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Mort Subite Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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119 Reviews

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 20.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001

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Photo of drmeto
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours an amber with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-Big tart,Grapes&Cherry first
-Definite wheat flavour
-slight citrus
-grainy,watery finish

ok Gueuze

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Photo of Zet
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty weak in both smell and taste: hints of sour apple and white wine. Odd sweetness behind the sour flavours. Not that charmed by this particular gueuze. Tastes more like weak cider. Come to think of it, it even looks like one, due to the quickly disappearing head.

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Photo of edgarius7777
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

My first gueuze. As I was hardcore wine lover started to drink beer just half year ago, I would advice to start with this type of beers when you are planning to change from wine- to beer-way :-)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%

I enjoyed this bottle at tomorrowland served chilled at the Belgian beer corner in a gueuze glass.

The color is deep golden with haze and thin white cap with fine bead. There are streams of lace that stick. The smell is lightly sour with mild sweet mix and light fruity lemon with sugary scent accenting. The feel is semi-sweet with mild carbonation and low sour texture with slight tangy yeast effect with subtle dry finish.

The taste has a slight candy-like sour lemon mixed with a light malt flavor with light yeast taste which is a mild tangy with dried sweet pineapple and a sweet/sour finish. Overall this is not bad...just average as far as the style goes ok to try.

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Photo of GiaLvo
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My first geuze.
The beer has an orangey, not-so-transparent colour.
The smell is fruity and soft but not verypervasive.
The taste is extremeky sweet and seems to show off rather tge fruitiness than the hops. it's a longlasting powefuk sweetness. thehead is of a feeble but sloe to fade sort
all in avery refined beer
.i would advise to eat it with something bitter like,dark chocolate as its sweetness can be quite overwgelming without a counterbalance.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks dark orange to amber, nice foamy head, sticking to the glass.
Smells like sweet and sour cherries, hay, low barrel notes. Like a gueuze, but sweeter.
Very sweet fruitiness, like an apple/pear cider. Lots of green grapes, but not as musty as expected. Not a huge tartness also, taste is of sweet (rather than sour) cherries. Citrus is sweet also, with a bit of zestiness. The malts are light and pale. Some tasty spiciness. Green grass, hay, barnyard notes that you can find in a saison mostly. Woody notes also from the barrel, but pretty low(ish). Low bitter finish.
Fizzy in the beginning, but it gets quite creamy as it sits.
Not the type of gueuze that i like, but not a horrible beer either. I guess it's a good introductory one into the style.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, orange body with a small head

Aroma: Tart; fruity; apple-cider-like

Taste: Very smooth; almost like Strong-Bow cider; delicious

Remarks: Sour beers are not normally my thing, but this one was quite good.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of deebo
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

An old bottle brought home from first trip to Belgium in 2010. I believe it is stamped with a BB date of July 2, 2012.

Poured into a chalice this gueuze is clear light amber, little head with nice lacing. Aromas of weak wild microbial funk, white wine ish with apple fruitiness. Taste is very mild, more like a juice than a sour funky gueuze. Easy drinking but not very exciting, low to medium carbonation, weak bodied. Overall a cheapy.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a darkish golden colour with a white head that reduces to a film.

S - Bits of funk and cut grass.

T - Sweet up front and through the entire taste. It draws into a slightly sour finish but sugars are still dominant. Bits of oak, white wine and apple present

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Never had a geuze like this before. Reminds me of a Faro for its sweetness. I prefer the sour varieties of this type of beer

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Photo of MTNboy
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in a grocery store in Waterloo. I believe the name was Carfour. They had a great selection and the prices were amazing and with most of Europe they let you break single out of the pack. It poured amber with a red orange hue. The aroma was earthy and farm like. It had a pasture like taste with a pleasant sourness. The mouthfeel was average and had nothing to really speak of.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/tan color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight alcohol, tartness, grapes, and slight sourness. Fits the style of a gueuze. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Strong tartness and sourness as well. Tastes of grapes, hint of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and strong tartness and sour flavor. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass at a hostel-bar in Brussels. Smells like processed lambic. Very bubbly. Things were going well until I took a sip and found it to be very sweet. I am sure that my expectations made this more shocking than it had to be, but since the packaging was so traditional with a heavy glass bottle and a Belgian style cork and cage I figured it would be real gueuze. It is not however, and though I try not to hold that fact against it, I am disappointed by the lifeless sweetened fizz in my glass. I wouldn't buy this again, but if you like sweetened pasteurized gueuze by all means give it a shot! A little cheesy bread and earth in the flavor, but have to search it out amongst all that sugar.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of barnyard funk in the nose.
T: The taste has a bit of funk but this isn’t very strong and also has some flavors of lactic acid along with some hints of sweetness. There is a little sourness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This has to be one of the easiest beers in the style and would make for a good entry-level beer into geuzes.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exquisite night in Eizeringnen for their small "Nacht van de Grote Dorst 2012" which boasted a sour ale only event, lead to a few lasting impressions- few drew greater praise than this Mort Subite Gueuze.

As the beer opens with a burnish toffee pour, the lift of carbonation provides a bubbly, nearly champagne-like appearance that combines the appearance of sparkling wine effervesence and Belgian dubbel ale coloration. Well headed with creamy off white foam, the beer laces timidly while retaining for nearly half the session.

Sharply aromatic with citrus and acids, yet refined with crusted malt and earth, the nose is chocked full of mouth watering scents of lemons, limes, cider, sour cherries, mild chocolate, tart berries and apples, tawny red wine, and grape must that couples with a savory scent of bread crust and slight malt. It's a balanced scent of sour and savory notes throughout.

Flavors of the beer are even more intense as the rich brine of leather, sea salt, and horsey must weaves in the sour flavors of lime, crab apple, under ripened berries, and white wine vinegar to complement the richer and more mature base. The beer balances the taste of young sprite acidity with the melded earthy lambic very, very well. The beer develops from the open of citrus to the mid palate of caramelly fig to the closure of lactic cleanliness, earthy brine, and grapey resistance.

Light bodied, but its easy to call it richer because of the semi-starchy body that the malt of the young beer provides. Yet the strong acidity, clean lactic, and well attenuated sourness ushers in a terse finish of tartness and lemon zest.

As the beer settles on the palate, it's hard not to revisit the glass much sooner than I should. But the dryness of the beer leaves me wanting a quick return. This is a well blended sour ale that offers as much sultry taste as it does refreshment- a welcome beer in my glass in complement to any rich pork dish accompanied by a bowl of mussels- a feast that I won't soon forget. Thank you Brussels!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this back last week from a trip to Belgium, and noticed that some of the bottle contents were missing. I suspect some of it may have leaked out during my return flight, so I decided I'd better get on and consume it before it deteriorated too much. The cap was still on, by the way.

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Picked up from a supermarket in Belgium. The label mentions maturation in oak barrels, but I already know that this is a sweetened commercial product.

Poured into a lambic tasting glass. A clear brownish-amber with low carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. A sour aroma with hints of sweetness. Notes of lactic acid, oxidised cider, a whiff of sugar and a mild vinegary quality.

Tastes of mildly tart beer with a pervasive sugary sweetness. Notes of sugar, lactic acid, subtle vinegar and spoiled cider. Sweet and sour upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat astringent, but too light and a tad flat. Mild sour aftertaste with a hint of sugar.

Boo - ersatz gueuze. The real thing can be so much more. This is too sweet and too clean; filtered and adulterated with sugar. Where are the complex yeasty notes and the biting acidity? Where's the puckering mouthfeel and the depth of character? It's drinkable enough, and might serve as an introduction for someone who has never tried lambic before, but otherwise it's strictly for the kids. Give it a miss.

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Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2010.

Copper with an off-white (almost pink) head, some retention, nice lace.

Aromas of cotton candy and leather, hints of straw and horse.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. Is this backsweetened? Nice strawberry and raspberry flavour, hint of leather, very light acidity.

Moderate body is off-dry with a somewhat crisp acidity.

Overall it's a really easy drinker. Perhaps a bit of an intro to the style for Joe Average.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on the bottle. Poured a dark amber gold into a tulip. Beautiful looking beer, nice two finger head that settles into a substantial frothy cap and leaves beautiful rings of lacing all down the glass.

Smells herbal, grassy and sweet with some hints of citrus fruit and just the faintest suggestion of a little out-doorsy musk.

Very sweet with not much tartness. I get some syrupy kind of fruit flavors like canned peaches and a little bit of pineapple brett flavor. Even as it warms there's not much funk or tartness, just a little more cellar and wood as it opensup. Kind of a let down.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth and full but not viscous or oily as one would expect from the syrupy sweetness.

My experience with the style is still limited, but this was a disappointing beer that gets an "above average" because it looked pretty and followed the style guidelines.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 37.5ml bottle. No freshness date? First I've seen from Belgium with that!

And if it doesn't get any stranger, this gueuze is clearly not bottle conditioned. Hopefully it doesn't taste too filtered as a result. It's clear, but there's plenty of carbonation to be seen. I've seen other gueuzes like this, but it doesn't help that my first one was made by Cantillon. Have I become spoiled? Does it matter? Anyhow, some light alcohol leggings, a nice creamy head that maintains itself... good presentation overall.

Smell manages to be pretty citrusy and definitely funky. Not overpowering, but still a slight lambic funk that makes it notable. Some slight tartiness, sour peaches, white grapes. There is some spiciness that reveals itself a well. Not a bad combo, although not necessarily worth writing a whole paragraph on.

The taste and mouthfeel are unique here - but it's far, far more maltier than I expected it to be. There is that trademark Lambic sourness that is present in the taste. However, I'm surprised how sweet this is. In spite of zestiness, there are toffee notes all over the place on this one. The herbs reveal itself more on the palate - quite a medicated finish, to say the least. Creamy and easy to drink, but the sweet and sourness becomes slightly nauseating during the end. This is probably best enjoyed colder, as the sweetened notes reveal themselves more as this warms up.

A decent but slightly hectic gueuze when it comes to balancing out its body and flavor. Not really an fine example of what gueuzes can be, in my view. While I think it is a decent beer, I probably would not revisit it for 4 euros a bottle - which is the same price of some finer beers of this style which are available in France.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap in La Mort Subite in Brussels Belgium in a Mort Subite chalice.

Ah, at long last a Gueuze on tap. There should be much more of this in this world...

A: Pour is a peach light yellow color with a light white head with light lacing.

S: Aroma of mostly lemon rind with some funk. There is plenty of oak barrel and some sweetness present.

T: Sweet and funky with a light sweetness. Fruity flavors of peach and a bit of apricot. Definitely a good malty sweetness in here and lightly sour but more funk.

M: Light in body and light in carbonation, almost flat and served directly at room temperature. I think everything about this coming together at room temperature and being how it is intended to be served has made my opinion of this beer much better than many others ratings. Unfortunately, many people are drinking it probably colder and out of a bottle and it is likely an entirely different beer which is nowhere near as LIVE as this is directly at their bar in Belgium. What a treat to have it this way.

I am curious to try the bottled version now only for comparison's sake.

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Photo of Squelch
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dan colored. Off white head. Crystal clear. Nice lacing.

Smell: Cidery smell. Sweet, malty.

Taste: Sweet tasting. sour middle, nice balance. Major malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Not to style. Needs more puckering.

Overall: Tasty but not sour enough. a little too sweet. I like the beer though

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in Switzerland.

Pours quite surprisingly dark; a deep burnished amber colour, with a fizzy and inconsistent head of large-bubbled film. Lacing seems intricate, but again is patchy and pixelated, forming from large bubbles. Not bad, but I've seen better.

Nose is vinous and tart with acidity, but also surprisingly sweet. Fresh chlorinated water character, with a touch of ozone and oxygenated water. Fruit juice sweetness needs to be toned down, but otherwise ok.

Taste is definitely too sweet, with a white grape juice character dominant, and only a touch of funk or acidity. Lingering green bitterness on the back, with a slight oak note, but the oak just sets off the sweetness, rather than cradling the acidity. Quite average.

A very disappointing Gueuze. I'm not sure I've had a worse one. Unbalanced, rather insipid and not at all inspiring.

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Photo of harrymel
1.52/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Best by: 10/2012
Brussels trip

A: Pours an orange golden ale with single finger light tan head which falls quickly to a quilt of the same. Central cylinder of carb rises centrally from the bottom. Cobweb lacing.

S: Hints of wild yeast in with a ton of sweetness. My initial thought is this is more like a Faro than a Gueuze. Sweet syrupy smells.

T: First thought - artificial orange concentrate. It's hard to get past, but then I find some copper kettle, burnt sugar. A bit of cheap sweet and sour sauce.

M: Thin body with low to moderate fine carbonation. Near dry finish.

O: This beer is far from what a Gueuze tastes like in my experience. This is super sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: clear, coppery and headless

S: apple juice and cider, suspiciously lacking funk.

T: flowery and fruity, a sickly sweet and slightly vinegar finish.

M: light and juicy.

O: juice with alcohol added, I think they're stretching the definition of the gueuze with this one, I think it might be more aptly classified as a wine cooler.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.85/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle says "Mort Subite Gueuze Original" -- I hope this is the right one. Beer served in a wine glass. Carbonation low, thin white head, dark amber beer, clear...doesn't look like any gueuze I've ever seen.

Smells sweet like a faro, not sour.

Beer is sweet and mildly sour, it has a grainy finish to it and overall it is kind of gross. The finish is mildly dry. Overall I will never have this beer again and I would be likely to avoid this entire brewery because of this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although lambics are generally flat, this example has a bounty of head which overlays the glass in a white canvas that's big enough you could project a movie onto it. This mini-champagne bottle apparently equipped the beer with champagne-like effervescence. Indeed, the tall, slim, branded glass in which it's served furthers that impression.

It's an honest testament to industry that it can bastardize even the most purely artisanal, historic and niche products; this smells closer to lemonade than it does the blended, spontaneously fermented beers of the Pajottenland region. It is saturated with refined white sugar. At least some mustiness is perceived, but it's not exactly charming.

Nor is the spoiled cider taste. If Mort Subite Gueuze were popular enough to be noticed by associations like the National Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, it'd probably replace soda at the top of their target lists. It drinks like corn syrup further sweetened with sugar (so it is basically soda). Nevermind the damn rabbit, a shot of insulin should be customary with this particular gueuze.

This much sugar is problematic, but what upsets me more is it lacking in all things inherent to historic lambics: the cellar-like mustiness, piercing acidity and puckering sourness that typically cut sweetness, and truly characterize the style. A gueuze without one of these features is sketchy; one without all three is simply not a true gueuze.

Drinking Mort Subite's gueuze is like watching an elementary school play of the movie Casino: you know that all swearing and violence and mature content - so all the good parts and basically the whole damn picture - are going to be taken out. What's the point of watching it if it's been censored and diluted down for general audiences? Gueuze is not for everyone. Commercialized gueuze, apparently, isn't either...

Commercialized products designed for mainstream appeal are fundamental opposites to the traditional, artisan products of lambic producers: One represents art, creativity, personal expression, human scale and touch, the continuity of culture and tradition; the other is driven by market-ideology, dollars and cents, mainstream appeal and commercial success. I know which side of that debate I stand - the one opposite to Mort Subite Gueuze.

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Mort Subite Gueuze from Brouwerij Mort Subite
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.