Oude Geuze De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij
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4.88/5 rDev +12.7%
Thanks to a random patron at CCB for sharing a healthy pour of this with me. I don't know much about it. 750ml "Gooik Oude Geuze" of unknown vintage.
A - It is brightly golden and very effervescent, with the steady stream of bubbles supplying a persistent white frothy cap.
S - Bright notes of sour lemon rind, hay-bales and an earthy wet-wood nuance are phenomenal; the nose suggests that this is indeed a very fine example.
T - The taste is fantastic. Horsey funk, hay, green grass, dank basement and tart lemon flood my palate, tempered by a slight charcoal/sulfur/charred oak nuance. The flavors are bright, individually distinguishable, and well-integrated. As my glass is nursed along, softer notes of tart peach and loquat are revealed. This is about as good as it gets.
M - Bright, pleasantly astringent, with long-lived effervescence.
D - I don't know if this is rare or what, I have never seen it save for today in the possession of (an awesome and generous) totally random bar patron. I want more!
11-02-2010 01:16:05 | More by ktrillionaire
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
A very dry, sharp tasting, sour Gueuze. Oak is detectable in the aftertaste. The newest of the Gueuze blenders, the Bottle was dated 1998 and sampled in the De Cam Stekerij at Easter 2002. The Gueuze was extremely effervescent when de-corked. Excellent example of the style, a truly traditional Gueuze, will definitely become a favourite amongst Gueuze Monsters in years to come as the Vintages develop character, and may well mount a challenge for King Cantillons crown. The 1998 Vintage is one of the first batches to leave the Stekerij and hence the oldest. Review is for the 1998 Bottle. Note: Newer examples that I have tried (2000) lack the dryness and can be somewhat 'flat' when served. I believe that time will better this Gueuze in the years to come. Superb!!
08-20-2002 21:30:17 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
Bottled Jan 2009 - 375 ml bottle.
A - Nice lacing with a hazy dark gold color. Think half way between an amber and a hefe.
S - It's a geuze. The most unique and amazing smell in the world to me. Musty citrus smell. A distinct sour in there as well.
T - Tartness and funkiness with apple finish. The finish last forever, in a very, very good way.
M - Tiny bubbles in the carbonation make for a light feel and really add to the taste.
D - I love geuze, but you can never have too many of them.
Maybe the best geuze I've ever had.
08-17-2010 01:23:14 | More by sjstraub
4.75/5 rDev +9.7%
"Oude Gueze de Cam" - fortunately and finally found at the Bier Circus in Brussels. 375ml size, bottled October 2006 (nearly a year prior). De Cam is one of the last true lambic producers - and due to incredibly small production - certainly one of the rarer to come across (even in Belgium!)
A beautiful colour, a sun roasted orange with crisp, burnt brown highlighting. Flawlessly pearl white head that consistently manged to leave drapes of lacing just (and only) above the level it was currently at. Not sure how...
Aroma of funk and underlying toasty malts. Caramel. Barnyard wheat. Soft, fruity undertones. The scent of nectar (like peach, apricot). An incredible delight to the senses.
The carbonation is perfect. I believe they blend one, two, and three year old lambic, whatever the case the result is perfect. It is smooth but not without some sour puckering. The sweet and sour notes are perfectly blended.
Delicious. Tart fruit. Again, sweet and sour is balanced on the palate. The taste is impossible to describe (or at very least capture the essence of). I feel like a jerk posting a review with the inability to better describe this beer... it is special, it is unique, it is a name I will always remember as one of the best beers I've ever had.
While I had difficulty finding this one, and little success in describing it, I can say one thing for sure - I enjoyed it. Oh did I ever...
09-11-2007 16:31:12 | More by biegaman
4.75/5 rDev +9.7%
Bottled on 2003
Review from notes
A- pours a darker amber color then your typical gueze. Minimal head but a good swirl revives half a finger of off white head.
S- Massive barnyard funk with notes of rustic earth horseblanket/goat and blue cheese. Slight dryed floral aroma on the finish with an abundance of wet hay.
T- starts of with a burst of wild mushroom and rustic earthiness. Tart mouthpickering acidity with notes of oak in the middle. Predominate barnyard funk permiates the beer with wet hay, horseblanket and goaty flavors galore. The wheat adds some raw ceral grain flavor and need softness. Finishes bone dry with some bitterness and lingering rustic funk.
MF- prickly mouthfeel with a light body. Fine champagne like carbonation but not as active.
D- very drinkable.
Overall A incredibly unique gueze that would only continue to mature with age. Top notch at this juncture and one of the best guezes I've had.
10-11-2011 13:37:47 | More by Viciousknishs
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel
07-10-2011 13:32:26 | More by mikesgroove
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
I was glad I found this brand, because it isn’t easy to come by. “De Cam” is one of the last of three to brew Lambic. And they do there own blending.
Because the label is only in Dutch, it has given some translation problems it seems. This is what it says:
“In large one hundred year old oak barrels, the Lamiek ripens for years. Specially for you, 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambiek has been carefully tasted, blended and bottled.
(Address of the brewery)
This Geuze only contains wheat, malt and hop.”
Bottling date 15-03-2003 (EU system). I served this at room temperature in a Geuze glass, a “Boerke” (looks like a 1/2 pint glass).
Very strong head development at first, but it settled eventually. A nice thin creamy head remained.
When I opened the bottle a strong Geuze sent overwhelmed my nostrils. Everything rural and old romantic came to my mind as I enjoyed the odour. More specific it reminds me of a farm / stable. Moisture, wild spices, unions, salted and dried meat. Strong basic tones.
The colour is a light orange amber. Little bubbles running through.
Taste is overwhelmingly good. Some bitterness at first, sourness kicks in very quickly and becomes overpowering. Citric. Evolves in a more well balanced aroma. Dark bread and malt / moisture / old.
Malt and sour flavours linger on in the back of the mouth.
Best Geuze I have drunk so far. Congratulations for saving this unique beer.
06-15-2006 17:28:55 | More by Bierschenker
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
750ml, 2008 vintage. HUGE thanks to PALMEJ1 for sharing this at the 2011 Hunahpu's release. This has been a top want of mine for a long time so I was very pleasantly surprised when Jacob busted this out. Thanks again man, this was a real treat.
Pours almost still with a slightly hazy golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and very faint bubbles that quickly disappears leaving no lace.
Incredibly funky, earthy aroma with a very prominent barnyard/horsey presence. Hints of cobweb, oak, vegetable, horseblanket and band aid with crisp light fruit and vinegar. Hints of apple and pear that along with the vinegar provides some nice sweetness in the nose that balances out all of the funk.
Tart puckering medium body with lots of sour barnyard funk without beng acetc or acdic at all. Intensely puckering but clean with lots of earthy funk and sourness without being harsh or abrasive. Slight light fruit presence with hints of apple and pear and a nice vinegar/vinaigrette flavor at the end of the swallow that leaves me drooling for more. I can't believe that this beer can be so complex, funky and drinkable all at the same time. Some sours/lambics/gueuze can become a bit much after a while but I could drink this beer all night. Amazing!
03-24-2011 03:29:28 | More by corby112
4.65/5 rDev +7.4%
375ml corked and caged bottle from Jan 2009.
Okay, I put it in the fridge for about an hour and when I removed the cage, the cork shot out like a rocket. Thankfully, I didn't lose much of the beer.
It pours a huge head of foam..I can see a cloudy straw yellow brew underneath. As the foam shrinks, it leaves some nice lacing behind.
The smell is both very sour and a bit bitter. Lots of apple like tartness dominate but there's also a barnyard kind of smell there. It smells so good. I wonder if the taste can match it.
Green apple tartness is up front, slight hint of funk, a bit of hop bitterness, more sourness...this is a grand brew to drink if you really dig sours. I'm smacking my mouth drinking this. I just don't want the sourness of this brew to leave my palate!
On the low end of medium bodied with a lively level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is just fine.
This IS one hell of a Gueuze! De Cam beers are awesome!
10-12-2012 23:53:53 | More by Bitterbill
United Kingdom (England)
4.65/5 rDev +7.4%
Purchased at the Beer Circus, East Croydon a long while ago. 375ml green bottle, corked and caged, at 6.5%abv. Bottled in 09.2004, blending 1, 2, and 3 year old Lambiek~~ Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass on 24/12/2006--this is the second beer on my 2006 X'mas beer-tasting menu~~
A: dark orangey amber hue with great clarity; coming with a settled white foamy head that stays constantly on top of gentle streams of tiny fizz that are much smoother and more enjoyable to watch than Champagne~~
S: during pouring the aroma is utterly fragrant at first... in the glass it turns more focused, complexly sour and fruity, with a tremendous depth of dried lemon zests, dry-cider, savoury-sour marinated star-fruits, reduced white wine vinegar, underneath the robust body of wheat-ish malts with profound notes of musty yeasts and rustic oak-barrels... Everything is mixed just harmoniously, showing a balanced profile overall.
T: utterly zesty-dry and musty from the very beginning... the tartness and damp/rotten woodiness gradually manifest... turning more tangy-zesty and even bone-dry in the lingering aftertaste, where the tastebuds are constantly entertained by a flow of wheat-malts' aroma, a subtle but lasting touch of vanilla-ish oak-iness, a clean but tannic mouthfeel lent by the subtle bitter-woodiness, before a soothing stream of alc. quietly warming the throat.
M&D: superb on the mouthfeel, that it's softly spritzy as a good Geuze should be; the texture sits on top of a profound body of wheat-malts and is prolonged by the phenomenal dryness and oaky aroma on the tongue. All in all, this is one of the best Old Geuze I've tasted, even better than 3 Fonteinen 2002 vintage even though this bottle is much younger. It's not outstanding because of stunning complexity, but the incredible depth, length, body, and balance all in one go. A sublime beer to kick off a special occasion like tonight, X'mas Eve. 8-)
12-24-2006 19:52:41 | More by wl0307
Oude Geuze De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
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