Mestreechs Aajt (5% ABV, unsweetened)

Formerly brewed at Gulpener Bierbrouwerij
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Gulpen, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This is the version sold in the US. The brewers 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 Gulpeners 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.

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   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (2378) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2016
Tap at Arendsnest, 18th July 16. Pours dark red, brown. Aroma is sour fruit, ripe berry. Taste is refreshing, tart and sweet, fruit, rich. Lovely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 9, 2015
A solid sour. On the acidic side, but not too tart. Really nice, almost sessionable take on the style. Tried at the Arendsnest in 2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (9350) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2015
Sampled draft @ Arendsnest during Carnivale Brettanomyces #4. Glad to try this very rare classic. Dark red pomegranate, little tanned head. Nose is mild puckering vinous, basic, lightly metallic with some vinegar, red grape & light glue. Taste is odd light sweetish jam upfront mixed with some vinegar, lemon, faintly artificial, lemon, malty, faintly metallic almost, Tad artificial body, light jam. Not as rich as I had hoped, a bit too light, touch metallic & some tad too artificial jam qualities. This is good but I was hoping for much more. Still a good beer, I just had too high expectation, my bad. (Thanks for sharing Kermis, Maakun & tlahav).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (5165) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
Tap at Arendsnest. Clear dark reddish brown with off white head. Red berries, black berry jelly, light wood, funk, sugary without it being very sweet, brown bread. Medium sour with light to medium sweetness. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (12689) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
Draft at Arendsnest. Pours clear brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, light funk, light wood, tart fruits and citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet and over moderate sour with an acid burn in the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11632) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Really nice surprise on tap. Id 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 (4375) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2014
From tap. The aroma was like a real rodenbach with sweet and sour cheries. But the taste... Its 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. Its 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 (2225) - 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.

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