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Oude Kriek De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Oude Kriek De CamOude Kriek De Cam

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij

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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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 137
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 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 warnerry
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage bottle at Kulminator

A - Pours deep red with one finger of quickly dissipating light pink head. The red color is very inviting.

S - Intense tart cherry aroma without a hint of the medicinal character I often get from krieks or other cherry beers.

T - Manages to be very fruity without being sweet at all. Mild but persistent funk presence. Quite tart throughout, but not in a lemony or vinegar way. It is pure cherry tartness, pure and clean. Absolutely delicious.

M - Light crisp and intensely tart, but still somehow refreshing.

O - Just delicious. Not very funky. Fruit is front and center here, but it works very well. Definitely the best kriek I've had, though I have a Lou Pepe I haven't opened yet. Can't wait to see how it compares.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip; sampled at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst.

A: Opaque vermillion body under a finger of fine, frothy pink foam. Nice.

S: Huge cherries, huge funk. Fresh, juicy, deep, complex, sour, and well-balanced; simply amazing - this aroma is to a Kriek what fresh Fou'Foune is to an apricot Lambic or St. Lamvinus to a grape one; perfection.

T: Follows the nose, but with emphasis on the fruit. Just a bit on the sweet side, but still fantastic.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate, fine carbonation. Nice.

O: What a beer. I thought I'd missed out on it when the first couple bottles went early in the night, but when I saw a couple more show up later on I jumped at the opportunity. This was by far the best Kriek of the night for me, as it combined the balance of Lou Pepe with the fruity intensity of Hanssens Scarenbecca, and was far better than either. Oh, and it's better than Dirty Horse, too. Seriously.


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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 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 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 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 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 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 MattSweatshirt
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Bottle

An aggressive pour yields a minimal bubbly pink head that eventually disappears. Deep red with pink highlights.

Opens with big cherry and funk notes. You can anticipate the impending sourness from the aroma. More red fruit in the form of raspberry and strawberry. The nose on this is just phenomenal.

Soft tingly carbonation gives it a heavier feel. Smooth. Mouth puckering tartness that lingers. Cherry, musty funk, almond at the very end/aftertaste. There is some sweetness hanging in the background of the brew which helps so it is not overbearingly sour.

This was awesome. Must try for a sour fan.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

Bottled in January 2009.

A: Nice pop when opened. Pours a beautiful reddish cloudy colour forming a small pinkish creamy and bit molasses head. Medium retention and many lingering glasses formed and left in the glass

S: Classic fruity Lambic. Great perfume of cherries. A delicious juice of cherries with also delicious notes of oak. A bit metallic. Belgian Lambic yeasts

T: Perfect taste. Slightly sweet upfront. Cherry bomb. Excellent notes of cherries. Absolutely delicate taste. Not too sour and not too sweet as well. Cherry vinegar. Very balanced. Oak. Earthy Belgian Lambic yeasts

M: Medium body and carbonation. Cherry juice aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. If you are looking for a perfect Kriek, you've just found one...

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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


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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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