Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, 1999 vintage, bottle #05420, lot #B, best by December 2005 and consumed in August 2010. Served initially cool, but let to breath to room temperature. A vigorous pour fails to rouse much more than a few small, beige-outlined bubbles on the surface of a initially clear, apple juice colored body. A swirl of the glass reveals some thin sheeting, but ultimately leaves no lacing behind. With each pour, cloudiness begins to set in, and the last full glass is nearly opaque with yeast. Allowed to blossom at it’s proper temperature, and initially closed off nose rewards the drinker’s patience with a bouquet of sour lemon, grapefruit, mixed stone fruit, Granny Smith apples, and relatively spicy, soured, old wood. Acetic acid competes with bretty horseblanket funk, equally suggesting tart citrus and musty farmhouse air. Flavors aren’t quite as well balanced, as the acetic character asserts itself, becoming just a hair overly aggressive. Still, the strikingly sour green apple, grapefruit, lemon, and apricot are clearly defined, joining forces with the soured, buggy wood to push past the underlying vinegar content. I would be remiss in failing to mention a slight grainy sweetness that pops up towards the front of the sip, only to give way to the razor sharp citric finish. I found the trace remnants of softly prickly carbonation to be more than enough to carry the dry, parching palate from start to dry, dusty finish. Overall, a very fine gueuze. It’s probably a good bit past its prime at this point, but I’d still not hesitate to drink it at any given opportunity. I found it to be one of those "better with each sip" kind of beers, as the last, lukewarm, yeasty sip was truly great.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, 1989, courtesy of ygtbsm94 - thanks Brad! Pours golden color, still a few bubbles after all these years. Aroma of citrus, dust, peach, apricot. Taste is sour and acidic, dusty, dry, bleu cheese. Outstanding.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 1989 Bottle Courtesy of ygtbsm94 at the DC epic tasting. Thanks Brad! Had this midway through the afternoon with the likes of millenium, YB, dirty horse, crianza, etc and this stood out. Poured a light golden with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Nose was brett, grass, lemon and grapefruit citrus notes. No bandaid to be found. Taste was a beautiful balance of sour acetic acid, tart funk. The mouthfeel was almost the best part of this.... subtle and delicious. After all the brews of the night, this was the most balanced and enjoyable to drink. Nose, palate, taste were all fantastic. Just really awesome. Thanks again Brad for the rare gem. Was able to taste from a 2nd bottle thanks to Matt. This bottle was a little more abrasive on the palate with slightly harsher acidic notes on the back end, but nothing too overpowering. This truly is one of the best geuze in the world. Hands down.
ekstedt (5201) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (375 cl), thanks mybestfriend. Hazy orange, small white head. Eaarthy, woody, vinegary green apple aroma with notes of bitter almond. Ridicilously sour.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of the 1999. Aroma is of dusty old preserved lemons, also in a good way. Nice flavor: not teeth dissolvingly sour but pronounced acidity and yet still quite elegant - understated, even.
MeadMe (1243) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1994vintage. Thanks to Dstructo.
A: Pours a nice light golden hue that is a bit cloudy. Small head with light retention and no lace.
S: Aromas of light funky cheese, vinegar, subtle citrus and hints of dark berry.
T: Nice sour punch right from the start. Hints of sour peach and apricot. Tart citrus with mild vinegar and funky cheese.
M: Nice zippy carbonation. Crisp, a bit dry, tasty.
D: Great, loved it. Thanks Ryan.
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the DC Epic Sour Tasting 2010. 1989 bottle. Pours a hazy, orange amber with a little cloudy white head. Still had bubbles after 21 years. Nose is bretty, grass, hay. Flavor is tart, light orange rind, light acid, lemons, spices, sour. Finish is sour, tart, dry. Very nice. Really easy to drink. You’d never guess this was 20 years old.
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 750mL 1988 ed courtesy of ygtbsm94. Unreal. This poured a cloudy grapefruit juice with a thin, white head and no lace. Aroma is not too funky but is more horsey, barnyard, and cheesy with a big kick of cider vinegar, lemon tart, lemon peel. Taste is a bit more acedic than other geuzes, which I like, and goes so insanely sour that is becomes spicy on the palate going from lemon peel and bright citrus/grapefruit rind to cloves, nutmeg, and chilies. Really outstanding. 6/8/2010 8/4/9/4/17=4.2
750mL 1999 ed courtesy of ygtbsm94 at RBSG Philly 2011. The pour is a flat glowing deep orange. Nose is not really doing it for me: heavy acetic with mild acetone and paint thinner. Lots of impending spicy acetic acid. Taste is mouth watering sour, the opposite of a Cantillon geuze, with puckering lemon warhead acidity and lacerative acetic spice approaching Hanssen’s Geuze. Not my thing, but glad I was able to try it. 6/3/2011 6/4/8/4/14=3.6
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle at Woodshop 5.0, rated 2/20/2010. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head. Aroma is sour and citrusy. Taste is tart and funky with moderate acidity and some juicy orange peel. Fantastic!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A simple bu super nice Gueuze with a slightly higher acidic level than average
How: Bottle, 1992 vintange (!), split two-way by and with JorisPPattyn at his house. Un énorme merci Joris!!!
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is certainly not the most funky of the famous gueuzes. Relative to the style this one has moderate barnyard with notes of cheese. Taste is slightly sharper and more acidic than the most respected gueuze. Rather big body for the style too. Lactic acid, saw dust, dried cheese, lemon juice, wood. Certainly not the most complex respected gueuze I’ve had but this is nonetheless a very effective one. Imho the Belle-Vue Selection is not quite up there with the regular cheap gueuzes (Cantillon, 3F, Hanssens, Girardin) but it is a serious offering nonetheless. Too bad this shitty brewery stopped making their only excellent product. What we pub-crawler out-of-shape beer-geeks need is more Belle-Vue Selection and no natural selection.