St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.76/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
08-05-2014 23:33:57 | More by DenisKolkin
3.94/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-04-2014 23:50:29 | More by spinrsx
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
(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.
08-04-2014 01:25:34 | More by Digimaika2
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-02-2014 03:21:11 | More by superspak
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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
07-30-2014 20:33:57 | More by kevinlater
4.09/5 rDev +4.3%
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
This nice little lambic went well with... Spicy tuna sushi roll
07-27-2014 16:39:09 | More by DaveBar
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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