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

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very good

815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002)
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2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 9/2015. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear yellow with no head and oodles of sediment. I can forgive sediment, but where's the carbonation?

Smell - Acidic. Sour apples and lemon. Too much vinegar and not much funk. Boo!

Taste - Like the smell, very sour and very vinegary. A lemon sour with a dry finish. Again, no funk.

Mouthfeel - Dry and quite puckering, but not a tasteful pucker or a complex pucker. Not much carbonation.

Overall - Not a good gueuze, but drinkable. Very sour and vinegary without the characteristics I love about the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus rine, funk, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus rine, funk, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I have had this so many times out of the bottle it is seriously not even funny. So when I saw this on-tap I had no choice but try this one. With it being on tap it actually enhanced the citrus aspect of this one for me. I was really happy that this was the case rather than just drinking the same beer over and over. Drink this one rather it is in a bottle or on-tap. You won’t regret it.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/07/06. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of pleasant soft cream, pretty good thickness, beige colour, and good retention. Colour is a clear bright colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty standard for the style, but appealing nonetheless.

Sm: Heavy sourness, wonderful wild yeast, clean malts, candi sugar, and slight cream. A pretty strong aroma. Very alive and inviting.

T: Tart sourness. Great wild yeast. Some funkiness. Clean malts form the foundation with some candi sugar to sweeten it. Well balanced and built, though simple. It's quite enjoyable, with enough sourness to satisfy without being puckerworthy. Not horribly subtle, but complex enough. A standard fare gueuze. There's not much depth to it, but I like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and dry, bringing out the flavours quite a bit. Nicely carbonated. Just thick enough on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have this again. It's a pretty typical gueuze, which means it's pretty good. Will satisfy fans of the style no doubt.

A great candidate for aging.

Would pair well with salad.

High B-

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Poured from a 37.5cl bottle into an Allagash flute.

The color is slightly hazy orange/gold with three fingers of foamy brownish head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little sweet with some fruity esters. Sour aroma in the nose with a slight bananas cherries. There is some Bretty funk that is bringing some of that barnyard flavor out as well.

The taste is sweet at first with a candy-like zing that speeds past my tongue. There is some slight hint of a bready flavor there in the middle that is trying to pass by unnoticed among some sourness that is quite pleasing. Sour-patch kids come to mind as the sour flavor mixes with touches of dry apple, pear, and a slight lemon flavor. There is some tartness there toward the back that makes me pucker a bit as I enjoy the sour funk.

The feel of this beer is smooth and pretty drinkable with a nice medium body that is feels like sour silk, smooth with a little crisp dry finish.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
Bottled on "100120"
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Van Honsebrouck's gueuze plays up the Brettanomyces character and has some obvious farmhouse funk and plastic resin components in its scent and flavor that other brouweijies do not push as much. It is also one solid-looking gueuze. That being said, the beer isn't as tart as others, the sour component lacks in complexity, and the sweetness and watery mouthfeel almost give this the impression of a heavy lemonade. While not bad in any regard, I don't think this beer is an example of what the gueuze style is capable of. Would probably not seek out again.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white bubbles, small and medium in size, which coalesce at the top to form a frothy peak. This gueuze has excellent head retention, unlike most others, and there is a 0.75cm head several minutes after pouring. Lacing is modest, but noticeable, several large streaks and splotches remain on the side of the glass. Body is a hazy, moderately dark, orange-gold color with yellow highlights. Somewhat hazy body still reveals plenty of medium-sized carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass.
Body becomes completely hazy, and more orange than golden, if adding the sediment.

As I observe the beer, a mildly sour aroma manages to seep into my nostrils from afar.

Aroma boasts the most amount of Brettanomyces "barnyard funk" that I've had in a gueuze thus far, and also comes across as moderately acidic. Swirling, and smelling again, I immediately think this beer has some serious mustiness and Brettanomyces plastic resin that overpowers the lactic/acetic acid producing bacteria. Fairly complex Brett profile overall, a combination of mold, dust, and animal farm. What sourness can be detected is some lemon and very unripe green apple. No oak character. I appreciate more acidic aromas than funk, and would've appreciated a better balance in that regard.
Adding the sediment to the beer seems to slightly increase the lemon-like, mildly tart aroma.

The tip of my tongue detects mild, lemon-like tartness melded to mild animal farm funk. A bit further on the front of the palate, the lemon-like tartness becomes moderately more intense along with the Brettanomyces-influenced farmhouse funk, which also develops a bit of plastic resin flavor. By mid-palate, the funk has surpassed the acidity in terms of noticeable flavors, with it being fairly mellow in the forefront, while a lingering tartness exists in the back. Not particularly sour (or at least not puckeringly so at mid-palate), perhaps even a bit sweet as the malt is able to seep through. Closes out with a flash of lemony sourness on the back of the palate that is able to overpower the Brett influences temporarily. Aftertaste is a bit unpleasant, a combination of Brettanomyces plastic resin flavors, salt, and mild lactic acid sourness.
Adding the sediment to the beer does not seem to change the flavor particularly much.

At times, I could mistake this for wellwater lemonade. It has farmhouse funk and some tartness, and I would definitely accept this as a gueuze, but it doesn't taste as sour as Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Hanssens, etc.

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with a moderate amount of wateriness around the edges, which isn't particularly desirable, and again makes me think more of a heavier lemonade than a gueuze. Carbonation is at the medium level, which foams this up nicely on the palate, resulting in a smooth mouthfeel initially, before the beer kind-of-falls-apart-into-wateriness. Closes out dryly, with a lingering bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a majorly tart sour beer. pours a champaign-like bubbly pale yellow with a bit of haze and an excited white head. smells like brett, but not entirely. there is some other sour element here, not particularly fruity, i cant quite place it. flavor is of course very puckery, starting out sour and a little lemony, escalating to an almost sour warhead candy intense soure for just a second, then backing off into a manageable dry musty finish. mouthfeel is nice, ultra light on the body, with extremely intense carbonation. easy drinking, but an intense experience really. a beer like none ive ever had, i really enjoyed this one. a great introduction to the gueuze style.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks much darker than any gueuze I can ever recall. It's a brownish orange. Flavor is a punch in the mouth of typical sour gueuzeness. If you use that word from here on out, I'll expect a quarter in royalties. I get a lot of lacto on this one. Overall it hits the mouth and makes the mouth contract and contort; as you'd expect for the style. Not too shabby, especially considering the style.

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.