Belle Vue Gueuze | Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Belle Vue GueuzeBelle Vue Gueuze

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Brasserie Belle-Vue

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and clear amber with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is sweet, malt, coriander & honey. Tastes of is sweet and fruity with honey, coriander and hints of vanilla and a faint sourness. Aftertaste is a dry medium bitter. Overall better than I expected.

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Photo of Takahiro
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

L: golden with thin head
S: lactic sour, some vinegar, mineral,
T: thin lactic acid, some yogurty yeastiness, fruit loop flavor (artificial flavoring?), some weird bitterness to follow
F: thin mouth feel
O: some chemically flavor (as described fruit loop) is not that pleasant. not a big fan...

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color beautiful, tea, clear, "tasty".
A large head with big eyes in off-white.
The aroma of wine, acetic acid, fruit. With fruit is dominated by red currants, gooseberries young, somewhere in the background peach. It is acid.
The first sip and ... is not sooooo sourly. At the beginning of cherries with their acidity, then raspberries with its sweetness and finally gently young gooseberry tart and grassy. The beer is very good balanced, not sour, not reject, great. Summing up Gueuze of Belle-Vue is a very delicate, "soft", drinkable, he lacks the clutch (not very sour) and accents villages that are so characteristic of these wines, but it is very, very good. For those who have never tried to start Gueuze perfect.

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Photo of Wanne
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Colour is copper-like, combined with a white, foamy head. Taste and smell reminds me of an old geuze, which has been sweetened, but not as much as a faro though. There's also not much in the aftertaste. Good alternative for a regular pilsner, but nothing more.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +24.2%

Nose: fruity, earthy, funky, barnyard, a hint of compost, sweet.
Brilliant garnet with 1/2" very fine bone white foam.
A little more malt on the palate than many Gueuzes and this is not as mouth puckeringly sour, a touch sweet, fruity. Not as challenging on the palate as some Gueuzes.
Very effervescent, medium tartness, medium body.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

enoyed chilled in a small tulip.

The color is dark medium amber with clear look and thick white cream with very fine bead with rings of lace collecting as retention is good. The smell is very malt forward with light yeast and slight spice with mild sweet scent. The feel is not very gueuze-like but sweet with yeast and slight creamy body with medium carbonation and light fruity texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste has a mild tinge of sour and light spicy flavor with yeast character that gives way to a creamy taste which is slightly sweet giving a mild lemon note with gentle caramel and dry toasted finish. Overall one of the least enjoyable examples of the style -not to say it is not enjoyable I had a hard time with the review since it is not what I consider a gueuze since it lacks a sourness I expect but it is not bad if you prefer more malt

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Photo of kojevergas
3.76/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Gueuze Belle Vue". Bottle served into a Belle Vue glass at the Celtic Pub in Bruges. Reviewed from notes taken July 2010.

A: Pours a one finger head of soft thick wonderful cream and great retention. Body colour is a dark gold.

Sm: Sourness, minimal hopping, bacteria. A mild strength but intriguing aroma.

T: Sourness, but not overly so; it's well balanced alongside the full-bodied simple barley foundation. A bit simplistic for the style, but delicious. Great sour bacterial finish. Some yeast notes. Well built and balanced all around.

Mf: smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body. Carbonation and thickness are good.

Dr: Very drinkable for a sour, and of high quality. Well priced even at a bar (at least here in Bruges). I'd have it again.


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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a cantillon glass. Smells a bit basic, with some low profile Brett and mustiness. The taste is obviously sweetened, which means this is probably pasteurized. Of the dumbed down gueuze I have tried, this isn't the worst by a long shot, however it is a far cry from the real stuff. I can appreciate what this is though, and if I think of it as a new style as opposed to the real thing it is is actually pretty good, and very drinkable. Interestingly, my wife loves it, and she doesn't like much else in the beer world. Very cheap in Belgium, and worth a try. At least it isn't trying to look traditional wi th a cork and all that.

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Photo of stevoj
2.17/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Aroma is vinegary, dark golden/amber in color with thick fluffy head. Taste is apple cider and vinegar. An acquired taste I know, but I am aware there are much better brands out there.

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Photo of DenverLogan
2.39/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh yikes...smells OK...some sweetness and tennis shoe aroma, but the taste is way too sweet with little body or anything else tasty. Not sure what something was thinking, but this is not a good beer...lacking in anything resembling a decent normal beer or sour beer. Don't know that the objective was, but amongst 10 tasters no one liked this beast!

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Photo of rvdoorn
1.89/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

several decades ago, this was the first geuze ever with added sugar. They did this to make the geuze more accessible for the non-geuze drinker.
Look: pours a amber-golden color with almost no head
smell: caramel, vinegar, citrus and some wood
taste: sweet candy sugar, vinegar and citrus.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium body,bit sticky
overall: sweet geuze, not balanced, no bitterness... Drain pour please

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Photo of woosterbill
2.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at a random café on the south side of Leuven, poured into a Belle Vue glass.

A: Clear deep amber body with an inch and a half of light, creamy off-white foam. Great retention and lacing. Dark for a Gueuze, but otherwise perfectly gorgeous.

S: Highly acetic, with caramel, vinegar, solvent, and cherry. Weird mix of sweet and sour; definitely not right for the style.

T: Boring mix of vinegar and caramel. Harsh finish. Pretty bad.

M: Medium body, plenty of soft carbonation. A little sticky but quite pleasant.

O: What is this stuff? I ordered it while on a scenic bike ride around town, expecting to get a nice tart thirst-quencher, and instead got this sickening concoction of sweet malt and harsh acetic acid. Avoid at all costs.


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Photo of harrymel
1.88/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Best by: Aug 25/2011
Brussels Trip

A: Pours golden near copper. Huge amounts of visible bubbles rise from the bottom making the beer difficult to see thru. Otherwise appears excellent in clarity. Single finger of loosely packed bubbles fall to broken sheet.

S: Smells woody, sweet, oxidized and with hints of metals. Not good for the style IMO.

T: Very sweet, not really tart at all, quite a let down. Candy sugar with hints of lemon. Pretty simple and the finish is metallic.

M: Medium to thin with low carbonation despite the appearance. Slippery example.

O: Drain pour.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After really liking another gueuze, I gave this one a shot. Not bad per se, just not the same pleasant experience. Decent appearance, with slightly thicker head than it's brethren. Smells of citrus as expected, with a slight paper mill scent thing going on I'm not sure if I quite dig. The flavor was slightly better than I expected, with slight sweetness and citrus, but a bit too much thickness and rotten fruit. The drink was quick and for a second I thought of ordering another just because it went down so good. Overall a decent gueuze, but not a competitor for my wallet in Belgium with so many other finer examples. Restaurant beer.

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Photo of fewa
2.61/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from the supermarket. The beer has a nice pour, an amber body, with a tall head. The aroma is bittersweet, some lemon/grapefruit smells along with a light, juicy fruitiness. No sourness at all. Taste: citric components, a sharp, sweet malt some very hidden sourness, light fruits, and a bit of sugary sweetness. The finish is lightly sweet with some citric bitterness added. This beer made guezes popular among the mass consuming beer drinkers, but I will never have it again. Junk beer

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Acidity in the nose but not transcendent because there also collects cardboard odors. The taste is slightly sweet, which is a good point in relation to commercial gueuzes often sickening glucose. However, it lacks relief, tannins and acidity are nonexistent unfortunately unconvincing. Only the finish is slightly tart but far from it to crown a great lambic.

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Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. xmarcnolanx contributed this one. thanks marc!

375ml corked bottle. vintage 1979.

pours hazy light brown. no sign of head or lace.

aroma is good. slightly sweet fruit. sherry. whole wheat bread and cracker. grain. leather. bit of cardboard. malt vinegar coming through a bit more in the finish.

taste is nice. sweet! brown sugar. caramel. saccarin. leather. earthy and woody. salty mineral character. whole wheat bread and cracker. low alcohol. bit of sourness. low acidity.

mouthfeel is nice. medium body. low carbonation level.

drinkability is okay. this one is just too sweet for me, and feels muddy overall. seems like it needs something - more bitterness, or funk, or acidity - to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of mothman
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Really old bottle. No idea on the date.

Pours a light white head. Color is a caramel brown.

Aroma: Rotten apples, caramel, sweet brown sugar, honey, and funk.

Taste: Rotten apples again. Honey, brown sugar. Just like the nose. No very sour or tart. Just really old. Vintage gueze. Reminds me of a faro.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and a bit acidic. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, this gueuze definitely showed its aged. It wasn't very enjoyable compared to others that are a bit younger.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 25cL bottle into a int glass.

A: Brown with a cola appearance when held to light. Head was almost nonexistent - a half finger clinging for life.

S: Very fruity with hints of berry coming in and out of an apricot base. Some bready malt in there, making a sort of tart apple pie character.

T: Peach cobbler is the base. Apple and cinnamon come in and out, but some brown sugar also. Finishes again with a very peachy character.

Very fruity, but also a good introduction to the world of sours. Seems to be pretty popular with the younger locals as well...

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Belle Vue Gueuze looks like iced tea, but with a small white head, leaving no lace.

Smell is sweet, with a touch of must, and lemon.

Taste is very distinct, taste like candy, sweet tarts maybe, can't quite place it but very familiar. While it's sweet, it's not cloying or artificial. Nevertheless, it's kiddie gueuze, with no sourness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

Drinkability is good, a quaffable kiddie beer that isn't at all sour, but not laden with NutraSweet either.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.2/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber gold with a small white head. Not much lacing.

Smelled like sour apple cider. Pears and other fruits come though.

Taste: No real hop characteristics whatsoever. Very sour and tart. Reminded me very much of a sparkling apple cider. Not overly sweet or malty. A little one dimensional, but not a bad introductory Gueuze, as there's nothing offensive or overpowering going on.

Mouthfeel: Crisp sharp carbonation and a light body

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle from De Bier Tempel in Brussels. This little capped bottle was 1.80 euros.

Looks nice, dark amber with a bit of a creamy white head.

Smell is straw/hay, vinegar and sugar/syrup.

Taste is hard to describe, its sort of medicinal tasting with some bubble gum, banana, citric acid and a dryness at the end to boot.

Not a beer I could enjoy a lot of and I am glad to be splitting this 25cl bottle with my brother as its a beer that could be tough to throw down by myself.

I am a fan of the traditional geuze beers of Belgium and I know this is not the best example.

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at my hotel in Ghent. i found this to be a little similar to Lindeman's Faro in how sweet it was. There's a lot of sugar added by the taste, but there's still a tasty sour - nothing puckering, but pleasant. I'd call this a gueze for beginners.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date on the bottle of September 2007; Sampled April 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an initially four-finger thick, light tan colored head that slowly subsides with a varied, textured surface and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, red stained, amber color, but shows a deep copper tinted, bright amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart with notes of sour grapefruit, some green apple notes, some lightly oxidized malt notes of sherry. Only lightly funky with a caramelized mushroom note, with just a hint of barnyard and some musty grain notes. Very soft smelling for a Lambic, but most of the traditional aromatics are here, just more muted than one would expect.

Lightly tart up front, but then a caramel sweetness kicks in. The beer is not overly sweet for say an English Bitter, but it is a bit out of place here. A light lactic acidity provides a mix of flavors resembling sour-grapefruit and apple vinegar. As expected the flavor is not overly funky, in fact it is downright approachable for a Gueuze, the tartness makes this quite drinkable, especially since the light caramel sweetness offsets it; it is missing all that barnyard funk & wild character that I personally like to find in a good example of the style. Some sherry like, oxidized malt notes seem to show up here and are quite atypical of a Lambic (I wonder if they added caramel for sweetness to this and this is what is oxidizing).

Not nearly as bad as I expected, but still not my preference at all for a Lambic. I could see recommending this to someone who is a bit wary of traditional Lambics.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think it's time for a gueuze. On to the beer:

Into a stange it goes, and the beer has a foggy brownish-orange color, topped off by a white, compact head. The smell is fruity and sour, with just a little skunkw escaping. But what does it taste like? Calm down there. Damn, that's pretty sour and acidic. I can't find any fruit in the flavor, is that a bad thing? Ok, there is, but it's weak and watery. Tastes more like vegetables were used in this one, I don't know why. Why can't it taste like the smell? The sourness is starting to gain my acceptance, but it's too late. There's little else that makes me want to try this again.

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