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Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic

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

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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
PLundsgaard (377) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
Aroma/Malty-light, Appearance Head/Initial-small, Head/Color white, Body/Hue-medium, Initial Flavor-sour, Finish Flavor-sour, Palate/Body-light to medium Palate/texture-watery not not good beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
2/20/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sample at Dr. Bill’s Backroom Tasting of the Toronado Barleywine Fest ’05 in San Francisco, CA 2/20/05. 1999 Vintage. Clear golden, pristine in color. Nice, tight sandy lacing. Almost no head. Aroma has a touch of nailpolish remover and a crisp tartnes with a dry pineapple funk. Barnyardy and crisply acidic. Amazing, explosively tart flavor, almost bilious and crisply fruity. Oily texture with silly dry puckery crisp finish. Soft on the back end with a black pepper and almost chili taste. Very distinct and impressive, but I do prefer other funkier, mustier geuzes. I didn’t even think this was a geuze-- I thought it was an unblended lambic with flavors closer to a wood-aged flemish sour (not unlike La Folie). Still damn impressive and explosive in its own right. I’d love to try a 10- or 20-year-old bottle of this.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGGen (306) - ITALY - JUL 26, 2009
Approfittando della trasferta a Bruxelles,quale migliore occasione per assaggiare le migliori birre belghe direttamente sul posto? Una di queste è la lambic di Belle Vue,qui in versione Sèlection. Colore ambrato leggero,un pò opaco,scarsissima la schiuma.Al naso sentori di uva bianca,limone e un qualcosa che definirei sulfureo.Gusto morbido,un pò acido con note di limone,spezie e pepe.Retrogusto acido e secco.Mi dicono che la produzione è stata interrotta o sospesa,beh,è una brutta notizia,fortuna che ne ho fatta un pò di scorta.Meravigliosa lambic,anche se quelli di InBev non sono dello stesso parere!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dunt (283) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Purchased from HOG. Been looking forward to this for a very long time. 1999 vintage poured in a Bruery tulip. Pours a translucent orange brown in color and is entirely flat. Nose is pretty vinegar forward with a fair amount of oxidation. The flavor is bracingly sour with a significant amount of vinegar. It hits pretty hard at the back of the tongue. Light mouthfeel, no carbonation, bracing acidity, and a moderate finish. Didnt live up to my expectations, but definitely happy to try it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2012
75 cl. bottle w/ cork and wire. 1992 vintage. Rated 8.9.2012. Low carbonation; the cork is removed soundlessly. Clear, deep gold. Funky, intense aroma w/ obvious acidity, cellar notes, and vibrant complexity. Taste is intense and acidic, funky, barnyardy and surprisingly fresh and youthful. A very good gueuze, especially considering its ripe old age.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2008
75cl bottle at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2008. 1992 vintage: Hazy dark orange with brown center. Very thin but creamy off-white head. Classic gueuze aroma but on the low side of acetic. Summer fruits. Touch of malt and even cookie dough behind the horse blanket. A grassy vein runs through it. On the tongue the soft acetic aroma turns into a strong acetic tiger. Starts slightly astringent but by the end of the sip your tongue has worked out its relationship problems with this beer. Starts off too aggressive but works into a masterpiece. Nice lemon peel soaked in vinegar. Flavor is good but the aroma is great!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (260) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle ’99 - pours an amber color. Very tart aroma with some grassy notes. The taste is extremely sour, almost too much with some acidic notes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Belle-Vue has sadly become yet another symbol of the crumbling lambic tradition and one more strike on the shortening list of obstructionists. Yet, like many of the brewery’s coconspirators its roots lies in a very tangible and rather exceptional product. I was lucky enough to try the Gueuze Sélection, one of the few remaining examples due for extinction. The vintage was 1999 and poured a burnt orange body wreathed in mirabelle yellow highlights and a ring of white foam. The nose is filled with a myriad of luscious fruits. Apricot, cherry, orange, lemon, apple and melon liqueur share the scene with a tint of vanilla and a chewy, cheesy character that I can’t quite put my finger on. There’s a definite individuality pronounced by the aroma, dissociating this gueuze from any other and defining the personality of the blender. I find it fascinating to notice within the style’s very restrictive palette, tones repeatedly emphasized by the artist and unique aspects found in none other. The flavor of Belle-Vue’s Sélection parades this even further with intensely and almost gratuitously sour mordant which serves to underscore the smelly socks, Comté-like pungency. Apricot and lemon tones echo what can be salvaged from the fruity fragrance as an attempt to leverage the lacerating acidity while its well carbonated texture tells me this lambic may still be on its way to a peak. While I prefer the refined and more balanced offerings of the region, it was truly an experience to remember.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (243) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
Belle-Vue’s traditional geuze, made for the afficionados since 1993 but later discontinued; tasted in 2005 as an old beer of 12 years of age, which is no problem at all for this style, of course. Very sour geuze, lots of body from lactic acid as well as delightfully refreshing citric acid and both components in perfect balance, very complex with all the typical lambic aromas one can expect, abundant fruitiness, sherry, hay, wood. This product, though sadly out of existence for many a year now, showed that ’Interbrew’ in the nineties was still a very different thing from ’AB InBev’ nowadays, I’m sure something like this is unthinkable in their current management strategies. I hesitate to admit it because of this reason, but Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic was one of the best geuzes I ever had - a masterpiece from a producer as unexpected as one can imagine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2010
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!


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