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

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
St-Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition is a pure traditional gueuze aimed at connoisseurs. It has the pure taste of a true gueuze based on a blend of young and old lambics. Fruity apple aromas stand out. When tasting, the slightly sour touches, characteristic of lambic beers, make their presence felt. It is very dry in the finish.

Added by rastaman on 08-03-2002

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4.25/5  rDev +9%
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7oz bottle into glass. Label has bottled on date as '2014/01/09'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Very little head, has a thin ring fed by bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma is fruity such as apple, lemon, peach, and apricot, but with an underlying funk of tanned leather (similar to smoke) and earth, along with oak.
Taste is tart, a little sour. Flavors of green apple, lemon, and apricot. Has funk from leather (again remindful of smoke), earth, and hay. Some oak barrel is there too. No sweetness, no bitterness.
Medium mouth feel, with slight fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Toward a dry finish.
The yeast has done its job on the sugars and left behind some earthy and sour fruit tastes.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found this to be a real treat as it was my first geuze. Got flavors of wood, hay, and fresh apples. Had a bit of apple juice flavoring with some wood smokiness and mild kettle sour undertones that lingered. Very easily drinkable yet slowly sipped to continue cherishing it.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date: 20140522

Starts with about two fingers of fluffy white head which quickly reduces to a small cap and collar. Body is transparent amber with tons of visible carbonation.

Nose is a touch vinegary with floral undertones and notes of orange zest. Light on the funk and oakiness.

Taste follows the nose, but citrus (both lemon and orange) dominates. A touch vinegary in the middle of the mouth with subtle floral notes. Finishes slightly tart with a touch of oaky vanilla. Very little barnyard funk.

Mouth feel is light and pricky, especially in the middle of the mouth. Finishes is tart and clean.

I don't have a ton of experience with Gueuze, but this is tasty beer though it isn't as complex as some other open fermentation wilds that I'm consumed (both American and Belgian). I prefer a little more funk, but I enjoyed orange and floral notes. This aged incredibly well (unsurprisingly) and would've benefited more time in the cellar.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Bottled on 2014/05/22. Consumed 2017/09/20 in Duvel chalice.

A: Murky orange pour has a spongey porous light tan head. Originally one inch tall, it quickly lapses to a near polished surface. Sticky, macro-bubbles line the bottom of the vessel.

S: Light lemon-straw sourness. Dry orange skin and wildflowers of light gestures.

T: The flavor has a nice lemon sourness, spicy oranges, wildflowers and expressed tones of breakfast fruit. Some tart cranberrries, juniper berries with some balsamic notes, and some sour pine needles. Nicely smooth sourness with a lingering lemon twang on swallow.

M: Slick and slippery mouthful, texture is soft with hardly any carbonation. Finishes a bit thin off the tongue.

O: Overall smooth sourness, easy drink-ability, aged nicely. Should make for a good intro to style for those unfamiliar, on the other hand, hard-core fans may find this a bit light in sourness and may fall short in expectations.

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3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/9/14 (American form).
I'd say this is noted by a dirty funk with a very earthy quality to the barnyard taste. Still hold a little fruit and a smooth tartness that is rather subdued overall, but seems to grow as it warms and opens up. Kinda of a dirty color too, not being particularly clear and brown, dirty water amber. A short finish cuts refreshing but prepares for the next take quickly.
Some prickliness in carbonation but lower level of bubbles overall. Still a moderately light feel.
Overall I like this except the dirty quality of the aroma and taste, otherwise it's enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 04/21/17:

Interestingly, this is my first Lambic in a year, just shy of a day. The last one I had was very similar, Lambrusca from Vanberg & Dewulf. I really should drink them more often, they are wonderful!

Clear, metallic golden amber, a steady stream of bubbles from below, with very light orange-white fluffy head of loose foam, with weaker retention. Nose of lemon juice and rubber bands. Very sour, like lemons really, but maybe a little less strong and not as sweet. Mildly vinous. Rubbery quality moves beyond to that spent firework smell (well, in this case, it’s a flavor), which I guess you might call sulfuric, it’s not quite gun smoke, and still a ways away from anything egg-like. Light bodied, sharply effervescent, appropriate extra acidic dryness well after the tartness has gone. A small enough sip and as light and bubbly as it is, it’s almost like it’s not there. Overall, very good and a nice change of pace, but still not on par with a Wild Ale or other fancy sours. The acid also burns my lips and tickles my throat a little to the point of making me cough periodically, just like when I put too much vinegar on my salad or have too much sauerkraut with my sausage.

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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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