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Le Mere Vipere - Newport Beach Brewing Company

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 5
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: n/a
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Newport Beach Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 5
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.85/5  rDev n/a
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Kind of a flat red and amber color, dead still pour, no head. Vinegar and diacetyl smell, and not in the acceptable way.

Mildly sour, can't pull a whole lot out of this that is a positive description, buttery, oxidized off flavors, vinegar (contributing about 90% of the sour flavor). Just kept getting worse. Hate to have to describe it this way, but ultimately, I saw no redeeming qualities in this beer, and it was the worst thing I drank during Beachwood BBQ's sourfest this year.

Avoid. (495 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.68/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The beer pours a flat murky amber color with no head to speak of.

S: Definitely has the vinegar that you expect from a Flemish sour. It also features some butter and acetone, unfortunately. A bit of oak, booze, and quite a bit of sweetness. Slightly tannic but also distinct flavor of maple syrup.

T: Oak and maple syrup are the two strongest flavors, at least initially. A fair bit of acetone and vinegar on the finish with the butter being noticeable as well. Some sweet caramel, toffee, and a mild chocolate note to finish it off.

M: Medium bodied with rather low carbonation.

O: Not sure why I ordered this, it was pretty much as I expected: not very good. (692 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I could have asked for a taste of it at Beachwood's bi-annual SourFest, I thought that I could simply head over to the brewpub itself and find it. I got lucky; I ordered the last glass at the brewpub before the keg blew. Described as a sour red ale at the brewpub and served in a short 10 ounce goblet, on to the beer:

Lovely crimson color with a short collar of foam on top, which lightly clings around the glass. The nose is moderately sour and fruity, not crazy aromic but rid of off-flavors.

Pleasable tart cherry is the theme of this fun ale. A few random critters give this beer a subtle character that seems to break the tart fruitiness of the beer. Nicely balanced overall, not too sour and not too sweet.

Brew Co's second sour that I tasted was much better than the first (Cuvée de Kirk). Who knows if there is more in production, but if there is, I would be down to drink again. (903 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.06/5  rDev n/a
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours red with no head, not even a smattering of bubbles. Nice colour.

S: Nice fruit character with some light vinegar.

T: Quite fruity overall with a lot of blueberry, some lemon/citrus. Light cola notes. A tough taste to put into word really, but it's delicious.

M: Carbonation is minimal, but the acid keeps it lively. Easy on the palate but has it were it counts.

O: This was easily my favourite of my day at Beachwood aside from Iris which I've already reviewed. Nice that a true local sour is this tasty. (552 characters)

Le Mere Vipere from Newport Beach Brewing Company
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