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Oude Kriek De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 131
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: EPICAC on 12-05-2006

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 46
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Photo of warnerry
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at the Waterhuis in Ghent. Damn, this might be the best kriek I've ever had. Not overly funky, but interesting and with a long, dry sour cherry flavor. It's a pleasant mustiness, that for whatever reason reminds me of cobwebs and cellars before the tangy cherries kick in. Definitely find this beer if you're in Belgium.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  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.

Photo of sjstraub
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beer Planet in Brussels around March 10, 2010. Also a 2006 bottling. Split with my wife.

A - Dark ruby red, much darker than a cabernet. Almost no head in the pour, with limited small bubbles that rim the beer.

S - Very sour cheery smell. Some vinegar in the nose as well. No alcohol smell at all.

T - Sour and tart, but not so much that you scrunch up your face. Complex flavors from leather to tart cranberry. Very dry finish, without a hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth, with very limited tiny carbonated bubbles.

D - Certainly not a beer you have more than one of. But it's a wonderful lambic that we quite enjoyed.

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, thanks to Brad for this via trade some years ago.

Pours into a mini snifter a lovely glowing crimson, bright clarity, with a string of pearls around the edge that soon dissipate to nothing. Very little carbonation, and only a weak pop from the cork.

Mellow and lightly acetic, cherry pits and damp musty wood in the nose.

Starts with juicy black cherry that builds into a moderately intense puckering sourness in the finish. Somewhat acetic in the flavor, with that lemon juice pucker that sneaks up on you. Mellow, dry, and super drinkable. Still retains the cherry intensity despite it's age. Wish it had a touch more carbonation, but it's a lambic, so that's appropriate. A unique, mellow vintage that I really enjoyed.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of Bierguy5
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, 6.5% abv. Pours a cloudy reddish pink color. Small white head disappears immediately.

Sour cherry in the nose. Complex is the word. Leathery, funky, horse blanket and earthy. Layers of aroma.

Tartness up front that lingers forever. Sour cherry, leathery, funky and earthy. Acidic, but not overly.

Lighter body, almost no carbonation. No hint of alcohol. Very complex. Excellent.

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2005 vintage, 750ml bottle.

Murky cherry red color with a tall but fleeting head, this has a great color.

Sweet and tart cherry pie filling aroma. The cherries have a lot of depth; skin, pit and flesh. Lots of funk too, sweaty and musty.

Bracing sourness with a ton of sour cherry and lemon peel, the acidity is both lactic and acetic in character. Light-bodied but not quite quaffable due to the intense acidity, it's delicious all the same. Finishes with a kick of sour cherry, faint vinegary acetic acid and light tannins. As much as I enjoyed this, the acidity caught up with me after a while; better in small servings.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still liquid with a bright ruby color. Strong cherry notes and world class lambic aroma with a hint of lemon rind.

Taste is bold and lactic up front with fresh cherries blended in with a dry finish. Very well balanced with flavor from the cherries and strength of acidity in the lambic. This kriek was wonderful.

Photo of rpstevens
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rochefort10nh for this bottle, poured into my white birch glass.

The beer is a rich ruby color, a bit darker than grapefruit juice. The pour yields a think pink head that fades quickly and leaves behind no lacing.

The smell is tart cherries, vinegar, wood and musty funk. Followed by more tart cherries.

This is a sour, sour beer. The tart cherries and vinegar components blast the taste buds from start to finish, accompanied by zesty citrus and an earthy, funky flavor.

The beer is light bodied and just carbonated enough to accentuate the sour flavors. The alcohol is not present at all, despite the strong sour flavors this is a beer that I would love to drink more of.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of jastack
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I have here is from 2005. Poured a deep dark blood red with a creamy one finger red/white head into my Cantillon glass. The nose is sweet barnyard funk, which isn't as intense as some other krieks I've had in the past. The taste of this beer was quite exceptional. A bit of a shock of the taste buds leads into a great sour cheery flavor. This is followed by a subtle (for the style) funkiness intertwining a number of the usual lambic flavors which lightly fall off the palette. The mouthfeel was quite heavy, without the lively carbonation I'm used to. I found this a very drinkable kriek, particularly after the last one I had, the Hanssens Olde Kriek.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of mcallister
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back this beauty from Belgium. Pours with a cherry color and completely cloudy and opaque. No head however some small bubbles that form a ring around the glass.

God I miss this aroma. Funky as hell full of earthy, barnyardy, goat piss aromas. Hints of cherry, leather, horse blanket, hay with some etheral pungency.

Just an amazing beer with probably the longest finish of anything I've ever had. Earthy, sour as hell, with a pungent acidic nature. Carbonation levels are exceedingly low which suprises me. Hard to get past how long the finish is. So tart and delicious. Cherry flavors fight to make a presecnce through the funk and do just enough to add another layer of complexity.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | 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

Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of JDV
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to miketd for this hard to get beer!
Pours a deep, thick pomegranate juice color. Smell is big delicious tart cherries and lots of woodiness to it, and is super smooth, rounded and inviting. Taste is sour, sour, sour! Very nice, tart, dry cherry flavor and oaky, vinous, tanniny, drying deliciousness. No harsh or vinegar like qualities to it, but yet still intensely sour and extremely enjoyable and easy to sip. Great intense, yet balanced flavor, and I could have easily had more of this. Thanks so much again for this treat, Mike!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005:750ml

A: As it pours out of the bottle its got a medium, yet clear red color, but as the glasses were filled it turned a darker blood red with some haze to it. One finger, pink bubbly head that crashed immediately. Spotty lacing.

S: Tons of cherries. An undercurrent of slight sweetness, but predominately a bold tartness with hints of oak.

T: Wonderful sour and tart cherries. Like the de cam gueuze, this has a really clean profile that isn't particularly funky or musty. It is wonderfully delicious, though. Just a few hints of sweetness and oak, but mostly blasts of sour cherries.

M: Smooth, perhaps slightly undercarbonated for a kriek. Definitely not still though. Quite acidic and sour, but not caustic.

D: Top notch. De Cam really knows what they are doing. I just wish I didn't have to order these from Belgium.

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Oude Kriek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
96 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.