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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: 24
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V. visit their website
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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep yellow reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, strawberry, sour, wood, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, fruit, sugar, wood, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect at all. What I found really wasn’t too bad. There was a huge amount of sweetness going on that made this one quite refreshing and easy to drink overall. This nice touch of tartness going on really helped this aspect as well to make it fairly well balanced. It would definitely be easy to drink quite a bit of this before realizing you had done so. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

10-18-2012 11:24:48 | More by thagr81us
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-03-2013 23:38:37 | More by trevorpost
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-27-2014 01:58:01 | More by DrBier
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camil1mj

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

07-19-2011 23:18:54 | More by camil1mj
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Mandark

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-11-2011 04:12:54 | More by Mandark
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-07-2013 21:38:49 | More by DrinkSlurm
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-29-2013 16:43:45 | More by InspectorBob
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-02-2011 20:39:00 | More by beerwolf77
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Great treat on draft at the Exton PA Drafting Room. Nice looking beer. Deep mahogany red with a light beige head that left scant but noticeable lacing. Smell is nice and funkified. Definately pick up the lactic sourness, but a distinct mustiness is present also that is also present as a flavor component. Something that I found ever so slightly amiss in this beer. Nice sweet component to the beer which balances the strong sourness, but that dirty kind of musty taste didn't sit right with me. I think I like a bit cleaner sourness in a Flander's Red. Perhaps it was just the rather strong sourness that makes me think its a bit musty. Decent mouthfeel. I wouldn't drink more than 2 or 3 of these, but all in all pretty good.

08-20-2004 22:17:28 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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Foxman

New Jersey

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
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-18-2012 20:54:28 | More by whartontallboy
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clayrock81

Virginia

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
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-03-2012 06:28:29 | More by strongaf
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-22-2013 17:40:37 | More by gory4d
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danbar

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-16-2011 03:39:22 | More by danbar
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JonathanSuarez

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-25-2012 06:43:46 | More by JonathanSuarez
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maxpower

Missouri

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
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-05-2013 02:46:27 | More by ADTaber
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-17-2014 02:59:19 | More by KAF
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a deep reddish brown. Fingerwidth head that stays a while. Smell is of very tart cherries, a little woodsy character and malt. Taste is actually sweeter than the smell would have you guess. Still a tad sour in the middle, but the sweetness of the malt and cherries dominate. I like that this beer is a blend of a sour and a dortmunder; it works well.

08-30-2012 19:27:46 | More by TheRealBigC
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-19-2012 01:36:22 | More by jfcaa193
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Lovely balance that falls toward fruit, but comes back with a dry grain finish that keeps this from ever being cloying. The sourness is controlled and does well to cut down what might be an otherwise large flavor of chocolate malt. Also a touch woody, but the body expresses no oak. I don't know if any was used, but it would benefit from some neutral to give this a little bigger mouthfeel. That said, it's refreshing: at once quenching and mouth-watering. Noble.

Relax, relax.
ng

06-21-2004 14:25:22 | More by ngandhi
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metter98

New York

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
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horndecker

New Jersey

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