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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: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 [Vintage 1999] Hazy amber with a large off white head. Typical sour barnyard aroma along with lacto, wood, leather, peaches and grapefruit. Barnyardy flavor with very sour lacto notes along with leather, wood barnyard and sour lemons. All sorts of things going on here. Freaking sour stuff. I simply love this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, Blankboy, Mabel, and Jerc, courtesy of Jer and Mabel. Fiery yellow, small white head - that might be the most amazing shade of yellow I have seen in a beer. Pretty pungent acidic and sour aroma - my nostrils are still thanking me. Amazing taste -s o pungently sour, so acidic, so complex. I’ll give up trying to explain it further - this beer aged incredibly well and is one of the best lambics, aged at that, that i will ever try. Thank you thank you thank you Jerc and Mabel for sharing this one!!!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4534) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Ah yes -- the holy grail of lambic. Before being presented the bottle in jjpm’s fridge, I’d been working out my first international trade so I could spend $45 + massive shipping to be able to taste this stuff. Luckily for me (or unluckily for papsoe who I ended up cancelling on :( ), I got to try this stuff before signing over the house. Yes, it is everything I imagined. No, it is not worth 3 or 4x as much as Drie Fonteinen or Lou Pepe Gueuze, or 7x as much as Cantillon Gueuze.

This poured dead-still, which means of course, no head. Pumpkin colored, which interestingly enough was a recurring note throughout the beer. Aroma was big sour, spice, funky yeast, and some mashed up pumpkin. I’d say surprisingly restrained, but for a beer this old (1999), that’s not that surprising at all.

The flavor though... wow. Even after drinking 4 other lambic-like beers before this, the first sip was still like a smack in the face from a world champion ping-pong player. As the mouth adjusts, though, this beer has great balance, between massive sourness and spices, all sorts of tart fruits and expensive balsamic vinegar. And a touch of that pumpkin. Absolutely luxurious beer, once you get adjusted this is simply unbeatable. It’s a shame I had to drive home or I absolutely would’ve drank more. Till then, I guess, I will have to wait till next time, when someone else insanely generous will let me drink theirs. Thanks, John!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2007
1999 vintage shared with puzzl and IMtheOptimator and generously provided by Madsberg. Pours hazy and nearly still. Smells of oak, tarte lemons, some barn qualities. Tastes incredibly sour with some nice citrus and is very thirst quenching. Tons of depth. I wish I could say more about this other than...WOW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 bottle 6772, 1999. Bottle 1 of Day 2 of the tasting to end all tastings. Simple orange color with little if any carbonation. Aroma is oak, grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, lambic funk, a touch of orange blossoms. Perhaps a touch of dill. Flavor is unlike any gueze I have experienced. There is a sweet orange component, the yields gracefully and seamlessly to a bracing acidity, livening my palate. Utterly amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle from quiroga opened generously at the Pizza Port Strong Ale festival. The last beer I drank for the night. What a way to finish the night. Incredible sour aroma that you could enjoy smelling without ever tasting the beer. Shocked to a 1.3 rating, but then some don’t like sour beers. I also think they should avoid beers they know they will dislike. Anway. Cloudy light redish, amberish color. Tart sourness that always gives me the illusion of sweetness, even though it may be dry. Possibly because I’m reminded of sour cherries, which reminds me cherries which are sweet. Sour and sweet are often together in many fruits in the world. Thus a lot of fruitiness associated with the beer as well. Beers like this I wish I could have in large quantities to drink for dinner and regularly. I don’t think that will ever happen, but one can hope in the future. Excellent beer.

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