Summit Meridian Session Ale - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by MickeyD:
3.66/5 rDev -2.4%
poured into a clean pint glass
A: translucent golden brown with slight carbonation, head was less than one finger.
S: typical Belgian, grapefruit and bananas
T: bananas with a lively crispness
M: very light, smooth and thin.
O: This is a good representation of the style. I have had others and this one was a little better than most. I would say that is because it is not as aggressive. Belgian beers are not really my favorite but this is a good one.
07-15-2013 01:02:32 | More by MickeyD
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev +9.1%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow with nice white cap that leaves some sticky lacing.
Smell: Hard to identify but certainly yeasty, with fruitiness, spiciness and mustiness. Some biscuit as well.
Taste: Biscuity background with bitter hop presence and an even stronger yeast presence. Musty, with a mix of dark and fleshy fruits (all very ripe) as well as lots of spice and pepper. Finish is both bitter and tart.
Feel: Crisp carbonation, light body with a very dry finish.
Overall: For a sessionable Belgian Ale, this is spot on. Not really sure that Enkel is the correct stylistic inspiration, as I would just call it a light, hoppy and tart Saison. Doesn't matter, it's delicious and perfect for when we finally decide to have some nice weather in Minnesota.
05-03-2013 21:13:22 | More by bsp77
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Was meaning to try this one when it first came out but never got around to it. As it's been sitting on shelves for awhile now I had to pick some up when I found it discounted for $5 for a 6 pack. Bottle with a BB date of 9/23/13.
Poured into a pint glass this beer has a thick finger of sticky, frothy white head that laces the glass very nicely. Dark golden and hazy. Bubbly.
Aromas of lemon, yeast, esters and phenols with a nice bready maltiness.
Taste is definitely Belgian-esque. Yeasty, with a fruity lemon taste and a peppery phenolic bite. That lemony, yeasty flavor gives a taste that is normally found in wheat beers. Slight bitter finish. Crisp.
Nice body for a low ABV brew. Highly carbonated that matches the back end bitterness.
Overall a flavorful session beer as advertised. A high quality beer from Summit that I'll grab some more of before it disappears.
09-16-2013 02:32:37 | More by deebo
4.21/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/23/13.
Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lace.
Smell: A yeast forward and funky aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Lots of Belgian yeast along with hints of farmhouse funk, white peppers and clove. Bready malt with good hints of biscuit, wheat, grains, cracker, and straw. Bright and crisp smelling hints of citrus orange and lemons. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty nice yeasty Belgian style aroma.
Taste: Follows the aroma, a yeast driven spicy Belgian taste with some nice citrus notes. Belgian yeast upfront with notes of peppers, farmhouse funk, and some clove. Very bready with big notes of biscuit along with wheat, grain, straw, and crackers. Zesty and tart taste of lemon and orange citrus fruit. Light floral hop presence towards the finish. A pretty solid taste for a smaller Belgian inspired ale.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation, a little more full filling than expected from the low ABV. Crisp, spicy, and pretty drying.
Overall: A pretty solid spin on a Belgian style ale. Solid spice and citrus notes along with a solid body.
05-08-2013 06:48:15 | More by MattyG85
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
(Serve in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a touch of haze to the lemon yellow body and a rocky snow white head that is supported by a gentle carbonation.
S- The clean malt aroma with a slight caramel malt note leads to a hominy/corn tortilla note and some fruity ester or hop note in the finish.
T- The slight sweetness of malt with some slightly juicy citrus pith that blends with a fruity esters finish.
M- This beer pours a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.
O- This beer has an odd aroma and an interesting flavor but it is a bit soft. Easy to drink but needs a bit more character to be sessionable.
09-18-2013 20:26:55 | More by rhoadsrage
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Picked up a sixer not far form the brewery in St. Paul. This is one of the best new MN beers I've had in a while. In short, it's interesting and delicious. There's a grassy citrus hops kick (not that strong, but pleasant), dry biscuity malts, and a mild Belgian spice. It's dry and lighter than most Belgians or pale ale, it's certainly session weight. I'm glad I didn't just buy a single, this is a damn tasty beer.
09-08-2013 22:25:53 | More by tempest
3.54/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours an effervescent & slightly chill-hazed amber/honey color with a thumb of cream colored head. Great lacing & average head retention
S: Pears & green apple peels
T: Follows the nose, plus some phenolic & minty notes up front. More apple peels, a touch of orange peel, white grapes & pears as this warms with some herbal hops rounding out the taste. Finishes with sweet ( a bit too much) orchard fruit & faint phenols, plus even fainter herbal hp bitterness
MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, decent balance
Drinkable, & fairly interesting, decent bang for the buck, probably one of the better beers I've had from Summit. Having said that I think I would be ready to move on after 2 of these
07-13-2013 05:05:24 | More by russpowell
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a clear golden color with a dense finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the tulip glass. A very good looking beer.
One dimensional aroma that is dominated by the Belgian yeast. Smells peppery and spicy. Maybe that could also be the Meridian hops. Don't know.
Bitter bite to the flavor. Still very yeast driven flavor. More pepper and spice. Finishes bitter and dry.
Body is quite deceiving for an ABV this modest. Feels very substantial with robust, but not harsh carbonation. I like it.
I would of liked it more if the brewer used a more neutral ale yeast so I could taste what the hop, and specialty malt was like. But I guess this is not the last time we come across the Meridian hop.
05-05-2013 18:19:44 | More by morimech
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
Slightly hazed with a dull golden hue. Bright white thing head. Funky belgian yeast notes. Clove, touch of farm blanket. Some piney hoppiness and a bit of earthiness.
For what it is it's pretty good. Actually decently hoppy throughout from start to finish. Piney with just enough funk and sweetness to give you that belgian feel. I would like this as a session beer but I only found one bottle and probably wont find anymore. Faint bitterness that doesn't really build making each sip as enjoyable as the first. Faint lingering sweetness with prickly carbonation and medium bodied. Would make an awesome summer beer near the pool.
08-07-2013 23:58:19 | More by jtierney89
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Pale gold, thin layer of white foam on the surface with a collar of fine lacing around the edges of the rim. The head ebbs away leaving a floating island of skim in less than a minute.
Earthy and spicy Belgian yeast and wet raw grain dominate the aroma. Sort of smells like a multivitamin cracked in half, minerals and dirt. Simple, but that's what a Belgian Singel is supposed to be.
Slightly astringent and bitter, floral notes seem to dominate with a little bit of wet hay and subdued hop bitterness. Sort of tangy, medium bodied and well carbed. The astringency and prickly carbonation is a dealbreaker for me.
Can't say I love it, but it covers the style well enough. That said, glad I only got a single and not six of these, the Belgian yeast wears on you if it's not your thing.
05-28-2013 01:22:43 | More by emerge077
Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.