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

St. Louis Gueuze LambicSt. Louis Gueuze Lambic
BA SCORE
3.27/5
151 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,545
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
151
pDev:
19.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
Trade:
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked up a small bottle at a Brussels beer shop to drink in the hotel. Pours into a small wine glass a ripe gold color with a shin off white head that quickly dissolves to thin lace. Aroma contains tart, almost candy like apple notes, hints of vinegar, and a generic Belgian pale fruity yeastiness. The taste is mildly tart and sour on the front of the palate but quickly turns sweet and almost sugary with apple flavors and pale malts making up the bulk of the flavor. Hops seem to be absent entirely. Body is crisp and smooth with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink but not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge ugly white mailing label adorns this bottle, covering up half of the original label, all to warn us of the added sweetening agents, and the nutritional content. Not that I'm against this information being included, but wow, what a terrible way to do it...once again, way to go, LCBO...

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of thin soapy off-white head, which leaves some random patches of lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of tart ascetic fruit acids, and a bit of cherry/lemon sweetness. The taste is much milder than the aroma had suggested - soft tart cherry and lemon, a bit of metallic funky barnyard yeast, and a sweet white graininess. The carbonation is middling, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, and it finishes off-dry, the funky sweetness persisting.

My first beer ever that contains artificial sweeteners, the same ones in Diet Pepsi, Coke Zero, etc. Hard to tell what effect they have, since this gueuze isn't all that sweet, and the metallic nature may or may not be attributable to their inclusion.

Overall, a nicely subdued version of the style, compared to others that I've tried recently - my teeth are not tingling after every sip!

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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 biegaman
2.35/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The prevalence of a light auburn hue is the only thing preventing me from really seeing this as apple juice (and even then I have trouble shaking the similarity). Its surface, about as bald as an eggshell, doesn't do much to help dismiss the notion. Its clarity and frolic bubbles notwithstanding, I'm not getting a great vibe from the look of things.

Gueuzes are normally searingly high in acid, with an intensely tart fruitiness and aromas described by many as "barnyard", "hay" and "horse blanket". They are, to say the least, distinctive. This one raises flags, however. It admits an obvious sugar addition and whatever little sourness can be noted seems forged and prefabricated.

You'd have to be missing taste buds to find this even the slightest bit palatable. It is an intensely corny flavour, terribly lacking in fruit. Synthetic honey and artificial sweetener factor in way too highly for a beverage that is, by distinction, tart and acidic. This is like a pop that started out as corn syrup and never had any artificial flavouring added.

There's not enough sugar to warrant a call to the diabetes hotline but this is definitely way, way sweeter than it is sour or acidic. My guess is that whatever hands were responsible for its creation also made sure the beer was sterilized and filtered so as to eliminate any and all of the good microbiota that gives the beer its distinguishing features.

It chafes the palate with such friction, it's like an unshaven woman is rubbing her stubby legs across my tongue. It is a pointy sensation that completely deflates in the aftertaste; the flavours finish with the sharp abruptness of rotten seafood. It leaves the tongue saturated in raw sugar and something eerily reminiscent of corn syrup.

I rarely feel that the final score I rate a beer provides fair or adequate insight to its craftsmanship, its character or, much less even, my enjoyment of it. In this case, however, I assure you, the final grade you see should be considered generous, take it as a warning sign. The beer is a blatant forgery, a sorry mess of prefabrication and kitsch.

Gueuze is a bit of an acquired taste; bad gueuze, such as this, goes far beyond that. Counterfeits like St Louis Gueuze prove that brewing is not a medium in which one can lie successfully. Industry and machines are no substitute for human touch and the sum of hundreds of years of tried and tested development, nurturing and tradition.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By September 2009; Sampled July 2010
Pours with a frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, dark amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fresh cut pears, apples and bananas even. There are some kiwi like aromatics that are brought out by a definite acidity. I should mention that the beer smells quite sweet too, so at least in the nose this is very different than something that is fully spontaneously fermented and conditioned. There is a soft, musky note here that smells strange when coupled with sweetness.

Not as sweet as the Faro, but this is certainly a sweet beer. The beer finishes with a lingering tartness that is mostly lactic, but has some definite acetic over-tones to it. Fizzy and light bodied, though perhaps a bit heavy for a Gueuze, but this also doesn't have that Lactic slickness that one usually gets; this really isn't that sour, so must not have enough to contribute this note. The sweetness brings out fruit notes that remind me of lightly oxidized apples, some pear, fake lemon, . A touch of sherry in the finish adds some age to the malt character. This also reminds me of sweet tea, though perhaps not quite as much as a Faro does.

This is worse than the Faro to me b/c it really shouldn't be sweet. Judged as a Faro, I like this better than the three Faros that I just tried, but as a Gueuze this simply sucks; it is certainly not bad or objectionable tasting, just not a Gueuze.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
2.32/5  rDev -29.1%
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 peensteen
2.72/5  rDev -16.8%
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 beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like a few others, this is the closest thing to a Gueuze I've encountered thus far in the LCBO. Had to snap one of these up.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. About a half inch of head, with lots of sticky lacing. Dark straw, almost amber hue, with lots of visible carbonation.

The smell is sour apples with a bit of vinegar and straw, yet there is also a strong sugar presence as well. Very light hops in there, b

The beer is certainly very sweet, not unlike an apple version of Mort Subite. Certainly not the sour, astringent brew I'd been expecting for a gueuze, but not unpleasant either.

Despite the sweetness, I'm left with a sticky, dry sensation on the palate. Maybe I'm just thirsty... Hearty carbonation, almost like a sparkling wine.

Since this is my first gueuze (or first brew labeled as such), I'm not sure if St Louis is doing the style justice. It's a drinkable beer, certainly a slow sipper, yet not one I'm liable to pick up in the future. Might cellar a bottle for a while, see what it does.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well for me, this was always going to be too sweet to be any good. Theres some light earthy notes, with some tartness and light sourness. But the sweetness i think dominates this, i think this needs more stink and more sour and has to be a lot dryer, an average mainstream gueuze.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth geuze, its the corn and sugar making it an easy drink after a lot of work. Popular with my mates, and a nudge to transition them away from macros. Not a quality geuze but I have had worse and less drinkable. Light body. The cork was a good quality.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with a finger-thick head of foam. Slow carbonation.

Don't get much other than candy sugar on the nose.

Decent taster. Lots of crisp fruit. Pear. Very crisp, very slightly sour green apple, it has a bit of a cider character. Quite sweet, little bit of tartness. Pretty unfortunate metalic taste in the finish. Slightly drying.

It's drinkable. Not challenging, I agree with others, a good introduction to the style for non-geeks. I don't loath it like some.

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Photo of jcubz
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JahTurbo
2.24/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Too fruity for my taste, almost a champagne taste. Did not enjoy.

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Photo of Beertracker
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of crosenkrantz
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Lambic.

The body is clear gold and very active, champagne like, crystal clear. A tight off white head with great retention is above this, it leave a fine lace.

An interesting nose. Cinnamon, sugar, white grape juice, rose, star anise, lemon and a hint of sulphur.

The taste is very sour and tart with some light sugary notes. It becomes mildly bitter and astringent in the finish. Candied apple and hints of spice play in the very high level of carbonation. Some notes of verjuice.

Light and lively feel like sparkling wine.

Interesting but not as much as I'd hope from this style.

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Photo of djack8617
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
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 cfrobrew
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mkirkland80
4.25/5  rDev +30%

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