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

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Brewed by:
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.

Added by rastaman on 08-03-2002

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SiepJones
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yoshie
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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 mltobin
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
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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Photo of Botulizard
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 sharpski
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 PDXAmbassador
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Harrison8
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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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