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Myrtle - The Commons Brewery

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 03-31-2013

Myrtle has a pleasant acidity from a Lactobacillus fermentation. Lemony Meridian hops grown in Silverton, OR enhance the citrus character of our house Lactobacillus strains and the fruity ester profile of our house farmhouse yeast.
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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 16
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Popping the cap releases a tart lemony nose with hints of floral and some other fruit. It pours hazy gold with a white 2” foam collar. The Lactobacillus produces an intense, very finely bubbled carbonation that practically dissolves in your mouth leaving a big lemony tart aftertaste that lingers. The lemon comes at the palate from the Lactobacillus, the citrusy farmhouse yeast and the lemony hops – each source a little different but they blend together and build on each other. Very refreshing.

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

Lovely beer - apricot-orange body, full creamy white head and strong retention. Aromas of tart lemon, sugar, metal. Tart, very lemon-forward, lemonade-beer hybrid concoction, dough, pilsner malt. I like this bottle much more than the tap versions consumed down in PDX

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow. Nice big white head. Lasts forever.

Smell - Lemony and estery. A bit of hay.

Taste - Lemony again. Lemon acidity, too. Wheaty in the middle. Very musty with a slight white wine finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Coats the mouth with sour aftertastes. Well carbonated.

Overall - Flavorful, but not complex.

Photo of GRG1313
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those rare beers that "makes a real impression." Pours a bit "head heavy" but perhaps because I tend to drink things near room temperature. Giant chalk white head settles down fast.

The nose is simply amazing. This may be one of the very few times I've rated a nose "5." This is rich, pure and assertive lemon oil, lemon verbena, lime all wraped in to a creamy lemon pie filling smell. It just screams come taste me and I won't disappoint.

Taste follows nose. Very lactic but in the best of ways. Rich lemon/lime sour yogurt, with an "almost sweet" character. I actually can't stop drinking this one. I'd planned on tasting and sharing with some others in the house but I'm damn near finished with the 750ml bottle just writing this review - drinking more than 2-4oz of a new beer and just downing it all is very rare for me - a true test that I really like this beer.

Finish is "almost sweet" lactic lemon, long lasting and nicely acidic, causing you to want more and more. The only negative on this one that some might see is a bit light on carbonation; which is just fine with me.

A really nice job on this one and an entire profile that will make this go really nice with lots of food options.

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with three fingers fluffy white head.

Smell. Sweet wheat, a little lemon and dry saison yeast.

Taste. Lots of lemon juice, quite sour, some wheat and a bit of saison yeast.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, fairly strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice (and very sour) saison.

Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a light gold color with a foamy head.

The aromas are well balanced with notes of lemon peels, spices, florals, citrus, and some tart notes as well.

Medium/light bodied with very nice flavors of lemon peels, spices, and citrus notes. There is a real nice tartness on the back end that is very refreshing.

This is a very nice and refreshing. It's on the lighter side and is a well drinking saison.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to M4ttj0nes for this awesome extra!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: pale straw yellow to a light peach bodied beer that is mostly translucent with slight bit of haziness noted. A moderately slow pour massive head easily 3 fingers tall; ya gotta pour slowely gently with this beer just like most saisons! Head has good staying power and leaves a chunky head for a long time that eventually drops down to a thin uneven cap. Thick lace coats the glass.

Smell: Fresh baked sourdough bread and tart citrus notes. Plenty of fruity yeast that balances the bready malts and a hint of white pepper. The malts are a big player in the nose of this beer more so than the tart citrus notes. Mild earthy and faint oaky notes, maybe even some funk, but that might be a little bit of a strech with the funk.

Taste: mildly tart lemons and orange zest, a nice mix of citrus. In the middle of the beer, I get a decent amount of cheesy and greek yogert flavors that mix with wet straw and wheat malts. Slight hint of fruity yeast, earthiness, and white pepper. Slight metallic twinge as this beer warms up. Also, get just the slightest bit of a buttery taste. The tartness builds up nicely in this saison and it has a bigger tart presence towards the end of each sip thats not overdone. I get a hint of bananas, cloves, and anise in the aftertaste mingling with the now almost moderately tart citrus notes. Lingering honey sweetness in the aftertaste as well. Really unique saison with alot going on.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high end of moderate carbonation. The carbonation is very soft and delicate. The tartness makes the beer feel slightly clean and its semidry. Really drinkable saison.

Overall: 2nd beer from The Commons! These guys are going to be a force to recon with in the craft beer world. I think that I enjoyed Urban Farmhouse just a little bit more than this Myrtle and the main factor is the buttery and metallic off flavors found in Myrtle. Yeah, they are fairly mild and not really all that distracting, but they did slightly hold the beer back from being over the top. With that said I would glad have this beer again and I would love to try other beers from The Commons I really dig what they are doing! So far both beer I have tried from them are wonderful and I would say that this brewery is under the radar right now.

Paired this beer with some Farmers Cheese from WI and it paired very nicely with this saison!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.6.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a active foamy two and a half inch head that fades slowly.

S - Bready, tart citrus, lemon rind, slight funk.

T - Tart lemon zest, earthy, oaky finish.

D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Tart citrus with a earthy funk/dry finish. Perfect for the moment, and should develop a bit more. I enjoyed it.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at home.

A clear gold with a dense white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is nice to look at. The nose is bright and refreshing with a clean lactic sourness, some grain, a little honey , some straw and unripe stone fruit. Some lemon as well. The base saison yeast is whelmed a bit, but i cant complain, as this beer is great without the spicy notes. The palate opens tart with a clean, very refreshing sourness. Reminiscent of unripe peaches, the acidity is quite prominent. Behind it are notes of honey, straw and grain. Light in body, this beer is crisply carbonated and has a long, clean, yogurty lactic finish. Very nice, this has improved since the release, but I wouldn't hold onto it much longer.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a hazy golden amber with a fairly tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of grain, lots of lemon esters, and lactic acid. Taste has a strong lemon up front, stale grain mid palate, lots of lingering lemony esters. Finish is fairly strong on lactic acid, carb is strong and body is light. Flavors are dominated by fruity esters and lactic acid, still fairly enjoyable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, earth, funk, and lemon aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, earth, and lemon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is crisp and refreshing to drink, but the smell is slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of ZRBE
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this bottle for probably a month and a half in the fridge.

A - Crazy head. Head for days. Once it settled it was a nice yellow-orange.

S - Based on the smell I thought I was in for tartapalooza. Smells very sour, lemon, and a lot like what you'd expect a saison to smell like.

T - Not nearly as tart as anticipated. Lots of citrus. It was almost reminiscent of yogurt with the tartness. A bit of diacetyl once it warmed up, but I didn't think it was too bad at first.

M - A little sticky, very effervescent, but basically what you'd expect.

O - Solid. I dig it. Not perfect, but definitely not bad.

Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in my large Gulden Draak tulip, Myrtle is hazy pale gold with a foamy white head leaving light but nicely patterned lace.

Smell is lemony and some fruity esters, a little chalky.

Taste is light and tart lemony citrus. A bit bready. Nice accent of the lacto with the lemony hops.

Mouthfeel is very light, off-try, moderately tart.

Drinkability is high, a light, clean beer that is tart and lemony without being too puckering. Paired with some backs, it went well.

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Kump. Never heard of this brewery. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and specks of lacing. Transparent golden body.

S - Quite tart, as the bottle advertises. A lot of lemony lactic acidity mingling with phenolic, peppery, yeast and an odd vegetal cucumber skin note. I got a faint plastic flavor too when I opened the beer but it seems to have dissipated as it warmed.

T - Pretty tart, with lots of vinous acidity. Peppery farmhouse yeast still manages to make a presence here, along with some wheat, maybe a touch of under ripe stone fruit. A bit one note, but pretty easy drinking.

M - Medium-light body, lower carbonation, tannic texture, dry finish, with lingering acidity. No alcohol presence.

D - Easy to drink, but a bit lacking in complexity. I slowly worked through a 750ml bottle; the acidity got a bit fatiguing by the end, but it would be really nice for about 12-16oz.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Light orange color with a lazy foam that dies into a rim of bubbles. One single geyser of carbonation in the middle.

N: Banana, clove, straw, and a heavy presence of uncooked bread dough.

T: Firm tartness, pilsener malts, and some lemon zest. There's a soft hop presence/bitterness that mingles in with the beer, and there's some clover honey. There's some definite diacetyl on the back end.

M: Light but somewhat slick. Pretty sharp with the carbonation.

O: I'm not sure if this just needs a month or so for the yeast to settle, but right now, I can't really recommend it. Doesn't feel like it ever meshes, which saddens me to say. Perhaps in a few months, it'll settle down.

Photo of Nife
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good sour but not enough to complexity to compete with the best. Flavored balance sour so it is approachable. Decent but given a choice I would go for offerings from Russian river or saint Adriais - rustic ales

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Myrtle from The Commons Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.