1981 Belle Vue Gueuze

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by khofer3839, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. khofer3839

    khofer3839 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 California

    I received 3 1981 Belle Vue Gueuze http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/945/73729 earlier today and I'm going to open one to try a little later tonight. Has anyone else had a similar vintage or even other 20+ year old lambics?
  2. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    wow! thats the year i was born. I want one!
  3. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    The beer profile you linked to has one review, and the person had a 1981 vintage. Maybe read the review?
  4. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I think the oldest I have had was 25 years old - Kriek Mariage Parfait. Was quite good. Also recently popped a 12 year old Framboise Parfait as well. They were both quite good, but the 25 year old one was in a different league, obviously.
  5. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    If you wanna send me an extra, I will also post a review
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  6. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    I'd wait about 6 months to open it to let it settle out from shipping.
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  7. Blanco

    Blanco Devotee (458) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    yeah, there's definitely no room on this site for discussions about vintage lambics!
  8. corby112

    corby112 Poo-Bah (3,908) Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Got to try one those Hanssens Oude Gueuzes from that estate sale two years ago that was supposedly from 1955. Had held up surprisingly well. Pretty delicate and not as sour as I expected. Tart with a decent amount of lactic funk but still had some citrus acidity and light fruit character. Haven't had anything else as old as the 81s that you have but did try the 99 Belle Vue Selection lambic which was pretty harsh and extremely acetic. The second oldest lambic I've tried is the 98 Lou Pepe Gueuze which was incredible but it's nowhere near as old.
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  9. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (566) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    I got to try the 99 Belle Vue Selection, it was brutally sour and harsh, I loved it. Easily the most sour beer ive ever had.
  10. khofer3839

    khofer3839 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 California

    Already popped one but I'll keep that in mind for the other 2. There is a ton of sediment floating around but overall the beer actually tastes pretty good. Extremely tart, sour, lots of apple and plum notes. Smooth finish but also extremely oxidized. Cork came out really easy, in one piece. I just soaked a fair amount of paper towels with water, wrapped it around the cork and let it settle for a few minutes then twisted it up and off.

    Prior to this beer the oldest beer I've tried is a 1986 Celebration Ale and a 2004 3f Gueuze.

    Thanks for the brilliant suggestion, why didn't I think to read the content on the page I posted a link to? Or think it appropriate to ask for elaboration on the Beeradvocate discussion forum of other people's experience with 20+ year old lambics.
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  11. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

  12. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Poo-Bah (4,811) Oct 29, 2007 District of Columbia
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  13. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Poo-Bah (4,811) Oct 29, 2007 District of Columbia
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    What Ryan said.
  14. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    The oldest Lambic I've had was another of those '55 Hanssens, and it was exactly like corby112 described - still very tasty and rather restrained for a Hanssens.

    At the same tasting my group opened, among other less ancient brews, the following:

    '84 Eylenbosch Geuze
    '86 Boon Framboise (the only serious disappointment in the bunch)
    '88 Eylenbosch Faro
    '91 De Neve Gueuze
    '94 Cuvee Rene (didn't take notes, not memorable in either a good or a bad way)
    '98 Lou Pepe Gueuze (surprisingly not as good as the '08 we also opened)
    '99 Belle Vue Selection

    I've also been lucky enough to enjoy a few 3F beers from the '90s at other times, and all were spectacular: '97 Oude Geuze was delicate, '99 Oude Geuze was simply perfect in every way. Oh, and '99 Framboos wasn't too shabby either. :wink:

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  15. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

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  16. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    It was a joke pal, lighten up. Jeebus. You obviously haven't been on this site enough to know that we're a snarky bunch (well, some of us are, anyways). Deal with it.
  17. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Had a 1959 3F Gueuze last year. It was an amazing experience that I was very thankful for. The flavors were very interesting and unexpected. That being said, I felt acetone really took over and it is not something I would like to drink again.
  18. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (405) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Had an 84 cantillon supergueuze last summer. Was amazing. Here is a pic. Still had a good amount of carb too!

    Edit: The bottom of the bottle poured like mud though, so I'd do my best to avoid that
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  19. mjn5036

    mjn5036 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2008 New Hampshire
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    I have a bottle of the 2004 3f gueuze in my cellar. How was it?
  20. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    This is exactly what I came in here to say. I'd love any beer from my birth year. (well any beer with the remote chance of having stood the test of time)
  21. VikingHammer

    VikingHammer Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2007 Massachusetts

    1982 Geuze De Neve. Very good with a surprising amount of carbonation.
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  22. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,311) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    had some of the '55 hanssens gueuze, it was really good. paired with with a fresh and everyone liked the '55 more.
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  23. khofer3839

    khofer3839 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 California

    You're fat.

    Really good, definitely more tart than the 2011 I tasted it side by side with. I do kind of wish I would have waited a full decade before tasting though.
  24. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I'm not fat, I'm BIG BONED! How dare you, sir!
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  25. khofer3839

    khofer3839 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 California

    Lols, nice avatar by the way. The League is a fucking awesome show.
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