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

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76
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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-04-2003)
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Photo of Mit
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a bright white head, good stickage but not much retention. Has a yellow pee color.

Smells of fruits, wet hay/barn and sweetness.

Tastes blends with the nose, fruits, sugars, a bit of funk and more than enough carbonation. A decent drinker but I cant see myself buying this again.

Photo of aychbomb
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Photo of allergictomacros
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with a finger-thick head of foam. Slow carbonation.

Don't get much other than candy sugar on the nose.

Decent taster. Lots of crisp fruit. Pear. Very crisp, very slightly sour green apple, it has a bit of a cider character. Quite sweet, little bit of tartness. Pretty unfortunate metalic taste in the finish. Slightly drying.

It's drinkable. Not challenging, I agree with others, a good introduction to the style for non-geeks. I don't loath it like some.

Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -8%
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)

Photo of crwills
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Prufrock
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of thesilverhand
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of putnam
1.95/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Photo of DrJay
2.9/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of TerryW
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Naerhu
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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