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

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 90 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SanDNigel
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of Aaron420
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a lemony tart nose. It pours hazy gold with a head that looks like the foam on the sea shore after a big storm – it’s big, fluffy and persistent. The palate is a balance of lemony tartness and light sweetness. It is somewhat unexciting but perhaps a good starter for those looking for a less intimidating Gueuze.

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

Photo of Mantooth
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ajchocholousek
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into Teku glass:

Gorgeous cloudy deep orange color with a one finger just barely off-white head. The top of the head dissipated quickly, but that last little bit is hanging on for dear life, and grasping for the glass, leaving subtle lacing behind.

The nose bursted out of the bottle and into my nose without even intentionally sniffing: strong, but surprisingly sweet acetic apple, wood, and a touch of cheery. I'm getting a good bit of sweet orange peel here too with just a touch of rindy funk. My mouth is watering.

Perfectly prickly carbonation and a slightly slick, medium body lead the way to strong sourness, along with notes of funky apple, a touch of cherry, acidic lemon, and a bit of wood. I also get a touch of bruleed orange peel in here, and a fairly dry finish that leaves just a little bit of cardboard on the very tail end.

A good bit of booziness and the touch of wet cardboard prevent this from being a truly great gueuze, but I'm still enjoying it quite immensely. As it warms now, I get a note of tobacco. Overall, a lot going on, but I wish it had a bit more oomph and meldedness (is that even a word? you get the idea)

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: dull copper, like apricot jam; head flares up quick and sizzles away just as fast

Aroma: thinking white vermouth at first; puckering tartness, green apple and candy sweetness - thinking of green apple gummy rings; a hint of smoke

Taste & Mouthfeel: bracingly tart, of fresh lemon juice mostly, and some green apple; dry finish and great length; that faintest touch of smoke is also showing up on the palate, but really this beer is all one note - and it is a good note; refreshing and clean tasting; medium-light body and carbonation

Overall: small sips recommended, and you may even want to split the small bottle with a friend - this is intensely tart as per the style, lemony, simple, and refreshing

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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).

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a one-finger bright white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart apples and citrus fruits, and as it warms a bit more funk comes out.

Tastes good. Tart citrus fruit flavors up front that lead to an underlying sweetness midway through the sip that carries through until the slightly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could sip on a few of these for quite a while.

Overall this is a beer that's on the sweet side of gueuzes but without adding too much sweetness. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good lambic, sour, tart and dry as they should be, but it is not too overwhelming and is a little less complicated than the better examples. There standard gueuze was way to sweet, this was nicely dry with some traditional lambic stinkyness and grassy citrus and wood flavours, close to the real thing i think, very appetising.

Photo of Auraan
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orange with a thin white head that left no lacing. Scents of brett funk, barnyard like scents and some slight fruit. Flavor begins with sour notes reminiscent of lemon, there's also a dry white wine like flavor underneath the sour. It finishes on a dry note with a very grainy flavor that carries into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. It's a good geuze, though not as complex as the other I've tried. Worth trying, but not what I'd call my favorite for the style.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a massive white, foamy head on top. Decent retention, but very little lacing.

S: Lots of barnyard funk upfront, with some light fruits mixed in, mostly lemon with a little bit of peach.

T: Light fruits upfront, a little more lemon and peach/apricot. It starts off with some tartness, but it does not last.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Drinks pretty easy though.

O: A decent gueuze, but would have liked it a bit more sour. Would probably drink it again though.

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - large amount of fluffy white foam, the beer is a strong golden color...only very slightly hazy. remains pretty fluffy throughout most of the drink, lacing is very random and spotty.

S - very tart, sour apples, grapes...some graininess like hay and a tad bit of Brett funk.

T - puckeringly tart apples, white grapes, cherries...clean through the second half, some grass and hay come into the mix. finishes with lingering sour lemon...refreshing. only slightly vinegary after warming. nice mix of tart fruit and sour lacto.

M - medium bodied with tight and crisp carbonation...goes down smooth and oily, yet the tartness and carbonation leave a prickly and sticky finish.

D - very much enjoyed this one. nice and tart/sour fruit and lacto balance with just a kiss of Brett funk. will seek it out again for sure to meet my sour cravings.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, storage unknown.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellow orange with stark white head that lingers around the edges for some time. Nose is geueze, horse blankety funk and some tart. suprise suprise taste follows. A ton of horse blanket and lovely tart flavor. A good unique taste that I can't quite describe through the middle, that I have not found in other geueze. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is quite good for the style. One I would revisit, but I will take some others before this. Defenitely a good one tho.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10 oz pour on tap

A: light straw colored with good clarity light head that is just a film

S:very lemon and vinegar forward

T: lemons hay and vinegar

M: lively on the tongue not bad medium feel

O: good lambic light on taste but has a nice acidic bite

Photo of MTLDOG
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a hazy/cloudy dark golden color with one finger of bright white head. No lacing but a good ring around the top. The nose is strong. A musky aroma. Sour apple, white grape, lemon and oak seem to be the most obvious but a little wheat and a little bit of bread. The taste is a wonderful sour and sweetness. Tart big lemon and sour apple. White wine and a burst of sweetness. Very dry finish. Perfect amount of dryness for the style. The mouthfeel was light, crisp and had champagne carbonation that give an added bite. Overall a very nice lambic with good sour notes and a dry finish. Good price for the style too.

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 20th, 2008 - poured from a 375mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Safety orange liquid, decent clarity, with steady lines of bubbles rising to the surface, feeding the curling pillowy cap of old lace foam. Excellent retention and lacing.

Fresh apples, pears, and hints of honey-dew aromatics - surprisingly fruity with the faintest tinge of phenols. A touch of "funk" as well, but way down in the mix.

Lovely sour flavors - crisp meyer lemon, unripe winter fruit - with a blend of white wine and champagne grapes suggested mid-palate. Wheat is hinted at along with very low levels of "horse blanket." Very well balanced between tartness, astringency, and wheat/malt...fruity throughout. Not especially another bottle I'm thinking of aging for several more years before revisiting.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, smooth.

Mellow, slightly subdued, but flavorful gueuze...

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