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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
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world-class

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 25
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

sulldaddy, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

Cherry red color. Lightly acidic nose, vinous, peppery, with hints of balsamic vinegar a touch of red fruit. I find this to be poorly blended, too much lager and not enough sour ale. It’s definately a let down, compared to the aroma, which led me to believe this was going to be intensely sour. The caramel sweetness from the lager seems to be the most dominant here and I look for a drier, less approchable and more sour version of red ale.

Crosling, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

What happens when an importer gains the power to make changes in a brew house thousands of miles away? We get a US version of Mestreechs Aajt, with no saccharin and 1.5% more alcohol by volume. Woo-hoo!

Presented in its own glassware (a wide and short flute), the beer has a mesmerizing dark ruby color to it with black edges. An off-white, tight, creamy lace crowns it and retains a decent level of lace throughout the experience.

Aroma is sweet & sour, like a pack of Smarties, with distinct black cherries and fruity berries.

Body is a bit light and the mouthfeel smooth, with a gentle tartness that segues into a sharp, lime and rind bitterness. As the bitterness comes down, the palate is treated to an amazing juicy black cherry flavor that dominates and clings to the upper palate. The black cherry / lime flavors are very refreshing and work well together (literally think "black cherry juice with lime squeezed into it"). As the beer warms, a thin caramel sweetness pulls through, followed by a lingering purple grape finish that's a bit vinous. All of this happens in mere seconds as the flavors are very quick and short lived, leaving an extremely clean, dry, more-ish finish.

Despite the quickness on the palate, this beer could quite possibly be one of my top picks of the year. It's highly refreshing and packed with simple, bold and clean flavors. Simply an amazing beer.

Todd, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

oglmcdgl, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of clvand0
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

clvand0, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Bierguy5, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

blitheringidiot, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

orbitalr0x, May 27, 2005
Photo of CampusCrew
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

Had this on tap at kickbacks jacksonville, where else would I get to try something so rare? This beer was hyped up alot and I actually made a trip especially try this.. Usually when I do this and gaer this muvh about it, its a let down. The best thing was the appearance. Loved the dark body, almost stout like, with nice white fluffy head. Poured inna tulip glass it looked like a sundae. Great aromas and flavors of dark malts and a nice medium body. Not overly sour and I loved the balance of sweetness. Near Perfect!

CampusCrew, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

granger10, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of DoctorB2B
4.58/5  rDev +12%

Had on tap at The Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA ($11/16oz).

Appearance: Served in a 16 oz. pint glass (meh). Looked like cranberry juice with very little head to show.

Smell: Red wine vinegar, YUMMY!!!! I had a friend unfamiliar with the style take a whiff and he was quoted as saying "really? you're gonna drink vinegar?"

Taste: bye bye vinegar, hello flanders! Sweet, tangy and refreshing. It's a classic flanders style. Again, said friend quickly changed his tone when he tried ... he regretted not being open to trying it.

Overall: this was my first experience with this brew. Always up for sours/flanders/flemish yada yada, I'd order this beer again in a second.

DoctorB2B, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -2.2%

trevorpost, May 03, 2013
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

KVNBGRY, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Spider889, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

First, I must assume that I have the right brew, as I bought this in the US, therefore am going with the assumption that this is the US Non-Saccharin Version. Poured out to a dark red / amber color with a very nice head and good lace around the glass. Odors of sweet grapes and plumbs that have fermented. Very Nice. Flavors of sweet fruit and dark berries are most present, as is a slight sourness that lurks in the background. Also a slightly roasted quality was present, which added to the limited complexity of this beer. Finished smooth, with some bite toward the end, but just enough to get your attention and invite you back for another sip. This is a good sipping ale. Highly recommended. If you have never had a Flanders Red, this is a good place to start.

Frozensoul327, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of brystmar
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

brystmar, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

beerwolf77, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $7. Tapped from the Black, Square Tap Handle w/ Mestreechs Aajt written on it into a 13oz Stemmed Flute Glass.

Aroma- Very strong fruits and complexed ingredient list in here. Has a grape and good amount of sour aroma. Well balanced all around.

Appearance- Received with 1.5 finger head that has great retention. The body is a deep burgundy color with dark red tint behind it when you keep it up to a light. Good clarity in here and the lacing is fantastic and thick!

Flavor- Has the most interesting taste here. A grape juice flavor is the initial flavor and then the finish has some definite cola attributes behind it. Very sweet and the finish is dry. Well-balanced all around though.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Weaker finish for this cola flavor just stays on the palate all the way through.

Overall Impression- What a strange but good brew! With the grape and cola flavors, this one was shockingly different. A light amount of acidity is in here but for a Flanders Red, I'm sure its not too big of a problem. If you can, get around to enjoying this one! The reason I did was b/c John said they will never be getting this one again and that is was a very limited Sour.

DCon, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

had on tap at monk's cafe.

for the abv a superior flemish red. and the great thing is they server a pint that goes perfect with their duck sandwich. nose is tart with a significant doughiness quality to it and a nice balance of earth and wood. the smell of pipe tobacco in there a in the undertones... turgid malt has a stale sweetness to it. palate is a bit tart but equally so balanced with a quality of breadiness. earthy bitter and cherry tanin grippy. astonishing quality.

i would drink this regularly if i could.

rtepiak, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of AlexJ
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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!!!

AlexJ, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.58/5  rDev +12%

I’d only had this in bottles and have had a hard enough time finding it, but leave it to Monk’s to have it on tap. <insert appropriate prostrations, bowing and scrapings here>

This beer came a glowing orb of cranberry in a tulip glass. This was absolutely stunning, but there wasn’t a speck of head to be seen.

Smelled of raspberries and cranberries with a smooth buttery straw and a funky, musky snap.

Tasted of raspberries and tart tingly cranberries that were blended into a musky funky yeast and a buttery straw.

The mouth feel is light with a great swarm of bubbles that really helped stir up the tangy elements of the beer. Nice!

This one’s simply a must; bottle or tap. It’s really a delicious and appealing rendition of the style.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 27, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

jwat, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Foxman, Nov 28, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +19.3%

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!

putnam, Jul 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.