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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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BA SCORE
92
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 39
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating #1,500, 750 ml corked and caged bottle thanks to Yves, thanks a lot for the opportunity to try this beer, 1999 vintage, poured into my Belle-Vue flute glass tonight, color is a golden orange but there is a good amount of amber as well once you get lower down into the bottle, lots of tiny bubbles showing a good amount of carbonation after ten years in the cellar, about an inch of white bubbly head for the first few pours, had about five small glasses of this throughout the night, decent retention for its style, no lacing but some decent legs, not much sediment in the beer either, was very careful to keep the yeast at the bottom of the glass, the aroma consists of oak, berries, grapes, very similar to wine in that respect, also some grapefruit and tangerine providing a nice citric scent, light phenolics, lots of Brettanomyces, horse blanket, cereal, pineapple, and massive funk, flavor starts off with a huge sour bite, tart citric acid and raspberries are what hit me first, mellows out a bit through the middle and tart begins to fade into a dryness represented well in the finish, grapefruit lingers in the aftertaste, stuff was pretty acidic and it was more enjoyable once the carbonation settled down and it warmed up a bit, also became more complex with that, remains tart twenty minutes later but now has a bucnh more oak ion the finish, somehow this beer stays light and refreshing all the way through while being incredibly sour, did not think the funk that was in the noise really came out in the flavor, byt the end there was a large amount of lactic acid mixed with tangerines and various citrus flavors, became quite fruity for a gueuze as time went by, it has a nice grainy background that is neutral and allows the tart to bounce off of it and keep it very drinkable, loved the acidic flavors in this mixed with the dry finish, light sweetness also added another dimension to this beer and the grapes and plums really worked well with the wild yeast, tart, fruity, dry, light, sour, and prickly mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft to medium level of carbonation, tiny bubbles at first but they go away rather quickly while drinking it, taste lingers a long time and I am thankful for that, allowed me to enjoy this bottle over a three hour period of time, this stuff is very easy to drink and at just above five percent it is fairly light, no alcohol in the flavor at all, crisp and inviting, stuff is almost quenching and that is saying a whole lot about a beer when it is this tarty, could have drank more and I took down twnety-five ounces with ease, I was selfish this time around after only having an ounce or two when sharing one of my other bottles at a tasting a while back, fantastic drinkability for a simply awesome beer, I must say that I tried a sample of this a few months back and it did not blow me away but this time around it definitely did, one of the best gueuzes period, it is a shame this stuff is no longer made, ten years old and dynamic as can be, wish I had another bottle to cellar even longer, this brew is expensive nowadays but worth every penny, highly recommended, even it takes trading a lot for it

Floydster, Sep 26, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1992 vintage. Cellared for about 17 years.

A: Orange color, very hazy, with a small off-white head that leaves small lacings.

S: A very funky smell - horse blanket, blue cheese, dirty socks, mud, you name it. Some acidity beneath the funk. A very round smell and surprisingly appetizing. Citric notes and hints of wood.

T: The taste is tart and very funky. Barnyard, mold, horse blanket and pungent cheese is almost overpowering at first. Some cleaner bretty flavors as well. But a punch of acidity breaks it all up and paves the way for some pleasant but muted aromas of lemons, oranges and peaches. Notes of wood and grass. Very complex and nicely layered. The finish is tart and very dry with long lasting notes of wood and fruit. Very round and well composed. A truly interesting and delightful taste.

M: Medium body and still quite a lot of carbonation despite all those years in the bottle. Bone dry.

D: A work of art. One of the best lambics I've come across.

ricke, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Soonami, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

hooliganlife, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

nickd717, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 1999 bottle.

Appearance - No head. Hazy orange body.

Smell - Cardboard oxidation. Citrus. Acidic. A little funky.

Taste - Starts off with a nice citrus flavor builds it gets very acetic quickly. Woody. Sharp sourness. Very intense. A little bit of pepper.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Very sour.

Overall - One of the most sour beers I've had. I see why people like it, but it's not for me.

Alieniloquium, May 19, 2014
Photo of tquest
5/5  rDev +19.6%

tquest, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.3%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

claaark13, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

emerge077, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

'99 vintage generously shared by Craig, Chad, and Jeff. Thank you, guys.

Hazy orange-amber in the glass. The body is slightly turbid and there's little head from a hard pour. Carbonation is low. It smells of sharp lactic and acetic acid, sour cream, damp wood, musty cellar and apricot. The taste is brutally sour, possibly the most stomach-churning, mouth-puckering beer I've tried; it's like a cocktail of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. The finish is slightly woody, but mostly just aggressively sour and slightly burning. Interesting stuff, a novelty to drink, but lacking subtlety and drinkability.

largadeer, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of spicelab
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

spicelab, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of biernack
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

biernack, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1992 bottling. Calm cloudy golden. Extremely musty and cobwebby nose. Mushroomy oldish cheesy funk. Interesting mustard grain peaks. All about the yeast at this age, it brings on weird bread moisture and highly woody flavors. Now we’re talking, corky cellar earthiness, obviously complex, but not quite the best to my taste. Lots of apples and peaches nuances, but also dirt and cement. Definitely interesting if a bit chaotic. Highly tart in mouth, in a cider way. Complex apples and lemony acidity rather than dull grapefruit. Long yeasty finish, musty through and through. I love the different levels of acidity in this one, big time citric and lactic, but has those acetic edges as well. Very low carbonation at this point, sharp medium body. Remarkable.

Rastacouere, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to sidpanz for opening up this oldy but goodie. Bottle is from 1999 and is # 06660...
Appears a hazy orange with tiny CO2 bubbles rising to the tip of the faded white cap. Minimal lacing is left around the glass but manages to slide back in to the collar.
Smell is of sweaty sock, tart apples, barnyard funk, horseblanket, light oak, and brett.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with highlights of citrus, tart apple, funkadelic wildness that seems to fit nicely with what they were shooting for.
Mouthfeel is sweaty, tart, salty, vinegar, brine, medium bodied. What a nice treat.

weeare138, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

cosmonick, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of hoser
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not from notes drank this August 13th 2008. A gift from JorisP in 2005 and I had to wait for a special occasion to open this gem. A 1992 version and after seeing lambics of this age and older being dumped because they were flat this bottle had a big old pop when the cork was pulled. She had a big fluffy white head and a restrained sourness,the word amazing comes to mind and to think this beer almost got broken by airport staff coming home from Belgium

hoser, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

aasher, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Thorpe429, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of hopdog
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of axilla (thanks!). 1999 vintage. Bottle # 06660.

Poured a dark and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of caramel, brett, musty, leather, citrus, and wood. Tastes of green apples, citrus, wood, and sour lemons. Nice pucker factor.

You have to love a beer that when you lick your lips a minute later, it still makes you pucker! This one was fantastic. Everything I would want in a Gueuze!

Notes from and tasted on 3/23/07.

hopdog, Nov 04, 2008
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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.