Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) - Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
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District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Appearance 11.2 oz swingtop bottle from Luke's. Poured into a wine glass it is dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light. The thin off white head quickly falls back into the beer without leaving any lacing.
Smell Cherries, funk, a bit of vinegar and sweet malt. Its solid, but not exemplary and the vinegar like aroma makes me worried.
Taste The taste is much less sour than the smell indicated. It is tart, but well balanced with a sweet caramel/toffee maltiness. The cherry aroma carries through in the flavor nicely, making the beer taste a bit like cherry preserves. Hops and alcohol are basically non-existent.
Mouthfeel A bit syrupy for the style with low carbonation. I would prefer a bit more carbonation to help lighten the body.
Drinkability & Notes Not an overly complex sour red, but well balanced and easy to drink. An interesting varient of the Flanders Red, and if Wild Brews is correct soon to be gone.
08-08-2006 22:55:01 | More by OldSock
4.58/5 rDev +12%
Id only had this in bottles and have had a hard enough time finding it, but leave it to Monks 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 wasnt 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 ones simply a must; bottle or tap. Its really a delicious and appealing rendition of the style.
04-27-2006 20:14:37 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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
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. Its 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.
04-24-2006 15:50:15 | More by Crosling
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
4.38/5 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
4/5 rDev -2.2%
11.2 swing top bottle pours a deep clear reddish brown color with a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity vinegar aromas, cherry, sour apple and vinegar flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes sour, very delicious.
03-12-2006 21:41:11 | More by maxpower
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.
01-08-2006 01:56:37 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Slightly chilled 11.2oz. swing-top bottled served in a wine glass.
Pours a medium brown color with a touch of red. Quite highly carbonated. Interesting grey-brown head.
Smells of tart cherries and lime with faintly earthy and grassy aromas.
Tart cherry and lime flavors somewhat overpowering the more complex woody and earthy components; not particularly balanced. Very subtle vinegar flavor. Dry finish.
Good mouthfeel and quite easy to drink and quite refreshing.
Not my favorite Flanders Red Ale, but worth a try.
12-02-2005 08:55:43 | More by jewski
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.
11-28-2005 15:37:58 | More by Foxman
3.48/5 rDev -14.9%
A funky take on sour ales. I was surprised by the mouthfeel, which was dominated by the sharp bubbles-on-the-tongue feel I associate with seltzer water. Because of this, or at least in keeping with this, the taste reminded me in some ways of italian sodas...it almost could have been cherry or raspberry italian soda from Starbucks. There were some tart and sour flavors that wouldn't let me forget that I was drinking a Flanders Red, but the overall impression was of something that was one of a kind. I appreciated this beer for it's uniqueness, but it didn't provide all that much enjoyment.
11-08-2005 18:58:30 | More by GnomeKing
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Undated 11.2oz with a flip top, poured into a tulip.
Dark brown with red tinged edges supporting a small, light tan head that falls to a veiled ring with wispy lace.
The nose has a great balance of overripe dark fruit tartness and an earthy, farm funk. Acidic, but with some sweetness. More complex than I can adequately describe.
Tastes fruity apfront, but not in a bad way. Dark cherries and grapes with just enough tartness around the edges for it to get sweet. There's a woody component that provides a good background, and there's an appropriate suggestion of bitter hops.
The mouth seems a bit light for the style, but the drinkability is exceptional.
10-25-2005 05:15:37 | More by ypsifly
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.
08-20-2005 02:13:33 | More by Frozensoul327
4.5/5 rDev +10%
I really love this style of beer. Although not quite as good as the Duchess but still a great representation of the beer style.
Mestreech poured to a beautiful ruby red with a slightly tannish head. Distinct berry aroma with a sharp tangy taste that seems to be a bit to tart but certainly a beer worth looking for.
08-19-2005 08:39:27 | More by Reverand
4.53/5 rDev +10.8%
Drank in small flute glass.
Pours out smoothly with a small head which disapated shortly, leave nice lace on glass rim. Apears a reddish brown color.
At first it tastes of sour fruits, with a floral back, finishes with a oak barrel and extremely lite honey taste. super smooth.
smells of sour cherries and floral aromas, with an acidic tinge.
drinkability : could drink till I need a new liver
overall: one of my favorite sour reds out there
08-16-2005 05:59:07 | More by brewbacca
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.
08-13-2005 02:19:01 | More by granger10
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!
07-27-2005 22:42:40 | More by putnam
3.43/5 rDev -16.1%
Appearence: Pours a reddish brown with a thin, tan head. Carbonation is low.
Smell: The smell is a wonderful mix of fruits, sourness, nuts, and wood.
Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a tart, sour flavor that's kind of hard to put a finger on. The flavors are balanced, but nothing really stands out and taste that incredibly wonderful. I just can't quite understand what they're going for with the flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, but apporpriate.
Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a unique beer, but not all that incredibly wonderful. It's smooth and balanced, but has very little focus, which kills the drinkability for me. At least it's different, and that's more than I can say about alot of brews nowadays.
07-11-2005 00:14:46 | More by santoslhalper
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
4.25/5 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.
06-21-2005 01:29:12 | More by kmpitz2
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.
06-21-2005 01:26:33 | More by clvand0
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.
05-27-2005 03:04:03 | More by orbitalr0x
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
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Squat little stoppered bottle, interesting label.
It's royal purplish red, an attractive deep colored brew. A purplish-grey head, finely carbonated but quick to exit, though it left lots of sticky clumps of lace.
The nose is tangy fruit and mildly malty, cherries come to mind, a vague whiff of grass.
The flavor has the expected tartness, malty, but with significant fruit, the sense of cranberries and a bit of lime. Then follows a mineral hoppy finish. It's light in the mouth, creamy and spritzy, very refreshing at first, but gets a bit sweet and syrupy as it warms up.
A nice red ale, but not a slam dunk.
04-20-2005 01:40:39 | More by horndecker
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.
04-12-2005 02:31:34 | More by Bierguy5
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.