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Thursday, May 1, 2014

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition (Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck)

I have a bottle of this gueuze sitting in my cellar, but I couldn't resist a pour of it at Hopleaf. We were there before a fun an informative tour at Koval Distillery, and I was looking for something light and flavorful. A gueuze was a great choice to help me forget the chill in the air!

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This copper-colored brew had a white head made up of tiny bubbles. It had a grassy and sour aroma.

Taste: The sourness was very fruit-sour, like super unripe green apple. It gave me a lemon pucker. The acid cleaned the grain and sweet malty flavors off of my palate. It was a very crisp and refreshing brew. It was like drinking a sweet-tart, and I mean that in the best way possible.

From the menu:
Very tart & authentic classic gueuze—30% wheat, 70% barley—spontaneously fermented, oak-aged to perfection.

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