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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

130 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

glid02, Aug 25, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -30.3%

This comes in the coolest beer bottle, similar to grolsch but more stylish. A keeper for homebrewing.

Poured into a Watou goblet, brown red color with very little head.

It smelled like Easter eggs in vinegar, sour and icky. I gave myself time to overcome the smell and try the beer. It tasted like a sour red ale. The flavor wasn't as bad as the smell.

I tried it once, that's enough. I recommend Rodenbach over this.

TurdFurgison, Jan 08, 2006
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a deep reddish auburn color with a medium beige head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is strong sour apple along with vinegar and spice. Medium-bodied and smooth with tart fruit (apple again), yeast and some malt tastes. Also a little bit of a Cabernet or Concorde grape wine flavor. The finish is fruity and earthy and maintains the sourness. I am still having trouble appreciating this style but I would probably try this again.

Dogbrick, Sep 15, 2004
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2.68/5  rDev -34.5%

On tap at Max's. I guess this is what I drank, unless we got the Dutch version

Dark brown, solid brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Nose is light, tart, roasty, mildly lactic and refreshing. Very grainy and rustic. Some sweetness is noticeable. Palate opens very sweet, artificial, almost like Equal. It really gets in the way, covering up the grain and tartness. Sweet, artificially so on the finish with a mild grainy husky character. Light in body with high carbonation, this beer is too sweet for its own good. I can't really recommend this.

DefenCorps, Jun 25, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance – This one was almost black in color with a dark purple hue around the edges and a modest head.

Smell – The big, malty sourness was prominent in the nose. I couldn’t really pick up much else except that. It was primarily cherry.

Taste – The sourness was much lighter at the taste. It was well-mixed with some darkish malts and a light yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel – This one was light to medium-bodied with some subtle carbonation that tingled the tongue.

Drinkability – This isn’t my favorite style but they pulled it off well enough.

RoyalT, Sep 07, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Durge, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2005
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

Presentation: Funky 11.2 fluid pounce swing top bottle. Cost $3.19 for the sample. Main label is per the BA Avatar in the Database. The top left of the label confirms that this is the 5% version brewed for the USA.

Appearance: Burgundy red with some polished chestnut brown hints. Off-white head that is a decent volume at first but settles to a thin covering, eventually resting as a broken covering with some halo-head character. Light lacing and average carbonation.

Nose: Funky dark fruits and a sharp aged burgundy character. Has a sweaty malt odor that is light in strength and which adds a balance to the sharp fruits, sour cherries, sour plums and a trait of farmyard lambic-ness in the back end.

Taste: Fantastic start, from the get go this is “in yer face” and makes no bones about its style. Tart Burgundy, sourness tingles twixt the malts and dark fruits. There is a very interesting balance between the caramel malts, and the fruity part of this brew which has a sharp funky sourness. Light yeast on the tongue with a mild textured sugar feel at the back end, yet all the while retaining a dry finish. Allegedly peppered with lambic yeast during the maturation process, it certainly exhibits some sour farmyard dimensions that make for an excellent Flemish Red/Brune with bags of flavors and layers to unwrap with your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light in feel, but with a decent sour body that fills the gaps. Nice carbonation lends vitality and a vivacious feel to the sourness. Backbone is assisted by the caramel malts and grapey feel.

Drinkability: Bloody Heel, it is a long while since I had a Sour Flemish Ale that was this drinkable. What is lacks in mouthfeel, it more than makes up for with its killer Drinkability, and on a hot day, this is a real thirst quencher. Wet, Funky and Wild – just how I like ‘em.

Overall: I happened to have this on draft at the Spuyten Duyvil during the NYC BA “get together” on July 24 this year. It seemed to have a tad more complexity and bite on draft from memory, as well as being a little sourer. This is rather strange, because I find the exact opposite for the Duchesse. Regradless, the bottle is still great though, but lacks a little when compared to the draft version. Nevertheless, this is an accomplished Flemish Red style ale for sure, and well worth seeking out.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 09, 2004
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Griffith, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

whartontallboy, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

clayrock81, Dec 03, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

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!

woosterbill, Jul 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

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.

UncleJimbo, Mar 02, 2005
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

Gulpener was my favorite brewery during my trips to the Netherlands, several years ago, but I don't remember sampling this Flanders Red ale. What a treat to find a Gulpener offering of any kind just a daytrip away from home.
This pours a clear and shimmering, dark mahogany body in the goblet, appearing garnet when held to the light. Small, ivory head quickly fades into collar and film lace.
Oak wood aromas hit the nose first, but I'm not certain this is barrel aged. Tart cherries quickly emerge, with a sourness that is suggestive of a flavored vinegar. There is also a distinct, barnyard chickenhouse yeasty presence that is very similar to a Lambic.
The mouthfeel is soft and satiny, with a medium body and low carbonation.
The taste is divine. Some toffeeish malt flavors around the edges envelop the essence of this nectar, the tart, fruitiness that is mouth puckering. Sour cherries seem to combine with green apples plucked from the tree several weeks before they're ripe. Woody tones are noted as well, suggestive of oak barrel aging. The yeast is more prominent in the nose than the taste, but offers a welcome earthiness. The complexities combine for a subtle and well balanced palate, that is exceptionally drinkable. This ale is not heavy, at all, and is anything but cloying. I could have several of these at a sitting. I don't mean to imply that this is not a sipping ale, for it most certainly is. I can't believe that I only bought a single bottle. Another beer road trip is definitely in the near future, in order to acquire a decent stock of this fine Flanders Red. Gulpener, by the way, is brewed in Netherlands' Limburg province, very near the Belgian border, so this one can lay a good claim to regional authenticity. An excellent experience here! I need more.

merlin48, Oct 17, 2004
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

strongaf, Aug 03, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 04, 2004
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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

Served in a goblet a Map Room 9/15/07.

A: Served an attractive, dark, tarnished-copper color. Very dark, brownish-red with deep mahogany highlights. Some sticky lace.

S: Vaguely tart. Smells of earthy, dirty, and sour cherries. Also picked up a hint of raisin.

T: See above with the addition of oak and a pleasantly medicine-y flavor in the finish. Did I taste tree bark?

M: Sour and bitter with just the right amount of oak-y smoothness.

D: Quite refreshing, as far as sour beers go.

GbVDave, Sep 16, 2007
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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

BeerForMuscle, Aug 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

kmpitz2, Jun 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

ADTaber, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DrinkSlurm, Jul 07, 2013
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.