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Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EPICAC on 12-05-2006

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Ratings:
137
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
7.19%
 
 
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Photo of rvdoorn
3/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on draft at tour de geuze 2011. Poured into an original de Cam glass.
Look: The beer pours dark Bordeaux-red color with a very small pink head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: Sour cherries, farmyard and something that resembles plastic or paint.
Taste: Sour cherries, some bitterness and wooden hints. Also here some disturbing artificial plastic flavors.
Mouthfeel: Thin body and no carbonation.
Overall: I don’t know, the taste of this beer is so different from all other HORAL kriek beers I tried. Not sure if I can get used to this.

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Photo of FreedomBeer
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review for De Cam Oude Kriek. Bottling date unknown at this time. 750ml. Approximately 6.5%ABV. Poured into a De Garde Sundae glass (thanks box_social!)

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, seductive, dark red. A one-finger pinkish-red head forms and quickly dissipates.

Aroma: Fresh cherry jam. Candied lemon. Funktastic basement.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tart lemon is dominant. Cherry flavor is underlying and very subtle. Refreshing, but relatively sour. Medium-bodied. Low carb.

Overall: Very drinkable despite it's sourness. It's like a tart lemonade with a hint of cherry juice added. Not bad, but not mind blowing. It hits familiar notes of a Kriek beer, but is overwhelmed by tart lemons. Complete waste of 15 euros.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is transparent dead blood red liquid with no head. Very dustry and dry, oak notes accompanying the funk with faint sour cherries and a touch of metallic twang. The taste is much sweeter than the nose, dry funk, faint, almost not there. The cherries are a bit muted by the sourness and lightly acetic in the finish. Medium body, soft on the palate with a strong carbaontion and prickly back palate.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2009. Ok, not great, pop off the cork when opening.

Slight ruby red color but with an opaque rusted edge, through the light looks like thick bright blood. Minimal carbonation and pink head creation which dissolves pretty quickly, leaving not a trace of a collar. Not much of a noticeable middle column of carbonation either.

Pretty distinct aroma. Soft and large juiced cherry fruit note, like the skin has just burst. Small hinting sweetness of maraschino, but lots of dry earth and practically muddy soil notes to go along with it. The cherry and fruit notes though dominate with huge juicy quality, which is a real pleasure, but that lingering earth in the back has a big kick.

Palate manages a bit of a minor dud. Very flattened body and surprisingly quite wet as well. Tilled earth and soil notes with a mild sharp heat and funk. Wonderful cherry flavor but practically comes off a bit watered down, with maybe a bit of mineral prickly feel just barely. Slight vinegar notes, and a bit of malt sweetness as well interestingly on the finish.

Not exactly a total loss, but definitely lacking noticeably by a very disappointing mouthfeel and malt depth.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this one better than the other but still it was a little too syrupy in the end. I've had better krieks.

Beer is red with almost no head but a few pink bubbles, aggressive carbonation.

Aroma is cherries, Brett b, lactic, succinic, tartness.

Beer is light in body and dry on the finish with a lot of tartness at the back, the finish is nice for sure, strong cherry flavors up front, an interesting beer for sure. Again I'd probably rather have a kriek from Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen but whatever. This was fine as well.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan from the PP bottleshop for bringing this one to share at the Stone Sour Fest. From a 375ml bottle, 06' vintage.

The color was a deep ruby red with a very thin ring.

Very plastic-y on the nose, acetic/vinegar, citric, funky with lots of dirty feet aromas, plastic cherries, very cheesy.

Acidic cherry and lemons, very dry and puckering. Salty apricots in the finish. Almost flat but works well since the finish is VERY dry. A bit too acidic but not a bad beer. The flavor is definitely a step up from the aroma, the cherries seem a bit more lively and fresh.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

vintage - 2009 750ml served in Cantillon flute

served at 55 degrees, gushed about a 1/8 of the bottle out *sad face*

pours a dirty ruby red, chunks of yeast floating (because of bottle gush). little to no head ironically.

tart cherry pie on the nose. cherries are bright but funky and old.

very similar flavor to the smell. cherry flavor is bright but old and oaky. has some old musty funk. a bit of sourness in the finish. mostly cherry up front.

light to moderate carbonation, dry cherry finish

never seen de cam with so much liveliness! taste is very unique for an oude kriek. tastes about 6 years older than it is. nice stuff.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled January 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours with no head. Bright red. Not even pink. Red. A little lifeless.

Smell - Bright cherry. Loads of fruit. Really nice funk. Like cherry juice and manure. Not a lot of acidity in the nose, though.

Taste - Cherry flavor. Almost pure juice. Not sweet. Tart without really ever getting sour. Less funk, but a little bit in the finish. All about the cherry in this one.

Mouthfeel - Thick and juicy. Not much carbonation. Not very tart.

Overall - Not my favorite, because it doesn't have a lot of the great lambic aspects. It is definitely one of the best fruit flavors I've ever had in a beer. Ten times stronger than Wisconsin Belgian Red without ever tasting artificial. But, I want more beer than fruit.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2005.

Clear bright red with a dense, light pink head with great retention, this is a gorgeous kriek. The nose is an intense blend of cherries and lambic. The cherries are present and potent, leathery and with skin tannins. Uniquely in between the fresh cherries, sour cherries and cherry pie character of different krieks. Lemony sourness is present with a little acetone character as well. The palate opens intensely sour with plenty of lemon and lemon rind sourness. .Some barnyard, grass and hay flavors are present. Very, very sour, interfering with the enjoyability, but in a weird sense, it still preserves a semblance of balance. Sour, fruity and lemony, there isn't any acetic character on the palate. The intensity reminds me of an aggressive Cantillon Kriek. Light in body with a puckering, sour finish, this is excellent stuff, but unfortunately, isn't the most drinkable kriek out there, simply because of its intense sourness.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml '09 bottle I opened with friends on new years eve. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a still deep ruby color. Almost dark purple in color but more ruby when held to the light. Some haze is seen through the body and other than that, it displays a very wine-like appearance. No head, not even with a swirl and no lacing effect either.

The smell is primarily of plastic and funk initially. Juicy earthy cherry notes start to evolve and really mesh well with the funky aspects. The cherry provides a faint medicinal quality. It gets quite vinous and grassy as it warms up with some notes of oak, earth mild must and slight alcohol inclusion.

The taste is funky and lactic mildly like a lemony tartness mingled with plastic. Quite drying on the tongue with a tang that is tannic and almost burning. Some cheese and yogurt is evident through the body breaking things up. Grass and lots of earthy tones. Vinous quality emerges once warn.

This is a medium bodies brew that is still. Very drying on the tongue which makes the moisture seeming sap right out of your mouth. It makes tour tongue feel like its numb half way through the experience. I'm using a bit turned off by medicinal qualities that some cherry beers have. However, this one just clicked for me and was very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle #6 in the De Cam tasting. Pours the color and clarity of cranberry juice with no head. Nose expresses medicinal cherries akin to cough syrup. Taste follows nose; however, it all comes off soft and not overly medicinal. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. All and all, a solid kriek - not my favorite thus far; however, it has quite a bit of complexity and dimension.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2005 vintage, 750ml bottle.

Murky cherry red color with a tall but fleeting head, this has a great color.

Sweet and tart cherry pie filling aroma. The cherries have a lot of depth; skin, pit and flesh. Lots of funk too, sweaty and musty.

Bracing sourness with a ton of sour cherry and lemon peel, the acidity is both lactic and acetic in character. Light-bodied but not quite quaffable due to the intense acidity, it's delicious all the same. Finishes with a kick of sour cherry, faint vinegary acetic acid and light tannins. As much as I enjoyed this, the acidity caught up with me after a while; better in small servings.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to craytonic for sharing a 375mL bottle of this. 2005 vintage served in a Cantillon tumbler.

Pours a really nice red color with a bit of a rust-brown hue to it. It starts out with a short head and doesn't gather much in the way of lacing. The nose is a great mixture of cherry and funk, with some acidity lingering in the background. Nothing too over the top, and the cherries don't completely the over the base beer.

The flavor follows the nose for the most part. The cherry is still fairly muted, but comes out a tad bit more along with accompanying acidity. Nice underlying funk and earthiness. Light body with moderate carbonation for the style. Good acidity through the finish. Acidic, yet smooth. Very well done.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Mike for this beer. From the year 1999.

A: The cork comes out without much of a sound and the beer pours an almost flat, murky, red color.

S: Despite a lackluster appearance, there is a very strong aroma. Big-time cherries which have a decent amount of sweetness, but still plenty of tartness and lactic acid. There seems to be a mild oak aroma as well as some grass and straw.

T: The flavor is really quite sour, more so than I expected, in fact. Lots of cherries, which again give a mild sweetness along with plenty of tartness. There is some musty funk and a bit of straw and grass.

M: Medium in body with a very low level of carbonation.

O: A fantastic Kriek. Glad to have finally tried this beer and that it was as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of sjstraub
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beer Planet in Brussels around March 10, 2010. Also a 2006 bottling. Split with my wife.

A - Dark ruby red, much darker than a cabernet. Almost no head in the pour, with limited small bubbles that rim the beer.

S - Very sour cheery smell. Some vinegar in the nose as well. No alcohol smell at all.

T - Sour and tart, but not so much that you scrunch up your face. Complex flavors from leather to tart cranberry. Very dry finish, without a hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth, with very limited tiny carbonated bubbles.

D - Certainly not a beer you have more than one of. But it's a wonderful lambic that we quite enjoyed.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still liquid with a bright ruby color. Strong cherry notes and world class lambic aroma with a hint of lemon rind.

Taste is bold and lactic up front with fresh cherries blended in with a dry finish. Very well balanced with flavor from the cherries and strength of acidity in the lambic. This kriek was wonderful.

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Photo of jastack
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I have here is from 2005. Poured a deep dark blood red with a creamy one finger red/white head into my Cantillon glass. The nose is sweet barnyard funk, which isn't as intense as some other krieks I've had in the past. The taste of this beer was quite exceptional. A bit of a shock of the taste buds leads into a great sour cheery flavor. This is followed by a subtle (for the style) funkiness intertwining a number of the usual lambic flavors which lightly fall off the palette. The mouthfeel was quite heavy, without the lively carbonation I'm used to. I found this a very drinkable kriek, particularly after the last one I had, the Hanssens Olde Kriek.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rochefort10nh for this bottle, poured into my white birch glass.

The beer is a rich ruby color, a bit darker than grapefruit juice. The pour yields a think pink head that fades quickly and leaves behind no lacing.

The smell is tart cherries, vinegar, wood and musty funk. Followed by more tart cherries.

This is a sour, sour beer. The tart cherries and vinegar components blast the taste buds from start to finish, accompanied by zesty citrus and an earthy, funky flavor.

The beer is light bodied and just carbonated enough to accentuate the sour flavors. The alcohol is not present at all, despite the strong sour flavors this is a beer that I would love to drink more of.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light red color with pinkish head. Light cherries and berries on the nose, and some tartness/funk; follows onto the palate. Very light, but complex lambic. Very good.

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Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Has a fizzy, small head, and a slightly hazy dark red color with ruby hints to it.

Funky barnyard aromas unfold along lots of leather, and hints of sour yoghurt, wrapped up by a gently cherry fruitiness. Wooden, bready malts with damp hops stand against a super-dry, acidic sourness.

Cherries blend well into the sour aspect of the beer, providing a mellow sweetness, while adding more depth to the wooden malts as well. At the same time, the cherries don’t seem to be too young and pungent fruity, but with a ripe fermented touch and lots of stone qualities to them. The uprising sourness during the middle part is defined by an immense dryness, illustrated by cherry fruitiness. This brew has a great balance, with a very well defined, intense sourness, accompanied by an earthy, complex cherry note.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 1/2009.

Pours a hazy dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, earth, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry and funk 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 a fantastic sour and funky cherry flavor that makes this one very easy to drink.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours no head at all. Color is a ruby raspberry red.

Aroma: A lot of cherries. Cherry pie crust. Sour and funky. Okay. The fruit is very fresh smelling. It also has a touch of basement must and cobweb.

Taste: Very sour. Mouth-puckering. Cherry pie filling with pie crust.l Fresh fruit with a nice old funk/sourness to it.

Mouthfeel: Tart/mouth-puckering. Light bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a solid kriek. Very tasty and drinkable. I was really impressed with this one.

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Photo of Jonada
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

750 ml bottle poured into a Cantillon balloon glass. Label reads bottled January 2009, but I'd take that with a huge grain of salt since this is De Cam we're talking about (label also read 37.5 cl, which obviously was incorrect).

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red color with less than a finger of a pink head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body is hazy but still translucent.

Smell: Cherries, barnyard funk, hay, damp oak, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Medium lemon like sourness followed by lots of cherry. After that are notes of hay, funk, oak, hint of cranberry and vanilla. Really intense juicy cherries are what stand out most.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft almost creamy mouthfeel and medium, fine carbonation. Finishes tart and mostly dry.

Overall: Really excellent kriek. Tons of sour cherry character with just enough funk to keep it balanced. Drinks great as a cherry bomb now, but I'll be interested to see how it progresses with further aging. Seek this one out.

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Photo of craytonic
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml 2005 vintage in a drie fonteinen lambic glass

Appearance: Deep rich blood red with some ruby highlights and edges, very little (pink) carbonation, not much head or lacing

Smell: Incredibly sour, cherries, great attic funk and a strong, but not misplaced, vinegar component

Taste: Similar to the aroma, very sour with the cherries, funk and vinegar. Slightly earthy and vinous.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, medium-light body. Very dry

Overall: good combination of the cherries, sour and funk

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml January 2006 Bottle Date; Sampled January 2008
Very minimal carbonation, though more than the Gueuze I just had, the head barely forms a few, extremely small groupings of bubbles after a careful pour. When roused it forms a pinkish tinged tan colored thin layer of froth that quickly becomes a few lonely islands and a ring of foam. The beer pours with hazy, cranberry red color that shows a pinkish hue to the red when held up to the light. The aroma is quite tart as that is what I notice as I am inspecting the beer visually. A deeper smell of the aroma yields an up front, sharp, tartness (predominantly lactic), followed by a fruity, bright cherry skin aroma. Sour lemon notes intermingle with cherry aromatics, lightly funky barnyard notes and a touch of urea. The more time one spends smelling the aroma the more a sour cherry note comes to the fore. The aroma is not all that aggressively funky for a Lambic, though it does have a substantial acid quality to it.

The beer has a light fizziness to it, though it is not quite as low as a real ale. Tart, yet somewhat clean up front; flavors of lemons, definite lactic and very dry, the cherry notes are certainly not omnipresent and in fact are almost more aromatic in character. The beer finishes with a tannic structure and a slight astringency that is most likely from the cherries (pits & definite skin flavors), but also is likely contributed a bit by the barrels. there is a certain flavor combination here that makes me think of cherry flavored children's aspirin; it definitely has a certain medicinal / aspirin quality to it, especially up front. Predominantly lactic in acid character, but it does have a touch of uriatic notes and hints of funky butyric acid. While this is light and easy drinking, the tannins do add a certain fullness to the body that provide a nice texture.

A thoroughly enjoyable Kriek. It could certainly have more carbonation, but I like the substantial, sourness as that is what I was looking forward too. A touch more, well integrated funkiness would push this over that top.

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