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

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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: 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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Ratings:
1,024
Reviews:
345
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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20
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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head but excellent lacing on my out on a slightly hazy golden with orange hue body. Flavor is very fruity, somewhat spicey with hints if grain and club soda. Flavor has a nice tart and sour citrus throughout with a wild and funky presence and nice yeast flavoring. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Definitely sharper and more flavorful than others I have had in the style. Excellent wild and sour presence.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/20/10.

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Some floating sediment is present in the glass. Smell is funky and tart but there is a particular sweet smell too. A bit of a skunky aroma came from the green bottle when it was opened but is not present after the beer is poured. Taste is also tart and funky but it gives way after each sip with a slightly sweet aftertaste. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze with a better smell than taste but still a good beer to try.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a majorly tart sour beer. pours a champaign-like bubbly pale yellow with a bit of haze and an excited white head. smells like brett, but not entirely. there is some other sour element here, not particularly fruity, i cant quite place it. flavor is of course very puckery, starting out sour and a little lemony, escalating to an almost sour warhead candy intense soure for just a second, then backing off into a manageable dry musty finish. mouthfeel is nice, ultra light on the body, with extremely intense carbonation. easy drinking, but an intense experience really. a beer like none ive ever had, i really enjoyed this one. a great introduction to the gueuze style.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a thin creamy white head that slowly faded away and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are moderately strong sour aromas in the nose.
T: A sour flavor dominates the overall taste but this is not overpowering. There are notes of citrus and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink compared to others in the style.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, ensconced in black foil, with stark white on black lettering comprising the label.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy ecru head, which leaves a bit of surfacing periscope lace in places around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of sour and musty orchard fruit (red apples, mostly), wet cardboard, a bit of barnyard stench (I mean funk), white wine vinegar, a mild cheesiness, and very subtle bittering notes. The taste is lightly bready, kind of grainy pale malt, a testy acrid funkiness, muddled apple, cherry, and lemon dried fruit rind, soured cooking vinegar, a soft old earthy woodiness, wet black pepper, and more plainly subservient weedy and dead grassy hop bitterness.

The bubbles are fairly low-fi in their genial and unobtrusive frothiness, the body just shy of yer typical middleweight, and smooth, I suppose, if you're acclimated to drinking this sort of thing, but otherwise - not really. It finishes off-dry, the indistinct sugary character more pronounced here than one might be expecting.

Overall, this comes more or less within a short chip shot of being true to style, but in the end, for the lovers and haters out there, it will come off as just too sweet (hey, it even bugs me, a little). Still good and funky, though, which is something maybe more relevant to consider when approaching this offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/07/06. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Gouden Carolus goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of pleasant soft cream, pretty good thickness, beige colour, and good retention. Colour is a clear bright colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty standard for the style, but appealing nonetheless.

Sm: Heavy sourness, wonderful wild yeast, clean malts, candi sugar, and slight cream. A pretty strong aroma. Very alive and inviting.

T: Tart sourness. Great wild yeast. Some funkiness. Clean malts form the foundation with some candi sugar to sweeten it. Well balanced and built, though simple. It's quite enjoyable, with enough sourness to satisfy without being puckerworthy. Not horribly subtle, but complex enough. A standard fare gueuze. There's not much depth to it, but I like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and dry, bringing out the flavours quite a bit. Nicely carbonated. Just thick enough on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have this again. It's a pretty typical gueuze, which means it's pretty good. Will satisfy fans of the style no doubt.

A great candidate for aging.

Would pair well with salad.

High B-

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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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4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Hopleaf, capped with cheesy gold foil on the neck. Served in a fluted tulip glass.

Golden orange tone, good clarity, a short cap of white sea spray foam.

Very sharp, acetic, vinegar mustard nose. Wet wood and sharp lemon juice. There was a suggestion of saltiness in there that reminded me of the ocean.

Quite sour, puckering citric lemon juice, light acidity with some mild cider vinegar notes. Dry finish. Carbonation was fairly vigorous and noticeable at first, then settled down with a few swirls of the glass. This was fairly unique as far as Gueuze goes. It had a fair amount of wild funkiness, not to the degree of Hanssens, Girardin, or Cantillon, but it was certainly complex, and not a one-dimensional sourness.

Worth the $12 to try it, and not have to fly to Belgium.

2009: Trying this again at home, there's a definite acetic flavor in this, reminiscent of horseradish mustard, the seeded kind, not the yellow hot dog stuff. Huge puffy head. Almost a barnacled sea plank saltiness too...strange. Not so puckering, a manageable introductory Gueuze.

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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color gueuze with a large frothy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light acidic green apples with some subtle oak notes is better then I had anticipated. Taste is overall quite tart with a nice touch of granny smith acidity which provide a great refreshing factor. Oak is somewhat subtle with limited amount of funky ester. Body is quite full for style with great carbonation. I was expecting a sweeter version of gueuze based on what I tasted previously from this brewer but I must admit to being pleasantly surprised.

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2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at Toronado. Nice dark amber color with a small white cap, a few shades darker than the average gueuze. The aroma is interesting, big apple cider character along with a bit of orange juice, vinegar and pale malt. Very little bretty funk. Pretty similar on the palate, very cidery and acetic, oranges and pears, light tannins and a hint of malt. Decently complex but quite acetic for a gueuze, almost just tastes like a stale apple cider. Not terrible, but I can't say that I'm a fan.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange.amber color with some yeasty sediment. It had a one-finger, white head with nice retention and some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled very sour with some phenolic notes and apple.

T - It tasted of sour apple and cherry. Nice bite.

M - It was crisp and puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very nice gueuze. Love those sour ales.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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