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Oude Lambiek De Cam - De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 290
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 109
Gots: 88 | FT: 11
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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 mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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, (586 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Brewed in 2000, bottled in 2003.

Pours with a tiny, frothy head. Amberish orange color with no carbonation. The head dies after a minute or so in the glass with no evidence that it was once there. No bubbles or even a hint of foam sit on top of the beer.

The smell combines aromas of musty lemons with a barnyard aroma. Wet hay and dank cellar qualities mixed with citrus rind. A lactic quality similar to unpasteurized cheese behind that, coupled with some oak tannin.

Upfront there's a lactic funk, followed by a lime citrus rind like flavor. Barnyard funk is deep within the flavor as well. Wet hay that had been resting in a trough for awhile. As well as the cellar characteristics and old cheese. A bit of oak tannins too. A real distinct soaked grain, fermented wheat type of flavor comes forward too. Something musty and a bit confusing, really. Pretty complex and inviting.

It is welcoming to the palate, with very low carbonation and a moderate body.

Overall, a great musty raw lambic with citrus and funky undertones. I really liked it. A great unblended oude lambic, but not affordable or abundant enough to drink frequently. (1,163 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2000 batch bottled in 2003 that came to the US earlier this year. Amber orange color with actual carbonation, it isn't still. Aroma is funky lambic and a bit of must. Flavor is sour lambic but nothing mind-blowing. I've had bottles of Cantillon bruocsella that were better and some that were worse. This was definitely not worth the $32 I spent and the De Cam gueuze is better. (389 characters)

Photo of scinerd3000
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2000 and tasted in 2011. Beer was exceptional. Poured a light gold with no head at around 50 deg. Effervescent with sourness on the nose and strong apples. Lactic was smoothed with age and had apple and slight peach notes as it warmed in the glass. Hay and a slight "musk" followed on the back end of the taste. Become more prominent as it warms. Very clean sourness present with slight funk although restrained for an unblended lambic. The taste also lingers long after swallow in a pleasant dry acidic sourness that coated my pallet. Bret character was more subtle than I was expecting and had a restrained presence.

This is a fantastic beer and recommended to anyone enjoying lambics or sours. (708 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2000, opened in 2011. Poured into my original de cam glass.
Look: The beer pours a golden color without head.
Smell: Very funky nose, barnyard, horseblanket and some leather and earth. Also some hints of citrus fruits and yeast.
Taste: Funk, hay, citrus, leather and dry, bit sharp aftertaste. Very funky, love the taste
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation
Overall: Beautiful lambic that aged gracefully! (425 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottle that came to the states in 2011.

A: Orangish-straw yellow body. Slight bubbly head that crashes quickly after the pour.

S: Nice mild funky aroma. Wet hay, musty oak, biting citric hues, mild sweat, and a little cheese-like funk.

T: Amped up version of the nose. Funky like any good lambiek should be, Lots of sweaty/musty barnyard notes with some softer accents of citrus and oak.

M: Medium bodied. Only the slightest hints of carbonation.

O: Nice to have a oude lambiek available in bottle form. (518 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass. Nice pop with the bottle and there is a bit of fizz when pouring. There are a few bubbles but they don't last long. The color is nice and golden, not too light; no haze.

The aroma is sour lemon and a bit of lemongrass. Pretty clean, not strong in the more funky aromas.

The taste starts out with a bit of sweetness. The taste is nice with a bit of rubber and dirt mixed in with the nice sour flavor. Good balance here. The finish is clean and sour with a strong emphasis on lemon rind.

The carbonation is very very mellow of course, and the body is light to medium light.

This is right up my alley. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this. (684 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Andrewinski popped tis one open. Holy crap! Thanks a bunch. Poured into a chalice. This one pours a light straw color with a whispy white layer of foam sitting atop with some thin white lace.

Slightly sour in the arom with basement must to it. A touch of apricot aroma to this adding a kiss of sweetness to the mellow aroma. This has a nice oak undertone to it. Nice light flavor to this. Cedar flavors with a nice sour kick to finish it out. A noticable apricot flavor to this one. Nice and musty with a nice funk.

This one is pretty still on the feel; as would be expected from an unblended. Overall, this one is though to beat. Really unique and one I'd love to have more of. (682 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, 2nd in a tasting of unblended lambics today. Poured into a rodenbach glass. Typical hazy brownish orange color. Very little head is produced but still enough to leave a sheet or two of lacing down the glass. Plenty of musty basement with faint high sour notes and a whif of lemon and citrus. Wet saw dust and straw, but all of these aromas are soft and in harmony with one another.
This is a very quite funk train, rather mild horse blanket, mildly acidic on the finish. Sour yes, lip puckering no. A distinct ashy and leathery quality is dicernable. Reminds me of a fine washed rind cheese. This is a fantastic well balanced effort. I am very happy to have shared this with good friends. (703 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 1996, bottled in 2001 and consumed on the 25th of March 2011.

Still, clear amber with a wispy white head, about what I was expecting for an unblended lambic. The nose is sulfury with grapefruit rind, lemon peel, wet, rotting wood. Salty, briny, the wet wood character makes me think I'm digging out a coffin from the bottom of the ocean. Stinky, funky feet, cheesy, this is like a nice Limburger.

The palate opens intensely sour with grapefruit peel, lemon peel, very briny and salty. Intensely funky, this is quite acidic but still doesn't overwhelm the palate. Salty, sulfury and mineraly, the stinky cheese character is complex. Tannic and drying on the finish, there's also a little juicy, lemony character, keeping things fresh. Medium-light in body with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is sublime. Probably the best unblended lambic I've had (860 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL green glass cork and caged. 2003 vintage.

Pours a mostly clear deep golden orange with no head. Nose is musty and somewhat lemony. Some straw and old wood notes too.

Palate is seriously sour and still. Flavors of that musty note come across on the palate. Lemon zest, lime pulp muscat grapes and aging oak boards.

Notes: Disappointed by this. At first I thought the overt musty character indicated a flaw, but it's consistent with most reviewers' notes. Not a fan of the big must, though. (497 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up at Hop City in Atlanta when there for a conference. I am on a mission to try every raw Lambic or Gueuze I can find, so this is a real Gem to pick up. I will be savoring the whole 750mL bottle myself...woo hoo!

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with surprisingly little head for the style, and I poured it very aggressively for the style too, right down the middle of my Duvel tulip. The head was about 1/8" and was off white to cream colored. It was still a solid layer over a minute after the pour. Thought the beer is somewhat cloudy, you can see that there are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the head active. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: I initially got tons of the wholesome lemon zest, funky goodness that you expect with this style. It very quickly gets earthy, and is starting to go very earthy, so much that it is starting to smell like good dark potting soil. There is some wheat and tons of citrus, man, you can really pick up a lot in the aroma of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat thin feeling with the low carbonation. Of course the body is light, but in this example, you can tell. The funk is a huge player in this one with tons of earthy and zesty notes, so many, you can hardly pick on any one in particular. There is deep acidity to this beer as it makes you teeth feel really dry after the sip. There is no alcohol noticeable, and the finish is dominated by the tart and dryness of the beer.

Opinion: I must say that the low carbonation in this beer really hurt it, and I guess I never really realized how dependent this style is on having high carbonation. All of the Lambic elements are there, so I would personally just write this one off to a failing cork and would definitely try this beer again in hopes of getting one that was a little more lively. I have never had a review that was this mixed, but I really think that this is a really good beer and that this particular bottle just lost some fizz. I would try it if you have the chance and you like this style. The bottle you get may be more carbonated. (2,144 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mr. rare/aged/pricey lambic himself sweemzander. My man rinses his glassware with Cantillon Classic Gueuze.

A: Dark golden yellow/orange. Tiny wisp of white head fades instantly and leaves to lace. Pretty much where all still lambics lay.

S: Lemons, dry dusty books, wet straw, moldy gym socks, lactic tartness and what I describe as plastic pool toys.

T: Mild lactic tartness. Light lemon, with plenty of funky barn yard flavors. Not overly sour but enough to grab my cheeks.

M: Dry and gritty. No carbonation.

D: Not as sharp and sour as I had hoped but tasty and very drinkable. Glad I had a chance to try this one. (641 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged green bottle.

It pours a hazy amber color with a frothy white that leaves surprising lacing.

The smell is pretty enthralling. There is a huge funk that is the main theme with some barnyard and must. There is a definite spice element that is almost woody as well, though the barrels are over 100 years old and are probably filled to the pore with bugs and bacteria. There is some pear and chamomile as well.

It is sour and acidic, with a lot of lemon and vinegar. There is a hint of green tomato. The funk is more subdued in the taste but is still there. The aftertaste is sightly bitter and sour.

The mouthfeel is perfect. It is slightly carbed but still rather flat. It is tart and puckering.

A fantastic brew. (739 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, tart and oaky, white grape fruitiness and somewhat dry. In the taste, dry and tart white grape, and a nice oaky flavor, quite clean and full. A smooth and sour medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and hints of tart fruit in the aftertaste. Whats not to love here, tart and oaky, clean and fantastic. (384 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Scott for the chance to try this one. Pours a straw color with a nice beige head. Nose has a great sour presence, but is well balanced. Some earthy funk in there as well. Taste also has a nice amount of tartness. Crisp and refreshing yet soemwhat full body. Great stuff. Will have to pick a couple up for the cellar. (326 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Russian river wine glass. Beer is yellow and really hazy, lazy head that disappears very quickly. No lacing, low carbonation. About what I expected.

Aroma is really nice, barnyard funk, lactic acidity, hay, mild acetic. Very nice indeed.

Beer is thin and mildly carbonated on the palate, the lead off is a little weak but that's ok because it's quite tart on the backend of the beer. Puckering would be a good way to describe it. There is a citric style sourness to it followed by some milder lactic smoothness. Acetic is minimal. The beer overall is quite good. I'm glad I opened it. Very enjoyable. (621 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This beer appears very hazy and orange hued, with virtually no head whatsoever. It looks almost completely uncarbonated. The aroma is great, with notes of hay earth, tart citrus, straw. The beer is very enjoyable, with a dry finish. Oude Lambiek De Cam has enough tartness to cause your cheeks to pucker after each sip. This brew is a solid example of an unblended lambic, and a beer I would certainly drink again. (454 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2003 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced lots of white froth and bubbles, but no head formation; fitting for the style.

(S)- A dry earthy acidic lemon rind and white grape. A really nice dry earthy hay and subtle funk cheese aspect.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. A really nice dry hay/straw earthy funk with nice mellow acidic sour fruits.

(M)- A great balance. Pretty much flat, but the mellow acidic sourness helps save the day and make the feel smooth and delightful. The dryness and earth really just help mesh this into a fantastic mouthfeel.

(D)- A fantastic lambic. The age has obviously helped and its lack of carbonation really puts the smooth, yet mellow funk and acidic sour fruits in full view. I could easily have drunk this whole bottle if I felt like it. (869 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 ''Exclusief''

Pours with a surprising effervescent bubbly appearance.

Aroma is a musty sour lemon and shoe sweat. Some dust and grass. Very nice.

The taste is a fantastic oaky lemon up front with a musty earth quality to the finish. Very sour and acidic. This is my first unblended lambic and I must say GIVE ME MORE.

The body is obviously flat and the sourness gives me a nice pucker.

Overall this beer is a fantastic, world class treat that is worth the price tag in my opinion. The bottle works well split 4 ways. (526 characters)

Photo of drink1121
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2000 - bottled in 2003.

A- Pours a light copper w/ no head

S-Funky, sour lemon zest with some oak added in.

T-Funk at first then crisp lemon and other citrus fruits behind it.

M-Pretty dry with decent amount of carbonation.

D- I could drink one of these a night, easy. (283 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle that was gifted to me by a coworker. i dont think i would ever find myself paying the $38 dollars for this one. drank out of my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very hazy golden orange colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind little to no lacing, which is odd considering the size of the head.

S- the first thing i pick up on is the large amount of funk in this one. very musty/barnyard-y smelling. there is smellable oak here. some lemon peel is also detectable. very faintly acidic.

T- the taste starts out with the lemon zest i could smell along with a little bit of grapefruit. after that i pick up on a large amount of the oak barrel. the huge level of funk i could smell is still here. it comes off as very old and musty. little in the way of sourness.

M- the body is larger than i would have expected. there is little to no carbonation, which is the way it should be. very dry aftertaste.

D- im not sure how i would feel if i dropped the $30 on this one. glad i got to try it. maybe it could use more time to become something i would really enjoy? right now, i would probably pass on another glass of this and let someone that really loves it have it. (1,280 characters)

Photo of foogerd
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged bottle.
2003 vintage.

A- Straight pour down the middle managed to produce an island worth of off white colored head. Body is peach colored with varying degrees of haze.

S- Some cherry and other light fruity notes, moldy cheese rind. Giving it another swirl seems to produce more prominent fruit notes, funk takes the backburner.

T- Sweet acidic fruits intially then tons of funk, moldy cheese, creamy lactic notes, dry wood, dry puckering finish with noticeable tannin presence.

M- Crisp straightforward with light carbonation.

D- Light on the palette with a low abv, nothing is too harsh here,harmonizes perfectly. (644 characters)

Oude Lambiek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
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