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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: 28
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 granger10
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark crimson brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is weak but fruity and slightly tart. Taste has more of a balance between the fruit flavors and the sour flavors, a little chocolate underneath. But I can't really get anything definitive. I'm searching for a striking flavor and I can't really find any. It's good, really smooth and drinkable, but nothing really piques my intrigue in this one. Good, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

reddish dark brown, lazy ascending prickles of white. Aromas of sour concord grape jelly and cranberry sauce. Big, pillowy mouthful of jammy fruit flavors and brown spices melt away in a tart, airy rush. Cocoa flavored tannins linger with the pulpy mass of fruit residue. What a complete beer. Hyperdrinkable, dark, bursting at the seams with fruit flavor, dry ... pure eloquence.

It's about time!

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a reddish brown with a thin, tan head. Carbonation is low.

Smell: The smell is a wonderful mix of fruits, sourness, nuts, and wood.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a tart, sour flavor that's kind of hard to put a finger on. The flavors are balanced, but nothing really stands out and taste that incredibly wonderful. I just can't quite understand what they're going for with the flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, but apporpriate.

Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a unique beer, but not all that incredibly wonderful. It's smooth and balanced, but has very little focus, which kills the drinkability for me. At least it's different, and that's more than I can say about alot of brews nowadays.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Meestrech's Aajt is an impressive example of the Flander's red style. This version is unsweetened, and I assume their European version is more like the Duchess de Borugone.

It pours a reddish-chestnut brown beneath a short lid of creamy tan foam that drops shortly to a standard collar with just some spider-web surface covering (which is common for the style). It does, however, leave some nice splashes and spots of lace about the goblet.

The nose is grape and cherry-like, with some earthy character (muddy barnyard), and some mild acetone. It's medium-light bodied and gently effervescent. The flavor is a bit more intense than the nose suggests, and includes a wider range of fruit (some plum), more tartness over some sweet caramelish maltiness. The bitterness is limited, as it should be, and the tart character over-rides its sweetness to become acidic and dry in the finish.

Refreshing and exciting!

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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 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 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 feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany, with crimson highlights, a sotted cocoa-grey/brown head that adjusts to a slim ring.
Sour cherries in the aroma, rich and beautiful, sort of like Paris Hilton, but not hardly as shallow and insipid...lovely and complex, more like Audrey Hepburn.
Sourness hits the lips, at first, tartness, followed by caramel, sugary for a second, then sour again, a hint of mollasses, then a reprise of cherries, and berries.
Very nice flavor, medium bodied, with a lingering, slightly sour finish.
Gets bolder with the bracing, puckering sour halfway in,...this shows no sign of flagging in the flavor department. Feels even thicker in the mouth, too.
this is exceptional stuff, really. I had no idea what to expect until I opened it. Very nice Flanders red, out of Holland.

(much thanks to UncleJimbo for the bottle)

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Photo of horndecker
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 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 UncleJimbo
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz, squat, brown bottle with "ceramic" flip top. Ingredients: malt, water, hops, yeast.

This Flanders red (or is it a Flemish brown?) ale poured a clear, dark, coffee brown color with light brown foam that settled leaving suds on the surface but clinging to the glass a bit in clumps. The smell was sharp and tart and even a bit sour, with a wild, citrus and cherry aroma going on -- I love it. The taste was tart to sour but with an underlying sweetness especially towards the finish. There were woody notes and some wild funkiness, and a fruity, cherry flavor (where does that come from?), and a base maltiness under it all. A great flavor that really grew on me from the first time I tasted this beer. The mouthfeel was wonderfullly tart with medium body and modest carbonation. The malt and tart flavors lingered in the aftertaste. This is a really great beer, and when it is fresh, it is incredible. But when it is old (especially on tap), it loses its luster quickly.

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Photo of counselor
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with hints of ruby. No head to speak of. Aromas are more like a cider than any malt or hops. The flavors are very muted, nothing really stands out. Some granny smith apple flavors, some crispness, grass and lightly soured. There is a little sourness left after swallowing, but overall, very little aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp, lightly carbonated and quaffable, inoffensive. I wuold not buy this again, but was a decent enought beer - unobtrusive.

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Photo of nomad
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red, the sort that brings to mind more elaborate descriptions but I'll leave the color at very deep and lusciously red. Almost brown in tone. Surprisingly good lacing though the head was non-existent.

Smells lightly of vinegar over bare fruit tones. Very malty but quietly so due to the lack of carbonation.

A balanced and easy-drinking take on the style, round and strangely malty with little sour character besides licks of lemon in the finish. Seeing as this beer is a blend of a Flemish Red and a Dunkel this version seems tipped toward the latter. Very malty and lager smooth, incredibly so for the style and thus lacking the sour and semi-roast complexity found in the scions of Flanders. Mouthfeel is round and full but dead flat, killing any complexity that the beer might have had. Might.

Smooth easy-drinker with little spunk. Not a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever Flemish Red Ale. I've heard some bad things about this one, but overall I guess I liked it, sort of. Nice hearty nose with woody and malt tones fading quickly into nothing. No aftertaste to speak of, but overall this is a nice sipping ale despite being distinctly sour.

The lack of complexity suprised me considering this style's reputation for it, but I was fairly satisfied overall.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try a new Flemish red ale, but this really didn't cut it for me, and yes it was the 5% US version. A dark reddish plum with a small head of off-white/beige. The aromas were of several malts, a bit of oak, some funk, and no hops. The taste was quite malty but pretty one dimensional with a bit of oak in the mix as well. This was OK, but bland for a flemish red, and nowhere near a rodenbach level of complexity. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and decent but the drinkability was not the best. Decent for a flemish red, but there are many better examples, imho.

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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 AlexJ
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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!!!

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Photo of twilight
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow this one doesn't seem to appear to have any carbonation. Turns out it is very light, but the dark deep ruby tones fail to make up for the lack of head or lacing. The nose is slight soysauce. No, cherry cough syrup. Woody with the faint nose of actual cherries. The aroma of them just sitting in your bowl as well as the medicinal flavor of cherries.

It begins with this intense sourness that just gives way completely to a cherry note that ends with the cherries almost leaving and no sourness or tartness. It is quite incredible that this happens as the sourness just kind of kicks you and runs away rather quickly. Getting used to this one is amazing. I love the way it comes down. I don't think there should have been huge bubbly carbonation, but the slight carbonation is less than amazing. Good beer, though. Maybe some more tartness and some more carbonation next time.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red,almost translucent maroon, with a short lived creamy white head that left sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity ripe apples, plums with almost a cider vinegar like quality.

The taste is refreshingly sour, wow what a refreshing taste. This cleanses your palate and your sinuses. No lingering aftertaste to speak of. No heavy maltiness nor even a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel was good, light carbonation coupled with the sourness made for a well balanced sensory experience.

If it was not so pricey I coul make this a regular "after yardwork" beer.

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Photo of rousee
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lots of difficult to read writing on the bottle. Pours a brownish red with small 1 mm wisp of foam on top.

Smell is sour cherry quite acidic and like musty wood. Taste is very sour but it finishes dry and has a slight tingly bite to it.

Mouthfeel is very dry and fruity and the drinkability on these Flanders sour reds is never that high anyway. This one is not as good as some others of this style I have tried. I would probably not buy this one again.

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