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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2001

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124
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226
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
21.16%
 
 
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in Switzerland.

Pours quite surprisingly dark; a deep burnished amber colour, with a fizzy and inconsistent head of large-bubbled film. Lacing seems intricate, but again is patchy and pixelated, forming from large bubbles. Not bad, but I've seen better.

Nose is vinous and tart with acidity, but also surprisingly sweet. Fresh chlorinated water character, with a touch of ozone and oxygenated water. Fruit juice sweetness needs to be toned down, but otherwise ok.

Taste is definitely too sweet, with a white grape juice character dominant, and only a touch of funk or acidity. Lingering green bitterness on the back, with a slight oak note, but the oak just sets off the sweetness, rather than cradling the acidity. Quite average.

A very disappointing Gueuze. I'm not sure I've had a worse one. Unbalanced, rather insipid and not at all inspiring.

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Photo of harrymel
1.52/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Best by: 10/2012
Brussels trip

A: Pours an orange golden ale with single finger light tan head which falls quickly to a quilt of the same. Central cylinder of carb rises centrally from the bottom. Cobweb lacing.

S: Hints of wild yeast in with a ton of sweetness. My initial thought is this is more like a Faro than a Gueuze. Sweet syrupy smells.

T: First thought - artificial orange concentrate. It's hard to get past, but then I find some copper kettle, burnt sugar. A bit of cheap sweet and sour sauce.

M: Thin body with low to moderate fine carbonation. Near dry finish.

O: This beer is far from what a Gueuze tastes like in my experience. This is super sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: clear, coppery and headless

S: apple juice and cider, suspiciously lacking funk.

T: flowery and fruity, a sickly sweet and slightly vinegar finish.

M: light and juicy.

O: juice with alcohol added, I think they're stretching the definition of the gueuze with this one, I think it might be more aptly classified as a wine cooler.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.85/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle says "Mort Subite Gueuze Original" -- I hope this is the right one. Beer served in a wine glass. Carbonation low, thin white head, dark amber beer, clear...doesn't look like any gueuze I've ever seen.

Smells sweet like a faro, not sour.

Beer is sweet and mildly sour, it has a grainy finish to it and overall it is kind of gross. The finish is mildly dry. Overall I will never have this beer again and I would be likely to avoid this entire brewery because of this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although lambics are generally flat, this example has a bounty of head which overlays the glass in a white canvas that's big enough you could project a movie onto it. This mini-champagne bottle apparently equipped the beer with champagne-like effervescence. Indeed, the tall, slim, branded glass in which it's served furthers that impression.

It's an honest testament to industry that it can bastardize even the most purely artisanal, historic and niche products; this smells closer to lemonade than it does the blended, spontaneously fermented beers of the Pajottenland region. It is saturated with refined white sugar. At least some mustiness is perceived, but it's not exactly charming.

Nor is the spoiled cider taste. If Mort Subite Gueuze were popular enough to be noticed by associations like the National Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, it'd probably replace soda at the top of their target lists. It drinks like corn syrup further sweetened with sugar (so it is basically soda). Nevermind the damn rabbit, a shot of insulin should be customary with this particular gueuze.

This much sugar is problematic, but what upsets me more is it lacking in all things inherent to historic lambics: the cellar-like mustiness, piercing acidity and puckering sourness that typically cut sweetness, and truly characterize the style. A gueuze without one of these features is sketchy; one without all three is simply not a true gueuze.

Drinking Mort Subite's gueuze is like watching an elementary school play of the movie Casino: you know that all swearing and violence and mature content - so all the good parts and basically the whole damn picture - are going to be taken out. What's the point of watching it if it's been censored and diluted down for general audiences? Gueuze is not for everyone. Commercialized gueuze, apparently, isn't either...

Commercialized products designed for mainstream appeal are fundamental opposites to the traditional, artisan products of lambic producers: One represents art, creativity, personal expression, human scale and touch, the continuity of culture and tradition; the other is driven by market-ideology, dollars and cents, mainstream appeal and commercial success. I know which side of that debate I stand - the one opposite to Mort Subite Gueuze.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip
My bottle, which I bought in France, is not the same as the one shown on this webpage, but I believe I am drinking the same stuff.

My first gueuze beer

A: Clear amber, fine lace that dissipates quickly

S: funk, tomato juice, tart apple

T: soy sauce umami (actually very nice), a mild sweetness (from soy sauce?) on palate, backed by very mellow lactic sour. minor lemony tartness stays a bit longer, but leaves nicely.

M: little bit sticky for my taste. little bit too sweet for me

D: OK

I wished it was little drier and less sweeter. but it seem to have a good sweet-sour taste, but leaning little towards sweet side.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's was a touch of skunk immediately after I popped the cork but fortunately that blew off pretty quickly. Very sweet sour nose and gives a consistent very thickish foamy head leaving lots of delicate complex lacing all over the glass. Excellent beading too.
In the glass it is yellow brownish with a green hue.
Nice quenching apply sour taste but the mouthfeel lets this down. A bit too smooth and silky for my liking which has a quick slippy quality. The liquid just seems too keen to slide down your throat leaving not much risidual on the tongue or the sides of your mouth. Still a bit of a pleasant surprise though.

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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 rapidsequence
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 ml bottle I bought at a random grocery store in a little Provencal town last summer. I think it was 3 euro. Mort Subite apparently means "sudden death."

Appearance: A fine looking beer. Dark orange and perfectly clear. Big rocky white head with good retention and pretty excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and slightly sour apple. Very slight acetic hints. Tiny bit o funk. Meh.

Taste: Just way, way to sweet. Cidery and a soft sourness, again hinting at vinegar without tasting overtly so. Finish is dry, but not super clean.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the low side for the style. A little to sticky feeling, not crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Its really not bad. Too sweet and not all that interesting (minimally sour, minimally funky). I'll not drink it again.

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Photo of BMoldy
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this in Belgium for a friend of mine who hates beer, as an attempt to show him that they don't all taste the same. Unfortunately, I went shopping the day before I left to come home and this was the only gueuze I could dig up at the supermarket. He left it in his cellar for about 3 months and we opened it up last night when he got back from college.

Came in a 37.5cl bottle with cork, as is tradition. It poured into my snifter (we were trying to be classy about it) a light, orange-y gold with a pretty substantial head that left a creamy residue on everything it touched. Very bubbly in appearance. The smell was pretty potent in sweetness, with a very subtle malt background. This carried over into the taste, which was mostly slightly bready sugars. A nice lambic tartness was present, though it failed to balance out the sweetness. Hops were present but very subdued. The mouthfeel was sort of sticky and certainly lacking in substance- very weak and one-dimensional. The carbonation felt a little off; I'd say it probably needed a little more.

This has never been one of my favorite gueuzes, but can be pretty satisfying when cold and you're in the mood for a little something lighter. Overall this was just too sweet. I've heard rumors that mort subite adds extra sugar before refermentation, but I'm not sure if that's true. My friend and I both agreed that it was just alright, and I hope my present didn't do more harm than good!

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Photo of BucBasil
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a large chalice at Mort Subite cafe in Brussels.

A: The beer is a hazy dark orange. 2 finger off white head with ok retention.

S: Slightly funky but way more fruity with hints of apricot and peach atop a light creamy berry note. Honey is in there somewhere.

T: Tangy at fist, then going down sour. Fruity notes of apple and peach, both unripe. Orange rind in there as an aftertaste. White wine grapes.

This was my first geuze. Interesting if not a bit simple - where was the malt balance? Is there supposed to be one? Hopefully...

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Photo of seanyfo
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

37.5cl bottle poured into a delirium tremems glass.

BB 09/2011

A- Creamy 3 finger head with excellent retention and lacing. Body is dark amber orange - perhaps too dark? Clarity is excellent with lively beading

S- Mild citrus sour aroma with a faint note of barnyard earthiness.

T- Acidic sour quality is there but unfortunately malt sweetness overpowers with a biscuity syrupy sweetness. Very imbalanced toward sweet flavours. Earthiness is minimal. No hop note.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation - too low

D- I enjoyed drinking this, alcohol seems non-existent but its evidently a poor example due to the poor balance between sweet and sour, no puckering quality in the mouthfeel for a refreshing note.

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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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