Belle Vue Sélection Lambic | Brasserie Belle-Vue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Belle-Vue
Belgium
ab-inbev.com

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 09-01-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
16
For Trade:
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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Alex for sharing this '99 vintage bottle!
The blend is said to contain old stocks from Brouwerij De Neve, which closed in 1992.

Spotty lace around the edges of the glass, with ghostly wisps of skim across the top. I can see through the glass but its slighty hazy. Cork popped weakly, but there was visible carbonation.

Sharp acetic nose, tart crabapple and lemon with a deceptive soft cotton candy sweetness in the back. White wine vinegar traces.

Fruit is dominant, coupled with a caving acetic sourness that you acclimate to after the first few sips. Holding it on the tongue I notice some grape and more crabapple flavors. Definitely acetic, which some view as a flaw in traditional lambic, but here may be more a sign of age. The vinegar element is pleasant enough and unique in this case, though it seems to drown out any complexity it may have had. Fairly mellow, the sharp sourness keeps this one a sipper.

Not for the faint of heart, pack some Tums for this wild ride...

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3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

'99 vintage generously shared by Craig, Chad, and Jeff. Thank you, guys.

Hazy orange-amber in the glass. The body is slightly turbid and there's little head from a hard pour. Carbonation is low. It smells of sharp lactic and acetic acid, sour cream, damp wood, musty cellar and apricot. The taste is brutally sour, possibly the most stomach-churning, mouth-puckering beer I've tried; it's like a cocktail of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. The finish is slightly woody, but mostly just aggressively sour and slightly burning. Interesting stuff, a novelty to drink, but lacking subtlety and drinkability.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #900! Thanks to eyebrews for helping me procure this one. Bottle #05063 of the 1999 vintage. Shared at Matt's lambic throwdown and served in a Goose Island Matilda glass.

A - Pours with a few wisps of carbonation that quickly settle to an incomplete ring. Hazy peach juice color. Looks oddly like Yellow Bus. I'd think this was unblended lambic if it didn't say Gueuze on the label.

S - Sour! Insane, nostril-singing acidity. White wine vinegar, acetobacter, lemon, and light nail polish remover. There's some light funkiness and tart apple character as well.

T - Sweet Jesus this is sour - verging on barbaric levels. Sharp, intense sourness - sour apples, sour berries, sour grapes, sour sourness. Just hugely acetic, but somehow strangely compelling and somewhat addictive.

M - Super dry, extremely low carbonation, medium body, burns a hole in my stomach.

D - Considering how ridiculous this is, I continued to reach for my glass throughout the night and was sad to see the bottle empty on the counter, even with my innards melting at the same time. Still, I don't think this is the sort of gueuze I could share with my wife and expect to finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 vintage bottle number 03995, Sampled October 2006
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, amber color. It is just a touch carbonated with a wisp of bubbles evident as they work there way up through the beer. Almost no head to speak of, just a touch of tan ring around the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite sharp; notes of lactic acid overlay a touch acetic acid and a touch of something like urea. Wood like notes of oak and a bit of a grapefruit like citrus note help to soften the dominant acid aromatics. There is a hint of something that makes me think of wild mushrooms, and this seems to merge a bit with the woody notes as well. A solid fruit character is here as well, it reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc grapes, a bit of citrus and even something that reminds me of tart berries. As my olfactory fixated journey continues I pick up notes of phenolics (even approaching something like plastic), a touch of alcohol towards the end and whole slew of esters that are hard to describe individually. There is certainly a Brettanomyces presence here, but it is fairly mellow (perhaps age has muted this).

Mouth puckeringly tart for my first sip; it just about hollowed out my cheeks on that first pass. It is only lightly carbonated, with perhaps a hint of prickly carbonation. The tartness becomes quite a bit more manageable after the first sip, dropping to a still dominant, yet pleasant level. The combination of acids in this beer make me think of grapefruit. The finish, while still significantly tart, takes on an astringent tannic woody quality to it that is fairly subtle, and even makes me think of bitterly astringent fruit skins. As any good Lambic should be, this beer is eminently drinkable; the combination of dryness, tartness and lightness make for a refreshing tipple. This assumes you like aggressively tart things, but I do so that is not a problem. Restrained funk for a Gueuze, it none the less exhibits some notes of musty horse blanket and urea.

As I work my way through this beer it starts to pick up just a touch of sweetness, or at least a perception of one. I am now getting a note of plum, in addition to the other fruit notes. This helps to mellow out the acid quality and even makes me think of green apples. This beer would be incredible if it was sufficiently carbonated to the usually high levels of a Gueuze. I have a feeling it would be quite a bit more expressive. As it is though, this beer is quite enjoyable, and even more so, I am tickled pink to be drinking a bottle of this. This beer definitely lived up to my expectations, there are certainly a good handfull of Gueuzes I prefer to this, but as is (and expecially if it was carbonated) this beer confirms once again how very much I love a good Lambic.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of HopHead84
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Belle Vue Sélection Lambic from Brasserie Belle-Vue
4.13 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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