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Mort Subite Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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173 Ratings

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

06-04-2012 11:34:40 | More by PhillyStyle
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

06-03-2012 20:47:19 | More by ant1
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

06-01-2012 18:48:08 | More by Anacross
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 22:48:10 | More by metter98
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-20-2012 17:22:41 | More by stevoj
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:52:40 | More by BEERchitect
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United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 21:44:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 23:02:12 | More by Derek
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

05-10-2012 01:49:11 | More by Thiago
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

05-08-2012 15:41:30 | More by schwee
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

03-25-2012 21:16:57 | More by Morningstorm
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

01-30-2012 21:06:24 | More by samEBC
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-23-2011 06:08:11 | More by mantissa
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3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 15:10:03 | More by dirtyskunk
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

12-01-2011 00:20:09 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

12-01-2011 00:18:19 | More by rekel
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-25-2011 23:42:55 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-18-2011 20:32:42 | More by I2uss
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-17-2011 01:00:45 | More by randylangford
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 00:09:00 | More by Adamostella
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3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 37.5ml bottle. No freshness date? First I've seen from Belgium with that!

And if it doesn't get any stranger, this gueuze is clearly not bottle conditioned. Hopefully it doesn't taste too filtered as a result. It's clear, but there's plenty of carbonation to be seen. I've seen other gueuzes like this, but it doesn't help that my first one was made by Cantillon. Have I become spoiled? Does it matter? Anyhow, some light alcohol leggings, a nice creamy head that maintains itself... good presentation overall.

Smell manages to be pretty citrusy and definitely funky. Not overpowering, but still a slight lambic funk that makes it notable. Some slight tartiness, sour peaches, white grapes. There is some spiciness that reveals itself a well. Not a bad combo, although not necessarily worth writing a whole paragraph on.

The taste and mouthfeel are unique here - but it's far, far more maltier than I expected it to be. There is that trademark Lambic sourness that is present in the taste. However, I'm surprised how sweet this is. In spite of zestiness, there are toffee notes all over the place on this one. The herbs reveal itself more on the palate - quite a medicated finish, to say the least. Creamy and easy to drink, but the sweet and sourness becomes slightly nauseating during the end. This is probably best enjoyed colder, as the sweetened notes reveal themselves more as this warms up.

A decent but slightly hectic gueuze when it comes to balancing out its body and flavor. Not really an fine example of what gueuzes can be, in my view. While I think it is a decent beer, I probably would not revisit it for 4 euros a bottle - which is the same price of some finer beers of this style which are available in France.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 19:34:58 | More by magictacosinus
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap in La Mort Subite in Brussels Belgium in a Mort Subite chalice.

Ah, at long last a Gueuze on tap. There should be much more of this in this world...

A: Pour is a peach light yellow color with a light white head with light lacing.

S: Aroma of mostly lemon rind with some funk. There is plenty of oak barrel and some sweetness present.

T: Sweet and funky with a light sweetness. Fruity flavors of peach and a bit of apricot. Definitely a good malty sweetness in here and lightly sour but more funk.

M: Light in body and light in carbonation, almost flat and served directly at room temperature. I think everything about this coming together at room temperature and being how it is intended to be served has made my opinion of this beer much better than many others ratings. Unfortunately, many people are drinking it probably colder and out of a bottle and it is likely an entirely different beer which is nowhere near as LIVE as this is directly at their bar in Belgium. What a treat to have it this way.

I am curious to try the bottled version now only for comparison's sake.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 22:47:00 | More by alpinebryant
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United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dan colored. Off white head. Crystal clear. Nice lacing.

Smell: Cidery smell. Sweet, malty.

Taste: Sweet tasting. sour middle, nice balance. Major malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Not to style. Needs more puckering.

Overall: Tasty but not sour enough. a little too sweet. I like the beer though

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 20:49:25 | More by Squelch
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3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 13:45:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
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1.5/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 15:25:08 | More by harrymel
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