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Oude Kriek De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 130
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
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

AlexFields, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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

mikesgroove, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

warnerry, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of EPICAC
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. The Good Beer Guide: Belgium lists this as a different beer from Kriekenlambiek, so I'm adding it. When I ordered it the bartender said he hadn't seen it, but he came back a few minutes later with a dusty bottle that was dated 09.2004.

Appearance: When I poured out the first half the beer was crystal clear, but the second half had some cloudiness. That tells you how long the bottle had been sitting in the cellar undisturbed. The beer pours an orange-red color with a thin pinkish head that quickly fades to a thin ring.

Smell: Without swirling cherries and acidic sourness dominate the aroma with a light funky barnyard aroma. Upon swirling the barnyard aroma becomes very intense. Exactly what I want a kriek to smell like.

Taste: Very acidic and sour. There are tart cherry flavors that bring along no sweetness. The finish is noticeably earthy and funky... Marvelous.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation with an intensely dry finish.

Drinkability: A sipper, but a fantastic sipper.

Overall: A damn fine kriek.

EPICAC, Dec 05, 2006
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

corby112, Feb 12, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

mcallister, Dec 06, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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?!).

biegaman, Aug 02, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 11, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Oude Kriek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
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