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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

128 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Whiteweasel

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-25-2012 15:45:49 | More by Whiteweasel
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a modest head despite an aggressive pour; some lacing

Smell: Cherry and oak underly a tart vinegar sour aspect

Taste: Starts with a tart cherry flavor that acquires some oaky and leathery elements mid-palate, as the sourness builds; after the swallow, the tart flavors fade and the sweet fruit builds into the finish, although there is an underlying tartness at the end

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery without much carbonation

Drinkability: With a better mouthfeel, this would be a first class Flanders Red; as it is, the flavors are very approachable

Thanks, eclectic, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 22:14:47 | More by brentk56
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind tiger, NYC. Pours ruby red with a reddish medium bubble head. Nose is clearly of spicy old stinky feet/cheese. Sharp, fruity,sour, cherries, plums and other fruit flavors in the mix. Malty flavors come in later and make this more user friendly. Sourness not overwhelming. Take some getting used to, but clearly an interesting, complex creation. Have an open mind and give this stuff a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2004 15:54:17 | More by Billolick
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AndoBrew

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Loved it! Might buy it*

app: brown watery with no head at all

smell: Nice! sour, tart, and sweet ... Neat!

taste: I like it, its good very balanced with almost a brown ale type flavor but its mostly red ale all the way.. refreshing!

mf: to much water in the mouth for this one, but good otherwise.

drinkable?: yep

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:36:09 | More by AndoBrew
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Squat little stoppered bottle, interesting label.

It's royal purplish red, an attractive deep colored brew. A purplish-grey head, finely carbonated but quick to exit, though it left lots of sticky clumps of lace.
The nose is tangy fruit and mildly malty, cherries come to mind, a vague whiff of grass.
The flavor has the expected tartness, malty, but with significant fruit, the sense of cranberries and a bit of lime. Then follows a mineral hoppy finish. It's light in the mouth, creamy and spritzy, very refreshing at first, but gets a bit sweet and syrupy as it warms up.
A nice red ale, but not a slam dunk.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 01:40:39 | More by horndecker
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Terry at Mount View for putting this in my basket. This style is relatively new to me, the only other sour beer I've had is Dutchess.

It pours a lively copper-red with a hint of cloudiness and a massive marshmellow fluff head, wicked lace and head retention. Aromas of musty earth, apple-cidar, muscat grapes, candy-apple, and pickled fruit.

Flavor is initially cidar-sweet with a very musty barn-yard note, almost Bordeaux-like followed by sour grapes and faint vinegar. There is a great balance between sweet and sour that makes each sip a pleasure. Mild malt is in there somewhere, and no hops that I can detect.

Mouthfeel is somewhat grainy with a medium body and active carbonation. Wierd, but definately grows on you. I saw it on tap at Delaney's ( New haven, CT) but didn't try it. Now I wish that I had!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 23:24:33 | More by AlexJ
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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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ngandhi

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely balance that falls toward fruit, but comes back with a dry grain finish that keeps this from ever being cloying. The sourness is controlled and does well to cut down what might be an otherwise large flavor of chocolate malt. Also a touch woody, but the body expresses no oak. I don't know if any was used, but it would benefit from some neutral to give this a little bigger mouthfeel. That said, it's refreshing: at once quenching and mouth-watering. Noble.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 14:25:22 | More by ngandhi
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. swingtop bottle. Very dark brown burgandy color. Some hints of ruby around the edges, but mostly very dark. Thin white head disappears quickly. The nose is very wine-like. Grapes, oaky, other fruity smells. Very tart, acidic and sharp. The tartness drops off at the end. Dry, no bitterness. Medium body, very low carbonation. Some good flavors picked up from the oak. Very interesting beer. Not the most drinkable, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 02:31:34 | More by Bierguy5
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-10-2012 02:51:31 | More by mjtiernan
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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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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-19-2014 17:24:07 | More by Griffith
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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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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-03-2013 23:38:37 | More by trevorpost
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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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Mandark

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-11-2011 04:12:54 | More by Mandark
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-07-2013 21:38:49 | More by DrinkSlurm
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-29-2013 16:43:45 | More by InspectorBob
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-02-2011 20:39:00 | More by beerwolf77
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

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

Great treat on draft at the Exton PA Drafting Room. Nice looking beer. Deep mahogany red with a light beige head that left scant but noticeable lacing. Smell is nice and funkified. Definately pick up the lactic sourness, but a distinct mustiness is present also that is also present as a flavor component. Something that I found ever so slightly amiss in this beer. Nice sweet component to the beer which balances the strong sourness, but that dirty kind of musty taste didn't sit right with me. I think I like a bit cleaner sourness in a Flander's Red. Perhaps it was just the rather strong sourness that makes me think its a bit musty. Decent mouthfeel. I wouldn't drink more than 2 or 3 of these, but all in all pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2004 22:17:28 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

It came to me a ruddy but lively brown with glints of red in the bar lights. A thin film of off-white head dropped away to frothy swirls. Flits of lacing lay on the glass.

The aroma carried vinegary notes of ripe cherries and plums, backed by some sweet and sour dueling, as well as earthy tones of nuts and cocoa.

The first sip cascaded in cheek-sucking sour ripe cherry and a gone-over vinous twist. More overripe berries punch through, carrying sweetness to battle the sourness, but currents of chocolate and some nuttiness lead a decided funky barnyard stomp into the mix. The finish was quick, with a flash of pruny sweetness promptly bested by a shortly lingering dryness. The interplay is an interesting tide of crisp characters.

Medium bodied, it lays on the palate with a fruit juicy tart astringency the exercises the 'buds.

There be plenty of tart sassiness here, but it's simple to take it in stride as a comfy compliment to the flavor elements that come into play. It's utterly drinkable, quenching in its way, and alive in the mouth, sparkling and tinkling as it crosses over. It's got everything you'd expect in the style, and while it isn't incredible, it is memorable, and outright good, and that's a commendable achievement.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2005 15:37:58 | More by Foxman
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-18-2012 20:54:28 | More by whartontallboy
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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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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-03-2012 06:28:29 | More by strongaf
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-22-2013 17:40:37 | More by gory4d
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.