liamt07 wrote:Yeah! There aren't any 100's in this style!
Because real gueuze is a relatively rare style (and thus there are not a large number of examples that exist), there will be a very small number of 100 style ratings, as opposed to something like an IPA or an imperial stout. This will also give very good gueuzes a relatively low style rating, independent of how good they actually taste. Might be useful to look at anything in the style > 80 style rating.
Nonetheless, a 32 rating for style isn't good at all. And this beer ain't great either.
Or else they are all very good, and the best ones are just those over the 67th percentile. You've just made either argument. Personally I think Fond Tradition is glorified duck's piss but I hope other people will like it. I did like regular Belle Vue Gueuze even though I was aware it was an 'adulterated' simple commercial style, it had some balanced non-sticky sweetness, a complex tartness that wasn't a trainwreck of off-flavors and vinegar, and all kinds of nice funky cellar nuances enjoyable for the non-sourheads (that's me.) It was a great food pairing beer and I drank cases of it around 1999.
Come to think I haven't even TRIED the bottles of Drei Fonteinen I bought a year or two ago. I sort of expect it will taste like more refined duck piss... however I remain open-minded as my palate will tolerate. That's the adventure in it all.