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:
4
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Alieniloquium
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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Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of biernack
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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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Photo of woosterbill
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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