Mort Subite Oude Gueuze | Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 63
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at THT June tasting. Pale, hazy orange with a thin white head. Vinegar, citrus, sodium bicarbonate. Medium dryness with a low to medium sourness. Not bad.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Hazy yellow-gold coloring. Fluffy head. Aroma has some traditional Gueuze aspects. It smells a bit tart and woody. I also get a fair deal of sugar. The flavor is exactly the same. There are some earthy, tart, woody & funky elements but there is also a load of sweetness that slowly overpowers the other flavors.

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml best by 7/10/13 poured into a tumbler. The brew appears a clear copper color with a fine white cap.

Aroma of minerals and lemony lactic slight touch of cider and sweet grain.

Tastes slightly cider-like, tart and lemony with minerals almost like copper/pennies. A bit of bready grain is noticed but it pales in comparison to the mineral touch.

Light in body with modest carbonation. A bit bitey and acidic as it warms but the perpetual copper/mineral flavor is distracting. Not sure if my experience here is atypical since ive been sitting on this bottle for so long but based on this experience im not quite sure id jump at the chance to buy more.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great gueuze sadly overlooked by the traditionalists (including me for too long) because of its sweeter cousins (such as the gueuze lambic). Pours a correctly hazy pale ale color with a decent rush of head that retains a scrim of white lace. More lemony and peachy in the nose, as opposed to some of the more cider-like gueuzes, with a gentler whiff of cellar about it -- call it a better-ventilated basement than some other gueuzes. A bit softer and more rounded in the mouth than some, while still bond-dry. Has the classic baby-aspirin lambic taste, to be sure, but a lively and fruity take on it -- again, lemon and grapefruit, passionfruit, all tart stuff. Some occasional jangling metal notes that come and go.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with white head. Strong funky notes on the aroma, also really lemony and fresh. Taste is pretty sour but not overwhelming, with some nice farmhouse notes but also a metallic note on the finish. Body is medium with a quite soft carbonation for a lambic. Overall it's a quite good lambic, the only flaw is the metallic note from the taste.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Labelled: "bouteille tempérée bouchonnée"
At Mort Subité, Brussels.
Sticky webby off white crust over hazy pale orange. 4
Barnyard, flowers, and rotten orange - round. 4.25
Thread of wheat, some salt, goat, grapefruit, hay, slight vinegar, and sweet apple. 3.75
Lemon rind end and mild funk linger.
More towards medium, round, some chew. 3.75

Listed as "sur lie", so I think this was laid down to age (which would explain bigger-than-expected funk.)

The horsiest of the day (so far.) At the same time, plenty of citrus and smooth in the body. Not the most complex, but enough to entertain. 4

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a one-trick pony; it doesn't have the layers and thought-provoking complexity of a Cantillon by any stretch. However, when you want that sour-candy pucker, this is the ticket. It's very pleasing, no funny off-notes, and genuinely sour.

Also it's a great deal around here. Underrated in my opinion - I won't say that about their other offerings.

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Photo of jlindros
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up in Belgium. Visited their pub in Brussels and had the Witte Lambic and it was not good at all. I hope this is a lot better.

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace in my Hill Farmstead wine glass, some foamy lacing, very clear apple juice auburn colored beer.

Nose is not too bad, a decent blended lambic but also a sweet sugar added to it, some wild funk with a bit of lambic spontaneous bugs, generic sour fruit, little vinous like, a bit of a tart cherry juice, as well as some sweet syrup added back, a bit of a cherry syrup cough drop, some aged and some young characters so at least a decent gueuze blending.

Taste starts fairly sour, a big sour generic fruit with a light lemony sour flavor, as well as tart cherry again, a bit of a young lambic as well as aged lambics bringing a combination of some funk and some rounded barrel characters and touch of bready yeast character. There is a sweetness as well, as expected for Mort Subite, sweet syrupy flavors, a bit of a brown sugar molasses character, sweet cherry cough syrup, bit of acidic kick. Finish is very sticky sweet, syrupy like, more sour cherry syrup, a little lambic funk, more sour funk and a bit of bready yeast and more acidity.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, bit of an acidic bite.

Overall meh, it has some decent gueuze characteristics, but that added syrup, sweetness, and lack of real nice funk and very nice lambic characters makes this a few steps down from any of the good Belgian gueuzes, as expected from what I had while at the brew pub.

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Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one.

Pours darker than I expected, nice foamy white head, decent lacing. Smells and tastes much sweeter than I am used to for the style. Moderate amount of funk and a rather large amount of sourness. It is kinda flat and pretty sour, making it hard to consume more than a little bit at a time. The combo of sweet and sour just didn't work here for me. I enjoyed it for what it is but I wouldn't expect anything earth shattering here.

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Photo of Rutager
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

37.5cl, bb 17.06.2014

Appearance. Pours a rich gold colour with a finger of white head that leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell. Bruised apples, pears, some nice sweet funk and old wood. So far, so good.

Taste. Nice tart green apple, slight berry flavour ...maybe strawberry, Just a hint of light funk and a bit of wooden barrel.

Mouthfeel. Thin(ish) body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. A decent gueuze with some nice light flavour. Not on par with some of the better offerings out there but I would happily drink this often if it was inexpensive. I would prefer a little more carbonation as well.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, supposedly from some time in the 1970s (!), poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this ridiculously old Lambic.

A: Clear, flat, pale orange. Dark for the style, and just as flat as I expected for an ancient bottle.

S: Grainy and sweet, with caramel and oak atop vinous white wine grape. A little bit of acidity, but much more sweetness. Bizarre, but extremely enjoyable.

T: Clean, sweet + sour craziness. Caramel, lime, tangerine, and lemon. Sweet finish. Again, weird but good.

M: Flat, smooth medium body. Pleasant for what it is.

O: Thoroughly enjoyable, and not in the least bit oxidized. I doubt this was ever a really great Gueuze, but it gets respect from me for holding up so well over several decades.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lambic with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good retention. Aroma consists of tart green apple with light lingering sweetness and minimal barnyard notes. Taste is also a mix of green apple and tart notes with light lingering sweetness; barnyard notes are pretty light. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad though lacking some complexity – a definitive notch under their oude kriek.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, best by date of 10/23/2013.

A: Clear, golden-yellow body. Moderate sized off-white, fizzy head. Maintained its shape for a minute before collapsing. Soapy lacing left on the side of the glass after each sip.

S: Strong lemon-citric complexion, with green grapes, some must and mild earthy-funk.

T: Like the nose, this offering definitely falls into the group of more citric gueuzes. Mild must, sweat, and funk.

M: Solidly carbonated, light sourness in the finish. Medium to light bodied.

O: A respectable offering that is clearly the star of the Mort Subite line-up.

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Photo of drtth
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle with a best by date 17.06.2014. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed copper hued color with an initial ½” off-white head that soon recedes to some irregular, lacing like areas of foam over about 1/3 of the surface of the liquid. There is no lacing on the glass and sipping leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma contains honey, vanilla and malt but only the faintest traces of mustiness. As the beer warms there some lemon in the background.

Taste: The flavors include some honey-like sweetness, some definite vanilla, a fair amount of sourness and tartness. As the beer warms a bit of lemon comes out to play with the other flavors

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate. The medium to long finish begins with the honey and vanilla which slowly disappear leaving behind some astringency and tartness which both fade away in to a lasting dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I must confess while I finished off this beer it was more out of a motivation to give it a fighting chance as it warmed up than out of enjoyment of the beer.. The honey and vanilla are more than a bit overdone here and it would be nice to have some more prominent lemon zest, etc. The sourness is also a bit overdone when the whole profile of the beer is considered. My overall impression of this beer is that while it was more or less ok, it falls short of the mark in a few ways.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kerry D. for bringing this back in his suitcase for me! 750mL green glass cork and cage bottle. BB 26.11.2013.

Pours a medium gold with fairly thick white head for a gueuze.

Nose is huge on meyer lemon, canvas notes (props to sleepnbballrlife), morning dew on wet hay, rotting wood, under-ripe stone fruit, star fruit.

Palate is light-bodied and all about the lemon zest/juice. Lemon seeds/pit notes, a little nuttiness, key lime, thai lemon. Crisp and clean with lively carbonation. Crisp finish.

Notes: Based on the color, I expected this to have more caramel malt sweetness, but it's clean and citrusy. Definitely a surprise based on the ratings currently on here. If you see this, check it out!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, corked.

This beer poured a clear, amber color with creamy, tall, white foam that persisted and settled slowly and clung to the glass. Good bubbles. The aroma was tart and acidic with some malt beneath. Tickles the nose. The flavor was mildly tart and sour with usual geuze flavor with a touch of fruit (lime). The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and moderate carbonation feel. The tart flavors lingered lightly on the palate. This was a good geuze.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small corked bottle poured into a tulip.
Best by date 2012.

Dark golden colored, with a short lasting off white head.
aroma, just like the flavor, is very pleasant, but rather simple for the style.
Nose captures some citric fruits, tartness, faint oak notes.
Light and refreshing, tart and acidic, with a long lasting flavor that as mentioned is very pleasant but has few nuances.
Well wortwhile, but by no means the best example out there.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two big realizations dawned on me in the past month. One, that gueuzes are quite possibly my favorite style, and two, that Cantillon are my favorite brewer. IMO, the only responsible way to scientifically verify the truth to both assertions is if I drink more gueuzes, and more from different brewers/blenders. This one has a best by date of 22 October 2013 and there's no way I'm waiting that long.

Pouring a mostly clear copper-amber with a dense white head with excellent retention, this is about as good as you can expect a gueuze to look. The nose, however, leaves much to be desired. While a citrus sourness is present, what's surprising is the sweetness that's present. A little honey, a little oxidized malt, this characteristic is not particularly appealing. Swirling the glass brings out more citrus rind/grapefruit sourness and bitterness. A moderate vanilla character is present too, though it's almost like a spiced vanilla than good ol' oak barrel vanillin. Funk is low, this has a some lactic acid as well. Decent. As it warms up, the acetone character grows.

The palate opens a lot sourer than I was expecting. Big lactic sourness right up front, this is surprising, I can't think of too many gueuzes I've had that have leant this heavily on a lactic sourness. The sweetness that is mildly honey like does bring to mind granny smith apples and white grapes, making this in some ways resemble a berlinerweiss (particularly the New Glarus and Southampton versions). Citrus sourness is low, though there's a bit of lemon peel present. Funk is low, there's not really much discernible here. Finishing dry with a little tannin character, there's a noticeable sourness lingering on. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. As with the nose, there's a sharp, acetone-like character that grows as the beer warms, in some ways reminding me of some of Lost Abbeys more recent (and weaker) offerings. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, this beer is drying on the finish. While simple, this is quite enjoyable, though that acetone character does detract from the drinability. A 12.7oz bottle of that just might be a bit much.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright and clear golden color. Smell has a strong belgian yeast characteristic which threw me off guard with the heavy lactic acid flavor. High carbonation with an average head. An enjoyable gueuze but the lactic acid over powers the flavor so it's not really complex.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into my Supra tumble, Mort Subite Oude Gueuze is dark gold with a large white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is a bit musty, there is a nice sweet bread dough yeastiness, gaining intensity of barnyard as it warms.

Taste is great, classic oude gueuze. Very nice pungency of the sourness that curls the sides of the tongue. There is some nice sweet fruitiness though as well as a hint of caramel and honey. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is very dry and acidic, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is high if you can handle the heavy acidity. I love it, and thought it was a great gueuze. One of my favorites of my Belgian trip.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date September 2011; Sampled January 2009
A reasonable pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, frothy, pale, cream-white colored head. The beer is a honey-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a sweet, grassy grain character to it that is backed by a solid tartness as well as some spicy, woody oak notes towards the finish. Some sharp notes that are something like phenolics, perhaps a bit of acetone sort of perfume the aroma of this beer; this seems to get magnified a bit as the beer warms up. A touch of woody mushroom is noticeable just before the lactic tartness kicks in, but there also seems to be a touch of acetic character here in the finish of the nose.

Fairly sour, this actually shocks my palate a bit. The sourness has a nice bite to it that, along with some tannic oak character, grips the palate and lingers after each sip. This tastes fairly clean, given the ample acid character; there does seem to be a wisp of Brettanomyces that sort of perfumes the palate, it lingers throughout the flavor profile with a characteristic sweat-stained, musty blanket and musk note. There is an astringency that grips the palate after the beer has left the mouth. This is definitely more sour than anything, but there is a nice back note of oak and just a touch of funkiness to this brew. The oak provides a bit of texture that keeps the from being watery, but this is still nice and quaffable. The taste bears out the dominant lactic acid notes that are backed by just a hint of acetic.

This is pretty decent; there is something about the complexity, or lack thereof, that is a bit wanting, but I like that this is pretty decently sour.

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Photo of Absumaster
1.93/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A murky orange beer with almost no head.

Smell is very acidic, lactic acid is all over the place and leaves no room for anything else. No matter how hard I try. Maybe some flowers.

Taste is acidic and at first the beer makes a slight sweet impression. No, this is really acidic, can't get it down. A bit of farmhouse and flowers. A sharp sour that has something medicinal. Sorry, this is going down the drain after 2 sips.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle bought from

Poured a nice clear golden coppery colour.. slightly off white head pours very big and foamy but faded very quickly to light ring. Lots of carbonation shoots to the surface... lots of sticky lacing

Aroma - Sour with a slight sweetness coming through, citrusy, some grapefruit notes, flowery, acidic, cider hints, barnyard notes - wet hay, faint honey traces, popcorn notes, can just about make out some faint floral hops, peppery..

Taste – Nice sourness - sour fruits (strong grapefruits, lemons), slight saltiness, light sweetness - the type you get after you've put a piece of lemon in your mouth, herbal / perfume notes, musty / funky, some faint nuttiness, grassy / hay, no bitterness and no real maltiness...

Feel - Sharp and dry with some smoothness underneath.. light body. Very refreshing and drinkable - could probably drink this all night...

Overall - An excellent gueuze.... one of my favourites... Very refreshing and definitely worth a try if you can get it...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this along with the more widely available Mort Subite Gueuze (standard) while in Antwerp earlier this year. I finally got around to opening the Oude Gueuze today:

Poured from a corked 375ml bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice. The beer was bright orange and hazy, and the head was thin but retained forever. The smell was really good, sour and "wild" flavored.

The taste was better than the Mort Subite Gueuze I've already tried several times. The Oude Gueuze is more sour and hardcore (I heard from the shopkeeper in Antwerp that the standard Gueuze has some kind of sugars mixed in to tone down the tartness).

Awesome, I'll drink it again if I ever see it.

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Mort Subite Oude Gueuze from Brouwerij Mort Subite
3.76 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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