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

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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

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Ratings:
1,028
Reviews:
346
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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20
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112
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of EthenWithAnE
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a green bottle, however I didn't notice any particular light struck aromas/flavors with this sample. Some sediment at the bottom, I poured gently to avoid (my preference).

Aroma - Moderately high malt sweetness, smells of cherries. No hop aroma detected which is ok for style. Malt balanced well with a moderately low musty, barnyard aroma. No alcohol, dms or diacetyl detected.

Appearance - Golden hue. Excellent clarity. Intense frothy white foam upon pour but recedes quickly, unfortunately uncharacteristic of the style. Possibly due to the amount of acidity.

Flavor - Moderately low malt sweetness characterized by cherries; no hop bitterness or flavor (ok for style). Malt balanced instead with moderately high lactic acid yeast character. Finishes very dry. No dms or diacetyl detected; no alcohol presence. Lacks a bit of the barnyard, horse blanket character typical of the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium light bodied with high, very spritzy carbonation. Scrubs the palate nicely. Not warm, nor creamy, but sharp with a high tartness and puckering sensation without being harsh or astringent.

Overall - A very complex and refreshing beer. The balance between malt character and yeast derived aroma/flavor works wonderfully and gives the beer dual purpose as both an afternoon thirst quencher and a mealtime accompaniment. RE: lack of musty, barnyard character - Possibly blend with more of the older, more developed lambic to pronounce the earthy character of the Senne River Valley. Otherwise, a wonderful gueuze.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head but excellent lacing on my out on a slightly hazy golden with orange hue body. Flavor is very fruity, somewhat spicey with hints if grain and club soda. Flavor has a nice tart and sour citrus throughout with a wild and funky presence and nice yeast flavoring. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Definitely sharper and more flavorful than others I have had in the style. Excellent wild and sour presence.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/26/12. Poured into a chalice

A - Poured a dark gold/amber, slightly cloudy (cause I poured the sediment) with a white rocky half-finger head which quickly disipates. Well carbonated. Minimal lacing.

S - Yeasty, slightly sour, lemon, some sweetness.

T - Medium citric sour and lactic

MF - Bright, fizzy, a little fiz into my nose.

O - Refreshing in the only way a sour can, a little like a shanty.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gibonow
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was crisp and tart, and had the perfect amount of carbonation. I noticed a high amount of floating yeast but this does not bother me- it is unfiltered after all. Enjoyed super cold from a tulip glass. Overall, this is an above average sour at a reasonable price. Paid $9.00 for 12.7 oz.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

draft at Busy Bee

a: served in a branded st. louis flute, the gueuze is a hazy golden-straw in color, with a light, wispy bone-white head

s: clean malt body, some yeasty aromas with lots of funky wild stuff - wet hay and barnyard, dried grass, lemon peel, very nice

m: carbonation lively but delicate, lighter in body

t: a simple malt base - pils maybe - sets a structure for the bacterial tartness to push through, really shines after the swallow with lots of rustic wild flavors and a pungent refreshing sour, lemony

o: a very nice gueuze, complex bacterial character really makes this one

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3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 green bottle poured clear, pale amber with an excellent, modest-size, off-white head.
The aromas was funky and not appealing but did smell more or less as expected for style.
Taste; nicely tart; a pucking sour, fruity taste that's lightly bitter and leaves an aftertaste that's wuite sour.
M: medium-light body with good medium-light carbonation; tart.
O: extra tart and dry with limited funk (excepting the nose).

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St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,028 ratings.
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