Mestreechs Aajt (Dutch - Saccharin Version) | Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Mestreechs Aajt (Dutch - Saccharin Version)Mestreechs Aajt (Dutch - Saccharin Version)
23 Ratings
Mestreechs Aajt (Dutch - Saccharin Version)Mestreechs Aajt (Dutch - Saccharin Version)

Brewed by:
Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blend of "Hollandish" Oud Brouin {around 3.5% alc/vol} , "Dortmunder" lager bockbier {around 6.5% alc/vol} and the "primeval" beer. The "primal" beer has been aged in traditional wooden barrels. It introduces lactobacilli, Brettanomyces and other microflora into the very complex blend.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-05-2003

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Knapp85:
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice brownish red color. The head was sticky, foamy and tan in color. The aroma smells like a lambic, it's got a good funkiness on the nose. The taste is very surprising. Sweet flavor upfront with some really subtle tartness. The beer is hardly a sour. The flavors of earth and some sweet cherry. Also some mild oak flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light on the tongue. Good carbonation. Overall I personally think this is a very good beer. It's not often that I order more than one of the same beer in a sitting. I'm on my second right now! Great tasting brew!

 623 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Different....I'll certainly say that about this offering. A pretty ruby-colored beer with *massive* off-white head that clings all over the glass. Aroma is sweet (understatement), with a cherry candy-like smell as well. Taste is very sweet up front, sour on the tail end. Cherry flavor noted all over the taste. Finished dry. Tough to drink for me...if it's typical for the style, then I'll steer clear of beers like this in the future. Certainly on of the more unique beers I've had in a long time.

Props to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

 540 characters

Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75cl bottle. Dark ruby pour, clear, with a thin tan head. Notes of caramel, vinegar and subtle cider. A bit too sweet and one-dimensional. Only for the really curious folks.

 173 characters

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Jan 17, 2012

Recently sampled this on tap, after it's extended hiatus from the US. Haven't seen any bottles show up yet.

Dark brown body with tan suds that lingered for awhile. Astringent tart and sweet grape aroma, seems backsweetened. The taste confirms this, it's a bit thin and caramelly sweet, with a muddled grape/cherry tartness to it. Some cardboard notes hint at oxidation. Not as good as I remember, little to no acidity here, no oak woodiness or anything remotely wild. Seems dumbed down from the old version, little more than a second-rate Duchesse knockoff. Wouldn't be surprised if this had saccharine added. Can't say i'll be drinking this over Rodenbach/Jacobins anytime soon.

 753 characters

Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a very deep sanguineous color with a modest and frothy light tan head that dissipates quite quickly leaving a thin coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is an acerbic, somewhat sour cherry aroma, with some sweet malt underlying it all. Start is sweet at the front, sour at the back, top is skimpy in its mouth feel, with the finish ferine in its acidic bite, hops present but understated, cherry like tones carry from the start to the very dry lingering aftertaste. Another sampling will be required before I can say I really like or dislike this beer, drinkable nonetheless.

 586 characters

Photo of Rastacouere
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another sincere thank you to my pal CaptainCougar for such a rare bottle Dark ruby brown, big sticky off-white head, long-lasting for a tart beer although this one is only 3.5%. Notes of sour oak, cherries, sweet caramel and blood in the aroma. Very malty palate, spicy (nutmeg) without too much sourness and a big caramel tone (actually the label proposes that this is brewed using caramel). It makes for an original, but not as pleasant example of the style to my tastes. Medium bodied, very smooth and easy going. The session flemish sour and I like it. Exceptional drinkability and nevertheless extremely flavorfull for this ABV.

 633 characters

Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look and smell of this beer are very comparable to a Rodenbach, even the hint of acetic acid is there. The taste is another story. Due to the backsweetening with Saccharin it gets a Cola-like taste to it. However it is far less sweet and it is more like the cola nut taste that you get from some alternative soda brands rather than Coca-Cola. I like it because it is easy drinking and light on ABV.

 403 characters

Photo of RBorsato
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown to coca-cola black with a decent beige head, decent carbonation, and thin lace sheets. Interesting sweet and sour malt aroma without being fruity. Sour malt flavors with some slight oak character... A bit overly sweet. Light bodied.

Per Label: "De Zwarte Ruiter" & "Water, barleymalt, hop, caramel, saccharine"

Best Before (end of): 05/2004
Tasted: 08/29/05

(33 cl / 11.3 oz)

 396 characters

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man o' man, does Rich O's get some tasty stuff on tap! A great Belgian Red with an abundance of cherries, berries, grapes, and with a musky, vineous underlayment. A mohogany hue with a creamy carbonation that fades to a trace rather quickly. Richly tart and mildly wine-like, with, perhaps a vinegar flavor. Malts are lightly soured and moderately bodied for easy drinking, and a mouth waterin puckering. Mysteriously dry and mildly sharp in the finish. Any Belgian beer fan would surly love this beer.

 502 characters

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of qcghost
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap recently in Amsterdam poured into a tulip glass.

Color is a "brick red" right in the middle of a deep amber and brown. Head retention was nice. Aroma was somewhat mild with notes of sour cherry, grape, and slight funkiness. Taste was more of a balance between caramel sweetness and the sour yeast/fruit flavor. It had a nice body and finish.

Overall this is an interesting brew and glad I ordered one on the recent trip!

 440 characters

Photo of dogfooddog
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came as a beer-of-the-month offering in either 2002 or 2003. Today one is opened to see what has come of it. Immediately the resemblence to flemish sour beers is noted in the aroma. Label states that this beer has saccharine - so is this the saccarin version even though I got it in the US? Mods. please move this review as appropriate if it isn't. A date on the back label says 05-2004 - is this date one year post-bottling?

The sour is so strong in the smell that the taste is actually underwhelming - there is a malt undertone that seems to reduce the sourness and it feels like you took a rodenbach and cut it 30% with a non-descript brown malt ale. It is also quite sweet.

At 3.5%abv this beer is very drinkable and still very tasty with nearly 3 years of age in the bottle. Perhaps my affection for rodenbach grand cru and other flemish sour ales makes the actual taste vs. smell of this beer underwhelming, but it is very enjoyable and I look forward to finishing the remainder of my stock.

 1,013 characters

Photo of mvhinkle
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won this bottle in a raffle so I wasn't sure what style it was before I tried it. It only took one smell to figure it out and the Flanders Red/Oud Bruin happens to be one of my favorite styles.

My first impression was a good one and it reminded me a lot like Duchesse de Bourgogne. The appearance was a dark ruby color with a rapidly disappearing head not unlike others of this style. The smell was sour cherries which to me is a good thing.

The taste was OK but I like mine with a little more sourness. I tasted sweet cherries with a light tart acidic undertone. It had a medium body that felt silky in the mouth.

This was a very drinkable beer that I would definitely try again.

 691 characters

Photo of UnionMade
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep yellowish woody brown, with a very thin head. Sodalike, in the fact that it flares up, and dies away very quickly, leaving only a breath of mist around the edges.
Arom is an odd sourness, clean, without that odd farminess that a lambic has. Slightly lemony fruitiness, with moderate sweet maltiness, some caramel, and sour green apple.
Flavor is very strange. I've never had a beer like this. The first sip was intensely sour at first, quickly morphing into a saccharine, candy-like caramel sweetness. As you drink further, the sourness takes on a green apple flavor, very clean, and meanders further and further into the sip, allowing the sweetness to come through later and later. It's like a liquid candy apple. Estery, with a pronounced apple flavor, and a suggestion of rootbeer later on. Sour green apple up front, changing to a cidery apple flavor in the middle, and finishing with a caramel sweetness, leaving a sticky, candy sweetness in the aftertaste. Effervescent, with tingy small bubbles.
Very unusual. Unlike any beer I've ever had before. I'm not sure if i could make this a regular in my fridge, but it was awesome to try, and i certainly enjoyed it. Complex and interesting.

 1,219 characters

Photo of marburg
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark and almost disturbingly sweet, this is truly the Dutchess hopped up on sugar bombs and cherry cola. The aroma is powerfully sweet with a clear cherry undertone and a very restrained wildness. I can't say I've ever tasted a beer quite like this, which is a good thing, I think. Heavily carmelized sugar really dominates most of this beer, though there's a brief sour tingle that makes me want more. If this were a tiny bit more balanced by that sour streak, this would be a mad, impressive beer. As it is, if it's goal is to be sweet by mildly interesting, they've reached it. To tread carefully is my warning to those who find some sweet beers inherently cloying or sickly sugary. This isn't for you.

 705 characters

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Truh
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wore a scarlet letter with this one on 10/20/2004. ?-oz. pour at ACPH in a stunning long-stemmed goblet.

Initial two-inch pillow of fluffy, root beer-like, head that simply refused to subside for close to four minutes. It was a lesson in patience to sit and watch things settle, and one well worth the wait. Ripened crab apple, cherry, and a hazy veil of rock candy sweetness coalesced in my nasal passages as I stuck my snout in the goblet. It possessed a deep, dark blood hue that I was just able to see through when held to a burning candle. Finally taking a sip, a noted light cherry sweetness was omnipresent at the start, with a slightly chewy malt following and a hint of bitterness, as if some orange rind had made its way in to the pour. Overall, a pleasant offering, although a slight fizziness to the mouthfeel left me feeling somewhat disconcerted.

 863 characters

Photo of Shaw
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I ended up with a whole case of this beer thanks to a shipping mistake from Beverage Bistro. Instead of a sampler, I got 12 bottles of Mestreechs Aajt. And they let me keep it for free! I only wish I dug it more.

I'll have to agree with the other reviewers that this ale is different. It has quite a bitter/sour quality to it, which I would imagine comes in no small part from the saccharine added. Reminds me of a lambic, with its acidic tones. But I see it's another style entirely: Flanders Red/Oud Bruin. Must be similar to a lambic, though, since it's from the same general region.

After the initial shock of the first few sips, this ale does improve. Not an ale to drink in quantity, but certainly one to try in order to expand your beer horizons.

 759 characters

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally found this beer. You can only find it in a couple of cafes in Maastricht. So a trip here finally solved the search. We found it in t Pothuiske. The beer was served in a special stein made for the beer.
It was worth the wait. A very delicious flanders oud bruin with a good tangy taste combined with a nice sweet tone.

 325 characters

Photo of SamAdams
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a nice dark red beer in color, I didn't have much of a head on mine because I poured it slow to keep out the sediment. It is bottle condition. There is somewhat of a nutty oak pine smell to this one and when you take a drink it just explodes with flavor. A little plum, raisin, sweet carmel malty taste with slight cherry at the end and somewhat sour.The odd thing is that there is no fruit added to this beer, you wouldn't think that by tasting it. This is a different style that I ever had. I liked it alot. Don't think I could drink to many at once, but one every now and then would be just fine.

 605 characters

Mestreechs Aajt (Dutch - Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 23 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.