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

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710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance - translucent and hay-colored with shades of apricot. Fleeting but effervescent head that dissipates into a thin, cream-colored rim around the top of the beer. The thin line of head remains for the rest of my enjoyment of the glass, but very little lacing.

Smell - aroma is reminiscent of chardonnay but less buttery, tart, notes of the wild yeast that makes it distinct. Maybe a hint of wet grass clippings or alfalfa.

Taste - an explosion of citrus fruits, hints of fresh-squeezed lemon, starfruit, even granny smith apple; barnyard funk is subtle. Sourness is pungent and at the forefront, but rounds out into a dry finish. Perhaps some essence of brett as well.

Mouthfeel - pleasant, similar to a nice dry sparkling wine. Lingers just long enough to entice the next sip.

Overall, this is a good representative of the gueuze style and a good substitute for the classic Cantillon gueuze (best of the style, imho), which is much harder to get, at least here in Kansas City. It's also very reasonably priced. I think I'll need to buy a bottle to age and see how it develops. It's very good fresh.

01-23-2013 04:14:32 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-27-2014 11:45:41 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-31-2013 01:08:41 | More by OhioBobcat
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Golden with a slight chill haze that goes away leaving an beer with excellent clarity. The off-white, rocky head was quick to dissipate.

S: A grapefruit-like tartness with a nice solid Brett, barnyard funk dominate the aroma. The funkiness grows deeper as it warms. There are low malt and light fruity esters of white grape, pear and very low apricot.

T/M: The is a moderate bright acidic tartness with moderate malt and barnyard flavors that balance pretty well. This is on a light bodied beer with an effervescent moderately-high carbonation. There is a slight prickle that seems to come from the tartness and CO2.

O: A very nice Gueuze with a refreshing tartness and a light touch of fruitiness. It's has balance and I'd defiantly buy this again given the chance. Gueuzes are a rare treat for me so I'd best enjoy this on it's own and shared with some friends.

08-23-2012 00:59:24 | More by MadScientist
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-11-2014 03:12:45 | More by Tiernan
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a taper

Pours a nice golden color in the glass with foamy white head like soap suds. Head retention is relatively low with just a little bit of lacing left behind.

Aromas remind you of tart acidic fruit - sort of a crab-apple-meets-lemon smell. It's a little difficult to describe but it seems relatively typical for this style.

Whew - forgot how tart this style is! Plenty of tart apple, unripe pear and citrus zest. The abundant carbonation brings the aromas up nicely which helps quite a bit with the flavors as well. Crisp and clean on the tongue with an incredibly dry finish, which combined with the tart flavors really made me pucker.

I enjoy this style but one is enough per sitting. I found this to be quite enjoyable and I would definitely seek it out again.

11-03-2008 15:48:07 | More by SIRIUS2
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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

09-22-2013 08:07:36 | More by SanDNigel
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-15-2013 18:32:07 | More by Kjanisch7
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured this into a New Belgium Tulip.

A: It poured a murky golden color with a white fluffy head that died rather quickly.

S: It smells of a nice tartness upfront with a follow up of a little wood almost.

T: You don't get the same tartness on the initial taste but it does come in toward the end. You do get alot of the fruity tones in the beginning with the tartness following.

M: It is not so sour that you pucker on every taste but just enough where you pheel it on every sip.

O: This is a good beer would enjoy another one anytime I came across it. But would not go out of my way to find it.

07-14-2011 01:56:41 | More by Aaron420
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3.54/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

08-21-2013 21:49:49 | More by warnerry
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

12-11-2011 00:20:15 | More by Britton
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4/5  rDev +2%

01-12-2014 02:56:16 | More by Dbrulet
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-08-2013 04:01:51 | More by Guinnsslvr
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: sour mix and honey

Taste: sour mix, lemon, and a bit of apple

Mouthfeel: semi-sour, light bodied and high carbonation

Drinkability: A very good medium level sour. I like the apple/lemon flavor. I could drink all day and had a few on tap at Julian's Providence.

02-19-2010 17:30:42 | More by tigg924
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-22-2013 00:31:49 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev +2%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy honey with stark white head.

Smell: Horseblanket funk, apple, vinegar and oak. Obviously smells tart and dry.

Taste: Mostly tart with vinegar, oak, and granny smith apples. Nice spicy kick to complement the tartness, although the apple taste provides a mild sweetness as well.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, with a light, crisp body. Finishes dry and tart as expected.

Overall: Quite refreshing and tasty, despite being a little one dimensional. Quality Gueuze.

11-17-2011 03:26:06 | More by bsp77
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4/5  rDev +2%

10-17-2013 18:24:47 | More by Eriogonum
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

07-19-2014 01:32:01 | More by Funky-Brewster
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%


Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

A dull orange and peach with a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

The aroma is of tart lemon, some wood, yeast, and barnyard funk, though nothing is particularly leaping out of the glass. Though all appropriate, they all seems subdued, faint, and faraway.

The flavor doesn't quite match what I was hoping for after smelling this beer. The barnyard funk, lemon, apple, and wood components are all there, but I want much more tart and sour from this beer.

Thin to medium bodied though seems a touch metallic.

A somewhat sweet and lemony version of a gueuze. I would have preferred less sweetness and far more biting sour tartness.

08-23-2011 21:44:02 | More by ehammond1
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North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%

Draft pour at Duckworth's in Huntersville - $3.50!!!

Pours a hazy gold with a thin layer of white head, nice lacing and well carbed. Definitely some peach in the nose - bit sweeter smelling than I expected. The flavor has the sour funk I expected, though I really wanted a bit more out of it. It's a very solid brew that I'll certainly have again.

05-07-2014 21:58:28 | More by Mantooth
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-29-2013 11:43:11 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

Beautiful orange and peach color to this one. Thin white head.
Good sour aroma, no distinct identifiable fruit aroma to it, if had to pick, id say the ol standby lemon.

Great pucker factor here, salivation up, very sour, very clean, peach or apricot seems to be the direction this one is all about. Could drink this all day

$9 on tap at naja's

09-08-2011 21:14:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Appears an apricot glowing haziness, minimal head retention and lacing but the looks is quite nice an off white foaming head. Aroma has barnyard funkiness to it with tart fruits including, peach apricot earthiness. Tart acidic lemons, with lactic yogurt notes as well. Flavor is refreshing tart and has lemon peel upfront with acidic notes of mild vinegarette. Or a tart plain yogurt, extremely tasty with fruit undertones, this is real lambic and more assertive than the overtly sugar filled Lindeman's. Mouthfeel finishes bone dry light to medium bodied with ample soft carbonation, goes down way too easily. Overall one of the better traditional guezue lambics I've come across.

04-23-2012 16:01:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -10.5%

2012 green bottle poured clear, pale amber with an excellent, modest-size, off-white head.
The aromas was funky and not appealing but did smell more or less as expected for style.
Taste; nicely tart; a pucking sour, fruity taste that's lightly bitter and leaves an aftertaste that's wuite sour.
M: medium-light body with good medium-light carbonation; tart.
O: extra tart and dry with limited funk (excepting the nose).

03-30-2013 21:50:24 | More by chinchill
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

09-08-2012 00:51:15 | More by mocktm
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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