St. Louis Gueuze Lambic - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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4.15/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
07-26-2009 19:57:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev +22.9%
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +22%
Best before 04-2009... nicely aged!
Hazy, dirty orange with a white head, ring of retention leaves some lace.
Pear-like aroma with hints of mango, dried papaya and leather
Nice sweet-tart balance, pear, pineapple, papaya, mango, wheaty biscuit, leather, plum,
Moderate body has a nice crisp finish, perhaps a bit more acidic than a cider, but not much.
Crisp, refreshing and a really easy drinker. Overall a good brew.
05-13-2012 01:11:04 | More by Derek
3.65/5 rDev +11.3%
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
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
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
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
Small bottle with no obvious markings of volume. This was flown from by a friend from Belgium.... one of many styles.
This is my first Gueuze style beer so this review may be off from the average.
A - 3.5
Golden with a slight red tint. Very bubbly-fizzy... reminded me a bit of a champagne. Light head stuck around pretty well.
S - 3.5
Sweet with a slight vinegar sour. Smelled good and very refreshing. Reminded me of fruit mixed with a liqueur.
T - 3.5
This was a tough one to rate with it being the first of its style that I've had. Tasted of sparkling apple juice with that woody sour aftertaste. I'd push it to a 4.0, but it seemed just a little too sweet. I wanted more bitter/sour.
MF - 3.5
Nice and sparkling. Very bubbly on my palate.
D - 4.0
Very drinkable. Especially if you are into sweeter lambics. I'm new to the Lambic style... so I'd probably never come back to this one and will try something new within the style. I'm not a big sweet beer drinker... I go more for bitter or sour.
Overall, a fun beer to try with a heightened experience since it was a gift flown over from the source. Thank you Roger!
06-18-2009 04:30:26 | More by dqderrick
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
I think a couple of these might give me heartburn but one on a hot day would be welcomed. Being my first Gueuze Lambic, I don't have much to compare to. I'll definitely try some others in the summer since this style of beer probably make for great patio refreshers.
I like the crystal clear chestut colour of this beer but it doesn't provide much head and has zero lace.
The aroma is sweet and vinigar-sour with flowery and obvious medicinal phenolics. Also some slight Belgian yeast aroma.
The taste is like the aroma and it goes down refreshingly watery - much like a shandy with fine gingerale-like carbonation or cider.
Unfortunately, I'm a little sensitive to the taste of artificial sweeteners so the acesulfame-potassium leaves a slightly off taste for me in the crisp finish.
03-20-2010 00:17:55 | More by ecoastman
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
Not for Lambic purists...but for those unfamiliar with the genre, this is a good starter ale.
Pours hazey- golden-red with a smallish cap that laces well
Aroma od musty burlap, herbs and sweetness.
Tastes like a well blended gueuze but the sweetness is a tad annoying..it has all the musty-earthy tones and herbal balance from long boil aged hops and the tart dryness of a lambic but the added sweetness seems phony.
No reason to discount this as a serious lambic blend...but it is best suited to turning on your wife or friends to this style.
12-20-2007 02:24:21 | More by pootz
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
I had this on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub today - served in a stemmed tulip glass.
A= This ale poured a fairly clear gold with some amber/orange qualities to the hue. The head was snow white and short lived, quickly dropping to a skim. Surprisingly, a bit of decent lace left behind on the glass.
S= A nice back and forth between sweet and sour. The sweetness was like candi sugar while the sourness was full of tart cherries and just a bit of vinegar.
T= Much like the smell. The tart sourness kicked in first, bringing notes of cherry, wood, and a hint of apple. There was a malty sweetness that came next that provided just enough counterbalance to ease the pucker. No hops to speak of. Yeast character was limited to some fruity esters. Finished dry and tart.
MF= Thin bodied with a crisp feel and moderate carbonation.
D= Refreshing and easy to drink. Not the best sour ale I have had but surely a worthy one. Could make a great session beer.
02-22-2010 07:53:59 | More by spointon
3.55/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured into a Blanche de Chambly flute glass. Pours a nice deep golden colour with a thin frothy white head, lots of carbonation and lacing.
Lots of brett yeast in the aroma, candy sugar, apples. Smells like a light version of Orval. Very interesting.
Tastes mostly like it smells, very sweet, somewhat sour, some grassy-hay undertones. The artificial sweetener unfortunately sort of ruins the aftertaste.
Nice strongly carbonated mouthfeel, a very refreshing and drinkable beer. My first Gueuze and somewhat impressed.
04-10-2010 22:07:03 | More by GodOfBeer
St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
76 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.