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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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.

Added by rastaman on 08-03-2002

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11 July 2006

Pours a mostly clear light copper with only a half finger of off-white head. Relatively subtle aroma is comprised of lemon and light funk. Definitely not the most complex aroma, but pleasant enough. Similarly, the taste is somewhat light and very refreshing, with lemon again leading the way, along with some very mild funk. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very refreshing gueuze, though nowhere near the complexity of the better blends. Still, I would have this again when in the mood for a lighter version of the style, and the price point is good as well.

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Poured from a 12.7oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. First ever time having a gueuze, so I'm excited. Bought in Missoula for $6.99. Brewed April 26, 2012.

A- One-finger white head with active carbonation and large bubbles. Retention is relatively low considering how active this head is. Hazy orange color that light scatters while coming through. Wild looking beer.

S- The first thing that jumps out with this beer is the wild notes. It has sourness and a distinct vinous aroma as well. Red wine, tartness, tannins, and limes. Citrusy but in a dark, sour way. Very interesting aroma on this beer.

T- A dry sort of sourness. Tart without being overly acidic. Clean flavors with a smidgen of leaveover at the end. On second taste, even tarter than before. I love myself some sour beers too, but altogether not as complex as the aroma.

M- Dry on first taste that cascades into a wetter feeling beer on the outside of the mouth before finishing dryly. Very unusual.

O- I'm glad I got to try this beer, thanks to the bottle shop I scored it in down in Missoula. Good all around, but I'm sure Cantillon has better examples of the style.

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A- pours golden with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S- lemon, slightly sour smell, with a bit of grass and funk.

T- sour, with a a bit of grapes , lemon, and vinegar.

M- medium syrupy body, dry finish medium carbonation.

O- good for the style although not great.

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,043 ratings