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

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768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002)
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Hopleaf in a tulip.

Appearance: A typical orange tangerine hue represents this beer, with a frothy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass while fading to a small ring.

Smell: Some relaxed woody funk up front to go along with a green apple and lemon tartness.

Taste: Fairly tart up front, with a bit of cherry. Some lemon and grapefruit citrus add some additional flavor and acidity. Some oak comes through along with a little earthy and general woody funk. Fairly good, although a little light on the complexity.

Mouthfeel: This has a fair level of tartness that induces some puckering of the cheeks and salivation. Overall it is a little bit dry, with bubbly medium carbonation and a medium body.

Overall: This was a fun little gueuze. It does not compare to some of the epic monsters of the style, but it is a nice, refreshing beer.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - light honey in color, nice big head

Smell - funky stuff, citrus, floral

Taste - funky stuff, grapefruit, a bit simple

Mouthfeel - puckering sour, wasnt exactly what i was looking for at least for the day

Overall - a good example of the style, not as complex as I might of hoped for

claytong, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Gueuze poured a medium cloudy pastel yellow with some light copper hues. Small loose head.

Nice tart scent stands the nostril hairs on end and starts to make the mouth salivate. Musty attic and abandoned barn also come in.

This Gueuze reminded me a little like Hannsens in some aspects. I've never had two Gueuze that tasted remotly similar yet until I had this the day after Hanssens. And I must say that Hannsens is only barely better but costs an additional 4 dollars.
This has a nice amount of musty funk and sour to it. not going overboard but not layin low either. Mostly apples as I recall, and this went pretty well with a house salad.

cooch69, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into the glass. Forms about a 1/2” of sort-of fizzy very white head. Retention is pretty good considering I can actually hear the carbonation bubbles breaking. Slowly reduces down to a surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Some patchy lacing. Beer itself is a light dull amber, slighty hazy. 4.0

S: Pungently aromatic with loads of crisp, tart, green apples. There is a bit of sweet candy sugariness in the background. A little spice as well. 4.0

T: Well, the pungent aroma is followed by a pungent dose of tart, sour apples and lemon, yet there is still a faint hint of sweetness right at the finish. Reminds me of unripe fruit. Long, lingering, tart finish. 4.0

M: Extremely dry. Lighter bodied. Very crisp. Heavier carbonation. 4.0 - 4.5

O: A really exciting beer that is far outside of the norm for the beers I typically drink. Crisp and refreshing, with a light “green” flavor that lingered on quite pleasantly. 4.0

Florida9, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: surprised the bottle didn't have a cork in it. Pours clear orangeish yellow. Very short lasting head,
S: more barnyard and wet hay than band-aid plastic, some earthiness.
T: tart and sour, funky barnyard. Some fruitiness, also some dry malt.
M: crisp clean and dry
O: tart and sour, these gueuzes are going further to bring me into liking sour beers more.

rootbeerman, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 375 ml has a bottled on of: 100120.
I assume that's Jan 20th 2010.
Picked up for about $4 at Binny's-- couldn't pass up a gueuze at that price!
Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Upon cracking the crown I am greeted with a rush of oaky funk notes that get me excited at the possibility of a good go-to sour for a cheap price...
Pours a little dark for a gueuze, but still looks gueuze-like. Dark golden with a nearly white head... Pretty clear, and in looking at the bottle, there seems to be virtually no yeast cake or dregs.

Some oak and funk are here on the nose, but I get a lot of fruit. Lemons and citric acic with some soft apricot notes as well. Very nice sourness-- it pulls my cheeks in and puckers my lips. Really a nice overall flavor profile. This seems like it won't improve too much with age, but I'll allow myself to grab a few bottles of this one nonetheless. I'll allow "value" to effect my rating, at least on drinkability-- this is a great beer with which to scratch a sour itch. The price makes it a bargain.

The body is light and effervescent.

This is interchangeable with Cuvee Renee in my opinion-- neither are the best gueuze available, but both are quite tasty enough and enjoyable-- even more so due to the low price.

EDIT: as this warmed up I found it more and more like apple cider. The numbers have been edited to reflect this-- although I still think this is a decent sour for the pricetag... It certainly is far from being an A-rated gueuze.

AleWatcher, May 29, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark amber color and a almost clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing at all.

S: Of course, the smell was very sour, with traces of yeast, fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of sour apples, Belgian yeast, and a bit of malt. As you would expect of the style, the sourness dominated everything. A solid flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, with a few defects, this is a well done, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish orange body with a frothy but thin white head. Appears a bit darker than other Gueuezs I've had.

Aroma is has a green apple sour note up front and a faint woody character in the background. Not a bad aroma, but rather underwhelming.

What is lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in taste. Fruity apple and lemon tartness dominates initially but don't completely overtake your mouth. Some musty funk can be detected up front as well as some of that woody character.

Mouthfeel is crisp but not quite dry with a rather heavy feel for 5% beer. Overall, a solid Gueuze for any sour lover to try.

Kinsman, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sugary to sour white grapes. In the taste, dry sourness, fruity, especially white grapes. A sour bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry white grape tartness in the aftertaste. Nice sour, quite sweet in the nose, but dry in the taste, I can dig it!

OWSLEY069, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of lionchow
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours lightly hazy golden brown. Nice white head that subsides fairly quickly.

Aroma is of a mild funky tartness. Some pear and apple scent.

Nice funky tartness. Some barnyard, and ammonia flavors that blend nicely with the tart character. Still the flavor seems slightly lacking. The tartness is somewhat sharp, not the deep rich tartness of some other gueuzes.

Mouthfeel is lively due the tartness and high level of carbonation.

lionchow, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours a cloudy brown orange color. Nice white head that reduces to a decent, constant white cap on the beer. Even color throughout.

(S) Smells like a decent sour. Some lemon and citrus. A bit of yeast and a bit of malt thrown in there. Almost a little bit of lemon juice-esque hint towards the middle of the smell.

(T) Big sour taste up front. Great light taste with a decent body to back it up. Smoothes out through the taste and into the end. Hits your sour portions of your tongue perfectly. A vinegar undertone comes through toward the end of the taste.

(M) The acidity paired with the well carbonate backing gives it a refreshing bite and it ends well with a great amount of body.

(O) Very well done gueuze. This is up there with what a great gueuze should taste like. I'm looking forward to picking up a few more of these. Really liked this.

cjacobsen, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml poured into a stange

A - A slightly cloudy yellow with notes of orange and brown. A quickly diminishing white head.
S - There is a tart citrus kick right in the front that opens into some vinegar notes and acidity. The smell is definately funky and sweet.
T - You get a strong citrus rush in the front end that is very tart and refreshing. It is added by the acidity and the carbination to be very crisp. Then the beer opens and becomes funky as the vinegar kicks in and it finishes a little more balanced and sweet when compared to the tartness of the front end.


CuttDeez, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 6/20/08

A - pours a dark straw yellow, almost a dark, spicy mustard color with a really nice 1/2 finger head

S - smells of woodsy citrus and lemon and some bready malts with a little bit of mushroomy funkiness (thanks to guezedude for picking out that one)

T - starts off with super sweet/sour citric flavors - a lot of lime and concentrated lemon. There is also a hint of vinegar that cuts through the acidity. A musty funkiness is on the backend/finish of the beer. My mouth is still puckered long after the finish.

M - a little watery but full bodied. A big of carbonation on the back end.

D - this is a pretty solid beer. Only my second dive into the Gueze style, but it has left me wanting more. Not bad for the price I paid for it either. I'll have to revisit.

birchstick, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of LazFTW
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was really my first gueze experience. I had tried other lambics before such as Lindeman's, Boons, and a few others but all had been fruit beers. When I first tried Gueze Fond Tradition, I was amazed at how different it tasted. I loved the taste and feeling on the tongue as it was very crisp and didn't linger for too long. There is a very strong acidity to this beer and a few friends commented on it and the tartness. The lambics are certainly a unique and great types of beers and I hope to sample a lot more in the near future!

LazFTW, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split into tulips.

A: Cloudy golden orange. Two fingers of bright white head. Soapy lace remains.

S: Modest amount of funk greets me. Plenty of lemon and lactic goodness. Wet hay, band aids, moldy basement. Nothing too overpowering but decent.

T: Moderately sour. Lactic and lemon punch. Just enough funk to keep me happy. Dry as a bone.

M: Light and lively body. Plenty of carbonation.

O: Nice mid range gueuze. Gets the job done for my money.

beerwolf77, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gueze is one of those styles that makes beer a unique beverage, demonstrating its breadth. This particular specimen of Geuze is a good one.

The beer, poured into a tulip glass, is an orange-tinted gold color with an inch of foam above. The foam settled down but never disappeared. The aroma is full of beautiful Belgian funk. Horse blanket emerges as the beer warms to join the lemon and vinegar.

The beer dances on the palate with plenty of carbonation. The flavors pack a sour punch. The lemon tartness forms the backbone for the vinegar, yeast and barnyard flavors. Earthy notes are subdued compared to the lemon sourness, but it lurks underneath reminding us this brew is indeed a Belgian brew.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a transparent brass hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy white head which has good retention at about 1/2 finger.

S- Nose is pretty much classic gueze. Nothing too outrageous. A balance of vinegar, acidic tarness, lemon, a hint of sugar, and funky yeast.

T- Flavor is much more tart than the nose. Initially a rush of acidic tartness hits the palate-but subsides rather quickly opening up a hint of vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and a funky yeast. The acidic tartness shines through once again for the finish but is balanced by a slightly sweet bready background with a hint of vinegar. The finish wears off slowly.

M- Medium to high carbonation and slightly acidic medium weight body.

O- overall this is a good, classic gueze. This style is really starting to grow on me and this is an enjoyable brew. The 375 ml serving is plenty due to the high acidity in the mouthfeel.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of IKR
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish-brown with thick off-white head.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk with a trace of citrus fruit.

Taste: Follows nose, barnyard funk and grapefruit. The sour is restrained.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium as far as body is concerned, with an effervescent carbonation.

Drink-ability: Decent taste, fairly light body, and sparkling carbonation equals a beer that goes down like water on a hot day.

Not overly complex, but has no faults, is inexpensive for the style, and has good drinkability. Would serve well as a gateway to the style. I would pick this up again.

IKR, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange.amber color with some yeasty sediment. It had a one-finger, white head with nice retention and some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled very sour with some phenolic notes and apple.

T - It tasted of sour apple and cherry. Nice bite.

M - It was crisp and puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very nice gueuze. Love those sour ales.

zeff80, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 100120, tulip pictured on the label, +/- 41°F/5°C.

"By your sours combined, we are the Tickerazzi!" Thanks Captain Beerwolf!

A - Lightly hazy golden orange in color with a decently retained skim of off-white head. An arch of lace clings to the glass nicely.

S - Subtle lemon grass citrus appears with a mellow funk to the finish. This nose is all tart, sour lactic acidity. It's definitely got a nice refreshing quality to it.

T - Lactic sour tartness hits the tongue in just the right way. Pale malt is light in the back but aside from the overshadowed funky profile it's a bit one-dimensional.

M - The tart and sour finish is beautiful. This gueuze is light-bodied and very well-carbonated with just the right amount of dryness.

D - It's not over-the-top at all, instead it's a very good gueuze with good drinkability (although the acid combined with the last brew is starting to churn in my stomach).

BeerFMAndy, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden in color, head gone quick, but a bit remains.

Smells tart, musty, hints of vinegar. Pretty dense aroma here.

Taste is very similar. Full of dry, sour flavors, funk, lemon rind, bit of vinegar. Leaves a lot of tart flavor lingering. Flavor is a bit thinner than the nose but nothing unexpected.

Goes down smoothly. Leaves some creaminess in the mouth. A good gueuze, especially for its price.

musicforairports, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Out of a Tulip, this beer pours a somewhat hazy peach color with a white head that dissipated quickly even with visible rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Its all summer fruit here. Apple, pear, peach, I even believe I pick up celery.

T: Very sour! I don't know if this is normal levels of sourness for a sour beer because this is my first Gueuze. I get some of that fruit from the nose in the taste. Somewhat astringent too.

M: This is a beer that has a very dry finish. High carbonation with a light body.

D: Due to my lack of experience with sours, I rate this at a fairly low drinkability, even with the moderate alcohol level.

tlazaroff, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml green capped bottle. Bottled on 6/20/08, so almost 3 years old. Poured into a St. Louis flute.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-gold with a 2-inch white head that quickly settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Musty, sour aromas of lemon juice and green apples with a hint of vinegar and oak. Very nice, not as sour as some Gueuzes, the mustiness prevails.
T - The initial intense taste of lemon juice, sour apples, and hay quickly takes a nosedive, leaving very little complexity and flavor in the mid-palate and finish, just a general acidity. Disappointed to say the least, almost becomes watery in the end.
M - Medium-thin bodied with very crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - While I had no problem finishing this one, I won't get it again. The price may be right (at $7.50), but I'd rather pay a couple bucks more for a World-Beater Gueuze (Cantillon or Boon), not this pale imitation.

jsanford, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, orangish gold color with a small white head that quickly thins out and disappears. Scent is VERY nice! Very funky and sour smelling with some nice, funky cheese aromas. The taste, however, is not as nice as it smells. The scent implies this beer is going to be a super funky, cheesy, complex, barnyard sour adventure. Although the taste is sour with some nice lemon flavors, it is not nearly as complex of funky as I was hoping. This does not mean the beer tastes bad, there are just so many better examples of a Gueuze out there. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, but not to thin...maybe a bit watery. Drinkability is still fairly high as it is a very refreshing beer.

DovaliHops, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color with a a touch of froth, This brew exhibits deep haze and admirable lacing.

S: Barnyard funk, lemon zest, and a touch of cattiness in the nose.

T: Exceptionally tart, and bone dry, this gueuze has more horseblanket, lemon, and that Sauvignon Blanc cattiness. There is also a subtle grassiness to this one as well.

M: Light, slightly astringent, and heavily effervescent. Everything is to style.

D: This is a great gueuze if you are able to find it. I wasn't too hopeful going in to it, given that their other "lambics" are pasteurized and sweetened beyond recognition. Overall, this had all the flavors I expected to find, but not a whole lot more, especially in the way of complexity. Nonetheless, with the limited availability of gueuzes in America, I can confidently recommend this as a good gueuze.

Avagadro, Mar 01, 2011
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.