Mort Subite Gueuze | Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Mort Subite GueuzeMort Subite Gueuze
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite
Belgium
mort-subite.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
238
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.65%
 
 
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Photo of dirtylou
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, poechenellekelder brussels

reviewed from notes

appearance: served in the lovely wicker basket pouring mechanism, pale orange body, light beige ring

smell: sweetness levels high for a geuze, light sourness

taste: not anywhere near the level of cantillon geuze - overly sweet, tame funk levels, some light sourness - pear, apple, grape. this was a panic decision as the waitress came too soon

mouthfeel: high sweetness levels, would like a little tarter

drinkability: ok

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Photo of rarbring
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear dark yellow/orange beer, a small off-white head. Little lacing.

The smell is sour, milk, vinegar, some whiffs of stable and manure - quite intriguing.

The taste is unexpected sweet, raw sugar, then mainly sour lemon and some fruity nuances, peach rhubarb.

Medium carbonation, rather soft.

A bit sweeter than my anticipation of a Gueuze - is probably a Faro in disguise.

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There is a split between "oude gueuze", brewed to tradition, and "new" gueuze, a variant optimized for widespread palatability and time-to-market. This is a "new" gueuze that I purchased at the local grocer's (in Belgium) because I'm keen on trying every Lambic in Belgium (there aren't that many, so it is a practical goal).

Mort Subite pours a pleasant amber color with a nice frothy head. The beer is quite clear, which is essentially impossible to do with the traditional approach, sending off warning flags. The nose has a vinegar-like acidity, with a cider character, minimal symptoms of Brettomyces. Flavor has an apparent, though one-dimensional acidity, and, like most "new" gueuzes, is corrupted by the sweetness of sugar. But, unlike most "new" gueuzes, the sweetness does not lead to failure here; it actually adds a nice cider/apple character, with similarity to the Rodenbach Gran Cru and is actually pretty well balanced by the acidity. Ultimately this this gives it a realistic and refreshing fruitiness. I don't hate this gueuze, but I will not drink it again.

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Photo of wnh
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. Brought back to the States from Belgium by a former co-worker. Unsure of the vintage.

Pours a bright golden straw topped by a clean white head. Nice.

Lots of lemony funk on the nsoe, sweet cherries, pears, and light balsamic vinegar. Smells more like a Flemish red than a gueuze.

Sweet and fruity on the palate, reminiscent of Juicy Fruit gum ("It's gonna move ya," I'm told). Very sugary. Light barnyard funk underneath all the sugar and fruit. Seems like some kind of blend between a Flemish red and Lindemans Cuvee Rene.

Soft and rounded, and fairly drinkable. Would be more drinkable without all the sweetness.

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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 Trizzle
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not the most interesting Gueuze ever..

Fairly dark for the style. Amber/Orange, fluffy head hangs around ok with sufficient lace.

Not a lot in the nose: Some brettanomyces, lemon and sugar.

Taste: Shandy? Lager and Lift? Quite sugary lemon flavour, no real tart, all the funky farm yard characters that make this style interesting are turned way way down. This isnt unpleasant at all, very refreshing actually. Like a lemon soft drink. To score it higher however i think would be to play down what I love in other beers of this style.

Mouthfeel is medium with ok carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Could drink a million of these on a summers day.

I wasn't really sure how to score this as I did enjoy it. It just wasn't that exciting or interesting. Unoffesive and refreshing.

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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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Photo of DerBayer
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. The smell was sweet and sour and so was the taste with intense fruity notes. The body was medium and the palate medium dry.

I had this as an aperitif and was actually tempted to have another one despite the great selection of other beers...

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The acidity of Lambic is unique to here back but still very present. It also feels a touch of sugar but it is also too light to take off the drink. Probably use a fairly young lambic but, unfortunately, lack of flavor and gives a beer a bit bland though very refreshing. It appears that the version in 25cl is much sweeter than the version in 37.5 cl.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml bottle consumed at Chancey Smith's. I've never seen this one in North America, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Served in Mort Subite stange. Best before the end of 2010.

A - Two fingers of soapy white foam, with great retention and intricate lacework. Transparent dark golden color that verges on brown. A few bubbles in the body - definitely looks filtered. I kind of missed the yeasty proteins in the bottom of most gueuze bottles.

S - Acetic acid, lemon, earthiness, a touch of barnyard and hay. This is one of the sweeter gueuzes I've had - seems like there is a strong addition of candy sugar and honey. Not sure if this is made in the Lou Pepe style rather than the traditional way, but it certainly smells sweeter than you'd expect.

T - Medicinal, lemony, a light sourness, honey malt character. Tastes a little more like a soured Belgian blonde (like Westy Blonde or Southampton Single) than it does like Cantillon.

M - Soft tingly carbonation, medium body, light dry tannic aftertaste. Probably the best thing about this beer.

D - I could actually drink a good amount of this, as it doesn't have the stomach melting aspects of some of the other beers of this style. Still, the overly sweet element is a little off-putting, as it's not really want I want from this type of beer.

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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 ccrida
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Cafe Leon in Brussels, served in it's logo tumbler. Mort Subite Gueuze is a dark gold with a brown core, off-white head and light lace.

Smell is a bit funky, sugary, and slightly grainy.

Taste is sweet, saccharin, grr...there's also a touch of funkiness and light phenols, making it a bit cidery. Not quite the pure artificial sugar of a faro or something, but still not at all what a look for in a gueuze, e.g. my wife liked it, while I much prefer their Oude Gueuze.

Mouthfeel is creamy, light and slick.

Drinkability is fairly high, in that it's like drinking iced tea. Too sugary and uninteresting to a real gueuze lover to session, it's a fine kiddie gueuze.

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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 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 jrallen34
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank in chalice from the bottle in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

The beer pours a golden brown that is a little cloudy with a minimal white head. There is no significant lacing.

The aroma is a sweet with a hint of spice.

The tatse is sweet and sour, a very nice mix you can drink a lot of.

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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 Grunewald
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a 375mlbottle into a weizen glass. Pours a clear copper color.

S - tart fruit and berries

T - lots of berry flavors (especially raspberry) and cherry

M - medium carbonation and a wet finish

D - something to try if you like Lambics

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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 emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Delilah's 2009 Lambic Tasting. 2003 vintage.
Review from notes.

A bare skim of foam across the top, with a tiny "string of pearls" clinging to one side. Sweetened iced tea, honey, clover and soggy graham cracker aroma. A sweet tartness on the tongue, more soggy graham/sugar cookie, medicinal with mild paper/cardboard around the edges. Dry in the finish, it does pull the cheeks inward slightly, but nothing approaching a sour pucker. Obviously sweetened. This was just plain dull, maybe worth a try for free, but I wouldn't buy it if I saw it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a decent crème head. Nose seems almost nutty. Flavor is sweet like candy with apple tones. Basically it just tastes like an artificially sweet lambic. Feel has a quite full carbonation. Liquid is slick. Okay to drink. But certainly not a traditional gueuze by any means.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep orange, almost red, crystal clear, thin white head does not last, but leaves a sheet of lace.

S - sweet and sour, cherry tartness

T - more of that sweet and sour. the sweet isn't cloying, but I do wish it was more sour. Still seems to have a hint of cherry. Finish is very abrupt with virtually no aftertaste.

M - Only a medium carbonation, maybe even a little less, pretty smooth, no bite or harshness.

D - pleasant enough, this actually drinks like a session beer

Not as dumbed down as other lambics I've tried, but this is still sorta like lambic "light." The classic flavours are there, but it's all pretty basic. I could drink this all night long, wish they offered it on tap in Canada instead of that Belle Vue Kriek.

Would be an excellent choice for someone wanting to get their feet wet in the world of lambic. However, it is nowhere close to playing with the big boys.

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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 gunnerman
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved this bottle from my friend Stu, its dated back to 2003. Pours a pale yellow color with little bubbles of carbonation. Smell is sweet fruit with a little bit of barnyard funkiness in the nose. Taste is very sour, this is littely like tasting some old sweet tarts that have been sitting in the sun a bit to long, tart apple and pear. Overall this was pretty good I am sure the age of this beer had aa great affect on it turning it much sour that it was before.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a green .375L from Drinks of the World.

I might say this is a gueuze for beginners. The aroma has moderate Belgian funkwith sweet malts in the background. It's surprisingly sweet with a honey like flavor that blends fairly nicely with the mellow barnyard elements - horse blanket and hay. There's also a bit of fruit in the flavor with white grape and lemon. The appearance is a deep, clear gold and a touch of lacing. I actually checked the label to make sure I didn't get a fruit lambic, but this is still a nice and interesting beer, just not a great gueuze.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at morel's restaurant (belgian) in beijing. paired with moules frites.

375ml green bottle with cork. forgot to inspect the date. served in branded angular tumbler.

clear (semi-clear in later pours), vibrant amber straw color. lots of fluffy head that barely fades. lots of thick, pillowy lace all the way down the glass.

aroma is a fruity apple cider that almost approaches cider vinegar, but not quite. mild, yeasty and barnyard funk (very faint), and hint of toasty malts.

flavor continues with the gentle fruit flavors of pear and apple, with a mild acidity that melds with a very faint bitter note. definitely sweeter (and more faro-like?) than most purists or traditionalists would prefer, however. there is a malty back end, along with some grassy and phenolic notes in the off-sweet, almost semi-dry aftertaste.

feel is much smoother than i expected, with a lively, prickly carbonation.

only the sweetness and possibly off-flavor phenolic notes detract slightly from drinkability. i gladly had two bottles of this with an acceptably-prepared serving of moules frites. for the purposes of introducing newcomers to lambic, this isn't so bad.

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Mort Subite Gueuze from Brouwerij Mort Subite
3.45 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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