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

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88
very good

839 Ratings
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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MarcWP
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of matttttYCE
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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).

Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brystmar
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 350ml green bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle states it was packed on "4/26/2012," so nearly 6 months old!

Produces a cloudy, dark amber and yellowish color, with a decent half finger of head (even with help from the Duvel tulip glass). Carbonation seems decent, yet not too excessive overall. Head quickly dissipates, but the yeast continues to gently glide across the glass, as well as provide a thick and full body overall.

As expected, there's a sourish, tarty, fully funky aroma that I'm used to finding in gueuzes whenever I have the privilege to try them. I'm picking up overall extreme notes of lemon rind, fruits I'm having trouble placing (maybe apricots or sour pineapple?), as well as a an everlasting woodiness. Underneath all this, there's a backbone that resembles thick, slightly roasted bread, as well as some zestiness which is no doubt aided by the hops and yeast. Pretty balanced overall, yet quite complex.

Upon a first gulp, there is an immediate explosion of sourness and yeastiness that I hoped to find. The citrus flavors are immense here, but it's really the woody and excessive yeasty notes that truly shine. Upon every gulp I find myself adjusting my tongue and licking my lips, particularly during the aftertaste, in which the sour flavors descend and an acidic, hoppy rises. While there's not much carbonation, the delicious roasted malts and thickened yeastiness provide a full-bodied experience. If anything, this should be tried simply for the experience in which the soured yeast lingers on the tongue for several minutes at a time in a rather dazzling and smooth manner.

A excellent gueuze here, and definitely good to find around these parts while I still wait for Cantillon to show up someday. Definitely not as exaggerated as their Lambics though, and this is a really good one for beginners getting into the gueuze style. This balanced enough, which makes it easy to drink, yet complex enough to attract wowed reactions from beer fans of all kinds, particularly sours. Hoorah!

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says 2012/04/26.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that doesn't retain very well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly strands of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing.

S- Rush of sweet/sour aroma with mild vinegar notes. Barnyard funk at the heart of it all but the sweetness remains the strength of the smell.

T- Staggering rush of sour that smacks the palate with notes of granny smith apple and warheads. But wait, what's this? The tartness immediately draws back halfway through the sip and reveals a prominent biscuity, wheat-like malt finish. The sourness certainly stays powerful all the way through the drink but it's that nice, clean finish that cuts it away which makes the flavor profile so unique. It's also not so sour that it becomes unmanageable.

M- Quite dry and sticky. Medium-low carbonation and a body that's surprisingly somewhat full.

O- Never tasted anything like this before. Then again, this is only the second true gueuze I've ever had and the first (Lindeman's Cuvee Rene) was too sour for me. I like this one's balance and restrained tartness. I picked it out because I love St. Louis framboise and figured I'd try something else by them. So glad I did, even if it was a little steep at $8 for a 12.7 oz bottle.

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orange color/maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of a hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, strong tartness, strong sourness, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Gueuze. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tartness, strong sour notes, slight pale malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber gold body filled with tiny beading, finger of tight white head that retains throughout, decent lacing.

Smells nice... sour wheat, fresh lemonade, sweet acidity, orange pulp, not invasive with sourness but approachable, tart.

Fresh, citrus like tart qualities... grapefruit, more lemonade notes, fresh cut grass, sweet and sour finish - dry but absolutely thirst-quenching.

Another tasty gueuze that I hope evades the attention of Minnesotans for years to come.

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

A clear amber brew, a small off-white head, little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling vinegar, stable and glue.

Sweetish green grapes as a start, white vinegar and wine-gum candy.

Medium carbonation, small fresh bubbles, a refreshing texture and small body, a dry acid finish.

A little young and uneven this one.

Photo of JustinQ
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, bottled on 11/07/06, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange, produces an inch of white head, very good retention, spotty lacing.

S- Very funky and hay-like, with citrus tartness and some apple.

T- Less funky than the nose, bracing tartness up front with an acetic, lemony character, some light funk and apple/lemon fruit, finishes with some slightly earthy wood flavors and tannins.

M- Light-bodied, smooth feel, dry finish.

O- A very nice gueuze, definitely worth picking up. It would improve considerably if the funkiness carried through more strongly in the flavor, regardless finding a six-year-old gueuze for less than $7 a bottle is a steal.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 110706.

A: Pours a hazy sunburst orange with an initial 1-inch off-white head which fades to the rim leaving a couple of faint spots. As warms the haze goes away to become clearer.

N: Lemony, horseblanket, musty, moldy, grass/hay, tannic and vinegar sourness, faint biscuity yeast.

T: Bright lemon zest and sour tannins up front, followed closely by cheesy and musty funk along with some floral and mild peppery spices.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Feels prickly from the sour and dusty dry finish.

O: Having this relatively plentiful and available is a blessing. Will certainly have again.

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.