Morpho Herbal Ale | Cervecería de MateVeza

BA SCORE
3.18/5
36 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervecería de MateVeza
California, United States
cerveceriasf.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GRG1313 on 09-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
36
pDev:
22.96%
Bros Score:
3.33
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Lelandish44
5/5  rDev +57.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of mateobmc
4.07/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer lives in its floral aroma cut by the savory citrus of bay leaf.. Deceptively dry given the deep pink appearance, I could see this being a great beer to have at my next lunchtime picnic. Enough aroma to keep me interested and the soft mate finish won't be too harsh in the sun...

It does take a few sips to wrap your tongue around this one, however, as it takes you by surprise given what you might expect from a pink beer..

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Ghenna
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear, rusty copper with almost no head, just a few tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S-Very reminiscent of the Alba Scots Pine Ale. The bay leaf herbaceousness comes through in a big way. There's a touch of floral aroma and pine needles.

T/M-Definitely an interesting beer. Slightly sour, with smoky mate flavors layered over strong sharp bay leaf herbaceousness. Biscuity malts lay a solid foundation for this interesting flavor profile. However, a serious lack of carbonation all but kills the finish, and prevents what could've otherwise been a successful marriage of flavors. This is very nearly flat.

O-Lack of carbonation hurts the drinkability. However, this is an interesting beer worthy of your attention.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Haightfulbrew
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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A - Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a champagne flute. Bottle tells me that this beer is organic and brewed with Yerba mate, hibiscus flowers, and bay leaves. My recollection from reading about this beer elsewhere is that no hops were used. The text also says that this beer is an ode to the morpho butterfly, also pictured on the bottle.

First pour resulted in a small amount of head and some pretty champagne like bubbles rising from the bottom. Head is white with hints of pink. Beer itself is kind of a pInk amber color. It feels appropriate. Later pours took a little effort to get any head, and it disappears quickly each time. Not much lacing.

S - a very pleasant floral vinegar aroma is evident when you pour the beer. It lasts throughout - remarkably fragrant. Especially considering its in a champagne flute.

T - taste follows the aroma with this beer. A nice scrubbing of floral vinegar. I'm not very sophisticated when it comes to herbs and flowers, but I'm guessing this is the bay leaves and juniper. It's kind of like perfume you can drink. In a good way.

M - somewhat thin. Bubbles a bit when you roll it around inside your mouth. Mouthfeel was refreshing but overall not that noticeable. Not astringent, not smooth, not a real factor.

O - a cool beer to try at least once. I have had this a few times, including on tap at Mill Valley Beerworks, who brewed this with Mate Veza and deserves some credit for this very interesting beer. They serve it in a curved stange glass from Stiegl. That is the best glass for this beer. The closest I have is a champagne flute. The beer is extremely aromatic and if you pour it into even a pint glass I think it is a little overwhelming. Also, this beer is best when paired with food. I have enjoyed it most with chicken, but I can imagine it would go well with pungent cheeses. It is also one of the best organic beers I've had. That said, it's also a little unusual, so it is probably best recommended to beer enthusiasts who want to try something new. Though, for the style of botanical beers, it is pretty accessible, in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This ale pours a bright reddish orange color with a very thin white head and a pretty high amount of carbonation. Wow, the smell is very strange and not at all beer-like! The smell is like an intense herbal tea, with strong notes of lemony bay leaves and hibiscus just like the bottle says. The flavor is if anything even weirder than the smell. There are of course hibiscus and bay leaf notes with bay leaf being the strongest flavor is this brew. There is also an iced tea kind of flavor, potpourri, and a somewhat medicinal quality to the taste as well. The body is on the lighter end, but not as light as a pilsner or some pale ales. I would not believe this is a beer if I hadn’t poured it out of the bottle myself. Like the other Mate Veza brew that I’ve had, if you want a beer do not buy these. However, if you want something with alcohol and caffeine that is not too beer-like maybe these are for you. This is probably a good beer to get if you’re drinking with someone that isn’t really into beer. If I rated this strictly as a beer I would have to give it a very low rating because I still don’t really believe it is a beer, but I will instead rate it based on how much I like the flavor of it in general. It is really not terrible if you like tea, but it’s still a little weird for me.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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Morpho Herbal Ale from Cervecería de MateVeza
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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