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Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) - Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version)Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version)

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91
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128 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%


Brewed by:
Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Blend of "Hollandish" Oud Brouin {around 3.5% alc/vol} , "Dortmunder" lager bockbier {around 6.5% alc/vol} and the "primeval" beer. The "primal" beer has been aged in traditional wooden barrels. It introduces lactobacilli, Brettanomyces and other microflora into the very complex blend.

Mestreech's Aajt is driven to showcase the two flavors "sourness" and "sweetness" in perfect balance and harmony

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2004)
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weonfire

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a oversized wine glass at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY.

A - Deep Ruby. Looks a dark brown or black until held up to the light. Frothy, off white head, one finger worth, holds steadily. tiny little bubbles of carbonation. lots of lacing.

S - Awesome sour notes. granny smith apples, vinegar, wine, cherry, grapes

T - Starts sweet, ends sour. Excellent blend. very mellow. slight acidity on the tongue initially. all mentioned smells- very complex.

M - Frothy, fruity, viscosity is high, leaves a light soft and fuzzy fruit flavor to savor.

O - Delicious. Keeps you wanting more. never to sweet - but personally i could have it more sour - maybe too mellow? I would certainly buy this again tho.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 03:59:16 | More by weonfire
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Tall, white head, high retention. Suddsy lacing sticks to the glass. Body is a deep mahogany. Aroma is citric green apple, some vinegar, some malty sweetness in the background. This beer is noted for its sweet to sour balance. The sour dominates the aroma. Taste is mouth puckering, quite tart, again with green apples. The sweetness to me is on the back end and pretty faint. It does make for a unique experience. This beer is delicious and style points are certainly deserved.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 06:18:32 | More by KickbacksSteve
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at kickbacks jacksonville, where else would I get to try something so rare? This beer was hyped up alot and I actually made a trip especially try this.. Usually when I do this and gaer this muvh about it, its a let down. The best thing was the appearance. Loved the dark body, almost stout like, with nice white fluffy head. Poured inna tulip glass it looked like a sundae. Great aromas and flavors of dark malts and a nice medium body. Not overly sour and I loved the balance of sweetness. Near Perfect!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 16:57:41 | More by CampusCrew
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep yellow reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, strawberry, sour, wood, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, fruit, sugar, wood, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect at all. What I found really wasn’t too bad. There was a huge amount of sweetness going on that made this one quite refreshing and easy to drink overall. This nice touch of tartness going on really helped this aspect as well to make it fairly well balanced. It would definitely be easy to drink quite a bit of this before realizing you had done so. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 11:24:48 | More by thagr81us
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Claybo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Chicago's Local Option; admittedly, a few months ago. This has to be my favorite sour ale, and I believe the first of the style I ever tasted.

A: Pours a nice dark amber/brown - chocolatey. Half inch head that lingers a bit, unlike some other sours I have tried (especially krieks).

S: You can smell the sour, right up front. A little bit of funk as well, like an old cellar. Some cherry scent.

T: Complex. Sweet and funky. I get raisins, then the wood, with a little bit of funk near the end. Finishes sweet and tart, but not a lingering sourness.

M: Smooth as butter. No bite from the sour, low carbonation.

O: My favorite sour, and apparently rare in that I can't find it anywhere else any longer. (if any of you reading this know of a place in Chicago that has this beer for sale, and feel like sharing, let me know!)

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 20:32:54 | More by Claybo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Blue Monk. Very dark head with lots of lace and a quarter inch of retained head. Sour cherry and wood aroma. Medium bodied. A bit of vinegar in finish. Comes across most as a mellowed Flanders Red. Satisfying, very good drinkability.Wood taste is only nominal.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 03:02:37 | More by Sammy
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown. Fingerwidth head that stays a while. Smell is of very tart cherries, a little woodsy character and malt. Taste is actually sweeter than the smell would have you guess. Still a tad sour in the middle, but the sweetness of the malt and cherries dominate. I like that this beer is a blend of a sour and a dortmunder; it works well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 19:27:46 | More by TheRealBigC
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark amber in color with hint of garnet red when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Lightly sour/tart with notes of vinegar, sweetness, and cherry.

T: The beer starts out with light to moderate flavors of sweetness and black cherries before the flavors of the wood from the aging process become apparent. The beer finishes with light to moderate amounts of tartness/sourness and some very light vinous/vinegar hints.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very well balanced between the sweet and sour/tart flavors. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would be happy to sip on this beer all afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 13:21:32 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear but very dark garnet in color with no visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin beige head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a thick ring of bubble around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweetness in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: The initial taste has a bit of initial sweetness along with flavors of black cherries—this is followed by some hints of sourness from the barrel aging towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced. It’s neither too sweet nor sour and is quite easy to drink compared to others in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 00:29:09 | More by metter98
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark crimson brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some vinegar and berry fruit aromas. Taste is only slightly sour but mainly has sweet berry jelly/jam flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's more sweet than sour in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 04:22:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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emerge077

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently sampled this on tap, after it's extended hiatus from the US. Haven't seen any bottles show up yet.

Dark brown body with tan suds that lingered for awhile. Astringent tart and sweet grape aroma, seems backsweetened. The taste confirms this, it's a bit thin and caramelly sweet, with a muddled grape/cherry tartness to it. Some cardboard notes hint at oxidation. Not as good as I remember, little to no acidity here, no oak woodiness or anything remotely wild. Seems dumbed down from the old version, little more than a second-rate Duchesse knockoff. Wouldn't be surprised if this had saccharine added. Can't say i'll be drinking this over Rodenbach/Jacobins anytime soon.

10-12-2006
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. flip-top bottle. Carbonation forces a cracking sound once the seal is broken. The ale pours a deep garnet hue, capped with khaki foam that rises and falls to a patchy film. A swirl of the bottle adds another finger of dense aromatic foam.

Aromas are strongly of ripened cheese, and sour funky fruit. This heightens the tastes, which seem to follow the aroma further into sweet and sour territory. Oak, cherry, malt, and leather interplay for a brief moment before it's tart and dry finish closes out. Mouthfeel begins a little thin, but is balanced well by the rich flavors. A sipper for me, but it would be a sure session candidate.

Not as sour as Rodenbach, or as woody, sweet, and complex as the Duchesse. Overall, a solid Flanders Red, balancing the best qualities of the style. Try to find a fresh bottle, it doesn't age so well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 15:21:36 | More by emerge077
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MufflnMan

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Thirsty Monk. Poured a ruby color with a lacey off white head that lingers.

Smells of tartness. Promises a sweet and sour treat full of berries.

Taste delivers that sweet and sour treat, perfectly balanced and not at all mouth-puckering. Berries are there up front again with a little malty sweetness to calm them down at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium. Alcohol? What alcohol? Ridiculously easy to drink.

Definitely try if you can, and grab some for seconds.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 17:02:47 | More by MufflnMan
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with minimal head and lacing on top of an aroma that I can only say is sweet, like caramel or just plain sugar, while also this wicked sourness and funk. Taste is more of the same as there's an underlying sweetness combo'd w/ tart fruits like cherry while this sour funk patch just keeps going. Easy to drink yet a sipper b/c it just keeps mixing it up and then finishes with a rather crisp, sour finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 19:02:40 | More by clayrock81
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is most impressive. I get a considerable aroma profile of light vinegar, old socks and considerable underlying fruit poking through it all. On the palate, this is flat out delicious, with the berry, cherry flavor completely dominating the sour funk. There's some sour on the palate, but the sweet fruit and vanilla more than holds its own in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a long, sweet and sour finish. Alcohol is not even an afterthought.

Just excellent....

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 21:33:48 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

LOVED this one. I only got a small pour, but I savored the hell out of this beer. Served in a tulip glass, closer to room temp. Ruddy brown color, a small head that sank to a few stray bubbles. Aroma was not too pronounced, but there were definite tones of cherries and acetic acid. Taste...mmm...cherries up front, not too sweet, not too sour, but just right in the middle of the road. Great balance. Also detectable were notes of oak, red wine grapes, vinegar, and leathery new-car essence. About medium-bodied, juicy, but still very rich and flavorful, and not overly watery like other beers of the style that I've had. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 20:35:36 | More by Rifugium
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/2/11 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with an interesting combination of dark fruit flavors that are both sweet and tart. Then some mild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice mild and complex beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 01:54:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33rd Review
On-tap at The Bavarian Lodge into Chimay-style goblet.

L: Deep mahogany with a tint of deep purple. 0.5 fingernail head on draft pour.

S: Smells like tart cherry pie. Nice and attractive. I can't wait to dive in!

T: Hint of sour with a smooth sweetness that immediately follows. Nice balance of tart and fresh sweet. Well done!

M: Minimal carbonation with a nice touch of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable beer that was a nice "whoops" pour. I'm happy to have stumbled upon this tasty treat at The Bavarian Lodge and it is one of many tasty hidden gems found within this awesome place.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 05:10:44 | More by spdyfire83
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DCon

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $7. Tapped from the Black, Square Tap Handle w/ Mestreechs Aajt written on it into a 13oz Stemmed Flute Glass.

Aroma- Very strong fruits and complexed ingredient list in here. Has a grape and good amount of sour aroma. Well balanced all around.

Appearance- Received with 1.5 finger head that has great retention. The body is a deep burgundy color with dark red tint behind it when you keep it up to a light. Good clarity in here and the lacing is fantastic and thick!

Flavor- Has the most interesting taste here. A grape juice flavor is the initial flavor and then the finish has some definite cola attributes behind it. Very sweet and the finish is dry. Well-balanced all around though.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Weaker finish for this cola flavor just stays on the palate all the way through.

Overall Impression- What a strange but good brew! With the grape and cola flavors, this one was shockingly different. A light amount of acidity is in here but for a Flanders Red, I'm sure its not too big of a problem. If you can, get around to enjoying this one! The reason I did was b/c John said they will never be getting this one again and that is was a very limited Sour.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 19:32:24 | More by DCon
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark ruby color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of moderately tart raspberries backed by slightly sweet medium malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by tart raspberries and cherries and slight musty flavors. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens a bit, carrying through to a mildly tart finish. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was one of the least-sweet Flanders Reds I’ve had in a while and it was certainly enjoyable. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 16:21:33 | More by glid02
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rtepiak

Poland

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at monk's cafe.

for the abv a superior flemish red. and the great thing is they server a pint that goes perfect with their duck sandwich. nose is tart with a significant doughiness quality to it and a nice balance of earth and wood. the smell of pipe tobacco in there a in the undertones... turgid malt has a stale sweetness to it. palate is a bit tart but equally so balanced with a quality of breadiness. earthy bitter and cherry tanin grippy. astonishing quality.

i would drink this regularly if i could.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 05:57:06 | More by rtepiak
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep reddish brown body, with some light glowing through the bottom of the pour. Big, sturdy head for a Flanders Red. Excellent retention.

S - Tons of vinegar and sour acidity present. Dry cask, tangy fruit, wine like. Mild spices balance the tart nose.

T - Huge sweet and sour bite. A big kick of tart fruit and tons of raw, sweet honey. This beer has character. The vinegar like acidity and sour fruit profile are well balanced by the sweetness. Mild dry red fruit lies in the finish.

M - This beer puckers the mouth some but is so clean and fresh. Some drying at the end but the tart-sweetness make you want more.

O - This beer is incredibly well rounded with all the right flavor notes. Simple yet complex. A true flavor explosion with the body and mouth to make you want to slam down a few more. Superb.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 01:48:12 | More by BeerForMuscle
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Beautiful, clear, dark ruby body under a majestic two-finger head of creamy, sticky tan foam. Tons of lace. Truly spectacular.

S: A little underpowered - light acetic sting, some sweet fruit, and a bit of husky malt. Pretty pleasant and to style, but just a little weak.

T: There's a nice bit of vinegary piquancy that bounces between my palate and sinuses, but this pleasant sharpness is quickly subsumed in sweet, sticky cherry fruit and pale malt. Way better than some examples of the style (cough-Duchesse-cough), but still a trifle cloying.

M: Hugely carbonated, medium body. Lightly sticky. Not bad at all.

O: How hard is it to brew a Flanders Red that isn't cloyingly sweet? Ommegang Rouge and Rodenbach Grand Cru made me fall in love with the style, but it seems like almost every one I've had since has been cursed with excessive sweetness. This particular beer shows some terrific signs of life, and is really quite enjoyably quaffable, but still doesn't quite deliver the bracing acidity and tart fruitiness that I'm looking for. It was on tap simultaneously with Rodenbach Grand Cru, though, and the bartender told me that most people who tried both preferred the Mestreechs Aajt, so take my opinion with a grain of salt - I'd take the Rodenbach 10 times out of 10.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 03:27:50 | More by woosterbill
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camil1mj

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Westland.

A: Somewhere between deep crimson red and maroon. 1 finger whit head.

S: Sour fruit and vinegar.

T: Different than the other sours I have tried due to the finish. Sour cherries with other fruit notes followed by a malty, sweet finish.

M: Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

O: A very good sour because of the finish. I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 23:18:54 | More by camil1mj
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Halcyondays

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep maroon with a firm off-white head which leaves thick lacing down the glass.

S: Mix of strawberry and sweet cherries, with a hint of vinegar.

T: Tons of fruit, some cherries and red currants with a hint of oak. The malt and some brown sugar comes out as well, one of the maltier red beers I've had. Low acetic taste.

M: Light acidity, never cloyingly sweet as too many Flanders Reds can be, everything is in balance.

O: This is a fantastic red beer and reminded me a lot of Bellegems Bruin with its subtle brilliance. Well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 00:57:40 | More by Halcyondays
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ebeneezers

big fluffy belgian head, dark molasses, brown almost black color.

Nose is dark belgian malts, tart cherries, malt vinegar.

Taste Light sweet brown sugar and candi sugar, syrups, dark belgian malts, light Belgian yeast fruit, some tart cherries, hint of sour and malt vinegar, bit smoother, sweet tart cherry finish, bit drier on the finish as well.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent carbonation.

Overall good, nice malts and fruits, great cherry flavors, low abv and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 02:44:59 | More by jlindros
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