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Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version)Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version)
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Brewed by:
Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
Netherlands | website

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
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
130
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’d only had this in bottles and have had a hard enough time finding it, but leave it to Monk’s to have it on tap. <insert appropriate prostrations, bowing and scrapings here>

This beer came a glowing orb of cranberry in a tulip glass. This was absolutely stunning, but there wasn’t a speck of head to be seen.

Smelled of raspberries and cranberries with a smooth buttery straw and a funky, musky snap.

Tasted of raspberries and tart tingly cranberries that were blended into a musky funky yeast and a buttery straw.

The mouth feel is light with a great swarm of bubbles that really helped stir up the tangy elements of the beer. Nice!

This one’s simply a must; bottle or tap. It’s really a delicious and appealing rendition of the style.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Terry at Mount View for putting this in my basket. This style is relatively new to me, the only other sour beer I've had is Dutchess.

It pours a lively copper-red with a hint of cloudiness and a massive marshmellow fluff head, wicked lace and head retention. Aromas of musty earth, apple-cidar, muscat grapes, candy-apple, and pickled fruit.

Flavor is initially cidar-sweet with a very musty barn-yard note, almost Bordeaux-like followed by sour grapes and faint vinegar. There is a great balance between sweet and sour that makes each sip a pleasure. Mild malt is in there somewhere, and no hops that I can detect.

Mouthfeel is somewhat grainy with a medium body and active carbonation. Wierd, but definately grows on you. I saw it on tap at Delaney's ( New haven, CT) but didn't try it. Now I wish that I had!!!

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

It came to me a ruddy but lively brown with glints of red in the bar lights. A thin film of off-white head dropped away to frothy swirls. Flits of lacing lay on the glass.

The aroma carried vinegary notes of ripe cherries and plums, backed by some sweet and sour dueling, as well as earthy tones of nuts and cocoa.

The first sip cascaded in cheek-sucking sour ripe cherry and a gone-over vinous twist. More overripe berries punch through, carrying sweetness to battle the sourness, but currents of chocolate and some nuttiness lead a decided funky barnyard stomp into the mix. The finish was quick, with a flash of pruny sweetness promptly bested by a shortly lingering dryness. The interplay is an interesting tide of crisp characters.

Medium bodied, it lays on the palate with a fruit juicy tart astringency the exercises the 'buds.

There be plenty of tart sassiness here, but it's simple to take it in stride as a comfy compliment to the flavor elements that come into play. It's utterly drinkable, quenching in its way, and alive in the mouth, sparkling and tinkling as it crosses over. It's got everything you'd expect in the style, and while it isn't incredible, it is memorable, and outright good, and that's a commendable achievement.

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Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

reddish dark brown, lazy ascending prickles of white. Aromas of sour concord grape jelly and cranberry sauce. Big, pillowy mouthful of jammy fruit flavors and brown spices melt away in a tart, airy rush. Cocoa flavored tannins linger with the pulpy mass of fruit residue. What a complete beer. Hyperdrinkable, dark, bursting at the seams with fruit flavor, dry ... pure eloquence.

It's about time!

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

11.2 swing top bottle pours a deep clear reddish brown color with a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity vinegar aromas, cherry, sour apple and vinegar flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes sour, very delicious.

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Photo of weonfire
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a oversized wine glass at the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY.

A - Deep Ruby. Looks a dark brown or black until held up to the light. Frothy, off white head, one finger worth, holds steadily. tiny little bubbles of carbonation. lots of lacing.

S - Awesome sour notes. granny smith apples, vinegar, wine, cherry, grapes

T - Starts sweet, ends sour. Excellent blend. very mellow. slight acidity on the tongue initially. all mentioned smells- very complex.

M - Frothy, fruity, viscosity is high, leaves a light soft and fuzzy fruit flavor to savor.

O - Delicious. Keeps you wanting more. never to sweet - but personally i could have it more sour - maybe too mellow? I would certainly buy this again tho.

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Photo of Stimack
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to give this brew a try last evening while at Mahar’s. What a fantastic brew! It poured to a reddish brown color and left a fair sized off-white head that had nice retention and left very nice lacing through out the whole brew. The smells where very aromatic with dark fruits, mostly sour cherries being predominant. The taste is fantastic, sourness is very pronounced from the get-go along with a rich malt flavor. Also can notice yeast like flavor with this brew that seems to give it a bread like note. The sourness is very smooth and goes extraordinary well with this brew. This is an extremely easy drinking brew and I must say has become one of my favorites. If you can give this brew a try, matters if you enjoy this class of brew but if so I think you will be very happy!

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones his weekend hanging with David and Uncle Jimbo. Pour was dark garnet in color, faint low tan head that went away leaving me with a small Rorshach (sp?) pattern on top. I had three of these in a row, and picked up different aromas in almost every glass, ranging from a sour fruit/kriek-like one, to concord grapes, to some musty barnyard aromas. I have to say, I haven't had a beer this good in a while, and it was definitely a real pleasure. Medium mouthfeel and fine carbonation add in making the taste last. The balance of sweet to tart is perfection, and both sensations are not over the top. Main flavor notes were low malt backbone, with really just sweet and tart fruit notes (one minute kriek, the other grape). There was some lingering astringency in the finish. Outstanding.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Undated 11.2oz with a flip top, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown with red tinged edges supporting a small, light tan head that falls to a veiled ring with wispy lace.

The nose has a great balance of overripe dark fruit tartness and an earthy, farm funk. Acidic, but with some sweetness. More complex than I can adequately describe.

Tastes fruity apfront, but not in a bad way. Dark cherries and grapes with just enough tartness around the edges for it to get sweet. There's a woody component that provides a good background, and there's an appropriate suggestion of bitter hops.

The mouth seems a bit light for the style, but the drinkability is exceptional.

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Photo of nomad
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red, the sort that brings to mind more elaborate descriptions but I'll leave the color at very deep and lusciously red. Almost brown in tone. Surprisingly good lacing though the head was non-existent.

Smells lightly of vinegar over bare fruit tones. Very malty but quietly so due to the lack of carbonation.

A balanced and easy-drinking take on the style, round and strangely malty with little sour character besides licks of lemon in the finish. Seeing as this beer is a blend of a Flemish Red and a Dunkel this version seems tipped toward the latter. Very malty and lager smooth, incredibly so for the style and thus lacking the sour and semi-roast complexity found in the scions of Flanders. Mouthfeel is round and full but dead flat, killing any complexity that the beer might have had. Might.

Smooth easy-drinker with little spunk. Not a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque from the side, a deep, deep ruby under the light. A finger give or take of large-bubble offwhite head. Laces decently.

That signature tangy sour smell of a Flemish sour; more vinegar than citrus or anything. Sort of an apple cider vinegar nose.

Taste is remarkably rich, smooth, and balanced. The vinegary, kombucha-esque tartness, sure, but balanced by a ton of sweetness and some malt character that reminds you that in fact the lovely fermented beverage in front of you is beer. Grape tanginess overtones, especially on the finish. Remarkably sweet start, date-like or pruney. There's something very faintly vegetal here, but I can't put my finger on it. Possible rotkraut. The aftertaste is a bit sticky, so consider having with a glass of water. Magnificently complex for a style I had almost written off as one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit prickly, but nothing objectionable. Pretty average.

Overall, this is the best Flemish sour I've ever had. It has a complexity and balance that a lot of sours lack.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Tall, white head, high retention. Suddsy lacing sticks to the glass. Body is a deep mahogany. Aroma is citric green apple, some vinegar, some malty sweetness in the background. This beer is noted for its sweet to sour balance. The sour dominates the aroma. Taste is mouth puckering, quite tart, again with green apples. The sweetness to me is on the back end and pretty faint. It does make for a unique experience. This beer is delicious and style points are certainly deserved.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a reddish brown with a thin, tan head. Carbonation is low.

Smell: The smell is a wonderful mix of fruits, sourness, nuts, and wood.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a tart, sour flavor that's kind of hard to put a finger on. The flavors are balanced, but nothing really stands out and taste that incredibly wonderful. I just can't quite understand what they're going for with the flavor. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky, but apporpriate.

Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a unique beer, but not all that incredibly wonderful. It's smooth and balanced, but has very little focus, which kills the drinkability for me. At least it's different, and that's more than I can say about alot of brews nowadays.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red,almost translucent maroon, with a short lived creamy white head that left sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity ripe apples, plums with almost a cider vinegar like quality.

The taste is refreshingly sour, wow what a refreshing taste. This cleanses your palate and your sinuses. No lingering aftertaste to speak of. No heavy maltiness nor even a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel was good, light carbonation coupled with the sourness made for a well balanced sensory experience.

If it was not so pricey I coul make this a regular "after yardwork" beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely balance that falls toward fruit, but comes back with a dry grain finish that keeps this from ever being cloying. The sourness is controlled and does well to cut down what might be an otherwise large flavor of chocolate malt. Also a touch woody, but the body expresses no oak. I don't know if any was used, but it would benefit from some neutral to give this a little bigger mouthfeel. That said, it's refreshing: at once quenching and mouth-watering. Noble.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of rousee
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lots of difficult to read writing on the bottle. Pours a brownish red with small 1 mm wisp of foam on top.

Smell is sour cherry quite acidic and like musty wood. Taste is very sour but it finishes dry and has a slight tingly bite to it.

Mouthfeel is very dry and fruity and the drinkability on these Flanders sour reds is never that high anyway. This one is not as good as some others of this style I have tried. I would probably not buy this one again.

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

My first ever Flemish Red Ale. I've heard some bad things about this one, but overall I guess I liked it, sort of. Nice hearty nose with woody and malt tones fading quickly into nothing. No aftertaste to speak of, but overall this is a nice sipping ale despite being distinctly sour.

The lack of complexity suprised me considering this style's reputation for it, but I was fairly satisfied overall.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33rd Review
On-tap at The Bavarian Lodge into Chimay-style goblet.

L: Deep mahogany with a tint of deep purple. 0.5 fingernail head on draft pour.

S: Smells like tart cherry pie. Nice and attractive. I can't wait to dive in!

T: Hint of sour with a smooth sweetness that immediately follows. Nice balance of tart and fresh sweet. Well done!

M: Minimal carbonation with a nice touch of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable beer that was a nice "whoops" pour. I'm happy to have stumbled upon this tasty treat at The Bavarian Lodge and it is one of many tasty hidden gems found within this awesome place.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown. Fingerwidth head that stays a while. Smell is of very tart cherries, a little woodsy character and malt. Taste is actually sweeter than the smell would have you guess. Still a tad sour in the middle, but the sweetness of the malt and cherries dominate. I like that this beer is a blend of a sour and a dortmunder; it works well.

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Photo of shapudding
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No dating. Deep chocolate brown that you cannot see through unless you hold the bottle up to the light, then you catch glimpses of ruby at the edges. Rich and creamy coffee ice-cream head. My god, such an insane scent! This one just freakin’ blows me away... Deep ripe dark berries. It is like I am licking a bowl of raspberry preserves... and I have not even brought my lips to the glass. -Makes me salivate from just the aroma. Wonderfully sour! I can barely stop smelling it to start tasting it! The first sip just grabs your taste buds and shakes the hell out of your tongue and nerves a bit, then everything calms down and becomes all so lovely. The smooth silkiness and medium bodied goodness flows in. Such wonderful soured flavors. Gueuze-like with a nice woodsy oakiness that is in the background, not too strong. Bit of plump blackberries jumping out. Great sipper, highly enjoyable one that I could sit back and enjoy a few of.

Thanks to Beerookie for letting me enjoy this for the first time! XO!

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vinous and sour aroma. I have a bit of apprehension about the first taste, beers that smell like this have a first sip like jumping into a cool pool on a hot day. Its a shock at first, but its nice once you're in. The first taste is actually quite refreshing. Grape pop, but with a sourness. Very dry finish. It has a thin sweetness like a sour candy just dusted with sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but I think if it was much thicker this beer would be less quaffable. I'm honestly shocked at how much I like this beer. I'm straining to keep myself from just pounding the whole bottle.

Edit: Is this the same stuff everyone else tried? Wow, no cloying sweetness at all. This seems to me like the closest a sour beer can come to a session brew. Crazy.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brownish-red with a thin layer of foam on top.

S: Tart cherries, berries, a hint of vinegar mixed in. Sourness is evident from the start.

T: Similar to the smell. Some acidic sourness mixed in with cherries. A bit of a malty backbone is evident as well. Fairly balanced overall, and pretty good.

M: A little thin, with medium carbonation. I'd like a little bit more to this.

D: This is a simple, but solid example of this style. Definitely worth trying, but I'd probably take a Rodenbach over this.

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Photo of horndecker
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Squat little stoppered bottle, interesting label.

It's royal purplish red, an attractive deep colored brew. A purplish-grey head, finely carbonated but quick to exit, though it left lots of sticky clumps of lace.
The nose is tangy fruit and mildly malty, cherries come to mind, a vague whiff of grass.
The flavor has the expected tartness, malty, but with significant fruit, the sense of cranberries and a bit of lime. Then follows a mineral hoppy finish. It's light in the mouth, creamy and spritzy, very refreshing at first, but gets a bit sweet and syrupy as it warms up.
A nice red ale, but not a slam dunk.

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Photo of OldSock
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – 11.2 oz swingtop bottle from Luke's. Poured into a wine glass it is dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light. The thin off white head quickly falls back into the beer without leaving any lacing.

Smell – Cherries, funk, a bit of vinegar and sweet malt. Its solid, but not exemplary and the vinegar like aroma makes me worried.

Taste – The taste is much less sour than the smell indicated. It is tart, but well balanced with a sweet caramel/toffee maltiness. The cherry aroma carries through in the flavor nicely, making the beer taste a bit like cherry preserves. Hops and alcohol are basically non-existent.

Mouthfeel – A bit syrupy for the style with low carbonation. I would prefer a bit more carbonation to help lighten the body.

Drinkability & Notes – Not an overly complex sour red, but well balanced and easy to drink. An interesting varient of the Flanders Red, and if Wild Brews is correct soon to be gone.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark ruby/burgundy with a small white head which quickly receded wihtout any lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits hit the nose with a slight alcohol tone. Along with these tones arises minor malt tones and furthermore grapes

Taste: This light to medium bodied beer smacks the pallate with tart grape tones and a bit of slight sourness which follows with some caramel malt tones. Following these flavors comes a cherry/grape like burst with further tartness, dryness, and some yeast like flavors. Though all these flavors create something quite complex they go along smoothly with one another to produce something fantastic.

Mouthfeel: A nice light carbonation with a well rounded beer. This beer feels great in the mouth.

Drinkability: For such a wild taste, this beer just begs to be drank. All the flavors along with the right amount of carbonation makes this beer go down like candy.

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