Le Mere Vipere - Newport Beach Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
2.68/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
09-12-2011 21:10:49 | More by womencantsail
4.13/5 rDev +30.7%
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.
09-09-2011 02:31:50 | More by Halcyondays
3.88/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
11-08-2011 06:50:18 | More by DoubleJ
1.85/5 rDev -41.5%
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.
12-26-2011 02:27:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Le Mere Vipere from Newport Beach Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.