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

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89
very good
130 Ratings
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version)Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
Netherlands
gulpener.nl

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Mestreech's Aajt is driven to showcase the two flavors "sourness" and "sweetness" in perfect balance and harmony

Added by Todd on 06-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
1
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0
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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with minimal head and lacing on top of an aroma that I can only say is sweet, like caramel or just plain sugar, while also this wicked sourness and funk. Taste is more of the same as there's an underlying sweetness combo'd w/ tart fruits like cherry while this sour funk patch just keeps going. Easy to drink yet a sipper b/c it just keeps mixing it up and then finishes with a rather crisp, sour finish.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep maroon with a firm off-white head which leaves thick lacing down the glass.

S: Mix of strawberry and sweet cherries, with a hint of vinegar.

T: Tons of fruit, some cherries and red currants with a hint of oak. The malt and some brown sugar comes out as well, one of the maltier red beers I've had. Low acetic taste.

M: Light acidity, never cloyingly sweet as too many Flanders Reds can be, everything is in balance.

O: This is a fantastic red beer and reminded me a lot of Bellegems Bruin with its subtle brilliance. Well worth a try.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dark mahogany brown body with a fizzy light brown head that turns rocky very quickly. There appears to be lots of carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- Even as I pour I detect an odor of red wine vinegar. On closer sniff, I notice hints of cherries and a faint note of fresh bread.

T- The flavor starts with a soft mild sour note that has a faint cola hint. In the finish there is a very soft old oak note that has a slight sweetness to it giving a note of cherries and vanilla.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that might be a bit more full from the fizz in the texture. There is no alcohol warmth or astringency at all. The sour notes are very gentle.

D- This beer is a gateway beer to the Flanders Reds. It is very soft and mild leaving me wanting more pucker, more sour and more oak notes. I think it needs more of everything but it is pleasant to drink if I wasn't hoping for a big Flanders.

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Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DefenCorps
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Max's. I guess this is what I drank, unless we got the Dutch version

Dark brown, solid brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Nose is light, tart, roasty, mildly lactic and refreshing. Very grainy and rustic. Some sweetness is noticeable. Palate opens very sweet, artificial, almost like Equal. It really gets in the way, covering up the grain and tartness. Sweet, artificially so on the finish with a mild grainy husky character. Light in body with high carbonation, this beer is too sweet for its own good. I can't really recommend this.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.82/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This comes in the coolest beer bottle, similar to grolsch but more stylish. A keeper for homebrewing.

Poured into a Watou goblet, brown red color with very little head.

It smelled like Easter eggs in vinegar, sour and icky. I gave myself time to overcome the smell and try the beer. It tasted like a sour red ale. The flavor wasn't as bad as the smell.

I tried it once, that's enough. I recommend Rodenbach over this.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark ruby color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of moderately tart raspberries backed by slightly sweet medium malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by tart raspberries and cherries and slight musty flavors. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens a bit, carrying through to a mildly tart finish. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was one of the least-sweet Flanders Reds I’ve had in a while and it was certainly enjoyable. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep yellow reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, strawberry, sour, wood, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, fruit, sugar, wood, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect at all. What I found really wasn’t too bad. There was a huge amount of sweetness going on that made this one quite refreshing and easy to drink overall. This nice touch of tartness going on really helped this aspect as well to make it fairly well balanced. It would definitely be easy to drink quite a bit of this before realizing you had done so. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish auburn color with a medium beige head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is strong sour apple along with vinegar and spice. Medium-bodied and smooth with tart fruit (apple again), yeast and some malt tastes. Also a little bit of a Cabernet or Concorde grape wine flavor. The finish is fruity and earthy and maintains the sourness. I am still having trouble appreciating this style but I would probably try this again.

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Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one was almost black in color with a dark purple hue around the edges and a modest head.

Smell – The big, malty sourness was prominent in the nose. I couldn’t really pick up much else except that. It was primarily cherry.

Taste – The sourness was much lighter at the taste. It was well-mixed with some darkish malts and a light yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel – This one was light to medium-bodied with some subtle carbonation that tingled the tongue.

Drinkability – This isn’t my favorite style but they pulled it off well enough.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try a new Flemish red ale, but this really didn't cut it for me, and yes it was the 5% US version. A dark reddish plum with a small head of off-white/beige. The aromas were of several malts, a bit of oak, some funk, and no hops. The taste was quite malty but pretty one dimensional with a bit of oak in the mix as well. This was OK, but bland for a flemish red, and nowhere near a rodenbach level of complexity. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and decent but the drinkability was not the best. Decent for a flemish red, but there are many better examples, imho.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Funky 11.2 fluid pounce swing top bottle. Cost $3.19 for the sample. Main label is per the BA Avatar in the Database. The top left of the label confirms that this is the 5% version brewed for the USA.

Appearance: Burgundy red with some polished chestnut brown hints. Off-white head that is a decent volume at first but settles to a thin covering, eventually resting as a broken covering with some halo-head character. Light lacing and average carbonation.

Nose: Funky dark fruits and a sharp aged burgundy character. Has a sweaty malt odor that is light in strength and which adds a balance to the sharp fruits, sour cherries, sour plums and a trait of farmyard lambic-ness in the back end.

Taste: Fantastic start, from the get go this is “in yer face” and makes no bones about its style. Tart Burgundy, sourness tingles twixt the malts and dark fruits. There is a very interesting balance between the caramel malts, and the fruity part of this brew which has a sharp funky sourness. Light yeast on the tongue with a mild textured sugar feel at the back end, yet all the while retaining a dry finish. Allegedly peppered with lambic yeast during the maturation process, it certainly exhibits some sour farmyard dimensions that make for an excellent Flemish Red/Brune with bags of flavors and layers to unwrap with your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light in feel, but with a decent sour body that fills the gaps. Nice carbonation lends vitality and a vivacious feel to the sourness. Backbone is assisted by the caramel malts and grapey feel.

Drinkability: Bloody Heel, it is a long while since I had a Sour Flemish Ale that was this drinkable. What is lacks in mouthfeel, it more than makes up for with its killer Drinkability, and on a hot day, this is a real thirst quencher. Wet, Funky and Wild – just how I like ‘em.

Overall: I happened to have this on draft at the Spuyten Duyvil during the NYC BA “get together” on July 24 this year. It seemed to have a tad more complexity and bite on draft from memory, as well as being a little sourer. This is rather strange, because I find the exact opposite for the Duchesse. Regradless, the bottle is still great though, but lacks a little when compared to the draft version. Nevertheless, this is an accomplished Flemish Red style ale for sure, and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Beautiful, clear, dark ruby body under a majestic two-finger head of creamy, sticky tan foam. Tons of lace. Truly spectacular.

S: A little underpowered - light acetic sting, some sweet fruit, and a bit of husky malt. Pretty pleasant and to style, but just a little weak.

T: There's a nice bit of vinegary piquancy that bounces between my palate and sinuses, but this pleasant sharpness is quickly subsumed in sweet, sticky cherry fruit and pale malt. Way better than some examples of the style (cough-Duchesse-cough), but still a trifle cloying.

M: Hugely carbonated, medium body. Lightly sticky. Not bad at all.

O: How hard is it to brew a Flanders Red that isn't cloyingly sweet? Ommegang Rouge and Rodenbach Grand Cru made me fall in love with the style, but it seems like almost every one I've had since has been cursed with excessive sweetness. This particular beer shows some terrific signs of life, and is really quite enjoyably quaffable, but still doesn't quite deliver the bracing acidity and tart fruitiness that I'm looking for. It was on tap simultaneously with Rodenbach Grand Cru, though, and the bartender told me that most people who tried both preferred the Mestreechs Aajt, so take my opinion with a grain of salt - I'd take the Rodenbach 10 times out of 10.

Cheers!

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this brew from New England Beverage in Orange. I am drinking a chilled sample in a snifter. The bottle opens with a pop and release of mist. Pours a clear chestnut with deep ruby tints. A small frothy off white head foams up and fades quickly.
Aroma is sour cherry dominant but also allows some vanilla sweetness and a bit of biscuity scent as well. First sip reveals an average body fine prickly carbonation. Flavor is very tart with sour cherries and white wine characteristics dominating. The beer is very dry and again I think of white wine/white grapes while drinking.
I also get some banana as the beer warms a little. This beer is very enjoyable and I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What happens when an importer gains the power to make changes in a brew house thousands of miles away? We get a US version of Mestreechs Aajt, with no saccharin and 1.5% more alcohol by volume. Woo-hoo!

Presented in its own glassware (a wide and short flute), the beer has a mesmerizing dark ruby color to it with black edges. An off-white, tight, creamy lace crowns it and retains a decent level of lace throughout the experience.

Aroma is sweet & sour, like a pack of Smarties, with distinct black cherries and fruity berries.

Body is a bit light and the mouthfeel smooth, with a gentle tartness that segues into a sharp, lime and rind bitterness. As the bitterness comes down, the palate is treated to an amazing juicy black cherry flavor that dominates and clings to the upper palate. The black cherry / lime flavors are very refreshing and work well together (literally think "black cherry juice with lime squeezed into it"). As the beer warms, a thin caramel sweetness pulls through, followed by a lingering purple grape finish that's a bit vinous. All of this happens in mere seconds as the flavors are very quick and short lived, leaving an extremely clean, dry, more-ish finish.

Despite the quickness on the palate, this beer could quite possibly be one of my top picks of the year. It's highly refreshing and packed with simple, bold and clean flavors. Simply an amazing beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz, squat, brown bottle with "ceramic" flip top. Ingredients: malt, water, hops, yeast.

This Flanders red (or is it a Flemish brown?) ale poured a clear, dark, coffee brown color with light brown foam that settled leaving suds on the surface but clinging to the glass a bit in clumps. The smell was sharp and tart and even a bit sour, with a wild, citrus and cherry aroma going on -- I love it. The taste was tart to sour but with an underlying sweetness especially towards the finish. There were woody notes and some wild funkiness, and a fruity, cherry flavor (where does that come from?), and a base maltiness under it all. A great flavor that really grew on me from the first time I tasted this beer. The mouthfeel was wonderfullly tart with medium body and modest carbonation. The malt and tart flavors lingered in the aftertaste. This is a really great beer, and when it is fresh, it is incredible. But when it is old (especially on tap), it loses its luster quickly.

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Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
4.07 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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