A handful of locals in on a quiet Wednesday early evening.
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70GoodMalty and fruity with a little roast to start then a bitter finish. My score 15/20.
Alehouse - Sauvin So Good4.00AcceptableGrassy aroma, then intense fresh cut grass taste. A little too intense for my taste. My score 14/20.
07 Jul 2007 (Ian)
Mid Saturday afternoon and there was a mad guide dog for the blind there that thought that everyone's bag was the most interesting thing in the world. 6 handpumps and an excellent jukebox playing Barenaked Ladies (well it did after I put it on).
Wold Top - Wolds Way Pale Ale (superseded by 4% version)3.60AcceptableGold, disappearing white head. Some citrus hop, bit muddy and confused. Great hop citrus on finish
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger4.20Not Tried
White Horse - Wayland Smithy4.40Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried

About The Mermaid

The pub sign. The Mermaid, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RL.

Single room pub with L shaped bar. Simple, basic pub. Dartboard, garden at rear, breweriana pictures, mirrors and signs on cream wall and lots of exposed worn wood. An award winning pub for its cider/perry range and quality, 7 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AL1 3RL