St. Louis Gueuze Lambic | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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St. Louis Gueuze LambicSt. Louis Gueuze Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.2
pDev:
19.38%
 
 
Wants:
1
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17
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0
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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of od_sf
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mister56
5/5  rDev +56.3%
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 Suziconradx
4.54/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer tastes the way a sharpie permanent marker smells. Wonderful after dinner drink!

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whatup14
1.58/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shilnikoff
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Songminx2
3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jcubz
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.18/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbalint1
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 4ster
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
2.72/5  rDev -15%
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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3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djack8617
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -14.7%
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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3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jaisell
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valianes
3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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