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Oude Geuze De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 182
Gots: 36 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-20-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Sammy, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dazedandconfused for sending me this one!

Bottled 1/2009.

This has been the first bottle I have opened so far where the cork shoots out with the cage intact after I only have loosened the cage itself. Pours a clear golden yellow with a massive 4 inch fizzy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Lots of tiny bubbles are active in the beer itself after the pour. Small dots and chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. When I stick my nose into the glass and take a whiff I am met with an intense blast of funk that tingled and burned my nose and made the hair on my face stand on end. I am also getting very sour, tart, woody, and earthy aromas. Definitely one of the funkiest gueuzes I have ever smelled. Taste is of funk, lemony sourness/tartness, grain, and some slightly woody flavors. There is an acidic tingle on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great gueuze and probably the best one I have tried thus far in my beer tasting journey.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, May 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for opening up this bottle. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with very head and zero lacing. A good swirl or two brings nothing back up, and subsequent hard pours didn't fare much better. The nose brought plenty of earthy barnyard and funk with some oak in the background. The flavor layered the funk quite well. Nice hay and earth and a dry finish that was quite smooth. Light body and very little carbonation. A pretty good example of the style.

Thorpe429, Jun 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

mikesgroove, Jul 10, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Believe it was Matt that shared this. Perhaps Henry?

A: The pour is a hazed golden amber color with a large, soapy white head.

S: Big time funk on the nose. Lots of must and grass, and some damp oak. Lemon and lemon zest give a nice sourness. There's also a touch of earthiness. A mild barnyard character to it.

T: Nice clean lactic tartness. Musty funk with lots of grass, hay, and wet oak. Lemony sourness along with some lemon zest and green apples. Nice but not super complex.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: Good lambic all around, but could have used a little bit more of each of its traits.

womencantsail, Apr 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-golden body marked by a few stray bubbles.

Smell: Tart-smelling aroma of white wine, bales of hay, pear preserves, and dust-covered cobwebs.

Taste: Damp hay, a particularly tart chardonnay, and a restrained funkiness - all with a fist-clenching acidity. Hints of lemon wedges and sliced pears. Pleasing mustiness throughout. Lightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Some may consider it somewhat tame, but it's still a very tasty, very satisfying brew.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 02, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: Other vintages of this beer are very, very good. Avoid the 2009 bottling.

Thanks, Arne. 2009 vintage, bottled in January. Clear and golden hued with a small sustaining head that's fed by a high level of effervescence.

Incredibly funky aroma - sulfur, rotten eggs, rotten lemons, other rotten things. The funk is overwhelming until it has time to breathe, and then it becomes more oaky and earthy.

The taste opens with a sharp lemon-like flavor, both bitter rind and sour juice. Woody and earthy/funky flavors come out more as it breathes. Lactic sourness is dominant with only a trace of acetic acid. Finishes tannic and oaky with some lactic slickness sticking to the tongue. Very enjoyable, but not quite stellar. The beer improved as it sat in the glass and warmed.

largadeer, May 26, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Brad for this one, jan. 2006 bottle.

High clarity orange, bright jewel tone with soft carbonation. Light wispy cobwebs of skim across the still surface. Starkly elegant thin ring of white foam.

Oak, toasted sesame seed, lemon, wet hay aroma.

Fruit leans toward citrus with lemon peel, puckering citric acid. Starfruit, semi-tropical fruit element that seeps in around the lemony sourness. Finishes bone dry, lingering woody aftertaste. Pulls the cheeks inward, tart like fresh grapefruit. Perfect level of carbonation, soft enough to give it a truly mellow feel that's a joy to savor.

Right up there with Cantillon as a classic example of traditional Lambic/Gueuze. Unique in it's own right, with pronounced dry oak and citrusy fruit notes.

emerge077, Sep 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think this review was lost, but digging though my notes I found the original scribbles on it. Huge thanks to Francois for bringing this aged beast, 2003 vintage.

Pours golden blond with faint remnants of head and lacing.

Nose is mostly funk, horsehair barnyard funk, lemony vinous notes, tart acidic, and light grassy hay.

Taste is more of the same, big barnyard horseblanket funk, lemon, grassy hay and lemongrass, a big tart acidic lemon bite, vinous musty notes, nice sourness.

Mouth is lighter bod but typical, big acidic bite, nice carb for the age.

jlindros, Nov 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 750ml bottle from 2007. Served in a De Cam stange glass at 't Brugs Beertje.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that dissipated slowly to a thick cap, and left plenty of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. A slightly hazed golden orange color with tons of bubbles racing upwards. Pretty attractive stuff, and a little darker than most gueuze.

S - Great funkiness, oak, musty barn, citric acid/lemon, horse-blanket, grapes, sour apple, and graham crackery sweetness. There was a great balance to the flavors, particularly compared to the Drei Fonteinen I had the night before.

T - The taste is full of huge sour & tart flavors, with significantly more muted funk. There's some citric sweetness, and a lot of the aforementioned descriptors from the aroma. The finish is full of a unripened apple flavor that lingers for hours.

M - Lots of dry cottonmouth feel in the finish, almost champagne-like, but still some residual stickiness. Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied. Great example of the style

D - My wife and I drank the 750ml bottle with no problems - the ABV is low, the carbonation is right on, and the taste is terrific. The aftertaste gets a little palate-busting, but that's a minor complaint.

MasterSki, Jul 11, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at my wife's baby shower to the exiled males in the back yard. Served in a bruery glass I think.

Beer is mostly clear and kind of orange but pretty still, was not expecting that at all.

Aroma is oaky with a mild acetic, mild lactic, and this tannic oddness / funk to it from what I assume is brett b

beer is thin and bright on the palate with a mildly dry finish. overall it is a decent gueuze, the sourness comes through on the palate well and the feeling is really nice. I enjoyed it and I would have it again but I wished for a carbonated beverage.

drabmuh, Jun 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever broke this out at the end of the Top Hops tasting; it was awesome.

a - Pours a golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of a ton of barnyard funk, oak, cheese, light wine, and some fruit. Funk is awesome and super strong; loving it.

t - Tastes of fruit, oak, wine, funk, cheese, earthy notes, light citrus, and some floral notes. Not quite as funky as the nose, though some is still there.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great gueuze; it's super funky which I love. Tons of funk and cheese to it, especially in the nose...one of the funkiest smelling gueuzes I've had. Would love to have it again.

mdfb79, Oct 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served at cellar temperature; Sampled January 2008
The carbonation on this beer is pathetic for a Gueuze, pretty much non-existent, after a careful pour there is neither a hint of a head or even a foretelling of a carbonation bubble. The beer is a clear, honey-amber color. The aroma is a dream though; funky sour, well integrated, overall it just pulls me back to Belgium sipping Lambic in the local cafes. Aromatic touches of grapefruit, lactic acid, hints of urea, mellow butyric acid like barnyard funk, piquant lemon, lavender, a bit of aromatic soap, dusty wheat, . Sharp acidity, piquantly spicy, just funky enough, this aroma really is just a fantastic treat; it is missing the lively, peppery, carbonic acid notes, but this is such a trip, I just can't get enough.

A puckering sour note at first, but then it yields a soft touch to the tartness that was not in this beer that last time I had it. Certainly not quite as hard as when I last had this beer in 2001, still the acidity is omnipresent and quite appetizing. Just about completely flat, though there is a minuscule amount of CO2 here that just barely adds something to the body. Speaking of which, this beer is nice and light, though it has a hint of a viscous texture to it that makes it a bit thicker than water. Nicely lactic in its sourness, but it has a hint of citrus to it as well as perhaps a memory of acetic acid. A touch of musty, stale cat notes add a soft funkiness to the brew. A touch of barrel character subtly adds notes of vanillin and a certain tannic backbone that affects both the flavor, body and mouthfeel of this brew.

This is a really nice version of a Lambic, of course I was expecting a Gueuze when I popped the cork. I certainly do miss the lively carbonation and accompanying bottle conditioned funk that a grand Gueuze has, but this is a really good beer. The base Lambic is just so good that I almost don't miss the characteristics of a fantastic (and this would have been one) bottle conditioned, traditional Gueuze; though in all truthfulness a part of me really does miss it.

Sampled at the source 2001
A sour lemony aroma with only a hint of mustiness to it. There is a definite sharp acidity to it, that I would say is on the hard side for the traditional geuze blenders. The carbonation is lively and seems to enhance the acidity.

Gueuzedude, Jan 12, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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Oude Geuze De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
96 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.