Belle Vue Sélection Lambic
Brasserie Belle-Vue

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
90
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Brasserie Belle-Vue
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  36
Gots
  17
SCORE
91
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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wethorseblanket from California

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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spicelab from Australia

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As of this paralleling golden yellow beer looks really nice in my glass. Crisp comes the noses if you love them and the acetic mess. Touch of honey citrus must get cobwebby basement, vibrant and bright. The flavor is sharp piquant. Sharp Tartness almost stripping my teeth but thank you very well, complex see what I Redonda. whatever, why might be a touch of dental flaws, underwear fruit mostly tart orange and lemon, lemon rind, nice. Overall, what an experience! Thanks for the hookup, Ryan!

Apr 06, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Apr 06, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Mar 11, 2013
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hooliganlife from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dec 09, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Oct 31, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Oct 09, 2012
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illidurit from California

4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Aug 16, 2012
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womencantsail from California

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jul 16, 2012
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Fux from France

4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jun 17, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Feb 14, 2012
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jan 22, 2012
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jan 10, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jan 10, 2012
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Soonami from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Aug 27, 2011
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Aug 27, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Aug 01, 2011
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NittanyBeerFan from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to callmemickey for sharing this one with me. A bottle of the 1999 vintage. Big time want of mine -- it still is ;) -- that I was stoked to see!

The pour yields the look of a 12-year-old lambic...light carbonation is barely evident against the apricot hued straw colored body of the beer. Got a little yeast in there at the end of the pour, but no big deal there.

The aroma is an intensely funky bouquet surprisingly devoid of any acidity whatsoever. Stinky feet and horseblanket, mushrooms, dank forest floor, and earthy dry finishing notes. The flavor is almost a complete 180. What a surprise. A clean and crisp lactic sourness brings on citric notes of lemon zest, while the palate opens up this Geuze to reveal a hint of brine, stone fruits and a puckering dry finish. Not even a hint of acetic sourness, which is great to see after 12 years.

Clean, crisp, puckeringly sour, but also insanely funky in the nose, this beer is phenomenal. Definitely worth a try, and I will definitely be trying to get my hands on this again.

Jul 04, 2011
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 90 ratings