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Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic

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

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 rbesg06gt, 1999 bottle. hazy amber with a thin head. aroma of wet carpet, orange rind, various things that need a wash. very barnyardy, intensely sour with some bitterness as well. surprisingly syruppy texture, hints of sour lemon, beer vinegar, czech pivni syr (beer cheese). one of the best beers of a very long day. re-rate - another ’99 bottle, big thanks to jacob for this one. rasping, lots of brine, capers, fantastic

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
(750ml Bottle, 1999 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a spare ring of white bubbles. A complex gueuze aroma of grapefruit, lemon, vinegar, apple, earthiness, musty, and white grapes. The flavor smacks you in the face with the intensity of the tartness that after once taste makes your taste buds stand up for attention like basic training solders for their drill sergeant. The tartness lingers even after several minutes in between sips allowing you to savor the magical experience endured. An absolutely fantastic brew at a unbelievable tasting that I will certainly not forget.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dudebun (136) - GERMANY - DEC 15, 2012
Amazing beer. Smells very sweet, almost vanilla but then the barny notes take over. The taste is like a red and brown like sweet and sour... So amazing. 1999, bottle number 06676. If you see this buy it. If you have this, drink it. Life changing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Massively tart & sour with a nose of a thousand descriptions: the whole damn farm, steel mill operations, leather, fruitcake, last years fruitcake, fruitcake from 1977, etc. There are some fruity notes for the palate, mostly light and citrusy. This seems so "alive" in the mouth. The finish is a mile long and it gets drier and drier. Nearly perfect drink, thanks to ToddA for explaining how he came to purchase this, and for letting it flow into my glass. It is extremely hard to believe that this comes from the same party that is responsible for the LaBecasse geueze!

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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernest (6356) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deflagro (106) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle, 1992 vintage. Pours a cloudy, orange-golden liquid with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is quite acidic, musty and a bit dusty with a hint of rubber. Taste is very acidic but still round, dusty and funky with some fruitiness and a lot of flavours. Very well balanced, a fantastic gueuze.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2010
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
1999 bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Pours a hazy orange-gold with little carbonation. Dusty cobwebby aroma, straw, barnyard, musty acidic citric. Gorgeous complex flavor with lactic fruitiness, lemons, light stone fruit, berries, acetic accents. Very smooth and mellow with lots going on. An absolute delight and one of my favorite beers of the day.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2464) - 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.


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