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Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic

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Formerly brewed at Belle-Vue (InBev)
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium

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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (21858) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2006
Bottled (Thanks Jacob, 1999 vintage, rating #1800). Hazy pale nutbrown colour, minor head. Sour apricotty aroma, with some earthy hints. Flavour is sour fruity, almost like a white wine. Extremely dry lambic, but still refreshingly full of fruits and sourness. Just lovely. Good way of celebrating 1800 ratings.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Bottled@RBESG’06. Vintage 1999. Orange color, no head. Sour, slightly earthy, trefoil and hints of hay and barnyard. Sour, fruity, very wineous taste. Acidic fruity flavors make this very enjoyable. Long fruity-sour aftertaste. Masterpiece - thanks Jacob!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Sour lambic, yeasty, fruity light carbonation, super easy to drink, could nose for hopurs, deserves 10 out of 5 as this is the finest beer ever ever ever ever ever ever........

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Belle-Vue has sadly become yet another symbol of the crumbling lambic tradition and one more strike on the shortening list of obstructionists. Yet, like many of the brewery’s coconspirators its roots lies in a very tangible and rather exceptional product. I was lucky enough to try the Gueuze Sélection, one of the few remaining examples due for extinction. The vintage was 1999 and poured a burnt orange body wreathed in mirabelle yellow highlights and a ring of white foam. The nose is filled with a myriad of luscious fruits. Apricot, cherry, orange, lemon, apple and melon liqueur share the scene with a tint of vanilla and a chewy, cheesy character that I can’t quite put my finger on. There’s a definite individuality pronounced by the aroma, dissociating this gueuze from any other and defining the personality of the blender. I find it fascinating to notice within the style’s very restrictive palette, tones repeatedly emphasized by the artist and unique aspects found in none other. The flavor of Belle-Vue’s Sélection parades this even further with intensely and almost gratuitously sour mordant which serves to underscore the smelly socks, Comté-like pungency. Apricot and lemon tones echo what can be salvaged from the fruity fragrance as an attempt to leverage the lacerating acidity while its well carbonated texture tells me this lambic may still be on its way to a peak. While I prefer the refined and more balanced offerings of the region, it was truly an experience to remember.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12519) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2006
Vintage 1999. Haxy orange, white head. Very sourish, sour, woddy and with fruits. Sour flavor, sour but also a bit fruity. Dryish, vinegar notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2006
(750ml bottle, vinitage 1999, shared by pivnizub – many thanks !) I had the vintage of 1990 once before, which was my first Gueuze ever and called my attention to the style. Hazy and slightly murky orange colour with a short off-white layer. Fine sourish, musty and woody aroma with citrus and subtle notes of peach. Sour flavour, slightly lactic; woody and fruity taste; very well-balanced fruitiness and sourness; almost astringent dry and tart lingering finish. If I only could by that stuff right around the corner, with 10 €uro per bottle, it has a phantastic price – enjoyment ratio.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (9163) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle (vintage 1999, purchased at Streekprodukten, Halle, 06/06): Orange to amber coloured, small foamy layer; strong sourish fruity nose (citrousy, cidery) with a bigger touch of horseblanket and barrique; strong sourish (woody), dry flavour; finishes dry, sour, citrousy with a tart tinge of brettanomyces.... The dry acidity knocks You really down.......

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle (1999). Murky dark golden with a small head. Wow this is totally wild. Very sour. Fruits. Citric fruits. Close to vinegar and slightly moldy and earthy. Very dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
Bottle. 1999 vintage. Pours a hazy orange-yellow body with a small, white, creamy head. The aroma is somewhat harsh - very oaky, manure-like, and barnyardy. The flavour is reasonably fruity and almost cherry-like with crazy tartness. Super funky and a little bit of sweetness comes in for a moment. Very pungent and punchy! Awesome. Sampled at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation on May 28, 2006.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8480) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 750ml bottle, vintage 1999
Consumed at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation, Opstal, May 2006 (7 years cellared)

Murky orange cloudy appearance, very still, with almost no head. Incredibly juicy up front, very medicinal (in a good way), intense, juicy sourness. Sticky, thick, oily, chewy, etc. You get the picture. Tastes properly aged, with old oranges and juicy floral grapefruit flavors battling. Strongly acidic, overall an absolutely excellent geuze, one of the best ever. Very rough, but very well aged. I want more.

Photograph of Bottle & Glass
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