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Mort Subite Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 Hex92
1.48/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer may smell good if you are into Champagne but it is not a good beer smell. Nice color with a this head. The bubbles feel kind of nice on the tongue, but thats the only thing positive I can say about this beer. I would rather drink canned coors light for a week than drink another one of these. This is the first (and LAST) Gueuze I have tried. I sat down on three separate occasions and tried the beer and thought it was horrid each time. I gave the rest to a friend (who likes gueuze) and she thought it was good. So I didn't get a bad batch. I just have no appreciation for this style.

No big deal there are plenty more beers to drink out there. (660 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.52/5  rDev -56.2%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
1.85/5  rDev -46.7%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of hoser
2.26/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Essence of lambic and made for the soda pop generation. One expects substandard stuff from this brewery and I was not let down.
If I must say something positive thier kriek is slightly better. Now I must go to the basement and get some Boon and or Cantillon and get this sugary taste out of my mouth. (301 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Colour on this beer is a tawny red, with a thin head made of large, weak bubbles. Sweet and sour smell. Cherries, malt and 'farm' smell. Not impressed with the taste. To me, it tasted like sour Mike Ike's. No other character. Mouthfeel was dry. Not drinkable. I like sour hard candy, but not in liquid form. (307 characters)

Photo of deebo
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
2.5/5  rDev -28%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
2.61/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

37.5 cl bottle...

Appearance: pale amber hue, sparkling clarity, lots of bubbles, a frothy thick layer of off-white foam, lace

Aroma: a bit fruity, some lactic tang, a touch of wood, very light on the barnyard stuff, diacetyl

Flavor: champagne-like vinous quality, some wheat, medium tartness, a bit corky, dryish finish with a lemony aftertaste, not very complex

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, bubbly, some alcohol warmth, leaves a slick feeling on the tongue

Overall Impression: More "authentic" than some other commercial geuzes, but not very complex. Basically tastes like cheap champagne with a little contamination. Could be a good intermediate geuze for the neophyte to get used to the truely "authentic" stuff.

The Mort Subite Geuze in Belgium is 7% abv, but I'm not sure if there is a difference between what you get in the US and what we have here. Could just be a mistake on this listing. (916 characters)

Photo of tesguino
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A belgian beer, almost a speciality beer for me, i try this week this beer and i´m not impressed, the belgians are not my favorites, excpet P. Kwak, this are very fruity, i try this only like appetizer, but is good for cheeses and french bread, i prefer serve in a goblet, for appreciate its tones, i recommend 72% in my preferences. (334 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Delilah's 2009 Lambic Tasting. 2003 vintage.
Review from notes.

A bare skim of foam across the top, with a tiny "string of pearls" clinging to one side. Sweetened iced tea, honey, clover and soggy graham cracker aroma. A sweet tartness on the tongue, more soggy graham/sugar cookie, medicinal with mild paper/cardboard around the edges. Dry in the finish, it does pull the cheeks inward slightly, but nothing approaching a sour pucker. Obviously sweetened. This was just plain dull, maybe worth a try for free, but I wouldn't buy it if I saw it. (557 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (1,429 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a copper amber color with a huge billowy white head. Theres some nice Lambic funk and acidity on the nose, though also an ominous sweetness. This sweetness becomes dominant in the taste. This Gueuze is too sweet and not complex enough, almost no horseblanket and enteric notes. This beer is like a different style compared to authentic gueuzes like Girardin or Cantillon. The mouthfeel is spritzy and the finish is too sweet, this beer isnt even moderately dry like gueuze should be. This is a vapid, homogenized, domesticated version of probably the greatest, most interesting beer style there is (IMO).

It even lists asorbic acid and "antioxidant" (with the quotations) as ingredients. Thats weird. This beer is a like a cooler version of a gueuze. I can understand making sweetened versions of kriek, but also Gueuze? Why? (833 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a goblet.

deep gold with half an inch of frothy white head that leaves tons of lace. fairly clear with some rising bubbles.

aroma is too sweet. cidery, bright and sugary with just a hint of tart.

apple sweetness, with a hint of tartness near the finish. light, refreshing mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. has hints of some sour but it's washed away with a cidery sweetness. (405 characters)

Photo of BMoldy
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this in Belgium for a friend of mine who hates beer, as an attempt to show him that they don't all taste the same. Unfortunately, I went shopping the day before I left to come home and this was the only gueuze I could dig up at the supermarket. He left it in his cellar for about 3 months and we opened it up last night when he got back from college.

Came in a 37.5cl bottle with cork, as is tradition. It poured into my snifter (we were trying to be classy about it) a light, orange-y gold with a pretty substantial head that left a creamy residue on everything it touched. Very bubbly in appearance. The smell was pretty potent in sweetness, with a very subtle malt background. This carried over into the taste, which was mostly slightly bready sugars. A nice lambic tartness was present, though it failed to balance out the sweetness. Hops were present but very subdued. The mouthfeel was sort of sticky and certainly lacking in substance- very weak and one-dimensional. The carbonation felt a little off; I'd say it probably needed a little more.

This has never been one of my favorite gueuzes, but can be pretty satisfying when cold and you're in the mood for a little something lighter. Overall this was just too sweet. I've heard rumors that mort subite adds extra sugar before refermentation, but I'm not sure if that's true. My friend and I both agreed that it was just alright, and I hope my present didn't do more harm than good! (1,448 characters)

Photo of TheDM
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a large head of fine to large sized white bubbles that left no lacing. Its body is that of a carbonated light orange/brown lager. It has a very strong fruity lambic aroma. The flavor is a dry, fruity, sour and acidic with a fizzy mouthfeel. An unimpressive average lambic at best. (297 characters)

Photo of Zet
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of Trizzle
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not the most interesting Gueuze ever..

Fairly dark for the style. Amber/Orange, fluffy head hangs around ok with sufficient lace.

Not a lot in the nose: Some brettanomyces, lemon and sugar.

Taste: Shandy? Lager and Lift? Quite sugary lemon flavour, no real tart, all the funky farm yard characters that make this style interesting are turned way way down. This isnt unpleasant at all, very refreshing actually. Like a lemon soft drink. To score it higher however i think would be to play down what I love in other beers of this style.

Mouthfeel is medium with ok carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Could drink a million of these on a summers day.

I wasn't really sure how to score this as I did enjoy it. It just wasn't that exciting or interesting. Unoffesive and refreshing. (778 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : gueuze, robe bronze doré
Smell : notes fruitées
Taste and mouthfeel : bouche assez ronde, saveurs mêlant des odeurs de cidre, acidité et amertume
Drinkability : gueuze correcte (je préfére la gueuze tradition) (277 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

37.5cl bottle poured into a delirium tremems glass.

BB 09/2011

A- Creamy 3 finger head with excellent retention and lacing. Body is dark amber orange - perhaps too dark? Clarity is excellent with lively beading

S- Mild citrus sour aroma with a faint note of barnyard earthiness.

T- Acidic sour quality is there but unfortunately malt sweetness overpowers with a biscuity syrupy sweetness. Very imbalanced toward sweet flavours. Earthiness is minimal. No hop note.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation - too low

D- I enjoyed drinking this, alcohol seems non-existent but its evidently a poor example due to the poor balance between sweet and sour, no puckering quality in the mouthfeel for a refreshing note. (717 characters)

Photo of Grunewald
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a 375mlbottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear copper color.

S - tart fruit and berries

T - lots of berry flavors (especially raspberry) and cherry

M - medium carbonation and a wet finish

D - something to try if you like Lambics (250 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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 (486 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour a clear golden-amber color, the head is creamy, modest in size, off white in color, and dissipates faster than a "Good Beer At Gusler's House" pert near Warp Speed, right Mr. Spock, with fine lace sheets. Nose is that of over ripe or sour fruit, with under tones of sweetness. Front is malt, top is Infinitesimal, but the whacking acidity hits you immediately, vinegary, basal in the hops category, with an astringently dry aftertaste. Ranks #748 on my current 1000 beer master list. (492 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The acidity of Lambic is unique to here back but still very present. It also feels a touch of sugar but it is also too light to take off the drink. Probably use a fairly young lambic but, unfortunately, lack of flavor and gives a beer a bit bland though very refreshing. It appears that the version in 25cl is much sweeter than the version in 37.5 cl. (351 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (2,317 characters)

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