De Cam Framboise Lambiek | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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De Cam Framboise LambiekDe Cam Framboise Lambiek
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Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jeffo on 12-21-2012

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Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750, 2015 vintage

Pours almost flat with no head or lacing. Slightly murky ruby red
Fruit up front, lactic with a hint of barnyard
More of the same on the palate
Light crisp body, could do with a touch more carb

overall tasty - wish it wasn't so expensive and more available, but otherwise a solid raspberry lambic

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky raspberry pink color.

Very sour and acidic. Mouth puckering. Medicinal. Lots of fruit and raspberries. A fair amount of funk. Lemon vinegar.

Light bodied. Good carbonation.

I might need tums after this one. Decent sour.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently my first De Cam beer (i.e. blend), unless there're notes in my 1500+ handwritten review backlog that prove the contrary...

"Exclusief Framboise-Lambiek."

BOTTLE: Purchased at Plan B in Rotterdam for ~16.50 euro. Green glass. Unbranded red hood-and-wire cap over an unbranded cork. Very very oddly, the label says 37.5cl yet this is obviously a 750ml format bottle. Botteldatum: Jan. 2009.

6% ABV.

Reviewed live as a framboise per the label and name. I'm not sure what to expect, but seeing as it's a true lambic, I'm quite hopeful. Served at cellar temperature into a pilsner glass.

Cork pops easily, but beer does make a surge upwards, so mind the gush.

HEAD: None whatsoever - or at least it fizzes (fizzles?) out audibly within 5 seconds. Leaves white lacing on the sides of the glass.

BODY: Pink-orange (if that makes any sense?). Translucent, fairly vibrant, nontransparent. I see no yeast/lees or sediment within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for a framboise, but within style conventions.

AROMA: Faint lactobacillus bacterial sourness, suggesting about a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Raspberries are definitely evident, but could be more vivid and pungent. Powdered sugar doused raspberries come to mind. Malt foundation is neutral, and stays out of the way, letting the fruit provide the sweetness and flavour. Or maybe the lambicus yeast is just perfectly attenuated to tame the malt sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is average. Okay, it could be more vivid and expressive and could suggest more depth, but it's nice - and it's right on the money for a framboise. I detect no booziness nor any off-notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Tart raspberries, moderate (~5/10 in terms of intensity) sourness, more aggressive lactobacillus bacterial character than you'd find in most framboise fruited lambics, acidity (lactic, but not acetic), and general deliciousness (if I may say so). Malts are neutral in character (or perhaps just perfectly attenuated by the lambicus yeast), letting the fruit take centre stage. Jam.

Acidity and lactic sourness are more pronounced than in most framboise style beers I've had (e.g. Cantillon), but it really works here.

Has a natural balance and cohesion. To nitpick, more of an oak presence would lend it more unity and would help tie it all together, but it tastes like a gestalt whole of a beer as-is; it exceeds the sum of its parts.

The term "palate-stripping" comes to mind, but acidic as it is, it's never unpleasant or over-aggressive. Acidic, smooth, wet, refreshing, light-bodied, well-carbonated. Not quite puckering, but it has a pleasant smackiness to it. Boasts a natural harmony of texture and taste.

OVERALL: Obscenely drinkable, though its acidity does slow it down. So much the better; this is meant to be savoured. This introduction to De Cam is a stellar one; this is a classic framboise with a spot-on flavour profile and a harmonious mouthfeel. More assertive in its sourness and acidity than most true framboise fruited lambics, but it really works for this beer in my opinion. I'd happily buy it again even at its ~16 euro price point for a special occasion, and I'd definitely recommend it to others. This makes me realize it's criminal I've ignored De Cam for so long, and that's a mistake I intend to rectify.

Would pair well with salad.

Great blend. I find no Pilsner Urquell character at all, if anyone is curious given De Cam's "barrel" aging.

High B+ (3.99) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of smakawhat
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle dated Jan 2009. Minor pop off the cork, a hint of gas hiss just before the cork is dislodged, and a nice smoke.

Deep dark red almost rust body color, with a bit of muddy opaque color but does have a good red glow slightly. Lots of fine carbonation, and a slow decant is a controlled fine bubbled pink head. Any minor excess pour creates a huge, and I mean HUGE head gush and creation. The head at its light pink though dissolves very quickly with snapping carbonation. Quite interesting behavior on a brew. Head dissolves entirely, to a micro ringed collar, and there is a verocious volcano top that jettisons out the bubbles to the edges which is worth the price of admission itself right there, like bubbles racing on a red ice skating rink. This is really neat looking.

Aroma is big on earth funk and juiced raspberries. Mild almost sage like herbality coming with some of the raspberry sweetness but the nose really can't get away from this earthy funk. Hard cough drops with a menthol like action on the fruit, but then interestingly leaves a muddy soily bent when done. This is real impressive stuff.

First impressions are down right excellent on first sip. Earthy flavors with moderate soft acidity, but also a bit of a body that might have gone just a bit past prime. Weird texture, highly carbonated but not fizzy feeling, and an almost toothpaste like feel. Earthy raspberries with lots of soil richness in the mid palate. Finish is excellent fruit tartness, and this lingering soft menthol and mint to sage herbal finish. Fruity raspberries galore and all over.

De Cam to me seems to manage hotter lambics, and this is much softer but still really does give a good yeasty punch of flavor. Still the fruit is very present and everything is really complimented excellent. Great fruited lambic, but with much time since bottling it's pretty obvious this has changed quite a bit. Luckily it's an excellent brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 4 in the De Cam tasting (#3 was oude lambiek which I rated at a previous tasting and is not reflected in the current line-up). Pours a garnet hue with no head and a slightly hazy clarity. Nose expresses tart raspberries and medicinal notes. Tart raspberries in the nose are even more tart in the flavor profile. There's also a citric acid presence as well as a suggestion of hay. Mouthfeel is amazing - light, bright and astringent. Overall, I found this beer quite tasty; however, more tart than fruity. I definitely need to pick up another bottle - I just wish it came in smaller formats.

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Photo of guityler83
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Framboise Lambiek Exclusief - Bottled Jan 2009

A: Dark pink color with rich redish hues. Moderate clarity after leaving the sediment in the bottle.
Bright white foam that seems to drop and rebuild again as though its boiling - medium, soft looking bubbles.

S: Mild pie crust and biscuit malt aroma. No hop aromas detected. Medium tartness with mild funky wet hay impression. Big fresh raspberry aroma with clean tartness and medium sweetness.

T: Light toasty biscuit flavor with very extremely low bitterness. No hop flavors come through. Big bright lemony sourness that adjusts on the pallet after a few sips Raspberry, strawberry and lime flavors come through in the middle with assertiveness. Balance is on sournness. The finish has some of the funky wet basement and barnyard funk.

M: Highly carbonated with a light body. Alcohol warmth is low. There is a prickly sensation in the cheeks brought on by both the carbonic acid from the carbonation and the acidity from the beer.

O: Very nice fresh fruit flavor balanced with a great tartness and some funk - exactly what I want in a Framoise

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Photo of gcamparone
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy maroon body with a 2 finger fluffy slightly pink head. Some lacing and retention.

Aromas are potent and inviting, heavy raspberry and almost a cherry aroma, light funk and lactic smell.

Taste is lightly tart raspberry, pretty dry but a hint of sweetness, more berries, funky yeast, fruit skin. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation.

Overall very enjoyable, nice raspberry character.

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Photo of aleigator
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Has a deep saturated reddish pink color, which is slightly hazy, with a small, fizzy head.

Incredible fruity aromas of ripe raspberries with only tart barnyard hints in it, adding to the fruity nose.

As the aromas already awoke the impression of putting ones nose into a raspberry field, the taste is defined by an intense raspberry fruitiness, with all its sweet and slightly sour facettes. Gentle tartness inherits only an amount of sourness, which is actually natural for that kind of fruit, resulting in a mild, fruit focused lambic, with tart hints of bretts. Has a perfect fitting carbonation, rather low, doesn’t distract from the lovely, warm fruit notes, while adding the neccesary sparkling freshness. The finish is slightly sour with bitter hints, and there are still a whole lot of sun-ripened raspberries on the palate. Dry, pleasant ending, with lots of tart acidity in it.

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Photo of Jonada
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a dark, slightly murky ruby red color with 1+ finger of a pinkish head. Body is hazy but still translucent.

Smell: Huge raspberry aroma with some oak and light funk as well, but the aroma is really dominated by the raspberries. Pretty one dimensional, but that dimension is a good one.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Big natural raspberry dominates the palate with a huge puckering tartness that carries through the finish. A slight malt sweetness is also noticeable, as well as some more traditional lambic flavors of oak and a mild funk that are more noticeable in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium, high carbonation. Finishes tart and slightly dry.

Overall: This one is dominated by the raspberries and a high tartness. Pretty one dimensional, and not terribly complex, but still tasty. It may have one note, but it's done very well.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

Bottled in January, 2009. Enjoyed in a hotel in Luxebourg during a business trip.

A: Pours a haze pink to red color forming absolutely no head and no lacings... Flat

S: Great fruity nose. Strong notes of raspberry, vinegar and oak. Sour but not extremely. Traditional Lambic yeasts in the end

T: Slightly sweet fruity upfront followed by a tart raspberry taste. Notes of oak in the mouth too. Vinegar. Lambic yeasts

M: Mediun body. Very low carbonation. Fruityand sour aftertaste

D: Great drinkability. A smooth and well done fruity beer. My first De Cam. Oude Lambiek and Oude Kriek in the upcoming days...

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 375ml

pours deep red, with purple and ruby undertones. some fizzy head that is gone quickly, but showing some carbonation for this being a lambiek.

old dank raspberries and even older oak. funky.

raspberry is obviously dominant but this is so dank and funky. raspberries taste old but juicy. the oak just blends so well with this.

great body, has a a slight chew to it as if you are eating raspberries

one of the best framboise ever, easily.

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Photo of Rutager
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, first of all thank you to Jeffo for hookin' a brother up. Have been really excited to try this.

Second, I've heard of "gushers" before, but this was something else. Untwisted the cage and literally just touched the cork. POP!! Okay, I've seen this before, no big deal. What I wasn't expecting was the three foot plume of pink foam that immediately followed the cork. My reaction was to grab the bottle to carry it to the sink on the other side of the kitchen. Unfortunately, another reaction was to cover the top of the gushing bottle with my hand ...this only made things worse like putting your thumb over the end of a hose. Kitchen was completely showered with pink beer, ceiling and all. Fuck.

Well, it's all cleaned up now and I still have a glass of beer left in the bottle, so here goes.

Appearance. Pours a dark pinkish red with a thin pale pink head that fades fast.

Smell. Earthy funk and dank barrel wood, Tart raspberries and lemon juice.

Taste. Tart raspberries, slightly medicinal mineral flavours, and dank old barrel with a bunch of musty funk. Medium level of sourness, like under ripe berries.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low soft carbonation.

Overall. A good beer, but the medicinal qualities and re-modeling of my kitchen turned me off a bit. Really cool to try though and looking forward to trying the others.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottledatum 9/2012. Slow gusher.

Appearance - Hazy pink body. Chunky bits floating about. Looks like pieces of raspberry. Some surface wisps remain.

Smell - Raspberry aroma is strong. Funky and lemony. The slightest hint of acetic acid.

Taste - Lambic flavor is stronger than the raspberry up front. Wheaty grain up front. Sharp lactic acid. Lots of raspberry in the middle. Finish is extremely sour and the acetic acid comes back.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Very sour. Medium body.

Overall - I liked it at first, but it wasn't as pleasant as I drank it. Too sour and simple in its profile.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 9/2012.

Pours a murky dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with raspberry, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some really tasty fruit flavors.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Hazed pink body with some visible suspended sediment.

S - Lots of raspberry, as you'd expect. More malt character than I was expecting from a lambic. Some fruit acidity, but only mild funk and sourness. Nice, but not particularly complex.

T - Taste is a less sweet, with some mild lemony lactic sourness and underripe fruit character to it. Vaguely seltzery, with moderate tartness and pucker in the finish.

M - Pleasant moderate carbonation, light body, with a dry finish. Some acidity, but not excessive. Perhaps a tad light for a 6%, but otherwise quite style-appropriate.

D - I enjoyed this and found it very easy to drink. Perhaps not a big enough upgrade over Framboises available to me locally to warrant the pricey shipping, but I'd certainly drink it again it if I were Belgium.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a beautiful radiant ruby hue and appears still. The aroma brings a huge dose of fresh raspberries. Tart raspberry in the flavor. Smooth like water. Virtually no carbonation. A beautiful showcase for the fruit. Elegant balance of sweet and tart raspberries. A terrific lambic from De Cam.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mar02x for bringing this one over and making it a part of the raspberry lambic lineup at our party. Cheers man! We drank this one right after the De Cam Kriek, and before the Catillon and Drie Fonteinen raspberry lambics.

From a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tasting glass
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with good retention. Fades to a thin wisp. Poppy red in color with no real carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Plenty of raspberries up front, with some tart lemon, musty notes and a light acidity as well. Hints of white wine and floral aromas, but the raspberries and tart lemon are more prominent. Pretty nice.

TASTE: First sip is much more impressive than the kriek. Tart raspberries and sour lemon flavors. Musty, with floral notes at the swallow as well. Sweet-sour raspberries at the finish with plenty of tart sourness, and some vingear and acidic flavors lingering on the palate. Definitely flavorful, but the acidity is perhaps a little too strong at this point. Lots of vinegar and acidity.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enought weight on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Puckering and more acidic at the swallow. Much like the regular lambic, though more acidic and puckering. Still, good stuff.

OVERALL: A much better fruit lambic than the Kriek. More interesting fruit flavors here, with a good balance of tart sourness and musty notes. The acidity is perhaps a little too much at this point, and some of my friends faulted it here, but I didn't mind as much and actually found it quite plesant. Anyways, this is certainly an enjoyable fruit lambic that held up well against its opponents, and a little bit of time in the celllar might turn it into a hidden gem. Thanks again for bringing this one along mar02x. This lineup was a lot of fun.

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