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

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 133
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 14.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of peensteen
2.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace. Smell is lightly funky but mostly dominated by sweet lemondrop candy, yellow gummy bears and sugary bread. Taste is sweet, sugary/saccharine flavours, touch of acidity at points, malty sweet finish. Medium-high carbonation, medium body and a bit creamy. This is pretty bad but it is drinkable, I can't see myself ever going out of my way to buy this again but I will drink the second bottle I have of this. (464 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,862 characters)

Photo of djack8617
3.54/5  rDev +11%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Awful. This is not really a gueuze, whatever the name may be. Very sweet. The addition of sugar and stevia (?) is absurd. Tastes like bad apple juice. (150 characters)

Photo of Brisket
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (280 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap into a tulip.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Lemon juice, strawberry and lactic acid.

Taste
Mild lactic sourness followed with lemon juice and hints of strawberry. Has a good bit of candy sugar sweetness with some bready malts and caramelized grains.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, dry and lightly tart.

Overall
Quite a bit of sweetness for a Gueuze. Has only a mild sourness. Still pretty enjoyable and recommended for those trying to get into Sours. (547 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle.
Pours reddish amber beer with off-white very big head.
Nice aroma: fruity and tart with tones of hay and horse. Sweet, moderately tart with stockyard characteristics and fruit tones. By far, no hops at all. Light, not very fizzy and well-balanced beer. (265 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (424 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a flute

a: pours a deep rich golden-yellow, with a two-finger white and fluffy head

s: lemon, funk, white grapes, sweetness, quite crisp

t: quite sour, lemon tartness with some white grapes and apple, high carbonation, and a light sweetness at the end

o: one of my first gueuzes, enjoyable, but nothing amazing (333 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. A slightly hazy dark amber. The thin bubbly head soon diminished to a thin layer. A fair amount of clingy lace.

Sour barnyard in the smell. The initial funk burst in the taste is followed by a sour twist at the end. Rather more fruity than most in the style.

Medium body and carbonation. Overall a pretty dumbed down Gueuze. Not bad, just nothing really special. (390 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
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 (701 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Raw honey colored, tall 2 finger head. Great retention.

S - Fairly acidic, with notes of apple cider vinegar, bitter fruit skin, tart green apple and tart citrus,

T - Fairly sour with tons of dry, acidic fruit. A certain yeasty tang and oak dryness. Plenty of tangy fruit skin and peel. Subtle sweetness lingering around.

M - Dry and tart, cleaning the mouth but leaving it dry after each sip.

O - Simple geuze, containing the wild tart factor for sure. This one seemed a bit more toward the sour side. (510 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As far as a fake gueuze is concerned, this wasn't half bad.

Beer is kind of amber, no sediment (filtered) big white head, lots of lacing, served in a pilsner flute. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sour but mostly sweet. Kind of like a good faro would smell.

Beer is medium in body but overall really light on the palate. It is mild all around, not really a gueuze ultimately but it's not horrid. Easy drinking lightish, mildly sour, kind of sweet beer. (460 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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 (511 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.38/5  rDev +6%
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. (595 characters)

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

I believe this is the first gueuze I've ever had, though I've had other lambics. Purchased at the Control Board in Ontario. Pours a pale orange colour with big white head. Nice retention and lacing covers about 1/4 of the glass. Smells of apples, lemon, quite tart. Flavour is both sour and sweet. Nice carbonation level. This reminds me of the Sour Patch Kids candy that I used to eat while I was younger. It tastes nice, but not something that I would drink everyday. (469 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my favorite goblet.

A- Pours the color of honey, two finger white head settles to a quarter inch cap that remains for the entire duration. Lacing is good, a lot more than I was expecting.

S- Cider vinegar, apples, white grapes.

T- Cider vinegar (although faint) white grapes and apples. Seems to be quite watery tasting. Nowhere near as tart as I was expecting. I'm getting a bit of a metallic taste from this which is a little off putting.

M- Again watery, the carbonation helped me get over that but was hoping something with a little pucker power.

Overall not bad, the metallic taste IMO really hurt this one. Each sip was just okay. Won't purchase again unfortunately. (696 characters)

Photo of kjyost
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at the LCBO, marked 10/2011 on the bottle. I assume this is BB date. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

I had seen the reviews before I tried this, but had high hopes when I poured it. Although surprisingly clear, it had a nice head atop the deep golden liquid. Lacing was substantial too. The aroma off the beer was tart, though dominated by apple aromas. Sadly the taste was just apples with not nearly enough tartness at first, although over time it was getting sour. A nice bite with moderate carbonation, but not a beer I would seek out to drink ever again. (565 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A recent trip to Ontario gave me the opportunity to pick up some beer styles I don't normally have access to. This gueuze is one of them, and is the first gueuze I have ever tried.

Pours a very dark amber color with plenty of frothy white head. Head eventually settles down to half a finger and a crown, with plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Definitely a bit sour/tartness to the nose. Reminds me a bit of a cidery smell. Also a slight scent of yeast.

The initial taste consists of a surprising amount of sweetness. Sweetness feels artificially induced. Sourness is very slight. Slight lemon flavor. I am somewhat disappointed, having had a better combination of sweet and sour from a bag of sour patch kids. Finish is fairly smooth, with no real aftertaste.

Nothing really exciting here. It might be smooth, but the excessive sweetness means I would probably switch to something else after a glass or two. (913 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By September 2009; Sampled July 2010
Pours with a frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, dark amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fresh cut pears, apples and bananas even. There are some kiwi like aromatics that are brought out by a definite acidity. I should mention that the beer smells quite sweet too, so at least in the nose this is very different than something that is fully spontaneously fermented and conditioned. There is a soft, musky note here that smells strange when coupled with sweetness.

Not as sweet as the Faro, but this is certainly a sweet beer. The beer finishes with a lingering tartness that is mostly lactic, but has some definite acetic over-tones to it. Fizzy and light bodied, though perhaps a bit heavy for a Gueuze, but this also doesn't have that Lactic slickness that one usually gets; this really isn't that sour, so must not have enough to contribute this note. The sweetness brings out fruit notes that remind me of lightly oxidized apples, some pear, fake lemon, . A touch of sherry in the finish adds some age to the malt character. This also reminds me of sweet tea, though perhaps not quite as much as a Faro does.

This is worse than the Faro to me b/c it really shouldn't be sweet. Judged as a Faro, I like this better than the three Faros that I just tried, but as a Gueuze this simply sucks; it is certainly not bad or objectionable tasting, just not a Gueuze. (1,485 characters)

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St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
75 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.