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Mort Subite Gueuze by Alken-Maes

Lambic, 4.5%

A lambic beer style that combines a blend of young and old lambic beers matured in oak casks with added sugar. The result is a clean, complex, sour beer with notes of dried and stewed fruit, sour cider apples and a dash of wine vinegar. It’s a bit special.


The live tasting of this beer was on 10th December 2020 #BeerBods

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The Story

Alken-Maes is one of the biggest breweries in Belgium, with a history that can be traced as far back as the 19th century. However, Alken-Maes as a company only came into existence in 1988, when it was created as a result of a merger of two small breweries, Maes and Alken. 

The roots of both breweries go back to around 1880. In Waarloos, Egied Maes bought the Sint-Michaël brewery, while shortly afterwards Arthur Boes started a brewery in Alken. The breweries were situated about 100km apart and both followed a similar trajectory. 

Alken shot to fame in 1928 with the release of Cristal, widely regarded as the first Belgian Lager. Maes followed suit with their extremely popular Pils released in the 1940’s. The breweries merged in 1988, adding familiar favourites Grimbergen and Affilgem to the portfolio and immediately becoming one of the largest brewing groups in Belgium. 

Rsz Alken Maes

For tonight’s BeerBods Plus offering, we have a beer from Alken-Maes that many (including us) won’t have tried before. Mort Subite is their take on a Gueuze, a lambic beer style that combines a blend of young and old lambic beers matured in oak casks with added sugar. The result is a clean, complex, sour beer with notes of dried and stewed fruit, sour cider apples and a dash of wine vinegar. It’s a bit special. 

 

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