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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

tquest, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Schade, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

whartontallboy, Nov 14, 2011
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
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
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
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

bsuedekum, May 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JAHMUR, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

woosterbill, Oct 09, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

illidurit, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Fux
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Fux, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

biernack, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

aasher, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

WillCarrera, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JRod1969, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

sideshowe, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

callmemickey, Aug 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

erbu, Jul 08, 2014
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.