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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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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 beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -2.2%

beerwolf77, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of seth72104
5/5  rDev +22.2%

seth72104, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rifugium, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of spdyfire83
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33rd Review
On-tap at The Bavarian Lodge into Chimay-style goblet.

L: Deep mahogany with a tint of deep purple. 0.5 fingernail head on draft pour.

S: Smells like tart cherry pie. Nice and attractive. I can't wait to dive in!

T: Hint of sour with a smooth sweetness that immediately follows. Nice balance of tart and fresh sweet. Well done!

M: Minimal carbonation with a nice touch of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable beer that was a nice "whoops" pour. I'm happy to have stumbled upon this tasty treat at The Bavarian Lodge and it is one of many tasty hidden gems found within this awesome place.

spdyfire83, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 BeerForMuscle
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Westland.

A: Somewhere between deep crimson red and maroon. 1 finger whit head.

S: Sour fruit and vinegar.

T: Different than the other sours I have tried due to the finish. Sour cherries with other fruit notes followed by a malty, sweet finish.

M: Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

O: A very good sour because of the finish. I would drink it again.

camil1mj, Jul 20, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Halcyondays, Jul 15, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, Jul 13, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque from the side, a deep, deep ruby under the light. A finger give or take of large-bubble offwhite head. Laces decently.

That signature tangy sour smell of a Flemish sour; more vinegar than citrus or anything. Sort of an apple cider vinegar nose.

Taste is remarkably rich, smooth, and balanced. The vinegary, kombucha-esque tartness, sure, but balanced by a ton of sweetness and some malt character that reminds you that in fact the lovely fermented beverage in front of you is beer. Grape tanginess overtones, especially on the finish. Remarkably sweet start, date-like or pruney. There's something very faintly vegetal here, but I can't put my finger on it. Possible rotkraut. The aftertaste is a bit sticky, so consider having with a glass of water. Magnificently complex for a style I had almost written off as one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit prickly, but nothing objectionable. Pretty average.

Overall, this is the best Flemish sour I've ever had. It has a complexity and balance that a lot of sours lack.

zaphodchak, Jul 01, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brownish-red with a thin layer of foam on top.

S: Tart cherries, berries, a hint of vinegar mixed in. Sourness is evident from the start.

T: Similar to the smell. Some acidic sourness mixed in with cherries. A bit of a malty backbone is evident as well. Fairly balanced overall, and pretty good.

M: A little thin, with medium carbonation. I'd like a little bit more to this.

D: This is a simple, but solid example of this style. Definitely worth trying, but I'd probably take a Rodenbach over this.

YonderWanderer, Nov 26, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Loved it! Might buy it*

app: brown watery with no head at all

smell: Nice! sour, tart, and sweet ... Neat!

taste: I like it, its good very balanced with almost a brown ale type flavor but its mostly red ale all the way.. refreshing!

mf: to much water in the mouth for this one, but good otherwise.

drinkable?: yep

AndoBrew, Oct 04, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a tulip. This ale pours a deep ruby color with a small quickly diminishing off-white/beige head. Leaves a fair amount of light lacing around the glass. The aromas are that of sweet/sour cherries, light wood, and notes of some vinegar. The vinegar smell is not overpowering, and somehow finds a way to blend with the other flavors to make a smooth, refreshing drink. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a good dose of carbonation. The ale finishes clean and dry with a slight hint of sourness left on your tounge. Nicely done.

mdm46410, Jun 02, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Jan 18, 2007
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.