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

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: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,843
Reviews:
348
Ratings:
1,035
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,035 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle thanks to Ding. Crown but no cork. Hazy orange color and a ring of bubbles around the perimeter. Smells like gueze, sour, wheat, fruity pebbles. Taste is fleetingly sour, weird, lemony, ok but not my favorite gueuze. There is just something odd about this one that I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this.

Pours a nice golden amber color with a one-finger head and lots of sediment into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth and tart with the strong aroma of apples and cherry in the nose. Very tart.

Taste is sour upfront with a nice tart bite full of apple and cherry and earthy flavors. Quite funky.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering funk, tart apple and cherry. Not quite mouth-puckering sour but it's definitely close.

I enjoy the occasional sour ale and this is definitely an acquired taste. It's still quite easy to drink and if you can get past the funkiness of it, you should be able to enjoy it.

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

Appearance- Pale, hazy straw color with bright white head with some lacing.

Smell- Tart/sour apple, lemons and lemon rinds, suggestions of barnyard funk.

Taste- really sour at first, but after somegetting used to it and some warming up, it gets much more palatable. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel- Light, smooth, and near... creamy after warming and some of the carbonation comes out.

Drinkability- I found this pretty darn drinkable for the style. It's not a style that I drink a lot of of, but I could really enjoy a couple glasses of this in the summer when it gets hotter.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL green glass pry-top with BBD End 09-2015.

Appearance: Pours a pale tan with very little white head. Looks like half tea half lemonade. No lacing or spotting on glass. Poured into Moinette goblet.

Nose: Sour peach, lemongrass, tea/lemonade half & half, powdered drink mix, dried reeds.

Palate: Immediately sour. Medium/light bodied with a nice, mostly smooth texture. Flavors of lemon zest, lime juice (with pulp), dried bamboo, pale green tea, lemonatta. Long, tart finish with some earthy lemon white pepper notes.

Notes: A great introduction to what gueuze should taste like. Not the most textured example, but a really tasty beer for the price. Needs food and beginners should prepare themselves for how sour this beer is.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the little things, you know. The golden hair, the smile. Perfect white teeth, like the bubbles on top of this beer... "no, silly, of course not exACTly. they aren't round and oddly shaped, let's have a bit of imagination here." Cloudy, like every day alone, of course, regardless of the weather. Not cloudy enough though, not for the style... it simply doesn't look as DANK as one would expect, if you know what I mean. But it is pretty.
Let it warm, let it warm... always the hardest part, the waiting. There are some notes, not acidic as one would expect, a solid malt sweetness still there, maybe it should have laid down a bit longer? Remember that foam pad you used to have to bite down on at the dentist's office? Solid fluoride. There's that taste and smell in here. It doesn't seem bad in this context, but that's what it is.
Ah, but the flavor does not disappoint. There's a slight metallic, but a strong acid bathes the tongue with lactobacillus and brett. The lactic acid seems to be at the forefront... this certainly needs more time. A light vinegar in there too, and the malt from the nose has all but been overtaken by vinegar-sour... awesome. (I hope this isn't how it ends though, this "sour taste in my mouth"...) And the finish leaves the mouth intensely dry, but with a smile on your face. The most sour and cottonmouth lambic I've had. Amazing.
You'd better be well prepared if you're venturing into this one. Not for the faint of heart, this beer puckers with the best of them. Highly recommended for any sour lover.
"So are you going to actually ask her out?"
"Have to wait a bit. I just met her. And besides, I've broken enough hearts and mine already..."

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up on a rainy night at South Bay.

A: Orange/honey-colored pour with a nice white fluffy cloud head measuring at least 3 fingers tall.
S: A mild "usual" sour smell. A bit earthy, hay and dust like qualities. Soft floral and light citrus.
T: A rich sour quality coats the tongue immediately, but fades out quickly. Faint sour citrus, likened to mild grapefruit, comes to mind.
M: Crisp and light sour. Pucker present up front, but nearly gone at the swallow.
D: An almost sessionable sour. Very good taste and classic presentation. I would find this a nice second or third step into sour beer for those just getting started. Or seasoned sour beer drinkers may find this one as a welcomed change of pace from some of today's extreme sour offering. Overall, a nice beer, but nothing to rant and rave about. Good stuff. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter/goblet.

A = Looks like an apple cider, golden orange hazy liquid with small white head that quickly resolves down into foam covering on perhaps half of the sruface, no real lacing.

S = Sour apples, white pepper, wet grass.

T = Less sour than I was expecting from the smells but nonetheless a nice sour flavor. There are unripe crabapples, fresh cut grass, at the back of the tongue there is a slight flavor of wheat gluten paste and raw tofu. Very well balanced for the style but just a little watery at mid-palate which distract somewhat.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating.

D = This is an easy drinking geueze, could easily drink another of these even with the sour quotient.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5 cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : copper/amber color, with no head.
Smell : tart and sour aromas (typical for a legacy Gueuze)
Taste and mouthfeel : dry and very sour
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style traditional Gueuze.

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -4.4%
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 -3.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +6.4%
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 -16.2%
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 +2.6%
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 -2.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +3.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +17.9%
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 +2.6%
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 -12.3%
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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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,035 ratings
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