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Oude Kriek De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium
decam.be

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
137
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
7.19%
 
 
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141
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 137
Photo of mikesgroove
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nice one inch head of pink on top.

Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma here.rich sour notes are all over this one with great touches o apples and raspberries mixing in and a light touch of wood that seems to come out of nowhere. seriously just wonderfully done i could not get enough. a nice long fade of dry, tart and sour flavors leaves you looking for more right away! this was a classic example of the style done nearly perfectly. i have some older ones coming my way i cannot wait to try

overall this was just what the doctor ordered and really nicely done

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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 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 TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2005 bottle, served at the Kulminator in April 2011. It poured a dark red color, not really clear even on the first pour, just a little haze at first and turning darker in subsequent pours. Loads of sediment in the last pour as I tried to get every bit of goodness out of the bottle.

Sweet aroma of cherries, loads of them, with some tart and funky counterpoints. Very sour tasting, puckering, alum-like. Reminds me most of Cantillon Kriek 2004 in that regard, extremely nice. Lots of lactic acid, no vinegar that I could tell, just really nice. Long lasting cherry aftertaste.

Wow, on my WANTs list for good.

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Photo of corby112
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 375ml bottle received in a past trade with javib458. Thanks a lot Javier!

Pours a dark ruby red, almost plum color with dark cherry/mahogany edges when held to a light source. There was a medium sized pop when I got the cork out but this beer poured completely still with no head to speak of.

Extremely FUNKY aroma with lots of earthy, stinky barnyard character. Lots of bugs and horseblanket with oak tannis and a boat load of sweet cherry. I'm surprised how well the cherry has held up in the nose. Kind of smells like 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek but much more musty and funky. Hints of cheese, feat and bandaid but in a good way.

Extremely sour and mouth puckering with a lot of earthy, musty funk and oaky tannis which is countered by a sweet tart cherry presence. Wow, this beer has become crazy funky and sour with a lingering puckering, vinegary finish that leaves me drooling for more. Although this beer is very acidic and not easy to drink, the aftertaste is incredible and I want another sip immediately. As in the aroma, the cherry fruit flavor has held up incredibly well. I know that this beer uses real cherres but the flavor is so prominent it tastes like cherry juice is added. Lots of tart sweetness balancing out the musty funk and earthy oak. After the initial palate shock this beer becomes less intense and stomach burning but it's still a sipper.

This beer is delicious and incredibly complex and I'm glad that I finally got a chance to try it. I wish De Cam beers were available here because I would buy this regularly. Now I need to find the Oude Gueuze!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 375ml bottle

Pours a deep, dark burgundy color with a fair amount of haze. This could almost pass as red wine. A thin, wispy ivory head sticks around only around the edge. The aroma has strong acetic notes along a musty, funky barnyard component. The cherry smell is very tart and lightly sweet. Tart and sweet cherries up front on the palate with a sharp red wine vinegar flavor cutting down the tongue. Not nearly as much funkiness in the taste as in the aroma, but more sourness and cherry flavor than I would have expected from the smell. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation and a pretty dry finish with only light sweetness from the cherry. Despite the tartness and sourness, this is pretty drinkable stuff. I'll have no trouble polishing off the 375 with a little help from my wife. I'm really glad I have a 750 of the '05 to share with friends. With De Cam's Oude Lambiek hitting the US recently, I hope this Kriek finds its way across the Atlantic as well.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/05/10 notes. 2005 Vintage, 750ml bottle thanks to Brad (ygtbsm94); thanks man!

a - Pours a clear ruby red color with an inch of white head and very light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour tart cherries and dark fruits, and huge funk in the nose. Tiny bit of oak, smells great.

t - Tastes of sour sour cherries, tart lemon, dark fruits, and a ton of funk. Light oak as well.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very lip puckering.

d - Wow, what a lip puckering beer. This beer is insaley tart and heavy on the sour cherries. I loved the smell and would like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Vintage 2005

A: Dark red hue with a subtle haziness. The color is really beautiful. The beer has a rather small head that quickly fades, leaving a few touches of lacing behind.

S: Huge cherry scents with sour funk. The aroma is distinctly Belgian and wonderful.

T: Surprisingly tart, even though I was expecting it. Cherries are prominent throughout, along with a funky sourness that makes your mouth pucker and eyes squint in lambic delight.

M: The beer is very acetic, but not harsh. It's amazingly tart and enjoyable.

D: I'd love to have this one again. I found it extremely pleasant, enjoyable, and intriguing. It's a great beer to savor and inhale the bouquet of sour cherries.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005:750ml

A: As it pours out of the bottle its got a medium, yet clear red color, but as the glasses were filled it turned a darker blood red with some haze to it. One finger, pink bubbly head that crashed immediately. Spotty lacing.

S: Tons of cherries. An undercurrent of slight sweetness, but predominately a bold tartness with hints of oak.

T: Wonderful sour and tart cherries. Like the de cam gueuze, this has a really clean profile that isn't particularly funky or musty. It is wonderfully delicious, though. Just a few hints of sweetness and oak, but mostly blasts of sour cherries.

M: Smooth, perhaps slightly undercarbonated for a kriek. Definitely not still though. Quite acidic and sour, but not caustic.

D: Top notch. De Cam really knows what they are doing. I just wish I didn't have to order these from Belgium.

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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 emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, thanks to Brad for this via trade some years ago.

Pours into a mini snifter a lovely glowing crimson, bright clarity, with a string of pearls around the edge that soon dissipate to nothing. Very little carbonation, and only a weak pop from the cork.

Mellow and lightly acetic, cherry pits and damp musty wood in the nose.

Starts with juicy black cherry that builds into a moderately intense puckering sourness in the finish. Somewhat acetic in the flavor, with that lemon juice pucker that sneaks up on you. Mellow, dry, and super drinkable. Still retains the cherry intensity despite it's age. Wish it had a touch more carbonation, but it's a lambic, so that's appropriate. A unique, mellow vintage that I really enjoyed.

2016: A more recent vintage (2009 printed label but likely incorrect), thanks Chris for sharing! Bright saturated ruby color, restrained funk and cherries in the aroma, pits and skins lending that cherry pie essence. Taste is bracing, sour and tannic, very crisp and punctuated. Seemingly less nuanced than the 2005, a bit more straightforward and classic. Not far off from Mariage Parfait Oude Kriek, which I love and is more available stateside.

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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 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 MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one. 375ml bottle from 2006. The label proudly states that 35kg of cherries were used per 100l of lambic. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a thing haze and a ring of big bubbles. However, there are tons of bubbles visibly clinging to the sides of the glass - very odd. Opaque orange-pink color that looks like a bit like grenadine. As it's consumed if leaves a few spots of lace. Love the color, but wish there had been more initial foam.

S - Not too dissimilar from the fresh Cantillon Kriek I just had on-tap, but with less sweetness. A mix of acetic acid, horsey funkiness, sour and tart cherries, and light sweet graham cracker malt. The intensity of sour and funky amps up as the beer gets a little warmer. You can definitely tell this is an older kriek, as the cherry element is quite restrained and the overall taste profile is moving into straight lambic territory as opposed to kriek.

T - Largely sour & tart. Pediococcus overload that borders on ridiculous. Sour cherries, red wine vinegar, unsweetened cranberry juice tartness. This is definitely one of the least balanced krieks I've had. Not much barnyard going on at all. Despite the higher ABV (for lambic) there isn't any trade of alcohol. Unique and excellent.

M - Damn this is one dry beer. I feels like I stuffed my mouth with cotton balls and saltine crackers. Light-medium body, with quite low carbonation for a fruit lambic. I think a little more spritz would have helped.

D - Even with the punishing sourness and bone dry finish this is a pleasure to drink. I wish I'd procured a 750ml bottle, as I was very sad when my glass was empty - probably should have been greedy and not shared this one. On the other hand, drinking a whole bottle might have burned a hole in my stomach, so perhaps things turned out for the best.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Alex (Masterski), thanks dude! Poured into champagne glass. 2006 vintage.

A - Pours a cherry red with a spritz of bubbles. Very lively, bubbles popping up here and there. There's tons of bubbles attached to the side of the glass like a bunch of leeches.

S - Pretty damn funky, tart/sour cherries, horse blanket. A lot more funky then I was expecting, that's for sure.

T - Ultra mouth-puckering, tart cherries, funk funk and more funk. After one drink, I have no saliva left, insta cotton mouth...very dry finish.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish. Reminds of an uber sour champagne with a touch of cherries.

D - An awesome lambic! I hope to have this one again in the future but since it's only available across the pond, I don't know how good my chances are.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, 6.5% abv. Pours a cloudy reddish pink color. Small white head disappears immediately.

Sour cherry in the nose. Complex is the word. Leathery, funky, horse blanket and earthy. Layers of aroma.

Tartness up front that lingers forever. Sour cherry, leathery, funky and earthy. Acidic, but not overly.

Lighter body, almost no carbonation. No hint of alcohol. Very complex. Excellent.

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Photo of mcallister
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back this beauty from Belgium. Pours with a cherry color and completely cloudy and opaque. No head however some small bubbles that form a ring around the glass.

God I miss this aroma. Funky as hell full of earthy, barnyardy, goat piss aromas. Hints of cherry, leather, horse blanket, hay with some etheral pungency.

Just an amazing beer with probably the longest finish of anything I've ever had. Earthy, sour as hell, with a pungent acidic nature. Carbonation levels are exceedingly low which suprises me. Hard to get past how long the finish is. So tart and delicious. Cherry flavors fight to make a presecnce through the funk and do just enough to add another layer of complexity.

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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 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 tempest
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at the Waterhuis in Ghent. Damn, this might be the best kriek I've ever had. Not overly funky, but interesting and with a long, dry sour cherry flavor. It's a pleasant mustiness, that for whatever reason reminds me of cobwebs and cellars before the tangy cherries kick in. Definitely find this beer if you're in Belgium.

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Photo of JDV
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to miketd for this hard to get beer!
Pours a deep, thick pomegranate juice color. Smell is big delicious tart cherries and lots of woodiness to it, and is super smooth, rounded and inviting. Taste is sour, sour, sour! Very nice, tart, dry cherry flavor and oaky, vinous, tanniny, drying deliciousness. No harsh or vinegar like qualities to it, but yet still intensely sour and extremely enjoyable and easy to sip. Great intense, yet balanced flavor, and I could have easily had more of this. Thanks so much again for this treat, Mike!

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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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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 EPICAC
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. The Good Beer Guide: Belgium lists this as a different beer from Kriekenlambiek, so I'm adding it. When I ordered it the bartender said he hadn't seen it, but he came back a few minutes later with a dusty bottle that was dated 09.2004.

Appearance: When I poured out the first half the beer was crystal clear, but the second half had some cloudiness. That tells you how long the bottle had been sitting in the cellar undisturbed. The beer pours an orange-red color with a thin pinkish head that quickly fades to a thin ring.

Smell: Without swirling cherries and acidic sourness dominate the aroma with a light funky barnyard aroma. Upon swirling the barnyard aroma becomes very intense. Exactly what I want a kriek to smell like.

Taste: Very acidic and sour. There are tart cherry flavors that bring along no sweetness. The finish is noticeably earthy and funky... Marvelous.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation with an intensely dry finish.

Drinkability: A sipper, but a fantastic sipper.

Overall: A damn fine kriek.

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