Mort Subite Oude Gueuze | Brouwerij Mort Subite

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Mort Subite Oude GueuzeMort Subite Oude Gueuze

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Brouwerij Mort Subite

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TurdFurgison on 05-26-2006

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by jlindros:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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 distantmantra
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 Seaba
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 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 Caudalie
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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 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 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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 AleWatcher
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of paulcdc
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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 Schade
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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