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

St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #45
ABV:
5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,881
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.69%
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
1,057
From:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  21
Gots
  114
SCORE
89
Very Good
St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Nofoba
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a dark red body with lots visible floaties. No head to speak of.

It has an aroma of fermented cherries, with a slight cattiness to it.

It has a strong taste of fermented cherries and tart, with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied, dry and really sour, with little bitterness and medium carbonation. The aftertaste is dry.

An excellent kriek.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden gueuze with an ample white head and Belgian lace. Fruity and sour--but not overly so. Reminiscent of Granny Smith apples. Very nice lambic blend with a lively dry finish.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to pick something special for my 3,000th beer. Found this at the House of 1,000 beers for just 5 bucks. Into a pint.
A - Very lively carbonation just made for 1/4 inch of foam that fades to a mild bubbly ring. Color is a rather dark brown hazy shade.
S - Very apple cider like with some wet hay going on and some sour lemons.
T - Very sour at first with taste of funk and apricot. Mild apple cider flavors and some wood really round out the flavors.
M - Bubbly and light. tannin but smooth. Really simple yet a ton of flavors.

Overall it was quite a treat and a different level of sour I am used to in kettle sours. Worth trying since you can probably pick it up on the cheap.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +12.7%
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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Photo of AirBob
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, VT. This was poured into a flared tulip. The appearance was a nice looking bronzed orange to copper color. Bar pour’s kind of slim white head that dissipated at a nice pace. Filmy lacing. The smell started off with some sweet citrus, light grassy, some lemon, then some lemongrass. Bitter and sour lemon rind, orange rind. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Puckering sour lemon blends with some tart cherries. Light sweet citrus rind ever so slightly - dig deep down, it’s there. Puckering sour citrus rind in the aftertaste. Sour lemon/bitter orange finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Sourness does hit on my tongue appropriately. Overall, to me, I really liked this one but haven’t had too many guezues in my life, rated to style - not so much, but I did like it enough for me.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear darker amber golden color with off-white fizzy head that dissipates very quickly. Funk, light tartness, light fruit, and some oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with an earthy light tartness.

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Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one. Good tartness and a little funk over a malty background. Poured from a 12.2 oz bottle into a flute. Nice looking light orange color with a medium sized fizzy head. Head retention was pretty good. No real lacing on the glass. Aroma is not bad, but the tartness and funk come through better on the taste. Maltiness and mild fruit flavor in the background. Mouthfeel is rich, good level of tartness/sourness and nicely carbonated. Good beer!!!!

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Photo of TrueSoul515
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fond Tradition Gueuze St. Louis Van Honsebrouck Belgium

A: Amber Gold. Beautiful color
S: Woodsy, Oak, Faint Brown Sugar
T: Acetic, woodsy. Yummy Lambic yeast flavor, Butter, Aftertaste is like a chemical rubber taste
M: Slick, buttery, diacetyl
O: It's alright, the aftertaste is a big turn off. Other than that this would have been a all around gueuze

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Photo of Harrison8
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky deep orange with two fingers of khaki head foaming on top. While head retention is just okay, there is a thick ring (about half a finger) of khaki foam sitting around the top edge of the beer that leaves a few patches of lacing behind after each sip, before the lacing slips back down into the foam ring. Aroma is peaches, apricot, and a little zing of Belgian yeast. Flavor profile is very similar with mellow, fruity notes of peaches, and apricots. There is a sour quality on the back end of the flavor profile that brings on a lemon zest note with a tangy finish. Spicy Belgian yeast lingers throughout, although very much in the background. Mouth feel is fizzy, and refreshing, nearing a crisp feeling. It's medium-thin in thickness. Overall, a refreshing gueuze lambic with a summer fruit aroma and flavor profile that refrains from being overly sweet or unbalanced.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at Pivovarsky Klub in Prague. What's all these votes are all about? Compared to the good stuff this was a very poor and soulles gueuze. Ok beer if there isnt anything better on this style avaiable but overall not exciting at all.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this a little while back and have reason to believe it was already a couple years old prior to sitting on the store shelf for a couple more years. 375ml capped bottle into a geuze tumbler. The brew appears a clear copper color with white cap that holds well.

Aroma is a mix of lemony lacto and some fruitiness that is mildly cider-like. Oak, earth and mild funk, peach and brett.

Taste is tart with lemon and cider. Almost an unripe peach/apricot character, oak, oxidation and brett.

Light body, modest carbonation. Effortlessly drinkable and mild in nature but very unique. Id drink this again. In short, this is kind of like "lambic lite" in that it is mild bt still enjoyable and approachable. However, for the price id rather reach for a bottle of Boon geuze that was sitting on the shelf right beside this at the same price.

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Photo of justinp444
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dated 11/13/2013. Poured into a tulip it has a orange yellow clear body with a thin white ring of a head. Smell of lemon, hay, herbal, floral, straw, bit of vinegar, and some slight grass. Taste is lemon, vinegar, slight apple, orange, some peach at the end, herbal, a little bit of rose, and a good amount of funk. Mouth feel is moderate to full with a light to moderate body and a light fuzzy carbonation. A nice aged gueuze, a lot of lemon in this as compared to the apple flavor fresh, but still very good, still nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. Bottled on 11/13/13. Poured from the bottle into a chalice, this brew's head is 1/4 fingers thick, with minimal lacing, and a clear medium oak brown body.

Smells like cider vinegar and lemon juice with an undertone of funk and wet straw.

I taste the sourness right up front that is reminiscent of tart berries and fermented apples and pears. The intensity of the sourness fades as it passes through the palate into the gut. I'm really enjoying the overall cleanliness of this "wild", "bottle conditioned" Belgian ale. Especially due to this bottle being nearly three years old at the time of this review.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is lighter with minimal carbonation. Very crisp and clean

Overall, I'll rate St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. with a 4.25. My introduction this this style, and I'm glad I took the adventurous route.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw with a low fizzed head that flaired and dissapeared. A thin layer of tiny silky bubbles sloshed around for a while though. A little brownish sediment remained in the bottle. Fruit on the nose with tart green apple. Also smells lightly of earthy grassy yeast with a cold steel metallic note. The taste starts off again with a rush of sour fruit. The green apple mingled with lime juice and lemon zest and pinot frigid and then tingles at the end with a tangy citric acid. The mouth feel is very light but refreshing and crisp. A long texture of sour candy lingers long. Overall very delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get too much of this gueuze and fight it off. So, it is better to listen to someone who knows what they are talking about....
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said "in 1993, the first bottling had a light body; a clean, smooth, very refreshing acidity; and a tart thirst-cutting, spray, finish..."
MJ's 1999 edition gave Gueze Fond Tradition 2.5 stars and said "unsweetened and more traditional in style."

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice color like a peach or apricot. Thin 1/4" white head. Aroma was non distinct citrus and lemon, good sour patch quality.

Taste hit the sour notes, 7 on a 1-10 scale. Clean, takes on more of that peach flavor that I saw in the color, psychosomatic or what, I dunno. Many say this beer sits on shelves in their area, but I've never seen it, had to order it at a bar.

I like it. Worthy. Much better than some.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unsure of bottling date, code is 45621. Very clear pale body, thin head. Aroma is mineral predicated, some nuanced wood phenols - but overlying smell is sweet plums, with little to no acidity. Taste has a quick acidic bite, medium body. The acidity lingers a bit, but is a bit one dimensional. Some mineral/iodine flavor that transfers from the nose. An average offering.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2013 bottle. Drank in a blind gueuze tasting along with 3F, Oud Beersel, Hanssens, Cuvée Rene, and Mariage Parfait. This one lost. Big time.

Pour is copper, looks fine. Smell is plastic, burnt rubber. Taste is similar except some tartness and nail polish remover in there too.

Overall pretty much undrinkable. Even worse as it warmed up.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle with a bottled on date of 7.18.2012

L - Light copper with clarity, and not much head or any lacing

S - Wild funk. Fantastic!

T - Sour and a HUGE tart finish. Almost brings tears to the eyes. Love it!

F - Well carbonated and dry

O - An awesome gueuze available in America for a decent price. I will return to this one

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Photo of dcotom
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12.7-ounce bottle into a champagne flute.

L - Poured a slightly hazy light golden copper color with a pure white three-finger head. Head lingers for only a few moments before dissipating, leaving no lacing and a 1-mm white ring. Very appealing.

S - Aroma is quite light. There is a little Belgian yeast funk on the nose, with some tart fruit and a hint of cider vinegar.

T/F - Sour apple, yeast, a hint of malt sweetness, finishes dry with a lingering tinge of tartness and bitterness.

O - A very well-crafted beer. Understated, but with some complexity. A nice, light, sour sipper, or would pair well with a variety of foods.

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1057 ratings