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

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88
very good

722 Ratings
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | 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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

08-26-2013 06:05:54 | More by BEERchitect
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goochpunch

Texas

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.

08-31-2014 03:51:41 | More by goochpunch
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Justin-m


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

08-31-2014 02:46:40 | More by Justin-m
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Chris00710

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-30-2014 18:05:51 | More by Chris00710
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halo913

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-30-2014 14:18:24 | More by halo913
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-29-2014 21:57:01 | More by jsurfs82
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

08-29-2014 21:20:11 | More by MasterSki
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GuyBabineau

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

08-29-2014 21:06:58 | More by GuyBabineau
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Oliversarmy1085

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

08-28-2014 21:58:23 | More by Oliversarmy1085
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-26-2014 03:24:51 | More by Fcolle2
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Hazy golden in color, with a massive, dense and persistent white head. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. Carbonation drifts lazily to the surface in sparse, minute bubbles. (4.0/5.0)

Aroma: Ripe bananas are prominent in the aroma, as well as bread notes, wet hay, lemon rind, honeysuckle, and a moderate sour tang, vinegar-like, but not particularly assertive. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with a sour note reminiscent of white wine vinegar, this is omnipresent in the taste, and the most defining characteristic. There are also notes of bitter apple, hints of sweet lime, sour grapes, and grapefruit as the taste progresses. The finish is very dry, with the sourness undiminished, and hints of oak tannins. In general, there seems to be much less of the barnyard, mustiness, than others here have mentioned, and in other examples of the style that I have tried. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, quite pleasant. (4.0/5.0)

Drinkability/notes: A somewhat understated example of the style, pleasant and drinkable, it might serve well as a gentle introduction to the sour styles. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packaged in a 12.7 ounce green glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. Bottled on date of 2012/07/18.

08-24-2014 15:21:15 | More by Pegasus
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-22-2014 07:43:47 | More by zestar
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cfrobrew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-21-2014 23:09:41 | More by cfrobrew
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-20-2014 04:07:41 | More by MonkeyBread
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

08-18-2014 22:20:45 | More by RichH55
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A small head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. Typical for this style. It is a slightly hazy pale orange with good vision of tiny bubbles coming up through out the glass.

Smell: Sour, tart, oak, raspberry, cherry, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Got to love the tart and funk notes with slight oak, fruitiness, bitterness, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation, tart, pucker, chewy, and sour.

Overall: For a gueuze, this one is at the top of my list. Very traditional to the style and very enjoyable.

08-18-2014 05:46:28 | More by Flounder57
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Halluxone

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2%

08-16-2014 01:37:55 | More by Halluxone
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masonir

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ontario

08-15-2014 06:26:44 | More by masonir
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jakobivester

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

One of my favorite gueuze styles

Florida

08-15-2014 02:17:43 | More by jakobivester
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ironchefkook

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-15-2014 01:56:01 | More by ironchefkook
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inspektor

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-14-2014 22:03:21 | More by inspektor
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see_moore_life

Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

08-13-2014 20:01:33 | More by see_moore_life
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rdooley

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-13-2014 04:27:04 | More by rdooley
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Sonofalime

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

08-11-2014 20:57:03 | More by Sonofalime
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jakewatt135

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-11-2014 20:53:56 | More by jakewatt135
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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