Belle Vue Gueuze | Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Brasserie Belle-Vue

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%

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 chickenm
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of rastaman
2.03/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear gold appearance, little lasting head. Very sweet aroma and on the palate, in fact you could say overly so. Just way too one dimentionally sweet, an easily available gueuze in Belgium, but not one for us beer geeks.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Stubbie1
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold body with a fluffy white head. The head did give way to islands of foam in the beer. Aroma was souring musty and damp but a hint of something sweet was mixed in also cork was present. Taste was a brief second of sweetness and then a tart sour flavor came in. The flavor is different yet interesting in its own sort-of-way. Smooth and bitter in the mouth, but hard to drink. This is an interesting style of beer. Overall I couldn’t handle too many of this style of beer. Maybe it was this bottle or style but one or the other is not for me.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Takahiro
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
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 Dukeofearl
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that I am new to the Lambic/Gueuze world, and so I don't have a lot to compare this to. I bought a bottle of this on my first trip to Belgium last fall and brought it home because I saw a group of locals drinking it at a cafe on the Waterloo battlefield (just south of Brussels) and so I assumed they would know what was good. My thoughts on this one may change as I learn more, but overall I wasn't that impressed.

33cl bottle caged and corked. Opened with a nice gunshot & gunsmoke. Pours a deep golden-yellow with some brown (from yeast?), generally lighter than the Mort Subite (my main point of comparison). I couldn't see any yeast in the bottle, so I'm not sure if the coloration was caused by it or not. Fairly clear, with a small (1/2" head) and a steady but light carbonation. Aroma holds the sour of lambics and a slight mustiness/earthiness. Flavor slightly sour and slightly earthy, with a distinctively sweeter, grape/pear/apricot flavor profile that really describes this better than the sourness. Mouthfeel is relatively rich and creamy, which makes this more easily drinkable.

This was an ok beer, and in comparison to Mort Subite, I really prefer the latter (even though it took me a while to appreciate it). But as I understand the style, this was too sweet for what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of desint
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Gusler
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lambic is a style that I’ve had to try many times and in many varieties before I realized and attained a true appreciation of their unique qualities.

The color a dark yellow or amber with a modest and semi-creamy head, the color off white with a filmy sheet of lace to seal off the glass. The aroma of ripe fruit like pears and apples with a citrus like semi-sweetness makes up the nose, start has a mild semi-tartness leading to a light to medium top. The finish is austere in its acidity with a pleasantly dry and spicy aftertaste, a decent Lambic, but there are many better.

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Photo of Paddez
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A big fluffy head sitting on top of a golden body. The head doesn't last for long though and the lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma is grainy, fruity with some strange earthiness. (yeast?) Sour and sweet at the same time. Quite lame, and not very intresting.

Taste: Starts with unusual sweet grainy, fruity flavours. Some "lambicy" tastes, slightly tart, but not tart enough. Some hoppy pilsner bitterness and some skunky woody flavours near the end.

Mouthfeel & Drinkabililty: Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, good carbonation. The drinkability is okay in my opnion; the beer's blendness makes it easy to 'knock back' if you're thirsty.

Conclusion: As an alternative to a lager, this is certainly not too bad. It tastes a little more intresting than your average pint, it is thirst-quenching and relatively drinkable. As a Geueze though, it is very poor. Way too sweet and timid for a proper one.


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Photo of hdtrice
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThaCreep
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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 biernack
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish-orange, with raisin and brown sugar on the nose along with some sourness. The palate shows gentle fruit, malt, and semi-spicy flavors. It's good, but there's just not too much going on here. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and for that matter so is the drinkability. It's suspiciously easy-- maybe even not challenging enough for a Gueuze. Now isn't that a masochistic thing to say?

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Photo of parintele
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jakemn91
3.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle. Sweeter than most gueuzes. Only mildly tart. Faint maltiness. Overall enjoyable.

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Photo of Karo
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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