Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) - Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
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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
3.93/5 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
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
3.25/5 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
4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
12-27-2011 17:02:47 | More by MufflnMan
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.
12-03-2011 19:02:40 | More by clayrock81
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.
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