Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Five beers for a thousand - Beer #998. 1999 vintage - Bottle #7501. 750ml bottle at Beer Circus, Brussels. Pours cloudy gold with a small but lasting frothy white head - murky. Incredibly sour, woody and winey aroma, a whiff invigorates the senses. Other aromas are funky cheese, citrus and vinious. Palate rippingly sour in a full flavoured gueuze. Very tart and hugely dry and woody with bags of lemony citrus fruit and a acidic vingarish edge. Complex beyond belief with so many flavours assaulting the palate & tastebud from every angle. Fruity, dry finish and rather acidic. Would have worked great with some simple food. Fierce carbonation.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2004
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
Hazy golden color, sick sour aroma, heavy sour dry taste, full body, long sour dry finish.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
MMm... what a treat! Extrme sour aroma, nice woodyness. Hazy orang body. Wonerful sourness, very sour indeed. This beer is very full and rich. A true top beer.
Goviken (12) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yummi, this is Gueuze which can compete with the other "old gueuze" producers such as Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen. Just bought some of the last bottles available as it seems there will be no more bottles produced (production was already extreely limited). A pity for every beer and especially gueuze lover and a shame for Interbrew who is just in it for the money. Now they had an outstanding beer but, ..... but the stock market rules it seems
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity and vinegar aroma. Cloudy, orange color, small white head, few lace. Very sour start which makes you think "oh my god! am I gonna survice?" but immediatly gets maltsweet, vinegar, fruity. Did I already say it’s very sour? Quite full for a gueuze. If this is showing off by Belle Vue, than I have a question? Why not bottle this and sell it in every Dutch supermarket?
jerohen (2049) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Dutch Ratebeer Meeting. 1999 vintage. Extremely cloudy orange coloured, small head. Very strong tart aroma with vinegar and some fruit, very complex. Very sour flavour, complex, but soft nonetheless. Fantastically balanced. This, ladies and gentlemen, is truly a great beer.
bierkoning (10798) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 Vintage 99. Aroma has pear, lemon, lychee and oak. Very sour flavor with pear, yoghurt, fresh cheese, lemon. This geuze is amazingly fruity, and, in spite of the mouthpuckering sourness, softer than you might expect. I understand now why Belle Vue hides this beer from the crowd. If they get to know this beer nobody buys their normal crap.
Another tasting @ the RBESG in Sheffield showed that this beer has mellowed down a bit over the years and has further gained in complexity.
caesar (5504) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange color, hardly any head. Aroma is full, horseblanket, quite tart, bit fruity. Nice balance of sweet and sour taste, tart but still very soft. Bit sticky palate. So, they actually are able to make a decent gueuze...
skortila (4687) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Dutch ratebeermeeting) Belle-Vue can do it. They should brew more of this... Aroma is very full, fruity and oaky. Perfect. Cloudy, orange coloured with no head at all. Quite tart/sour but still a very smooth taste. Quite fruity, full of taste. Oak and wine. Very dry. Great stuff. Thanks to bierkoning for sharing.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Vintage 1999. Very nice hazy orange color with a white head. The taste is an incredible blend of fruity and light spicy notes with a very nice and very balanced sourness on the palate. It turns nice and dry right at the end. Very nice.