Weltmerz | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 04-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour at Zwanze day Chicago, 2015. A nice surprise - though I'm not sure why I was surprised that it was great with the consistency of De Struise. Light blonde, creamy head. A more substantial color than I expected from the ABV. Bright citrus and straw aroma, toasted bread. Not funky, per se, just incredibly appealing and fresh. Flavor continues, adding in some apple and a slight spicey note. Almost as if you soured a pilsner. Beautiful.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

75cl bought in March 2013 at the schoolhouse, with a misprinted label. These notes are from Dec. '13 (finally input here) .Some white, waxy chunks of precipitate floating on top of the bottle neck (not a problem). Pours cloudy light brass color, Orval-looking, with a lasting nimbus of head. Orange, caramel, clove, and yeast funk, excellent smell. Powerfully tart but fruity, citrus and apricot, like an edgy and fulsome lambic, lovely. Cider vinegar but with a well-limbed ale built on top. Substantial but clean feel.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Struise Beer Shop in Brugge.

Opened and immediately gushes losing about a quarter of the beer. It was well chilled and very surprised and disappointed with the loss. That said my room now smells wonderful.

The very lively beer pours with an imposibly large head that after a long wait of toweling off the carpet fades to a thin collar. The beer itself is a slightly hazy straw colored yellow with very lively carbonation rising in the glass.

The scent is of lemon and somewhat barnyard funk. A good amount of sour lactic acidity as well. The taste is similar beginning with lively carbonation that prickles the mouth and a very mild citrus sweetness and lemon zest. Moves to a strong acidity, but refrains from being overly sour. There is an interesting underflying sweetness that may be for the barrel aging. Maybe an imperceptible vanilla from the oak. I expected a thinner mouthfeel given the low alcohol content, but the overwhelming carbonation helps the thin feel.

The gushing aspect is inexcusable. That said it is a very good beer. Therefore I have dinged the appearance and overall score for this failure, but it have increased the mouthfeel for the improved body due to the lively carbonation. Take that as you wish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Almost illegible label. Batch 1, 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Huge white head. Pillow of foam. Hazy orange body. Very pretty.

Smell - Grain. Lemony. Oxidized. Fruity, kind of a stone fruit aroma. A bit of funk.

Taste - Someone said it was strawberry. I get a hint of it. Some sort of berry fruit, at least. Lemon. Medium doughy grain. Moderate sourness, but it finishes out the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Seemed like it would be high carbonation, but it isn't. Low carbonation. Medium bodied, especially for a berliner.

Overall - It's decent. Seems a little old, though.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Ebenezer's leading up to the Night of the Great Thirst; reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy gold body with a finger of fine white head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Ok.

S: Pleasant but fairly restrained aroma of sour fruit (tangerine in particular) and mild grassy funk. Nice.

T: Way more intense here, with heavy lactic and light acetic acidity. Sour citrus and cherry, dry earthy funk on the finish. Excellent.

M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Nice and soft.

O: While I wish the aroma had packed as much punch as the flavor did, this was a really great sour - especially for the low ABV.


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Photo of jchlan109
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not enough reviews of this beer. I first enjoyed this beer at the De Struise tap takeover at Churchkey in DC. I enjoyed it on draft that night (along with many others). I was driving home after a long day in NOVA but decided to stop to see Urbain and have a few brews. I was shocked to have such a flavorful beer at such a low ABV. But then again, I should never be shocked what Urbain and Carlo can produce.

Drinking a 750ml bottle tonite provide by my good friend Mitch from his travels to De Struise. I have been sitting on this for a few months, although it is a 2010 so I am sure my aging had little to do with the taste of the beer.

Cracking the bottle cap it was an immediate gusher, but I quickly poured into my glass. The nose was immediate funk. Stanky. But enjoyable.

The taste is very sour, getting the barrel as well. Carbonation is high. Quite enjoyable. It is not overly complex yet as it warms more flavors reveal themselves. To create a session sour ale with this depth is a true testament to the skill at De Struise.

This is the 2nd time enjoying this beer, not sure when the next time will be, but I cannot wait.

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Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (best before March 30, 2018) into a tulip and also on tap at the brewery into a wine-glass-like taster.

A-The brew is a very murky, light-golden, wet straw color with darker, brownish highlights. The bottle opened with a gush (in Denver, Colorado), and although the white head started out tall, it was quick to fade. No lacing and no carbonation visible.

S-This beer is tart. I detect light-fleshed fruits like apple cider and pear, as well as a solid dose of acidic lemon. Funk is very mild.

T-The taste tracks the smell with very tart apple cider, pear, peach, and a bracing lemon acidity. The brew pulls at my glands with each sip. The finish, while sour, does not pull as hard. Not the most complex creation, but drinkable and intriguing, nonetheless.

M-The carbonation is champagne-like with an aggressive presence and a medium-fine feel. The brew is light to medium body.

O-For a beer packing only 3% ABV, this brew packs a wallop. Of course, the wallop is sour, and you don't really need alcohol for that, but I still.... I enjoyed drinking this on a hot summer afternoon with some goat cheese. It was strangely thirst-quenching despite (or perhaps because of?) the bracing acidity. De Struise continues to impress me with each beer I try.

Note-My notes from tasting at the brewery reflect a similar impression as my tasting from the bottle today.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soured ale with only 3% alcohol? And it's three years old? I haven't tried a sour ale so low in alcohol, so I was excited. This bottle was generously shared by several Canadian beer enthusiasts at De Kelk. On to the beer:

This ale is blonde colored with a hazy look and some creamish head on top. The aroma....blah...it stinks! At first at least. Some of the stinkiness clears, but still remains a stinky smell. It's like a farm. Cheese rind. At the same it has an odd appeal.

The taste is simple and thirst quenching. The flavor of soured lemonade is the most obvious. There's a sweet tart note too. A kiss of passionfruit as well. Oddly I can't taste anything that stinks. It's a light bodied beer with some bubbly carbonation which tickles the whistle.

Sometimes less is more, and Weltmerz is just the answer to that.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy blonde with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - interesting and unusual aroma. Buckwheat pancakes and roasted duck. Ambiguous fruit.

T - green apple, white grape, semi-sweet grapefruit and some of the roasted duck aroma translates to the flavor. Tart and refreshing.

M - light body. Fruity tartness, but not intensely sour.

O - if this was cheap and easy to get it would make a great summer session beer. Too bad it isn't. It's an elegant beverage with unique characteristics. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its the trend of the year- to create full flavored beers at light alcohol content. Where their intent is charming, who really chooses beers because of their low alcohol? So, the taste better measure up because its effects are less than exciting.

Like many sour ales, Weltmerz pours with a medium gold, off-translucent appearance. Light on head formation and retention, its somewhat fizzy and fluffy head seems caught somewhere between ale and champagne. The head dissolves on the spot, leaving behind light sporty lace.

Mouth-puckering aromas are tart, candied, spicy, and savory all at once. Not that the ale smells like Thai cuisine, but there's something there that pulls my olfactory memories that way. Dry white wine, apple cider, and vinegar nearly breaks out the sweats as do sharp and savory tastes of pickled eggs and pickle relish. But a late follow-up of wheat and hay reaffirm the beery roots.

Much less sweet to taste, the sharp and acidic flavors of vinegar, light weathered wood, leather and attic-like must gets caught in the breath with the very first sip. Saw dust and pepper follow in the somewhat empty middle palate- just before a late arrival of Sour Patch Kids candy, dry grain sweetness, plaster and brine offer up a savory finish with a seriously short-lived aftertaste. It's the ultimate palate cleanser.

The beer's tactile perceptions are dry, spicy, strongly acidity and moderately astringent. Like biting into apple skins, the beer dries the mouth with a powdery, snappy finish. No warmth in sight- the beer is all about quenching the thirst.

Of course the beer delivers on the flavor sell. It's a very distinctive but nondescript Sour Ale that sacrifices complexity for drinkability. You've got to enjoy it simply for the sake of sour.

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Weltmerz from De Struise Brouwers
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