St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from 12.7oz bottle into 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass. Bottled on January 20, 2010.
Appearance: Cloudy golden color with a large fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace.
Smell: Sweet and sour apple with sour lemon and farmhouse funk.
Taste: Starts off with a sweeter lemon taste that sours more toward the finish. The finish reveals bitter citrus peel and a backing of granny smith apple.
Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is a good gueuze, but could be great if the flavors were a tad more assertive. I would definitely have this again, but there are other lambics I would drink ahead of this one if given the option. Still, its price tag is less than many of its style so it can definitely fullfil a craving for funk when on a budget. Definitely a worthy offering.
01-08-2012 17:57:57 | More by Mosstrooper
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
375mL bottle with a date of 2011.07.06. Purchased at Rick's in Alexandria for $5.49 this afternoon. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.
Pours a clear light golden color with plenty of visible carbonation. Initial foamy white heady quickly recedes to half an inch and has some good staying power. Light lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose is mostly acidic with a bit of lemon. Not too much funk, and the same goes for the flavor. Nothing off really, just balanced in a different direction than I would go. Light, crisp body with a fairly-heavy lemon-like acidity through the finish, which is quite dry. A decent gueuze, especially for the price.
01-07-2012 23:40:32 | More by Thorpe429
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
First new gueuze in a while! Pour is cloudy (as it should be), but the color is different. Its a bit darker than usual. Just as carbonated as others. Yeast was a bit disturbed during transportation, so I have some floaties here. Most of its stuck at the bottom of the bottle. The head is a nice white color, but its a bit thicker than usual; it looks almost frothy instead of soda-pop like.
Smell is loaded with apple cider vinegar and a lactic sourness. Hints of bitterness, kind crisp smelling, if that makes sense. very slight notes of a subtle sweetness.
Initial drinks were weak, lifeless, and watery. Which was very scary, but things perked up. A very basic gueuze. Dry sour apples and green grape rinds are the key flavors. Nicely funk presence, barnyard feelings are in there, but only to add that net layer of complexity. Very balanced and drinkable.
Light body finishes clean, with a crisp twang near the end. Sourness is the only thing that lingers, but not for very long.
01-02-2012 16:04:21 | More by VncentLIFE
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
What better way to celebrate the coming of the new year than with a nice Belgian Gueuze. Bottled on 6/20 2008.
Pours a nice fizzy pasty white head, some nice bubbles rising up through the center, fades at a med pace with some sticky lacing on the sides, over a mostly clear nectar orange color with hint of reddish hue.
Nose is great, a step from pure heaven. Hard to describe, but pure Belgian Lambic. Tart fruits, like a light lemony sourness. More general sour fruit aromas, soured mash like as well. Then light bready funk, not typical Brett like funk, more lactobacillus or Brett lambicus like funky aroma, and a light dry bready funk. I could smell this all day.
Taste is not quite as funky but definitely quite sour, a lot more sour than I was expecting, like biting into a lemon. Lots of sour lemon kick into gear quickly, with an overall tart fruit flavor, fruity and tart-y. Soured mash flavors are there, with a nice general soured wild yeast flavor. A bit funky, not very, again more like lambicus sour flavor and light wild funk. A nice bready malt character is present, a bit in the front but really shines through towards the finish. As it finishes it dries significantly, more than bone dry, enough to suck moisture back out of my tongue, and only my quickly watering mouth (due to the puckering sourness) saves me from implosion through my mouth. A great effervescent feel, as the butt-loads of carbonation help to cut through the tartness. Some acidity also there, not super acidic as many lambics, but fairly acidic, and even a bit phlegm-y on the finish.
Mouth is lighter bodied, tons of carbonation, mouth puckering sour, and acidic as well as phlegmy, and even sticky all around.
Overall great, but there are better gueuze beers from Belgium. However, this is an awesome beer and for the price and availability a great option compared to Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon. This is a true lambic and not a super sweet fake version either, so def worth a shot for all the sour fans out there.
01-01-2012 03:00:53 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Imbibed from the bottle at Bottlecraft in San Diego 12/30/11.
Poured a cloudy gold with a tinge of red with a frothy white head that barely sticks around. The aroma is very fruity: strawberries, pears, cherries, green apple, and black currant round out the strong sweet aroma up front. I'm reaching for malt aroma, but can tell it's a pale malt bill in nature. Strawberry again starts the flavor with sour unripe green apple, strong with currants on the comedown from the sugar rush. This brew is very sour, it kicks your tongue where it counts, and fades to bitterness in a natural progression after wearing out your taste receptors. Feel is a bit watery, but carbonated well. This is a sipper due to the sourness.
This was my first Gueuze. I was hesitant to try one because of the Lambic nature I've read about. I equate Lambics with Framboise and peach beers that have sugar added. I took the plunge and found out that this is not the case. I really enjoyed the sweetness of this beer because it wasn't over the top. It was really balanced, I'm guessing due to the nature of the older Lambic it was mixed with. I am happy I tried this Gueuze first, as it turned me on to the style.
12-31-2011 06:25:12 | More by Philousa
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Presentation: Capped, no cork, bottle. I am unsure of the vintage here, but the marking on the bottle says: 100120. Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass.
Appearance: Pale yellow to orange in color. Nice clear body. Pours a two finger foamy head with good retention.
Aroma: Tart lemon, green apple, and a bit of barnyard funk. A touch medicinal in the background.
Taste: Initial sour burst of lemon zest and green apple. The sour tails off and recedes into a touch of honey and some herbal notes. A touch of funk in there too. Nice, but not overly complex or balanced.
Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly and just a touch of creaminess. Very nice and easy to drink.
Overall, a pretty good gueuze with a nice tart bite. Fills my sour fix for sure. Very solid for the price point.
12-28-2011 00:30:38 | More by Gosox8787
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
Bottled on 1/20/10.
Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Some floating sediment is present in the glass. Smell is funky and tart but there is a particular sweet smell too. A bit of a skunky aroma came from the green bottle when it was opened but is not present after the beer is poured. Taste is also tart and funky but it gives way after each sip with a slightly sweet aftertaste. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze with a better smell than taste but still a good beer to try.
12-27-2011 05:07:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
A- Pours a cloudy golden/orange body with a thin single finger head that falls to a cap which does stay around for a while. No lacing left.
S- Very tart, some old apples, pears, and the like. Nice funk to it.
T- Very tart again, sourness that has the apple and pear flavor to it.
MF- Moderate body, but the carbonation levels make it feel a little lighter.
12-27-2011 02:29:52 | More by LtCracker20
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a pint bottle into a snifter glass.
Appearance: cloudy orange with half an inch head that stays throughout. I love how heavily it laces throughout drinking.
Smell: Very fresh fruit smell with some grass and yeast
Taste: intense sour lime. Even more sour than the nose implied. zesty yet dry
Mouthfeel: Carbonated, crisp, and dry....nice fizz to go with the sour
Overall: I have to admit that I am new to lambics in general and also to the Gueuze style, but i know they are supposed to be intense and fruity...and this one has not failed my expectations at all...I quite enjoy it!
12-24-2011 02:13:05 | More by peoplewithhands
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
A-golden with thin white head
S-old funk. strong scent. smells good!
T-comes in with a mouth puckering sourness of lemon juice that seems quite fresh. the sourness lasts awhile and makes up a good after-taste. this is a decent sour!
M-good medium carbonation with a dry finish
O-when i pick a random sour, i'm usually nervous, but i'm quite pleased with this one all around. it absolutely will satisfy your sour craving. there's not much complexity to it, but it is definitely a good beer and it disappeared rather quickly
12-23-2011 19:40:30 | More by AdamBear
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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