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Mort Subite Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001)
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Photo of pootz
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange-rust color with a tight white cap that laces well.

Big carbonation.

Aromas of pear cider over some sour funky musty smells. Body is surprisingly light and spritzy...gritty mouth feel. Taste is tart-sour up front balanced by a sugary sweetness, no hops to speak of leaves the impression of a pear cider...finish is dry where you get just a hint of musty horse blanket over some tart and metallic tastes...sweet after taste.

Seems too over processed to me from the main stream lambic gueuze...perhaps an entry level blended and sweetened lambic that won't shock the uninitiated. "

pootz, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, corked champagne style. In France. Brown colour, large head. Aroma of barnyard, ensilage and red wine vinegar. Sour & sweet flavour with notes of claret and red wine vinegar. The recipe includes maize (corn) and ascorbic acid. A drinkable gueuze, but I’m not impressed.

Sigmund, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of mzwolinski
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely attractive, slightly hazed rich orange/gold – the lambic flute nicely shows off different aspects of the color – lighter around the edges and deep in the thicker center. Perfect sized off white head that leaves a nice lace, though dissipates quickly.

Strong sour aroma, floral hops, slight woodiness

Really quite a smooth drinker. Tart flavor dominates at first, but there’s surprising amount of malt sweetness to the back end of the sip. Enough to leave the throat a bit sticky afterwards. Finish is a bit woody/musty. Ends with a bit of a whimper.

mzwolinski, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of tesguino
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

tesguino, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Gueuze - was pleasantly surprised by the *not as sour* as expected aspect of it. Nice looking clear copper brew, producing a sliding tan lace.

Musty, apple/fruity and slight vinegar aroma – as if it was just drawn from a wooden vat in a barn. Slight sour apple mash taste – no real malts or hops kick. Very dry, almost Champaign-like in the mouth. Still a pleasant drinking brew, would not mind having a bottle or two – even the wifey said she liked the taste.

Vancer, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle bought from belgianshop.com...

Poured a golden amber colour... Head was white, big and foamy with quite small beading although it disappeared quite quickly...

Aroma - Earthy, strong ginger notes, peppery, lemon zest, slight mustiness...

Taste – Quite sweet, grassy, peppery, slight lemon notes, black tea...

Feel - Quite sharp as there is a fair amount of carbonation...

Overall - A pretty good and very drinkable gueuze although maybe a touch too sweet... certainly worth a try...

mdagnew, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, served in De Braake Grond

Pours with a cloudy amber body, slightly off white head with fair retention

Smell, very sweet on the nose. Some vinegar coming off

Taste, slightly tart initially, little bit of funk but very little. The tartness is followed by a whack of over the top sweetness....this is a gueuze right? Little bit of apple and a few other fruit, some citrus

A drinkable gueuze but not really very true to the style

cypressbob, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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?

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle, with a best before date of June of 2006. The label is a little different from the one depicted here, but I believe it's still the same product.

Pretty amber color, with a good matching head and lasting lacing.

Smell amazingly similar to a Spaniard Sidra (cider): Sour, sweet and just a hint of malt.

Taste, once again, very similar to the Spaniard Sidra. Sour and sweet, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light stingy and tart on the aftertaste.

Drinkability, well, in my hoy Summer sorroundings this is a great beverage. Might have several in a row, especially in a night like this one.

Pepeton, May 31, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice rusty amber, substantial head, good lace.

Sweet and sour gueze aroma, inviting, not overwhelming. Similarly nice approach to the palate. Tasty beer, not too sweet, good fruity sourness. Nice tart finish.

Comfortable beer to drink, good summer beer, worth a try.

TerryW, May 19, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Sammy, May 19, 2005
Photo of silenius
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into the correct glassware at a cafe in Paris.

Color is clear amber with the providing a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is a light red wine vinegar with a sweet smell in the background.

Taste is a light sourness with a very noticeable sweetness as well. An interesting mix if not extremely enjoyable.

There is a bit of a bittering quality as well that appears to be hops.

In all it is quite refreshing with its light carbonation if not outstanding in taste.

silenius, May 16, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

DrJay, May 13, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, dark amber, with a rocky white head and good lacing. Aroma was fruity and estery. Taste was syrupy sweet fruits, tart and a dry, cloying bitter after taste. Way too sweet for my tastes. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Carbonation was ok. Just not my favourite style.

baiser, May 01, 2005
Photo of EeRocKK
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this Gueuze at home in a mason jar mug. I have had success with that mug, both for volume, (fits 37,5cL perfectly, allowing for ample head), and for allowing the nose to have a desired complexity. I enjoy the flute glasses with the Framboise of the same maker, but the wider glass lets more of the randomness out at a time, I suppose.

For a 4.5% lambic, it kinda kicks you more like wine than beer. It tastes complex, yet not over powering, and several can be enjoyed in a sitting.

If you go on lambic binges, which I'm frequently known to do, interspersing these between fruit lambics can buffer the sweetness and extend your daily intake of fine Belgian creations. There are probably better lambics out there, but the Mort Subite line is an excellent introductory run for those willing to try something new. I've never had one I have not enjoyed to this day. Cheers.


EeRocKK, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of kennyo
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep gold color, nice carbonation maybe a little too much for style, small white head that falls out to a very thin white boubley covering. Aroma is funky, horsey, citrus with some sweetness. everything a gueze lambic should be. The taste is sour with some lemon tones. This gueze is very drinkable, not overly sour, a little astringent but this is has a very soft feel in the mouth.

kennyo, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nice, quiet clear bronze teint wit a nice white head. Smell is very fruity, litle sour but fresh with litle malt. Taste is sour and fresh with lits of citrussyfruit. Litle malt and oak are there but mostly in the aftetaste. Further sour; its a pitty to see on the label that they ad vit. C. A good geuze can do without....

paterlodie, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at their place in Brussels. The color of the beer is an orange and peach combination. Frothy white head on the pour wich leaves quickly. Tart dry taste with a tangy sour tongue. There is also a slight citrus (lemon) taste to the brew as well. Decent mouth but not that special. It's lacking the baryard horse love and complexity.

frank4sail, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Mort Subite cafe in Brussels. 75cl Glass full for like 5-6 euros! The epitome of a mediocre, non-traditional lambic product. This is a murky golden colour with a huge frothy head of white-off-white foam. Aromas are gueuze-like. Sweet/sour/fruity without the fruit/malty/bready/biscuity/everythingy. The taste is sweet up front, and sharply sour as well. The finish is nice and long. The mouthfeel is neither too thick nor too thin and the drinkability is a bit above average. By all means try this one once...but once will probably be enough.

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of tjd25
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber redish color, kind of opaque with a non persistent small head. The smell and the taste are all about sourness. Some grapefruit flavor: sour, but fruity and slightly sweet. A note of apple in the taste that I didn't find in the smell. The mouthfeel was ok. A decent gueuze, not more than that.

tjd25, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Hex92
1.43/5  rDev -58.7%
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.

Hex92, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, hazy orange in color with a shallow, pooling head. This one showed some big effervescence.

Smell – Horsy with the promise of big tartness. I can also pick up a solid malt base here.

Taste – This one is big on the tartness and light on the sweets. The malty base is solid, giving this Gueuze a good backbone.

Mouthfeel – Light to medium in the body, mouth-watering, and highly carbonated.

Drinkability – I would have liked to have seen a little more complexity to this one. It was a good sipper but somewhat boring.

RoyalT, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

GreenCard, Jan 06, 2004
Mort Subite Gueuze from Brouwerij Mort Subite
79 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.