St. Louis Gueuze Lambic - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.28/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a pint glass. A slightly hazy dark amber. The thin bubbly head soon diminished to a thin layer. A fair amount of clingy lace.
Sour barnyard in the smell. The initial funk burst in the taste is followed by a sour twist at the end. Rather more fruity than most in the style.
Medium body and carbonation. Overall a pretty dumbed down Gueuze. Not bad, just nothing really special.
02-01-2012 19:01:37 | More by scott451
3.05/5 rDev -7%
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.
12-13-2011 17:00:49 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.03/5 rDev +22.9%
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
12-12-2011 02:46:37 | More by mikesgroove
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
09-08-2011 01:22:43 | More by BeerForMuscle
3.25/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
06-20-2011 19:41:25 | More by spinrsx
3.35/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-27-2011 14:21:36 | More by drabmuh
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
On tap at Blind Lady Ale House served into a brandy snifter
A - Thin looking bright yellow with just a whisp of head on top.
S - Soury and acidic just as a gueze should be.
T - Nice and sour on the tongue without making you pucker too much. I thought this was well balanced for a gueze.
M - Thin as per the style.
D - I am surprised this has such a low score, I thought it was a pretty decent gueze and would def drink it again. That said it wasn't crazy good and I think I prefer their fond traditional
02-16-2011 16:48:20 | More by Dijeriduster
2.65/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
12-27-2010 16:28:44 | More by ThaCreep
3.35/5 rDev +2.1%
My first Lambic.
The body is clear gold and very active, champagne like, crystal clear. A tight off white head with great retention is above this, it leave a fine lace.
An interesting nose. Cinnamon, sugar, white grape juice, rose, star anise, lemon and a hint of sulphur.
The taste is very sour and tart with some light sugary notes. It becomes mildly bitter and astringent in the finish. Candied apple and hints of spice play in the very high level of carbonation. Some notes of verjuice.
Light and lively feel like sparkling wine.
Interesting but not as much as I'd hope from this style.
11-30-2010 20:12:13 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
3.3/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
11-02-2010 03:33:16 | More by kwjd
3/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
08-31-2010 02:55:55 | More by korguy123
2.4/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
08-25-2010 01:59:39 | More by kjyost
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.03/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
07-26-2010 23:49:59 | More by Seanstoppable
3.03/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
07-25-2010 20:10:03 | More by Gueuzedude
3.18/5 rDev -3%
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...
04-24-2010 22:29:56 | More by TurdFurgison
2.35/5 rDev -28.4%
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.
04-17-2010 16:31:22 | More by biegaman
St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
76 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.