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

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Reviews: 326
Hads: 938
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 18
Gots: 94 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002

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Photo of g00dness
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle from City Beer Store carefully poured into a logo pint. Tiny bubbles throughout a clear light brown beer produce a good look.

Nose was weak and smelled of lime peel, bitter melon and a bit of locker room floor funk.

Taste was lip-puckeringly sour on the first few sips, once I adjusted I noticed lots of funk in the front. Like most good sours, this had a smooth and dry finish. There were some some barrel and malt flavors in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel was really nice with those champagne style tiny bubbles.

Drinkability was slowed down by the sheer sourness of the beer, although I'm sure a sour fan could put this one away without any major difficulties.

Overall, I'm not surprised that my best friend has been getting heavily into this style of beer lately, but I think I'll stick with my IPAs, ryes and saisons. (839 characters)

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the guys at The Best Damn Beer Store in SD for hooking this bottle up a few months ago.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with an off white head

S - Has a very tart fruity nose

T - Follows the nose very tart and sour fruit flavor

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - I really enjoyed this beer if this was something that was easier to get I be drinking this semi regularly this beer is worth finding to try (447 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, cloudy dirty orange. Very small lingering head and miniscule lacing.

Strong funk, orange peel, lemon; citrusy and sweet.

Taste is lighter than the pungent smell, yeasty, medium sour.

Strong carbonation, light mouthfeel. Champagne-esque.

Solid gueuze. sharp on the tongue and interesting. (303 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Hazy straw colored body. Thin creamy white head. Spotty, sudsy lacing.

S: Mellow lemon, hay and green grapes. Not particularly dynamic, but quite pleasant.

T: Pleasant. Thats probably the best way to describe the flavor. This is a very mellow, unoffensive gueuze. Nice sour lemon, hay and green grapes. Doesn't have much in the way of funk.

M: Medium bodied. Gentle rolling carbonation. Light sour finish.

D: A thorough pleasant gueuze. Certainly doesn't have the complexity and depth of the better gueuzes, but there are no off flavors or characteristics that might make a beer unenjoyable. (611 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.46/5  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. (445 characters)

Photo of dzni
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with slight head - beautiful color, like a dark fall cider
S - Lemon, grapefruit, and cider dominate the nose.
T - Super sour lemon up front , apple cider
M - Very low carbonation, medium-bodied, but silky smooth
D - Very refreshing and drinkable, and quite refreshing if sours are your thing. Other than the cider, though, there's nothing in the smell or taste to make this stand out as any other than a good, classic lambic. (446 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i must say the balanced quality of this gueze was exceptional. a darker pour of cloudy orange. some nice head that stuck around for a bit. this was a milder sour gueze. a nice sour backed with oak that gives it an earthy blend. earth is backed wtih a pollen floral and a honey mild. that isn't over powering sweet but mellowing. very nice dimension. great form. (361 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very, very light haze in this amber hued geuze. Had a fizzy half finger head that dissolved into a white skin along the top.

S - Nice tart smell along with some nice yeasty funkyness. Solid.

T - Really nice and tart! Picking up on an almost granny smith apple like tartness/sourness.

M - The expected amount of carbonation for this style. Wow, this has a very, very deliciously dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. As a fan of sourness the pleasant dryness of this geueze leaves me craving the next sip. (507 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle poured into Allagash Chalice.

A: Pours a rich gold with a delicate, head that quickly dies down to a ring around the glass. Zero lacing.

S: I always have a hard time with gueuze smells. Tart apple, lemon, grassy etc. Very nice, but one-note.

T: Wow. Not nearly as tart as I had expected. More of the same, especially the apple. This tastes great.

M: Typical for the style; slightly moderate carbonation, nice and thin. Goes down easy.

D: With a low ABV (5%) and not nearly as much acidity as Cantillon's classic gueuze, I could easily drink three or four bottles of this if it were less expensive. For a gueuze, the drinkability is exceptional.

A very nice surprise. (686 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 080620

A: slight cloudy, light-brown, orange color
S: medium nose, a bit of funk but not overpowering or too acetic acid
T: not bad, a bit of acetic acid bite in the back of the mouth, refreshing light but not OTT with brett and sourness, good starter gueuze for new-comers, well-made
M: good mouthfeel, spritzy, pucker factor on back of mouth
D: highly drinkable, especially for the ABV (398 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a really, really nice geuze which borders on being almost too sour (for my tastes).

pours light yellow hazy with no head and a little lacing and some champagne bubbles.

smell is all yeasty amazingness - a little spice, some herbal, lemony, grapefruity.

taste is just straight up sour, lemons, some ginger, and grapefruit...and then earthy, woody mixed with more lemonade - then at the end, boom super dry finish - the way it should be, leaving your mouth puckering and wanting more.

almost too sour, so can't have a super high drinkability, but its a very nice example of the style. (598 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really trying to get into sours, figured this would be an approach. But not to crap on this just because it's style, I will base this on the style. It poures a deep orange, with a sparsely bubbly head. Taste was pretty much on the money with the large sourness flavor, lemonheads but no sweetness, prety mouth puckering. Actually found this to be pretty drinkable, but just not for me. (385 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this somewhere. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a hazy, gold color. The head is a few fingers tall, off white, ok retention, good lacing, and small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are pumpkin pie spices, tart, and mint.
Taste: The flavors are tart, cinnamon, and Ginger.
Mouthfeel: The beer had a thin body with a clean finish.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review. (434 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy, sunshine yellow that is typical of the style. It is Gueuze colored. Archetypal. The head is pretty standard: half a finger of white foam that dissipates quickly into nothing at all. This old bottle has some seriously big yeast floaties which mars the prettiness.

Lots of vinegar up front in the nose. Tartness rules the day here. Lemon juice, urine. There is enough funk to make things interesting - smell levels of horseblanket and mildew - but the Brettonamyces isn't as pronounced as I'd prefer. Again, pretty archetypal of the style. Darn good.

The taste follows the nose exactly. This gueuze is mostly tasting of tart, sharp lemon vinaigrette. This is among the more tart beers of the style that I've had, though it never becomes overbearing. The tartness washes away on the finish to let the drying, funky flavors shine just a bit.

Medium-light-bodied and drying like a good guezue should be; I have no complaints about the mouthfeel of this beer. It does what it is supposed to do. The drinkability is very high for me. The sharp, but fast-fading, tartness commands additional sips. There is enough balance to keep the beer interesting. If I could afford to session this then I would do so gladly.

I'm drinking this bottle at Grinder's, a restaurant in Kansas City. I ordered a Cantillon Guezue off of their beer menu. I was brought this bottle, which wasn't on the menu, instead. I hadn't tried it before or even seen it on store shelves in the area, so I decided to say nothing to my server and drink it. While it pales in comparison to the astounding offering from Cantillon, this is a damn good guezue on its own right. Definitely try it. (1,710 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a crown capped 12.7oz green bottle into my tall stemmed Petrus glass.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazed orange gold color with a 1/2" lively head. The head settled to a thin ring and left zero lacing behind.

S= Aromas of horsey funk, citrus, and a palpable "tart" smell. Nothing overpowering, yet its all well defined.

T= Hints of malt sweetness lurk underneath much larger flavors of tart fruit and sour yeast. Not overly complex but the sourness is tasty and balanced. Finished dry and tart with a long aftertaste ofthe same.

MF= Light bodied with a very effervescent carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable, very refreshing gueuze here. I could easily drink multiple glasses of this in a sitting. (728 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle served in my Allagash chalice at 50 degrees. Poured an exquisite muted golden-orange with a fizzy, two inch cream-colored head that sizzled and popped and quickly receded into a quarter inch cap. Copious tiny bubbles effervesced in solution and adhered to the sides of the glass; no lacing. Nose reveals tart citrus, a hint of cork, and some light fruit. Taste follows nose; however, the tartness and citrus somewhat cancels out the light fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a fairly dry finish. A very solid gueuze. Not overly tart; however, having just had this on-draft, I think it is far superior in the bottle. (671 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/19/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart fruit, light Belgian yeast and very light malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice bite of sourness up front but it's not as over-powering as some other in the style. Then some mild flavors of citrus and tart cherries come in. The malt character is very thin but there's enough of it to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice sour beer that is worth drinking for a long time. (814 characters)

Photo of TommyW
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden body with a fluffy white head that reduces to spots.

S- Lots of tart aromas like sour apple and lemon.

T- Big tart flavor of lemon and sour apple with some notes that remind me of cider vinegar. Lingering tart finish with a touch of sweetness.

M- Medium body with an aggressive, crisp carbonation.

D- A very tart but enjoyable beer to sip on. (356 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - large amount of fluffy white foam, the beer is a strong golden color...only very slightly hazy. remains pretty fluffy throughout most of the drink, lacing is very random and spotty.

S - very tart, sour apples, grapes...some graininess like hay and a tad bit of Brett funk.

T - puckeringly tart apples, white grapes, cherries...clean through the second half, some grass and hay come into the mix. finishes with lingering sour lemon...refreshing. only slightly vinegary after warming. nice mix of tart fruit and sour lacto.

M - medium bodied with tight and crisp carbonation...goes down smooth and oily, yet the tartness and carbonation leave a prickly and sticky finish.

D - very much enjoyed this one. nice and tart/sour fruit and lacto balance with just a kiss of Brett funk. will seek it out again for sure to meet my sour cravings. (896 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Deep Ellum on 5/22

A: This beer pours a hazy, light copper color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves ample wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is very tart! Some funk, bit of woodiness and tart soured apple.

T: Taste is sour and funk the whole way through. Soured cherries, raspberries, and apple really dominate the taste from start to finish. Blended quite nicely together. There are some hints of funk through the middle and the woody character lingers a touch in the finish.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a dry finish.

D: Takes a bit to acclimate to the tartness (at least for those just getting in to lambics, geueze's and wild's) but once you do, it is rather tasty, refreshing and worked nicely for a warm New England day. (810 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a total sucker for a gueze and like pretty much every one I've tried. I have rarely had on in tap, however.

This gueze was a little darker and a little less sour that the most intense guezes that I've had, which was fine because I wanted it as an afternoon beer that I could drink as a pale ale.

Overall, the sour is great, aroma very intense, good carbonation. I'll get this again at George Keeley's If it's still there on my next visit. (445 characters)

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy amber color with a slightly off-white foamy head. It has a strong lemon and grapefruit scent to it as well with some funk and green apple.

This isn't the best Gueuze I have ever had, mainly due to a metallic flavor at the finish. Other than that it has a nice acidic-citrusy flavor that catches you at the start that precedes a bit of apple.

I could use a bit more carbonation, but just a bit. Other than that it was a nice sour that really hit the spot tonight. (486 characters)

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.