St. Louis Gueuze Lambic - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-04-2003

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Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JahTurbo
2.24/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Too fruity for my taste, almost a champagne taste. Did not enjoy.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of djack8617
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber appearance with white foamy head approx 1/4 inch with good retention.

Tart acidic smell with strong hints of citrus.

Intial sour taste that lingers on palate. Tolerable but not my favorite


Full feeling on palate with a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bloberglawp
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured into sampler glass...actually gave me quite a big pour for a sample...thanks!
It looks very light...yellowish tint, but looks like a beefed-up coors light.
Smells great...fruity and yeasty.
Taste is good to ok...fruity apple and pear flavor nothing crazy. But its just so bitter. I know its the style, but its not for me. Well, not this one anyway.
Overall...interesting, but a big swing and a miss for me.

Photo of oline73
2.29/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Sweet with a slight vinegar note. No real tartness here, just a slight sour note.

Taste: Really sweet, kind of like a sweet Faro. No real tart notes and the vinegar is extremely mild. The finish is sweet with a touch of acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish. The carbonation goes away way too quickly.

Overall: This beer isn't terrible overall, but it's an awful gueuze. I'm never going to have it again.

Photo of weeare138
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a pale gold with a nice 2 finger white head that lasts for about a minute. Some solid lines of lacing stick to the glass.
Smell is of slight skunkiness with green apple jolly ranchers mixed in.
Taste is of well blended apple varieties. I suppose the two hop buds on the front of the bottle are just for show because I don't taste any of that going on in this semi sweet brew.
Mouthfeel is solid. Not too tart but of mildly sweet McIntosh and Granny Smith apples. Slightly watery but sugary and slick and semi-dry. Definitely sticks solely to the tongue.
Drinkability is about average. I've figured out what the two hop buds represent on the front...SIP, SIP, pass.

It's ok, dog.

Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Appearance - Dark Gold/Light orange colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemons, bananas, apples, green grapes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of lots of banana and citric acid. It has a nice balance of sweet and sour that doesn't lean too heavily either way. It also reminded me a little bit of a white wine - green grapes.

Overall - The beer had an interesting taste and and a nice look in the glass. It may not be as exciting as some of the other beers in its category/style, but I'm still happy I tried it. I don't think I'd buy it again however.

Photo of udfan07
5/5  rDev +53.4%

A perfect lambic. A sweet beer with the right touch of sour to make it very drinkable. Enjoyed this beer very much.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 7/25/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart fruits, vinegar, very light malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise is very tart and sour up front with flavors of citrus and mild Belgian yeast. The malt character is very thin but is exactly where it should be for the style. The after-taste is sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a really nice sour Belgian beer that isn't as harsh as others of its kind and is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of ludachris
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing copper that is perfectly clear quite effervescent, yeilding two fingers of sticky white head that displays excellent retention and leaves long strings of thick patchy lace.

The nose is dry and tart with notes of vinegar, sour green apple, a bit of lemon and hay.

The dry and tart apples turn quite sweet in the palate with notes of sweet lemon and a light bready quality following with a bit of hay. The vinegar moves way back and becomes completely subordinate to the artificial sweeteners that are added, which are also boldly displayed on the label.

The mouthfeel is much different than the nose would lead you to believe. The tart, dry, and sour notes become crisp, clean, and sweet, making it go down a bit smoother. Good balance and an easy drinker.

This being my first Gueuze, I didn't know what to expect, but this left me satisfied. If the sweetness of this derived from real fruits rather than artifical sweeteners, I think it would be a completely different beer. At a slightly higher price tag for a somewhat average beer, I won't be buying this too often, but this one does leave me looking forward to my next gueuze.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent orange-amber hue, generating roughly one centimetre of foamy, white head that swiftly wilts over the next minute or three. A bubbly film and frothy collar survive on, along with a modest quantity of lace. The nose is a mixture of both sweet and sour notes - sugary stevia sweetness and some wheaty malt, along with tart hints of lemon, green apple skin and white grapes. Not particularly funky.

Very sweet, with a lot apple flavour - both regular apple juice as well as green, Granny Smith flesh tartness. It's not entirely off-putting, but it doesn't remind me of a gueuze at all. Wheaty malt and saccharine stevia notes - not quite as cloying as artificial sweeteners, but still not quite 'natural'-tasting - are very prominent, with some mild vinegar and white grapey flavours at the finish, and a slightly acidic aftertaste. Light-bodied, with relatively high carbonation levels that give this sour a crisp, appropriate mouthfeel. It is a satisfying presence on the palate, and is quite easy to drink, but the flavour profile leaves something to be desired.

Final Grade: 3.29, a C+. I had doubts about St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from the start - mostly because of the ingredients list, as well as the lukewarm reviews. After tasting it, I feel pretty safe stating that this is just not much of a gueuze at all. The comparisons to apple juice are remarkably apt - right down to this one having vitamin C added to it. Pretty disappointed with this beer... I bought two bottles, so I guess I'll hold onto the other one for a while, to see if it gets any better a year or two from now. Stick with this brewery's Gueuze Fond Tradition if you're in the mood for a better, more traditional example of this style. Recommended for cider fans, but not for many others.

Photo of Brisket
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber beer with a light white head

S- Smells great, mostly lemony sour and lactic acid.

T- Similar to the nose, starts sour and lemony with a lactic bite, there's a mediciny middle and a bready finish.

M- Light bodied and medium carbonation.

O- ok not great Gueuze

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St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
75 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.