Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) - Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
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4.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-04-2012 03:02:37 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -10%
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.
07-04-2012 04:22:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
07-16-2012 00:29:09 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
03-17-2005 15:54:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
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
01-18-2007 22:14:47 | More by brentk56
3.1/5 rDev -24.2%
Appearance: Pours a clear, still, dark brown body.
Smell: Aroma of raisins soaked in balsamic vinegar and aged in wood.
Taste: Intensesly sweet-sour raisin flavor. Subtle wood character. Finishes sweetish and acetic.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. No carbonation.
Drinkability: Not really too much to say about this one.
09-09-2007 21:28:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.25/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
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.
01-17-2012 15:21:36 | More by emerge077
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
07-09-2005 13:07:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-30-2007 21:00:51 | More by RblWthACoz
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-07-2011 01:54:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-03-2004 21:58:40 | More by Jason
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
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)
05-05-2005 22:38:55 | More by feloniousmonk
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-13-2011 02:44:59 | More by jlindros
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
10-31-2011 20:35:36 | More by Rifugium
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
07-15-2011 00:57:40 | More by Halcyondays
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-26-2006 11:31:58 | More by Gavage
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
04-08-2006 20:02:03 | More by GClarkage
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
07-02-2004 15:54:17 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-16-2012 13:21:32 | More by dbrauneis
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a dark mahogany brown body with a fizzy light brown head that turns rocky very quickly. There appears to be lots of carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- Even as I pour I detect an odor of red wine vinegar. On closer sniff, I notice hints of cherries and a faint note of fresh bread.
T- The flavor starts with a soft mild sour note that has a faint cola hint. In the finish there is a very soft old oak note that has a slight sweetness to it giving a note of cherries and vanilla.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that might be a bit more full from the fizz in the texture. There is no alcohol warmth or astringency at all. The sour notes are very gentle.
D- This beer is a gateway beer to the Flanders Reds. It is very soft and mild leaving me wanting more pucker, more sour and more oak notes. I think it needs more of everything but it is pleasant to drink if I wasn't hoping for a big Flanders.
04-12-2006 00:11:07 | More by rhoadsrage
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
12-02-2011 21:33:48 | More by John_M
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.