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Oude Geuze De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 183
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of Bendurgin
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this for Christmas from Andy. Poured into a chalice. Pours with a massive foaming head that settles as quickly as it developes. Deep straw colored body with some thin foam and sparce lace.

This one is very sour in the aroma. Tart white grapes with woody notes, but this one is dominantly sour. Seems to be a little sugary here. The sourness seems a bit more mellow on the buds but still gives a good presence. A little bit of a fruity grape profile with a little bit of lemon zest.

Good light body with lively carbonation here. Pretty solid gueze here. One I'd love to have more of.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! We drank this in the backyard while the women folk had a baby shower inside the premises.

My pour looks great, much to the surprise of the other gents, who had a quite different experience. Golden hued, with a finger of off white head that stuck around for a few minutes, before leaving some sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers wonderful barnyard funk, hay, light citrus, and oak. Great flavor, bringing everything I found in the aroma together quite nicely. The body is fairly thin, with low carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer. I seem to have enjoyed this quite a bit more than my counterparts. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of mikesgroove
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

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of the 2003 vintage, I was happy to be able to try this shortly after I was able to enjoy the 2001 Oude Lambiek De Cam.

Dirty straw colored, light carbonation is evident. The body of the beer is very transparent, crisp and clear as the yeast in the bottom of the bottle was left behind.

The aroma and flavor are both more mellow and well rounded than they were in the raw lambic. Forest floor aromas and a dank musty funk meet the nose as a first impression. Musty barnyard and horseblanket also are present in front of a slight brininess and clean lactic sourness that gives impressions of lemon zest. The flavor is similar in what it brings to the table, giving musty and dank flavors to temper the lemony citric sour notes. However, there are also peachy and apricot esters that trickle in and out as I enjoy the beer. That same brightness of the lambic is present here, with a hint of salty brine to round everything out.

Phenomenal throughout, this geuze hits on all cylinders. Very well-rounded and clean, this ranks up there with some of my favorites in the style.

Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January '09 corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a very attractive hazed golden color with a finger of creamy white head atop. When held to the light, the edges show some yellow coloration and through the body a more deep orange. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of the cap. As the head recedes to a creamy layering atop that lasts the duration, a bit of spotty lacework clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is a deeply complicated mix of scents that are very enjoyable. Lemony citrus zest upfront giving way to characteristics of straw/hay, earth, funk, must, stinky feet/cheese and cardboard with a little bit of diaper stink to the backend. There are some faint fruity indications somewhat reminiscent of pear skin throughout the middle. The lemony aspect of this brew's aroma indicates this is going to be sour and I am salivating before taking my first sip.

The taste of the brew includes all characteristics described in the aroma. However, the fruity indications of pear skin and slight green apple are more readily noticeable with the other flavors providing a depth and accents. Lemon lactic notes, hay, funky brett, earth, mild cardboard, slight mineral to herbal bitterness, dirty diaper, sulfur. All of this might sound disgusting but the way it plays in the mouth is amazing. Without restraint I seriously could chug the rest of this bottle.

This is medium to light bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol presents itself with a slight warmth down the back of the throat. Such a nice arrangement of enjoyable flavors and aromas, this was a fantastic brew to sip on. I need more. As a second glass is poured, more character of cheese comes out in aroma and flavor with a nice woodsy dryness that was not evident before. The finish gets more drying as it comes up to room temperature. Previously hidden notes of grass and light bubblegum come forward adding a strange twist to this brew. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, bottled 01/09, shared at De Lambiek museum in Beersel.

A: Pale amber body (good clarity) with a thin, coarse head. Ok, but uninspiring.

S: Skunk + funk. Earthy + grassy, with plenty of sharp lemony acidity. Not the best. I was surprised to find a skunked Lambic, but this was a quintessentially skunky as any Heineken bottle. Disappointing, although the nice acidity helped make up for it somewhat.

T: Brightly acidic up front, with light dkunk giving way to husky malt, fruity tartness, and big barnyardy funk on the finish. Dirty.

O: I still enjoyed drinking this beer, but the skunk really took away from how great it could have been. I'd gladly try it again, but only if I knew the bottle had been well-kept.

Cheers!

Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard reports of potato notes as well as red peppers but I tasted none of that. This was a 375ml of the 2009 vintage. The head on this was amazing, so huge and unyielding, bigger than any gueuze I've seen. The aroma was sour citrus and mild funk. The flavor was good, sour lemons, very refreshing. Overall this was a great gueuze. Its really a shame that we can't buy this in the U.S. because I'd drop some cash on it. As it is I really can't because shipping from Belgium is just too much. This reminded me more of a 3F than say Cantillon.

Photo of drabmuh
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.

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, akkurat -stockholm.

maybe the only bargain beer to be had in the whole country - very fair price on a beer i could never find otherwise.

paired with some mussels - whisky, bacon, cream

appearance: served in de cam glasswear - active carbonation, straw golden body, agressive white foam

smell: when handed to me, the beer guru announced that this "smelled f*cking wonderful" - this was pretty accurate. funky grass, sour grape, lemon zest, earthy

taste: greate gueuze - funky straw/grass, sour white grap, hay, wet earth, lemon zest, tart white wine, all the characteristics you could hope for

mouthfeel: tart, dry, aggressive

overall: great

Photo of rvdoorn
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at the source during the tour de geuze 2011. Bottle date 2006. Poured into an original de Cam glass.
Look: The beer pours a yellow golden color with a very small white head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: Vinegar with wooden hints and crisp citrus.
Taste: Malty, sour and tart up front with some wooden bitterness in the end. Also some fruits in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation
Overall: A nice geuze, a bit too watery for my liking though. Is also missing the balance that is so clearly present in Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen geuzes. Still very very worth trying.

Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a pub in Antwerp. From notes.

A - Tons of carbonation in this muddy looking dark copper beer with a bldone filmy head. No lacing came out and there was a ring of retention.

S - Soury. Grape skin, pissy, interesting.

T - Dusty, carpety, lemon, sourness, and very grapey.. Really powerful and aggressive taste.

M - Extremely smooth with medium carbonation and a medium body. A little sourness in the finish.

O/D - Smoother than a lambic. A feature I quite like about Geuzes. Nice and grapey. Not a bad one.

Photo of JAXSON
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009. Pours a clear orange gold with a medium head that settles into a thin cap. Nose is lush, juicy, kind of a very brett-forward, melon type nose or something. Definitely more brett heavy than most Belgian lambics I believe. Quite sour upfront, really high carbonation, which I enjoy. Still really bretty throughout, kind of eggy, sweaty brett. Citrus fruits, light fruits, a touch of white grape perhaps. In fact, it reminds me of Cuvee de Castleton a *little* bit, which is odd as I rarely compare genuine Belgian lambics to American sours. Acidity creeps up a bit in the finish. I can see how the components of this might play a role in the 3 Fonteinen blends but I'm not sure the really high carbonation works well with the overly brett-forward elements of this. I prefer the drier, more mineral-forward 3 Fonteinen blends. This is somewhat like Girardin Black but the funk and yeast in the Girardin is tighter, and to me this just doesn't *pop* how I wanted.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear orange with a thin white head.

S-soft aroma with notes of cheesy funk. touch of leather, nice appricot notes, lightly sour with hints of acidity.

T-again, well balanced, lightly sour, notes of cheese, musky funk but light and integrated with good notes of appricots that are lightly sour. there is a moderate acidity and hints of bitterness.

M-good syrupy feel but rather dry in the finish and a nicely active carbonation.

D-insanely balanced with great fruity sweetness and juicy but awesome funk to it making it extremely complex.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a water glass. The 375 ml bottle is from the 2009 vintage. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, golden orange color with a minimal head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass (even as it is being poured by the server). When the first sip is taken most of the bubbles are gone and there are very few left.

Smell: The aroma has some nice caramel from the malts carrying it along as the lightly funky aroma mingles in with some lemon zest. There also seem to be some orchard fruits here such as apricot and peaches and while I can’t be 100%, sure there seems to be some oak in the background.

Taste: The flavors include both sweet and a touch of sour. There is some lemony tartness here but not a lot. The caramel and fruit flavors blend together so well it’s a challenge to tease them out but I’d say the fruits are pears, peaches and apricots. Any funky character is pretty much still in hiding in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the thin side of medium with very light carbonation. The finish is medium long, lightly sour and quite dry

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found that each sip followed the last one easily and almost without thought. By the time lunch was served I’d finished well over half of it. It also turned out to be a surprising good companion to the beef stew I was having. I’ll certainly be happy to have this again and I wouldn’t mind seeing what a few years of age do with this beer. My overall impression is that this is a very good beer. Very different than the Cantillon but very good in its own right. This beer demonstrated to me that when it comes to lambics and geuze it is the wild yeast and their companion bacteria that make up the terroir of the beer.

Photo of corby112
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle, 2006 vintage, served at Heeren Van Liedekerke to help me finish off my meal, directly after completing a J&J Roos. This beer's rating might suffer in relation to the Roos but it was still quite good. Even so I prefer tha De Cam Oude Lambiek I had the night before.

It pours a dark golden-orange color, clear with a thin white foam. Very spritzy looking, lots of carbonation. The aroma is nice but not as deep as the aged Roos, some citrus character like lemon rind, tart white wine, that type of thing. On tasting it seemed less refined, I get the funk and oak, but the lemon character is more pronounced than in any other gueuze I've tried. It tasted good but didn't really have a special feel to it. Maybe because I'd been sticking with much older vintages during this trip, or maybe it was just this particular year's blend, I can't be sure.

The beer had a lot of carbonation, it fizzed on my tongue like pop but with a silkier body. Very easy to finish the bottle, it was gone in no time, as was the meal.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle

Pours a clear yellow/gold with lots of effervescent bubbles and a 3 finger head with webby lacing.

The aroma is a beautiful blend of funky drawers, lemon, pear, peanuts, faux leather, apple juice, Saturday morning, and salon quality hair gel.

The flavor is pretty damn sour for the style. I expected a bit more funk on the flavor an am disappointed in that regard, however the citrus profile here is truly phenomenal. A deep lemon tartness with pear, apple skin, and white grape acidity coating the palate. Perhaps this one needs a few more years on it to develop some funk? I love it, but I would love it 'that' much more.

The body is light and carbonation is high but not stinging. Incredibly dry in the back of the throat, you won't be swallowing any pills after sipping on this one.

Overall this is another high class beer coming from the fields of Belgium, however my rating is slightly lower than it should be because of rating to style.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009:375ml

A: Pale golden-wheat body. Two finger sized head formed as it was poured into a tumbler. Just the slightest cloudiness. Soapy lacing.

S: Bright lemons, white grapes, oak and miscellaneous soft citric fruits.

T: Like the nose, this gueuze takes a clean-lemon citric profile. Some oak and just the slightest bit of funk. Not pervasively sour like Cantillon, not the oaky funk of Drie Fonteinen. Clean and bright like Girardin.

M: Light bodied. Nice effervescence. Some sourness and tartness in the finish.

D: A sure-fire stand out that makes a good argument for being the best "standard" gueuze.

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with kkipple

Appearance: Clear, golden pour, smallish head but aggressive carbonation

Smell: Diapers and fresh asphalt with some white grapes and funk.

Taste: Again with the asphalt and diapers, also some horse blanket and lots of funk. Very dry; very sharp.

Mouthfeel: Agressive champagne carbonation, I called it sprite gone bad.

Drinkability: Glad we shared it, probably one of my least favorite gueuze

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of sjstraub
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 750mL

Lightly hazed copper with off white head, good retention, minimal lacing. A little darker than most, but a sexy gueuze indeed. Lemon rinds, acetic acid, horse blanket, and oak. Taste is more of the smell, very well balanced. A nice sweetness to balance the acetic and citric acids.

It's been almost a year since I had this last, but it's still my favorite of all the gueuze blenders.

Oude Geuze De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
96 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.