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

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

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BA SCORE
88
very good

840 Ratings
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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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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.

Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Philousa
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.

Photo of Agold
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of SolarMikey
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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!

Photo of AdamBear
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Ralphs66
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel that really made it shine. I could see why it is rated so high, as it is quite different then anything I had tried in the past.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A rich golden beer, reminiscent of a pale ale. Massive pillowy four-finger head off the pour that vanishes very quickly leaving in its wake a thin halo. Nice light lacing with wine legs. Some mild carbonation.

S: Wonderfully floral, with the Belgian yeast outstanding. Mild sour notes underlie. Bold dryness with some white wine notes and some acidic, citrusy undertones.

T: What a curveball. I expect the potent sourness since it is a gueuze, but the taste is really a detour from the nose. Whereas the nose is sweet and fruity with the Belgian yeast outstanding, the taste is really all sour. Acidic, dry, lime zesty, barnyardy, and slightly resinous. Really funky. The taste really kicks the shit out of the smell. I can't even smell the beer after tasting it. It's truly like drinking a different beer than the one I smelled a minute ago. A shapeshifter indeed.

M: The one thing that the nose and taste do have in common is the dryness. Extremely dry. A little more carbonated than other sours/gueuzes I've had.

I love this style, and this is an excellent representation of it.

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of lballstar
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of snpub540
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy tangerine copper hue that had a small white head. Not a whole lot of lacing on this one. For an unfiltered beer it was fairly clear.

Smell was a nice mix of sour, with lemon zest aromas and some good old barnyard funk. Earthy yeast notes mixed in as well.

Taste was straight up sour. Lemony, lip puckering sour. I enjoyed it very much. Slight funk in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was on the leaner side of medium. Drinkability was ok. Not alot of balance or complexity of sour flavor. I have another bottle to put down and age and see how this develops.

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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