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 LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/31/08. Bottle, best by 9/2017. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head and lively carbonation. Flavor is quite funkaliscious, also lots of banana. Flavor is tart tart tart, lots of sweet candies, sour funk, tart acidity. Quite tasty and not too puckeringly sour.
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a taper

Pours a nice golden color in the glass with foamy white head like soap suds. Head retention is relatively low with just a little bit of lacing left behind.

Aromas remind you of tart acidic fruit - sort of a crab-apple-meets-lemon smell. It's a little difficult to describe but it seems relatively typical for this style.

Whew - forgot how tart this style is! Plenty of tart apple, unripe pear and citrus zest. The abundant carbonation brings the aromas up nicely which helps quite a bit with the flavors as well. Crisp and clean on the tongue with an incredibly dry finish, which combined with the tart flavors really made me pucker.

I enjoy this style but one is enough per sitting. I found this to be quite enjoyable and I would definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden pour with a somewhat foamy head. Retention is alright, a little stick left behind.

S: Nice, tart fruit scents - primarily apple, but there is also a hint of pear in there. Lemon rind makes an appearance... a vinegar quality without the 'harshness.'

T + M: Sour apple, a bit of lemon-lime citrus, and an unusual soapiness that comes out on the exceptionally dry finish. The feel is fabulous - both crisp and sparkling, and then that very dry finish, but the flavour that comes out towards the end is a little off-putting. [(note!): That very flavour does seem to mellow out as it warms and lose the soapy edge, becoming something of a more smoothe, citrus quality.] I can't help but love the feel, though.

D: This comes fairly close to being a hit. It looks fine, smells alright, and feels great... but there's just something a little off in the taste - at least to my palate - and that's where it really counts. It DOES seem to improve with a little time out of the bottle. Good effort, nonetheless, and I'd be happy to try it again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy, golden with a fairly faint head that settles to a ring. Smells acetic and funky with some lemon, sour orange, barnyard, and some hay notes at the end. The taste is still quite sour, but a bit simpler, mostly losing the funky notes and concentrating on lemon, clean hay, and a bit of medicinal, almost band-aid flavor, but luckily not quite that far. Decent. Sharp in the mouth at first, but it lightens up and even becomes a bit creamy at the end. At least this beer tastes real and isn't loaded with sugar like so many of their beers. Not bad at all.

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

A: Pours an opaque reddish/burnt orange with a massive white head that dissipates relatively quickly

S: Spicy, acidic and yeasty, with a slight funkiness (but nowhere near the levels of other gueuzes)

T/M: Tart and citrusy. Bone dry with slight malt backbone. Slightly bready finish

D: Very refreshing, as is the style

A good and refreshing lambic. A little pricey to drink regularly, unfortunately.

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

Pours a hazy gold/yellow. Small white head.

Smells more like cider and citrus than anything else. Taste brings a bit of funk, but it's definitely not a lot of it. Some vinegary/apple ciderness, puckering citrus, and a nice smooth, well carbonated mouthfeel.

A bit pricey, but good.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange, hazy color with red highlighting. Tightly frothy head that sticks along for the ride, some okay lacing with a nice collar.

Aromas of tannins and tart citric notes. Earthy grains.

Flavor profile is tart and citric, very dry, with a hint of malt sweetness. Acidic but not vinegary.

Mouthfeel is thin but medium for style with a hint of malts. Plenty of grain which balances the tartness.

Not much of the funk, but quite tart and impressive. Good gueueze.

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Photo of emerge077
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2008: 4.17
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.

2017: 3.27
Label has a "45621" code printed on it.
Dark reddish orange, ok clarity, thin layer of foam fades to nothing.
Strong chlorine aroma and taste, seems pretty off. Sharp and astringent, somewhat one dimensional.
Lemon in the aftertaste, finishes dry with a little trace of wood.
This really has no nuance, and lacking compared to the older bottles i've had, it's not the best gueuze.

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

Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a healthy eggshell head 2 fingers high. As the head reduces, all that's left is a few chunks of lace and a nebulous cap atop the liquid.

Aroma is shiversome in its sourness. Pure lemon juice with an earthy rotting wood character to it. Also a touch of solvent, like a lemon scented all-purpose cleaner.

Flavor is sharp but not as harsh as, say, Beatification or Girardin 1882. At the front of the palate, a high amount of carbonation really sticks the acetic acidity to the tongue. This quickly washes into a more fruity tartness, with sour apple and lemon. The finish is decidedly woody with a little band aid.

This beer is well-carbonated but not roughly so. Finish is pretty dry, leaving just a bit of stickiness as the mouth attempts to recover from the acidity. Drinkability is pretty high but overall it lacks some complexity.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle has "best by" date of 09-2017. poured into tulip.

deep honey color with orange hue. almost clear, minimal haze, even on later pours. nice head that hangs around for almost the whole time. some lacing.

aroma of cider vinegar, faint musty and funk note with trace of oak. some earthiness.

tart, on the side of cider vinegar again. champagne peeks in along with oak. some reminiscences of apple. hay grassiness, into tart, weakly dry finish with almost no bitterness.

not too thin. some acidic texture. lively but overall gentle carbonation.

not the most complex, but certainly drinkable. price was cheaper than several of the other gueuzes. overall score bumped up a half point since the taste score should be a tad higher than 3.5.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cL green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours an amber-red body with about an inch of off-white head. Smells slightly fruity (banana?) with a fair bit of sour/acidity thrown in. Tastes somewhat fruity (lemon?) balanced with a fair bit of sourness. Not particularly complex, but subtle and balanced. Not a bad beer, but not what I'll be going to for a sour fix.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, storage unknown.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellow orange with stark white head that lingers around the edges for some time. Nose is geueze, horse blankety funk and some tart. suprise suprise taste follows. A ton of horse blanket and lovely tart flavor. A good unique taste that I can't quite describe through the middle, that I have not found in other geueze. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is quite good for the style. One I would revisit, but I will take some others before this. Defenitely a good one tho.

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Photo of charlzm
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 05/21/08 at LAX Radisson beer tasting.

A golden, champagne appearance in the glass - sparkling and well carbonated with lots of active bubbles.

The aroma is of tart, sweet fruit.

Flavor is likewise puckering and tart. Yes, that's a nice way of saying "sour". Some white grape flavors segue into a dash of vinegar. A bit of cheese and the horse blanket/barnyard character expected of the style are also present. A refreshingly clean finish wraps things up.

Not a style I have learned to appreciate yet (hence my "average" drinkability rating), but there's no denying that this is a well-crafted beer that probably turned out exactly as intended.

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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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best buy date of September 2013, Sampled March 2007
Pours lightly hazy, with a prototypical orangish hue and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled, initially two-finger thick, pale colored head that leaves some lacing. The aroma starts out with a soft woody, mushroom like funkiness and then moves to a tart, grapefruit-like to almost lime like notes. The aroma finishes with a tannic woody character (if you can imagine that in aromatic terms). There is a touch of urea here in the aroma too, though it is fairly light.

The taste is quite tart up front, it is not quite dry, though it is nearly so. A touch of malt fullness keeps this from being bone dry. Just a hint of sweetness seems to add a touch of something like cinnamon (interesting). The tartness leans towards grapefruit like notes, lactic acid with perhaps only a touch of acetic character. It finishes with a woody tannic character that tends to dry out the finish even more than the acidity alone. The acidity does not approach the hardness of some Lambic producers, instead it integrates quite well with the residual malt fullness.

This is actually much better than I was expecting, I was expecting something that was at least leaning towards sweet (it has some residual sweetness (but only a faint hint, when compared to a perhaps more traditional Gueuze) &/or fake. This could certainly use a bit more funkiness as it is a bit on the soft side in this department.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven’t come across any other beer style that has as much lip-puckering sourness as this, but it’s not unwelcome: drinking this one kinda reminds me of squeezing the juice of a lemon into your month, but there is also a sour apple cider quality as well. But, even though it’s almost completely overpowered, there is quite a bit of yeasty, fruity malt sweetness. Brief but tart finish.

Now, I personally actually like beers with this sort of flavor, though I do prefer a little more sweetness and malt character to balance things out. But, any serious beer freak should venture out at least once or twice and give this style a try. Beware though, this stuff is S-O-U-R!!!

Recommended (though I’m told there are much better examples of the style)…

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two guys went crazy with the gueuzes. Those two guys were me and AndoBrew. Let's start things off with a review of St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition!

Acquired back in July at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dirty gold body with a thin, quickly diminishing white head.

Smell: Tart, musty aroma of apple cider, wheat, and concentrated citrus fruits.

Taste: Light, sparing apple-like sweetness with a sharp, refreshingly citrus snap to it. Hints of oak and even salt. Though quick, the finish is chiefly dry and acidic. Nice, eh?

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Impressive from the outset! Very distinctive and enjoyable.

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

375ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82 awhile back. Corked and caged, cork dated 07-2003. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is tart, slight but apparent funk. Taste is dominantly tart, with light fruitiness, and enough undercurrent of malt to cut the sour a bit. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite good. Makes a nice palate-cleanser to me as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I liked it would buy again*

smell of a very light sweetness like apricot or peach, mixed with the gueuze nose but very mild with a cider note on the end

taste is good, BANG tart and sharp in the back of the throat, has a slight light ?floral? thing floating on the top of its moderate tart mildly sparkling body

it is lacing some intresting patterns down the sides of the glass

once the initial pucker shock is gone, this is pretty drinkable, medium in trhe acid range

all in all good gueuze, I like it!

I long for more bubbles

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to doppel07 for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades out into a tiny collar.
Smell is of sour cherry touched with honey and wild yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas that seems to be a nice mix of citrusy lemon rind.
Mouthfeel is of sour chery, mouthpuckering wildness in a slick medium body.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, pale gold, straw-like color. Thin head with good carbonation. Aroma was mostly sour/tart and acidic with some apple-like fruitiness. Taste followed smell very closely, with tart, acidic flavor upfront with some mild sweetness. Dry and acidic mouthfeel and light-bodied. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear light amber golden straw with a white and wispy head that barely formed and barely stayed for any attempt at all on the glass.

The aroma was acidic and fruity with a slight cherry slant to the fruitiness. The aromas were interesting and while a bit on the sour side notes of oak character came through.

The flavor was sour and acidic and contained quite a charge of tannins. The sourness was puckering and lasting. The flavor contained a fruit impression which was interesting, but the beer on the palate was rather husky and very grainy in flavor.

The finish was dry with a long lasting husk and grainy character that lasted long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and just a bit water and the carbonation was fairly low. The beer did grown on me just a bit, but that husky, grainy and all the tannins lowered the overall experience.

37.5 cl, corked and bailed bottle. Purchased at OUAV in Richmond for $6.

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

I rather enjoyed this beer at Au Trappiste in Paris. We happened to stumble on the bar on the way to Les Sous Bock.

Re reading my review makes me want to go get a gueze right now!

Pours a cloudy gold color with small white head in the glass with very little lacing.

The smell is a light and pleasant spritzy lemony sour.

Taste is a sharp sourness with a light acidity - a favorable roundess is in the taste as well.

The carbonation is velvety. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of saltydog
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried at Oud Arsenal in Antwerp. Appearance: very clear, orange color, big head, which fades rapidly. Aroma: Very sour, not much almondy or bret aromas which are usually present in Gueuze. Flavor: Bret is much more noticeable in flavor, very sweet, but also quite tart. Finish: Finish is very harsh, with lots of bret. Leaves an odd aftertaste, which mars the drinkability.

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Photo of marburg
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was a little disappointed, though not terribly so; I think perhaps the bottle was just a bit subpar. Bottled about 7 years ago, this particular beer may have had a bit of a run of bad luck with its cork. Instead of a hearty "pop," the cork just kind of flopped out of the bottle as I tugged on it. It was a little discolored and malformed.

Regardless, the beer was pretty good -- and showed a lot of potential. Darker, a little clearer, and much deeper in color than many gueze lambics, this one poured with a surprisingly light amount of carbonation, perhaps having escaped via a bad cork? Very powerful aroma, however, bringing the sensation of holding one's nose over vinegar. Hints of grapes as well. Fairly sweet up front moving to a drier, more tart finish that leaves a lightly sour but vaguely candy-ish aftertaste.

If I can find another of these, I'll have to try it again to see if the unusually low carbonation was an anomoly or not.

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,026 ratings.
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