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 gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 375ml bottle with code stamp 100120

A- poured a golden amber color with 1/2 finger head a small white collar

S-was some sour fruit with a lemon/vinegar musty smell

T- was tart sour fruit a little leather/musty barnyard funk some wet was all faint

M- was tart and crisp with medium carbonation

D- was good but the sour fruit taste and wet musky taste were faint..this was an ok tasting gueuze for the price..but i would spend a few more $$ for cantillon,3F,or cuvee rene(same price) then this one

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Photo of kbutler1
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Picked up at Dennis Bros. Poured into an Allagash tulip glass a clear apple juice colored orange color with some small floaties making their way around the glass. Slight white head that collars around the glass. Fruity sour aroma in the nose along with some wheat and funk but nothing too major. Light mouthfeel. Not sure how old this is but it has a nice sourness to it that is balancedout with some fruit type sweetness. Some funk kicks in in the middle. Pretty decent drinking beer. Ends with some lingering sweetness.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Nice medium to dark golden color. A little bit darker than expected. Nice white head that holds quite a bit more than most gueuze's.

A little bit of tart and dirt on this one. Dirty lemonade comes to mind.

I immediately can tell this is much sweeter than any other gueuze I've had. Don't mistake, it isn't cloying, but it's a huge difference. The finish is dry and tart despite the slightly sweet finish. That makes a bit of a rough contrast. The tartness in the finish is comparable to some of the best examples of the style; it is a little to sweet to be considered in their company, however. The sweetness probably explains the enhanced head retention.

Nice sparkling mouthfeel. Very appropriate. This is a nice example of the style. If I have a hankering for a sour ale, I won't be disappointed in this one.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky deep gold with light brown. little to no head, light retention.

light funk and light lemon. faint old musty oak. some very light cherry.

very deep flavors. up front, light lemony sourness that quickly fades into some funk and finally a dry musty oak flavor.

light and dry. the oak really provides for a dry finish.

very good stuff, and quite interesting.

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

Bottled June 20th, 2008 - poured from a 375mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Safety orange liquid, decent clarity, with steady lines of bubbles rising to the surface, feeding the curling pillowy cap of old lace foam. Excellent retention and lacing.

Fresh apples, pears, and hints of honey-dew aromatics - surprisingly fruity with the faintest tinge of phenols. A touch of "funk" as well, but way down in the mix.

Lovely sour flavors - crisp meyer lemon, unripe winter fruit - with a blend of white wine and champagne grapes suggested mid-palate. Wheat is hinted at along with very low levels of "horse blanket." Very well balanced between tartness, astringency, and wheat/malt...fruity throughout. Not especially another bottle I'm thinking of aging for several more years before revisiting.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, smooth.

Mellow, slightly subdued, but flavorful gueuze...

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Photo of craytonic
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed straw-golden yellow with a decent frothy head. Some lacing.

Smell: Sour and tart, like apple cider, faint leather and wood, although lacking in crucial must and other aromas (no funk!)

Taste: Sharply and pleasantly sour, faint vinegar behind the tartness (but very faint). Hints of oak. No real funk or other niceties though. Leaves you wanting more in the flavor depatment.

Mouthfeel: Seems a bit thin, light carbonation

Drinkability: I enjoyed trying this one but not my favorite gueuze. Beter than I expected, and thankfully not sweet/fake/etc. Needs more funk and heft! Not Cantillon or 3F but will do in a pinch!

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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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Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 10-01-20.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a great fluffy white head with surprisingly good retention with plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- A drier, almost floral aroma with a deep tart acidic lemon drop aspect. Hints at Brett and a mild hay/straw funk.

(T)- Wow, a seriously good tart and acidic lemon drop sour profile very much like the smell had. Lots and lots of that tart lemon with some white grape and golden delicious apple. Some hints at some Brett, but very subtle on the finish with some dry mildly funk hay.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A potent, but welcomed sour acidic level. Smooth somehow despite it potency. It has a great feel to it.

(D)- I really could drink this one all day if it was not so sour, but I would not mind trying! This is a fantastic Gueuze definitely fitting for when you need that sour fix. Up there with some of the best.

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

Pours a golden color with a medium head and some good lace. The aroma is a bit cidery with some barnyard aroma and a good bit of sweat. The flavor is very dry and very sour with a little cider note slipping in and a spiciness that I am not accustomed to in Gueuze, but I like it quite a bit.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and light straw/golden color with a thin layer of foam that recedes quickly.

Even as I pour I get a whiff of lemon and cider. The nose is comprised of tart citrus, funky barnyard and earth, light floral/fruit notes and some acidic/sour aromas.

Taste is tart, through and through, beginning with lemon and peach with some apple cider notes. There are hints of sweetness and a bit of tart wheat flavor pokes through all the funk and sourness. The finish is dry, sour and lemony with lingering fruit and funk on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with plenty of prickly carbonation and a mouth-coating sour sensation.

Overall this is a light and refreshing beer with a nice complexity and a hint of sweetness to balance all the sourness. I would drink this again.

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Photo of goldbot
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Rustico in Arlington, VA. Served in a tulip glass.

Nut brown color; cloudy throughout. No head or lacing, appears mostly flat. Fruity aroma of apple, raisins and a hint of dark cherry; earthy and powerful nose. Flavor of raisin and cherry at first with a bit of tartness, turning to an earthy, heavy-bodied taste with a bit of funk underlying the rest. Finishes quite sour with a mouth-puckering, fruity aftertaste. Overall, more fruity and tart than funky or earthy. Still a nice, balanced gueuze.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy dark gold with a white bubbly skim ring down the glass. No lace.

Tart aromas, acidic notes, but not fruit-like nor vinegar like. Dusty grain, yeast.

First part of the sip is tart and acidic on the tongue, clearing to a quick bitter flavor with husk and a mild malt/grain tart and bitter finish. Finishes clean. Yeast is there as well, but not so much up front.

Lighter bodied due to good active carbonation.

Overall, these are only so drinkable. Well balanced and tasty for the style.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy goldeny yellow with a finger and a half of very bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing down the glass. Smells nice and tart, with lemon and lime citrus. Very appealing aroma. Just a bit of funk.

Taste is nice as well, but the funk that was slightly noticeable in the aroma isn't there. Medium sour, with some lemon and lime citrus. Nice and light bodied. High carbonation that is nice for the style. Solid brew, very enjoyable.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. on tap at Toronado.

Golden with a bit of red, slight carbonation. Sour all the way through. Sour fruit nose. Good acidity up front with a bit of bite. Acidity mild, but noticeable. Tart middle and finish. Light mouthfeel. Very drinkable, the balance between the tartness and fruitiness make this a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of g00dness
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle from City Beer Store carefully poured into a logo pint. Tiny bubbles throughout a clear light brown beer produce a good look.

Nose was weak and smelled of lime peel, bitter melon and a bit of locker room floor funk.

Taste was lip-puckeringly sour on the first few sips, once I adjusted I noticed lots of funk in the front. Like most good sours, this had a smooth and dry finish. There were some some barrel and malt flavors in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel was really nice with those champagne style tiny bubbles.

Drinkability was slowed down by the sheer sourness of the beer, although I'm sure a sour fan could put this one away without any major difficulties.

Overall, I'm not surprised that my best friend has been getting heavily into this style of beer lately, but I think I'll stick with my IPAs, ryes and saisons.

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

Thanks to the guys at The Best Damn Beer Store in SD for hooking this bottle up a few months ago.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with an off white head

S - Has a very tart fruity nose

T - Follows the nose very tart and sour fruit flavor

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - I really enjoyed this beer if this was something that was easier to get I be drinking this semi regularly this beer is worth finding to try

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, cloudy dirty orange. Very small lingering head and miniscule lacing.

Strong funk, orange peel, lemon; citrusy and sweet.

Taste is lighter than the pungent smell, yeasty, medium sour.

Strong carbonation, light mouthfeel. Champagne-esque.

Solid gueuze. sharp on the tongue and interesting.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Hazy straw colored body. Thin creamy white head. Spotty, sudsy lacing.

S: Mellow lemon, hay and green grapes. Not particularly dynamic, but quite pleasant.

T: Pleasant. Thats probably the best way to describe the flavor. This is a very mellow, unoffensive gueuze. Nice sour lemon, hay and green grapes. Doesn't have much in the way of funk.

M: Medium bodied. Gentle rolling carbonation. Light sour finish.

D: A thorough pleasant gueuze. Certainly doesn't have the complexity and depth of the better gueuzes, but there are no off flavors or characteristics that might make a beer unenjoyable.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.46/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'll be honest - it's my first Lambic. I knew to expect sour but the tastes in this were odd.

Poured a hazy tan with a big head which died down pretty quickly. Personally I don't taste the sour lemon or other fruit flavors other reviewers stated. Instead what the smell and taste both remind me of is way undercooked hamburger. Seriously. I don't doubt this is probably an excellent example of a Gueuze Lambic, but it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of dzni
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with slight head - beautiful color, like a dark fall cider
S - Lemon, grapefruit, and cider dominate the nose.
T - Super sour lemon up front , apple cider
M - Very low carbonation, medium-bodied, but silky smooth
D - Very refreshing and drinkable, and quite refreshing if sours are your thing. Other than the cider, though, there's nothing in the smell or taste to make this stand out as any other than a good, classic lambic.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i must say the balanced quality of this gueze was exceptional. a darker pour of cloudy orange. some nice head that stuck around for a bit. this was a milder sour gueze. a nice sour backed with oak that gives it an earthy blend. earth is backed wtih a pollen floral and a honey mild. that isn't over powering sweet but mellowing. very nice dimension. great form.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very, very light haze in this amber hued geuze. Had a fizzy half finger head that dissolved into a white skin along the top.

S - Nice tart smell along with some nice yeasty funkyness. Solid.

T - Really nice and tart! Picking up on an almost granny smith apple like tartness/sourness.

M - The expected amount of carbonation for this style. Wow, this has a very, very deliciously dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. As a fan of sourness the pleasant dryness of this geueze leaves me craving the next sip.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle poured into Allagash Chalice.

A: Pours a rich gold with a delicate, head that quickly dies down to a ring around the glass. Zero lacing.

S: I always have a hard time with gueuze smells. Tart apple, lemon, grassy etc. Very nice, but one-note.

T: Wow. Not nearly as tart as I had expected. More of the same, especially the apple. This tastes great.

M: Typical for the style; slightly moderate carbonation, nice and thin. Goes down easy.

D: With a low ABV (5%) and not nearly as much acidity as Cantillon's classic gueuze, I could easily drink three or four bottles of this if it were less expensive. For a gueuze, the drinkability is exceptional.

A very nice surprise.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 080620

A: slight cloudy, light-brown, orange color
S: medium nose, a bit of funk but not overpowering or too acetic acid
T: not bad, a bit of acetic acid bite in the back of the mouth, refreshing light but not OTT with brett and sourness, good starter gueuze for new-comers, well-made
M: good mouthfeel, spritzy, pucker factor on back of mouth
D: highly drinkable, especially for the ABV

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Photo of benclimbs
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a really, really nice geuze which borders on being almost too sour (for my tastes).

pours light yellow hazy with no head and a little lacing and some champagne bubbles.

smell is all yeasty amazingness - a little spice, some herbal, lemony, grapefruity.

taste is just straight up sour, lemons, some ginger, and grapefruit...and then earthy, woody mixed with more lemonade - then at the end, boom super dry finish - the way it should be, leaving your mouth puckering and wanting more.

almost too sour, so can't have a super high drinkability, but its a very nice example of the style.

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