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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
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
7.19%
 
 
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146
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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 BMart
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of AlexFields
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this was a 2009 vintage but I don't remember for sure because the label got torn off somehow. Poured from a 33cl (or is it 37.5cl?) bottle into a bubble glass.

Appearance: looks just like a ruby red/pink grapefruit. Stunningly beautiful. Much different color from any other kriek I've had.

Nose: Plenty of sourness and tart cherry, very refreshing and exciting.

Taste: Wow! This is one of those rare beers where you know as soon as you put it in your mouth that it's one of the best beers you're ever going to taste. Very sour, not quite brutally sour but exactly as sour as it needs to be to complement the fruit flavors. Beautiful cherry flavors coming through as well. I relished every sip.

My new favorite kriek, this is. Opened it at a tasting and everyone there agreed without hesitation that it was the best beer of the night. Quite a pleasant surprise.

9.8/10

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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 22Blue
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 SadMachine
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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 Rochefort10nh
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

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 outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oude Kriek De Cam is clear but has a ruby tone as rich and vivid as a double coating of nail-polish. You could make an evening gown out with this colour and be the belle of the ball. Even the head - normally a soft pink - is a darker shade of red than some commercial Krieks' body!

The aroma exudes sour cherry and almonds notes. It is tart, if not outright sour despite the abundance of cherry flavour. The fruit pits are what account for the almond character (which is highly appreciable in this example). The bouquet is enticing and enchanting.

The tastes of almonds and cherries are conspicuous - check your tongue for a cherry tattoo after the fact - but the flavour can almost more resemble cranberry because of its sourness. Purists don't like too much fruit flavour, but this manages to deliver delicious cherry notes without encumbering the lambic or the barrels in which its been aged.

Indeed, Oude Kriek De Cam has a fuller taste than most Krieks and it manages this without either the artificial sweetness of commercial brands or the extreme acidity and barnyard characteristics of other traditional examples. Still, it has plenty of the style's trademark 'funk'; considering how closely this resembles vinegar, it's strangely agreeable and refreshing.

Oude Kriek De Cam has all the complexity and character of, say, Cantillon Kriek, but is a bit more approachable for the uninitiated. I bet it'd be just as popular were it easier to find outside of Belgium. One of the best, most authentic examples of this unique, superb style, it's definitely something you'll want to savor with your feet up (even if you’re at the bar, so what?!).

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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 yourefragile
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/6/2012

750ml bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! 2005 vintage.

A: Deep red with a big white head.

S: Cherry pie - crust, pit, flesh, and skin. Awesome nose. Vanilla and oak. Big wet leather Brett character with earth.

T: Super citric, mouth mouthwateringly so. Intense cherry pie flavor with oak and a high level of tartness. Vanilla blends with leather and earth. Lots of Brett. Firm acetic acidity throughout with restrained vinegar flavor.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation. Sticky, dry, and lightly tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: Exceptional.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle from 2005, corked and caged.

A nice reassuring pop when I removed the cork, it pours a very cloudy pinkish brown colour that turns orange red, yeah I said it, with a fine layer of foam and has some good lacing.

The smell is all about the cherries. Big nose of sour but there's more than a hint of sweetness going on. In fact, I'd say it's almost a 50 50 split. Very damn nice.

The taste, well, it's not what I expected given what I said about the smell. The sourness from the cherries is HUGE and there's a vinegar sourness that just adds some more mouth puckering flavour. Wow. Heavens to Betsy, can a beer be brewed that s more sour than this? I'm....loving it! I can just sense some malt but it's back back back in the background big time. The only other "taste" that mixes in is a small presence of yeast but it's tough to pull out.

Medium bodied, very light but noticeable carbonation, it drinks pretty much like a wine. And....drinkability, for me, is through the roof.

I don't have a clue as to how this drinks fresh but this 6 year old bottle has floored me. Maybe the best beer I've tried in 2011.

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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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Oude Kriek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
4.31 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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