Belle Vue Sélection Lambic
Brasserie Belle-Vue

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From:
Brasserie Belle-Vue
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 11.51%
Ratings:
90
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 27, 2019
Added:
Sep 01, 2003
Wants:
  36
Gots:
  17
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Thanks to Francois to sharing this 1999 bottle purchased directly from brewery. Sampled on the Millennium Gueuze night.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy honey hue with with a thin wispy head that fades to leave nothing.

S - Big aromas of balsamic vinegar, dried red fruits, plums, citrus, berries. Really really fragrant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of balsamic vinegar, tart berries, good dried fruit. Very acidic though.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little syrupy, good finish.

O - Overall this was a solid enough lambic, however, it was super acidic. Unfortunate.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 27, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Thanks to Francois, 1999
No head, hazy orange red color

Nose super acetic, balsamic, tart berry like guavaberry or tart blackberry, sour funk, light cheesy note

Taste super sour acetic, vinegary, super tasty sour berry and funk, little winey and oaky like, buttery, not corked but little earthy note, sour flemmy finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod but flemmy sticky, light almost no carb

Overall pottery nice but super funky sour acetic acid, flemmy finish, tasty butt hard to drink

Jul 27, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Rvdoor brought this one to our yearly shin-dig back in October. Yes, it takes me forever to turn notes into reviews. Sue me.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out an opaque burnt orange and ends up flat in the glass with a few bubbles on top. Basically flat with no carbonation for the entire ride.

SMELL: Barnyard funk, citrus lemon aromas and some hay. Lots of citrus on this one and rather bold at this point. Quite enticing.

TASTE: Really flavorful stuff. Barnyard funk, citrus flavors, sourness and some lemon flavors up front. Really bold finish is funky with citrus sourness, lemon, hay and barnyard character, as well as some light bitterness lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and basically no carbonation. Silky on the palate, goes down smooth with some acidity and finishes dry and puckering.

OVERALL: This was excellent. I actually had rather low expectations for this one but it triumphed like a champ at the party. It was most definitely my favorite lambic of the day and that’s a tough battle to win at these parties. The lack of carbonation was a moot point as the aroma and flavor were simply streaming all over the room. Lots of character and well worth the effort if you can still track a bottle down. Thanks again, RV. This was delicious.

Jul 20, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ristaccia from Nebraska

'99 - had a great bottle.

Mar 19, 2018
 
4.25 by YvesB from Belgium on Jun 09, 2017
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle number 02636

White head. Burnt sunset orange.

Very sour. Apple cider vinegar but not as intense as Braggs. Oaky and funky. Tart with lemon acidity. Maybe a bit past it's prime since it has lost some of the gueuze flavors and the sour has taken over. I can imagine this being stunning a few years back. A very fun beer to try.

May 18, 2017
 
4 by AMCimpi from New York on Mar 09, 2017
 
4.25 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Nov 20, 2016
 
3.89 by Deltoro from Florida on May 17, 2016
 
5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Nov 23, 2015
 
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Nov 22, 2015
 
3.15 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Oct 12, 2015
 
3.53 by Hugonaut13 from Illinois on Sep 24, 2015
 
4.5 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania on Aug 28, 2015
 
4 by AdamP from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2015
 
4.99 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Aug 20, 2015
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4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by CraigTravor from California

This was the 1992 vintage. It was spectacular

Feb 09, 2015
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4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by wethorseblanket from California

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a corked and caged bottle a dark, hazy orange with a few bubbles. Aroma is funky cheese and fruit. Flavor is sour lemony astringency, oak and cork. Semi-medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Dusty, sour lemon finish.

Jan 07, 2015
 
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
by TurdFurgison from Ohio

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.

Aug 15, 2014
 
4.25 by Holland from Illinois on Jul 28, 2014
 
4.5 by erbu from Belgium on Jul 08, 2014
 
4.5 by WillCarrera from Ohio on Jul 06, 2014
 
4.25 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Jun 19, 2014
 
3.75 by drewone from California on Jun 18, 2014
 
4 by GRG1313 from California on Jun 15, 2014
 
4 by Rado from California on Jun 15, 2014
 
3.75 by vissai from California on Jun 15, 2014
 
3.75 by Mbrown44 from Delaware on Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

May 19, 2014
 
3.75 by tom10101 from Canada (QC) on Apr 21, 2014
 
4.5 by biernack from Switzerland on Dec 01, 2013
 
4.25 by zrab11 from Indiana on Oct 16, 2013
 
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Aug 04, 2013
 
4.25 by claaark13 from Indiana on Aug 03, 2013
 
4.25 by cosmonick from Indiana on Aug 03, 2013
 
4 by bauermj from Illinois on Jul 14, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by spicelab from Australia

1992. #15355. Huge thanks to bluebetty for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Zero pop on corking. Absurdly murky orange-brown with nil carb. Still.

Nose is palpably vinous and tannic, supporting juicy kumquat, sour apricot, lemon, honey and hints of nail-polish phenolics

Moderate acidity and a mellow mustiness form a solid canvas for lashings of chewy blood orange and grapefruit pith. Grows and grows over the course.

Satisfyingly meaty, with a lengthy buzzy acidity before a dry, tight finish.

Still in great nick. Big tannins, plenty of fruit and restrained sourness.

Jul 14, 2013
 
4.75 by bsuedekum from Missouri on May 25, 2013
 
4 by kscaldef from Oregon on May 04, 2013
Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 90 ratings