St. Louis Gueuze Lambic - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by LittleDon:
3.48/5 rDev +6.7%
A health quarter liter at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder on 5/10/12
Lots and lots of carbonation, which could explain the lack if head and lace. Golden and a bit hazy. Muted aroma, sour cherries and dog. Curious flavor. Nice start, sour fruit, chardonnay, very subtle bitterness. An odd iodine flavor on the finish (glassware issue?). Light body. All I could think of was the carbonation. Near overwhelming.
05-10-2012 23:53:35 | More by LittleDon
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3.13/5 rDev -4%
Picked up a small bottle at a Brussels beer shop to drink in the hotel. Pours into a small wine glass a ripe gold color with a shin off white head that quickly dissolves to thin lace. Aroma contains tart, almost candy like apple notes, hints of vinegar, and a generic Belgian pale fruity yeastiness. The taste is mildly tart and sour on the front of the palate but quickly turns sweet and almost sugary with apple flavors and pale malts making up the bulk of the flavor. Hops seem to be absent entirely. Body is crisp and smooth with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink but not my favorite of the style.
11-23-2009 20:14:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.3/5 rDev +1.2%
Like a few others, this is the closest thing to a Gueuze I've encountered thus far in the LCBO. Had to snap one of these up.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. About a half inch of head, with lots of sticky lacing. Dark straw, almost amber hue, with lots of visible carbonation.
The smell is sour apples with a bit of vinegar and straw, yet there is also a strong sugar presence as well. Very light hops in there, b
The beer is certainly very sweet, not unlike an apple version of Mort Subite. Certainly not the sour, astringent brew I'd been expecting for a gueuze, but not unpleasant either.
Despite the sweetness, I'm left with a sticky, dry sensation on the palate. Maybe I'm just thirsty... Hearty carbonation, almost like a sparkling wine.
Since this is my first gueuze (or first brew labeled as such), I'm not sure if St Louis is doing the style justice. It's a drinkable beer, certainly a slow sipper, yet not one I'm liable to pick up in the future. Might cellar a bottle for a while, see what it does.
03-02-2010 23:37:23 | More by JohnnyBarman
United Kingdom (England)
2.6/5 rDev -20.2%
Well for me, this was always going to be too sweet to be any good. Theres some light earthy notes, with some tartness and light sourness. But the sweetness i think dominates this, i think this needs more stink and more sour and has to be a lot dryer, an average mainstream gueuze.
06-04-2003 20:54:43 | More by rastaman
3.53/5 rDev +8.3%
A huge ugly white mailing label adorns this bottle, covering up half of the original label, all to warn us of the added sweetening agents, and the nutritional content. Not that I'm against this information being included, but wow, what a terrible way to do it...once again, way to go, LCBO...
This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of thin soapy off-white head, which leaves some random patches of lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of tart ascetic fruit acids, and a bit of cherry/lemon sweetness. The taste is much milder than the aroma had suggested - soft tart cherry and lemon, a bit of metallic funky barnyard yeast, and a sweet white graininess. The carbonation is middling, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, and it finishes off-dry, the funky sweetness persisting.
My first beer ever that contains artificial sweeteners, the same ones in Diet Pepsi, Coke Zero, etc. Hard to tell what effect they have, since this gueuze isn't all that sweet, and the metallic nature may or may not be attributable to their inclusion.
Overall, a nicely subdued version of the style, compared to others that I've tried recently - my teeth are not tingling after every sip!
03-28-2010 01:10:09 | More by biboergosum
3.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Smooth geuze, its the corn and sugar making it an easy drink after a lot of work. Popular with my mates, and a nudge to transition them away from macros. Not a quality geuze but I have had worse and less drinkable. Light body. The cork was a good quality.
11-20-2005 02:14:19 | More by Sammy
3.65/5 rDev +12%
Pours a nice gold with a finger-thick head of foam. Slow carbonation.
Don't get much other than candy sugar on the nose.
Decent taster. Lots of crisp fruit. Pear. Very crisp, very slightly sour green apple, it has a bit of a cider character. Quite sweet, little bit of tartness. Pretty unfortunate metalic taste in the finish. Slightly drying.
It's drinkable. Not challenging, I agree with others, a good introduction to the style for non-geeks. I don't loath it like some.
03-01-2008 21:29:39 | More by CanuckRover
3.35/5 rDev +2.8%
My first Lambic.
The body is clear gold and very active, champagne like, crystal clear. A tight off white head with great retention is above this, it leave a fine lace.
An interesting nose. Cinnamon, sugar, white grape juice, rose, star anise, lemon and a hint of sulphur.
The taste is very sour and tart with some light sugary notes. It becomes mildly bitter and astringent in the finish. Candied apple and hints of spice play in the very high level of carbonation. Some notes of verjuice.
Light and lively feel like sparkling wine.
Interesting but not as much as I'd hope from this style.
11-30-2010 20:12:13 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottle: Poured a medium clear amber color ale with a huge white foamy head with good retention. Faint barnyard aroma can be detected as well as subtle sourness. Taste is sweeter then regular gueuze with some sweetness but no acidity. Complexity is quite low and I guess this would be more of a beginner gueuze then anything else.
04-29-2005 18:06:54 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +23.6%
vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass.
The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm
12-12-2011 02:46:37 | More by mikesgroove
3.2/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a heavy apple cider yellow, big foamy white head, fair amount of lacing and medium carbonation.
Aroma of brett, sour candy and spice... its reminiscent of orval. Unfortunately, the orval flavor profile is not present, its rather malty and sweet and not very sour. Still a fair amount of flavor.
A "for the masses" lambic that would be useful to open friends eyes to what beer can be, not your "wild ale sour-heads" dream beer though.
05-31-2008 01:42:25 | More by bloberglawp
3.6/5 rDev +10.4%
On tap at Blind Lady Ale House served into a brandy snifter
A - Thin looking bright yellow with just a whisp of head on top.
S - Soury and acidic just as a gueze should be.
T - Nice and sour on the tongue without making you pucker too much. I thought this was well balanced for a gueze.
M - Thin as per the style.
D - I am surprised this has such a low score, I thought it was a pretty decent gueze and would def drink it again. That said it wasn't crazy good and I think I prefer their fond traditional
02-16-2011 16:48:20 | More by Dijeriduster
3.23/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours with a bright white head, good stickage but not much retention. Has a yellow pee color.
Smells of fruits, wet hay/barn and sweetness.
Tastes blends with the nose, fruits, sugars, a bit of funk and more than enough carbonation. A decent drinker but I cant see myself buying this again.
04-24-2008 03:22:24 | More by irishkyle21
2.65/5 rDev -18.7%
Orange-brown. Strong smell of bananas without this fruit in the composition of the Gueuze. Mouth but a bit too watery despite a strange smell of bananas (a bit like the fruit sauces because they are feeling a little fiber and it is still quite soft in the mouth). The finish is subtly but quite low acid flavors. Little sugar, which is already better than nothing, but the body is too low compared to other lambic.
12-27-2010 16:28:44 | More by ThaCreep
St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
76 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.