St. Louis Premium Gueuze
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #49
Ranked #45,934
3.31 | pDev: 19.03%
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Very Good
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 155
Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Cervezasbelgas, Almuñecar. In Teku glass. At lunch, with macarroni bechamel + merluza. Soft funkness with a smooth sweet caramelly background. Odd profile for a lambic but easy for introduction to sourness

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Photo of bmaslakov
4.01/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: crystal clear, golden amber. One finger foam, no lacing.
Smell: fresh and delicate aroma with no leading flavor. Some apple and wildflowers.
Taste: ok. Sweet and a bit sour.
Feel: warm and oily, extremely pleasant on the palate. Light to medium carbonation.
Overall: a highly drinkable one. I liked it.

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Photo of Frudel
1.02/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Copper liquid with almost no head. Aroma is sweetness, slight tart, apple, almost cider, not inviting at all. Taste is as bad as aroma, too much sweetness, caramel alike, slight tartness which is weird with the caramel. Exactly taste like a out gazed soft drink. Can’t take more than 4 sips, I had to throw it the sink.

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Photo of Mister56
5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very light lemony fresh sour beer. Drinking it causes you to want another if you like it. It's not too much either way, not wacky flat, or silly bubbly. It,s just right.

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Photo of Shilnikoff
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle 250 ml | Batch # GUSL0609A 10:27 | Best before end of 06-2017 | Bar code 5 411081 000233
Served in Leffe glass

Appearance: Gold tea, no foam
Smell: Fresh fruit (apple?) summer
Taste: Semi sweet, not sour
Mouthfeel: A bit dizzy
Overall: Cider like, I wouldn't say it's a Gueuze

NB: The correct name: St. Louis Premium Gueuze

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Photo of peensteen
2.72/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace. Smell is lightly funky but mostly dominated by sweet lemondrop candy, yellow gummy bears and sugary bread. Taste is sweet, sugary/saccharine flavours, touch of acidity at points, malty sweet finish. Medium-high carbonation, medium body and a bit creamy. This is pretty bad but it is drinkable, I can't see myself ever going out of my way to buy this again but I will drink the second bottle I have of this.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle from the LCBO; the first of two that I picked up at the same time. Best before Nov 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent orange-amber hue, generating roughly one centimetre of foamy, white head that swiftly wilts over the next minute or three. A bubbly film and frothy collar survive on, along with a modest quantity of lace. The nose is a mixture of both sweet and sour notes - sugary stevia sweetness and some wheaty malt, along with tart hints of lemon, green apple skin and white grapes. Not particularly funky.

Very sweet, with a lot apple flavour - both regular apple juice as well as green, Granny Smith flesh tartness. It's not entirely off-putting, but it doesn't remind me of a gueuze at all. Wheaty malt and saccharine stevia notes - not quite as cloying as artificial sweeteners, but still not quite 'natural'-tasting - are very prominent, with some mild vinegar and white grapey flavours at the finish, and a slightly acidic aftertaste. Light-bodied, with relatively high carbonation levels that give this sour a crisp, appropriate mouthfeel. It is a satisfying presence on the palate, and is quite easy to drink, but the flavour profile leaves something to be desired.

Final Grade: 3.29, a C+. I had doubts about St. Louis Gueuze Lambic from the start - mostly because of the ingredients list, as well as the lukewarm reviews. After tasting it, I feel pretty safe stating that this is just not much of a gueuze at all. The comparisons to apple juice are remarkably apt - right down to this one having vitamin C added to it. Pretty disappointed with this beer... I bought two bottles, so I guess I'll hold onto the other one for a while, to see if it gets any better a year or two from now. Stick with this brewery's Gueuze Fond Tradition if you're in the mood for a better, more traditional example of this style. Recommended for cider fans, but not for many others.

[Updated Jun 15 2016]

Bottle #2, which has been sitting in my cellar for just over 12 months now. No improvements - still too sweet - but other than that this isn't the most unpalatable thing I've ever had. It's just not a very good example of its style. Pass.

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Photo of djack8617
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber appearance with white foamy head approx 1/4 inch with good retention.

Tart acidic smell with strong hints of citrus.

Intial sour taste that lingers on palate. Tolerable but not my favorite

Full feeling on palate with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of jrenihan
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Awful. This is not really a gueuze, whatever the name may be. Very sweet. The addition of sugar and stevia (?) is absurd. Tastes like bad apple juice.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
2.32/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Hazy golden colour. Smells better than it tastes. Coriander, apples, white fruit. Too sweet for gueuze, low sourness. Pretty bad, actually the worst gueuze of 10 I've tried.

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Photo of Brisket
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber beer with a light white head

S- Smells great, mostly lemony sour and lactic acid.

T- Similar to the nose, starts sour and lemony with a lactic bite, there's a mediciny middle and a bready finish.

M- Light bodied and medium carbonation.

O- ok not great Gueuze

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Photo of justintcoons
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap into a tulip.

Amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Lemon juice, strawberry and lactic acid.

Mild lactic sourness followed with lemon juice and hints of strawberry. Has a good bit of candy sugar sweetness with some bready malts and caramelized grains.

Light bodied, crisp, dry and lightly tart.

Quite a bit of sweetness for a Gueuze. Has only a mild sourness. Still pretty enjoyable and recommended for those trying to get into Sours.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle.
Pours reddish amber beer with off-white very big head.
Nice aroma: fruity and tart with tones of hay and horse. Sweet, moderately tart with stockyard characteristics and fruit tones. By far, no hops at all. Light, not very fizzy and well-balanced beer.

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Photo of oline73
2.29/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Sweet with a slight vinegar note. No real tartness here, just a slight sour note.

Taste: Really sweet, kind of like a sweet Faro. No real tart notes and the vinegar is extremely mild. The finish is sweet with a touch of acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish. The carbonation goes away way too quickly.

Overall: This beer isn't terrible overall, but it's an awful gueuze. I'm never going to have it again.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 04-2009... nicely aged!

Hazy, dirty orange with a white head, ring of retention leaves some lace.

Pear-like aroma with hints of mango, dried papaya and leather

Nice sweet-tart balance, pear, pineapple, papaya, mango, wheaty biscuit, leather, plum,

Moderate body has a nice crisp finish, perhaps a bit more acidic than a cider, but not much.

Crisp, refreshing and a really easy drinker. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A health quarter liter at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder on 5/10/12

Lots and lots of carbonation, which could explain the lack if head and lace. Golden and a bit hazy. Muted aroma, sour cherries and dog. Curious flavor. Nice start, sour fruit, chardonnay, very subtle bitterness. An odd iodine flavor on the finish (glassware issue?). Light body. All I could think of was the carbonation. Near overwhelming.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a flute

a: pours a deep rich golden-yellow, with a two-finger white and fluffy head

s: lemon, funk, white grapes, sweetness, quite crisp

t: quite sour, lemon tartness with some white grapes and apple, high carbonation, and a light sweetness at the end

o: one of my first gueuzes, enjoyable, but nothing amazing

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Photo of scott451
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. A slightly hazy dark amber. The thin bubbly head soon diminished to a thin layer. A fair amount of clingy lace.

Sour barnyard in the smell. The initial funk burst in the taste is followed by a sour twist at the end. Rather more fruity than most in the style.

Medium body and carbonation. Overall a pretty dumbed down Gueuze. Not bad, just nothing really special.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured into sampler glass...actually gave me quite a big pour for a sample...thanks!
It looks very light...yellowish tint, but looks like a beefed-up coors light.
Smells great...fruity and yeasty.
Taste is good to ok...fruity apple and pear flavor nothing crazy. But its just so bitter. I know its the style, but its not for me. Well, not this one anyway.
Overall...interesting, but a big swing and a miss for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Raw honey colored, tall 2 finger head. Great retention.

S - Fairly acidic, with notes of apple cider vinegar, bitter fruit skin, tart green apple and tart citrus,

T - Fairly sour with tons of dry, acidic fruit. A certain yeasty tang and oak dryness. Plenty of tangy fruit skin and peel. Subtle sweetness lingering around.

M - Dry and tart, cleaning the mouth but leaving it dry after each sip.

O - Simple geuze, containing the wild tart factor for sure. This one seemed a bit more toward the sour side.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Dark Gold/Light orange colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemons, bananas, apples, green grapes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of lots of banana and citric acid. It has a nice balance of sweet and sour that doesn't lean too heavily either way. It also reminded me a little bit of a white wine - green grapes.

Overall - The beer had an interesting taste and and a nice look in the glass. It may not be as exciting as some of the other beers in its category/style, but I'm still happy I tried it. I don't think I'd buy it again however.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As far as a fake gueuze is concerned, this wasn't half bad.

Beer is kind of amber, no sediment (filtered) big white head, lots of lacing, served in a pilsner flute. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sour but mostly sweet. Kind of like a good faro would smell.

Beer is medium in body but overall really light on the palate. It is mild all around, not really a gueuze ultimately but it's not horrid. Easy drinking lightish, mildly sour, kind of sweet beer.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blind Lady Ale House served into a brandy snifter

A - Thin looking bright yellow with just a whisp of head on top.

S - Soury and acidic just as a gueze should be.

T - Nice and sour on the tongue without making you pucker too much. I thought this was well balanced for a gueze.

M - Thin as per the style.

D - I am surprised this has such a low score, I thought it was a pretty decent gueze and would def drink it again. That said it wasn't crazy good and I think I prefer their fond traditional

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown. Strong smell of bananas without this fruit in the composition of the Gueuze. Mouth but a bit too watery despite a strange smell of bananas (a bit like the fruit sauces because they are feeling a little fiber and it is still quite soft in the mouth). The finish is subtly but quite low acid flavors. Little sugar, which is already better than nothing, but the body is too low compared to other lambic.

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St. Louis Premium Gueuze from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 155 ratings