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Oude Lambiek De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 318
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 115
Gots: 88 | FT: 12
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De Cam Geuzestekerij
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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 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.

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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!!

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Photo of Treebs
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml C&C bottle served in a mini snifter. 2003 vintage (MMIII on label). Shared at Northdown with the crew.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with no head forming on the pour. Flat as a pancake.

S: Super funky witha minerally quality to it. Lemon grass with a nice lactic bite. Pretty acidic as well, but the the funk is the star of the show here.

T: The taste follows the nose with the funk. Banyard in nature it very punget and sharp. Light acetone with some sour warhead lemon bite and some lemon grass bitterness.

M: Flat and light bodied. Smooth, sour and dry. Still really nice.

O: This was a really sneaky hit for the night. Even though it was flat it was still deliciously complex. I wish I had another.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle an Monk's Cafe, 2003 vintage, served in a gueuze glass.

A- Pours a nice, slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that quickly fizzles to a collar.

S- Lots of lactic acidity, a ton of great oaky barrel character, and a very interesting earthy, musty funkiness.

T- Has a nice amount of lactic acidity, although it's still only moderately tart for a lambic, definitely less than I was expecting after a decade in the bottle. Oak flavors are pretty prominent, which lends a bit of mild vanilla flavor and a lot of tannins. There's a nice earthy funk as well. Finishes with a very dry, oaky, tannic finish.

M- Light-bodied, smooth, dry feel. Carbonation is on the lower side, but still very good.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, my first from De Cam. This is a really well-made, delicious beer that has aged very nicely, I would love to drink this again.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light head. Color is a pale gold.

Flavors of sour and light acidity. Lemon and tart flavors. Very funky. Cherry tartness.
Barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry. Lighter bodied.

Overall, this was a nice lambic. Pretty easy to drink, but one glass was enough.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to farundrpar for bringing bottles of this stuff over for the party. Good times man!

From a 37,5cl corked and caged bottle into a tasting glass
Vintage: 2009

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

SMELL: Tart lemon notes, green apples and pears, some grapes and white wine hints, as well as some light musty and vinegar aromas. Bold and interesting.

TASTE: Milder flavors of tart lemon, green apples and sour grapes. White wine, with slightly musty notes as well. A bold finish of tart lemon sourness, lime notes, some lightly acidic qualities and touches of floral bitteness. Pretty decent.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enought weight on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Not puckering nor acidic per se. Good feel.

OVERALL: A solid lambic that I was glad to try. Lots of good tart, fruity elements with just a touch of acidity to give it the kick it needs. Pretty impressed with De Cam so far, so hopefully this trend continues. Recommended.

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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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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a lambic glass

A bright golden orange, near amber color with a thin yellowish cap made up of various sized bubbles. The nose is of spoiled fruits and musty, old wood. Some notes of aged cheese, saddle leather, wet hay, and citrus fruits. Amazingly musty/funky. On the palate, fruity notes seem to emerge up front before a rush of barn, old wood, salt, cheese, and sweaty saddle leather. A good sized dose of lacto and vinegar in the finish. Good and sour. Medium body, dry and tart in the finish. Low carbonation. This is a pretty amazing unblended lambic. A good amount of wood comes through in the finished product, I wasn't quite expecting that, but it really adds this wild dimension. Sour and funky in all the right spots.

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

Thanks to the gent who shared this. 2003 vintage I believe.

Mustard brown colored with a rapidly disappearing fizzy head. Loads of funk but limited acidity in the aroma. Very welcoming tartness with notes of hay, must and some phenolic bitterness at the end. Very lactic. Dry and sharp mouthfeel. Very good.

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted at his place.

2009 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a slightly foamy tan head that settles to dots of lace on top of the beer. No lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, funky with some woody and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of davey101
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage. 750ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass. 5% abv.

A - Dark amber body. First pour was sediment free but somewhat hazy. Some large bubbles form some edging and there a is a very faint cap. This doesn't stick around for too long. Light lacing after a swirl.

S - Super funky and sour. Lemons, green apple, and some grass and hay. Oaky with some vanilla tannins and light spice. The finish is of vinegar and strong brett notes.

T - Somewhat watery and thin, but still complex and layered. Juicy apples and pears followed by some mouth puckering lemon juice. Smooth oak finished by funk, leather, vinegar, and some very faint but welcomed oxidation.

M - Rating this to style, and its just about perfect. Very still with no carbonation. The body is light to medium. Drinks like a wine, with a very dry finish and lingering tartness.

O - A world class beer. Its just held up so well over the nearly ten years its been in a bottle. Really complex and layered, yet approachable and drinkable. Certainly worth the wait.

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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.

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Photo of shleepy
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750 bottle into wine glasses. 2002 vintage (!). Drank yesterday, so writing from notes.

A: Amber (certainly darker than most lambics), virtually no head.

S: Funky, subtle hints of honey and pears, plums.

T: Great balance of sourness, light funk, oak, and honey/fruit. Quite delicious.

M: Thin, with low carbonation. Good level of acidity (not too high). Very drinkable.

O: A great example of an unblended lambic being better than most geuezes. Simply fantastic.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


2009 vintage. Thanks!

A: Dark gold with a fast fading bubbly head.

S: Lightly sulfuric with cheese and mineral. Horsey and leathery with some vinegar and apple. Lactic notes are strong.

T: Brackish and cheesy with light oak and tannins. Lightly citric with lemon, lots of leather, and a moderate lactic sourness. Dry finish with a citric punch.

M: Lower medium body with no carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice lambic. We had a 2003 shortly after and aged had improved it.

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Photo of pluppykatie
2.97/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking out of a mini Duvel glass.

Appearance - Very nice golden color.
Smell - Not too fond of the smell on this one.
Taste - A little weak, but still decent.
Mouthfeel - A hint of bubblyness to it, overall smooth.
Overall - Overall an alright beer.

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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. 

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Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottle I believe, sampled with and courtesy of mrand01. Bottle says 5% ABV contrary to the listing here.

Pours a mildly cloudy golden straw color with very little white head that quickly dissipates, a few white soapy bubbles on top. Still fairly new to this style of beer so I am not sure what is exactly appropriate but for such an old bottle, not a much amount of carbonation is definitely acceptable.

Aromas are quite restrained but still very distinguishable. Solid barnyard funk, lactic acidity, hay, mild acetic, but none of these overwhelm any of the other components. Wet oak in the background, more musty and funky as it warms. A nice lemon and citrus rind aroma as well.

The tastes begin lightly sour up front, but finishes with an oak-derived astringency that accentuates the dryness of this beer and, in a complimentary fashion, the tartness. The wood flavor is not harsh or overbearing, but certainly dominant. The lambic is still fairly tart with most of that sourness coming in the form of lemons with perhaps a hint of green apples. As it warms you get more of the funkiness highlighted by underlying hay and wet leather.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation and a dry, semi-puckering finish. The finish is quite excellent with a slight sourness and a beautiful dryness. A lot of great mouthfeel for such a low ABV beer, quite impressive.

Overall this is by far the best example of an unblended lambic I have ever had, not too puckering or overly tart or unpleasant in any manor. Just really complex with many different light flavors of hay, wet oak, must, but all balanced quite well together. Definitely recommended and worth seeking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. $37. Into an unbranded tulip. 2003 bottling.

A: The first pour yields a crystal clear orange beer, an aggressive head coaxes a few small white bubbles to rise to the top and create a thin layer of bubbles, with a large collection around the outside edge of the glass. A few bubbles lazily meander to the surface. Excellent looking beer.

S: The initial smell is not at all what I expected, there's a nice slightly rotten orange peal smell mixed with the typical lacto sourness and a bit of barnyard funk. The brett note isn't dominant and in your face, more of a funky sour cherry thing than a straight up pig manure smell, which is nice. Some notes of crude oil/creosote as well. Overall smells like an intense sour.

T: Definitely hits more of the straight up lacto/pedio type sour with the brett characteristics taking a bit of a back seat. Lots of sour lemon like flavors, slightly acetic but doesn't reach a full on acetone like some framboise can. The funk starts to show its sour cherry/musty barn flavor on the finish. I get some definite creosote notes from this like in the nose as well, not in an overwhelming way, just another noticeable nuance. This is a very sour beer at this point in its life, but isn't quite on the harshly acidic side. Incredibly tasty.

M: Light in the mouth, carbonation is minimal to say the least. Really thickens the spit and leaves a lot of saliva in my mouth. My saliva glands somewhat cringe each time I lift the glass to my lips. This right here is what a sour beer should be about.

O: Very impressed with this now 8-9 year old beer, I can see why these things age with grace. Lots of flavors, and an intense sourness, that isn't harshly acidic. A very fine, yet very expensive beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellow in color with straw pale yellow highlights and had a very little amount of head that left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of the barnyard horse blanket funk was busting out on the aroma with citrusy lemon notes hints of acidity and nice oakiness was coming through as well.

T: the funky barnyard horse blanket character was very potent on the flavor alongside lemon citrusy, oaky, and acidic notes but with a nice sour punch and a touch of vanilla.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, funky, oaky, sour and mild dry finish.

O: have to say it was one of the best lambics I've ever had and was drinking fabulous, definitely wish I could get my hands of more of this brew.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance. Good stickiness. . Simple thin collar. Good retention.

Nice low Brett nose. Some low phenolic high wood tannic power. Very well done. Enjoyable.

Flavor of an umblended perfect. Great body, great sticky flavors. Some white grape ad kind. Tannin bitters and oak bittering. Phenomenal.

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

750ml caged and corked bottle from 2003, courtesy of forgetfu. Thanks Bill!

It pours a cloudy orange with a small, maybe a 1/2 inch of foam. The lacing for such a small head of foam is impressive.

The smell is amazingly sour. Fruity sourness, some vinegar, very yeasty and it has a pretty big character of Brett. The nose is outrageously good.

The taste is, imho, as sour as it can get without the drinker considering it to be a drain pour. Acidic as hell, vinegar like flavour that is there but doesn't dominate, lovely yeast, light, no, very light hint of some Brett. Marvelous. 5%abv doesn't hurt either. Okay, my mouth is starting to pucker now but that's not a bad thing at all since I've acquired a taste for these sour devils. My gawd, this is a treat.

Light bodied, lightish carbonation, nice mouthfeel. So damn drinkable. This is a crazy good and, at the same time, scary brew. Well worth the time and trouble to seek out.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to the ever generous largadeer for bring this one out during a tasting. Bottled 2000.

A: Pours a near flat cloudy dark tea color with a thin collar of a head.
S: Super crazy dry funk, sweat and light tartness fill my nose. Very dry and mouthwatering.
T: Not very mouth puckering but very very dry. Flavors are earthy and straw-like, with good dose of oak, light fruits and citrus rind.
M: Very dry but not overly tart or sour. Very drinkable. Almost no carbonation is present in the medium body.
O: Great flavors, low acidity, very dry, and super easy to drink. A few more bubbles and this would have been perfect. Thanks again for sharing, Chris.

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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.

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

A pour at Teresa's Next Door (Wine Glass)

De Cam Geuzestekerij Oude Lambiek looks penny bronze in color with some faint brown and yellow spots. Cant see through this baby. Some faint bubbles on top, nothing major but something.

Smell is very brisk and lively and bold and funky with cheese scents and hay, barnyard scents, faded grain, apple before pear, and just that weirdness that comes with these types of beers.

Holy moly, this is top notch stuff, eleven years has done some things to this. Ripe barnyard with wet hay, grain, faint fruit, lactic quality, sharp lemon. It's sour and it's well integrated. Probably my favorite in this particular style, 2 year unblendeds from various breweries have nothing on this.

Feel is pretty light, this thing while being unblended, still has a lively crisp feel to it. The sour just whisks around the mouth, causing sweet damage. A whole bottle of this, you betcha. If I found a bottle if this now after the street date, I would not hesitate.

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Oude Lambiek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
94 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.