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

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 130
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 28
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2004

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
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Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (725 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (596 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a oversized wine glass at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY.

A - Deep Ruby. Looks a dark brown or black until held up to the light. Frothy, off white head, one finger worth, holds steadily. tiny little bubbles of carbonation. lots of lacing.

S - Awesome sour notes. granny smith apples, vinegar, wine, cherry, grapes

T - Starts sweet, ends sour. Excellent blend. very mellow. slight acidity on the tongue initially. all mentioned smells- very complex.

M - Frothy, fruity, viscosity is high, leaves a light soft and fuzzy fruit flavor to savor.

O - Delicious. Keeps you wanting more. never to sweet - but personally i could have it more sour - maybe too mellow? I would certainly buy this again tho. (712 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy chestnut with light carbonation and a small head. Sticky spots and streaks of lacing.

Smell: Funky lambic-esque aroma, with wine-like qualities. Tart cherries with wood and leather in the mix.

Taste: Surprisingly un-funky considering the smell, but still sharp, tart, and acidic. Some sweetness remains, but is quickly swept away by the acidic, bone-dry finish. Quite vinous after the swallow, oddly reminiscent of red wine.

My first Flanders Red, and certainly an enjoyable experience. A big thanks goes out to HumblePatience for the chance to try this. (581 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: From the bottle @ Anam Cara.

Appearance: Crazy bubble fest shows off a light tan lace after it drops out, dark tan leather hue has clarity.

Smell: Solid tartness, juicy fruitiness with suggestions of buckwheat honey which clash against the brashness of oakiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Restrained pungency, ripe cherry in the front with a ghost vanilla within the woody puckered character. Lots of brown bread on the palate as well.

Drinkability & Notes: Extremely drinkable and surprisingly approachable. Quite awesome and balance to a T. (562 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,291 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (697 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vinous and sour aroma. I have a bit of apprehension about the first taste, beers that smell like this have a first sip like jumping into a cool pool on a hot day. Its a shock at first, but its nice once you're in. The first taste is actually quite refreshing. Grape pop, but with a sourness. Very dry finish. It has a thin sweetness like a sour candy just dusted with sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but I think if it was much thicker this beer would be less quaffable. I'm honestly shocked at how much I like this beer. I'm straining to keep myself from just pounding the whole bottle.

Edit: Is this the same stuff everyone else tried? Wow, no cloying sweetness at all. This seems to me like the closest a sour beer can come to a session brew. Crazy. (756 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (764 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucent dark bronze that betrays a deep orangish crimson hue when backlit. The malted milk ball colored cap is at two fingers after the pour, deflates a mite too quickly and leaves a high collar of sudsy lace on the glass.

I could tell when I popped the top that the nose was a good one. It's powerful enough to appreciate when pouring, which always wins favor with me (provided, of course, that it's enjoyable). The beer is intensely fruity and pungently sour with a funkiness that reminds me of Belgian yeast, but is tangential to it in a way that I can't adequately describe. I hope it tastes like it smells.

Not quite, but close. The bold flavor is all the more surprising since this is a relatively light-bodied beer. Mestreechs Aajt is impressively tart. It tweaks the salivary glands with gusto and doesn't let up until well after the swallow. It's also intensely fruity (sour cherries, sour grapes and fermented Granny Smith apples) with a light dusting of nutmeg and allspice. Although not overly so, it's also a little woody from its one year confinement in oak.

The unquestionably light body doesn't degrade within each mouthful or with warming. Thanks to an abundance of flavor and a trivial amount of light syrupiness, the beer is able to maintain its composure in the mouth and to last beyond the swallow.

I bought this little stoppered, swing-top bottle because I thought it looked interesting. Even though I'm not yet well-versed in the Flanders red ale style, I consider Mestreechs Aajt to be uncommonly good beer. I love rewarding impulse purchases. (1,578 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (921 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of twilight
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow this one doesn't seem to appear to have any carbonation. Turns out it is very light, but the dark deep ruby tones fail to make up for the lack of head or lacing. The nose is slight soysauce. No, cherry cough syrup. Woody with the faint nose of actual cherries. The aroma of them just sitting in your bowl as well as the medicinal flavor of cherries.

It begins with this intense sourness that just gives way completely to a cherry note that ends with the cherries almost leaving and no sourness or tartness. It is quite incredible that this happens as the sourness just kind of kicks you and runs away rather quickly. Getting used to this one is amazing. I love the way it comes down. I don't think there should have been huge bubbly carbonation, but the slight carbonation is less than amazing. Good beer, though. Maybe some more tartness and some more carbonation next time. (886 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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) (826 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.13/5  rDev +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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (765 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a stinky sour cherry lambic, looks like a dark brown ale. The color of red-tinged bark with a miniscule but solid white head, left a good snail trail of lacing behind. A smooth chocolatey-malt taste of black cherries, sugar, caramel and overripe sour berries. Great light and silky mouthfeel, very drinkable beer. Free of aftertaste and very refreshing, we drank Spuyten dry of this stuff. (401 characters)

Photo of jewski
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (531 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red,almost translucent maroon, with a short lived creamy white head that left sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity ripe apples, plums with almost a cider vinegar like quality.

The taste is refreshingly sour, wow what a refreshing taste. This cleanses your palate and your sinuses. No lingering aftertaste to speak of. No heavy maltiness nor even a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel was good, light carbonation coupled with the sourness made for a well balanced sensory experience.

If it was not so pricey I coul make this a regular "after yardwork" beer. (582 characters)

Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.