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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue

Belle Vue Sélection LambicBelle Vue Sélection Lambic

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

59 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.08%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Belle-Vue visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-01-2003)
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spicelab

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1992. #15355. Huge thanks to bluebetty for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Zero pop on corking. Absurdly murky orange-brown with nil carb. Still.

Nose is palpably vinous and tannic, supporting juicy kumquat, sour apricot, lemon, honey and hints of nail-polish phenolics

Moderate acidity and a mellow mustiness form a solid canvas for lashings of chewy blood orange and grapefruit pith. Grows and grows over the course.

Satisfyingly meaty, with a lengthy buzzy acidity before a dry, tight finish.

Still in great nick. Big tannins, plenty of fruit and restrained sourness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:47:28 | More by spicelab
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As of this paralleling golden yellow beer looks really nice in my glass. Crisp comes the noses if you love them and the acetic mess. Touch of honey citrus must get cobwebby basement, vibrant and bright. The flavor is sharp piquant. Sharp Tartness almost stripping my teeth but thank you very well, complex see what I Redonda. whatever, why might be a touch of dental flaws, underwear fruit mostly tart orange and lemon, lemon rind, nice. Overall, what an experience! Thanks for the hookup, Ryan!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:09:49 | More by BucketBoy
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1999 vintage shared BucketBoy. Thanks Joe!

The beer is golden with a small white head. The aroma offers well water, mineral, funky citrus, musty basement. The flavor is brash and aggressive. Incredibly acetic and forward. Wow. What a bold and complex beer. A lambic that stands apart. Palate coating and sharp acetic finish. Lingering tartness and pucker. So good. A rare delicacy for the lambic connoisseur. I'm so glad I have a few more ounces to savor. Highly recommended. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 04:36:59 | More by Huhzubendah
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.1/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Huge thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this share. Had at Torst bar. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a oversize flute. 1999 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Cork ejects with little pop. Beer pours near still. No carbonation, no head, no nothing. Oily legs with a nice, clear orange color. This one's really showing its age.

Nose is robust vinegar notes with a slight hint of oakiness and some cobwebs and dry hay. Just a touch of cheesiness too. A bit overwhelming on the tartness.

Opens tart and acidic vinegar. I feel like its burning a hole in my stomach. As I take a couple more sips, my palate adapts to the extreme acidity and tartness. Some sweet lemon and hay notes appear along with a wet woodiness in the back. Tart, acidic finish with a dry, puckering aftertaste. Again, this is a bit past its peak.

Light to medium bodied with little to no carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Finishes messy with a sticky, filmy, lingering aftertaste. Not bad actually, but I'm in the minority I think in prefering my gueuze a bit flat.

What was once a very solid gueuze has progressed over the hill here and it really shows. Almost no carbonation and even less life in the flavor and body. The beer is still not bad but at this point, its slowly turning to vinegar. No longer worth the trouble of pursuing in my opinion. Even though I'm honored to have had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 15:37:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to sean

1999 vintage

pour was a murky old dull golden orange. very little head.

very sour apple, old damp basement, and a hint of grandma. very strong.

stupid sour. very strong apple and grape and deep oak and funk. very musty and old. low acidic but strong sour.

saliva extracting sour, like cheeks sucking in and mouth closing up. mild carbonation.

REALLY good.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 14:17:42 | More by hooliganlife
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HopHead84

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/27/2012

1999 vintage. Thanks to Anthony for opening this. Had this once before but was in no state to give it a proper review.

A: Hazy dark orange with a small fast fading head.

S: Strong acetic presence with acetone and firm lactic notes. Slightly cheesy with earth, apple, and leather. There's a little acetone in there as well.

T: Very tart with lots of acetic and citric acid. Some yogurt-like lactic notes. A bit of orange and lemon. Salty, earthy, leathery. Lots of vinegar. Tart and somewhat rough biting burning acetic finish.

M: Lower medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: Intense on many acidic fronts. Not super enjoyable and certainly not balanced in any way, but worth trying. Definitely an experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 18:17:28 | More by HopHead84
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml of the 1999 vintage, courtesy of CStromberg57, poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with good friends at a ridiculous Lambic tasting.

A: Clear pale amber that's carbonated - very lightly, but carbonated nevertheless. Always a good sign with a very old bottle.

S: Must old basement on top of remarkably intense acidity. Sour lemon and green apple. Incredible.

T: More purely sour and fruity here, with incredibly intense acidity behind lemon and tangerine. The sour, musty, slightly acetic finish lasts seemingly forever. Unbelievably flavorful - possibly the most intense beer I've ever tasted.

M: Highly frothy, prickly, and substantial. Amazingly lively for its age and head-less appearance.

O: This one deserves the reputation - it's insane, and insanely good. If you can afford the tariff, pick up a bottle from In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst - it's an unforgettable Lambic.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:36:36 | More by woosterbill
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illidurit

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Pours a hazy orange-gold with little carbonation. Dusty cobwebby aroma, straw, barnyard, musty acidic citric. Gorgeous complex flavor with lactic fruitiness, lemons, light stone fruit, berries, acetic accents. Very smooth and mellow with lots going on. An absolute delight and one of my favorite beers of the day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 05:32:15 | More by illidurit
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womencantsail

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 1989 vintage. Pours a hazed golden orange color with a small white head. A definite cork aroma, but not really detrimental. Quite lactic with a pleasant funky quality. Lots of grass and green apple skins, musty as well. Lactic tartness is evident, but there is a mild vinegar note. Surprising amounts of oak with some mild cork flavors. Quite a bit of lemon, grass, and apple. Overall, a nice (old) gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:25:09 | More by womencantsail
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Fux

France

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1999 vintage at De Heeren van Liedekercke

A: Copper orange. Thin foam which disappears quickly.

S: Very sour nose, citruses and vinegar acidity. Fruity (orange, tangerine), orange peel. A bit dusty.

T: The mouth is also very sour, vinous, fruity (apple, citruses, yellow fruits), orange peel, light oakiness. No sign of oxidation at all. Lingering acidity on the aftertaste.

M: The puckering acidity is balanced by the relatively low carbonation.

O: Expressive, quite powerful and tasty beer. But very refreshing and easy to drink. One of the best gueuzes I've drunk.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 21:57:24 | More by Fux
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kramer for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting. 1999 bottle.

A - Pours golden orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to little to nothing, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of strong vinegar acidity, light barnyard funk, citric fruits, sour apples and quite a bit of earthy oak tannins. I can already tell this one is going to be one sour beer...

T - Starts off with what can only be described as pure acidity that threatens to melt the enamel off my teeth. Once the acidity dies down a bit you get hints of citric fruits, light funk and even more vinegar acidity. Finish is bone dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The pucker was INTENSE, it feels like it burned a hole in my stomach, leaving the pallet bone dry long after consumption.

O - This is easily one of the most sour beers I have ever had. Even with all of the acidity this one was still really interesting to finally try. For being this old I was pretty impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:29:20 | More by orangesol
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1989 vintage. Poured apple cider orange with a small head. Nose is juicy, fermented apple, lightly sweet, a dash of malt, of course citrus acids and some dry earthy tones. Flavor is a pleasant sweet and sour montage, sweeter and more malty than most traditional lambic blends, with some good fermented apple, citrus, dry oak. Sour but not puckering, and not overly acidic, pretty soft feel overall. Has held up very well over the years.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:44:17 | More by JAXSON
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at foofaa's enjoyed chilled from a cervoise thanks to Kramer.

The color is golden with lightly hazed clarity and quick dropping white cap which falls to a ring. The smell is pretty balsamic with intense vinous and light woody odors with slight vinegar tinge -nice if you like that sort of thing. I think the best part of this was the feel with the intense puckering and super sour tinges with dry astringent and not quite sweet feel with the sour intensity lasting long in the finish with lots of acidity.

The flvor has a big juicy taste with vinegar flavor that is sweet and sour with acidic impression on the palate. The flavor has a lemony tartness and mild grapefruit rind with a subtle funky and very oaky note. The tannin is smooth and there is gentle herbal qualiity from the wood too with light sour continuing into the finish. The overall drinkability is high for me, I like the way this held up from '99, the juicy sour elements give a complex drink to chew on and it borders on salad dressing it is so acetic.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 19:10:53 | More by Slatetank
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like many of the reviewers before me, this is the 1999 vintage shared at a recent tasting care of Kramer. Thanks again man. 750ml corked and caged bottle that opens without much excitement. Poured into a sample glass, it appears a clear orange color that looks nearly still. Some spots of lace make their way on the glass and a light swirl hardly releases a couple bubbles.

The smell is mildly reminescent of nail polish remover mixed with vinegar and apples gone apeshit. By apples gone apeshit I mean it's like apples but it's not. Maybe faintly of apple skin, but not quite when mixed with the other characteristics. Some lemony lactic notes emerge as it warms.

The taste is quite sharp. In fact, of the many brew's tasted on this fine evening, this one left the most acidic impact on me. The flavor includes vinegar and mild fruits intertwined like apple and pear skins. Some lemon and funk are evident as it warms but the mild vinegar is a large contributor to most of the profile.

This is a medium bodies brew with a low, yet acceptably enjoyable of carbonation. Very tart to acidic that is prickly on the tongue that makes for an overall big salivation factor about it. In a way, this beer sort of had a Flanders aspect about it that I wasnt crazy about but for being ~13 years old it was unique and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 18:39:03 | More by stakem
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to callmemickey for sharing this at the Philly Suburbs BA meet up.

This is a 1999 vintage bottle.

This beer is a very hazy straw yellow with just a ghost of lacing. This beer is explosively sour, tart, with a little vinegar. It's got a bit of metallic and plastic-y phenols. This beer reminded me a lot of DDG, which I had at the same taste if only because of the high amounts of acetic character in both beers. This beer though is much better with more bitter orange and lemon sip. I enjoyed this beer and it held up really well for a 12 year old beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:57:20 | More by Soonami
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage

A: Medium straw-orange body. Small white cap. Slowly receded. Thin streaks of lacing.

S: Deep, musty tartness with lemon and orange fruit notes shining through what is other wise fairly earthy.

T: Really tart. Like grow hair on your chest tart. Nice interplay between the fruits and musty oak. I found this to have developed quite the nice complexity over the years. While it is incredibly sour and tart, there is a clearly discernible depth of flavor to this gueuze. Lemon, orange, oak, earthy must, barnyard notes and the slightest hints of salty sweat.

M: While it was incredibly tart, it wasn't what I'd consider to be abrasive. The beer coats the tongue with flavor and slowly fades with a nice lingering citric aftertaste.

O: I savored my glass for damn near an hour. Each sip was enjoyable. I'd give it a 4.75 or so if I could. Regardless, it makes you wonder what Belle-Vue could do now if they gave a real go at producing a quality gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 05:31:41 | More by callmemickey
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this one. 750ml bottle, vintage 1999 into mini-snifter.

A - Pours an orange color, white head, bubbles here and there and some slightly spotty lacing.

S - Super tart/sour, funk, tart fruit, oak. The tart/sour notes on this one are right up front and in-your-face. After the initial whiff, I can pick up some fruit notes as well with a touch of oak.

T - Very similar to the nose. Huge tartness, funk, fruit, oak. All up front and lip-puckering. Nothing too subtle about this beer, it's just "on" all the time.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, tart dry finish.

O - A very nice gueuze, but not amongst my favorites. That said, it's still enjoyable and memorable. I would have this one again, if offered, no doubt about it. Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 15:51:43 | More by Sean9689
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to callmemickey for sharing this one with me. A bottle of the 1999 vintage. Big time want of mine -- it still is ;) -- that I was stoked to see!

The pour yields the look of a 12-year-old lambic...light carbonation is barely evident against the apricot hued straw colored body of the beer. Got a little yeast in there at the end of the pour, but no big deal there.

The aroma is an intensely funky bouquet surprisingly devoid of any acidity whatsoever. Stinky feet and horseblanket, mushrooms, dank forest floor, and earthy dry finishing notes. The flavor is almost a complete 180. What a surprise. A clean and crisp lactic sourness brings on citric notes of lemon zest, while the palate opens up this Geuze to reveal a hint of brine, stone fruits and a puckering dry finish. Not even a hint of acetic sourness, which is great to see after 12 years.

Clean, crisp, puckeringly sour, but also insanely funky in the nose, this beer is phenomenal. Definitely worth a try, and I will definitely be trying to get my hands on this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:13:00 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 vintage opened with Habmike, SpencerDB and Kkipple (DSTK)

Appearance: Brilliant straw-yellow pour with good carbonation

Aroma: Incredibly sour, followed by a light barnyard earthy funk, lemon and oak with a touch of vinegar.

Taste: Again, this beer is incredibly sour - it almost cuts the tongue. Lemon acidity with touches of oak and vinegar. Light, nice dose of mushroom and barnyard funk. Outside of being acidic it seems the other flavors are a bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation for a beer over 10 years old, a bit prickly.

Overall: Tasty, but the acidity dominates.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:28:43 | More by craytonic
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nickd717

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Todd from FiftyFifty for opening this rare awesomeness.

Pours a very clear copper color with a very small off-white head, just bubbles really.

Very intense barnyard funk aroma, hard to describe but damn good. Really nice oakiness.

Great flavor as well, awesome funk and tartness, extremely well-balanced with loads of oak and great wild complexity. Extremely sour.

Medium body with huge acidity and almost no carbonation.

Really impressive stuff. Thanks a lot, Todd, this is incredible. Pretty funny that this is apparently an InBev beer! It sure is no BMC.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 17:02:30 | More by nickd717
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. xmarcnolanx contributed this one. thanks marc!

750ml corked bottle. vintage 1999.

pours hazy golden brown. no sign of head or lace.

aroma is great. malt and cider vinegar. horse blanket and leather. white bread and cracker. alcohol. lemon and orange.

taste is good. sour! malt and cider vinegar. horse blanket and leather. white bread and cracker. lemon and orange. low bitterness level. good complexity to the sourness.

mouthfeel is good. medium body wiht a nice dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. alcohol is balanced well, but it the sourness is slightly overdone.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 15:18:25 | More by grub
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 1999 vintage. Pours a hazed orange rust color with a slight white head, very minimal carbonation. The aroma is fairly minimal with some notes of acetone, lemon zest citrus, with some additional sour fruit notes. Light mouthfeel. The taste is really pretty tart, mouth puckering sour. Nice notes of lemon zest, oak, earth, along with some some acetone. Ends pretty dryly. Really glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 13:39:53 | More by kbutler1
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #900! Thanks to eyebrews for helping me procure this one. Bottle #05063 of the 1999 vintage. Shared at Matt's lambic throwdown and served in a Goose Island Matilda glass.

A - Pours with a few wisps of carbonation that quickly settle to an incomplete ring. Hazy peach juice color. Looks oddly like Yellow Bus. I'd think this was unblended lambic if it didn't say Gueuze on the label.

S - Sour! Insane, nostril-singing acidity. White wine vinegar, acetobacter, lemon, and light nail polish remover. There's some light funkiness and tart apple character as well.

T - Sweet Jesus this is sour - verging on barbaric levels. Sharp, intense sourness - sour apples, sour berries, sour grapes, sour sourness. Just hugely acetic, but somehow strangely compelling and somewhat addictive.

M - Super dry, extremely low carbonation, medium body, burns a hole in my stomach.

D - Considering how ridiculous this is, I continued to reach for my glass throughout the night and was sad to see the bottle empty on the counter, even with my innards melting at the same time. Still, I don't think this is the sort of gueuze I could share with my wife and expect to finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:20:22 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Alex for sharing this 99 vintage bottle!
The blend is said to contain old stocks from Brouwerij De Neve, which closed in 1992.

Spotty lace around the edges of the glass, with ghostly wisps of skim across the top. I can see through the glass but its slighty hazy. Cork popped weakly, but there was visible carbonation.

Sharp acetic nose, tart crabapple and lemon with a deceptive soft cotton candy sweetness in the back. White wine vinegar traces.

Fruit is dominant, coupled with a caving acetic sourness that you acclimate to after the first few sips. Holding it on the tongue I notice some grape and more crabapple flavors. Definitely acetic, which some view as a flaw in traditional lambic, but here may be a sign of age. The vinegar element isn't unpleasant though, and is unique in this case, though it seems to drown out any complexity it may have had. Fairly mellow, the sharp sourness keeps this one a sipper.

Not for the faint of heart, pack some Tums for this wild ride...

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 01:43:00 | More by emerge077
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

1999 vintage. Virtually still with an clear amber to golden hue. Smells like egg, solvent, musty wood, acid, and brett. I almost smell something like pencil erasers as well. Barely any carbonation which makes it very smooth to drink. The acidity doesn't stick to your throat. Although this is a very sour beer that you can feel travel down to your stomach. Very lactic with a light refreshing wheat malt and strong damp wood/brett. An interesting and impressive gueuze. A bit too sour for it's own good though.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 05:25:08 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
93 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.