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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St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
BEER INFO

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.

BEER STATS
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#14,899
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
1,049
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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22
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113
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Reviews by titosupertramp:
Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden in color with a finger of white head. Nice lacing with a large bubbled cap.

S: Funk, tart, grassy and apple-like.

T: Same as the smell, really. This is pretty sour, but not overpowering...well balanced, I'd say. I like the apple quality this has a good bit.

M: Tart and dry.

O: I don't have a lot of experience with gueuzes, but this is enjoyable. I'm not sure if I'd get this again, but it makes me want to try more from this style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Could it be? The "castle" brewery that's set the stage for world class beers for years- are they getting better, even still? By all indications, ...yes! You simply don't go into making beers like Gueuze and opt to knock it out of the park; unless you're a masterful brewery already.

Their Gueuze pours with a bready-straw appearance- hazy gold in color, its frothy topping is creamy, white and laces with both tighly knit and loose bubbles that somehow denotes its "wild" character. Broken collars of lace also keep the beer looking formidable down to the final sips.

Sweat evoking aromas ensure as the first whiffs of the beer promise sourness and earthiness. White cider vinegar, dry chardonnay, limes, and under-ripened berries deliver its sour-ish tone. But its the roundness of damp straw, salt brine, drying leather and a musty horsey scent creates a rounded richness that's not reliant upon sweetness at all.

Then to taste, its acidic tartness reigns supreme- the taste of white grapes, salt, hay and wheat all round into a musty cracker taste. The beer continues to sour with cider vinegar, wine rot and limes before diving into a musty taste of weathered oak, saddle leather, and peppery sandalwood. Its late palate finishes with a return of aroma-driven echoes of sea air, barnyard and curing leather.

As short-lived bready malt texture quickly leads to a fleeting arid cracker-like dryness. Powdery late, the beer's textures are dry, woodsy and feathery with a pep of spicy peppercorn and mild alcohol warmth. Its finish is quick and firmly minerally like calcium rich shellfish.

Gueuze Fond Tradition is a superb version of the style. Its dry and earthen character is quintessential of the style and that is delivered with ease. Yet still, the ale deserves even drier character, even deeper earthiness and intangibles like almond pithiness and peps of cinnamon that could really set it apart.

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Photo of TrueSoul515
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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 eyncognito
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty golden orange with a thin bubbly white head that quickly recedes into a collar. Aroma has some mild funk and woody notes, along with tart citrus and wheat.

Taste begins tart, but with a little restraint-just a hint of some malt sweetness. Tart lemons and white grapefruit, lactic acid. Funk is an afterthought. It finishes dry and slightly tannic, but without the sharp acidity like many other gueuzes. Mouthfeel is on the fuller end of light with light carbonation. Clean and refreshing with a moderate level of mouth-puckering.

I had low expectations and this exceeded them. Drinkable and recommended for those interested in gueuzes but fear the shock of unbridled acidity and funk. Clean and refreshing. Nothing spectacular, but well done.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml poured into a stange

A - A slightly cloudy yellow with notes of orange and brown. A quickly diminishing white head.
S - There is a tart citrus kick right in the front that opens into some vinegar notes and acidity. The smell is definately funky and sweet.
T - You get a strong citrus rush in the front end that is very tart and refreshing. It is added by the acidity and the carbination to be very crisp. Then the beer opens and becomes funky as the vinegar kicks in and it finishes a little more balanced and sweet when compared to the tartness of the front end.

-Cheers

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Photo of Cjtytler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rossummernight
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Loved it! Nice appearance. Tart, lemony and smooth

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 080620

A: slight cloudy, light-brown, orange color
S: medium nose, a bit of funk but not overpowering or too acetic acid
T: not bad, a bit of acetic acid bite in the back of the mouth, refreshing light but not OTT with brett and sourness, good starter gueuze for new-comers, well-made
M: good mouthfeel, spritzy, pucker factor on back of mouth
D: highly drinkable, especially for the ABV

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Photo of mantissa
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brennenw56
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of constantine_272
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Ihadbeer
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle with a date of 2011.07.06. Purchased at Rick's in Alexandria for $5.49 this afternoon. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a clear light golden color with plenty of visible carbonation. Initial foamy white heady quickly recedes to half an inch and has some good staying power. Light lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose is mostly acidic with a bit of lemon. Not too much funk, and the same goes for the flavor. Nothing off really, just balanced in a different direction than I would go. Light, crisp body with a fairly-heavy lemon-like acidity through the finish, which is quite dry. A decent gueuze, especially for the price.

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Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of MatthewPlus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of 31Sam13
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cooch69
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Gueuze poured a medium cloudy pastel yellow with some light copper hues. Small loose head.

Nice tart scent stands the nostril hairs on end and starts to make the mouth salivate. Musty attic and abandoned barn also come in.

This Gueuze reminded me a little like Hannsens in some aspects. I've never had two Gueuze that tasted remotly similar yet until I had this the day after Hanssens. And I must say that Hannsens is only barely better but costs an additional 4 dollars.
This has a nice amount of musty funk and sour to it. not going overboard but not layin low either. Mostly apples as I recall, and this went pretty well with a house salad.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Invinciblejets
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbutler1
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Picked up at Dennis Bros. Poured into an Allagash tulip glass a clear apple juice colored orange color with some small floaties making their way around the glass. Slight white head that collars around the glass. Fruity sour aroma in the nose along with some wheat and funk but nothing too major. Light mouthfeel. Not sure how old this is but it has a nice sourness to it that is balancedout with some fruit type sweetness. Some funk kicks in in the middle. Pretty decent drinking beer. Ends with some lingering sweetness.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A This has a pencil lead head with almost no lacing. It is light orange at its center with light yellow and gold edges. It boasts a slightly unfiltered appearance. It’s like a 6 year old at CVS, you don’t want to touch him but you know he is a little sticky and filthy.

S: Not surprisingly, it is stick and filthy. There are sour and sweet tart notes are blended with hints of granny smith apples underneath. I don’t want to go out on a limb but I am going to say a Skittle reduction is at play here.

T There is a pleasant sweetness for a split second with a latent backroundhouse to the bitter zones immediately thereafter. Its a sucker punch which leaves your mouth a bit dry but welcoming more if only for the strange assault. It’s like getting socked in the armpit, you aren’t mad youre just a little perplexed and glad it wasn’t worse. It provides almost no hops and this toes the line closer to an American Wild Ale but without the funky complexity.

M: This is very light and similar to a ciders badass cousin, the one who learned compound cussing earlier and gave you Too Short cassette tapes. Its like the tiny asian fighter who you underestimate who delivers fast swift blows that disorient and surprise your mouth. It is clean, crisp and damaging to your bitter zones.

D: This style is in my opinion fantastic for hot weather and, if you have some water on hand, a great companion outdoors on the beach or a boat. If you like very mild lagers then you will disagree but then you are also a raging pacifist and it is unclear how you ended up reading this review in the first place.

Narrative: 47 years of service. Francine Manzana gave that caramel apple pop company the best years of her life and she was terminated “for cause” for reading a Patricia Cornwell novel when she wasn’t clocked out. Francine wasn’t going to take this lying down. She knew the secret behind the tartness in those pops, and she had full intention on taking this issue public. With her box of belongings from her desk she strode over to the quality control center only to find that Loretta was out. “I will make them feel the tart bitterness of abandonment, just like they showed me.” With a few calibrations she reset the dials and the mixture began running an entirely new batch of Caramel Apple pops through the line. She stared at her spiteful reflection in the bubbling pool of acidic green glucose. The wafts of the additional citric acid stung her eyes and nostrils. Francine smiled and tossed her mystery novel into the simmering goo, for she had an unemployment officer to speak to.

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,049 ratings