St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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2.05/5 rDev -47.7%
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.
05-01-2010 22:34:12 | More by largadeer
2.48/5 rDev -36.7%
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.
09-26-2010 22:55:37 | More by MoreThanWine
2.78/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
07-12-2012 20:55:29 | More by Alieniloquium
2.85/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
12-04-2011 20:02:29 | More by amphion1065
2.93/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
10-19-2011 22:16:31 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
03-07-2011 00:48:10 | More by jsanford
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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