Mort Subite Gueuze | Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Mort Subite GueuzeMort Subite Gueuze

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Brouwerij Mort Subite

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Naerhu
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White two inch head, amazing lacing, amber orange body. Sour and sweet orange cream soda aroma. Flavor is consistent with aroma. Orange sherbet, peach notes, with no discernable hops. This is a fruity beer that avoids beeing sweet. Pleasantly carbonated and easy to drink

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.52/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - strong sea spray lacing. Deep dark honey copper color. High clarity.

S - grape marmalade and hay. Crystal malts maybe. Complex

T - sour malty champagne. Strawberry cherry fig. Complex and lovely.

M - sweet smooth frothy playing and fizzing on the tounge.

D - easy to find and cheap .., in Belgium. Sadly delicious and wonderful why must I fly to Europe for this.

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Photo of edgarius7777
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

My first gueuze. As I was hardcore wine lover started to drink beer just half year ago, I would advice to start with this type of beers when you are planning to change from wine- to beer-way :-)

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Photo of Pepeton
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle, with a best before date of June of 2006. The label is a little different from the one depicted here, but I believe it's still the same product.

Pretty amber color, with a good matching head and lasting lacing.

Smell amazingly similar to a Spaniard Sidra (cider): Sour, sweet and just a hint of malt.

Taste, once again, very similar to the Spaniard Sidra. Sour and sweet, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light stingy and tart on the aftertaste.

Drinkability, well, in my hoy Summer sorroundings this is a great beverage. Might have several in a row, especially in a night like this one.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, orange body with a small head

Aroma: Tart; fruity; apple-cider-like

Taste: Very smooth; almost like Strong-Bow cider; delicious

Remarks: Sour beers are not normally my thing, but this one was quite good.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of atigerlife
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color witha small, creamy white head. Head dissipated rather quickly. Decent lacing. Large carbonation bubblers can be seen rising.

Aroma was sweet with some farmhouse and hay smells comng through.

Taste was dry and sweet. Almost had some sweet cherry [not like a kriek] hints. Also some sour undertones.

Mouthfeel was light and quite cleansing.

Overall, quite different than some other beers of this style that I have had. I really enjoyed this bottle. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/tan color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight alcohol, tartness, grapes, and slight sourness. Fits the style of a gueuze. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Strong tartness and sourness as well. Tastes of grapes, hint of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and strong tartness and sour flavor. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of EeRocKK
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this Gueuze at home in a mason jar mug. I have had success with that mug, both for volume, (fits 37,5cL perfectly, allowing for ample head), and for allowing the nose to have a desired complexity. I enjoy the flute glasses with the Framboise of the same maker, but the wider glass lets more of the randomness out at a time, I suppose.

For a 4.5% lambic, it kinda kicks you more like wine than beer. It tastes complex, yet not over powering, and several can be enjoyed in a sitting.

If you go on lambic binges, which I'm frequently known to do, interspersing these between fruit lambics can buffer the sweetness and extend your daily intake of fine Belgian creations. There are probably better lambics out there, but the Mort Subite line is an excellent introductory run for those willing to try something new. I've never had one I have not enjoyed to this day. Cheers.


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Photo of vacax
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004. Pours a dirty, coppery shade of yellow. Aroma is funky along with sweet honey and flora including lilac. Tastes of classic Belgo-funk with a moderate sourness and pronounced floral character. Mediun bodied with a nice creamy carbonation. Quite easy to drink with a lovely funk to it. I have had this beer a couple times, this bottle was particularly tasty, and so it would seem a couple years in the bottle definitely makes this one a winner.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear copper with a creamy 2 finger head. Leaves patchy lace on the glass.

S - Tart. White wine and green apples. A bit of of horse. A faint touch of grain as well.

T - Mm. Interesting (my first gueuze). Not at all what I expected. Quite sweet and tart. Strong apple notes - cider like. Aftertaste is sweet with a slight astringency.

M - Medium bodied with a quickly fading hard carbonation. Slightly drying.

D - Pretty good. The sourness and sweetness matches well. Easy to drink, and refreshing.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast - 8-18-08. Served at the café in a Mort Subite Goblet by a friendly middle aged blonde. Golden, almost leaning brown with a massive stark white head despite very modest carbonation. Less acidic than most Geuze in terms of aroma, taste, and feel. Easy going yet loaded with character and quite interesting. Sourness is mild. This might be a good introduction to the style for some. Biscuity with some lemon but only mild baryardiness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RobertDwight
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. This beer has a very light amber hue. The head eventually dissipates but leaves nice laces around the glass. It has nice carbonation, the bubbles are rising very quickly towards the surface, kind of like champagne. Smells and tastes of green apple, pickles, sour candies, cider vinegar, lemon, and ripe cheese. This is sweeter than another version I have had of this style, I think they added candi sugar to it, kind of like they do with Faro. I find this beer light bodied and realitively easy to drink. Not a huge fan of this style, but I rather enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zoso493
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on a 375 ml bottle. God I love doing that. Poured it into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep bronze color that was darker than what I was expecting. Has a huge, frothy, four-finger head that just about lines about with the top of my tulip. Also leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Not a hugely overpowerful smell in this one. If you stick your nose in there long enough, though, you'll start to get some nice scents of sour green apple. There's also a touch of the Belgian yeast and some various spices to mix it up.

Taste: Honestly, this is a nice-drinking gueuze. It doesn't overpower your palate like some might. I'm usually a huge proponent of boldness in beers, but I can live with toned down gueuzes. This one tastes pretty much like the smell would indicate, with the some spices, Belgian yeast and the puckering sourness of green apple.

Mouthfeel: This has some body on it, which may be explained in part by the lower amount of carbonation. Not a full-bodied beer by any means, but has enough thickness to let you know it's there. Also leaves your mouth feeling crisp and dry, like any good gueuze.

Drinkability: As this one is not too sour, the drinkability is pretty high. It also has a pretty low ABV, which is all the better.

Overall, this is a really nice example of the style. I bought it without checking the ratings on BA and was disappointed to see afterwards that the Bros had given it a C+. I'm glad I picked this one up, though, as it's a very refreshing, subtle gueuze that's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Voonder
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper colour with white head which stayed for a while. smeel is fruity - apple, raspberries + honey, really nice. Taste is sweet, fruity, apples are dominating, but it's really complex and confusing. But it's pretty tasty. Moutfeel is creamy and kinda sparkly, very balanced and pleasant brew. i would definately have more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exquisite night in Eizeringnen for their small "Nacht van de Grote Dorst 2012" which boasted a sour ale only event, lead to a few lasting impressions- few drew greater praise than this Mort Subite Gueuze.

As the beer opens with a burnish toffee pour, the lift of carbonation provides a bubbly, nearly champagne-like appearance that combines the appearance of sparkling wine effervesence and Belgian dubbel ale coloration. Well headed with creamy off white foam, the beer laces timidly while retaining for nearly half the session.

Sharply aromatic with citrus and acids, yet refined with crusted malt and earth, the nose is chocked full of mouth watering scents of lemons, limes, cider, sour cherries, mild chocolate, tart berries and apples, tawny red wine, and grape must that couples with a savory scent of bread crust and slight malt. It's a balanced scent of sour and savory notes throughout.

Flavors of the beer are even more intense as the rich brine of leather, sea salt, and horsey must weaves in the sour flavors of lime, crab apple, under ripened berries, and white wine vinegar to complement the richer and more mature base. The beer balances the taste of young sprite acidity with the melded earthy lambic very, very well. The beer develops from the open of citrus to the mid palate of caramelly fig to the closure of lactic cleanliness, earthy brine, and grapey resistance.

Light bodied, but its easy to call it richer because of the semi-starchy body that the malt of the young beer provides. Yet the strong acidity, clean lactic, and well attenuated sourness ushers in a terse finish of tartness and lemon zest.

As the beer settles on the palate, it's hard not to revisit the glass much sooner than I should. But the dryness of the beer leaves me wanting a quick return. This is a well blended sour ale that offers as much sultry taste as it does refreshment- a welcome beer in my glass in complement to any rich pork dish accompanied by a bowl of mussels- a feast that I won't soon forget. Thank you Brussels!

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Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a burnt orange hint. Light tan head that sticks around for the whole glass, great lace.

Clean smell with a mild fruit aroma.

Tangy fruit taste with a malty background.

Medium to full in the mouth.

A pleasant and easy drinking gueuze.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle bought from

Poured a golden amber colour... Head was white, big and foamy with quite small beading although it disappeared quite quickly...

Aroma - Earthy, strong ginger notes, peppery, lemon zest, slight mustiness...

Taste – Quite sweet, grassy, peppery, slight lemon notes, black tea...

Feel - Quite sharp as there is a fair amount of carbonation...

Overall - A pretty good and very drinkable gueuze although maybe a touch too sweet... certainly worth a try...

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden-copper w/rich frothy white head, decent lacing and retention.

S-Aroma of tart fruitiness, apple, peach, raspberry, tea, bits of sweet malt, hint of spice.

T-Delicate sweet-tart flavor with fruity tea and smooth malt backbone.

M-Medium bodied w/good balance.

D-Easy to drink and pleasantly refreshing.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color; very good head and lace.

Sour cherry aroma with raisins and sun-dried tomatoes.

Strong sweet-sour flavors; lip smacking sour aftertaste; strong cherry taste. Decent body with a high carbonation.

Very smooth (subtly) lambic. Hard to find in the USA but worth seeking out.

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Photo of kennyo
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep gold color, nice carbonation maybe a little too much for style, small white head that falls out to a very thin white boubley covering. Aroma is funky, horsey, citrus with some sweetness. everything a gueze lambic should be. The taste is sour with some lemon tones. This gueze is very drinkable, not overly sour, a little astringent but this is has a very soft feel in the mouth.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden honey amber. Sticky, dense, recycled paper-colored head. Good size and retention. Wispy cliffsides of lace.

Smell: Mmm, very nice. Mellow for the style. Crystal-esque malts. Soft acetic notes with a fruity edge. Raw sugar aroma. Mild ginger ale. A funky nod of old hops and wood. Heavy white wine overtone.

Taste: Lacks the bracing sourness I expect from gueuzes, but then the label does say this has sugar in it. Only mildly tart, with the acidity of a dry white wine or a hard apple cider. Sugar doesn't overwhelm, but it is rather prominent. Finish is clean, with a sticky, sweet, tangy smack to it.

Mouthfeel: Could use a bit more effervescence to accentuate the sour notes, but otherwise fine. Medium-bodied and only slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: I like this beer, but hardcore gueuze purists might scoff at it. But because this one is more mellow and well-rounded, I think it would be more versatile in food pairings. I'm thinking it would make a good substitute for a German white wine.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brass copper with a thin foamy head. Not a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was lightly sour and fruity. Nothing too crazy and nothing too strong.

Taste followed from the smell. Not a lot going on here and probably a good introductory Gueuze to get your feet wet. Sour and tart and a lot of cidery vinegar but not much alcohol or musty farmhouse flavours.

Mouthfeel: Pretty low carbonation with a medium body

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Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Gueuze - was pleasantly surprised by the *not as sour* as expected aspect of it. Nice looking clear copper brew, producing a sliding tan lace.

Musty, apple/fruity and slight vinegar aroma – as if it was just drawn from a wooden vat in a barn. Slight sour apple mash taste – no real malts or hops kick. Very dry, almost Champaign-like in the mouth. Still a pleasant drinking brew, would not mind having a bottle or two – even the wifey said she liked the taste.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at their place in Brussels. The color of the beer is an orange and peach combination. Frothy white head on the pour wich leaves quickly. Tart dry taste with a tangy sour tongue. There is also a slight citrus (lemon) taste to the brew as well. Decent mouth but not that special. It's lacking the baryard horse love and complexity.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for bringing this 2004 vintage bottle to our tasting last weekend.

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color without too much in the way of head.

S: The nose is most of what you expect from a gueuze. A lemony acidity and tartness, a touch of vinegar, white grapes, and a slight wet hay and musty aroma.

T: Moderate lactic acidity which gives some nice lemon flavor, but not as sour as your normal gueuze. The brett provides very mild funk, but a nice dry finish.

M: The carbonation is not quite as powerful as I normally like for the style, but still gives a nice tingly feel and works well enough with the dryness.

D: This is not as overly acidic and acetic as many lambics, which gives it a bit higher level of drinkability. That said, the flavors were not outstanding, but still quite enjoyable.

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Mort Subite Gueuze from Brouwerij Mort Subite
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