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: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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4.3
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2015
huge thanks to Nate, wow this is nice, flat moderate malty gueuze with all the flavors of an amazing drie fontenien gueuze. Barnyard, hay, and gunpowder.

4.4
djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2015
1999 bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a cloudy orange gold with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong wood, funk, rubber, lemon. Medium mouth, great funk, grape, wood, light tartness, held up very well, really enjoyed this one.

3.9
Ferris (15292) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 1999 - Great light fruit and funky tart notes. Hazy gold with almost no head. Bright white grape Tart notes, light funk and a clean finis. I wish I had more.

4.2
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
(750ml bottle no. 4720) clear bright amber gold, no head. Nose of lemon, old books, moss, cellar floor, touch of vinegar, oak, complex. Taste of vinegar, lemon juice, oak, light char, lactic acid, not much Brett to speak of, thin body and low carbonation. Smells super complex and delicious.

3.8
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle shared at Stevo’s Pre-GABF Tasting (Denver, CO). Pours a nice murky orange amber hue, a bit darker, nice glowing colors with loose ringer offwhite head, mellow lacing with some gentle stick around. Aromas are firmly lactic, lemon and crab apple, firm sourness with nice funk, yogurt, vanillin and oak. Touches of straw, gentle dough. Initial is a bit more muted, sour and nice lemon up front, some grapefruit, white grape. Crab apple, lactic elements and bread. Some yogurt, lactic acidity. Bright, acedic a bit as we move on. Some bread, straw, horseblanket. Backend is a bit acedic and lemony, lactic and sour. Some nice jabs but nothing overdone. Nice gentle carbonation, firmer oak. Touches of green grape, fruit and sourness. Dry and smaller backend. Nice stuff.

4
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle, thanks to SteveO and company. Pours a hazy orange color with white head. Cheese, sour, tangy flavors.

4
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Eric. Vintage 1999. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head and decent lacing. Huge funk, sweet tarts, light salt, some lemon rind, oak, cheese, and oranges in the aroma. Taste is salty, some lemons, urine, horse blanket, white wine vinegar, lime, and oak with a huge acidic finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Amazing aroma and Definitely tasty, but has get seriously sour over the years.

3.7
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours orange hazy no head. Aroma is sour, some vinegar, muted. Taste is heavy acidity, makes me sweat, burns my throat, but it is full of lambic sour flavor. Pretty interesting, a great beer to try.

3.7
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks to Eric for sharing! Pours a murky orange appearance with no head. Very dusty, tannic, cheesy, herbal, lemon, and orange aroma. Pretty acidic. Somewhat sweet. Low bitterness. Dusty, sweet oak, vanilla, light coconut, and somewhat acetic. This is good but was maybe better a few years back. Big thanks for sharing, Eric!

4.5
Alengrin (5376) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2017 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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