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Mort Subite Blanche - Brouwerij Mort Subite

Mort Subite BlancheMort Subite Blanche

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BA SCORE
83
good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 09-09-2004)
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DoubleJ

California

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at à la Mort Subite in Brussels, so you know it's fresh. On to the beer:

An inch of creamy head and a show of good lacing top this washed out yellow colored beer. Despite the color, you can't see through it. The aroma brings a white cranberry note and a little tartness. If it were in my mouth, I would have a little pucker.

The taste is soft, modest. There's that white cranberry taste, but it tastes a little watered doen. It's not sour, only slightly tart. The beer is light bodied with a subtle wateriness and a gentle sizzle of carbonation.

This is a "safe" choice for a fruit lambic. It's not too intense, and it's not wild and super tart. Authentic, I think not.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 04:30:21 | More by DoubleJ
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Etre Gourmet
Date:
Glass: Cantillon gueuze glass

Pours a 1cm head of slightly off-white bubbles, small to medium in size, with above average retention, lasting about two minutes. Fades to a thin cap atop the body of the beer with substantial lacing left on the sides of the glass, mostly some thick lines and clumps sticking to the sides of the glass. Body is a rich, cool yellow color, with modest orange highlights Light brings out paler orange and yellow hues. Body is hazy, about 40% opaque, with visible and fairly active carbonation.

The beer has the scent of peach nectar, lemon rind, and wheat malt, but no real hint of sourness or funk, as I'd expect from a product labeled "lambic." I'm torn about how to rate this: the beer smells appetizing, but is not really what I'd think of as representing the style at all.

Front of the palate picks up wheat malt sweetness, peach nectar, and some coriander. Mid-palate sees an intensification of peach juice, with coriander, lemon zest, modest wheat malt character, and extremely faint tartness. Back of palate finds what malt and peach juice, leading to an aftertaste that is largely the same.

The beer is medium-light to light in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity, which foams this

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 04:56:20 | More by falloutsnow
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's maybe a bit ironic that a brewery called "Sudden Death" rolls out a bitter of such whimsy and finesse and with a kiss of delicate fruitiness and pleasantries. Where the brewers give a great deal of skill and care to the outstanding witbier underneath, the decoration of fruit and spice delivers a softer and kinder palate.

The witbier pours with with a richer coloration than is expected for the style- a copper-peach hue diffuses light in a glowing manner with its yeasty haze. The sprite carbonation springs the to the rim of the glass with near-champagne activity, yet it builds a creamy white sheet of foam that retains and laces impressively.

Fruity aromas garner the nose with the predictable lemon and apple acidity, but an obvious peach overtone is wonderfully unexpected. True ripe peach with all its juicy pulp and tart skins seem well represented in the nose. A sprinkle of white pepper, cumin, and tangerine zest accompany the vinous notes in balance.

Without any confirmation of actual fruit additions, the taste of peach is first and foremost from sip to finish. As the taste of fruit strikes the tip of the tongue, both sultry tang and spice weave across the palate alternating with sweet fruit pulp and then dry peppery spice. Where balance can be noted, so can an embattled spirit between sweet and spice. The soft impressions of wheat and powdered sugar support the spice and allow the fruity notes to seem more ripe, plump, and sun-sweetened. Tangy sourdough and herbal hops also plays out in counterpart to the sweetness and fruit.

Light on the palate, its a combination of fruity tartness, peppery spice, and zesty carbonation that gives a champagne-like bounce off of the tongue. As the beer glides over the tongue, the middle palate is caressed with soft bready wheat and a delicate vinous tartness to finish. Light alcohols and complex pepper notes signal the finish and leaves the mouth refreshed and yearning for more.

The beer world is full of criticize over fruit in beer; and often those comments are indefensible. But when the fruit notes are authentic, bold, and in balance with a high quality base beer underneath- the beer is fully capable of speaking for itself.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 17:16:10 | More by BEERchitect
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barczar

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy powdered straw color with a solid half inch white head that lingers. Eventually coats the glass with lacing.

Bruised peach and confectioners sugar dominate the aroma, with light floral notes and subtle herbal hops adding intrigue.

Flavor is more bitter than suggested by the aroma, with earthy peach forming the backbone. There's a subtle tartness that gives way to peach pit at the finish. The body is lightly bready, a touch sweet and floral. Very subtle for the style, with a lightly peppery finish.

Body is moderate, with fairly moderate carbonation. It's somewhat creamy.

Overall, a very peach forward brew, favoring subtlety. It's somewhat one note. But you really can tell the peach flavor is authentic.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 03:40:01 | More by barczar
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Tone

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong apricot, slight sweet malt, sugar, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of apricot, slight sugar, slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good blend, but the tartness/acidity level is too low.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 13:02:31 | More by Tone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At Eb's
Comes to the table a slightly hazy pale golden color with a rocky off white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of apricots and peaches mostly with maybe a hint of earthy spicy yeast. Light sweet fruit flavor, peaches mild cherries and apricots come to mind with a bit of earthy yeast in there as well. This smells and tastes nice with lots of light fruit, but I find it hard trying to figure what this beer is trying to be. It's not really what I am expecting when I have a wit or a lambic. Tasty but odd.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:19:14 | More by johnnnniee
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abrethanson

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - golden yellow with a hint of beige. Cloudy haze poured with no head.

Smell - fruity with definite peachiness. Hints of vanilla and butterscotch as well.

Taste - Flavors of peach, white nectarine, and banana come through the strongest with more breadiness than tartness. The fruit flavors paired with a hint of vanilla remind me of a cream soda. Very surprising as the fruitiness & tartness was more subdued. Interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel - thick and smooth. More creamy than carbonated.

Overall - an interesting take on the lambic style. Very smooth and drinkable. A little watered down but enjoyed being surprised. Would like to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 15:59:34 | More by abrethanson
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fuku Burger in Hollywood, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass one the drink down. Smell is of peach and white nectarine with some slight sour aromas. Taste is also of slightly tart peach and white nectarine flavors. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good fruit lambic that is easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 17:49:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jeffjeff1

California

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap today at Cannery Row Brewery in Monterey. It was listed on the menu as Mort Subite White Lambic.

Appearance- copper color, nice looking head

Smell- very fruity like sour apple, very nice

Taste- sour apple, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was very good. I would like to get more if I can.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 04:06:08 | More by jeffjeff1
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high bright white head that died down and left a film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of peach yogurt in the nose.
T: The yogurt-like smell does not carry through to the taste, which is filled with peach flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a bit of creaminess and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it doesn’t really have any sweetness or tartness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 02:01:27 | More by metter98
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mactrail

California

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful peach flavor. Light as a frothy cloud melting on the tongue. Great fruity aroma that keeps wafting with every sip. No trace of hops, apparently. Like a sugar cookie but not overly sweet. Long lasting lacing in the tulip glass.

If it had more taste it would be champagne. An interesting example of subtlety in brewing (Stone, take note). And yes, if your female companion winces at the thought of another IPA, Morte Subite is your secret weapon. Another of the less-common tap offerings at South Park Abbey in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 05:39:56 | More by mactrail
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jbakajust1

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10oz pour into 12 oz tear drop @ Bier Stein

A - Pours a cloudy pale orange w/ a thick fluffy 2 finger head. Fades slow to a thick cap and leaves great lace.

S - Smells of light bananas and pears, peaches, light citrus, light spice, sweet breads, a little grainy.

T - Cherry cough syrup, banans, peaches, lots of peaches. Spicy finish. Light tartness.

M - Med body, with a semi dry finish. Prickly and fizzy. Slick.

O - Very good, complex, drinkable beer. Not sure about the whole "lambic" part though. Not sour, and no funk at all. It was a lambic blended with a wit bier, great drink, very enjoyable, but the Lambic is lost on me here, hence the lower score.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 22:25:33 | More by jbakajust1
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DovaliHops

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Poured a very light, almost clear peach color with a fluffy white head. Scent was initially lemons...with a bit of wheat and peaches. Some grassy notes as well. Taste was basically just as it smelled. Nice and tart. VERY easy drinking tart beer. My girlfriend couldn't stop stealing my glass. As the beer warmed, the peaches and tart wild flavors came through nicely. Mouthfeel was light bodied and slightly creamy. Drinkability was very high. Overall, I've never had a beer labeled as a "young white lambic"...but I really enjoyed it. Nothing SPECTACULAR, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 04:50:12 | More by DovaliHops
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emerge077

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft served in a footed goblet. Looks to be a 12 oz. pour.

Hazy orange, frothy lace that sticks all around the sides, looks pretty nice. Head retention was ok, there was a thin veil of skim on the surface for the entire time.

Softly sweet peach smell, hard to discern if its from a natural source such as yeast or actual fruit, or artificial sweetener and fruit syrup. Mellow and fruity, it leans towards peachy gummi candy.

Flavors are similarly fruity, a bit nondescript, some bland papery malt notes showing slight oxidation, soggy graham cracker. Is this peach fruit flavoring... it's hard to tell. There's more citrus influenced witbier stylings than anything resembling "lambic" here, as the tap handle so boldly states. This stuff is more of a light alcopop than anything approaching tart, let alone sour. Still it's easy to drink and pretty simple. Not worth paying a premium though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 02:23:19 | More by emerge077
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ehammond1


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy, light straw yellow, reminiscent of apple flesh with a thin white head.

A very sweet, though appropriate, and simple, aroma. There is a lot of peach and pear in the aroma, along with a touch of sweet Granny Smith apple. This nose is a bouquet of fresh white fruits.

Sweet and candied juice flavor--peaches and pears dominate. No hint of bitterness or alcohol presence. This tastes and drinks nearly identically to peach/pear juice.

Thin to medium bodied and very low in carbonation.

A tasty fruit beer--though ultimately too simple, sweet, and one-note.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 17:56:38 | More by ehammond1
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grittybrews

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Billed as Mort Subite Witte Lambic. Poured a pale straw yellow into a pint glass with a finger of bright white head. Sweet aroma of honey, lemon, and a touch of grass.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Sweet lemonade up front with creamy wheat and an odd but pleasant hint of coconut in the finish.

Wasn't really what I was expecting from something called a lambic, but this was very tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 02:21:59 | More by grittybrews
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Halcyondays

California

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours an almost opaque yellow with a finger of white head, some lace.

S: Smarties, candy-like on the nose with a lot of lemon.

T: If lemon cotton candy was a flavour this would fit it. Never really funky or that acid, but pretty tasty.

M: Very light carbonation, easy on the palate, fluffy.

O: My first from the legendary Mort Subite and I'm impressed. Good balance of flavours, nothing artificial, an enjoyable effort.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 01:31:08 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into 20cl Fest stemware at Antwerp Beer Passion weekend. Reviewed from notes.

A: 2.5 finger head of fair cream, thickness, and retention. Hazy light hold colour.

Sm: Butterscotch and barley. A light scent.

T: Heavy butterscotch, a bit like sweets. That's it. Some water. Simple but fairly unique. Balanced and built well.

Mf: Soft, smooth, weak, wet, and nice. Complements the flavour of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, nice quality, and a fair price.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 19:45:36 | More by kojevergas
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DearthVader

California

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Stuffed Sandwich

Pours a straw-like yellow with a 1" head. Relatively easy to see through even though it is a relatively closet body.

I pick up mostly lemon zest and grass in the smell.

Tastes are earthy grass with lemon upfront. Flows into a slight bitterness with a lemony tart finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing.

Overall, it was just ok. This is a great beer for a warm day though incredibly refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 20:36:15 | More by DearthVader
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Prime16

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I believe this beer was mislabeled from the Brewery. It poured reddish in color with a crisp, white effervescent head.

S: Faint sweetness of fruit, cherries.

T: Easiest way to describe the taste - Cherry Kool Aid, in a good way.

M: Light carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 21:28:27 | More by Prime16
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at A la Mort Subite in Brussels as Lambic Blanche (I assume this is the same beer).
Golden and cloudy with a thin white head.
Aromas of lemon and orange zest.
Tastes of muted lemon, very subtle bitterness, and a nice balanced yeasty sweetness. Extremely drinkable without being simple.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 11:10:40 | More by
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a hazed pale straw color with a massive head. It quickly dies down and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S: Smells really interesting. Lots of peaches and pears as well. Definitely some wheat and a grassy and musty funkiness. A touch of sugar and sweetness, too.

T: Like the nose, tons of peach character. Like a peach nectar/juice drink, and is somewhat sweet. Wet grass and hay, as well as a dry, tannic oak giving the beer its minimal funk.

M: Light to medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation.

O: A really, really strange beer. It was nice to try, but not terribly interested in having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 01:05:16 | More by womencantsail
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was quite a surprise for me. I didn't expect from this one but it turned out to be really tasty. I really enjoy the aroma on this one, it's a little yeasty but mostly picking up some white grapes. The flavor is smooth and on the sweeter side. It's got a white wine feel to it all around. I never thought this would be as flavorful and refreshing as it was.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 21:52:32 | More by Knapp85
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presented as Morte Subite Witte Lambic
Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke; paired with the dessert course as part of the tasting menu
This has a huge peach nectar like character to it; for some reason it reminds me of an overly sweetened ice tea that has been doused with fake peach flavor. The beer is a hazed, pale gold color and is topped by a fizzy, white head.

The flavor is sweet and peach like, though this is watered down a bit. This is only faintly beer-like to me and there is a hint of tartness to it towards the finish. The finish has a touch of dried grassy graininess to it. This is quite light bodied, though the extra sugar adds some texture to the body.

This is definitely a weird beer, I am quite surprised how peach like this beer seems to me; I suppose this could be because of the other beers I have had today, but it seems so pronounced I don't know how someone could miss it. Small amounts of this work with dessert, but I certainly wouldn't want to drink much of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 14:58:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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Paisan

Belgium

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When in Brussels, do as the "Brusseleirs" do: go for a "blanchke" (a white) in "La Mort Subite" (Sudden Death). The café itself may attract more tourists than locals these days, but it has kept its authenticity despite this.

Very accessible, a good introduction to lambics. Maybe not the best of this style, but that doesn't mean thisn't a good beer, far from it.

Opaque golden-straw, you'll have to be fast to catch any sight of a fast dwindling hald inch of foam (I really can't call this a head).
Lemony smell and taste, nice balance of sweet and sour, little of the bitters. Quite fruity even, but luckily there's the yeasty tones to counter that sufficiently as to not make this an alcoholic lemonade.

Very nice quick thirst quencher, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 18:34:53 | More by Paisan
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Mort Subite Blanche from Brouwerij Mort Subite
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.