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

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 14.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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! (1,215 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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (783 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 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 Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice lace.

S: Lemon, acid, light notes of funk.

T: The flavour is good, but somewhat one-dimensional. Lemon juice city, with a lot of acid, some sweet malt but it's in the background.

M: Light thin feeling in the end, but I really like the strong acidity, hence the score.

D: This is a solid gueuze, not as complex for sure as others I've had, but the lactic acid is there and it's not a brew that's been dumbed down for the masses, traditional flavours, I just expect more funk and complexity in this style, this was almost Berliner Weisse like in its characteristics. (639 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 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 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 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 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 TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this with dinner at an Affligem cafe in the Grote Markt in Brussels. The beer might not have been the best available in the city, but this particular view was hard to beat.

Tha beer was light gold colored with a thin white foam that dissipated quickly to a film. The aroma was slightly tart, more like an apple than like vinegar. The sweetness in the taste was also more indicative of apples than anything else. Very pleasant and easy to drink, with a minimum of funky sour bite. A great gateway to the style, not gonna be everyone's favorite but I liked it. Maybe it was the atmosphere... (609 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 spointon
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (958 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (549 characters)

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