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

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812 Ratings
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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I shared this beer with a friend to watch my Ducks beat up on the Cardinal. Sorry to say that my tables were turned on last Saturday night.

I poured this into a fluted glass to maximize my enjoyment of the geuze.

Off the top of this beer I get an enjoyable sour smell. I kept breathing this in. There is also some citrus, but not in the hoppy style.

In the glass I see a decent amount of particulates.

This beer tasted pretty sour as well. I taste lemon in this beer, but I don't see lemon in the ingredients. The texture was very light. I would say that this beer has a pretty decent amount of brightness.

The Tradition was very good. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 20, 2010. 12.7 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This "ale" looked very clear in the bottle and poured a bright hay color with an off-white head made up of fine bubbles. I was almost certain that it was filtered given the clarity but it says unfiltered right on the bottle... after pouring I looked inside the bottle and there was a compact layer of settled yeast/stuff. Good news. Good head retention and lacing too.

Funk, hay, spice and some softness in the aroma. Tastes quite sour and pleasantly so having spent some time conditioning in the bottle. Hay/earth and lemon rule the taste, with little funk making it to the palate. Generously carbonated and very very dry, but somehow not abrasive, yet. Just a bit of bitterness at the back, much like fruit peel.

I have had the pleasure of sampling a few highly regarded and sought after Gueuze thanks to the fine folks I have met on BeerAdvocate. I suppose what separates, say Lente, from this one, is the intensity of the flavors layered on the sour.

Regardless, very much of what I expected: tart, dry, reasonably if not immensely complex and all for a very decent price (6.99+tax), not to mention the easy availability. I am happy that I had this, and I will drink it again!

4, 3.5, 3, 4.5, 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy honey with stark white head.

Smell: Horseblanket funk, apple, vinegar and oak. Obviously smells tart and dry.

Taste: Mostly tart with vinegar, oak, and granny smith apples. Nice spicy kick to complement the tartness, although the apple taste provides a mild sweetness as well.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, with a light, crisp body. Finishes dry and tart as expected.

Overall: Quite refreshing and tasty, despite being a little one dimensional. Quality Gueuze.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a cloudy almost murky golden yellow, with a thin cap of white head. Aroma was pretty light actually: tart with notes of lemon zest and apple skin, and a bit of barnyard funk. Taste was very nice, balance of tart and sweet, apples and lemon zest, wet grass, spicy yeast, and maybe just a drop of berry juice. Medium mouthfeel, nice and crisp and zesty. Drinkable, not too overbearing or sour, and quite good, even if not totally exemplary of the style.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden in color with a finger of white head. Nice lacing with a large bubbled cap.

S: Funk, tart, grassy and apple-like.

T: Same as the smell, really. This is pretty sour, but not overpowering...well balanced, I'd say. I like the apple quality this has a good bit.

M: Tart and dry.

O: I don't have a lot of experience with gueuzes, but this is enjoyable. I'm not sure if I'd get this again, but it makes me want to try more from this style.

Photo of phichifiji00
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden. Pours 2 fingers of thick white head that fades fairly quickly. Almost no lacing. Clear.

Smell: barnyard funk, sour, earthy, slight orange peal/citrus notes.

Taste: Puckering sour, white wine vinegar, earthy, funky.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, light carbonation, very dry finish, acidic.

Overall: a very good gueuze. Not very complex and not overly sour, but a good solid base and very drinkable.

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

Bottle with Chad (phichifiji00) at Blue Palms - Hollywood, CA.

Nice beer! Liked the appearance, taste, smell, mouthfeel everything. Not overly complex or crazy sour, but a very nice session gueuze that really hit the spot. Not overly pricey either. Would try again!

Photo of tronester
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a rocky white head. Smells initially of sour apple, followed by an onslaught of funky barnyard. Taste is initially warhead candy acid, followed by some green apple cider, a bit of grainy wheat, and finishing with an aged cheese flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth, average carbonation. Overall interesting, although quite tart and sour. The funky smell was just at about the limit for me, though I was glad I got to try this beer.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very slightly hazed bright-gold. Head is bright-white, super fluffy and sticks around for a bit. No lacing to speak off. Head dwindles to a small cap in short order. Pronounced carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Lemon zest and flesh. Crisp green apple. Just a touch of barnyard. Slightly floral and a little sweet. Some oak/earthiness creeps through the back, but there's not a lot of depth. All of the aromas are up front and disappear pretty quickly. Crisp and clean.

Taste: There's the barnyard. Killer green apple flavor plays over some thin hay and grass notes. Faint earthiness on the back. Citric bite is heavy. Oak rounds things out in the long run. As with the nose, the taste is all up front and doesn't really provide much depth.

Mouthfeel: Almost violently caustic. Crisp and clean. Nice carbonation. Bubbly like champagne. Smooth through the middle. Lacks a little extra punch, but solid.

Overall: Packs a tart/sour punch, but that's about it. Nice green apple flavor keeps things interesting, but it's not rewarding. A decent middle of the road gueuze in every way.

Photo of fatmcb1
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado in San Diego

Orange, yellowish color with a white colored foam. Moderate lacing.

Smells of tart lemon, barnyard, and vinegar. There is also sour apple and pears.

Wow. Very tart and acidic. Getting past the sourness, there is some citrus and malt. Leaves a serious sour aftertaste.

This is thick bodied and well carbonated. It is dry and crisp.

I enjoyed the beer, but am still getting used to the style. I enjoyed how the citrus intermingled with the sourness, and wasn't completely overpowered.

Photo of Filosoof
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't like the Van Honsebrouck beers. And this is another one to be disliked.

L: stange, trouble, exact like Lipton Ice Tea;
S: this smells like a not too deep geuze, with fresh apples;
T: disappointing; I miss the oak and complexity of the better geuze; well seen, there's only a one-dimensional sourness without any depth.
O: I won't buy this one another time. There's no reason to do that.

Photo of MattAtAmeriCraft
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on "100120"
Fond Tradition 12.7oz bottle
Poured into a DT tulip

Pours a simple orange with an off-white head that goes away with a typical lambic speed. Not much too look at in the glass.

Smells of brett, sour apple, a little funky wet saddle as well.

Taste very acidic and brett forward start with a soft pineapple subtly in there.

Mouthfeel was my favorite aspect of this beer. Great carbonation with a super dryness that lingers on the palate.

Overall not bad but I enjoy Boon Geuze a bit more.

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.