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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic - Brasserie Belle-Vue

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%

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 SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

HUGE thanks to sean

1999 vintage

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.

REALLY good.

hooliganlife, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

HopHead84, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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 08, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JAHMUR, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of illidurit
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%

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 womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Fux
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

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
Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

orangesol, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of 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.

JAXSON, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Schade
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Schade, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

sideshowe, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

stakem, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of tquest
5/5  rDev +19.6%

tquest, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +19.6%

whartontallboy, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Soonami
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.

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

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
Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Sean9689, Aug 01, 2011
Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.