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

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St. Louis Gueuze LambicSt. Louis Gueuze Lambic

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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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1.25/5  rDev -61.8%

Holland, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of oakbluff
1.8/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a golden apple colour, one finger white head that quickly dissipates. Nose- sweet apple juice, very slight wood. Taste- very sweet, flat and ugly. Grainy, musky, thick syrupy mess. A beer you would give someone if you really didn't enjoy hanging out with said person. A total drain pour. The only "gueze" available in Manitoba and what a gem it is. Figures, thanks MLCC for another piss poor choice. Keep them coming

oakbluff, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of putnam
1.95/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reddish gold. Papery aromas smell hospitally alongside typical Gueuze rancid apple aromas. Bizzarre. There is an assertive neutrality to the flavor. Metal, neutral and sweet alcohol, apply fruit and chalk crowd the perimeter. Globs of incoherent gas point to nothing. Watery and sweet. Why did they waste natural cork on this bottle? If bland, tasteless beer is desired, drink North American macro-style. Save a cork tree. Wine needs it.

putnam, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I saw two Gueuzes at the LCBO (this and Morte subite) I was excited, especially since Id never heard of this one and was expecting it to be a real Gueuze. As it turns out, it was even more of an alcopop Plambic than the sub par Morte Subite.

pours a nice looking copper color with an impressive head and scads of lace. The aroma is quite processed and one dimensional with sweetness up front and only a wiff of acidity and fruit in the back. The taste is way too sweet. Sugar is added. I thought Gueuze was supposed to be bone dry... The finish is cloying sweetness with a shadow of balancing acidity. Who really enjoys this stuff? Fake Gueuze is almost as bad a macro lager. Gueuze is not supposed to be sweet, let alone cloying. This is crap. Stick to Hanssens or Cantillon.

What a waste of 3.75.

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of crosenkrantz
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

crosenkrantz, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

TheBishopco, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of oline73
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

oline73, May 25, 2012
Photo of biegaman
2.35/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The prevalence of a light auburn hue is the only thing preventing me from really seeing this as apple juice (and even then I have trouble shaking the similarity). Its surface, about as bald as an eggshell, doesn't do much to help dismiss the notion. Its clarity and frolic bubbles notwithstanding, I'm not getting a great vibe from the look of things.

Gueuzes are normally searingly high in acid, with an intensely tart fruitiness and aromas described by many as "barnyard", "hay" and "horse blanket". They are, to say the least, distinctive. This one raises flags, however. It admits an obvious sugar addition and whatever little sourness can be noted seems forged and prefabricated.

You'd have to be missing taste buds to find this even the slightest bit palatable. It is an intensely corny flavour, terribly lacking in fruit. Synthetic honey and artificial sweetener factor in way too highly for a beverage that is, by distinction, tart and acidic. This is like a pop that started out as corn syrup and never had any artificial flavouring added.

There's not enough sugar to warrant a call to the diabetes hotline but this is definitely way, way sweeter than it is sour or acidic. My guess is that whatever hands were responsible for its creation also made sure the beer was sterilized and filtered so as to eliminate any and all of the good microbiota that gives the beer its distinguishing features.

It chafes the palate with such friction, it's like an unshaven woman is rubbing her stubby legs across my tongue. It is a pointy sensation that completely deflates in the aftertaste; the flavours finish with the sharp abruptness of rotten seafood. It leaves the tongue saturated in raw sugar and something eerily reminiscent of corn syrup.

I rarely feel that the final score I rate a beer provides fair or adequate insight to its craftsmanship, its character or, much less even, my enjoyment of it. In this case, however, I assure you, the final grade you see should be considered generous, take it as a warning sign. The beer is a blatant forgery, a sorry mess of prefabrication and kitsch.

Gueuze is a bit of an acquired taste; bad gueuze, such as this, goes far beyond that. Counterfeits like St Louis Gueuze prove that brewing is not a medium in which one can lie successfully. Industry and machines are no substitute for human touch and the sum of hundreds of years of tried and tested development, nurturing and tradition.

biegaman, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of kjyost
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

kjyost, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of cfrobrew
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

cfrobrew, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of desint
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of GRUUMSH
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

GRUUMSH, Mar 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 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 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
Photo of ThaCreep
2.65/5  rDev -19%
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.

ThaCreep, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of TerryW
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy amber orange beer. Short head settles down to a film, leaves behind decent lace.

Some tartness in the nose, but really dominated by sweetness. Not quite as pungent as you might expect from a lambic, not too many other scent notes present.

Same thing taste wise. A little tartness, a touch too much sweetness, not much else. Comes across too much like a cider.

Pretty light weight tame for a geuze.

TerryW, May 04, 2005
Photo of aychbomb
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

chrystal clear with a deep golden yellow color. thick moussy head that dissipates quickly leaving ample lacing right to the end. highly carbonated w/ big soda-like bubbles.

smells of mild malt and candy sugar w/ lots of fresh fruit: green apples, pears, bananas. no dissernable hop aroma.

tastes like a mild sparkling cider, very subtle hop flavour, mild green apple tartness, far too sweet, unremarkable.

thin like a grocery store sparkling cider, unremarkable.

i suppose this would be a good intro to lambics for a non B/A. overall, unremarkable...by no means bad, just unremarkable.

cheers,
jh

aychbomb, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Mit
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Poured a light amber almost straw colour with an ample head...which quickly dissappated.

S- Slight green apple smell to it. Definite sweetness to this beer at least so far as the smell.

T-I was immediately hit with an even greater sense of apples and fruit. As the beer warmed up the sweetness became exponentially greater. Very fruity but once I reconcilled to that I quite liked it.

M-Very average I am afraid. Slightly watery in the mouth...if not for the sweetness I would swear I was drinking a lite macro.

D- I could probably have a few of these if they were very cold. I do believe that the sweetness would start to bother me very quickly otherwise.

Mit, May 09, 2008
Photo of DrJay
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber/orange colour, very slight haze. Thin, very light tan, rocky head. Weak earthy/musty aroma, a little medicinal (reminded me of the dentist's office). Flavour is sweet and tart, with a little fruitiness. Nothing really stands out here. The body is quite thin, but the finish is slightly syrupy, yet the acidity leaves the palate on the dry side as well. Moderate carbonation.

375 mL green bottle, corked, best before date stamped on the rear label.

DrJay, May 13, 2005
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

wakeuptothesun, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of mantissa
3/5  rDev -8.3%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
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St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
76 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.