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

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745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 51 | FT: 3
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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 rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very, very light haze in this amber hued geuze. Had a fizzy half finger head that dissolved into a white skin along the top.

S - Nice tart smell along with some nice yeasty funkyness. Solid.

T - Really nice and tart! Picking up on an almost granny smith apple like tartness/sourness.

M - The expected amount of carbonation for this style. Wow, this has a very, very deliciously dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. As a fan of sourness the pleasant dryness of this geueze leaves me craving the next sip.

rudzud, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of sk8man121
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle poured into Allagash Chalice.

A: Pours a rich gold with a delicate, head that quickly dies down to a ring around the glass. Zero lacing.

S: I always have a hard time with gueuze smells. Tart apple, lemon, grassy etc. Very nice, but one-note.

T: Wow. Not nearly as tart as I had expected. More of the same, especially the apple. This tastes great.

M: Typical for the style; slightly moderate carbonation, nice and thin. Goes down easy.

D: With a low ABV (5%) and not nearly as much acidity as Cantillon's classic gueuze, I could easily drink three or four bottles of this if it were less expensive. For a gueuze, the drinkability is exceptional.

A very nice surprise.

sk8man121, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 080620

A: slight cloudy, light-brown, orange color
S: medium nose, a bit of funk but not overpowering or too acetic acid
T: not bad, a bit of acetic acid bite in the back of the mouth, refreshing light but not OTT with brett and sourness, good starter gueuze for new-comers, well-made
M: good mouthfeel, spritzy, pucker factor on back of mouth
D: highly drinkable, especially for the ABV

wisrarebeer, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a really, really nice geuze which borders on being almost too sour (for my tastes).

pours light yellow hazy with no head and a little lacing and some champagne bubbles.

smell is all yeasty amazingness - a little spice, some herbal, lemony, grapefruity.

taste is just straight up sour, lemons, some ginger, and grapefruit...and then earthy, woody mixed with more lemonade - then at the end, boom super dry finish - the way it should be, leaving your mouth puckering and wanting more.

almost too sour, so can't have a super high drinkability, but its a very nice example of the style.

benclimbs, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really trying to get into sours, figured this would be an approach. But not to crap on this just because it's style, I will base this on the style. It poures a deep orange, with a sparsely bubbly head. Taste was pretty much on the money with the large sourness flavor, lemonheads but no sweetness, prety mouth puckering. Actually found this to be pretty drinkable, but just not for me.

chickencoop, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.

Appearance -- Pours a bright orange, moderate haze, with a thin white head.

Smell -- Tart apple, cider vinegar, some bready malt.

Taste -- Bright lemon acidity, cider vinegar, tart/unripe fruit, with bready malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, well carbonated with moderate astringency. Finish is clean and crisp

Drinkability -- Overall, not bad. A bit par for the course, but still quite refreshing.

yeahnatenelson, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of treehugger02010
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this somewhere. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a hazy, gold color. The head is a few fingers tall, off white, ok retention, good lacing, and small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are pumpkin pie spices, tart, and mint.
Taste: The flavors are tart, cinnamon, and Ginger.
Mouthfeel: The beer had a thin body with a clean finish.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy, sunshine yellow that is typical of the style. It is Gueuze colored. Archetypal. The head is pretty standard: half a finger of white foam that dissipates quickly into nothing at all. This old bottle has some seriously big yeast floaties which mars the prettiness.

Lots of vinegar up front in the nose. Tartness rules the day here. Lemon juice, urine. There is enough funk to make things interesting - smell levels of horseblanket and mildew - but the Brettonamyces isn't as pronounced as I'd prefer. Again, pretty archetypal of the style. Darn good.

The taste follows the nose exactly. This gueuze is mostly tasting of tart, sharp lemon vinaigrette. This is among the more tart beers of the style that I've had, though it never becomes overbearing. The tartness washes away on the finish to let the drying, funky flavors shine just a bit.

Medium-light-bodied and drying like a good guezue should be; I have no complaints about the mouthfeel of this beer. It does what it is supposed to do. The drinkability is very high for me. The sharp, but fast-fading, tartness commands additional sips. There is enough balance to keep the beer interesting. If I could afford to session this then I would do so gladly.

I'm drinking this bottle at Grinder's, a restaurant in Kansas City. I ordered a Cantillon Guezue off of their beer menu. I was brought this bottle, which wasn't on the menu, instead. I hadn't tried it before or even seen it on store shelves in the area, so I decided to say nothing to my server and drink it. While it pales in comparison to the astounding offering from Cantillon, this is a damn good guezue on its own right. Definitely try it.

Reaper16, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a crown capped 12.7oz green bottle into my tall stemmed Petrus glass.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazed orange gold color with a 1/2" lively head. The head settled to a thin ring and left zero lacing behind.

S= Aromas of horsey funk, citrus, and a palpable "tart" smell. Nothing overpowering, yet its all well defined.

T= Hints of malt sweetness lurk underneath much larger flavors of tart fruit and sour yeast. Not overly complex but the sourness is tasty and balanced. Finished dry and tart with a long aftertaste ofthe same.

MF= Light bodied with a very effervescent carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable, very refreshing gueuze here. I could easily drink multiple glasses of this in a sitting.

spointon, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle served in my Allagash chalice at 50 degrees. Poured an exquisite muted golden-orange with a fizzy, two inch cream-colored head that sizzled and popped and quickly receded into a quarter inch cap. Copious tiny bubbles effervesced in solution and adhered to the sides of the glass; no lacing. Nose reveals tart citrus, a hint of cork, and some light fruit. Taste follows nose; however, the tartness and citrus somewhat cancels out the light fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a fairly dry finish. A very solid gueuze. Not overly tart; however, having just had this on-draft, I think it is far superior in the bottle.

Jwale73, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/19/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart fruit, light Belgian yeast and very light malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice bite of sourness up front but it's not as over-powering as some other in the style. Then some mild flavors of citrus and tart cherries come in. The malt character is very thin but there's enough of it to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice sour beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden body with a fluffy white head that reduces to spots.

S- Lots of tart aromas like sour apple and lemon.

T- Big tart flavor of lemon and sour apple with some notes that remind me of cider vinegar. Lingering tart finish with a touch of sweetness.

M- Medium body with an aggressive, crisp carbonation.

D- A very tart but enjoyable beer to sip on.

TommyW, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - large amount of fluffy white foam, the beer is a strong golden color...only very slightly hazy. remains pretty fluffy throughout most of the drink, lacing is very random and spotty.

S - very tart, sour apples, grapes...some graininess like hay and a tad bit of Brett funk.

T - puckeringly tart apples, white grapes, cherries...clean through the second half, some grass and hay come into the mix. finishes with lingering sour lemon...refreshing. only slightly vinegary after warming. nice mix of tart fruit and sour lacto.

M - medium bodied with tight and crisp carbonation...goes down smooth and oily, yet the tartness and carbonation leave a prickly and sticky finish.

D - very much enjoyed this one. nice and tart/sour fruit and lacto balance with just a kiss of Brett funk. will seek it out again for sure to meet my sour cravings.

Stigs, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Deep Ellum on 5/22

A: This beer pours a hazy, light copper color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves ample wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is very tart! Some funk, bit of woodiness and tart soured apple.

T: Taste is sour and funk the whole way through. Soured cherries, raspberries, and apple really dominate the taste from start to finish. Blended quite nicely together. There are some hints of funk through the middle and the woody character lingers a touch in the finish.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a dry finish.

D: Takes a bit to acclimate to the tartness (at least for those just getting in to lambics, geueze's and wild's) but once you do, it is rather tasty, refreshing and worked nicely for a warm New England day.

Jayli, May 27, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color gueuze with a large frothy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light acidic green apples with some subtle oak notes is better then I had anticipated. Taste is overall quite tart with a nice touch of granny smith acidity which provide a great refreshing factor. Oak is somewhat subtle with limited amount of funky ester. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation. I was expecting a sweeter version of gueuze based on what I tasted previously from this brewer but I must admit to being pleasantly surprised.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.05/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at Toronado. Nice dark amber color with a small white cap, a few shades darker than the average gueuze. The aroma is interesting, big apple cider character along with a bit of orange juice, vinegar and pale malt. Very little bretty funk. Pretty similar on the palate, very cidery and acetic, oranges and pears, light tannins and a hint of malt. Decently complex but quite acetic for a gueuze, almost just tastes like a stale apple cider. Not terrible, but I can't say that I'm a fan.

largadeer, May 01, 2010
Photo of david18
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a total sucker for a gueze and like pretty much every one I've tried. I have rarely had on in tap, however.

This gueze was a little darker and a little less sour that the most intense guezes that I've had, which was fine because I wanted it as an afternoon beer that I could drink as a pale ale.

Overall, the sour is great, aroma very intense, good carbonation. I'll get this again at George Keeley's If it's still there on my next visit.

david18, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of VWBuggirl
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy amber color with a slightly off-white foamy head. It has a strong lemon and grapefruit scent to it as well with some funk and green apple.

This isn't the best Gueuze I have ever had, mainly due to a metallic flavor at the finish. Other than that it has a nice acidic-citrusy flavor that catches you at the start that precedes a bit of apple.

I could use a bit more carbonation, but just a bit. Other than that it was a nice sour that really hit the spot tonight.

VWBuggirl, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Local 44 in W. Philly

Look: Bright golden color, cloudy, fluffy white head, very good retention & lacing

Smell: Blast of brett funk, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Very tart, lemon, brett funk comes in next. Finish: Sweet candy sugar, and then some bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium/low body and effervescent.

Drinkability: If you like tart, sour and funky, it is a real treat.

Overall Impression: A real tart, thirst quencher. It stays Funkaliscious from beginning to end. This is an acquired taste, one that I have acquired :D

BeerGodz, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of CMW
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into my flute a hazy yellow color with a small bright white head. The head fades quickly and leaves just a little lacing.

S - Plenty of acidic tones in the aroma. A good amount of lemons and orange with a little sour apple mixed in.

T - The first sip brings lemon with a large helping of funk. This brings on a serious pucker. On further tastes, I determined that this has a musty cave water backdrop that just begs of authenticity.

M - Crisp and dry. Light and airy as it should be.

D - I really enjoyed this and I find the drinkability high for the style. However, the style itself carries a below average drinkability in my opinion.

CMW, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear peach color with a moderately dissipating thick chunk o' white foamy head. The nose is quite sour, with generous amounts of funk, lemon, cardamom, and lime. The taste follows pretty closely, but leans more toward the lemony/limey side of citrus. Indeed, healthy doses of lemon zest, cardamom, and green apple, along with a very subtle hint of wheat. The moderate body and carbonation and light bubbly feel make for a fairly drinkable brew.

TMoney2591, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a thin cream colored foam on top.

S: The nose offers plenty of funk, namely the barnyard variety with some nice green notes of grass and apple, as well as some lemon.

T: As full and wonderful as the aromas are, the flavor is lacking quite a bit. The tartness is certainly present as is a dry, oaky, Bretty finish. But, there isn't much else. The funk is subdued at best, leading to a one dimensional flavor.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: A decent gueuze that's easy to find, but nothing all that special. I would stick with Cantillon, Hanssens, or Girardin over this one.

womencantsail, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a saison style glass from a 350 ml bottle, the color is orange with a white head. There is some lacing from the head.

The aroma is citrusy, fruity, acidic, and complemented by some woody notes.

The taste is a bit yeasty, with citrus notes and the ever present sourness that one would expect from this style. There is also a bit of wood background, as well as some rust or metal notes.

The mouthfeel is light, and effervescent. Overall, a balanced beer with some excellent qualities to it. The only thing that I didn't really like was the metal or something at the back-end of the taste. A good example of the style.

tedsox31, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of yelterdow
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a few degrees above fridge temperature in slender lambic glassware, the bottling date reads 080620 (June 20, 2008).

Appearance- This beer pours a rich, burnished gold with lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. The head rises two fingers tall, then retreats to a thin but contiguous mat. Areas of patchy, slick lacing drape the interior.

Smell- An outstanding funky, tart nose completely sets the stage and is about as good as any high-end gueuze I've ever come across. The funky barnyard aroma and sour cherries bring back memories of when I first discovered this style... Oude Gueuze was the beer... and fell in love with it immediately.

Taste- Entering the mouth, the sides and back of my tongue are braced by the puckering, sour goodness that defines the style. The middle just spreads the love around, encompassing the entire palate in a tart universe of fermented cherries. A gripping dryness wraps things up, priming the salivary glands for the next brigade.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alive and prickly, the aggressively effervescent texture keeps the intensely dry, tart character moving. Of the Castle Brewery offerings I've sampled thus far, I crown this beer king.

yelterdow, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando a few hours ago. The selection is so vast there, that I just plan to go back every day while I am in Orlando and enjoying the selection to the best of my ability over the next few days. This should be fun! Anyway, this is my first one from that trip, so here we go.

Appearance: The beer came in a small green bottle with foil. I expected it to have a cork as well as a cap, but I made it to the beer with just popping the cap. The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a small, but lasting, head of tight white foam. After about a minute, the head had faded into a small ring around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing left on the glass after drinking, but even after 15 minutes or so there is still a small ring of foam at the top of the beer where it meets the glass, so this is nice.

Aroma: Right after the pour I got lots of the typical lambic yumminess with a fresh lemongrass aroma mixed with a plethora of other earthy aromatics such as a mild wet-hay when served cold. As the beer sits for a bit, there is a mild bubblegum coming out. As the beer warms up further, the aroma really doesn't change all that much. This beer seems pretty consistent. It is actually a somewhat "lightly" flavored lambic. Though it shocks your palate with the sourness, that it about the only "shocker"...once you get over that the beer goes down pretty smooth.

Taste: The beer is definitely tart! It is a bit like a sweet tart when drinking it this cold. The cold stings your palate so you don't get the whole flavor experience, but you get all of the mouthfeel. The beer is really dry on the palate with plenty of carbonation which helps guide it toward your belly and keep the mouth confused the whole time. There is no alcohol detectable as it should be. The beer actually finished pretty balanced...especially for a lambic. There is no balance provided from hops that I can pick up over the sourness, but the sourness does a good job all by itself at keeping the malt in check.

Opinion: Well, this may sound a bit silly, but this is actually a pretty "tame" lambic by definition. Though it has the acidity, the rest of the beer subtly plays with your senses rather than picking them and smacking them around. If you are not sure if you would like a lambic beer, I would give this one a shot to see if you are compatible. If you feel yourself (like I do) wishing that your palate took a bit more punishment, I would go for the Cantillon. If you think that this is a bit much, you may want to stick to the Lindemans. Either way, this is a respectable beer and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 02, 2010
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.