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Oude Kriek De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 132
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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Photo of corby112
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!

corby112, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

tempest, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Vintage 2005

A: Dark red hue with a subtle haziness. The color is really beautiful. The beer has a rather small head that quickly fades, leaving a few touches of lacing behind.

S: Huge cherry scents with sour funk. The aroma is distinctly Belgian and wonderful.

T: Surprisingly tart, even though I was expecting it. Cherries are prominent throughout, along with a funky sourness that makes your mouth pucker and eyes squint in lambic delight.

M: The beer is very acetic, but not harsh. It's amazingly tart and enjoyable.

D: I'd love to have this one again. I found it extremely pleasant, enjoyable, and intriguing. It's a great beer to savor and inhale the bouquet of sour cherries.

Huhzubendah, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BARFLYB, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Gonzoillini, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of biegaman
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?!).

biegaman, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.8%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Bitterbill, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bsuedekum, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

kscaldef, May 26, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
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!

woosterbill, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

outoffocus, May 26, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
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

AlexFields, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

tom10101, May 06, 2014
Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -7.8%

akang, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of warnerry
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.

warnerry, Apr 06, 2012
Oude Kriek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
96 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.