Morpho Herbal Ale | Cervecería de MateVeza

BA SCORE
79
okay
36 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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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
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.18
pDev:
22.96%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of GRG1313
2.18/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Organic Ale brewed with Yerba Mate, Hibiscus Flowers and Bay Leaves.

Pours a crystal clear medium/dark orange with a big off white/yellow tinted head that pours thick and fluffy but is short lived.

Nose is full clove, medicinal spice and huge bay leaves. The medicinal nose is off putting but the bay leaf nose is pleasant if you like bay leaves. Almost smells like a spiced pasta sauce!

Mouthfeel is medium/thin with lots of carbonation and fizz. While the mouthfeel is not bad or "uninviting," the crazy flavor profile supercedes just about anything else. Retains a very fizzy/high carbonation even after being open for a while.

Flavors profile is full on clove, black pepper, green pepper/celery, salt and overwhelming bay leaf. There is an interesting floral undertone in the flavor profile but the heavy green spice/bay leaf character just heavy handedly over-rides all else.

I had trouble swallowing the first taste; then gave it a second and third try in order to be fair. Candidly, for my taste, I could never drink this - it tastes like medicine. However, being as objective as I can, I suspect that there are people who like a green/bay leaf/vegetal flavor profile. Almost has a green "wheat grass" character to it. All in all, it tastes (to me) like "bad healthfood beer." Not for me.

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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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Photo of claytong
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance - pink/yellow mix, an interesting look, small head with minor lacing.

smell - lots of bay leaves, some mate bitterness, very spicy/herby, is there grains in this?

taste - super bitter from the bay leaf/mate combo, medicinally bitter, not appealing to me at all. some pepper and tossed the rest out of my 2 oz pour

mouthfeel - surprised this is so highly carbonated, interesting body...i want to say thin, medium and thick. taste makes me want to get it out of my mouth as quick as possible

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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of Seanibus
2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

uh, OK. I suppose someone will like this. I didn't. It comes off more like a funky cider than any sort of beer I've ever had.

Pours a weird kind of reddish color, but sort of an unnatural shade, like a colored bottled iced tea. The aroma is sweet and herby, with heather and sage - not bad. The flavor is quite unpleasant, however, more like a medicine that the manufacturer is trying to cover up with layers of bay and eucalyptus. Like a mouthful of Vic's Vapor Rub, with a strange, astringent mouthfeel and a bitter finish like rosewater turned bad.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

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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Morpho Herbal Ale from Cervecería de MateVeza
3.18 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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