Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue
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Reviews by JAXSON:
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
01-22-2012 19:44:17 | More by JAXSON
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4.8/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
10-18-2009 22:03:41 | More by ricke
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
08-27-2011 21:57:20 | More by Soonami
3.1/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
03-11-2013 15:37:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
HUGE thanks to sean
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.
12-09-2012 14:17:42 | More by hooliganlife
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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.
02-18-2011 17:02:30 | More by nickd717
3.49/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
05-18-2014 23:32:28 | More by Alieniloquium
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
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...
09-26-2010 01:43:00 | More by emerge077
3.55/5 rDev -15.1%
'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.
02-17-2010 01:20:33 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-14-2013 04:47:28 | More by spicelab
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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.
07-04-2011 03:13:00 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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 were 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.
09-12-2005 01:35:37 | More by Rastacouere
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-03-2007 16:52:19 | More by weeare138
3.63/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
07-07-2010 05:25:08 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
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
08-16-2008 04:13:37 | More by hoser
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
02-04-2011 15:18:25 | More by grub
4.93/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
11-04-2008 12:23:44 | More by hopdog
Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.