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

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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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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to a pint glass

A - rose color with a small amount if white head that dissipates slowly

S - mainly a rich vinegar sour and grape-y smell. Not complex, but certainly not bad.

T - largely follows the smell. Nice medium sour hit with some grape sour. Again, not hugely interesting, but not bad in any way.

M - medium to high crab, a little syrupy.

O - overal , a medium sour. Liked it.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

The beer pours like liquid copper with a nice white head that sits as a half finger’s width above the glass. The beer’s body is murky like swamp water with a great torrent of carbonation constantly flowing to replenish the head. It’s not the most beautiful thing to look at in the glass, but it isn’t the ugliest either. The beer’s lacing is light and splotchy on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells properly funky with a big sweet cherry fruit leather and a touch of musty barnyard. The wheat malts are light here, but surprisingly I can pick up a bit of a cereal breadiness in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes properly acidic with big interplay of sweet funk and sweet cereal malt on the back. The beer begins with acidic sweet water which opens quickly into cherry fruit leather with touches of barnyard before rushing into a finish of thick wheat cereal malts that start syrupy, blending with the cherry flavors before turning dry and powdery. The aftertaste is long, ringing lightly with funk and acid. On the mouth the beer feels medium light in body, and leaves the tongue tingling and a little dry. The beer’s carbonation is high, prickling the tongue nicely, though not as strongly as some gueuze. Overall, this is a tasty beer with some nice complexity, but a bit short of a full gueuze flavor for me. It’s delicious and quite easy to drink, but really mellow on the back of the palate, and the taste of wheat in such strength is surprising for the style. I like this beer, I just don’t think it is quite a gueuze. This beer is worth a try.

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3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very clean and clear light amber, had a nice creamy off white head with nice retention and some light lacing.

The smell is oddly spicy with a definite bit of nutmeg and a touch of sweetness.

The flavor is tart and slightly sour, but has a very traditional wheat beer type of malt quality sneaking through more than most Gueuze's do. More regular beer like and a bit less Gueuze like. Is much sweeter than most as well and I'm also getting the nutmeg in the flavor as well as a bit of oak.

The mouthfeel is light and almost a touch syrupy, not the dry quality that I would expect.

Overall this one is one is just ok.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - translucent and hay-colored with shades of apricot. Fleeting but effervescent head that dissipates into a thin, cream-colored rim around the top of the beer. The thin line of head remains for the rest of my enjoyment of the glass, but very little lacing.

Smell - aroma is reminiscent of chardonnay but less buttery, tart, notes of the wild yeast that makes it distinct. Maybe a hint of wet grass clippings or alfalfa.

Taste - an explosion of citrus fruits, hints of fresh-squeezed lemon, starfruit, even granny smith apple; barnyard funk is subtle. Sourness is pungent and at the forefront, but rounds out into a dry finish. Perhaps some essence of brett as well.

Mouthfeel - pleasant, similar to a nice dry sparkling wine. Lingers just long enough to entice the next sip.

Overall, this is a good representative of the gueuze style and a good substitute for the classic Cantillon gueuze (best of the style, imho), which is much harder to get, at least here in Kansas City. It's also very reasonably priced. I think I'll need to buy a bottle to age and see how it develops. It's very good fresh.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium Honey or maple syrup, slight cloudiness when bottle not agitated, high carbonation, almost no head just an off white fizz of half a finger.

S: Funk, must, sour, fermented apple cider, vinegar. Fermented fruit.

T: Sour!!! Then some funk, fermeted fruit, a pause with a malty yeasty interlude with still sour in the back, then more funk and sour. Sour linger in the mouth.

M: Light to medium body, heavy carbonation.

O: Love it. Would go well with sharp cheese. After first sip I thought I wouldn’t want the whole bottle but its complex, and leaves me wanting more.

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