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

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 930
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 19
Gots: 92 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 (280 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed golden orange colour, a finger of white head with no lace to speak of. Smell is funky and musty barnyard, green apple and lemon, oaky, lactic and cheese rind, as it warms get a bit of caramel as well. Taste is tart and lemony, acidic with a mid palate puckering sour, fruity toward the finish, subtle lactic notes, oak in the beginning and aftertaste, drying aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation, medium dry oaky body. Really good, was more than impressed with this offering especially at around $4 a bottle. (513 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

A-a cloudy golden colour with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S-smells of lemon citrus with some nutty apricot notes...

T-very crisp and sour like a green applish flavour with definite citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker....appropriate for the abv.

Overall I loved this beer. Very refreshing would get it again in a heartbeat. (345 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 (717 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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! (1,423 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%

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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (442 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Hazy golden in color, with a massive, dense and persistent white head. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. Carbonation drifts lazily to the surface in sparse, minute bubbles. (4.0/5.0)

Aroma: Ripe bananas are prominent in the aroma, as well as bread notes, wet hay, lemon rind, honeysuckle, and a moderate sour tang, vinegar-like, but not particularly assertive. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with a sour note reminiscent of white wine vinegar, this is omnipresent in the taste, and the most defining characteristic. There are also notes of bitter apple, hints of sweet lime, sour grapes, and grapefruit as the taste progresses. The finish is very dry, with the sourness undiminished, and hints of oak tannins. In general, there seems to be much less of the barnyard, mustiness, than others here have mentioned, and in other examples of the style that I have tried. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, quite pleasant. (4.0/5.0)

Drinkability/notes: A somewhat understated example of the style, pleasant and drinkable, it might serve well as a gentle introduction to the sour styles. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packaged in a 12.7 ounce green glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. Bottled on date of 2012/07/18. (1,273 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12.7 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A small head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. Typical for this style. It is a slightly hazy pale orange with good vision of tiny bubbles coming up through out the glass.

Smell: Sour, tart, oak, raspberry, cherry, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Got to love the tart and funk notes with slight oak, fruitiness, bitterness, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation, tart, pucker, chewy, and sour.

Overall: For a gueuze, this one is at the top of my list. Very traditional to the style and very enjoyable. (604 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4.35 CDN. Served fairly cold into glassware. Another style I have no experience with and as a result I just had to try it.

Appearance - semi transparent copper color capped by just over a finger of white head. There are few bubbles present and head doesn't linger for too long, but neither does it dissipate away quickly.

Smell - sour and tart smelling but with a slightly sweet fruity undercurrent. Really hard to nail down what that is, whether is cherry or raspberry but I think it's more of a gooseberry and blackberry aroma.

Taste - quite tart and sour, but melds well with the natural fruit flavours. Hard to nail down the flavor as with the aroma, but it is tart, fruity and complex.

Mouthfeel - lively and tongue curling with the tartness, the body is also soft with a moderate finish.

Overall - a fine introductory beer for the style, and while I'd don't have the capability to determine how this stacks up with other representatives from this style, I can tell you that it was and intriguing beer that I enjoyed quite a bit and would consider purchasing again. (1,114 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4.50

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, apples, green grapes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, a dry yeasty flavour, tart lemons, and a mix of a green apple and green grape fruitiness.

Overall - A very solid gueuze. I had a Cantillon bio gueuze the other day and while that was way more complex, this is is right up there in overall quality. Lots of great sour flavour to sip on and I will pick up some more to cellar to see how it develops. (743 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Bronze copper colour with thin bubbly head that recedes to ring.

(4.25) S: Apples, white vinegar, dry grasses, white grape, oak, fruit bubblegum, and yeast. Very good mix of both the funky and fruity. Nice fruits of orchard and some tropical including banana.

(4.0) T: Lemons, white grape, apple, white vinegar, hints of oak, and a touch of salt in the finish. Level of sourness is appropriate and comes across on the pleasantly acidic side with a very dry finish.

(4.0) M: Lighter-med bodied with a lively carbonation on par with the style.

(4.0) D: This was very good lambic with all great qualities of the style coming through. While the taste was very good the aroma really stood out for me. (711 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/18/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of sour green apple, lemon, white grape, wet hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, musty funk, white vinegar, wheat, light pepper, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/lactic yeast, oak, and light malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, lemon, white grape, wet hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, musty funk, white vinegar, wheat, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, lemon, white grape, wet hay, straw, leather, oak, musty funk, white vinegar, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/lactic yeast, oak, and light malt flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice gueuze style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky/lactic yeast, oak, and light malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering. (1,511 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. best before july 2022, enjoyed on july 30, 2014

a: a vibrant yet almost fully opaque orange. a finger of head that fades away quickly

s: smells sour and funky. hints of green apple, lemon, and yeast

t: up front is a sharp sourness with hay and hints of salt. this lingers and tapers off at around mid-to-late-palate, and then shy notes of pear, tart granny smith apples, lemon, and vinegar reveal themselves on the back end. maybe bits of wood tastes as well. excellent dry finish. the fruit flavours open up as the beer warms

m: nearly medium body, medium-high carbonation

o: sour, refreshing, and delicious (640 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 375ml bottle for $4.75. Served at 5deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens ok. Pours not much head that dissipates to a film within a minute or two. Unfiltered and dark golden color

S- Outstanding!! What a refreshing change of pace. You can smell the sour LOL.

T- Sour and good.

M- Dry and very tart. Super sour. Loads of carbonation.

O- Very good. Completely different from a flavored Lambic but enjoyable. Almost wine like. Liking this style of beer. Looking forward to seeing how it ages

Food Pairing

This nice little lambic went well with... Spicy tuna sushi roll

Enjoy (593 characters)

Photo of BakaGaijin
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$4.35 bottle from the LCBO.

A - brownish straw appearance, slightly cloudy. Thin head made of small bubbles.

S - A little bit of funk, saline,

T - sour, lemon, granny smith apple, and a touch salty. Lime and white grapefruit follows. Dry on the finish.

M - light bodied but zesty. Medium carbonation.

O - Fantastic beer. Extremely refreshing and nice amount of sourness. (379 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber yellow with a decent hit. Good carbonation. Bottle indicates brewed in 2012. Smells like a typical lambic. Taste is typical sour but surprisingly without any hint of sweetness. Nice clean refreshing beer with a sour finish. Not a lot of substance. Lots of unfiltered goodies at the bottom of the bottle. (322 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into Goose Island stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange with 1+ finger of a white head that settles to a medium cap and collar. Body is lightly hazy with moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Funk, green apple, musty,

Taste: Lemon, barnyard funk, pear, just a hint of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high lively carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Pretty nice gueuze. It doesn't measure up to Cantillon, 3F and some others, but considering the low price point (I think I got this for $3.99 per bottle) this is a great budget gueuze. (576 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Prairie teku

A - pours a hazy amber with chunk sediment. A timed white cap of foam sits on top.

S - funky, salty, minerals, soured fruit- apricots, white grapes, apples, strawberries, musty lemons

T - sour and salty permeate the palate, lemon and raspberry follow, acidic funk, soured stone fruit, the malts are encompassed with sour fruit and the beer finishes bright and snappy.

M - light body, light to medium carbonation, acidic mineral finish.

Bright, acidic, and funky character that blends well with the yeasty malts. This beer has has a strong presence of soured fruit. A nice example of my favorite style of beer. (642 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish brown with minimal head and immediately dissipating lace. Aroma of damp hay, grape must, bready yeasts. Sourness is actually quite pleasant, theres an earthy dankness I can't quite get around, something like mushrooms having absorbed to much moisture. This taste gains in strength as the beer sits a little while. The crispness is refreshing, this beer is quite dry. (383 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2012/07/18 at 50 degrees into flute
Aroma of over-ripe fruit
Head small (2 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – none
Body golden, hazy
Flavor begins very sour with no malt sweetness. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, just acetic acid and a little funk.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

This is the most acidic gueuze I’ve ever had, a very high pucker factor. (432 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Duckworth's in Huntersville - $3.50!!!

Pours a hazy gold with a thin layer of white head, nice lacing and well carbed. Definitely some peach in the nose - bit sweeter smelling than I expected. The flavor has the sour funk I expected, though I really wanted a bit more out of it. It's a very solid brew that I'll certainly have again. (348 characters)

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.