Belle Vue Gueuze - Brasserie Belle-Vue
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.8/5 rDev +21.4%
"Gueuze Belle Vue". Bottle served into a Belle Vue glass at the Celtic Pub in Bruges. Reviewed from notes taken July 2010.
A: Pours a one finger head of soft thick wonderful cream and great retention. Body colour is a dark gold.
Sm: Sourness, minimal hopping, bacteria. A mild strength but intriguing aroma.
T: Sourness, but not overly so; it's well balanced alongside the full-bodied simple barley foundation. A bit simplistic for the style, but delicious. Great sour bacterial finish. Some yeast notes. Well built and balanced all around.
Mf: smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body. Carbonation and thickness are good.
Dr: Very drinkable for a sour, and of high quality. Well priced even at a bar (at least here in Bruges). I'd have it again.
12-05-2012 19:39:13 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
United Kingdom (England)
2.03/5 rDev -35.1%
Clear gold appearance, little lasting head. Very sweet aroma and on the palate, in fact you could say overly so. Just way too one dimentionally sweet, an easily available gueuze in Belgium, but not one for us beer geeks.
08-08-2002 14:23:41 | More by rastaman
3.33/5 rDev +6.4%
After really liking another gueuze, I gave this one a shot. Not bad per se, just not the same pleasant experience. Decent appearance, with slightly thicker head than it's brethren. Smells of citrus as expected, with a slight paper mill scent thing going on I'm not sure if I quite dig. The flavor was slightly better than I expected, with slight sweetness and citrus, but a bit too much thickness and rotten fruit. The drink was quick and for a second I thought of ordering another just because it went down so good. Overall a decent gueuze, but not a competitor for my wallet in Belgium with so many other finer examples. Restaurant beer.
05-14-2011 03:20:43 | More by Wegomlegging
3.13/5 rDev 0%
Had a bottle at my hotel in Ghent. i found this to be a little similar to Lindeman's Faro in how sweet it was. There's a lot of sugar added by the taste, but there's still a tasty sour - nothing puckering, but pleasant. I'd call this a gueze for beginners.
04-09-2009 11:20:55 | More by tempest
2.68/5 rDev -14.4%
Dark gold body with a fluffy white head. The head did give way to islands of foam in the beer. Aroma was souring musty and damp but a hint of something sweet was mixed in also cork was present. Taste was a brief second of sweetness and then a tart sour flavor came in. The flavor is different yet interesting in its own sort-of-way. Smooth and bitter in the mouth, but hard to drink. This is an interesting style of beer. Overall I couldnt handle too many of this style of beer. Maybe it was this bottle or style but one or the other is not for me.
01-25-2005 01:48:32 | More by Stubbie1
3.25/5 rDev +3.8%
Let me start by saying that I am new to the Lambic/Gueuze world, and so I don't have a lot to compare this to. I bought a bottle of this on my first trip to Belgium last fall and brought it home because I saw a group of locals drinking it at a cafe on the Waterloo battlefield (just south of Brussels) and so I assumed they would know what was good. My thoughts on this one may change as I learn more, but overall I wasn't that impressed.
33cl bottle caged and corked. Opened with a nice gunshot & gunsmoke. Pours a deep golden-yellow with some brown (from yeast?), generally lighter than the Mort Subite (my main point of comparison). I couldn't see any yeast in the bottle, so I'm not sure if the coloration was caused by it or not. Fairly clear, with a small (1/2" head) and a steady but light carbonation. Aroma holds the sour of lambics and a slight mustiness/earthiness. Flavor slightly sour and slightly earthy, with a distinctively sweeter, grape/pear/apricot flavor profile that really describes this better than the sourness. Mouthfeel is relatively rich and creamy, which makes this more easily drinkable.
This was an ok beer, and in comparison to Mort Subite, I really prefer the latter (even though it took me a while to appreciate it). But as I understand the style, this was too sweet for what it is supposed to be.
07-09-2004 14:29:39 | More by Dukeofearl
3.1/5 rDev -1%
Lambic is a style that Ive had to try many times and in many varieties before I realized and attained a true appreciation of their unique qualities.
The color a dark yellow or amber with a modest and semi-creamy head, the color off white with a filmy sheet of lace to seal off the glass. The aroma of ripe fruit like pears and apples with a citrus like semi-sweetness makes up the nose, start has a mild semi-tartness leading to a light to medium top. The finish is austere in its acidity with a pleasantly dry and spicy aftertaste, a decent Lambic, but there are many better.
11-02-2003 15:13:55 | More by Gusler
3.18/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance: A big fluffy head sitting on top of a golden body. The head doesn't last for long though and the lacing is minimal.
Smell: The aroma is grainy, fruity with some strange earthiness. (yeast?) Sour and sweet at the same time. Quite lame, and not very intresting.
Taste: Starts with unusual sweet grainy, fruity flavours. Some "lambicy" tastes, slightly tart, but not tart enough. Some hoppy pilsner bitterness and some skunky woody flavours near the end.
Mouthfeel & Drinkabililty: Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, good carbonation. The drinkability is okay in my opnion; the beer's blendness makes it easy to 'knock back' if you're thirsty.
Conclusion: As an alternative to a lager, this is certainly not too bad. It tastes a little more intresting than your average pint, it is thirst-quenching and relatively drinkable. As a Geueze though, it is very poor. Way too sweet and timid for a proper one.
03-05-2005 10:07:14 | More by Paddez
2.95/5 rDev -5.8%
Acidity in the nose but not transcendent because there also collects cardboard odors. The taste is slightly sweet, which is a good point in relation to commercial gueuzes often sickening glucose. However, it lacks relief, tannins and acidity are nonexistent unfortunately unconvincing. Only the finish is slightly tart but far from it to crown a great lambic.
02-12-2011 21:15:25 | More by ThaCreep
3.75/5 rDev +19.8%
Pours brownish-orange, with raisin and brown sugar on the nose along with some sourness. The palate shows gentle fruit, malt, and semi-spicy flavors. It's good, but there's just not too much going on here. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and for that matter so is the drinkability. It's suspiciously easy-- maybe even not challenging enough for a Gueuze. Now isn't that a masochistic thing to say?
03-20-2006 03:19:46 | More by VoodooBrew
3.53/5 rDev +12.8%
lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. xmarcnolanx contributed this one. thanks marc!
375ml corked bottle. vintage 1979.
pours hazy light brown. no sign of head or lace.
aroma is good. slightly sweet fruit. sherry. whole wheat bread and cracker. grain. leather. bit of cardboard. malt vinegar coming through a bit more in the finish.
taste is nice. sweet! brown sugar. caramel. saccarin. leather. earthy and woody. salty mineral character. whole wheat bread and cracker. low alcohol. bit of sourness. low acidity.
mouthfeel is nice. medium body. low carbonation level.
drinkability is okay. this one is just too sweet for me, and feels muddy overall. seems like it needs something - more bitterness, or funk, or acidity - to balance out the sweetness.
02-04-2011 15:17:40 | More by grub
3.35/5 rDev +7%
Pours a crystal clear reddish brown color, with almost no head besides a collar of white bubbles. Smells tart and fruity, slightly earhty, slightly of raisins. Since this is my first gueuze, i really don't have a frame of reference for the style. Taste is sweet and tart, lots of honey and fruit flavors, with a smooth woody flavor that seems to finish out this beer's flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty much flat, but interesting. An ethereal smoothness pervades this beer, making it stand apart, not saying better or worse, but different from every style and beer that I have sampled.
01-31-2005 18:35:03 | More by TastyTaste
Belle Vue Gueuze from Brasserie Belle-Vue
74 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.