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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

764 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 14
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Robloc303, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

bcoyle, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

slipperysoup, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TastyIsBeer, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: dull copper, like apricot jam; head flares up quick and sizzles away just as fast

Aroma: thinking white vermouth at first; puckering tartness, green apple and candy sweetness - thinking of green apple gummy rings; a hint of smoke

Taste & Mouthfeel: bracingly tart, of fresh lemon juice mostly, and some green apple; dry finish and great length; that faintest touch of smoke is also showing up on the palate, but really this beer is all one note - and it is a good note; refreshing and clean tasting; medium-light body and carbonation

Overall: small sips recommended, and you may even want to split the small bottle with a friend - this is intensely tart as per the style, lemony, simple, and refreshing

BGDrock, Sep 13, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

12.7 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. While retention isn't the greatest, given the style, it could have been worse. Some streaks of lacing are left on the glass. (3)

Smell: While it smells nicely sour, it's also backed by a candy-like fruit note. After a while, it becomes fairly cherry-heavy. Also, I pick up some phenolic brett notes. It's lacking some of the bacterial nuance of, say, a Cantillon - still, it's combination of tartness and delicate fruit are rather tantalizing. (3.5)

Taste: It initially opens up with some healthy sourness - call it 6/10 sour. The back end evolves into a combination of oak, mineral dryness, and earthen funk. It hits the basics of the style very well, but its lack of intangible nuance keeps it out of Cantillon territory. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: As it should be, it's almost entirely bone-dry, with aid coming from intense carbonation. Having said that, it could be a bit more substantial on the back end. Can't fault its sipping nature by any meals, though. (3.5)

Overall: As far as not-impossible-to-find gueuzes go, this is quite good. Sure, it's not in Cantillon's league, but I'd like to see you find a Cantillon on the shelf. This is still well worth drinking, and you don't even have to trade impossible-to-find whales for it. (3.5)

3.48/5: Want to jump into the style? Here's your beer!

ThisWangsChung, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

BeccaH, Sep 12, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

paleoplant, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Rborre321, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

PatGreer, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottled 4/26/2012

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color with some lighter orange accents. Thin head of sparse bubbles forms on the edges of the glass while drinking. Active carbonation is still very bright.

Smell: Certainly some skunky aromas jumping out right away. Beneath is a bouquet of white grapes, ripe pears, burnt oak, and bright pepper. Some interesting notes of pipe tobacco and ash linger on the body. Spruce tips, sprite yeast, and dark bready notes round it out on the back end.

Taste: Oak, cedar, and some birch woody notes all jump the palate. Sprite fruits, chardonnay grapes, and earthy tobacco open up on the body. The palate is suppressed by dry leather, pears, peaches, and some light vegetal flavors. A tart, yeasty funkiness is prevalent throughout and crescendos on the finish, leaving a dry flavor behind.

Mouthfeel: Tons of woody textures lead the way with potent funk lingering throughout. Some skunked notes but it doesn't interfere with the beer that much.

Overall: I got a lot of traditional Gueuze notes, but many lacked the depth and impact to really make this a memorable brew. The dryness is there, but doesn't consume the drinker. The tartness is there, but sort of gets lost in the woody notes. A fun brew but the elite ones are a few notches ahead.

KFBR392, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jeffaroo95, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

real_human_bean, Sep 02, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12%

Dilan25, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

slowfade, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Sep 01, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Isjustacigar, Aug 31, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours out a light orange with a thin, bone white head. Smells of wheat, crackery grain, bretty funk, and typical sweaty lambic. Taste is a bit sweeter than some other traditional geuzes I've had. I get some fruitiness from the yeast. Very sour. Finishes dry. I pick up some brett and general bug funk. Slight cheesiness. Carbonation is sharp on the tongue, but it isn't excessive. This is a good but not excellent example of a geuze.

goochpunch, Aug 31, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Justin-m, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Chris00710, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

halo913, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jsurfs82, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

MasterSki, Aug 29, 2014
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.