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Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic

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


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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
traPISSED (106) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 25, 2012
1989 vintage unlabeled bottle at home, 75cl. Thanks to Olly! Was a bit apprehensive about this one as I’d heard the 1999 is bracingly sour and I prefer a more balanced lambic. Was not dissapointed though as this was not extreme. It was fairly lactic but refreshingly so. Lemons and lime no oxidisation. Still a light golden colour and a sharp barnyard aroma. This actually reminded me of a Hanssens Gueuze in it’s sharpness yet drinkable nature. Very nice Gueuze

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2779) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 8, 2012
750 ml bottle huge thanks to Doug. Poured cloudy with very little head. There are notes of lemon/citrus, dusty, apricot. A brilliant sour from Belgium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7578) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2012
26/V/2012 - 75cl bottle @ WoSF 2012 (Opstal) - 1993 vintage bottle# 07497 - BB: IX/1999 (2012-548) Shared cost and beer with adamjackson and 77ships

Clear amber beer, no head, little bit of small bubbles. Aroma: pretty metallic, orange peel, bit dusty, some cork, some bretta. MF: no carbon, medium body. Taste: very sharp lemony sourness cutting through mouth and bone, little sweet, fruity, some bretta, mainly just sour. Aftertaste: very sour, little bitter, moldy cork, spicy bitterness and some pepper. Held up pretty good against time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4187) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Enjoyed this at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation. Vintage: 1993. Paid 20 Euro for the bottle and split with 4 friends. Served in a Gueuze glass at room temperature.

A - Zero carbonation / hiss on the cork pop. Dark orange appearance and minor cloudiness. SRM of 14.

S - Very little nose left. Mild acidic scent. Big vinegar scent as well.

T - Grapefruit, lemon, limes and apples. Peaches as well. It’s a whole rainbow of fruits. Still a big sour bomb and some dry grape skins taste as well.

M - Still a decent carbonation in the mouth. 15% on the mouth swish. Insanely dry finish and the tast runs away very quickly leaving this gigantic sour bomb.

O - Even still, it’s a rocking great Gueuze and one I’d love to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7954) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2012
750ml bottle thanks so much to Ayrton! 1999 vintage. This was a major want that I should have had a few years ago in Belgium. Bright orange color, pretty hazy with a small bubble of head. A rich nose of apricot and wood, some lemon. A very nice Gueuze: light tartness, very smooth apricots, oranges and lemon, vanilla, wood. Very smooth and tasty. Dusty. Has lost a good bit of carbonation I think. Awesome nevertheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6539) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2012
1999 750ml C&C’d bottle generously shared by Doug, thanks man
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a small white head
Aroma: Tart apples and vinegar
Taste: Tart, vinegar, citrus with a very dry finish
Great, glad I got a chance to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (6917) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 1993 Vintage split between me, tderoeck & adamjackson (Tim & Adam) @ WoSF 2012 // bottle no. 7497 // bottle has a thick, solid layer cobwebs and layer of dust // looks like it just spend a century in ancient cobweb riddled basement (pretty much true) // neat // pours a darker shade of amber with no head whatsoever // smell is quite sharp, tart, lemons with a medicinal flair, mixed with health store “tea” & herbs // taste is bitter, herbal, mouldy, candy, reasonably tart with some herbal candy sweetness mixed up, tea, funky, tart/herbal/dash medicinal thing goes into a tad bitter finish, lemons // this is not muted, very clear, sharp & bright // substantial body, pretty much no carb. now // quite unique, don’t know whether the flavours described before were part of the original pallet but this is still very clear, sharp, dry, is holding better than you would expect at 19 years // not sure why they ceased doing this one, financial reasons, I suppose?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeJslc (774) - USA - MAY 25, 2012
Hazy orange, thin dissipating white head. Aroma: Dry crackerlike malt, tart sourness, some lime and apricot. Flavor: tart sourness, apricot, lime, dry peppery finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
This is the 1989 vintage. Pours a hazed golden orange color with a small white head. A definite cork aroma, but not really detrimental. Quite lactic with a pleasant funky quality. Lots of grass and green apple skins, musty as well. Lactic tartness is evident, but there is a mild vinegar note. Surprising amounts of oak with some mild cork flavors. Quite a bit of lemon, grass, and apple. Overall, a nice (old) gueuze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Thanks to Kramer for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting. 1999 bottle. A - Pours golden orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to little to nothing, leaving little to no lace down the glass. S - Smells of strong vinegar acidity, light barnyard funk, citric fruits, sour apples and quite a bit of earthy oak tannins. I can already tell this one is going to be one sour beer... T - Starts off with what can only be described as pure acidity that threatens to melt the enamel off my teeth. Once the acidity dies down a bit you get hints of citric fruits, light funk and even more vinegar acidity. Finish is bone dry, lingering long after the finish. M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The pucker was INTENSE, it feels like it burned a hole in my stomach, leaving the pallet bone dry long after consumption. O - This is easily one of the most sour beers I have ever had. Even with all of the acidity this one was still really interesting to finally try. For being this old I was pretty impressed.

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