Mort Subite Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A smooth tasting and sour but not overpowering smelling geuze. Pretty appearance, with significant lace. Does not overpower the palate, some sweetness without being cloying. Long moderately tart finish. Satisfying beverage even for my mate, his being the beginner geuze.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured a golden brew with a nice huge bubbly head. Retention is very standard but head leaves mark at every sip, which is usually a quality mark. Taste is sour with a hint of tannic. Very refreshing with great carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer even though there's probably some more extreme/better lambic gueuze out there.

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've never had a Gueuze before, so I thought it was about time, being a fan of the sour side of the sense of taste. Popping off the wire-encased Champagne-style cork, I got a good whiff of a nice sour-fruit aroma wafting out of the bottle, and was happy that the beer didn't come spewing out at the same time. In the glass, this Lambic appeared a light golden colour with a reddish tint, and produced a few fingers of puffy white head. The smell was very tart fruit, like cherry or kiwi, accompanied by a mellow sweetness. The taste, likewise, was well balanced between the tart fruit and the light malty sweetness, although the carbonation was a bit on the high side. The first few sips were quite intense, but after breaking in the taste buds, the remainder of the bottle went down quite smoothly. Not something I'd want to have in a large quantity over the course of an evening, but quite interesting and flavourful (if you like sour fruit) for a round or two.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for bringing this 2004 vintage bottle to our tasting last weekend.

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color without too much in the way of head.

S: The nose is most of what you expect from a gueuze. A lemony acidity and tartness, a touch of vinegar, white grapes, and a slight wet hay and musty aroma.

T: Moderate lactic acidity which gives some nice lemon flavor, but not as sour as your normal gueuze. The brett provides very mild funk, but a nice dry finish.

M: The carbonation is not quite as powerful as I normally like for the style, but still gives a nice tingly feel and works well enough with the dryness.

D: This is not as overly acidic and acetic as many lambics, which gives it a bit higher level of drinkability. That said, the flavors were not outstanding, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a decent crème head. Nose seems almost nutty. Flavor is sweet like candy with apple tones. Basically it just tastes like an artificially sweet lambic. Feel has a quite full carbonation. Liquid is slick. Okay to drink. But certainly not a traditional gueuze by any means.

Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Photo of Jason
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite easy to drink, seemed processed compared to a unadultered lambic. Odd sweetness behind the tartness, still had no problem drinking a few glasses of it at La Mort Subite cafe in Brussels though.

Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle consumed at Chancey Smith's. I've never seen this one in North America, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Served in Mort Subite stange. Best before the end of 2010.

A - Two fingers of soapy white foam, with great retention and intricate lacework. Transparent dark golden color that verges on brown. A few bubbles in the body - definitely looks filtered. I kind of missed the yeasty proteins in the bottom of most gueuze bottles.

S - Acetic acid, lemon, earthiness, a touch of barnyard and hay. This is one of the sweeter gueuzes I've had - seems like there is a strong addition of candy sugar and honey. Not sure if this is made in the Lou Pepe style rather than the traditional way, but it certainly smells sweeter than you'd expect.

T - Medicinal, lemony, a light sourness, honey malt character. Tastes a little more like a soured Belgian blonde (like Westy Blonde or Southampton Single) than it does like Cantillon.

M - Soft tingly carbonation, medium body, light dry tannic aftertaste. Probably the best thing about this beer.

D - I could actually drink a good amount of this, as it doesn't have the stomach melting aspects of some of the other beers of this style. Still, the overly sweet element is a little off-putting, as it's not really want I want from this type of beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If your taste in nearly everything, beginning with, at the very least, the drinking of beer, runs toward the acerbic and away from the sweet, perhaps you, yes, you, are the gueuze drinker Mort Subite is looking for!
Appearance: a solid, opaque, pale orange/ medium red color, with a small, thin, brief head of white foam above.
Aroma: lambic-y, that's the only way to call it, that's the way it is, in lambic-land, but without the extraneous flavors involved in so many others. There's nothing else like it, sour, yet pleasant, lively, alert, hoppy, it exists beyond traditional boundaries and anticipations and is what it is, defying other expectations.
On the tongue, there it is, once more: sour, but not too tart, and actually approachable, perhaps a "tamed tartness"?Medium body, rather short, though crisp and memorable, finish. Sourness recurs on the plate, sip after sip, and that's what this brew's all about, though mildly so.
I can never see myself getting terribly excited about the gueuze style of lambic, but I don't dislike it either. It's great that it exists, I guess I'm saying, but I can't imagine seeing myself returning to it for taste or refreshment too often!

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color; very good head and lace.

Sour cherry aroma with raisins and sun-dried tomatoes.

Strong sweet-sour flavors; lip smacking sour aftertaste; strong cherry taste. Decent body with a high carbonation.

Very smooth (subtly) lambic. Hard to find in the USA but worth seeking out.

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Gueuze is brewed by De Keersmaeker for the café, using the Mort Subite name and is widely available in the area; it is unfiltered and quite good. The typical sourness is balanced by a light sweetness and is not as uncompromising as some of the Lambic from the smaller brewers. For an unsweetened Gueuze, Mort Subite is definitely quite approachable for the budding Lambic initiate.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 25cl bottle, best before Sept 2007, drank in April 2007.

Poured into a Mort Subite flute glass.

Sparkling amber with a full white head, because of the glass shape and size the head was huge and only about one third of the bottle could get into the glass on the first pour.

Sour aroma of old toffee covered cooking apples.

The sourness continues into the taste, but the bitterness and grapefruity citrus flavours take away the appley, toffee true sour taste expected after smelling the brew.

Good, grapefruit aftertaste, dry and only slightly sour.

A lambic without the cheek sucking sourness, I liked it.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a green .375L from Drinks of the World.

I might say this is a gueuze for beginners. The aroma has moderate Belgian funkwith sweet malts in the background. It's surprisingly sweet with a honey like flavor that blends fairly nicely with the mellow barnyard elements - horse blanket and hay. There's also a bit of fruit in the flavor with white grape and lemon. The appearance is a deep, clear gold and a touch of lacing. I actually checked the label to make sure I didn't get a fruit lambic, but this is still a nice and interesting beer, just not a great gueuze.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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.

Photo of dcmchew
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden amber colour topped by a rocky, off-white head. Good lacing and retention. Plenty of sour fruitiness and a bit of earthiness in the aroma. The flavour starts out sweet, followed quickly by a balanced acidic sourness. Fruit character shows up part way through and follows the tartness to the longish finish. In fact, the finish reminds me of fruity candy. Light body and high carbonation with a slight syrupy slickness. Pretty refreshing and easy going down.

375 mL green bottle, corked, best before date punched into the side of the front label.

Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, generous off white head forms, some real nice lacing on the glass, decent retention. Smell is nice and funky, sweet and sour, some citrus, spice, barnyard and yeast. Taste is citrus, with sour, iron, sugar sweetness, some caramel in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not a great Gueuze but really not bad, very refreshing.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this with a mussels dinner at a restaurant in Couvin Belgium. It was poured into a Mort Subite chalice (every beer I tried in Belgium was served in the correct brewery's glass).

It looked pretty nice, copper color with a really long lasting sticky white head. It smelled and tasted slightly sour, but not as severe as a Flanders red. In fact I heard the sour flavor is subdued in this beer by the addition of some sugar after fermentation. I'm not sure if this is true, but there was some sweetness in the flavor.

I bought another bottle to take home, as well as a bottle of Mort Subite Oude Gueuze (which doesn't have the late sugar addition). I'll see if I can taste the difference.

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