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Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic

 (RETIRED)
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100
92
style
Formerly brewed at Belle-Vue (InBev)
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2004
[Vintage 1999 at Grote Dorst 2004] The aroma is sweet and sour with notes of oranges. The color is a hazy orange and it has a small head. The flavor sour with notes of the wild fermentation, oranges, and dry wood.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2004
1992 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket, cobwebs), with notes of cask wood, herbs, sour apple, grape skins, lemon peel, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Wow, see, now this is a gueuze...bold, complex aroma with tons of Brett character, terrific balance. My brother and I shared this [expensive] bottle in the Poechenellekelder, frankly we both wanted another.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Variety (28) - BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2003
Is this still being brewed? From memory, a superb traditional lambic gueuze from an unlikely source (Belle Vue). Crisp, tart, exciting with the complexity of a thoroughbred.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2003
I stumble down the rickety wooden stairs to the rocky beach. . . The crisp morning breeze flows through the bay and fills my nostrils with stony dew. I make my way slowly down the beach and find my way to a small cave, I have never been before, but it is too intriguing to pass up. Inside the cave, the stones are dry, cold and musty. I am astonished to find small flowers blooming between the cold, dry stones. . . The cave is palpable: sweet nectar of the flowers, cold stone, cob webs. . . I traverse deeper, back further and my senses are more consumed with each step, deeper, deeper, I fall into a trance, the cold stones turn tart, and wet, ToddA please don't let this cave end, thanks.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Oakes (11779) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 1999 bottling. Cloudy orange-amber. Cheesy, tangy gueuze aroma...yeah, this is going to be good. Rich, earthy, tart depths of passion fruit, lemon, hay and leather. Huge complexity - a gueuze that shows me new things. At this stage of aging, a classic.

Belle Vue Fond Gueuze 1988. Muddy tan/light brown colour. Light funk, cheese and phenols on the nose. Very earthy palate. Flat. Complex and tart with a long finish. This is extra dry and deliciously dusty. 2-7-8-5-18 = 4.0

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Goregous aroma. I could sniff this one for days. Strong sour amazingly complex aroma. Flavor is as extremely tart, as the aroma promised. Full of flavor, but an extremely refined and beautiful work of art. Freakin' incredible. My pick for beer of the summer gathering. Thanks to ToddA for providing the star of the summer party!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2005 Cloudy, yellowy .Tart apple, fruit and citrus. Sour all the way. Good true lambic, love or hate it. One for sure it will bring deep feelings if you try. re rated July 2005 -3.4

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2003
This is an insanely great beer! Subtle, complex, yet strong sour cherry aroma AND flavor (pickled cherries?). Tart as hell, but absolutely delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(RBSG2003): Murky amber body with virtually no head. Aroma is tart, barnyard, slightly fruity. Taste is TART -- from opening through the swallow. Oh my goodness that's tart! Medium acidic body.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2003
RBSG2003. Wonderfully sour -makes me cringe. Classy cheese (ricotta?) flavorings. Amazingly light. Glows from an internal cloudy source. I'm salivating just thinking about it. We owe a big debt of gratitude to ToddA for breaking this out. Trap and others are right, melon and lemon and mustiness predominate. Utterly fantastic.


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