Brewed by Gulpener Bierbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Gulpen, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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This is the version sold in the US. The brewer’s original intent was for a beer of this strength but limitations proprietary to the Dutch market led to him brewing a lower alcohol, sweetened version there. When he started exporting to the US, the original concept of the beer was chosen.
Produced at Gulpener’s De Zwarte Ruiter (Black Knight) brewpub, Mestreechs Aajt is a blended beer in which one of the component beers is subject to a wild yeast fermentation and is aged for a year in unlined wood. Very refreshing, traditional style brew.

Fielding's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fielding (58) - - OCT 20, 2012
Sour nose. Too dark in bar to appreciate color. Palate was light, not offensive but lacking. Tasted like a high end sour cherry juice. Very drinkable but diasappointing for a sour. Wanted more depth of sour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6752) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Really nice surprise on tap. I’d choose this tasty brew as the one to introduce people to the style. Vinous, comped and tart, but also fruity, dry, on the light side and approachable. A good sour you could kick back a few of or pair with food."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
markextrae (1903) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2014
From tap. The aroma was like a real rodenbach with sweet and sour cheries. But the taste... It’s like They have add a ton of sugar. Bad bad bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: Deep dark plums and prunes under a consistently creamy head that is a blend of khaki and plum hues. Swirls creamy.
Nose: Sour cherries and fresh sweet black cherries. Gentle red wine vinegar esters. Tart plums. Musty red wine including the barrels in which they were matured for some added tannins.
Palate: Sour with just a kiss of sweetness with a creamy, velveteen mouthfeel. Pulpy black cherries followed by sour cherries, tart purple/black grapes, and plums. Simple and complex at the same time. My tongue tingles. Bitter tannins along the sides – plum, grape, and cherry skins. Vinous in the middle with some red wine vinegar and oak matured rustic red wine. Oak tannins underneath.
Final Thoughts: A delicious sour ale/wild ale. It’s no secret that I have a sour tooth and by the time my glass was empty, my tooth was more than happy. It is interesting to note that within the Netherlands this beer is only sold as a sweetened lower ABV sour ale do to various liquor laws, but for export, the brewery was able to brew the original recipe for our quaffing pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sierrazd (5) - California, USA - APR 9, 2013 does not count
The absolute definition of a Flanders Oud Bruin, this beer is everything you could hope for from the style. Simply phenomenal. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2013
On tap at The Porter Beer Bar. Pours dark amber with white head. Aromas of cherry, little wood, sweet malts, and some funk. Flavor is loaded with sweet cherries, some funk and wood, and nice amount of tartness. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Nice sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1670) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2013
draft at Mitra Bier Experience
Clear brown, beautiful creamy beige lasting head. Aroma is sour, vinous, toffee, butterscotch. Taste is like aroma but sweeter. Bit low on carbo and taste a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6674) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2012
11/3/12. On tap at Kickback’s. Deep amber/brown pour with a huge, fluffy khaki head that lasts and coats the glass in thick lacing. Sweet and sour aroma with bits of wood, funk, and deep sweetness. Sweet entry with lots of cherry, some powdered sugar, wood, and a hint of menthol. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3981) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at the Livermore Saloon. It pours a nice dark ruby red/brown color with a nice tan head. The aroma is sour cherry candy with hints of leather. The flavor is sweet cherries with a hint of funk, leather and a hint of chocolate. Light bodied. Balance is more toward the sweet side than sour. Only faults are lack of complexity and light body. Enjoyable sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5455) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2012
On tap at Churchkey’s Night of the Living Ales event. Poured a ruby red color with a huge white head - had to wait for this one to settle down a bit. Aroma was slightly sweet, with a mild note of balsamic in there - perhaps that’s not the right description, but it’s what I hit upon when I had it at the time. Aroma was sweet, mild tartness, but overall mostly sweet. Fruit notes aren’t bad at all, perhaps also noticed a touch of smoke in this one too. Nice sweet brew, with fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Tap: dark brown with large frothy white head. Aroma is funky, tart and some barnyard qualities. Flavor has a slight toasted wood, tart cherry, and a hint of creamy caramel. Palate is sweet and sour, a good balance and nice acidic full mouth feel. Rather easy drinking for a sour beer. Good balance and flavor.

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