In June 2013 I returned to Belgium for the first time since my exchange, and while I was there I quested to reach a total of tasting 200 different Belgian beers. My lifetime total upon arrival was 186, and I started out with a couple of days in Brussels to add to that. During my first full day on the town I tried 5 new beers, a grand start! On that day I visited the lovely cafe A La Mort Subite. With its Art Nouveau architecture, excellent beers and classic Bruxelloise vibe, I would recommend this cafe to anyone who visits Brussels.
A La Mort Subite I ordered their Gueuze, which is a variety of Lambic beer, that very peculiar style which is unique to the Pajottenland of Belgium. A Gueuze is a mix of young and old Lambic beers, which are spontaneously fermenting wheat beers, left open in the rafters of a brewery for one night to be spontaneously impregnated by the wild yeasts of the Senne Valley. While there are several Lambic breweries, and various levels of authenticity amongst Gueuzes, it is safe to say that this one is a fairly standard modern blend. Lambics are also famous for having fruit added to them, especially cherries and raspberries.
Tasting notes scribbled on the back of my coaster.
Mort Subite Gueuze: Very complex, sour, tangy, without the sweetness of a Flemish red, like your mouth being invaded by an army of flavours, totaal!