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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: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jonas (5734) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle, vintage 1992 - marking the second millenium with a treasure from the Pattyn dungeons - Joris my debt in beer to you has grown into the infinite by now.
Pours a orange amber colour, initially heavily sparkling but quickly setting into a light champagne fizzle. A whiff reveals a hint of horseblanket, candied orangepeel, mirabelle plums and cherrywood. A truly elegant acidity, just right to keep the tongue feeling dry but not blocking the fine lime, mirabelle, lemongrass and light wooden/leathery notes. Sparkly dryness closes everything up leaving you with lime and grape aftertaste that commands you to take another sip. Wow!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2006
Hazy dark orange appearance with small head. Some vinegar in the aroma. Flavour is exploding in your mouth. EQuite a lot of citrus and very dry in the palate. Somewhat a brutal but pleasant lambic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (17201) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2006
1992 Vintage. Rating #400. Hazy golden colour with a small head. Mellow acidic barnyard aroma with some hints of citrus. Nice sour flavor with some citrus hints. Dry tart and lovely aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
So intensely sour as to seem sickly...I am pleased to be distracted by the very lively carbonation. Citrus flavors, sour of course, predominate. Mainly orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Still don’t get it!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
1992 Vintage. Hazy golden amber w/ small white head. Musty, leathery horseblanket aroma w/ a lemony tartness & notes of apple cider, aged cheese, oak & tobacco. Medium, astringent feel. Complex, smooth flavour that is heavily acidic & tart. Very dry, lingering finish. A rare treat.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
1992 bottling: hazy gold, white head. aroma like a cellar, with must, yeast, cider vinegar, hints of wild mushrooms and lemon. acidic citrus flavours, lots of yeast and must. powerful tart limey and cidery finish. complex. quite nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Vintage 1993. Golden and very unclear - almost impure. Extreme sediment inside. Very vinegary but without the subtle and sophisticated flavours found in the best, traditional gueuzes. 150602

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 1982: 9/4/8/5/16=4.2. Calm cloudy golden. Extremely musty and cobwebby nose. Mushroomy oldish cheesy funk. Interesting mustard grain peaks. All about the yeast at this age, it brings on weird bread moisture and highly woody flavors. Now we’re talking, corky cellar earthiness, obviously complex, but not quite the best to my taste. Lots of apples and peaches nuances, but also dirt and cement. Definitely interesting if a bit chaotic. Highly tart in mouth, in a cider way. Complex apples and lemony acidity rather than dull grapefruit. Long yeasty finish, musty through and through. I love the different levels of acidity in this one, big time citric and lactic, but has those acetic edges as well. Very low carbonation at this point, sharp medium body. Remarkable.
1999 vintage from Olivier_Mtl: Incredibly intense lambic experience with pukering dry sour character that sticks on the teeths. By a fair margin the most sour of 15+ gueuzes we had in a blind sampling and among everyone’s top 3 or 4 examples. Very fruity aromas with plenty of cider nuances, yet with sufficient malt and lactic character to be one of the best. This was fresher, so I’ll make the rating fit this bottle. If my overall score seems a bit lower than the rest suggests, it’s mostly because this one seemed to focus on pure strenght and flavor intensity rather than finesse and pure refinement like an elegantly displayed girardin.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1010) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
1992 vintage at RBSG ’05. Pours dark rich hazy applejuice. Aroma of sweet juice and musty cellar. Vinegar and mustard. White wine. Lime and heat. Dried apricots and mild carbonation. Extremely acidic. Very intense and fortunate to try. Was age great to this bottle, I hope I could sample another one.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
Horseblanket is dominant with herbal, minty notes in the aroma that evokes a musty cellar. Opaque yellow-tan with low white head that dim to ring. Acidic fruits - peach, pear, apricot, apple flavours with a strong barnyard character and some surprising herbal notes in the aftertaste. Medium body with low carbonation seems perhaps a bit tired. Bottle (1992 vintage) sampled at RBSG’05.


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