Summit Meridian Session Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Meridian Session AleSummit Meridian Session Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jera1350 on 05-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 34
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is very earthy with a strong barnyard quality. The is hay, horse blanket, baseball glove, and honey. The taste is similar to the aroma in both character and strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had from Summit, and I've had some really good ones from them. Nothing about this beer suggests it to be as low in ABV as it is, and I'm really liking that. I see myself drinking a lot of this while it's around.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clouded gold colour with an egg shell white head. a half inch in girth, it takes it time to recede and leaves some pretty lace. light spice on the nose...some lemon rind and melon esthers permeate the nostrils. taste profile is hugely fruity with an underlying dry and cracker like malt base. it's half juicy fruit and half thirst quencher...side by side with some white pepper spice and herbal hop finish. lots of mustiness, clover , honey and wheat. this is a bright and very flavourful belgian inspired ale. yeasty esthers abound, and the dry, slightly bitter end is perfect. curiously layered and complex for a low ABV session ale. the body seems bigger than it actually is with a crisp, spicy, larger than 32 IBU mouthfeel. drinkablity is off the charts...i usually find these low ABV "session" ales weak, watery and lacking character but this one is off the hook.

overall i'm floored. this is an outstanding belgian inspired session ale. full of flavour, and screams summer quencher. this would be the perfect beer to have a keg of to drink away the summer season. highly recommended. GREAT JOB SUMMIT!

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Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pweis909
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight hazy golden orange with decent foam out of the bottle that recedes and leaves lacing on the glass.

Slightly spicy aroma. Just the Belgian yeast character? Coriander? Not sure. Pleasant, not overbearing.

Lovely bready biscuiting malt taste. A little sweetness up front balanced by bitterness but not hoppy.

Dry finish, lightly prickly on the tongues

For me, this beer comes across as Belgian pale ale rather than Saison, but that's not really a point worth debating. I find the bready malts delicously paired with the spiciness and the pleasant sweetness, and the mouth feel at the finish washes those flavors away, demanding you to take another sip. And while maybe not a true session beer (where do you draw the line?), it's ABV is low enough that having a second is reasonable AND desirable.

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Photo of dmadsen
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Stanley's. Fresh Fresh Fresh.

I was in the mood for a good session beer and this hit the spot. The pour looks great. Bubbly with a nice golden color. The head is pillowy white, and dissipates quickly. Mild tracing on the glass.

The initial flavor surprised me. The hops are evident right away and are balanced extremely well in the beer. The flavor overall was very good. Hints of fruit and a nice dry finish.

Highly recommend this brew. With the low abv and great flavor profile you can really enjoy a couple without changing your whole day.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jimmah120
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip glass. best before september

light, golden, with a slight haze. smell is light and yeasty: banana, clove, slight bubblegum. taste is crisp and hoppy like a pale ale, with a blast of belgian yeast at the end. feel is light, kind of syrupy, but not astringent.

has the taste of a much higher ABV beer

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, yeast, hops, floral, hint of spice, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, citrus, slight earthy malt, hint of floral, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, great blend, and great complexity.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 11 July 2013.

Pours a medium-pale, clear orange-hued golden color. One finger plus a little more of dense whitish head. Good retention, decent lacing. Pretty.

Smell is big, fruity, and Belgian. Stunningly aromatic for a session ale, and even more remarkable that so much of it is coming from malts and yeast. Has that classic Belgian pale grainy-fruity-spicy-sweet smell, clean and pure. Citrus and spice. Fantastic.

Taste is kinda like watered-down version of the smell. It's still quite good, but it's lacking the spunk of the smell, and I find the bitter in the finish distracting. Less spice, less fruit, more grain. But it's clean and enjoyable. Definitely declines as it warms.

Feel is fine, if a little on the flat side. Medium-bodied, the tiniest hint syrupy. Needs more carb (and it doesn't need all that much).

I am really really enjoying this beer. I wish the taste had more going on, but the smell keeps me coming back for more. Great combination of fruit, spice, and Belgian goodness. I will definitely be picking up more of it before it disappears from shelves.

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Photo of jera1350
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Summit:
"Summit kicks off the new limited-release Union Series with Meridian Session Ale. Inspired by Belgian Enkel (single) style ales. Drinkable yet distinctive. Simple in design yet complex in character. Brewed with a single malt, Concerto Pale, that’s a rising star in the UK and a new hop variety called Meridian that was actually discovered by accident in Oregon (more on that story below). Of course, we called it Meridian Session Ale for a reason. So don’t let the whole single-minded thing keep you from ordering another round."

Very pale straw yellow with a slight haze. Thinner head of foam, but nice amount of lace is left sticking to the glass.

Belgian yeast comprised of floral, perfumy, spicy and mildly funky notes. Farmhouse like smell.

Like a light Saison/Farmhouse. Spicy, moderate hop presence, biscuity, floral and perfume. Very flavorful. Finishes with plenty of belgian yeast, spice and hop bitterness.

Lighter, dry body with soft carbonation.

The session IPA thing was kind of wearing on me. This is a session beer that is unique in the fact that it has a ton of belgian flavor with hops. More of a hoppy sessionable farmhouse ale that is executed wonderfully. I could drink this year round.

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Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mdog
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, slight yeast haze, ok head but kind of small for a "Belgian".

Smell: Lots of yeast in the aroma, some cloves.

Taste: Starts bready and mildly sweet. Very tingly feel. Yeasty flavors including black pepper and clove complement the bread and a mild citrus hop note finishes it up.

Overall: A nice and easy drinking Belgian pale ale. Maybe a little more hop influence than most BPA's. A reasonable alternative for a easy summer drinker.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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