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

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

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332 Reviews
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Reviews: 332
Hads: 962
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 19
Gots: 98 | 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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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 962
Photo of Codyvanvactor
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just okay. Nothing wrong with this beer, but it lacks complexity. Taste is very strongly sour, almost vinegar like. Hints of citrus. I would not buy it again, but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ poured into footed tumbler. Appearance is orange-gold with some cloudiness, a thin ring of bubbles, and a few spots of lacing. Aroma is tart citrus, barnyard funk, cider vinegar, and some green apple sweetness. Taste is briefly sweet citrus, quickly replaced by tart vinegar and lemon sourness. The funkiness is there, too, but less than the nose indicated. Medium body, thin texture, active carbonation, crisp, drying, puckering finish.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle dated 11/13/13 poured into a tulip
A: Pours a muddy brown color with a thin head that quickly settles, though nice carbonation
S: A bit woodsy/musty with distinct vinegar, grape juice, sour apple and lemon aromas
T: Sour grape, strong lemon, sour apple, a bit of earth/vinegar
M: Light-bodied, sour
O: Always interesting to try a beer with a bit of age but I think I would have enjoyed this better fresher and will try to find a younger bottle. If you like sour, this definitely delivers and is worth a try

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before July 2022 and served slightly chilled. The label says 5%, but a sticker slapped over top claims 6%.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber hue, topped off with an inch of fizzy white head that wastes no time in receding. A modest, bubbly collar is the only remnant, as no lace whatsoever is produced. The aroma is vinous and tart, with distinct notes of green apple, vinegar and lemon pith. Light touches of white wine and oak, too; a little funky, but not particularly so.

Good, tart flavour with a nice pucker. Both juicy green apple flesh and skin come through loud and clear, with sour lemon, lime and white grapes on top of a light wheaty malt backbone. The acidic notes are not as noticeable as they were on the nose, but are definitely still there - particularly in the latter half of the profile, where they are joined by oak and some funky, yeasty notes that remind me of dill. Finishes with a subdued tartness that quickly dries out the palate. Light-bodied and refreshing, with relatively restrained carbonation and a crisp, lively mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. As someone with very little experience in the field of lambics, all I can really offer here is a subjective opinion: I find St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition to be pretty good value for the price, but it still doesn't strike me as the best that this style has to offer. Recommended as an accessible, affordable introduction to the world of sours; I'll grab another bottle and hold onto it for a few years to see if there are any new developments, but for now I'll just call this a pretty good lambic and leave it at that.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp amber, with a thin cap of off white soda like head which disappears quicker than it came.

While pouring, initial aromas reminder me that it was a green bottle. That soon faded into fruity notes, mainly Apple. Upon further examination, dusty, musky, very woody , tart apple and a bit of vinegar at the end. Finishes sweet. Very interesting, and balanced, great other than the vinegar smell.

Pretty darn sour. Strong notes of old oak, Apple and something a bit minty. Pretty solid flavor. The vinegar is much less prevelant here.

Moderate to sweet here. Very little carbonation on the tongue, but the sourness provides all the mouth needs.

Not the best representation of the style, but a good buy when you have limited other options.

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Photo of MTLDOG
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip a hazy/cloudy dark golden color with one finger of bright white head. No lacing but a good ring around the top. The nose is strong. A musky aroma. Sour apple, white grape, lemon and oak seem to be the most obvious but a little wheat and a little bit of bread. The taste is a wonderful sour and sweetness. Tart big lemon and sour apple. White wine and a burst of sweetness. Very dry finish. Perfect amount of dryness for the style. The mouthfeel was light, crisp and had champagne carbonation that give an added bite. Overall a very nice lambic with good sour notes and a dry finish. Good price for the style too.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.62/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draft. Some rubber and plastic in taste that is really unfortunate. Smells like and really should be a decent budget gueuze but the off flavors make it marginally bad. Never had from bottle, hopefully a lot better in bottle.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle (don't recall the format) from Fri., 01/02/2015 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), dated "120718" (lol), poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of babaracas
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque but radiant dark orange, with dense white head settling to a thin ring, with trailing streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: cherry, limeade, hay, barnyard note, oaky, overripe apricot. Taste: sour cherry, lemon segment, soured overripe peach, herbal, oaky, with vanilla, acetic, and hay notes. Medium bodied, sugary beneath the sour and mild funk, then finishing dry with oak and grape skin. Bottled 1/2014. Really nice, balanced approach and flavorful.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is lots of raspberries.
The taste is sour and tart all over the place; raspberry and lemon.
The texture is soft, light and fizzy. Amazing.
An outstanding drink.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

3.47/5: Want to jump into the style? Here's your beer!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.