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

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 19
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
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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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4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at DeCicco's, 01.24.12

A: dirty brown, neither hazy, nor clear, somewhat of a head, not much retention, no lacing

S: Tart, cidery, citrusy notes, nice pleasant sour aroma

T: tart and sweet, notes of apple and citrusy, faint notes of oak, but nothing too strong, dry with the oaky finishing note that leaves you wanting more

M: medium to light body with a heft of carbonation, very palatable for the style

O: a great beer, that I will reach for again

Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blind Lady

A: Nice and hazy darkish golden color with a 1/2 finger white head.

S: I was expecting a pretty good dose of funk here, but only got the slightest trace. Mostly just meyer lemon and maybe some green apple.

T: There's definitely nothing bad about this beer, but it lacks something I can't quite put my finger on. Lots of lemon tartness and some faint pale malt. Not much funk to speak of here, and that's what I was kind of hoping for. Still, not a bad beer at all.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber color with one fingered white head in DFH tulip/snifter. "Bottled on" date reads "100120"...so not sure if it's Jan 20th, 2010 or from the future.

Smell is very fruity with some pine and spices. A little funk there too.

Taste is lemon up front with a very tart sourness at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated.

Overall I enjoyed this. Would not drink this all the time but a nice change. This is my first of this style so forgive my ignorance.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at the Bull And Bush in Denver. Nice to see it.

Gueuze pour. Very little head sits atop golden glow, clear body.

Aroma is tart and sweet. Green apple, as in not very ripe, smell. Funky barnyard and apricot.

Tart up front, and bit sour on the end. It's not overwhelming and does a good job of representing the style. Apricot, apple, some cranberry-ess tannin. A dry finish with a subtle reminder of the tart.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. Not my favorite style, but this didn't last long in my glass

Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber colored beer with a fizzy white head. The beer has a barnyard, horse funk that's really enjoyable. Grass, fresh earth, and hay. After the initially intense sourness, the beer shows its balance...lots of flavor, along with under-ripe fruit (apples, apricots, pears) and refreshing sourness. Dry, although not as bone-dry as many lambics. Enjoyable brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.