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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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Photo of oakbluff
1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
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 (422 characters)

Photo of putnam
1.99/5  rDev -37.6%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.07/5  rDev -35.1%
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. (810 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 biegaman
2.35/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (2,444 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 rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (280 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 trevorwideman
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (733 characters)

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 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 TerryW
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Mit
2.87/5  rDev -10%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of aychbomb
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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 (601 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : gueuze à la robe blond dorée, une mousse abondante tenant peu, affervescence moyenne
Smell : nez de pomme, sucré (sirop)
Taste and mouthfeel : sucrée, un peu d'amertume
Drinkability : une gueuez correcte mais sans plus (je préfére la st louis gueuze fond tradition) (333 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 weeare138
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (693 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)

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 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 cyrenaica
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle
4.50% ABV

I tried this beer on March 3, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent orangy-red colour with a generous white bubbly head which quickly disappeared. The aroma was faintly sour apples. not as strong as others have suggested. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, almost creamy, and highly carbonated. The flavour wasn't all that sweet...very reminiscent of the crabapples I used to eat as a child on the way to school. Not a lot of malty flavours or hoppy tones in this one. (531 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle. Part of the LCBO's Spring 2010 Beer Release. Cider golden yellow with amber hues, a ring of white head, and dots of lacing on the stange. Sour candy, horse blanket, and barnyard aromas suggest the use of Brett. I also get some flower pedals. Taste is sweet, fruity malts, citrus, and a lemony, sour tartness that quickly fades away. More funk (woody, herbal) and hints of vinegar in the aftertaste. Not as sugary as I thought it would be, which is a good thing. Light-bodied mouthfeel is spritzy, spiced, and astringent. Decent enough, but I don't actually enjoy it. Meh. (585 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear copper with a fairly substantial head.

S - Slightly vinegary sour aroma predominates. Smell is a little bit funky - trainstation bathroom comes to mind - but mild enough that you have to be looking to find it.

T - Quite sweet with a heavy dose of apple flavour. A bit earthy/chalky as well. Not nearly as sour as expected. Very cider like.

M - Fairly light bodied, with a hefty fizzy kick.

D - Not great, but easy drinking. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it. (492 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (603 characters)

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