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Weltmerz - De Struise Brouwers

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very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-24-2013)
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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Ebenezer's leading up to the Night of the Great Thirst; reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy gold body with a finger of fine white head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Ok.

S: Pleasant but fairly restrained aroma of sour fruit (tangerine in particular) and mild grassy funk. Nice.

T: Way more intense here, with heavy lactic and light acetic acidity. Sour citrus and cherry, dry earthy funk on the finish. Excellent.

M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Nice and soft.

O: While I wish the aroma had packed as much punch as the flavor did, this was a really great sour - especially for the low ABV.


Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2013 23:57:28 | More by woosterbill
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not enough reviews of this beer. I first enjoyed this beer at the De Struise tap takeover at Churchkey in DC. I enjoyed it on draft that night (along with many others). I was driving home after a long day in NOVA but decided to stop to see Urbain and have a few brews. I was shocked to have such a flavorful beer at such a low ABV. But then again, I should never be shocked what Urbain and Carlo can produce.

Drinking a 750ml bottle tonite provide by my good friend Mitch from his travels to De Struise. I have been sitting on this for a few months, although it is a 2010 so I am sure my aging had little to do with the taste of the beer.

Cracking the bottle cap it was an immediate gusher, but I quickly poured into my glass. The nose was immediate funk. Stanky. But enjoyable.

The taste is very sour, getting the barrel as well. Carbonation is high. Quite enjoyable. It is not overly complex yet as it warms more flavors reveal themselves. To create a session sour ale with this depth is a true testament to the skill at De Struise.

This is the 2nd time enjoying this beer, not sure when the next time will be, but I cannot wait.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 02:46:06 | More by jchlan109
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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (best before March 30, 2018) into a tulip and also on tap at the brewery into a wine-glass-like taster.

A-The brew is a very murky, light-golden, wet straw color with darker, brownish highlights. The bottle opened with a gush (in Denver, Colorado), and although the white head started out tall, it was quick to fade. No lacing and no carbonation visible.

S-This beer is tart. I detect light-fleshed fruits like apple cider and pear, as well as a solid dose of acidic lemon. Funk is very mild.

T-The taste tracks the smell with very tart apple cider, pear, peach, and a bracing lemon acidity. The brew pulls at my glands with each sip. The finish, while sour, does not pull as hard. Not the most complex creation, but drinkable and intriguing, nonetheless.

M-The carbonation is champagne-like with an aggressive presence and a medium-fine feel. The brew is light to medium body.

O-For a beer packing only 3% ABV, this brew packs a wallop. Of course, the wallop is sour, and you don't really need alcohol for that, but I still.... I enjoyed drinking this on a hot summer afternoon with some goat cheese. It was strangely thirst-quenching despite (or perhaps because of?) the bracing acidity. De Struise continues to impress me with each beer I try.

Note-My notes from tasting at the brewery reflect a similar impression as my tasting from the bottle today.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:34:53 | More by spoony
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soured ale with only 3% alcohol? And it's three years old? I haven't tried a sour ale so low in alcohol, so I was excited. This bottle was generously shared by several Canadian beer enthusiasts at De Kelk. On to the beer:

This ale is blonde colored with a hazy look and some creamish head on top. The aroma....blah...it stinks! At first at least. Some of the stinkiness clears, but still remains a stinky smell. It's like a farm. Cheese rind. At the same it has an odd appeal.

The taste is simple and thirst quenching. The flavor of soured lemonade is the most obvious. There's a sweet tart note too. A kiss of passionfruit as well. Oddly I can't taste anything that stinks. It's a light bodied beer with some bubbly carbonation which tickles the whistle.

Sometimes less is more, and Weltmerz is just the answer to that.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 21:25:28 | More by DoubleJ
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy blonde with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - interesting and unusual aroma. Buckwheat pancakes and roasted duck. Ambiguous fruit.

T - green apple, white grape, semi-sweet grapefruit and some of the roasted duck aroma translates to the flavor. Tart and refreshing.

M - light body. Fruity tartness, but not intensely sour.

O - if this was cheap and easy to get it would make a great summer session beer. Too bad it isn't. It's an elegant beverage with unique characteristics. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 18:03:33 | More by GuzzLah
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its the trend of the year- to create full flavored beers at light alcohol content. Where their intent is charming, who really chooses beers because of their low alcohol? So, the taste better measure up because its effects are less than exciting.

Like many sour ales, Weltmerz pours with a medium gold, off-translucent appearance. Light on head formation and retention, its somewhat fizzy and fluffy head seems caught somewhere between ale and champagne. The head dissolves on the spot, leaving behind light sporty lace.

Mouth-puckering aromas are tart, candied, spicy, and savory all at once. Not that the ale smells like Thai cuisine, but there's something there that pulls my olfactory memories that way. Dry white wine, apple cider, and vinegar nearly breaks out the sweats as do sharp and savory tastes of pickled eggs and pickle relish. But a late follow-up of wheat and hay reaffirm the beery roots.

Much less sweet to taste, the sharp and acidic flavors of vinegar, light weathered wood, leather and attic-like must gets caught in the breath with the very first sip. Saw dust and pepper follow in the somewhat empty middle palate- just before a late arrival of Sour Patch Kids candy, dry grain sweetness, plaster and brine offer up a savory finish with a seriously short-lived aftertaste. It's the ultimate palate cleanser.

The beer's tactile perceptions are dry, spicy, strongly acidity and moderately astringent. Like biting into apple skins, the beer dries the mouth with a powdery, snappy finish. No warmth in sight- the beer is all about quenching the thirst.

Of course the beer delivers on the flavor sell. It's a very distinctive but nondescript Sour Ale that sacrifices complexity for drinkability. You've got to enjoy it simply for the sake of sour.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 05:19:09 | More by BEERchitect
Weltmerz from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.