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

St. Louis Gueuze Fond TraditionSt. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
1,035 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,035 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +2.6%
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%
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 +6.9%
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 -10.3%
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 -6.4%
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 +5.6%
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 -10.8%
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 -6.4%
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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Photo of rastaman
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good lambic, sour, tart and dry as they should be, but it is not too overwhelming and is a little less complicated than the better examples. There standard gueuze was way to sweet, this was nicely dry with some traditional lambic stinkyness and grassy citrus and wood flavours, close to the real thing i think, very appetising.

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