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

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BA SCORE
76
okay

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-04-2003)
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep straw colour, two fingers of head, and a very active carbonation. Great head retention and a wet, thick lacing on the glass. Sour, spicy aroma, not terribly complex, a bit of lemon, nutmeg, granny smith apples, soft woody undertone.

Taste: sickly sweet, oh my God. The aroma was a trick! It's like apple juice without the depth of flavour. The sour note is there, hanging in the background, and a bit of a brett aftertaste, but it's like the added a bunch of sugar to mask what could have been an alright sour beer. Mouthfeel is light and airy with a soft carbonation. It would be refreshing is the beer wasn't so dreadful in the flavour department. No way would I want another.

trevorwideman, May 29, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

beerhunter13, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Beerswag, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Janeinma, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

rastaman, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8%
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!

biboergosum, Mar 28, 2010
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

CanuckRover, Mar 01, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Ciocanelu, May 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

GRG1313, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of crosenkrantz
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

crosenkrantz, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Reinheitsgebot71, Nov 30, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

cfrobrew, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 29, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
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

mikesgroove, Dec 12, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

bloberglawp, May 31, 2008
Photo of Dijeriduster
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Dijeriduster, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

irishkyle21, Apr 24, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
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St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
76 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.