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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

773 Ratings
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 54 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/20/10.

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Some floating sediment is present in the glass. Smell is funky and tart but there is a particular sweet smell too. A bit of a skunky aroma came from the green bottle when it was opened but is not present after the beer is poured. Taste is also tart and funky but it gives way after each sip with a slightly sweet aftertaste. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze with a better smell than taste but still a good beer to try.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle with a date of 2011.07.06. Purchased at Rick's in Alexandria for $5.49 this afternoon. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a clear light golden color with plenty of visible carbonation. Initial foamy white heady quickly recedes to half an inch and has some good staying power. Light lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose is mostly acidic with a bit of lemon. Not too much funk, and the same goes for the flavor. Nothing off really, just balanced in a different direction than I would go. Light, crisp body with a fairly-heavy lemon-like acidity through the finish, which is quite dry. A decent gueuze, especially for the price.

Thorpe429, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

nmann08, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a thin creamy white head that slowly faded away and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are moderately strong sour aromas in the nose.
T: A sour flavor dominates the overall taste but this is not overpowering. There are notes of citrus and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style.

metter98, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a nice, frothy head that leaves considerable lacing behind

Smell: Tart lemon/lime and other citrus elements combined with considerable funk

Taste: Tart and sour, with lemon/lime citrus elements and an increasingly puckerish sourness that builds through mid-palate; underneath, there is just the vaguest hint of citrusy sweetness on the tip of the tongue; the finish is long lasting and overwhelmingly sour

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; quite puckerish

Overall: A fine example of the lambic tradition

brentk56, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color gueuze with a large frothy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light acidic green apples with some subtle oak notes is better then I had anticipated. Taste is overall quite tart with a nice touch of granny smith acidity which provide a great refreshing factor. Oak is somewhat subtle with limited amount of funky ester. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation. I was expecting a sweeter version of gueuze based on what I tasted previously from this brewer but I must admit to being pleasantly surprised.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel that really made it shine. I could see why it is rated so high, as it is quite different then anything I had tried in the past.

mikesgroove, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a thin cream colored foam on top.

S: The nose offers plenty of funk, namely the barnyard variety with some nice green notes of grass and apple, as well as some lemon.

T: As full and wonderful as the aromas are, the flavor is lacking quite a bit. The tartness is certainly present as is a dry, oaky, Bretty finish. But, there isn't much else. The funk is subdued at best, leading to a one dimensional flavor.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A decent gueuze that's easy to find, but nothing all that special. I would stick with Cantillon, Hanssens, or Girardin over this one.

womencantsail, Mar 11, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head but excellent lacing on my out on a slightly hazy golden with orange hue body. Flavor is very fruity, somewhat spicey with hints if grain and club soda. Flavor has a nice tart and sour citrus throughout with a wild and funky presence and nice yeast flavoring. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Definitely sharper and more flavorful than others I have had in the style. Excellent wild and sour presence.

kylehay2004, Apr 18, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two guys went crazy with the gueuzes. Those two guys were me and AndoBrew. Let's start things off with a review of St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition!

Acquired back in July at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dirty gold body with a thin, quickly diminishing white head.

Smell: Tart, musty aroma of apple cider, wheat, and concentrated citrus fruits.

Taste: Light, sparing apple-like sweetness with a sharp, refreshingly citrus snap to it. Hints of oak and even salt. Though quick, the finish is chiefly dry and acidic. Nice, eh?

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Impressive from the outset! Very distinctive and enjoyable.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 14, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2%

SocalKicks, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.05/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

largadeer, May 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear peach color with a moderately dissipating thick chunk o' white foamy head. The nose is quite sour, with generous amounts of funk, lemon, cardamom, and lime. The taste follows pretty closely, but leans more toward the lemony/limey side of citrus. Indeed, healthy doses of lemon zest, cardamom, and green apple, along with a very subtle hint of wheat. The moderate body and carbonation and light bubbly feel make for a fairly drinkable brew.

TMoney2591, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Hopleaf, capped with cheesy gold foil on the neck. Served in a fluted tulip glass.

Golden orange tone, good clarity, a short cap of white sea spray foam.

Very sharp, acetic, vinegar mustard nose. Wet wood and sharp lemon juice. There was a suggestion of saltiness in there that reminded me of the ocean.

Quite sour, puckering citric lemon juice, light acidity with some mild cider vinegar notes. Dry finish. Carbonation was fairly vigorous and noticeable at first, then settled down with a few swirls of the glass. This was fairly unique as far as Gueuze goes. It had a fair amount of wild funkiness, not to the degree of Hanssens, Girardin, or Cantillon, but it was certainly complex, and not a one-dimensional sourness.

Worth the $12 to try it, and not have to fly to Belgium.

2009: Trying this again at home, there's a definite acetic flavor in this, reminiscent of horseradish mustard, the seeded kind, not the yellow hot dog stuff. Huge puffy head. Almost a barnacled sea plank saltiness too...strange. Not so puckering, a manageable introductory Gueuze.

emerge077, Aug 29, 2008
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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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