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Mort Subite Blanche - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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BA SCORE
83
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sold as Mort Subite Lambic on draught at the cafe in Brussels.

Wit like in aroma, flavor, and appearance. Strong precence of peach candy. Citric aroma and finish. Slightly creamy, lactic. plenty of candied sugar sweetness. Not bad.

I like the idea here, but I would really like more dryness. This is simply too sweet to make for session drinking.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 16, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of ant1
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

ant1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

ehammond1, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

emerge077, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

DearthVader, May 10, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

jeffjeff1, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

metter98, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of KCM
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KCM, May 13, 2012
Photo of Globetrotter
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at A La Mort Subite in Brussels, it came out a cloudy straw gold under a one finger thick white head that goes nowhere and leaves lots of lace along the way. Very fruity and spicey nose, with lots of raspberry and plenty of yeast. Light and very prickly mouth. Sweet yeast with raspberry tones define the initial flavor. Not much in the way of hops, there is a definite sour tone. A bit of malt emerges at the swallow. Nice drinking experience.

Globetrotter, Dec 10, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

BellsFan, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

dbrauneis, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

womencantsail, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Tone, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Prime16
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Prime16, Apr 22, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

jbakajust1, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Paisan
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Paisan, Nov 17, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

johnnnniee, Aug 26, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

kojevergas, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

mactrail, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Kopfschuss, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is apricot-pale orange and cloudy. The minimal foam is white and built of relatively large bubbles.

The smell resembles of sparkling lemonade: Sweet with a clear flavour of citrus fruits and peach.

The carbonation is potent with rather big bubbles. Quite fit for the style, I think.

The first taste that meets the drinker is a rather bitter aroma of marzipan and apricot brandy. Then, a complex taste of sweet almonds, dry cherries, peaches, bitter orange and some yeast emerges. The bitterness is very subtle, but it is present somewhere in there. The aftertaste is slowly decreasing, leaving a fine flavour of apricot.

According to the staff at Akkurat (the fine beer bar in Stockholm, Sweden), this beer is strictly speaking only sold at a Belgian café, but a special arrangement made this exclusive guest appearance in Sweden possible. They also explained this beer as “like Hoegaarden White, but based on a Lambic instead of Witbier. The result was quite different but very attractive.

bark, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of garcia2a
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tasty from the Mort Subite in Brussels. I enjoyed this at Mort Subite while sharing a plate of kip kap.

This beer pours a nicely cloudy straw yellow with a fair amount of carbonation. The beer has a robust head that remains for most of the drinking, leaving plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The bouquet has robust yeast and grains, but lots of nice fruit as well. Lemons, apricots and berries all tickle the sniffer at various times. Almost candy-like at times. This translates well to the taste, as the classic yeasty-powdery taste is supplemented with a lovely, complex fruit mix. The finish has an initial bitter bite, and then leaves a lovely, faint aftertaste of apricots and peaches.

This is a medium bodied beer with great mouthfeel. I enjoyed it immensely and wish I could get some here, but alas, I will have to wait until I am in Brussels again.

garcia2a, May 29, 2008
Photo of gfreed
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at La Morte Subite. Had this as a second beer, which was a good idea. Very light in aroma, taste and body. The head was probably the lightest pile of foam I've ever seen on a beer: one easy slurp and it was gone. Slight aroma of lemons and oranges. The taste is quite lemony, somewhat like a Weihenstephan lager with Wit additives. Light carbonation; this would be a nice thing to drink on a hot afternoon after walking around Brussels. There are better beers to be had, however, so don't stake your trip on this one.

gfreed, Nov 16, 2009
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Mort Subite Blanche from Brouwerij Mort Subite
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.