Mort Subite Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite
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3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
06-23-2012 08:29:53 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
05-25-2012 22:48:10 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +15.6%
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!
05-17-2012 04:52:40 | More by BEERchitect
United Kingdom (England)
2.68/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
05-15-2012 21:44:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
05-12-2012 23:02:12 | More by Derek
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
12-09-2011 15:10:03 | More by dirtyskunk
Mort Subite Gueuze from Brouwerij Mort Subite
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