Oude Lambiek De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 105
Gots: 85 | FT: 11
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-01-2003

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft pop from the cork, attempted a continuous single pour into 2 large wine glasses.

Bright golden orange, perfect clarity. Poured at a moderate height, larger bubbles form then dissipate into a thin layer of foam. Soon there is only a wispy skim, with a pearl string of larger bubbles at its edges. For an unblended lambic though, this much foam is pretty unprecedented.

Ripe lambic aromas of citrus and ancient wet wood. Musty, woody, cheese rind, freshly turned topsoil, horsehair, traces of honey and white wine minerality. Time has rounded any sharp edges, rendering it truly lush and easygoing.

Soft tartness of grapefruit and lemon yogurt, dry woodiness in the middle, with a soft dry aftertaste of white wine. Fullish vinous body, little to no bubbles as expected for a straight 3 year old lambic. Taking a bigger sip results in a hugely dry tannic aftertaste. Mellow tangy citrus upfront and in the middle.

Great to sip and savor on a strangely warm December night...

2013 batch: 3.7 ...not nearly as good as the 2009. A bit muted and on the bitter side. Feels a little bland as well, barely tart and not really sour. Muted grapefruit pith at room temperature. Okay, but would save my money next time.

Photo of errantnight
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2001 bottle I've been cellaring for the past 4.5 years.

Pours a hazy pale gold with a hint of orange and just a touch of thin head.

Aroma is astounding, each new sniff yields new perceptions, and it develops as it warms. Thick must and barnyard, hints of lemon, apple, washed rind cheese, earthy.

On the palate this is round and full for a beer with almost imperceptible carbonation (as is appropriate). Vinous and layered, with a touch of mid-palate sweetness that finishes with a crisp tartness and a mineral bitterness.

A beer that on one hand begs to be sipped and savored for days, and on the other, that is so refreshing and complex and simply drinkable that you wish you could drink it by the carafe.

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this rarity. This was the 2000 vintage. Served in a Chouffe tulip.

A - Looks like unblended lambic. A hard pour yields a thin ring of bubbles and a few wisps on top, as well as lazy streams on the sides of the glass. The body is a slightly hazed light cider color.

S - Some nostril-singing acetic notes, funky and spoiled fruits, fruit skins, blue cheese, and some sweet brett and horse. As it warms more barnyard emerges.

T - The taste is more vinegary, with some faint oxidation and mineral notes, along with with a hefty does of lemons and tart apples. Very sour finish.

M - Very dry, big pucker, medium body, and a hint of carbonation. The finish is lightly tannic, but this is actually quite refreshing.

D - I really like this one, although I think it may be past its prime at this stage. Looking forward to comparing it to a fresh vintage. Very easy to drink in any case.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours a hazy amber color with a very little white head. Nose is funky and wet and dank and tart and vinegar.

Taste is mouthpuckering and tart, it's got that wet horse blanket taste to it that's really cool. Theres a nice light carbonation to I that I like a lot, it makes it much more drinkable. Overall very good.

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant copper gold with a slight hint of a fizz.
S: horse blanket, goat, over ripe fruit, lemon.
T: Lemon, tart, citrus, herbal, leather, vanilla, wood, wine like.
M: The odd bubble here and there – petillant rather than carbonated.
O: A unique and very interesting beer.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta. I hope this is the correct listing as it's the lambic and not the kriek and the label is almost identical. The label states that it's a blend of three-year lambics. On a small oval on the bottom right of the front of the label is written XXIII, I'm assuming it was bottled in 2003.

Pours a hazy golden-tan color with a slight ring of fine bubbles around the glass. The bubbles quickly fade leaving no lacing and light legs.

Smells of large amounts of funk - wet hay and grassiness with hints of leather. Also present are slight amounts of wheat twang.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with slight amounts of wheat kick things off and are quickly overtaken by solid amounts of funk. Very slight amounts of medium fruit flavors come into play midway through the sip before fading out into a lightly tart and funky ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with very soft carbonation. It's not completely still as some unblended lambics can be.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this beer smelled amazing and tasted almost as good. A very well-crafted lambic that's well worth a shot.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours near flat. No head, no lacing. Beer is a clear pastel orange. Expected from the style.

Nose is cheese, wet straw, apricot, citrus puree, and rotting wood. Really delicious as far as lambic goes. Super funky and very aromatic.

Opens puckering. Apricot puree tartness. Wet and rotting wood. Oaky. Cheesy. Lemon sour and dried straw. End is more tartness. Dry and puckering fruity finish with a tart, sour aftertaste. Tasty!

Light bodied with near no carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Tart finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Extra points for the LACK of carbonation. Really enjoy this one.

A real under-the-radar lambic. Smells great and is really funky, sour, and developed overall. Lack of carbonation is a plus for me in this style. Worth the money.

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 2009. Mmm. Juicier and smoother than a gueuze but with all the same notes. There isn't that rough bite or sour jaw-clenching tang. The aroma holds the funky wild barrel character and the flavor is almost a touch juicy. There's nothing new in this beer, it's just a very well built lambic that smoothed with time to showcase the barnyard and farmhouse notes is a more gentle format. Very cool beer. You could use it as an intro to lambics or just enjoy on a summer afternoon.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brewed in 2000, bottled in 2003.

pours a deep yellow with a slight copper and orange tint. basically no head what so ever minus a bit around the rim.

a nice amount of funk with a nice sour lemon and citrus. bits of oak through out this.

starts off with some funk. nice lemony sourness kicks in and carries it through the finish. hints of apricot and peach. a dry oak flavor finishes this off.

for an unblended lambic, this has some decent carbonation. tart and dry.

this is delicious, one of the best unblended lambics i have had.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled January 2009.

Appearance - Flat, but a few bubbles well up from a vigorous pour. Clear burnt orange body.

Smell - Sharp acidic aroma. Quite malty. Lemongrass. Slight funk.

Taste - Maltiness right up front, without any sweetness. Lemon sourness builds. Oak and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Feels much heavier than a 4.8% lambic.

Overall - These beers always make me crave a full on gueuze. It's a teaser.

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with my doppelganger by the pool as a part of my birthday weekend! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, and funk. The flavor was of sweeet malt, cherry, funk, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The cherry aspect on this one was quite nice and enjoyable with the funkiness going on in it. This one was quite easy drinking with the earthy aspect. Glad I got to share this one with a few others as well as this was a nice brew all-around.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle
brewed in 2000, bottled in 2003.
poured into a wine glass

A: Beautiful straw orange color with a small thin white head. I was surprised to see any bubbles given that it is an unblended lambic. The shading of this beer is exquisite when held up to the light.

S: The funk makes itself known along with some brett like leather and oak. Apples, and lemons waft amidst a strong lactic sourness. It smells extremely inviting to the point that I can barely take my nose away from it.

T: Very tart, but not exceedingly sour. There is a bunch of oak, some lemon pith and apple peels. The funk comes out strong as it warms with a burst of fresh meadow and hay. It finishes with notes of pepper and a dry bitterness.

M: It is a very still beer and the mouthfeel is quite light.

D: I am extremely glad I picked this up. I will have no trouble finishing off this bottle on my own. Cheers!

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Jeffo for another sour treat! 37.5 cL, bottled Jan. 2009.

Appearance. Pours a glowing, hazy orange-gold with almost a finger of white head.

Smell. Dank old wood, sweet funky funk and lemon juice. Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

Taste. Lemon juice with a bit of malt flavour, nice musty funk with a touch of sweetness, and a good amount of old barrel wood, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, fine medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff here. Quality is up with the best making 3F, De Cam, and Cantillon the best of the best when it comes to gueuze ...like any beer geek didn't know that already, it's just nice to try this one and confirm it for myself. Thanks again Jeff!!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1995 lambic bottled in 2000 and drank in 2004. Poured a pale hazy yellow beer with almost no carbonation, which was to be expected. Nose of citrus and a bit of acidity. Taste is quite dry and sour with a surprising but welcome subtle sweet ending. Again notes of citrus (lemon/lime) are present. I’m not expert on what should unblended bottle lambic should taste like but I can say that this was a real good experience. Too bad I probably won’t be able to get my hand on some of this again.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5% ABV, "MIII" "2003" (on the cork I believe)

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this unblended lambic!

A - Mostly clear apricot orange with no head. A wispy white film is left floating on the beer. A few pinches of lace are left over on the glass.

S - Musty, dirty old barn aroma is unique in this brew. Mellow and nuanced, it's not crazy like I was expecting. Light notes of light apricot and peach fruit.

T - Harsh sour tartness and musty attic with awesome light notes of citrus and fruit. Apricot comes through with a bit of white grape.

M - Extremely tart and sour with an acidic feel on the tongue with a crisp finish. No carbonation in this beer.

D - A very nice brew with good complexity and drinkability for it's biting sourness.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Bottled Jan 2009.

Apricot orange body, opaque and solid, with a little bit of cola carbonation. Head non existent as to be expected, with a soapy and faint white bubbled collar along the edges.

Great funky bouquet on this, classic funky notes of earth and light pepper. Pretty basic but big and impressive.

Light bodied slightly and a little wet and feeling like box juiced on the mouthfeel for first sip. Little hints of fruit but fairly indistinct and hard to pin down. Very mild acidity with a light freshness to it for being so old. Hints maybe towards orange and stone fruit peach apricot character.

Not bad, pretty interesting with a big classic funky character.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 into my Russian River glass while enjoying a nice evening on the patio.

Pours murky orange/red with a small white foam cap that recedes after a few seconds and a touch of lacing.

Lots of funk in the aroma. Green apple skin, lemon and some hay. Some brett and vinegar in the background.

Lots of classic apple and lemon flavor as well. Deep earthy funkiness with hay and grass. Vinegar sourness takes over along with perhaps a touch of brett. Finishes oaky and dry.

Body is fairly light with medium to low carbonation. Pretty solid.

Very approachable and enjoyable moderately sour beer. Doesn't have quite the intenseness of a 3F or Cantillon, but still pleasant. My only nitpick is the vinegar was a little strong at times.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out a nice amber color with minimal cloudiness and a small white head that would soon fade. aroma is just downright sour. so much critters in here. lacto like i have never seen. reminds me of the early batches of the rr sours when they were fresh. just raw vinegar and straight funk, gorgeous. carried right over into the flavor which again was no holds barred and just deep sour and funk that was incredibly vibrant and tongue lashing. dry finish is an understatement as all sense of flavor is zapped from the mouth and cotton mouth is what you are left with.

overall loved it,

Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Bottle Date: 2/2012.

A- Pours a solid bronze color with nearly no bubbles at all. Flat?

S- Somewhat sweet, oaky and tart. Has that delightful gueuze funk.

T- Has the tartness and funk one expects from a gueuze. Moderate vinegary taste, very dry. Mild acidity brings notes of lemon. After a while, it breaks into full-on sour. At first it wasn't doing it for me but, the more I drink it, the more it quenches my thirst for that sour apple pucker combined with that oaky tannic quality.

M- As said before, it's dry, it's flat and pretty much lifeless but the flavor makes up for that in the long run. Light body.

O- While I would certainly take a Tilquin over this any day, it's quite good for what it is. Not really worth the price asked IMO, but I'm glad I got to try it all the same.

Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks for opening this one, Arne. Brewed in 1995, bottled in 2000. The lambic has a moderately hazy sunset amber body, cloudy yet bright. Lightly carbonated, it pours without a head, though a thin collar forms.

It smells strongly of musty, damp oak. Moderately funky with subtle notes of vanilla, lemon rind, citrus - the interplay between the oak and acidity is wonderful.

Woody and lactic on the palate, firmly sour and fruity with strong but soft tannins. Very smooth and drinkable, the tannins are nicely balanced by the lemony acidity. Carbonation is at a low, almost flat level. It finishes oaky and drying with notes of mellow lactic acidity, cider and lemon rind. Excellent.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks goes out to dyan for this one. A bottle of the 2001 vintage, bottled in February of that year, but brewed in 1996. As a matter of note, it was aged in the barrels for 2 years longer than the 03 version that made it to the US recently. Enjoyed as the 4th beer of our tasting, and this turned out to be one of the big surprises of the event.

Completely clear coppery amber in color with no head at all. There are some wispy bubbles that gather on the surface, but that's about the extent of it. Naturally, as you would expect with any old lambic or geuze, there is no lacing to be seen.

Light and bright in aroma, with some sulfurous notes, sweaty feet, tannins, and briny sea water aromas. Additionally, I find a slight funky barnyard that goes a bit beyond the sweaty feet from earlier, as well as that bone dry feel that is so characteristic of great lambics. The flavor just takes that groundwork and runs with it. Citrusy lactic sourness mixed with a dry and sweaty/briny tasting funkiness. There are extremely notable tannic flavors, hints of sulfur, and again, that bone dry finish.

Light and enjoyable, with some absolutely unreal complexity. Phenomenal on all levels...from the flavors, to the feel, to the aroma. Nothing in this beer underperforms the world class lambic that it is. I need to pick up some of the 03 to see how they compare.

Photo of e_dawg
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours an opaque light orange/yellow color with a small head which quickly fades. Minimal lacing. Aroma is lemon, citrius, and apricot with grass and earthy tones. Aroma gains complexity as the beer warms. Taste is sour with light carbonation. Not much alcohol present and a touch on the watery side. The bitterness lingers on finish. Very smooth and light overall with a nice sour kick that's not overpowering. Purchased for $40, a bit steep but enjoyable nevertheless. One of my favorite beers at the moment.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 vintage. Still pour into in de verzekering tegen de grotto dorst lambic/gueuze glass. Hazy, dark gold body. Aroma of intense vinegar, sour acid, rotted green apple. Taste follows suit. Dry finish, less vinegar/acid aftertaste than expected.  Graceful aging. The kind of beer that makes you want to build a cellar. 

Photo of Rastacouere
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, gentle white ring. Deep slightly citrusy nose, lactic and well ponctuated with yeasty horseblanket. Good lemon juice acidity, all in all well blended and smooth, fairly light. truly appealing and diplomatic, close to a 9 for the nose. It doesn’t quite hold up in flavor where it is juicy, horsey and astringent. There is this herbal bite that feels almost like a tame jalapeno, which would be paired with a straight hay juice shot. Flavors finish very quick and are far more chaotic than in the nose. Correct mouthfeel on the other hand, a bit light, but fully carbonated if the bubbles don’t last very long.

Photo of Etan
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a clear light gold with some coarse white bubbles.

S: Pungent oak, lemon rind, wet hay, soft cheese, overripe berries, light acidity. Smells great.

T: Opens somewhat watery. Light wheat, plenty of oak, woody sourness builds and then falls off with some herbal notes. Very tannic in the finish.

M: Obviously flat, light-bodied.

O: This smells great, but is tasting very young and a bit too watery.

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