Morpho Herbal Ale - Cervecería de MateVeza
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.56/5 rDev +12.7%
an absurdly underrated brew here on BA, this is entirely unique, brewed with yerba mate tea, hibiscus, and bay leaf. ever had a bay leaf beer before? i did not think so. the color is bright pink, electric and almost artificial looking, from the hibiscus no doubt. the head is short but persistent and bone white. a little haze as well. nose is strongly bay leaf, a little hibiscus perfume waft, and moderately funky ale yeast too. the dominant flavor is bay leaf, hands down, its herbal and very strong, but the bitterness of the mate balances it some, without corrupting the herbal sort of freshness that this has. the hibiscus does a whole lot more for color than it does for flavor, but its there with a pollenated kind of softness that screams late spring. bay leaf dominated though, and gets distracting, especially after the swallow. medium bodied, i like what the yeast bring here, and have heard this gets stranger with time, although I'm not sure how much stranger i want it to get, its already real odd. long herbal finish, again with the bay. id rather cook with it than drink a bomber to my head, but i appreciate what it brings to the table. very cool idea executed about as well as it could be.
02-06-2014 02:26:00 | More by StonedTrippin
United Kingdom (England)
3.59/5 rDev +13.6%
On-tap in the Rogue Pub on Union St, San Fransisco on 3rd Feb 2013.
Red with a copper hue: on top a thin covering of almost salmon pink bubbles.
The nose and taste were simular to 'gluhwein', with extra cloves thrown in for good measure. Strange but interesting brew and a good night-cap after an evening trying most beers on the bars chalkboard.
06-19-2013 09:19:15 | More by BlackHaddock
4/5 rDev +26.6%
A - Pours a clear red-orange with a finger of frothy, slightly pinkish head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, yerba mate, hibiscus, bay leaf, other spices, lemon zest, and a bit of other fruity esters.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some hibiscus, lemon zest, and yerba mate. Through the middle, some bay leaf and other spices some through with some more herbs and a bit of honey. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts, hibiscus, yerba mate, lemon zest, spices, and some fruity esters.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and herby finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced beed. The herbs and yerba add some nice complexity without being overpowered.
11-20-2012 07:16:55 | More by ngeunit1
3.35/5 rDev +6%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):
In the same vein as their Yerba mate IPA, Morpho again chooses the road less taken with the use of hibiscus flowers and bay leaves. Not sure if we are drinking beer or a shaman’s tonic. Extreme it is, and it receives at least that much appreciation from us.
LOOK: Fizzy garnet
SMELL: Bay leaves, floral, sweet, herbal, tea, soft
TASTE: Slick, heavy herbal, perfume, sweet malt, mild tartness, potpourri, estery
02-10-2012 22:05:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.6/5 rDev +13.9%
White with rose-ish accent to the head. Ruby red color.
Massive herbal smell- very much massive tea influence. Lots of spice- kind of berry-ish.
Again- red berry on the first tasting note. Spice I can't really define (beyond being tea like). A bit of bitterness on the end of the taste. Not overly dry, finishes well.
I guess I'd call this a spiced berry beer if I didn't read the bottle. A nice example of what can be done with herbs in beer, and definitely worth a try on that account, but not one I'd keep a regular part of the stable.
11-13-2011 04:24:32 | More by Ghenna
3.33/5 rDev +5.4%
From a 22oz bottle in CA.
Pour: A lovely, interesting color. Hazy golden copper that doesn't look much like beer. The head is dramatic, two or three fingers, and settles almost instantly. It'll sound strange, but put your ear up next to the glass, and you can distinctly hear the head dying. More like cider than beer. Once the head is gone, it stays gone. Zero lace.
Smell: Herbs all the way. Bay leaves are common enough that I can recognize them, peppery lemon musk, as well as something tropical/sweet. Zero hop, but a little hint of malt in the background. Almost smells like a very mild sour ale.
Taste: Kind of like a juicy pink sweet tart. Some ‘sour ale’ vinegar in the middle, and a tiny bit of bitter in the very finish. Can’t find any hops. I don’t have much experience with herbal beers, but this is interesting. Cidery.
Mouthfeel: Thin, sharp and shallow carbonation, dry and sour to finish things up. The taste is odd, but the mouth makes you keep drinking.
This beer certainly deserves a try. Just remember to listen to the carbonation.
11-07-2011 08:44:39 | More by Haightfulbrew
Morpho Herbal Ale from Cervecería de MateVeza
75 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.