Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 39
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
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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.

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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.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 vintage bottle number 03995, Sampled October 2006
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, amber color. It is just a touch carbonated with a wisp of bubbles evident as they work there way up through the beer. Almost no head to speak of, just a touch of tan ring around the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite sharp; notes of lactic acid overlay a touch acetic acid and a touch of something like urea. Wood like notes of oak and a bit of a grapefruit like citrus note help to soften the dominant acid aromatics. There is a hint of something that makes me think of wild mushrooms, and this seems to merge a bit with the woody notes as well. A solid fruit character is here as well, it reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc grapes, a bit of citrus and even something that reminds me of tart berries. As my olfactory fixated journey continues I pick up notes of phenolics (even approaching something like plastic), a touch of alcohol towards the end and whole slew of esters that are hard to describe individually. There is certainly a Brettanomyces presence here, but it is fairly mellow (perhaps age has muted this).

Mouth puckeringly tart for my first sip; it just about hollowed out my cheeks on that first pass. It is only lightly carbonated, with perhaps a hint of prickly carbonation. The tartness becomes quite a bit more manageable after the first sip, dropping to a still dominant, yet pleasant level. The combination of acids in this beer make me think of grapefruit. The finish, while still significantly tart, takes on an astringent tannic woody quality to it that is fairly subtle, and even makes me think of bitterly astringent fruit skins. As any good Lambic should be, this beer is eminently drinkable; the combination of dryness, tartness and lightness make for a refreshing tipple. This assumes you like aggressively tart things, but I do so that is not a problem. Restrained funk for a Gueuze, it none the less exhibits some notes of musty horse blanket and urea.

As I work my way through this beer it starts to pick up just a touch of sweetness, or at least a perception of one. I am now getting a note of plum, in addition to the other fruit notes. This helps to mellow out the acid quality and even makes me think of green apples. This beer would be incredible if it was sufficiently carbonated to the usually high levels of a Gueuze. I have a feeling it would be quite a bit more expressive. As it is though, this beer is quite enjoyable, and even more so, I am tickled pink to be drinking a bottle of this. This beer definitely lived up to my expectations, there are certainly a good handfull of Gueuzes I prefer to this, but as is (and expecially if it was carbonated) this beer confirms once again how very much I love a good Lambic.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of corby112
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!

Photo of Alieniloquium
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 weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1994vintage. Thanks to Dstructo.

A: Pours a nice light golden hue that is a bit cloudy. Small head with light retention and no lace.

S: Aromas of light funky cheese, vinegar, subtle citrus and hints of dark berry.

T: Nice sour punch right from the start. Hints of sour peach and apricot. Tart citrus with mild vinegar and funky cheese.

M: Nice zippy carbonation. Crisp, a bit dry, tasty.

D: Great, loved it. Thanks Ryan.

Photo of hopdog
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
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 CraigTravor
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the 1992 vintage. It was spectacular

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

Photo of grub
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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.

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.

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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
92 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.