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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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: 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.

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Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Hopleaf in Chicago.

Small corked and cegd bottle, it pours a hazy light golden brew with a nice off-white head that holds well.
Aroma is typical, very good if not astonishing, funky and leathery, fruity, woody and even somewhat sweet.
Light and easy to drink, it is quite tart and acidicupfront, refreshing, with a hint of sweetness to keep it from being very dry.
This was a suprisingly good gueuze, and it paired my beer mussels amazingly well.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. on tap at Toronado.

Golden with a bit of red, slight carbonation. Sour all the way through. Sour fruit nose. Good acidity up front with a bit of bite. Acidity mild, but noticeable. Tart middle and finish. Light mouthfeel. Very drinkable, the balance between the tartness and fruitiness make this a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 10-01-20.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a great fluffy white head with surprisingly good retention with plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- A drier, almost floral aroma with a deep tart acidic lemon drop aspect. Hints at Brett and a mild hay/straw funk.

(T)- Wow, a seriously good tart and acidic lemon drop sour profile very much like the smell had. Lots and lots of that tart lemon with some white grape and golden delicious apple. Some hints at some Brett, but very subtle on the finish with some dry mildly funk hay.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A potent, but welcomed sour acidic level. Smooth somehow despite it potency. It has a great feel to it.

(D)- I really could drink this one all day if it was not so sour, but I would not mind trying! This is a fantastic Gueuze definitely fitting for when you need that sour fix. Up there with some of the best.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a lemony tart nose. It pours hazy gold with a head that looks like the foam on the sea shore after a big storm – it’s big, fluffy and persistent. The palate is a balance of lemony tartness and light sweetness. It is somewhat unexciting but perhaps a good starter for those looking for a less intimidating Gueuze.

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Photo of cooch69
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured a deep orange color, almost like an APA but less pale. This left a finger of white, quickly dissipating head into my snifter.

Smell: Barnyard funk with tart green apples on the nose.

Taste: This follows the nose. Nice tartness with a nice dry finish.

Feel: Nice carbonation and almost sour enough to make the lips pucker.

Overall: I enjoy this brew, my first gueuze and I'm delving deeper into sours.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gueze is one of those styles that makes beer a unique beverage, demonstrating its breadth. This particular specimen of Geuze is a good one.

The beer, poured into a tulip glass, is an orange-tinted gold color with an inch of foam above. The foam settled down but never disappeared. The aroma is full of beautiful Belgian funk. Horse blanket emerges as the beer warms to join the lemon and vinegar.

The beer dances on the palate with plenty of carbonation. The flavors pack a sour punch. The lemon tartness forms the backbone for the vinegar, yeast and barnyard flavors. Earthy notes are subdued compared to the lemon sourness, but it lurks underneath reminding us this brew is indeed a Belgian brew.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium Honey or maple syrup, slight cloudiness when bottle not agitated, high carbonation, almost no head just an off white fizz of half a finger.

S: Funk, must, sour, fermented apple cider, vinegar. Fermented fruit.

T: Sour!!! Then some funk, fermeted fruit, a pause with a malty yeasty interlude with still sour in the back, then more funk and sour. Sour linger in the mouth.

M: Light to medium body, heavy carbonation.

O: Love it. Would go well with sharp cheese. After first sip I thought I wouldn’t want the whole bottle but its complex, and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a St. Louis Gueuze Stange shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a yellow, sparkling orange colored body; nice half finger sized white colored foam; well carbonated; some lacing

S - Smells great, I guess I'm a bit biased toward sour smelling beer, but this one takes the cake; it a bit of lemon, vinegar and other strong astringent aromas; light malt scents and nice citrus finish; acidic apple smell

T - Very nice tart lemon flavor; sour; astringent bite and aftertaste; hints of citrus and nice blend of sour ingredients; vinegar; apple, acidic

M - Very tart, perfect; nice bubbly body; filing but not super thick; dry and crisp; acidic flavor lasts for a bit then fades away

D - I really liked this beer; went well with my mussels at Brasserie Beck (DC).; worked well with fine cheeses and fish entree; I would highly recommend to others

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. It looks like slightly dark champagne, some head, some lacing, yellow-golden liquid. The smell is very much like a white wine with vinous and acidic qualities. There are also some sweet lemon notes in the nose. The flavor is complex and wonderful. It is tart, faintly yogurty with a dry, oaky finish. There are also notes of green apple and lime. It has a full feel with a nice pucker. A delicious beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to celebrate the coming of the new year than with a nice Belgian Gueuze. Bottled on 6/20 2008.

Pours a nice fizzy pasty white head, some nice bubbles rising up through the center, fades at a med pace with some sticky lacing on the sides, over a mostly clear nectar orange color with hint of reddish hue.

Nose is great, a step from pure heaven. Hard to describe, but pure Belgian Lambic. Tart fruits, like a light lemony sourness. More general sour fruit aromas, soured mash like as well. Then light bready funk, not typical Brett like funk, more lactobacillus or Brett lambicus like funky aroma, and a light dry bready funk. I could smell this all day.

Taste is not quite as funky but definitely quite sour, a lot more sour than I was expecting, like biting into a lemon. Lots of sour lemon kick into gear quickly, with an overall tart fruit flavor, fruity and tart-y. Soured mash flavors are there, with a nice general soured wild yeast flavor. A bit funky, not very, again more like lambicus sour flavor and light wild funk. A nice bready malt character is present, a bit in the front but really shines through towards the finish. As it finishes it dries significantly, more than bone dry, enough to suck moisture back out of my tongue, and only my quickly watering mouth (due to the puckering sourness) saves me from implosion through my mouth. A great effervescent feel, as the butt-loads of carbonation help to cut through the tartness. Some acidity also there, not super acidic as many lambics, but fairly acidic, and even a bit phlegm-y on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, tons of carbonation, mouth puckering sour, and acidic as well as phlegmy, and even sticky all around.

Overall great, but there are better gueuze beers from Belgium. However, this is an awesome beer and for the price and availability a great option compared to Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon. This is a true lambic and not a super sweet fake version either, so def worth a shot for all the sour fans out there.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep cloudy yellow-amber, and forms a thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Musty hay and funky mildew, with hints of melon, pear, and wheat that seems still green and growing as opposed to golden and ready for harvest.

Taste: The flavors open sharp and tart, heavy with citrus and melon flavors, and the sharpness does not relent as it goes along. Barnyard funk rolls through as the beer progresses, bringing along some wheaten grassiness and sour pear flavors. There are vague hints of pepper and some herbal spices that appear here and there as well.

Mouthfeel: Light and quite carbonated, possibly adding to the sharpness of the sour.

Overall: Quite an enjoyable gueuze, pure yeast ester flavors left unmolested by hops or excessive malt. I will repeat this one.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 350ml green bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle states it was packed on "4/26/2012," so nearly 6 months old!

Produces a cloudy, dark amber and yellowish color, with a decent half finger of head (even with help from the Duvel tulip glass). Carbonation seems decent, yet not too excessive overall. Head quickly dissipates, but the yeast continues to gently glide across the glass, as well as provide a thick and full body overall.

As expected, there's a sourish, tarty, fully funky aroma that I'm used to finding in gueuzes whenever I have the privilege to try them. I'm picking up overall extreme notes of lemon rind, fruits I'm having trouble placing (maybe apricots or sour pineapple?), as well as a an everlasting woodiness. Underneath all this, there's a backbone that resembles thick, slightly roasted bread, as well as some zestiness which is no doubt aided by the hops and yeast. Pretty balanced overall, yet quite complex.

Upon a first gulp, there is an immediate explosion of sourness and yeastiness that I hoped to find. The citrus flavors are immense here, but it's really the woody and excessive yeasty notes that truly shine. Upon every gulp I find myself adjusting my tongue and licking my lips, particularly during the aftertaste, in which the sour flavors descend and an acidic, hoppy rises. While there's not much carbonation, the delicious roasted malts and thickened yeastiness provide a full-bodied experience. If anything, this should be tried simply for the experience in which the soured yeast lingers on the tongue for several minutes at a time in a rather dazzling and smooth manner.

A excellent gueuze here, and definitely good to find around these parts while I still wait for Cantillon to show up someday. Definitely not as exaggerated as their Lambics though, and this is a really good one for beginners getting into the gueuze style. This balanced enough, which makes it easy to drink, yet complex enough to attract wowed reactions from beer fans of all kinds, particularly sours. Hoorah!

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Photo of ShareANevada
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopleaf.

A sparkling golden pour, with minimal head and lacing.

Aromas of earthiness and yeast combine with the citrus zing hiding in this one.

The somewhat biting taste brings the citrus forward, and gives an awesome shock of medium weight sour here. Not as face-rippingly sour as some might prefer, but this was just about perfect for me. Makes you know you are alive; brings back those slightly worn out taste buds. Calls you back for another sip.
I really enjoyed this one.

The mouthfeel was extremely pleasant too. Great carbonation and body. My friends (not sour junkies) tried it and agreed that this was greatly enjoyable.

I will look forward to the opportunity to have this again. Very impressed.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a nice, frothy head that leaves considerable lacing behind

Smell: Tart lemon/lime and other citrus elements combined with considerable funk

Taste: Tart and sour, with lemon/lime citrus elements and an increasingly puckerish sourness that builds through mid-palate; underneath, there is just the vaguest hint of citrusy sweetness on the tip of the tongue; the finish is long lasting and overwhelmingly sour

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; quite puckerish

Overall: A fine example of the lambic tradition

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Hopleaf.

A: pours a slightly cloudy orange, razor thin collar of head, minimal lace

S: nice white grape fruit profile , a bit of vinegar and oak, hints of funk in the back, plenty of lactobacillus but not overpowering

T: a quick flash of tartness that activates the sour receptors, a nice bit of fruitiness in the form of white grapes, excellent balance

Mf: bubbly, champagne like mouthfeel

O: well balanced gueuze, perfect amount of tartness, very tasty

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden. Pours 2 fingers of thick white head that fades fairly quickly. Almost no lacing. Clear.

Smell: barnyard funk, sour, earthy, slight orange peal/citrus notes.

Taste: Puckering sour, white wine vinegar, earthy, funky.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, light carbonation, very dry finish, acidic.

Overall: a very good gueuze. Not very complex and not overly sour, but a good solid base and very drinkable.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Castle Brewery Gueuze Fond Tradition

Appearance: hazy gold, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: unfiltered acidic sourness and a hint of fruit.

Taste: strong fermented fruit and a nice sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and smooth.

This is a great gueuze. The flavors are balanced very well and provide an explosion of flavor with a fairly quick decay.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sugary to sour white grapes. In the taste, dry sourness, fruity, especially white grapes. A sour bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry white grape tartness in the aftertaste. Nice sour, quite sweet in the nose, but dry in the taste, I can dig it!

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Photo of ausonius
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a split on Jan 16, 2010
No bottling date on this puppy, but a Drink By of Sept. 2015

Appearance - Pours slightly cloudy (unfiltered; settled before pouring) amber/straw with a thin head which faded to a few bits around the edges within 90 seconds.

Aroma - Nice complex Brett/Lactic, Wheat, with lightly Earthy/Funky/Flowery notes with a hint of malt & steel.

Taste - Frothy creamy lactic sourness with light brett on the finish. Medium carbonation. A young, light-ish fairly fresh Lambic. Nice & authentic flavors with medium depth.

Mouthfeel - Medium with balanced lactic sourness finishing with slightly steely earthy Brett. Fresh, "Clean" & young. Really hard to criticize except for slight lack of depth, persistence & finish.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. This almost has the drinkability of a sesh brew for me - could be with some cheese, dried meat or sausage.

Can't quite stand with the big guns, but this is a Very nice young blended Lambic that I'll be looking for again.

91+/100 points

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden orange hue with a tall creamy head. Pretty good retention with some nice streaky lace.

S: Notes of tart green apple, lemon rind, oak, and a nice barn yard funkiness that can be found in a great wild ale.

T: I had heard mixed reviews of this one from friends. All I can say is I reallly liked it. Nice big blast of puckering lemon up front, think lemonheads on steroids. The granny smith apples are there along with lots of horse blanket. It is rather earty with notes of leather and oak.

M: On the lighter side of medium, zippy carbonation

D: F all those who don't like it, I think it is a great Gueuze.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i must say the balanced quality of this gueze was exceptional. a darker pour of cloudy orange. some nice head that stuck around for a bit. this was a milder sour gueze. a nice sour backed with oak that gives it an earthy blend. earth is backed wtih a pollen floral and a honey mild. that isn't over powering sweet but mellowing. very nice dimension. great form.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle poured into Allagash Chalice.

A: Pours a rich gold with a delicate, head that quickly dies down to a ring around the glass. Zero lacing.

S: I always have a hard time with gueuze smells. Tart apple, lemon, grassy etc. Very nice, but one-note.

T: Wow. Not nearly as tart as I had expected. More of the same, especially the apple. This tastes great.

M: Typical for the style; slightly moderate carbonation, nice and thin. Goes down easy.

D: With a low ABV (5%) and not nearly as much acidity as Cantillon's classic gueuze, I could easily drink three or four bottles of this if it were less expensive. For a gueuze, the drinkability is exceptional.

A very nice surprise.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light reddish golden. Hazy, with flecks of yeast.
Nose is a delicious green apple tart, with Brett funkiness.
Taste is thinner and not as acidic as the nose predicts. Still tart, and quite tasty, but a little disappointing from the nose.
Mouth is wet and bubbly, champagne like. Highly drinkable if you enjoy sours, but I imagine it can be grating after a glass or two.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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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