Mort Subite Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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 markaberrant
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep orange, almost red, crystal clear, thin white head does not last, but leaves a sheet of lace.

S - sweet and sour, cherry tartness

T - more of that sweet and sour. the sweet isn't cloying, but I do wish it was more sour. Still seems to have a hint of cherry. Finish is very abrupt with virtually no aftertaste.

M - Only a medium carbonation, maybe even a little less, pretty smooth, no bite or harshness.

D - pleasant enough, this actually drinks like a session beer

Not as dumbed down as other lambics I've tried, but this is still sorta like lambic "light." The classic flavours are there, but it's all pretty basic. I could drink this all night long, wish they offered it on tap in Canada instead of that Belle Vue Kriek.

Would be an excellent choice for someone wanting to get their feet wet in the world of lambic. However, it is nowhere close to playing with the big boys.

Photo of Voonder
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper colour with white head which stayed for a while. smeel is fruity - apple, raspberries + honey, really nice. Taste is sweet, fruity, apples are dominating, but it's really complex and confusing. But it's pretty tasty. Moutfeel is creamy and kinda sparkly, very balanced and pleasant brew. i would definately have more.

Photo of gunnerman
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved this bottle from my friend Stu, its dated back to 2003. Pours a pale yellow color with little bubbles of carbonation. Smell is sweet fruit with a little bit of barnyard funkiness in the nose. Taste is very sour, this is littely like tasting some old sweet tarts that have been sitting in the sun a bit to long, tart apple and pear. Overall this was pretty good I am sure the age of this beer had aa great affect on it turning it much sour that it was before.

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 tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at morel's restaurant (belgian) in beijing. paired with moules frites.

375ml green bottle with cork. forgot to inspect the date. served in branded angular tumbler.

clear (semi-clear in later pours), vibrant amber straw color. lots of fluffy head that barely fades. lots of thick, pillowy lace all the way down the glass.

aroma is a fruity apple cider that almost approaches cider vinegar, but not quite. mild, yeasty and barnyard funk (very faint), and hint of toasty malts.

flavor continues with the gentle fruit flavors of pear and apple, with a mild acidity that melds with a very faint bitter note. definitely sweeter (and more faro-like?) than most purists or traditionalists would prefer, however. there is a malty back end, along with some grassy and phenolic notes in the off-sweet, almost semi-dry aftertaste.

feel is much smoother than i expected, with a lively, prickly carbonation.

only the sweetness and possibly off-flavor phenolic notes detract slightly from drinkability. i gladly had two bottles of this with an acceptably-prepared serving of moules frites. for the purposes of introducing newcomers to lambic, this isn't so bad.

Photo of MAB
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever Lambic! How exciting!

Poured into my Affligem chalice. It was fizzy but not over-carbonated.

There is a small picture of a wheat stalk on the label. If this has wheat in it, then it is the clearest and least sour of any wheat beer that I've ever had...

It has a reddish tinge, lots of bubbles, but very clear & attractive. The head was foamy initially but it quickly dissipated. Each sip leave a little lace behind-- nice.

There is a yeasty smell, and cherries(?) or is it raspberries?

The taste is sweet, lightly fruity; perhaps some honey?

Mouthfeel is thin, bubbly, and has a soft finish with a pleasant sweetness.

Overall I have few complaints, but it just doesn't sit right in my mouth. I didn't find it exceptional and I doubt that I'd ever buy another. Of this brand, at least.

Photo of janubio
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37,5 cl corked bottle. Amber-copper colour, huge head that last for a long while and leaves a good lace. Smell is sour, with apples, fruits and oak wood, but with some sugar cane in the end. Taste is more dissappointing, yes, a bit of sourness but too much sugary. Some apples and other fruits. Not really bad, but not the real thing. I guess kind of trying to make a market beer from the style.
Anyway, refreshing and I don't mind to have a couple of them.

Photo of roblowther
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lower alcohol break in the midst of a meal at Belgo Centraal in London. It is a light gold copper, with no head but great lacing. Not sure how that works, but more power to them. The smell has a hint of sourness, honey, and a light floral note. The taste is tart apples, lightly sweet, with a dry finish. It has a light body, is lightly carbonated, and slightly silky. The drinkability is the beer's strong suit. It is a great starter beer for those interested in the more unusual Belgians.

Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a fizzy tan head.

Earthy malts and tart dry fruits.

Sweet start to a nice dry tart finish. Taste slightly processed though.

Full yet delicate, very nice.

Very drinkable but one very slight off flavor. Still very good though

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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 IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a fanatic gueuze drinker, but I've found that I tend to reach for this one more often than not when given the chance. Surprised I haven't reviewed it until now.

Served in a tall Tuborg tulip glass, of all things.... Pours out a slightly hazed ruddy amber hue, with intense carbonation. Forms a tall chunky white head with thick sticky lacing.

Tart, sour, powdery sugar sweetness on the nose with a bit of malt vinegar acidity. But then again that all why we're here.... It's pleasant however, tempered and not overpowering.

Flavour is rounded, if that's possible for a gueuze. Tartness takes center stage, but has a nice sweet wheat malt supporting cast helping keep it from being a one trick pony show. Even the corn is apparent near the finish, although more of a behind-the-scenes player.

The carbonation steps to the front in the mouthfeel, providing an effervescent sensation over the palate, while it goes down light but not watery.

All in all a very enjoyable gueuze, in fact a great entrance for people into the style and to possibly work their way up to the real lip puckering offerings of this style. If your gut can handle the sourness it'd make a decent light session beer.

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)

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 Cwrw
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popping the cork on this gueuze gives a nice, subtle hint of cherries and light fruit, perhaps mandarin orange and nectarine. Mort Subite pours into my glass a pale, somewhat hazy peach colour--quite attractive with these plus 30 heat waves in Alberta right now. The aroma is subtle as well: nothing is full-on here. What we get is some light fruit notes, the slightest of some tart yeasty esters, and a dryish, airy nose. Nothing terribly out of the ordinary, but rating in style, this is a very refreshing and appetising aroma. The taste is much the same, but even less tart or sweet than the aroma leads you to expect. Very light cherries or peaches, and a little light malting, plus a satisfying tartness which is quite subtle. Again, the beer is tasty and refreshing--there simply isn't much to describe about it. It works well, and has a light refreshing body and plenty of drinkability. I can't complain. It fits the style, and satisfied my thirst for a subtle, tart, lambic.

Photo of hoser
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange, bordering on copper coloured. Very clear, and generates a large, frothy, ivory coloured head. Reasonable retention and sticky lacing in abundance.

Smell is tart, very hard to break down. SImply a lambic tartness, that is not overpowering, but makes it clear what kind of beer you are smelling.

Sweeter in taste than it is in smell, there is light fruit juice flavour right off the tip of the tongue. An almost tropical sweetness, suggesting pineapple. Tartness to the finish that is not very defined, almost seems diluted or washed out. On the bland side.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, and though it feels like the carbonation is lively, it is easy on the tongue. Easy drinking enough that you could serve this to just about anyone, but lacking in intensity in the flavours.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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 soulgrowl
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden honey amber. Sticky, dense, recycled paper-colored head. Good size and retention. Wispy cliffsides of lace.

Smell: Mmm, very nice. Mellow for the style. Crystal-esque malts. Soft acetic notes with a fruity edge. Raw sugar aroma. Mild ginger ale. A funky nod of old hops and wood. Heavy white wine overtone.

Taste: Lacks the bracing sourness I expect from gueuzes, but then the label does say this has sugar in it. Only mildly tart, with the acidity of a dry white wine or a hard apple cider. Sugar doesn't overwhelm, but it is rather prominent. Finish is clean, with a sticky, sweet, tangy smack to it.

Mouthfeel: Could use a bit more effervescence to accentuate the sour notes, but otherwise fine. Medium-bodied and only slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: I like this beer, but hardcore gueuze purists might scoff at it. But because this one is more mellow and well-rounded, I think it would be more versatile in food pairings. I'm thinking it would make a good substitute for a German white wine.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels, the bottle was much like the one pictured here. It poured a clear very pale copper under a one finger off-white head with good retention and great sheets of lace. The nose was very mild, with a hint of fruit and spice. The mouth was well-carbonated and light despite the tartness. Strong raspberry flavor joined by some bready malt. No hopes were noticeable. The aftertaste was short and tart. Perhaps a bit too tangy for my beer taste, it was nevertheless quite tasty.

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely a beer version of champagne. Copper colour with thin head with a slight reddish tinge.

Sour, winey champagne like scent to it. Woody, candy sugar hints. Tastes reminiscent of cider or cheap champagne. No hops at all. Malt sweetness is hidden by the sourness of the wild yeasts

Carbonation-heavy, but very enjoyable. A must for champagne and cider fans.

Photo of EPICAC
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Morte Subite in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange. Topped by a white head that thins to a patchy film leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Acidic sourness. Swirling brings out light funkiness and an odd sugary aroma.

Taste: Moderate sourness with some citric notes, lightly sweet in the center. There's a light funkiness in the finish. All of the lambic characteristics are there, but they're toned down.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, lightly dry.

Drinkability: Toned down and easy to drink.

Photo of RobertDwight
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. This beer has a very light amber hue. The head eventually dissipates but leaves nice laces around the glass. It has nice carbonation, the bubbles are rising very quickly towards the surface, kind of like champagne. Smells and tastes of green apple, pickles, sour candies, cider vinegar, lemon, and ripe cheese. This is sweeter than another version I have had of this style, I think they added candi sugar to it, kind of like they do with Faro. I find this beer light bodied and realitively easy to drink. Not a huge fan of this style, but I rather enjoyed this one.

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

355 ml bottle that's been in my cellar (erm, cardboard box in the closet) for at least a year, probably closer to two. This was the first gueuze I ever tried, and I really grew up in my understanding of beer with this one. So I have a bit of fond feelings for this oldie. My last bottle from Michael Jackson's Beer of the Month Club some time back.

A gentle pop of the cork announces it's Mort Subite time. Pour is a dark apricot color- darker than most. The head of big bubbles fizzes away immediately in my Cantillon gueuze glass. A medium stream of carbonation continues for some good time thereafter.

Aroma is slightly gueuze-like, sour dried fruits (apricot, apples, and peaches), not sweet fruit, but the fruit aroma essence. A delicate, subtle funk wafts over the aroma.

Flavor is typical gueuze sour, but not as pronounced as many. Gentle fruit and subtle organic farmyard. A little thick on the tongue.

This one is good enough to drink, and much easier to drink than the "authentic" lambics. It's a tradeoff- if you don't want to work, this is a good one, but it isn't as interesting as some others.

Mort Subite Gueuze from Brouwerij Mort Subite
79 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.