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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
90 Reviews
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
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
130
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
firstprev| 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next → last
Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 130
Photo of camil1mj
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Westland.

A: Somewhere between deep crimson red and maroon. 1 finger whit head.

S: Sour fruit and vinegar.

T: Different than the other sours I have tried due to the finish. Sour cherries with other fruit notes followed by a malty, sweet finish.

M: Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied.

O: A very good sour because of the finish. I would drink it again.

 388 characters

Photo of GnomeKing
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A funky take on sour ales. I was surprised by the mouthfeel, which was dominated by the sharp bubbles-on-the-tongue feel I associate with seltzer water. Because of this, or at least in keeping with this, the taste reminded me in some ways of italian sodas...it almost could have been cherry or raspberry italian soda from Starbucks. There were some tart and sour flavors that wouldn't let me forget that I was drinking a Flanders Red, but the overall impression was of something that was one of a kind. I appreciated this beer for it's uniqueness, but it didn't provide all that much enjoyment.

 594 characters

Photo of mdm46410
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a tulip. This ale pours a deep ruby color with a small quickly diminishing off-white/beige head. Leaves a fair amount of light lacing around the glass. The aromas are that of sweet/sour cherries, light wood, and notes of some vinegar. The vinegar smell is not overpowering, and somehow finds a way to blend with the other flavors to make a smooth, refreshing drink. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a good dose of carbonation. The ale finishes clean and dry with a slight hint of sourness left on your tounge. Nicely done.

 542 characters

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

Great treat on draft at the Exton PA Drafting Room. Nice looking beer. Deep mahogany red with a light beige head that left scant but noticeable lacing. Smell is nice and funkified. Definately pick up the lactic sourness, but a distinct mustiness is present also that is also present as a flavor component. Something that I found ever so slightly amiss in this beer. Nice sweet component to the beer which balances the strong sourness, but that dirty kind of musty taste didn't sit right with me. I think I like a bit cleaner sourness in a Flander's Red. Perhaps it was just the rather strong sourness that makes me think its a bit musty. Decent mouthfeel. I wouldn't drink more than 2 or 3 of these, but all in all pretty good.

 727 characters

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a stinky sour cherry lambic, looks like a dark brown ale. The color of red-tinged bark with a miniscule but solid white head, left a good snail trail of lacing behind. A smooth chocolatey-malt taste of black cherries, sugar, caramel and overripe sour berries. Great light and silky mouthfeel, very drinkable beer. Free of aftertaste and very refreshing, we drank Spuyten dry of this stuff.

 401 characters

Photo of rabidawg
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy chestnut with light carbonation and a small head. Sticky spots and streaks of lacing.

Smell: Funky lambic-esque aroma, with wine-like qualities. Tart cherries with wood and leather in the mix.

Taste: Surprisingly un-funky considering the smell, but still sharp, tart, and acidic. Some sweetness remains, but is quickly swept away by the acidic, bone-dry finish. Quite vinous after the swallow, oddly reminiscent of red wine.

My first Flanders Red, and certainly an enjoyable experience. A big thanks goes out to HumblePatience for the chance to try this.

 581 characters

Photo of AndoBrew
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Loved it! Might buy it*

app: brown watery with no head at all

smell: Nice! sour, tart, and sweet ... Neat!

taste: I like it, its good very balanced with almost a brown ale type flavor but its mostly red ale all the way.. refreshing!

mf: to much water in the mouth for this one, but good otherwise.

drinkable?: yep

 320 characters

Photo of kennyo
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red / cherry wood stain color, clear, beautiful. Pours a nice big head, but is gone line that. Aroma is beautiful, cherry/sourness. Probably the best part of the beer.Taste is not that impressive, cherry, a little sweetness but a very chalky feeling on taste buds and back of throat. There really is not much there.

 320 characters

Photo of counselor
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with hints of ruby. No head to speak of. Aromas are more like a cider than any malt or hops. The flavors are very muted, nothing really stands out. Some granny smith apple flavors, some crispness, grass and lightly soured. There is a little sourness left after swallowing, but overall, very little aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp, lightly carbonated and quaffable, inoffensive. I wuold not buy this again, but was a decent enought beer - unobtrusive.

 472 characters

Photo of twilight
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow this one doesn't seem to appear to have any carbonation. Turns out it is very light, but the dark deep ruby tones fail to make up for the lack of head or lacing. The nose is slight soysauce. No, cherry cough syrup. Woody with the faint nose of actual cherries. The aroma of them just sitting in your bowl as well as the medicinal flavor of cherries.

It begins with this intense sourness that just gives way completely to a cherry note that ends with the cherries almost leaving and no sourness or tartness. It is quite incredible that this happens as the sourness just kind of kicks you and runs away rather quickly. Getting used to this one is amazing. I love the way it comes down. I don't think there should have been huge bubbly carbonation, but the slight carbonation is less than amazing. Good beer, though. Maybe some more tartness and some more carbonation next time.

 886 characters

Photo of Reverand
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love this style of beer. Although not quite as good as the Duchess but still a great representation of the beer style.
Mestreech poured to a beautiful ruby red with a slightly tannish head. Distinct berry aroma with a sharp tangy taste that seems to be a bit to tart but certainly a beer worth looking for.

 316 characters

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

Had on tap at Thirsty Monk. Poured a ruby color with a lacey off white head that lingers.

Smells of tartness. Promises a sweet and sour treat full of berries.

Taste delivers that sweet and sour treat, perfectly balanced and not at all mouth-puckering. Berries are there up front again with a little malty sweetness to calm them down at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium. Alcohol? What alcohol? Ridiculously easy to drink.

Definitely try if you can, and grab some for seconds.

 476 characters

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

Slightly chilled 11.2oz. swing-top bottled served in a wine glass.

Pours a medium brown color with a touch of red. Quite highly carbonated. Interesting grey-brown head.

Smells of tart cherries and lime with faintly earthy and grassy aromas.

Tart cherry and lime flavors somewhat overpowering the more complex woody and earthy components; not particularly balanced. Very subtle vinegar flavor. Dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and quite easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Not my favorite Flanders Red Ale, but worth a try.

 531 characters

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

Drank in small flute glass.

Pours out smoothly with a small head which disapated shortly, leave nice lace on glass rim. Apears a reddish brown color.

At first it tastes of sour fruits, with a floral back, finishes with a oak barrel and extremely lite honey taste. super smooth.

smells of sour cherries and floral aromas, with an acidic tinge.

drinkability : could drink till I need a new liver

overall: one of my favorite sour reds out there

 458 characters

Photo of Claybo
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Chicago's Local Option; admittedly, a few months ago. This has to be my favorite sour ale, and I believe the first of the style I ever tasted.

A: Pours a nice dark amber/brown - chocolatey. Half inch head that lingers a bit, unlike some other sours I have tried (especially krieks).

S: You can smell the sour, right up front. A little bit of funk as well, like an old cellar. Some cherry scent.

T: Complex. Sweet and funky. I get raisins, then the wood, with a little bit of funk near the end. Finishes sweet and tart, but not a lingering sourness.

M: Smooth as butter. No bite from the sour, low carbonation.

O: My favorite sour, and apparently rare in that I can't find it anywhere else any longer. (if any of you reading this know of a place in Chicago that has this beer for sale, and feel like sharing, let me know!)

 845 characters

firstprev| 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next → last
Mestreechs Aajt (US - Non-Saccharin Version) from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
4.07 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!