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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Could it be? The "castle" brewery that's set the stage for world class beers for years- are they getting better, even still? By all indications, ...yes! You simply don't go into making beers like Gueuze and opt to knock it out of the park; unless you're a masterful brewery already.

Their Gueuze pours with a bready-straw appearance- hazy gold in color, its frothy topping is creamy, white and laces with both tighly knit and loose bubbles that somehow denotes its "wild" character. Broken collars of lace also keep the beer looking formidable down to the final sips.

Sweat evoking aromas ensure as the first whiffs of the beer promise sourness and earthiness. White cider vinegar, dry chardonnay, limes, and under-ripened berries deliver its sour-ish tone. But its the roundness of damp straw, salt brine, drying leather and a musty horsey scent creates a rounded richness that's not reliant upon sweetness at all.

Then to taste, its acidic tartness reigns supreme- the taste of white grapes, salt, hay and wheat all round into a musty cracker taste. The beer continues to sour with cider vinegar, wine rot and limes before diving into a musty taste of weathered oak, saddle leather, and peppery sandalwood. Its late palate finishes with a return of aroma-driven echoes of sea air, barnyard and curing leather.

As short-lived bready malt texture quickly leads to a fleeting arid cracker-like dryness. Powdery late, the beer's textures are dry, woodsy and feathery with a pep of spicy peppercorn and mild alcohol warmth. Its finish is quick and firmly minerally like calcium rich shellfish.

Gueuze Fond Tradition is a superb version of the style. Its dry and earthen character is quintessential of the style and that is delivered with ease. Yet still, the ale deserves even drier character, even deeper earthiness and intangibles like almond pithiness and peps of cinnamon that could really set it apart.

BEERchitect, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DrewRPS, Yesterday at 10:43 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Medium tartness. Acidic aroma. Mild fruit notes. Slightly spicy. Very well balanced. Dry finish.

bnes09, Saturday at 03:26 AM
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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Ihadbeer, Friday at 06:49 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

TaylorBrake, Wednesday at 01:07 AM
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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

jaywes754, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jfcaa193, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

JoeMans, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Clemskis, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

AndyEdgar, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

TerryW, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

dubdrop, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

stumac, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mattsucks, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

MLaVioletteJr, Sep 30, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Keizerjl, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

brennenw56, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jschott75, Sep 23, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed golden orange colour, a finger of white head with no lace to speak of. Smell is funky and musty barnyard, green apple and lemon, oaky, lactic and cheese rind, as it warms get a bit of caramel as well. Taste is tart and lemony, acidic with a mid palate puckering sour, fruity toward the finish, subtle lactic notes, oak in the beginning and aftertaste, drying aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation, medium dry oaky body. Really good, was more than impressed with this offering especially at around $4 a bottle.

peensteen, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

nullbort, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

HoppySeb, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A-a cloudy golden colour with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S-smells of lemon citrus with some nutty apricot notes...

T-very crisp and sour like a green applish flavour with definite citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker....appropriate for the abv.

Overall I loved this beer. Very refreshing would get it again in a heartbeat.

Mit, Sep 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

dking1525, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Robloc303, Sep 16, 2014
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.