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Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic

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

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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tquest (93) - BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2011
Drank the 1991 version at the weekend of spontanious fermentation. A very nice product from Belle-Vue, although not really comparable to some other geuzes out there ... .

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (3663) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Opened Spring 2011. 1999 Vintage.

A: Medium straw-orange body. Small white cap. Slowly receded. Thin streaks of lacing.

S: Deep, musty tartness with lemon and orange fruit notes shining through what is other wise fairly earthy.

T: Really tart. Like grow hair on your chest tart. Nice interplay between the fruits and musty oak. I found this to have developed quite the nice complexity over the years. While it is incredibly sour and tart, there is a clearly discernible depth of flavor to this gueuze. Lemon, orange, oak, earthy must, barnyard notes and the slightest hints of salty sweat.

M: While it was incredibly tart, it wasn’t what I’d consider to be abrasive. The beer coats the tongue with flavor and slowly fades with a nice lingering citric aftertaste.

O: I savored my glass for damn near an hour. Each sip was enjoyable. It makes you wonder what Belle-Vue could do now if they gave a real go at producing a quality geuze.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Thanks to Chris for this... peach gold, no head... acidic vinegar, a touch oxidized, a bit nostril signing... the taste is right on with the nose, vinegar acidicness, a bit enamel biting, but really just gives you the quality that you like in a super sour beer but super drinkable

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2011
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting @ the Harlequin. It is quite difficult to rate something so extreme for a style that I am not used at all. There have been some geuzes that I started enjoying, but this is so acidic and reminded me of nail polish. I hope I will have the chance however to try it again with a more sour trained palate

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pouring at the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly. Pours a hazed golden orange with a thin white head. Lightly cheesy at the start. Big acid, nutty acetone. Long acidic sourness, very acetic, big long acetic finish, and a touch nutty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
1999 bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a hazy strawberry blond. Aroma of aged cheese, peach, and nail polish. Fairly acidic with the right touch of acetone (noticeable without an obnoxious sting). Also notes of peach and a hint of vinegar. Outstanding finish; some legitimate dryness and the right acidic bite. The level of acidity is just about perfect.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
tepid gold pour, Plastic nose, heavy acetic, some hay. The dusty aspects of some lambic are totally lost amid the slick sour citrus assault. Flavor is harsh but better, light citrus and fruit skin, bit flat and dead. Thin body, sticky. Bit harsh on both ends but still within the realm of enjoyable, the light burn only slightly detracting.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (11028) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Insane bottle share by Brad at RBSG. Pours orange. White head. Nose/taste of lemon rind, vinegar, very funky tart fruits, orange peel and bready wild yeasts. Funk is very sour and full of intense vinegar. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2011
1999 Bottle shared by ygbtsm at the beginning of the RBSG 2011 grand tasting. Been looking for this since I joined the site so it’s a nice one to tick off for rating 2000, though their were plenty of worthy beers here. Looks just like the picture--bright golden, small white head. Very funky and quite acetic, but not in a bad way. Enjoyable, but it didn’t quite have the depth and complexity that the other gueuzes of the day had. Tough competition I guess, but still thrilled to try this. Thanks for sharing, Brad.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (9362) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2011
1992 vintage at the 20th Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation. It pours hazy dark yellow/amber, with moderate carbonation and a thin fizzy white head. The nose is clove rock, light floral, light smoke, wood, varnish, barbeque, HP sauce, soy sauce, tamarind and farmyard. The taste is wood, sour lemon and lots of sour berry: redcurrant, raspberry, strawberry, red apple and blackberry, with a dry-tart finish. There is some pleasant alcohol warmth, low oxidation and high acidity in the finish. This has truly stood the test of time, the complexity and flavours are amazing and yet it is so drinkable. I reckon I could polish a whole bottle of this off myself.


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