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Oude Kriek De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

Oude Kriek De CamOude Kriek De Cam

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%


Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EPICAC on 12-05-2006)
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

Bottled in January 2009.

A: Nice pop when opened. Pours a beautiful reddish cloudy colour forming a small pinkish creamy and bit molasses head. Medium retention and many lingering glasses formed and left in the glass

S: Classic fruity Lambic. Great perfume of cherries. A delicious juice of cherries with also delicious notes of oak. A bit metallic. Belgian Lambic yeasts

T: Perfect taste. Slightly sweet upfront. Cherry bomb. Excellent notes of cherries. Absolutely delicate taste. Not too sour and not too sweet as well. Cherry vinegar. Very balanced. Oak. Earthy Belgian Lambic yeasts

M: Medium body and carbonation. Cherry juice aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. If you are looking for a perfect Kriek, you've just found one...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 22:01:08 | More by eduardolinhalis
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 1/2009.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, earth, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry and funk flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic sour and funky cherry flavor that makes this one very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:26:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

vintage - 2009 750ml served in Cantillon flute

served at 55 degrees, gushed about a 1/8 of the bottle out *sad face*

pours a dirty ruby red, chunks of yeast floating (because of bottle gush). little to no head ironically.

tart cherry pie on the nose. cherries are bright but funky and old.

very similar flavor to the smell. cherry flavor is bright but old and oaky. has some old musty funk. a bit of sourness in the finish. mostly cherry up front.

light to moderate carbonation, dry cherry finish

never seen de cam with so much liveliness! taste is very unique for an oude kriek. tastes about 6 years older than it is. nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 19:46:13 | More by hooliganlife
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oude Kriek De Cam is clear but has a ruby tone as rich and vivid as a double coating of nail-polish. You could make an evening gown out with this colour and be the belle of the ball. Even the head - normally a soft pink - is a darker shade of red than some commercial Krieks' body!

The aroma exudes sour cherry and almonds notes. It is tart, if not outright sour despite the abundance of cherry flavour. The fruit pits are what account for the almond character (which is highly appreciable in this example). The bouquet is enticing and enchanting.

The tastes of almonds and cherries are conspicuous - check your tongue for a cherry tattoo after the fact - but the flavour can almost more resemble cranberry because of its sourness. Purists don't like too much fruit flavour, but this manages to deliver delicious cherry notes without encumbering the lambic or the barrels in which its been aged.

Indeed, Oude Kriek De Cam has a fuller taste than most Krieks and it manages this without either the artificial sweetness of commercial brands or the extreme acidity and barnyard characteristics of other traditional examples. Still, it has plenty of the style's trademark 'funk'; considering how closely this resembles vinegar, it's strangely agreeable and refreshing.

Oude Kriek De Cam has all the complexity and character of, say, Cantillon Kriek, but is a bit more approachable for the uninitiated. I bet it'd be just as popular were it easier to find outside of Belgium. One of the best, most authentic examples of this unique, superb style, it's definitely something you'll want to savor with your feet up (even if you’re at the bar, so what?!).

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 03:25:25 | More by biegaman
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear deep red color lambic with a generous pink head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart cherries is quite intense with some sour notes and some light funky notes. Taste is also dominated by intense tart cherries notes with some light red vinegar notes and a sour finish with limited acidity. Body is quite full with great carbonation. I really enjoyed the amount of cherries in there with the balanced level of acidity and sourness but I would have enjoyed this even more of the funky barnyard notes of the lambic would have come forward a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 18:53:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Bottle

An aggressive pour yields a minimal bubbly pink head that eventually disappears. Deep red with pink highlights.

Opens with big cherry and funk notes. You can anticipate the impending sourness from the aroma. More red fruit in the form of raspberry and strawberry. The nose on this is just phenomenal.

Soft tingly carbonation gives it a heavier feel. Smooth. Mouth puckering tartness that lingers. Cherry, musty funk, almond at the very end/aftertaste. There is some sweetness hanging in the background of the brew which helps so it is not overbearingly sour.

This was awesome. Must try for a sour fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 06:32:13 | More by MattSweatshirt
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this one better than the other but still it was a little too syrupy in the end. I've had better krieks.

Beer is red with almost no head but a few pink bubbles, aggressive carbonation.

Aroma is cherries, Brett b, lactic, succinic, tartness.

Beer is light in body and dry on the finish with a lot of tartness at the back, the finish is nice for sure, strong cherry flavors up front, an interesting beer for sure. Again I'd probably rather have a kriek from Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen but whatever. This was fine as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 18:08:14 | More by drabmuh
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled January 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours with no head. Bright red. Not even pink. Red. A little lifeless.

Smell - Bright cherry. Loads of fruit. Really nice funk. Like cherry juice and manure. Not a lot of acidity in the nose, though.

Taste - Cherry flavor. Almost pure juice. Not sweet. Tart without really ever getting sour. Less funk, but a little bit in the finish. All about the cherry in this one.

Mouthfeel - Thick and juicy. Not much carbonation. Not very tart.

Overall - Not my favorite, because it doesn't have a lot of the great lambic aspects. It is definitely one of the best fruit flavors I've ever had in a beer. Ten times stronger than Wisconsin Belgian Red without ever tasting artificial. But, I want more beer than fruit.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 12:49:34 | More by Alieniloquium
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/6/2012

750ml bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! 2005 vintage.

A: Deep red with a big white head.

S: Cherry pie - crust, pit, flesh, and skin. Awesome nose. Vanilla and oak. Big wet leather Brett character with earth.

T: Super citric, mouth mouthwateringly so. Intense cherry pie flavor with oak and a high level of tartness. Vanilla blends with leather and earth. Lots of Brett. Firm acetic acidity throughout with restrained vinegar flavor.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation. Sticky, dry, and lightly tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 18:38:02 | More by HopHead84
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is transparent dead blood red liquid with no head. Very dustry and dry, oak notes accompanying the funk with faint sour cherries and a touch of metallic twang. The taste is much sweeter than the nose, dry funk, faint, almost not there. The cherries are a bit muted by the sourness and lightly acetic in the finish. Medium body, soft on the palate with a strong carbaontion and prickly back palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 15:31:27 | More by cpetrone84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours no head at all. Color is a ruby raspberry red.

Aroma: A lot of cherries. Cherry pie crust. Sour and funky. Okay. The fruit is very fresh smelling. It also has a touch of basement must and cobweb.

Taste: Very sour. Mouth-puckering. Cherry pie filling with pie crust.l Fresh fruit with a nice old funk/sourness to it.

Mouthfeel: Tart/mouth-puckering. Light bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a solid kriek. Very tasty and drinkable. I was really impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 01:53:03 | More by mothman
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warnerry

Michigan

4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage bottle at Kulminator

A - Pours deep red with one finger of quickly dissipating light pink head. The red color is very inviting.

S - Intense tart cherry aroma without a hint of the medicinal character I often get from krieks or other cherry beers.

T - Manages to be very fruity without being sweet at all. Mild but persistent funk presence. Quite tart throughout, but not in a lemony or vinegar way. It is pure cherry tartness, pure and clean. Absolutely delicious.

M - Light crisp and intensely tart, but still somehow refreshing.

O - Just delicious. Not very funky. Fruit is front and center here, but it works very well. Definitely the best kriek I've had, though I have a Lou Pepe I haven't opened yet. Can't wait to see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:24:39 | More by warnerry
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml 2005 vintage in a drie fonteinen lambic glass

Appearance: Deep rich blood red with some ruby highlights and edges, very little (pink) carbonation, not much head or lacing

Smell: Incredibly sour, cherries, great attic funk and a strong, but not misplaced, vinegar component

Taste: Similar to the aroma, very sour with the cherries, funk and vinegar. Slightly earthy and vinous.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, medium-light body. Very dry

Overall: good combination of the cherries, sour and funk

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:18:20 | More by craytonic
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to craytonic for sharing a 375mL bottle of this. 2005 vintage served in a Cantillon tumbler.

Pours a really nice red color with a bit of a rust-brown hue to it. It starts out with a short head and doesn't gather much in the way of lacing. The nose is a great mixture of cherry and funk, with some acidity lingering in the background. Nothing too over the top, and the cherries don't completely the over the base beer.

The flavor follows the nose for the most part. The cherry is still fairly muted, but comes out a tad bit more along with accompanying acidity. Nice underlying funk and earthiness. Light body with moderate carbonation for the style. Good acidity through the finish. Acidic, yet smooth. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 11:53:43 | More by Thorpe429
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml '09 bottle I opened with friends on new years eve. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a still deep ruby color. Almost dark purple in color but more ruby when held to the light. Some haze is seen through the body and other than that, it displays a very wine-like appearance. No head, not even with a swirl and no lacing effect either.

The smell is primarily of plastic and funk initially. Juicy earthy cherry notes start to evolve and really mesh well with the funky aspects. The cherry provides a faint medicinal quality. It gets quite vinous and grassy as it warms up with some notes of oak, earth mild must and slight alcohol inclusion.

The taste is funky and lactic mildly like a lemony tartness mingled with plastic. Quite drying on the tongue with a tang that is tannic and almost burning. Some cheese and yogurt is evident through the body breaking things up. Grass and lots of earthy tones. Vinous quality emerges once warn.

This is a medium bodies brew that is still. Very drying on the tongue which makes the moisture seeming sap right out of your mouth. It makes tour tongue feel like its numb half way through the experience. I'm using a bit turned off by medicinal qualities that some cherry beers have. However, this one just clicked for me and was very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 14:11:32 | More by stakem
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle from 2005, corked and caged.

A nice reassuring pop when I removed the cork, it pours a very cloudy pinkish brown colour that turns orange red, yeah I said it, with a fine layer of foam and has some good lacing.

The smell is all about the cherries. Big nose of sour but there's more than a hint of sweetness going on. In fact, I'd say it's almost a 50 50 split. Very damn nice.

The taste, well, it's not what I expected given what I said about the smell. The sourness from the cherries is HUGE and there's a vinegar sourness that just adds some more mouth puckering flavour. Wow. Heavens to Betsy, can a beer be brewed that s more sour than this? I'm....loving it! I can just sense some malt but it's back back back in the background big time. The only other "taste" that mixes in is a small presence of yeast but it's tough to pull out.

Medium bodied, very light but noticeable carbonation, it drinks pretty much like a wine. And....drinkability, for me, is through the roof.

I don't have a clue as to how this drinks fresh but this 6 year old bottle has floored me. Maybe the best beer I've tried in 2011.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:29:30 | More by Bitterbill
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip; sampled at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst.

A: Opaque vermillion body under a finger of fine, frothy pink foam. Nice.

S: Huge cherries, huge funk. Fresh, juicy, deep, complex, sour, and well-balanced; simply amazing - this aroma is to a Kriek what fresh Fou'Foune is to an apricot Lambic or St. Lamvinus to a grape one; perfection.

T: Follows the nose, but with emphasis on the fruit. Just a bit on the sweet side, but still fantastic.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate, fine carbonation. Nice.

O: What a beer. I thought I'd missed out on it when the first couple bottles went early in the night, but when I saw a couple more show up later on I jumped at the opportunity. This was by far the best Kriek of the night for me, as it combined the balance of Lou Pepe with the fruity intensity of Hanssens Scarenbecca, and was far better than either. Oh, and it's better than Dirty Horse, too. Seriously.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:30:32 | More by woosterbill
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Mike for this beer. From the year 1999.

A: The cork comes out without much of a sound and the beer pours an almost flat, murky, red color.

S: Despite a lackluster appearance, there is a very strong aroma. Big-time cherries which have a decent amount of sweetness, but still plenty of tartness and lactic acid. There seems to be a mild oak aroma as well as some grass and straw.

T: The flavor is really quite sour, more so than I expected, in fact. Lots of cherries, which again give a mild sweetness along with plenty of tartness. There is some musty funk and a bit of straw and grass.

M: Medium in body with a very low level of carbonation.

O: A fantastic Kriek. Glad to have finally tried this beer and that it was as good as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 22:07:31 | More by womencantsail
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this was a 2009 vintage but I don't remember for sure because the label got torn off somehow. Poured from a 33cl (or is it 37.5cl?) bottle into a bubble glass.

Appearance: looks just like a ruby red/pink grapefruit. Stunningly beautiful. Much different color from any other kriek I've had.

Nose: Plenty of sourness and tart cherry, very refreshing and exciting.

Taste: Wow! This is one of those rare beers where you know as soon as you put it in your mouth that it's one of the best beers you're ever going to taste. Very sour, not quite brutally sour but exactly as sour as it needs to be to complement the fruit flavors. Beautiful cherry flavors coming through as well. I relished every sip.

My new favorite kriek, this is. Opened it at a tasting and everyone there agreed without hesitation that it was the best beer of the night. Quite a pleasant surprise.

9.8/10

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 19:02:37 | More by AlexFields
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma here.rich sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away! this was a classic example of the style done nearly perfectly. i have some older ones coming my way i cannot wait to try

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:24:46 | More by mikesgroove
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on draft at tour de geuze 2011. Poured into an original de Cam glass.
Look: The beer pours dark Bordeaux-red color with a very small pink head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: Sour cherries, farmyard and something that resembles plastic or paint.
Taste: Sour cherries, some bitterness and wooden hints. Also here some disturbing artificial plastic flavors.
Mouthfeel: Thin body and no carbonation.
Overall: I don’t know, the taste of this beer is so different from all other HORAL kriek beers I tried. Not sure if I can get used to this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 20:34:49 | More by rvdoorn
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2005.

Clear bright red with a dense, light pink head with great retention, this is a gorgeous kriek. The nose is an intense blend of cherries and lambic. The cherries are present and potent, leathery and with skin tannins. Uniquely in between the fresh cherries, sour cherries and cherry pie character of different krieks. Lemony sourness is present with a little acetone character as well. The palate opens intensely sour with plenty of lemon and lemon rind sourness. .Some barnyard, grass and hay flavors are present. Very, very sour, interfering with the enjoyability, but in a weird sense, it still preserves a semblance of balance. Sour, fruity and lemony, there isn't any acetic character on the palate. The intensity reminds me of an aggressive Cantillon Kriek. Light in body with a puckering, sour finish, this is excellent stuff, but unfortunately, isn't the most drinkable kriek out there, simply because of its intense sourness.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:13:19 | More by DefenCorps
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2005 bottle, served at the Kulminator in April 2011. It poured a dark red color, not really clear even on the first pour, just a little haze at first and turning darker in subsequent pours. Loads of sediment in the last pour as I tried to get every bit of goodness out of the bottle.

Sweet aroma of cherries, loads of them, with some tart and funky counterpoints. Very sour tasting, puckering, alum-like. Reminds me most of Cantillon Kriek 2004 in that regard, extremely nice. Lots of lactic acid, no vinegar that I could tell, just really nice. Long lasting cherry aftertaste.

Wow, on my WANTs list for good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 04:50:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 375ml bottle received in a past trade with javib458. Thanks a lot Javier!

Pours a dark ruby red, almost plum color with dark cherry/mahogany edges when held to a light source. There was a medium sized pop when I got the cork out but this beer poured completely still with no head to speak of.

Extremely FUNKY aroma with lots of earthy, stinky barnyard character. Lots of bugs and horseblanket with oak tannis and a boat load of sweet cherry. I'm surprised how well the cherry has held up in the nose. Kind of smells like 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek but much more musty and funky. Hints of cheese, feat and bandaid but in a good way.

Extremely sour and mouth puckering with a lot of earthy, musty funk and oaky tannis which is countered by a sweet tart cherry presence. Wow, this beer has become crazy funky and sour with a lingering puckering, vinegary finish that leaves me drooling for more. Although this beer is very acidic and not easy to drink, the aftertaste is incredible and I want another sip immediately. As in the aroma, the cherry fruit flavor has held up incredibly well. I know that this beer uses real cherres but the flavor is so prominent it tastes like cherry juice is added. Lots of tart sweetness balancing out the musty funk and earthy oak. After the initial palate shock this beer becomes less intense and stomach burning but it's still a sipper.

This beer is delicious and incredibly complex and I'm glad that I finally got a chance to try it. I wish De Cam beers were available here because I would buy this regularly. Now I need to find the Oude Gueuze!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 07:56:22 | More by corby112
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WeisGuy

New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 375ml bottle

Pours a deep, dark burgundy color with a fair amount of haze. This could almost pass as red wine. A thin, wispy ivory head sticks around only around the edge. The aroma has strong acetic notes along a musty, funky barnyard component. The cherry smell is very tart and lightly sweet. Tart and sweet cherries up front on the palate with a sharp red wine vinegar flavor cutting down the tongue. Not nearly as much funkiness in the taste as in the aroma, but more sourness and cherry flavor than I would have expected from the smell. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation and a pretty dry finish with only light sweetness from the cherry. Despite the tartness and sourness, this is pretty drinkable stuff. I'll have no trouble polishing off the 375 with a little help from my wife. I'm really glad I have a 750 of the '05 to share with friends. With De Cam's Oude Lambiek hitting the US recently, I hope this Kriek finds its way across the Atlantic as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:45:08 | More by WeisGuy
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Oude Kriek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
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