St. Louis Gueuze Lambic - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
Bottle at Smokeless Joe in Toronto. This one gets a big "meh," bigger for having cost me... way too much. Worth a try, I guess.
Anyway, the bottle indicates this is a gueuze with added sugar. Did not know this before I bought it, or I probably wouldn't. Poured into a tall stemmed glass, a pale golden with pinkish notes and a nice-sized fluffy head. Massive lacing on this one, I guess due to the added sugar. Aroma is not too bad; funky lambic notes mixed with a bit of sweet lemon candy and mild citrus peel. Flavour is not horrible, but not really notable. I assume the sweetening is intended to make this more drinkable for people who wouldn't like a dry gueuze or lambic, but to me it just drowns out what makes the style unique. That said, I didn't find it as offensive as some have; the funk and sourness is still there, just masked and smoothed out by the additives. It isn't overpoweringly sweet, and it went OK with the lightly spiced mussels I was eating.
However, I definitely wouldn't recommend paying the import price for it if you're a real lambic-head, and purists will hate it.
07-04-2007 14:33:40 | More by crwills
3.38/5 rDev +3%
bottle poured into a tulip.
slightly hazy bright orange with an inch of white head that leaves tons of lace. a very pretty pour.
nicely balanced aroma with some sugary sweetness and some sharp tartness.
citrusy sweetness and some slight grapefruit sour. light and sharply carbonated, perhaps a bit too light. finishes with a cleansing tartness, but slightly empty and weak. enjoyable but forgettable.
05-15-2006 19:30:27 | More by Prufrock
3.33/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
11-20-2005 02:14:19 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
3.25/5 rDev -0.9%
Clear amber body, topped by a soapy off-white head. Nice.
The initial smell was sharply sour, very vinegary. Quickly, however, it sweetened - fruity, apples, lightly sour berries, and perhaps just a touch of lemon zest.
Oh. Something isn't great in the taste. The sourness is very light - just a hint actually. Overall, it's sweeter than I expected or hoped for. It's a juicy sweetness, with a strangely stale undertone.
Medium-light body. Kind of like apple juice...from concentrate. Enh.
It's not bad...I'd drink it again, but I doubt I'll be seeking it out.
09-21-2005 11:53:44 | More by thesilverhand
3.03/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
06-24-2005 12:57:23 | More by weeare138
1.95/5 rDev -40.5%
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.
06-20-2005 20:49:16 | More by putnam
2/5 rDev -39%
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.
06-05-2005 16:50:18 | More by CAMRAhardliner
2.9/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
05-13-2005 01:09:48 | More by DrJay
2.8/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
05-04-2005 00:54:20 | More by TerryW
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-29-2005 18:06:54 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
White fluffy head on any amazing amber body.
Light aroma of red fruit, maybe rasberries.
Very lightly sour and pretty sweet. I can hardly imagine this to be a gueuze as sweet and friendly as this is. Whereas gueuze normally tastes like how a unclean barnyard smells, this is bright and cheerful, zesty and clean. Very enjoyable.
12-25-2004 03:41:53 | More by Naerhu
United Kingdom (England)
2.6/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
06-04-2003 20:54:43 | More by rastaman
St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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