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

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 130
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 29
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2004

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
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucent dark bronze that betrays a deep orangish crimson hue when backlit. The malted milk ball colored cap is at two fingers after the pour, deflates a mite too quickly and leaves a high collar of sudsy lace on the glass.

I could tell when I popped the top that the nose was a good one. It's powerful enough to appreciate when pouring, which always wins favor with me (provided, of course, that it's enjoyable). The beer is intensely fruity and pungently sour with a funkiness that reminds me of Belgian yeast, but is tangential to it in a way that I can't adequately describe. I hope it tastes like it smells.

Not quite, but close. The bold flavor is all the more surprising since this is a relatively light-bodied beer. Mestreechs Aajt is impressively tart. It tweaks the salivary glands with gusto and doesn't let up until well after the swallow. It's also intensely fruity (sour cherries, sour grapes and fermented Granny Smith apples) with a light dusting of nutmeg and allspice. Although not overly so, it's also a little woody from its one year confinement in oak.

The unquestionably light body doesn't degrade within each mouthful or with warming. Thanks to an abundance of flavor and a trivial amount of light syrupiness, the beer is able to maintain its composure in the mouth and to last beyond the swallow.

I bought this little stoppered, swing-top bottle because I thought it looked interesting. Even though I'm not yet well-versed in the Flanders red ale style, I consider Mestreechs Aajt to be uncommonly good beer. I love rewarding impulse purchases.

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found on tap at Monk's in Philly.

Appearance: brownish red in color with a spotty surface head. No lacing develops.

Smell: tons of sour cherries with a candy sweetness lingering behind it.

Taste: the sour cherries tones were up front but not offensive at all. Oak, sweet red grapes, and a bit of earthiness rounds it out. Some hints of chocolate sweetness arrives as you swallow. Lightly dry throughout. Nice mix of sweet & sour.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start through the finish. The sour cherries tones linger briefly on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a very enjoyable slow sipper that grows on you as it warms. Not a beer you can have several of in a session, but this could be easily enjoyed several nights in row without getting bored.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vinous and sour aroma. I have a bit of apprehension about the first taste, beers that smell like this have a first sip like jumping into a cool pool on a hot day. Its a shock at first, but its nice once you're in. The first taste is actually quite refreshing. Grape pop, but with a sourness. Very dry finish. It has a thin sweetness like a sour candy just dusted with sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but I think if it was much thicker this beer would be less quaffable. I'm honestly shocked at how much I like this beer. I'm straining to keep myself from just pounding the whole bottle.

Edit: Is this the same stuff everyone else tried? Wow, no cloying sweetness at all. This seems to me like the closest a sour beer can come to a session brew. Crazy.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another very cool looking swingtop bottle. The top comes off with a super loud pop that makes me flinch. Whoa! Pours a nice dark brown with hints of red and a good bubbly off white head. When held up to the light the brew looks blood red, quite nice. The aroma starts with a sour cherry along with molasses, chocolate, caramel, raisin and an underlying woody funkiness that has a slight vinegar twang to it. Funky chocolate covered cherries....yum! I really enjoy the nose here and it keeps me coming back for more.

A dark sweet and sour cherry flavor flows over the palate along with a healthy maltiness that has notes of sweet caramel and chocolate. Hints of wood and vinegar peek through with each sip. The brew is quite a bit sweeter than the nose led on, however there's still a nice sour/bitter component that helps to balance it out. Lingering funky yeast notes and acidity make me think of a lambic. Overall, I find this to be quite a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but it's smooth, refreshing and enjoyable. Each sip is quite complex and keeps me coming back for another. This is very drinkable...I could easily have sat down to a 750 no problem and I wish I had more than 11.2oz. I will be seeking out more Flanders Red Ales and I would recommend this one as well.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in Champaign, IL a few weeks back, and had to grab it. I tried it on tap last Thursday and really enjoyed it, so lets see what the bottle does for me. It pours a deep ruby red color with a light coating of foam over top. The nose on this is divine. Huge sweet/sour/tart/cherry blast infuses my nostrils. Just intense. Love it. The flavor is slightly puckering initially, but quickly fades to a lightly tart and creamy cherry. It finishes very mellow. I like the striking difference from the initial flavor to the finish. The feel is moderate to thick, with a creamy feel to it. Just a light carbonation keeps things balanced. Highly drinkable. Very refreshing on a early summer evening.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: From the bottle @ Anam Cara.

Appearance: Crazy bubble fest shows off a light tan lace after it drops out, dark tan leather hue has clarity.

Smell: Solid tartness, juicy fruitiness with suggestions of buckwheat honey which clash against the brashness of oakiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Restrained pungency, ripe cherry in the front with a ghost vanilla within the woody puckered character. Lots of brown bread on the palate as well.

Drinkability & Notes: Extremely drinkable and surprisingly approachable. Quite awesome and balance to a T.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy chestnut with light carbonation and a small head. Sticky spots and streaks of lacing.

Smell: Funky lambic-esque aroma, with wine-like qualities. Tart cherries with wood and leather in the mix.

Taste: Surprisingly un-funky considering the smell, but still sharp, tart, and acidic. Some sweetness remains, but is quickly swept away by the acidic, bone-dry finish. Quite vinous after the swallow, oddly reminiscent of red wine.

My first Flanders Red, and certainly an enjoyable experience. A big thanks goes out to HumblePatience for the chance to try this.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of weonfire
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/06/06- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA during Belgium Beer Month.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip type glass.

Appearance- Off brown in color. Maybe a mahoganey or off cherry color as well. Light rim of head after the pour. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell- Mild funk. Not really barnyard though. Maybe some pickup of some plums or other dark fruits. A bit woody.

Taste- Very nice tart flavor at first taste. Not to tart though. Even has a taste of sugary sweetness after you get into the beer. Maybe some oak aspects as well.

Mouthfeel- Caresses the mouth nicely. Low to mid range carbonation level. Low aftertaste effect.

Drinkability- Fine example of a Flanders. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark garnet that is clear. Minimal head but a fair amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is berry like with an almost inky edge. Flavor is smooth. Berry tones that are strong but not overpowering or overdone. Sweet and even. Feel is close to syrupy. Extremely drinkable. Could go for this a lot, especially at the price. Definitely worth a try...or two.

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Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plop top bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma comes out with a big sour character, then is followed up by a lot of sweet fruitiness. Interesting. The flavor is slightly less sweet than expected, but still has quite a bit of sweetness. Has a solid tart/sour thing going on, but it's not over the top. Lots of cherry flavor going on to follow the sourness. Very smooth for the style. Has an almost creamy body. Drinkability is great. This one is much less sour than others I've had, making it a little easier to drink.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber brown with a tan head which rose slowly but had staying power to last at it's low level and lace the glass.

The aroma was acetic and lactic sourness followed by a malty floral aroma. Cherries and oak also dominated the aroma.

The flavor was soft, only slightly sour with a grainy flavor that tickled the tongue. The vinegar sourness that was pungent in the aroma was noticeably subdued in the flavor. The flavor contained a complexity of oak and cherries and a fruitiness that was very well done. Tart would be a good way to describe the flavor, but not in a harsh way at all.

The finish was just dry, slightly grainy, and with a subtle sour yet malty cherry impression lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nice for the style.

11.2 ounce bail top bottle. No sediment in bottle...none. Purchased at Greens Warehouse in Columbia, SC. Very complex and interesting, I am glad I made this purchase.

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Photo of shapudding
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No dating. Deep chocolate brown that you cannot see through unless you hold the bottle up to the light, then you catch glimpses of ruby at the edges. Rich and creamy coffee ice-cream head. My god, such an insane scent! This one just freakin’ blows me away... Deep ripe dark berries. It is like I am licking a bowl of raspberry preserves... and I have not even brought my lips to the glass. -Makes me salivate from just the aroma. Wonderfully sour! I can barely stop smelling it to start tasting it! The first sip just grabs your taste buds and shakes the hell out of your tongue and nerves a bit, then everything calms down and becomes all so lovely. The smooth silkiness and medium bodied goodness flows in. Such wonderful soured flavors. Gueuze-like with a nice woodsy oakiness that is in the background, not too strong. Bit of plump blackberries jumping out. Great sipper, highly enjoyable one that I could sit back and enjoy a few of.

Thanks to Beerookie for letting me enjoy this for the first time! XO!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this brew from New England Beverage in Orange. I am drinking a chilled sample in a snifter. The bottle opens with a pop and release of mist. Pours a clear chestnut with deep ruby tints. A small frothy off white head foams up and fades quickly.
Aroma is sour cherry dominant but also allows some vanilla sweetness and a bit of biscuity scent as well. First sip reveals an average body fine prickly carbonation. Flavor is very tart with sour cherries and white wine characteristics dominating. The beer is very dry and again I think of white wine/white grapes while drinking.
I also get some banana as the beer warms a little. This beer is very enjoyable and I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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....

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and Bottle Babble: Intriguing mini flip top ceramic 11.2 FL OZ. Dual labeled with a logo neck label and the mail body label containing a medieval sketch of brewing and a town landscape. Ingredients: Malt, water, hops, yeast.

Dark ruby and mahogany yet clear pour into a slender pilsner with a jagged spotty khaki head cover leaving a thin collar ring and some top level foam lace.

Highly pungent mouth watering sour Granny Smith apple tartness. Plenty of funky Grandma’s attic and redolent dark fruit scents.

First Swigs: Cranberry and plum tart. Finishes dry. A bit Earthy and mineraly. Plenty of sour citrous lemony peel notes. Fruit pucker is endless. Plums some under-ripe peach. Good amount of barnyard and Pez candy powdery sweetness. Delicious.

Crisp clean ginger ale body and feel. Highly drinkable but to be picayune on such a fine beer, a twinge more lemon lime would have been exquisite. Still, an excellent style.

Last Swigs: Plum flavored 7-Up. Practically took out my eye with the Fssst! Pop opening. A new favorite style for me. Light 5% ABV. Thanks to Beerookie for the bottle. Usually goes for $3.00~ a bottle.

Beer is good. Happy sour beering.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Undated 11.2oz with a flip top, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown with red tinged edges supporting a small, light tan head that falls to a veiled ring with wispy lace.

The nose has a great balance of overripe dark fruit tartness and an earthy, farm funk. Acidic, but with some sweetness. More complex than I can adequately describe.

Tastes fruity apfront, but not in a bad way. Dark cherries and grapes with just enough tartness around the edges for it to get sweet. There's a woody component that provides a good background, and there's an appropriate suggestion of bitter hops.

The mouth seems a bit light for the style, but the drinkability is exceptional.

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Photo of Stimack
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to give this brew a try last evening while at Mahar’s. What a fantastic brew! It poured to a reddish brown color and left a fair sized off-white head that had nice retention and left very nice lacing through out the whole brew. The smells where very aromatic with dark fruits, mostly sour cherries being predominant. The taste is fantastic, sourness is very pronounced from the get-go along with a rich malt flavor. Also can notice yeast like flavor with this brew that seems to give it a bread like note. The sourness is very smooth and goes extraordinary well with this brew. This is an extremely easy drinking brew and I must say has become one of my favorites. If you can give this brew a try, matters if you enjoy this class of brew but if so I think you will be very happy!

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.