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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 81
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 39
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
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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 emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of Arbitrator
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of ricke
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.97/5  rDev +20%
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

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Photo of hopdog
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of hoser
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of saltydog
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Kroegske. Appearence: Yellow-orange color. Slight cloudiness. Mild head, which fades rapidly. Aroma: Sharp sourness, brett. Flavor: Crisp sourness, balanced with a little bret funkiness. Very drinkable, complex, and well-balanced gueuze; too bad it is not more available, unlike their horrible mass-market stuff. Finish: Crisp sourness, adds to desire to have more.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.31/5  rDev -44.2%
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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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.