Belle Vue Gueuze Ph. Vandenstock - Brasserie Belle-Vue
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4.28/5 rDev +28.1%
10/02/2011 750ml bottle 1981 Vintage served in a Cantillon Tumbler. I let this bottle settle for several weeks before opening.
Let me start out by saying I was 5 when this beer was bottled!
This is by FAR the oldest Gueuze I've had. I've tasted a 1997 Cantillon Gueuze & it was too oxidized & musty (still amazing) A huge thanks to a gentleman in Geel, Belgium for finding this in the back of a basement.
Appearance: Corked 750, no cage, cork rotting on top after removing foil cover, carefully removing the cork a portion of it stayed in the bottle & effected the pour. A few very small fragments of cork ended up in the glass. Crystal clear with the appropriate pour but slightly darker than a typical Gueuze, think ESB color.
Smell: Mildly acidic, some horse blanket, barnyard, and some oxidization in a good way. Smells more like a Flanders Red.
Taste: Is surprisingly tart on the tongue! Acidic, musty & slight lemon juice pucker. No carbonation what-so-ever (duh, 30 yrs old). I get a tobacco aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Flat, but a really nice, dry finish with some lingering funk.
Overall: Amazed at how well this has held up. I honestly had low expectations for this beer. Some age issues that are inevitable but a very enjoyable experience. So glad to have the opportunity to drink this.
10-03-2011 01:39:30 | More by brokenleadedcask
Belle Vue Gueuze Ph. Vandenstock from Brasserie Belle-Vue
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