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New Belgium / Cervecería Primus - Mural Aqua FrescaNew Belgium / Cervecería Primus - Mural Aqua Fresca

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two breweries, two countries, one goal: To brew a revolutionary new beer style in the spirit of international collaboration. Meet Mural Agua Fresca Ale, an innovative new concept in craft beer that merges the tradition of Mexico’s refreshing agua fresca drinks with the ingenuity and craftsmanship of two breweries: New Belgium and Mexico City’s premiere craft brewery, Cervecería Primus. And it all started with a trip to Tijuana.

This agua fresca ale features hibiscus, agave, watermelon and lime for a fresh, vibrant sip. Settling of sediment may occur as Mural is unfiltered in the agua fresca tradition.

Added by StonedTrippin on 03-29-2018

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery Billed as a light fruit ale, which sounded nice.

The pour is pink and clear with minimal fizz. The aroma is herbal, with firm nodes of hibiscus and just a bit of lemon. The flavor is much more lively, with a clear grainbill and some nice citrus fruit to compliment the herbal spice.

Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of robotic_being
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of depechemode1983
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pink. The head is slightly pink as well. Head retention is almost non existent and no lacing at all.

Smell is very light. It has a nice grain backbone with hints of lemon and hibiscus. I'm not getting the watermelon or agave at all. A little disappointed.

The taste is tart. Lemon come through with the hibiscus. This time around there is a watermelon flavor in the background. Still no agave.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. i could knock back a few of these.

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Photo of Keith27614
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mural 12oz bottle poured into duvel tulip. ENJOY BY: 02SEP18 printed on bottom right corner of label.

Appearance - Deeply hazy peach body with many large floaters. There seems to be considerable sediment. Small white head with very little lacing. Might actually be best to leave sediment in bottle. 3.75

Smell - Mild and corny with hint of light fruitiness in the background. A little timid, but more fresh than boring. 3.5

Taste - I can taste that lime right away. Maybe even some salt unless that's mental conditioning. A litte cardboard and spice in the finish. Some very light watermelon freshnes in the body. 4

Mouthfeel - Very easy to drink but not too fast. 4

Overall - Definitely a sipping beer. Would go good with food and company for a bit of variety. 4

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Photo of beerfam205
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andyman22
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It smells just like water and nothing else which is pretty weird even though ''agua'' is in the title, you would still expect more of a smell to come through. Otherwise it's a fine beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Fruity and sour aroma. The flavor is mildly tart and fairly complex with a solid light grain base highlighted by hibiscus, lime, melon and some unidentified elements.
Medium-light carbonation and body.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Usually siding fairly drastically with Belgian influences, the brewers at New Belgium stray from their european pathways and head south of the boarder for inspiration. Teaming up with Cervecería Primus, an agua fresca inspired ale comes with the refreshment of watermelon and lime, sweetened with agave and given a pinkish tint and a foral scent with hibiscus.

And that pink hue is woven with a mild haze and crowned with a loose and lathery cap. Mural's scent is playfully floral with rose, melon and citrus with hints of grain must as the beer warms. With the cerveza mexican lager at its base, a light cereal quality comes with the simplicity of agave sugars for a light fruit juice character.

Charming fruit flavors splash the middle palate and the agave sweetness continues to serve as a plumping, ripening agent for the watermelon and lime to come across radiant and vine or branch ripened. Trending cocktail-like, the beer easily forgets that its a lager as the watermelon and lime dance of the finish with the exuberance of fruit punch. A light citrusy bitterness decorates the late palate and serves to balance a portion of lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied from start to finish, the linger of agave and grain lasts into a medium short finish, leaving a light sweet tact on the palate like fruit drinks rather than beer. A return of cereal and the must of raw grain return in a brief echo to remind us that this collaboration is still a beer at heart.

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Photo of yaksurf
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewLovingWitch
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pathman
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

6/2/18 draft @ New Belgium Asheville

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Photo of Bear1964
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMindbender
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a collaboration with a mexican brewery called primus, who i have not heard of before, this is an agua fresca inspired ale, brewed with hibiscus and watermelon and agave and lime and maybe some other ingredients that would work with these. its a hazy pink brew with very little head on it but a nice bright glow, clearly colored by the hibiscus. the aroma is interesting, lots of fresh lime zest here, its quenching and interesting to me, a little sweet with the watermelon, but it smells natural enough, robust as it all is together. the flavor starts a bit sweet both from the fruit and the agave. i have not had a ton of agua fresca in my life, so i dont know if agave is usually part of it, but i would think this would be quite a bit more refreshing without that, or at least if it were fermented out. the sweetness is a nice vehicle for the fruit though, lots of watermelon and lime all the way through this and not too much perfume from the hibiscus, thankfully well restrained. more body than i expected too for what it is, and less carbonation than i think this should have, but i like the idea and i like the flavors and how they come together here. nice to see something new and good from new belgium, a really neat collaboration this turned out to be!

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New Belgium / Cervecería Primus - Mural Aqua Fresca from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 22 ratings