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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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very good

860 Ratings
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-03-2002

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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%

Photo of amphion1065
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

10 oz. pour into a wine glass, enjoyed at Deep Ellum. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear peach, with wonderful clarity. A half-finger white head forms, and lasts for some time. A great-looking guezue.

Tart, vinous notes abound in the aroma. Just a whole host of various funky elements, with a pronounced lactic note throughout. Pretty strong citrus here, almost bracingly strong lemon in the mix.

The taste is far sweeter than the aroma suggests. There is certainly a fair amount of tartness, with a healthy dose of citrus and lemon, but it seems tempered given how sugary this seems. Some bread, biscuit in the finish does temper this particular aspect of the beer.

Mouthfeel is something of a letdown, this seems undercarbed. Given that this was a draft pour, I expected a little more life.

Perfectly middle-of-the-road for me. Given the price of my pour ($9), I can't see myself springing for this again.

Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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