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

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799 Ratings
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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 56 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

a77cj7, Monday at 07:06 AM
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

cletusdog, Sunday at 06:53 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

cwreay90, Nov 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kpowledge, Nov 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jag21, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

gregcordle, Nov 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

krome, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

VaTechPhilly, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly dark-ish straw yellow, with a small half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells quite funky and barnyardy, lots of Brett and lacto, big hay, some lemon. Horsey all around.

This tastes pretty similar to the aroma. Fairly mouth-puckering, with a wet haystack flavor, and a little bit of citrus. It definitely feels gueuze-like, but it feels slightly uninspired, and uninteresting. Doesn't seem all that complex, other than a big barnyard feel. It does taste pretty good, though, just wish there was a bit more.

This is fairly light bodied, with a highly carbonated and tart mouthfeel. It's a slow sipper due to the intense sourness.

This was alright, but far from the best sour I've ever had.

GreesyFizeek, Nov 16, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from draught to a small tulip glass, muddy orange, with little head or lace.

Lemon and funky aroma with light pepper.

Decent tartness and acid, some faint sweetness. Citrus, and No real finish.

Light body, no alcohol, crisp dry and highly carbonated.

While other gueuze have more everything, the freshness is enjoyable.

SLeffler27, Nov 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Jrockerboi, Nov 15, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +9.9%

miguellunarusso, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

dabarton, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Cubatobaco, Nov 12, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

ChristiBerli, Nov 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Long813, Nov 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

T-34-85, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

2012 Vintage. Drink after 2 years,
Good smell of lambics, oak, green apple, lemon and white wine
In mouth, it's very smooth, not too sour. Aromas of fermented apples and grapes coming from this smell of white wine. Bread taste comes in final
Short bitterness. Great gueuze overall

Franck, Nov 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

robbyc1, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jordan-b-miller, Nov 02, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

A- Deep golden, with some haze. Head is white, but doesn't retain well. Some lacing is left behind.

S- Tart apple and some berry, nice and acidic. A faint funk, and a faint oak aroma.

T- Tangy acidity, some apple sweetness. A little funk, and I get a little bit of a wheat note.

M- Bright, light body with some snappy champagne carbonation. Great dry finish cuts all that tang and sweetness off so well.

O- Love the finish to this beer, and the overall feel. However, I think this lacks depth in flavor compared to others. It's tangy, it's sweet, but not a lot more. Could be primarily a young lambic in the blend? Still wonderful.

BWED, Nov 02, 2014
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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