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

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773 Ratings
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002)
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4/5  rDev +2%

bkrbdan, Dec 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

JellyJacket, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Form 12/18/12 notes. Sampled this on tap at Beer Authority in NYC; have passed up bottled of this on the shelf before so glad to try it on tap.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, apples, bready malts, light yeast, spice, and lightly sour fruits. Nice nose; no real funk but the light sourness is nice.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits, apples, fruity malts, light funk, spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, bready malts. Little bit of funk unlike the nose, but the taste is also sweeter than nose. I like the nose a touch better.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Pretty nice for a gueuze.

o - Overall a decent gueuze. Not my favorite as the sourness and funk is very light, and it is a little too sweet for me, but better than no gueuze on tap. Could see someone trying to get into the style liking this one as a gateway gueuze. Would have it again sometime.

mdfb79, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

claaark13, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of MinnTwins
4/5  rDev +2%

MinnTwins, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +2%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/26/12

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange. A 2 finger white head shoots up immediately which quickly recedes to a half finger leaving little to no lacing. Standard for the style.

Aroma: Lots of acidic citrus; Loads of lemon and key lime intermingled with some white wine vinegar. Some freshly sliced granny smith apples with very pleasant, musty barnyard funk layered underneath.

Taste: Huge citric acid punch to your palate! A very acute lemon, lime and granny smith apple presence. A very funk forward malt backbone. Slight note of ashy oak on the dry finish. A sauvignon blanc vibe becomes apparent as the beer warms in the glass.

Mouthfeel: Light and very dry, medium to high carbonation. The sharp tartness makes your mouth pucker and salivate.

Overall: A Great example of a classic gueuze; Not the most complex take on the style, but definitely a fantastic introduction to the diverse world of sours.

flayedandskinned, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

barleyswine, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Ogre
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Delicious and well balanced. Flavors of lemon, grapefruit and vinegar that linger for a good while.

Beautiful amber color. While I'm relatively new to Gueuzes, this strikes me as a solid offering and a good value for the money (about $6 USD). I'll be back for more.

Ogre, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Resuin, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

GennyCreamAle, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

deonreds, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of MarcWP
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber orange with two finger off white head.

Aroma of apple cider, vinegar, lemon, herbs, and green apple.

The taste follows the nose with tart apple, lemon, white vinegar, a pear fruitiness, and fresh herb component.

Gueuze is hard to come by and for this being readily available and at $6 a pop you can't go wrong. Or you can dish out 3 times as much for delicious 3 Fonteinen!

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DrLaFollette, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up along my travels.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a small one finger tall off white head leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of a decent amount of barnyard funk, wet grass, green apple skins, lemon zest, oak and some light sweetness.

T - Starts off with the barnyard funk and fruity zip but compared to how it smells it is a little bit muted. The oak, green apple and light sweetness round things out. Finish is tart with a decent amount of dryness, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry feel from start to finish.

O - A decent enough gueuze. Not at the top of my list for the style but it is still solid and definitely worth the lower than average price.

orangesol, Nov 30, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle, dated 2012/04/26. Pours with about a finger high, creamy, slightly off-white colored head. Lacing is moderate, head retention is quite good. Deep orange colored beer. The aroma is musty and earthy, grass/hay, plenty of tart citrus, almost lemonade, sour candy sweetness, and light vinegar notes. The taste follows the nose well. Maybe more citric bite, lemonade, and less of the sweetness, but still lemon warhead notes there. Light medium body, medium-high carbonation, light viscous consistency, and a light smooth finish.

Overall, I'd say this is a decent gueuze. Not the best I've had, but still enjoyable. Would have it again if I wasn't able to get my hands on some, say, Lindeman's gueuze cuve rene, and I had a taste for some gueuze. But there are some better options available out there (usually).

matttttYCE, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a stemless, narrowed chalice glowing a dark apple cider coloring, with amber hues to the light. It held a crisp, white one finger head, showing okay retention. Light wisps of lacing were left around the glass. There was a chill haze, no sediment, and even carbonation. The aroma showed musty, souring yeast, acidic vinegar, fresh leathers, and alcohol. The malts were quite pale and light, with floral hops on the back against rose florals, and tart sweetness of citrus and candy. Our first impression was that there was hearty tartness to the flavoring, but it was balanced through the finish with a big, but paler, malt backing. As we sipped, sour lactics were quickly balanced by candy sweetness. At the same time, however, the sweetness became tartness, as the sip prolonged. Chalky dryness also factored in, with bittering white wine grape, and further souring oak. The middle peaked with acid of white vinegar, and sour funky yeast. The finish showed sulfur eggshell air, paler malts, steely yeastiness, and a deepening of those same pales into a somewhat leathery, charred malt. The aftertaste breathed of sour grain, majorly funky yeast, big hints of Brett, grass and barnyard funk, lemon bitters, and pale, chalky grain. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, with a nice prickle to it. The mouth was wet and coated, but significantly puckered by the end of each sip. There was nice cream and froth, but slower slurp and glug. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sourness through the nose. It was nicely drying, helping to box out any overt residual sugars, all while retaining the big sourness and tartness so perfect to the style. The taste did follow nicely, with sourdough breadiness, and that same hearty sourness and funk. There was less fruity sweetness than expected, so expect for this one to be a bit more serious on the palate. The grain, too, was a bit chalky and seemed out of place, but things otherwise stayed pretty juicy, despite the wild bitterness of yeast.

TheBrewo, Nov 17, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Steve, bottled April 24, 2012. 375ml into a tulip.

Filtered orange, with a white head. Light lace and medium retention. Nose is earthy, tart lemon, light mushroom and some herbal character. Taste is tart upfront, lemon, light earth, with a grainy/cereally pale malt. Neutral, not notably sour in the end. Light bite to the carbonation, medium high carb. OK, but the malt finish was off-putting.

liamt07, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

brikelly, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

thatguy757, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

haywood415, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

macsyrinx, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

oldp0rt, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07/06/2011.

Straw-colored body, fizzy white head commands decent retention.

Aroma is full of cloves and other misc spices. Funky yeast is subdued, yielding to these non-traditional scents, and that's unfortunate.

On the upside, none of these missteps seem to affect the flavor profile. This tastes like a tradiional gueuze (albeit less funky) from an established blender: funky, cheesy, citric. Light years ahead of every other St Louis "sour" I've had (all of which are awful).

Happy to discover a $6.50/375mL gueuze that's actually reasonably good.

brystmar, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

duceswild, Oct 23, 2012
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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