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

St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

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586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%

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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002)
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Photo of itsscience


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw color with a finger and a half of head that dissipates quickly. The nose has some artificial fruit aromas, like cherry kool-aid and grape kool-aid, clean pale malts, a slight vinous quality and some barnyard funk. I get wheat and bread yeast on the front of the tongue with a sharp sour attack on the way down, then a lemony finish and nice bready aftertaste. Drinkable, light, and highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 05:56:38 | More by itsscience
Photo of buzzardman


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Tart, sweet.

Appearance: Hazy amber, not much head.

Flavor: Tart and sour up front, once sourness passes over palate get a nice peach/plum flavor, almost like a sour plum wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium, a little thick for a lambic, not as dry as a lambic should be.

Overall: Pretty good beer, not overly sour has a good fruity tart mix going on. I prefer a dryer less fruity gueuze than what this offers. a little too much like a sour plum wine for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 19:18:01 | More by buzzardman
Photo of brianmandell

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle dated 11/13/12 in wine glass

Murky golden color with head reducing to ring of clumpy lacing. Light floral, fruity and bready malt aromas with some sourness. Taste is some bright fruit with moderate sourness. Some bready malt (oxidation?) which lingers unpleasantly on the aftertaste. Relatively thin and light mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation. Not very complex but refreshing and drinkable despite the aftertaste. Not a bad beer but not a great gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:33:08 | More by brianmandell
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville NC

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small foamy white head, leaving just a ring around the glass

S- dried hay, ripe pear with some woodsy funk

T- dry and puckering with notes of lemon peel and grape skin, finishing bone dry with more sour grape notes

M- light and spritzy body with a crisp and dry finish

O- A good beer that I'm glad I got to try on tap, nowhere near the complexity of some other gueuze's, but would make a good into to the style

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2014 20:28:55 | More by Treyliff
Photo of smcolw


3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head but it settles quickly to rim lace. Little lace (some spots). Orange-amber with some haziness.

Sweet and sour aroma. Smells like many of Framboise available, yet I know there are no raspberries in this one.

Overly sour where no sweetness is present (unlike the smell). Lip smacking tartness which makes for a lingering aftertaste. Watery with a below average carbonation level.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 18:47:50 | More by smcolw
Photo of clayrock81


3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden orange body with well-carbonated fizzy head that leaves little lace. Mostly a sour, tart, funky smell that reminded me a bit of an oaky white wine with sour apple/white grape skin aroma. The beer is light bodied, very sharp and crisp, mostly tart and funky taste notes (again along with sour fruit flavors). A great sipper for a simple gueze.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 21:48:43 | More by clayrock81
Photo of BVukelich


3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my first gueuze so I’m hardly a connoisseur. Poured a cloudy, gold color (3-7 SRM). Didn't generate much of a head. Aroma was sour and earthy. Initial taste lit my mouth on fire with high carbonation. Picked up tart sour apple flavor and some other off flavor I couldn’t recognize or put a label on. Rather dry. Absolutely no hop aroma, flavor or bitterness. The lace dropped like a rock, leaving no evidence of a head at all. These beers are known for their complexity and this one lived up to their rep. As for this particular one...been there, done that. Not bad but I’ll be exploring other gueuzes.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:26:16 | More by BVukelich
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a orangish yellow color. Strong haze makes it opaque. Some of an off white head that leaves some lacing behind.

Smell: sour green apples and grapes. And funky yeast

Taste: opens up with a kick of Brett yeast transitions into tart fruit. Grapes and green apples. This moves back towards a oaky Brett funk again.

Mouthfeel: a bit mouth puckering and leaves a nice thick coat on the tongue

Overall: a good tasty beer that will introduce anyone to the still. Not too much puckering and not too sour make it a pretty drinkable one

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 14:04:52 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of rodlavers


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at 3r6p, served in a 10oz snifter/goblet.

Half-finger bright white head, recedes to nice consistent ring around inside of glass. Opaque orange/brown, rusted. Minimal chunks of lacing, consistency of a liquor.

Smell is dry and tart, but not much else. Light notes of grape, citrus and maybe sugar.

Taste is enjoyable. Light and tart; still learning the nuances of sour flavors. I like it.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and dry.

Drinkability renders FondnTradtion something I will return to. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2013 01:04:07 | More by rodlavers
Photo of beertunes


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 2012/07/18. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy medium gold color with about an inch of white head that had moderate retention and zero lacing.

The aroma was (somewhat surprisingly) a bit sweet. There was a light graininess under a noticeable funk. On the tongue, there was the expected tartness, that didn't really show up in the aroma. Light grains and yeast were underneath, and the sourness didn't really linger, leaving ready for another drink quickly.

The body was light, crisp, and smooth, with a very dry, tart finish. Drinkability was very good, the beer was gone quickly, and I would have had another, had I possessed another. Overall, a very nice brew. Not overpowering, and quite enjoyable. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 20:22:18 | More by beertunes
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 4/26/2012.

Appearance: deep golden hue with a light haze and light effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy tan foam which dissipated somewhat quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet, heady, fruity aroma; dates, raisins and caramel are all present, along with a small hint of tartness. Balanced and enticing.

Taste: big tartness right off the bat; followed by a murky malt flavor. The fruitiness is stronger up front but fades away toward the end. I like the dynamic element here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a pretty frothy mouthfeel. Not bad.

Overall: the flavor, and especially the aroma, are the outstanding qualities of this beer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 22:03:12 | More by flagmantho
Photo of soju6


3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a fizzy head that fades quickly.

S: Aroma of citrus, fruit, earthy with a tart backbone.

T: Taste is quite tart with fruit, bit of citrus and a bit of spice. Quite bitter with an unexpected clean finish.

F: Moderate body, clean and smooth with plenty of tart.

O: Nice beer for the style, but am not really keen on Lambic beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 19:58:15 | More by soju6
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 375ml bottle with the date "120718".

A - Golden and clear with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Funky with some fruit and hints of tartness.

T - A firm bite. Tart and dry. Good up front but a little lacking in the finish. Not especially complex but crisp, smooth and tasty.

M - High carbonation and a moderate consistency. It feels alive.

O - A decent gueuze. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 20:24:00 | More by GJ40
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark orange with a creamy white head. Nice retention.

Musty barnyard hay aroma, acidic, lemon, vinous, apple cider, and wood.

A nice sharp tartness and carbonation. Very effervescent, dry, and light bodied. Musty, acidic fruit, almost a touch of vinegar, and a slight woodiness.

A little bit under the level of complexity of some of the other gueuzes out there, but very enjoyable and the price point is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:29:24 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of draheim


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL (bottled 7/18/2012) into a tulip. Pours a hazy honey color w/ a thin white head, lively carb.

Aroma is bright, tart, funky, grassy. Sour green apples.

Taste is sharply acidic and tart, lemony.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, drinkable and refreshing. Really nice.

Overall a very good, clean, straightforward gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 05:59:40 | More by draheim
Photo of SanDNigel


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy golden with light white head that makes interesting designs. Small bubbles
S- Sour magic-marker like, finishing sweet and fruity
T- Sour, obviously, but dry. Sweetness with a wet grain something, followed by that Shocktart sweet&sour I have come to know from the style.
M- Puckery, but nice size bubbles that compliment the beer
O- Great. Love it. Even though it is almost half the price of others it was really a great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 08:07:36 | More by SanDNigel
Photo of TruePerception


3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck's St. Louis Lambic Gueuze Fond Tradition: unfruited Lambic, 5% ABV;

Appearance: honey-ish, active head;

Smell: highly tart, pear, lots of tartaric;

Taste/Mouthfeel: lots of sourness, balancing fruit seed bitterness; pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 18:14:47 | More by TruePerception
Photo of BEERchitect


4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 06:05:54 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of warnerry


3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11 July 2006

Pours a mostly clear light copper with only a half finger of off-white head. Relatively subtle aroma is comprised of lemon and light funk. Definitely not the most complex aroma, but pleasant enough. Similarly, the taste is somewhat light and very refreshing, with lemon again leading the way, along with some very mild funk. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very refreshing gueuze, though nowhere near the complexity of the better blends. Still, I would have this again when in the mood for a lighter version of the style, and the price point is good as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 21:49:49 | More by warnerry
Photo of Murrhey


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. First ever time having a gueuze, so I'm excited. Bought in Missoula for $6.99. Brewed April 26, 2012.

A- One-finger white head with active carbonation and large bubbles. Retention is relatively low considering how active this head is. Hazy orange color that light scatters while coming through. Wild looking beer.

S- The first thing that jumps out with this beer is the wild notes. It has sourness and a distinct vinous aroma as well. Red wine, tartness, tannins, and limes. Citrusy but in a dark, sour way. Very interesting aroma on this beer.

T- A dry sort of sourness. Tart without being overly acidic. Clean flavors with a smidgen of leaveover at the end. On second taste, even tarter than before. I love myself some sour beers too, but altogether not as complex as the aroma.

M- Dry on first taste that cascades into a wetter feeling beer on the outside of the mouth before finishing dryly. Very unusual.

O- I'm glad I got to try this beer, thanks to the bottle shop I scored it in down in Missoula. Good all around, but I'm sure Cantillon has better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 04:11:17 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Smarty_Pints


3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours golden with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S- lemon, slightly sour smell, with a bit of grass and funk.

T- sour, with a a bit of grapes , lemon, and vinegar.

M- medium syrupy body, dry finish medium carbonation.

O- good for the style although not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:02:03 | More by Smarty_Pints
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Coleman Public House
5oz sample as part of a flight

A: amber with a small amount of white head and no lacing
S: somewhat tart but also surprisingly funky , sour dark fruits
T: vinegar, tart citrus , some sour fruits one you get past the vinegar
M: moderate carbonation, medium body good drink ability
O: not one of my favorite gueuze's but pretty good once you get past the initial vinegar notes

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 17:31:37 | More by zac16125
Photo of ccrida


4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle bottled on 110706, so almost 7 years old to the day. Appearance is burnt gold, murky (though little sediment as I had stored it on it's side and poured gently), with fine, lively bubbled forming a small creamy light sand colored head leaving scattered foam.

Smell is funky and sour, a little lemon, some baby diaper, soft tropical fruit notes.

Taste is bracing tart, lactic acid, with a fairly abrupt, slate laden finish with lingering pucker. Light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fully carbonated with fine, crisp spritz lightening a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, the nose is fantastic, but the quick finish is a little disappointing. Seems to have lost some complexity with time, contrary to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:14:26 | More by ccrida
Photo of mporter249

South Carolina

3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light, with hints of yellow, orange, red, really a nice-looking beer. Head was about an inch when I poured it and dissipated to a just a little foam pretty quickly.

Smell: Smells a lot like I remember a kriek smelling last week. Hmm. Definitely some cherry smells. A little bit sour smelling. Also a little grassy and dank, but not in a bad way.

Taste: Yeah, definitely sour up front, with some lasting... bitterness? Not what I generally taste in terms of bitterness, but it's there. This is my first gueuze. Not sure I'm a big fan. Still picking up a grassy, hay-ish kind of aftertaste. I think I get why people might like it, it's not bad. Tastes pretty well-balanced, as far as I can tell (which is not far). A slightly sweet after-aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. It's been sitting for a little while and I still got a burst of carbonation at the beginning of the last sip and at the end. Probably a little over-carbonated for me. Definitely not watery, seems pretty strong. A little coarser, I think, than usual.

Overall: They say that if it looks like a pig, acts like a pig, and tastes like a pig. This looks good, smells good, but to me doesn't taste good. So I'm guessing this style just isn't for me. I can't taste anything wrong with it, just don't like it. Bear in mind that while I've been drinking beer a little while, I'm new to reviewing and this is my first of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 07:54:37 | More by mporter249
Photo of AndyP612


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bright gold with a fingers worth of head into a tulip. Slight haze present which is expected since it is an unfiltered lambic. Tart, sour with a slight pale malt present in the nose. Quite inviting and not overly sour nose. Palate starts out quite tart with raspberries and lemon there as well. Medium bodied with a slight dry finish quite tart. Overall, this is a very nice Lambic. I'm reasonably new to whites of this style and i have only had a couple but I am beginning to appreciate this style a lot. I love how this takes a much more sour/tart approach without the fruit assault present in most other lambics I have tasted. Really nice. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:00:44 | More by AndyP612
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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