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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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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
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 largadeer


2.05/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at Toronado. Nice dark amber color with a small white cap, a few shades darker than the average gueuze. The aroma is interesting, big apple cider character along with a bit of orange juice, vinegar and pale malt. Very little bretty funk. Pretty similar on the palate, very cidery and acetic, oranges and pears, light tannins and a hint of malt. Decently complex but quite acetic for a gueuze, almost just tastes like a stale apple cider. Not terrible, but I can't say that I'm a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 22:34:12 | More by largadeer
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'll be honest - it's my first Lambic. I knew to expect sour but the tastes in this were odd.

Poured a hazy tan with a big head which died down pretty quickly. Personally I don't taste the sour lemon or other fruit flavors other reviewers stated. Instead what the smell and taste both remind me of is way undercooked hamburger. Seriously. I don't doubt this is probably an excellent example of a Gueuze Lambic, but it just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 22:55:37 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 9/2015. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear yellow with no head and oodles of sediment. I can forgive sediment, but where's the carbonation?

Smell - Acidic. Sour apples and lemon. Too much vinegar and not much funk. Boo!

Taste - Like the smell, very sour and very vinegary. A lemon sour with a dry finish. Again, no funk.

Mouthfeel - Dry and quite puckering, but not a tasteful pucker or a complex pucker. Not much carbonation.

Overall - Not a good gueuze, but drinkable. Very sour and vinegary without the characteristics I love about the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 20:55:29 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of amphion1065


2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

10 oz. pour into a wine glass, enjoyed at Deep Ellum. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear peach, with wonderful clarity. A half-finger white head forms, and lasts for some time. A great-looking guezue.

Tart, vinous notes abound in the aroma. Just a whole host of various funky elements, with a pronounced lactic note throughout. Pretty strong citrus here, almost bracingly strong lemon in the mix.

The taste is far sweeter than the aroma suggests. There is certainly a fair amount of tartness, with a healthy dose of citrus and lemon, but it seems tempered given how sugary this seems. Some bread, biscuit in the finish does temper this particular aspect of the beer.

Mouthfeel is something of a letdown, this seems undercarbed. Given that this was a draft pour, I expected a little more life.

Perfectly middle-of-the-road for me. Given the price of my pour ($9), I can't see myself springing for this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 20:02:29 | More by amphion1065
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very slightly hazed bright-gold. Head is bright-white, super fluffy and sticks around for a bit. No lacing to speak off. Head dwindles to a small cap in short order. Pronounced carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Lemon zest and flesh. Crisp green apple. Just a touch of barnyard. Slightly floral and a little sweet. Some oak/earthiness creeps through the back, but there's not a lot of depth. All of the aromas are up front and disappear pretty quickly. Crisp and clean.

Taste: There's the barnyard. Killer green apple flavor plays over some thin hay and grass notes. Faint earthiness on the back. Citric bite is heavy. Oak rounds things out in the long run. As with the nose, the taste is all up front and doesn't really provide much depth.

Mouthfeel: Almost violently caustic. Crisp and clean. Nice carbonation. Bubbly like champagne. Smooth through the middle. Lacks a little extra punch, but solid.

Overall: Packs a tart/sour punch, but that's about it. Nice green apple flavor keeps things interesting, but it's not rewarding. A decent middle of the road gueuze in every way.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 22:16:31 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of jsanford


3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml green capped bottle. Bottled on 6/20/08, so almost 3 years old. Poured into a St. Louis flute.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-gold with a 2-inch white head that quickly settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Musty, sour aromas of lemon juice and green apples with a hint of vinegar and oak. Very nice, not as sour as some Gueuzes, the mustiness prevails.
T - The initial intense taste of lemon juice, sour apples, and hay quickly takes a nosedive, leaving very little complexity and flavor in the mid-palate and finish, just a general acidity. Disappointed to say the least, almost becomes watery in the end.
M - Medium-thin bodied with very crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - While I had no problem finishing this one, I won't get it again. The price may be right (at $7.50), but I'd rather pay a couple bucks more for a World-Beater Gueuze (Cantillon or Boon), not this pale imitation.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:48:10 | More by jsanford
Photo of tlazaroff


3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Out of a Tulip, this beer pours a somewhat hazy peach color with a white head that dissipated quickly even with visible rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Its all summer fruit here. Apple, pear, peach, I even believe I pick up celery.

T: Very sour! I don't know if this is normal levels of sourness for a sour beer because this is my first Gueuze. I get some of that fruit from the nose in the taste. Somewhat astringent too.

M: This is a beer that has a very dry finish. High carbonation with a light body.

D: Due to my lack of experience with sours, I rate this at a fairly low drinkability, even with the moderate alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 17:21:28 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of bashiba


3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very clean and clear light amber, had a nice creamy off white head with nice retention and some light lacing.

The smell is oddly spicy with a definite bit of nutmeg and a touch of sweetness.

The flavor is tart and slightly sour, but has a very traditional wheat beer type of malt quality sneaking through more than most Gueuze's do. More regular beer like and a bit less Gueuze like. Is much sweeter than most as well and I'm also getting the nutmeg in the flavor as well as a bit of oak.

The mouthfeel is light and almost a touch syrupy, not the dry quality that I would expect.

Overall this one is one is just ok.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 00:04:33 | More by bashiba
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 liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Steve, bottled April 24, 2012. 375ml into a tulip.

Filtered orange, with a white head. Light lace and medium retention. Nose is earthy, tart lemon, light mushroom and some herbal character. Taste is tart upfront, lemon, light earth, with a grainy/cereally pale malt. Neutral, not notably sour in the end. Light bite to the carbonation, medium high carb. OK, but the malt finish was off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 19:33:42 | More by liamt07
Photo of dpasotti


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky, muddy, and cider-like appearance with a decent head that scrambles away leaving a tiny ring around the edge. This is the darkest and cloudiest gueuze I've had -- definitely not a great-looking beer.

Funky and slightly medicinal on the nose, with some fruit. Not a sharp and fresh lemony scent, but more of a tropical fruit character. Similar taste: unidentifiable light fruit with some earthy notes. However, there really isn't much complexity here. The earthy tones from the bugs are pretty one-dimensional, and that dimension is nothing too special. Tart acidity on the finish, but I certainly wouldn't call it puckering.

The mouthfeel is this beer's best characteristic. It is medium-light with fairly high carbonation, but it's actually very smooth. I enjoy super-sour beers, but the absence of that characteristic here makes this one damn drinkable on a hot day. Overall this is a good beer, but nothing more. While I would be more than happy to drink this for free, I think I will stick with Girardin if I'm shelling out 8+ bucks a bottle.

(Bottled June 2008)

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 23:04:34 | More by dpasotti
Photo of ehammond1

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:44:02 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Gibonow


3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was crisp and tart, and had the perfect amount of carbonation. I noticed a high amount of floating yeast but this does not bother me- it is unfiltered after all. Enjoyed super cold from a tulip glass. Overall, this is an above average sour at a reasonable price. Paid $9.00 for 12.7 oz.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 22:42:32 | More by Gibonow
Photo of Filosoof


3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't like the Van Honsebrouck beers. And this is another one to be disliked.

L: stange, trouble, exact like Lipton Ice Tea;
S: this smells like a not too deep geuze, with fresh apples;
T: disappointing; I miss the oak and complexity of the better geuze; well seen, there's only a one-dimensional sourness without any depth.
O: I won't buy this one another time. There's no reason to do that.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 18:43:14 | More by Filosoof
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 crossovert


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

best before 09-2015. Served decently cold, around 40 degrees.

Pours a cloudy gold with peach accents, there is a tiny head that forms with a vigorous pour. In the bottle there is tons of gunk stuck to the walls of the bottle.

The scent isn't as pungeant as other gueuzes but it has a hint of vinegar sourness about, some citrus, perfumey pear, apple peel, alcohol, and funk.

This one is a lot funkier than the other gueuzes I have had. The mouthfeel is also weird, it has a biting carbonation but feels almost water and syrupy in the mouth only to leave you with a bone dry finish. The taste is predominantly citric sourness with some vinegar,plastic, and tart fruitiness, the aftertaste has a bit of a peppery note and slight pale malt. No sign of malts or hops really though, its the yeast talking in this brew.

This is a definite funk lover's dream, it isn't too bad but not amazing, some aspects of it are a bit too rough and unrefined, it isn't as smooth or drinkable as some of the others in the category.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 21:26:51 | More by crossovert
Photo of tronester


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a rocky white head. Smells initially of sour apple, followed by an onslaught of funky barnyard. Taste is initially warhead candy acid, followed by some green apple cider, a bit of grainy wheat, and finishing with an aged cheese flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth, average carbonation. Overall interesting, although quite tart and sour. The funky smell was just at about the limit for me, though I was glad I got to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:30:32 | More by tronester
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange, moderate haze, with a thin white head.

Smell -- Tart apple, cider vinegar, some bready malt.

Taste -- Bright lemon acidity, cider vinegar, tart/unripe fruit, with bready malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, well carbonated with moderate astringency. Finish is clean and crisp

Drinkability -- Overall, not bad. A bit par for the course, but still quite refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 23:21:08 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle
4.4% ABV
I tried this beer on May 19, 2011 at "Smokeless Joe" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy pinkish-orange with a thin white head, one which was easily replenshed. The aroma was tart fruit, grains, and yeast. The mouthfeel was weak bodied and highly carbonated. The flavour was tart fruit, and more tart fruit.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:44:44 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of arguemaniac


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven’t come across any other beer style that has as much lip-puckering sourness as this, but it’s not unwelcome: drinking this one kinda reminds me of squeezing the juice of a lemon into your month, but there is also a sour apple cider quality as well. But, even though it’s almost completely overpowered, there is quite a bit of yeasty, fruity malt sweetness. Brief but tart finish.

Now, I personally actually like beers with this sort of flavor, though I do prefer a little more sweetness and malt character to balance things out. But, any serious beer freak should venture out at least once or twice and give this style a try. Beware though, this stuff is S-O-U-R!!!

Recommended (though I’m told there are much better examples of the style)…

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 00:44:57 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Nice medium to dark golden color. A little bit darker than expected. Nice white head that holds quite a bit more than most gueuze's.

A little bit of tart and dirt on this one. Dirty lemonade comes to mind.

I immediately can tell this is much sweeter than any other gueuze I've had. Don't mistake, it isn't cloying, but it's a huge difference. The finish is dry and tart despite the slightly sweet finish. That makes a bit of a rough contrast. The tartness in the finish is comparable to some of the best examples of the style; it is a little to sweet to be considered in their company, however. The sweetness probably explains the enhanced head retention.

Nice sparkling mouthfeel. Very appropriate. This is a nice example of the style. If I have a hankering for a sour ale, I won't be disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:16:35 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of brystmar


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07/06/2011.

Straw-colored body, fizzy white head commands decent retention.

Aroma is full of cloves and other misc spices. Funky yeast is subdued, yielding to these non-traditional scents, and that's unfortunate.

On the upside, none of these missteps seem to affect the flavor profile. This tastes like a tradiional gueuze (albeit less funky) from an established blender: funky, cheesy, citric. Light years ahead of every other St Louis "sour" I've had (all of which are awful).

Happy to discover a $6.50/375mL gueuze that's actually reasonably good.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:26:42 | More by brystmar
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 ozzyCobblepot

New York

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third beer of the "Why Is There Beer?" tasting on Oct. 27, 2009 at Brickskeller, DC. Paired with Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale to show the two extremes of hops flavors, the St. Louis representing the "no hops" taste antipode.

A: Slightly cloudy, honey color. Very appetizing.
S: A robust vinegar aroma. The taste of this beer has been compared to urine and decaying tree. Can't say that that's far off by the smell of it. Of course this is how the style is supposed to be wrought, so I can't completely trash it, but I'm not turned on either.
T: Subtle sour taste, slightly sweet note, little to no hops, like the bitterness has been removed

The "Gatorade of Beer" according to one of the tasting's panelists. Very refreshing for sure, like something you'd want to drink while playing half-assed backyard football. Not something I want to sit down and enjoy if I have other options, but I can't deny that the taste is still with me nearly two weeks after drinking, and it's a pleasant mirage.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 04:34:26 | More by ozzyCobblepot
Photo of saltydog

New York

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried at Oud Arsenal in Antwerp. Appearance: very clear, orange color, big head, which fades rapidly. Aroma: Very sour, not much almondy or bret aromas which are usually present in Gueuze. Flavor: Bret is much more noticeable in flavor, very sweet, but also quite tart. Finish: Finish is very harsh, with lots of bret. Leaves an odd aftertaste, which mars the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 02:44:13 | More by saltydog
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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