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

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-03-2002

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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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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.

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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

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip out of a 375ml bottle.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a smallish white head with just some very splotchy lacing.

Aroma has the barnyard funk that I am expecting along with some peachy notes that are a bit different. Belgian yeasty esters along with a bit of pepper.

The flavor has the funk toned down somewhat and there is quite a bit of fruit present; at least more than other beers of the style have had. More peach with some green apple. Vinous and woody notes combine with a very sour/tart mouthfeel to make this interesting throughout. The sourness fades towards the finish with a graininess lingering.

Overall, this is a very nice beer and quite interesting. The extra fruitiness is different than other Geuzes and makes this one unique. Not my favorite but it is an enjoyable drink.

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

Shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave! Served alongside the St. Louis Kriek.

The beer is hazy golden with a small white head. Aromas of hay, grass, barn funk, typical gueuze scents, perhaps a sprinkling of black pepper. Similar flavor, with earth tones and a mild grainy aspect. pretty tasty. Crisp with a dry finish. For a ubiquitous gueuze, this isn't bad at all.

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Photo of itsscience
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw color with a finger and a half of head that dissipates quickly. The nose has some artificial fruit aromas, like cherry kool-aid and grape kool-aid, clean pale malts, a slight vinous quality and some barnyard funk. I get wheat and bread yeast on the front of the tongue with a sharp sour attack on the way down, then a lemony finish and nice bready aftertaste. Drinkable, light, and highly carbonated.

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Photo of buzzardman
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Tart, sweet.

Appearance: Hazy amber, not much head.

Flavor: Tart and sour up front, once sourness passes over palate get a nice peach/plum flavor, almost like a sour plum wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium, a little thick for a lambic, not as dry as a lambic should be.

Overall: Pretty good beer, not overly sour has a good fruity tart mix going on. I prefer a dryer less fruity gueuze than what this offers. a little too much like a sour plum wine for me.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle dated 11/13/12 in wine glass

Murky golden color with head reducing to ring of clumpy lacing. Light floral, fruity and bready malt aromas with some sourness. Taste is some bright fruit with moderate sourness. Some bready malt (oxidation?) which lingers unpleasantly on the aftertaste. Relatively thin and light mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation. Not very complex but refreshing and drinkable despite the aftertaste. Not a bad beer but not a great gueuze.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville NC

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small foamy white head, leaving just a ring around the glass

S- dried hay, ripe pear with some woodsy funk

T- dry and puckering with notes of lemon peel and grape skin, finishing bone dry with more sour grape notes

M- light and spritzy body with a crisp and dry finish

O- A good beer that I'm glad I got to try on tap, nowhere near the complexity of some other gueuze's, but would make a good into to the style

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head but it settles quickly to rim lace. Little lace (some spots). Orange-amber with some haziness.

Sweet and sour aroma. Smells like many of Framboise available, yet I know there are no raspberries in this one.

Overly sour where no sweetness is present (unlike the smell). Lip smacking tartness which makes for a lingering aftertaste. Watery with a below average carbonation level.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden orange body with well-carbonated fizzy head that leaves little lace. Mostly a sour, tart, funky smell that reminded me a bit of an oaky white wine with sour apple/white grape skin aroma. The beer is light bodied, very sharp and crisp, mostly tart and funky taste notes (again along with sour fruit flavors). A great sipper for a simple gueze.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my first gueuze so I’m hardly a connoisseur. Poured a cloudy, gold color (3-7 SRM). Didn't generate much of a head. Aroma was sour and earthy. Initial taste lit my mouth on fire with high carbonation. Picked up tart sour apple flavor and some other off flavor I couldn’t recognize or put a label on. Rather dry. Absolutely no hop aroma, flavor or bitterness. The lace dropped like a rock, leaving no evidence of a head at all. These beers are known for their complexity and this one lived up to their rep. As for this particular one...been there, done that. Not bad but I’ll be exploring other gueuzes.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a orangish yellow color. Strong haze makes it opaque. Some of an off white head that leaves some lacing behind.

Smell: sour green apples and grapes. And funky yeast

Taste: opens up with a kick of Brett yeast transitions into tart fruit. Grapes and green apples. This moves back towards a oaky Brett funk again.

Mouthfeel: a bit mouth puckering and leaves a nice thick coat on the tongue

Overall: a good tasty beer that will introduce anyone to the still. Not too much puckering and not too sour make it a pretty drinkable one

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Photo of rodlavers
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at 3r6p, served in a 10oz snifter/goblet.

Half-finger bright white head, recedes to nice consistent ring around inside of glass. Opaque orange/brown, rusted. Minimal chunks of lacing, consistency of a liquor.

Smell is dry and tart, but not much else. Light notes of grape, citrus and maybe sugar.

Taste is enjoyable. Light and tart; still learning the nuances of sour flavors. I like it.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and dry.

Drinkability renders FondnTradtion something I will return to. Cheers.

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.