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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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BA SCORE
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 39
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-01-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 41
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2.31/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Notes from the 20/09/2003 "de Lambikstoempers" tasting event...

Appearance: copperish, straw-colored, hazy, foam is low to none (just a skimpy crown)

Aroma: acetone (strange!), yoghurty lactic twang, horsey

Flavor: very sour!, pears, burnt rubber (sulphur), lemony, aftertaste is peachy but also quite harsh with a bit of a burning sensation

Mouthfeel: light bodied and a bit "slimy"

Overall Impression: I swear my judgement was not affected by the fact that it was a Belle-Vue product. It was a blind tasting. We tried 10 geuzes in all, this was the second one. Not a good way to start. BelgianBeers was there too, I might add!

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

1999 vintage. Paid more than I care to admit at DHL in August 2014. This was sour and acetic (acetic to a major fault in my opinion). Difficult to finish.

It wasn't the age that did it in my opinion, as I've had many aged beers which oxidize beautifully with hints of sherry and mushrooms. No, this was just solventy.

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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.

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3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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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.

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3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Jointly provided for the epic sour tasting by Craig, Chad, and Jeff. Thanks, guys.

A: Pours a murky goldenrod body, with mild head, short retention, and a final thin collar.

S: It's very funky and earthy in the nose. Slightly acetic. Fruit (apricot, lemon rind, and a general citrus character; I'm tempted to say grapefruit).

T: Tart lemon -- briefly -- before getting into a mildly lactic, but VERY vinegary, flavor. Intensely puckering; my lips could have crushed charcoal into diamonds. It doesn't have that intensely acetic or harsh finishing burn that I would expect from something so acetic, though. There is a lingering sweetness that offsets it nicely. Eventually the aftertaste gives off hints of funk, but not anywhere near what I expected it to be, given how strong it was in the nose.

M: Very acetic. So much so that it hides flavors and suppresses the experience.

D: It was good, but not great. It pushes the limits of how much vinegar I enjoy in a beer. And it's not as delicate or nuanced as the other beers at the tasting.

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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Chad(cpferris) for finding the hook up for this one so we could buy it for our epic sour tasting.

Pours Avery murky dark brownish yellow with some slight ripe banana hues and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Very funky earthy aroma with lots of cobweb, bandaid, sweatsock, barn and horseblanlet. Slight vinegar presence with lots of earthy, soily character.

Insanely intense tart and sour mouthfeel that is extremely puckering and acidic. It actually kind of hurts my teeth! The puckering flavor is there up front but explodes toward the end of the palate into something more extreme than I've experienced but in a good way. Very vinegary with an extremly sweet lingering finish. Pretty hats but after the initial shock my palate is beginning to adjust and I'm really enjoying it. My stomach is another story. Recommended if only to test your limits!

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3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
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