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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Robloc303, Yesterday at 01:48 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bcoyle, Yesterday at 10:51 PM
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

BGDrock, Saturday at 05:23 PM
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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. While retention isn't the greatest, given the style, it could have been worse. Some streaks of lacing are left on the glass. (3)

Smell: While it smells nicely sour, it's also backed by a candy-like fruit note. After a while, it becomes fairly cherry-heavy. Also, I pick up some phenolic brett notes. It's lacking some of the bacterial nuance of, say, a Cantillon - still, it's combination of tartness and delicate fruit are rather tantalizing. (3.5)

Taste: It initially opens up with some healthy sourness - call it 6/10 sour. The back end evolves into a combination of oak, mineral dryness, and earthen funk. It hits the basics of the style very well, but its lack of intangible nuance keeps it out of Cantillon territory. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: As it should be, it's almost entirely bone-dry, with aid coming from intense carbonation. Having said that, it could be a bit more substantial on the back end. Can't fault its sipping nature by any meals, though. (3.5)

Overall: As far as not-impossible-to-find gueuzes go, this is quite good. Sure, it's not in Cantillon's league, but I'd like to see you find a Cantillon on the shelf. This is still well worth drinking, and you don't even have to trade impossible-to-find whales for it. (3.5)

3.48/5: Want to jump into the style? Here's your beer!

ThisWangsChung, Saturday at 12:57 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BeccaH, Friday at 08:00 PM
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3.88/5  rDev -1%

paleoplant, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Rborre321, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

PatGreer, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottled 4/26/2012

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color with some lighter orange accents. Thin head of sparse bubbles forms on the edges of the glass while drinking. Active carbonation is still very bright.

Smell: Certainly some skunky aromas jumping out right away. Beneath is a bouquet of white grapes, ripe pears, burnt oak, and bright pepper. Some interesting notes of pipe tobacco and ash linger on the body. Spruce tips, sprite yeast, and dark bready notes round it out on the back end.

Taste: Oak, cedar, and some birch woody notes all jump the palate. Sprite fruits, chardonnay grapes, and earthy tobacco open up on the body. The palate is suppressed by dry leather, pears, peaches, and some light vegetal flavors. A tart, yeasty funkiness is prevalent throughout and crescendos on the finish, leaving a dry flavor behind.

Mouthfeel: Tons of woody textures lead the way with potent funk lingering throughout. Some skunked notes but it doesn't interfere with the beer that much.

Overall: I got a lot of traditional Gueuze notes, but many lacked the depth and impact to really make this a memorable brew. The dryness is there, but doesn't consume the drinker. The tartness is there, but sort of gets lost in the woody notes. A fun brew but the elite ones are a few notches ahead.

KFBR392, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jeffaroo95, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

real_human_bean, Sep 02, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Dilan25, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

slowfade, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Sep 01, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Isjustacigar, Aug 31, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours out a light orange with a thin, bone white head. Smells of wheat, crackery grain, bretty funk, and typical sweaty lambic. Taste is a bit sweeter than some other traditional geuzes I've had. I get some fruitiness from the yeast. Very sour. Finishes dry. I pick up some brett and general bug funk. Slight cheesiness. Carbonation is sharp on the tongue, but it isn't excessive. This is a good but not excellent example of a geuze.

goochpunch, Aug 31, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Justin-m, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Chris00710, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

halo913, Aug 30, 2014
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.