Oude Geuze De Cam
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #15
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #947
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.91%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
241
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Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
95
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The classically light amber body is just barely foggy, and builds a deceptively short, off-white head that loudly and unevenly fizzles out to a thin fuzzy collar vibrating with an actively lifting fizz underneath.

A spritz from the effervescent surface tickles the nose while working fervently to also froth up the body like a more delicately fluffy sort of champagne, delivering to the palate crisply tart pear and plum that rub shoulders with a sort of pleasantly herbal light oak and funk that bloom in the exhale.

It doesn't look that active but it feels so insanely fizzy & lifting, frothing up immensely & transforming the acidity into a fruitiness surprisingly not unlike strawberry pie filling before the semi-dry finish cleanly vanishes. A light touch of cracker emerges as it warms, but actually, overall, this gueuze is a little sweeter than is typical for the style.

Jul 05, 2021
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janubio from Spain

4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Etre Gourmet, served at home in a flute glass. Pours a hazy pale colour, enormous head with medium retention. Great lacing.
Aroma is wild, barnyard, bretts, leather, stalk, hints of yoghourt and blue cheese, fruity esters of pears and apples.
Medium body, earthy texture, active carbonation. Funky finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
Top class beer.

Dec 12, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden amber coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smell is dominated by quite musty, earthy, sweaty funk and some fruity esters of green apple and apricot, as well as some wet grass, oak and doughy malt. Taste is an excellent balance of light doughy, sweet'ish malt, some profound musty, sweaty, earthy funk with hints of blue cheese and mushrooms and strong, fruity and slighty spicy yeast esters of green apple, pear, apricot, gooseberry and clove, with the apricot standing out particularly here, as well as some wet grass and a good oak presence. Finishes with a mild tartness and some funk, oak and fruity apricot and goosberry esters lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is a world-class Geuze that really impresses with its very strong, complex and nuanced funkiness, as well as some vibrant fruity esters and a good oak presence to round things out, while it may be little less tart and acidic than other examples of the style. One of the funkiest "standard" Geuzes I've had, reminding me a lot of 3F Oude Geuze. While it may be just a touch more sweet than I usually prefer, it turns more dry towards the finish, with a very good light/medium acidity and profound funkiness, making for a fantastic overall balance with a rich complexity.

Jul 19, 2020
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Bruno74200 from France

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden with a huge white head.
It's not a particularly funky nor sour gueuze but it's quite balanced. Some citric notes, some cereal notes.
Smooth mouthfeel

Jan 13, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 vintage; drank 12/27/19 @ Elastic Arts.

This was a FUNK BOMB when opened; horse blanket for days. However, as it opened up a fruity undercurrent emerged. Nice!

Dec 29, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 marked cage. Cork and caged 75cl bottle. As a note, as we were removing the cage, the entire top lip of the bottle blew off with the cork still in it. It was a huge surprise and I would recommend some care with all of these De Cam bottles. In any case, pour was a slightly murky yellow body with a slight orange hue, two finger white head (but we did have to pour through a strainer, so I doubt this was a typical pour for this beer), just enough retention and not much lacing. Smell is wet hay, a bit of oak, light acetic acidity, light lemon, a bit of sweet bread. Pretty nice, although it is on the sweeter side. Flavour is a dry and light acetic acidity, some citrus and lemon, sweet crackeriness and grain, wet hay, mild oak. This one is on the sweeter side, not unlike Drie Fonteinen OG's. It's not dry like Boon, and doesn't have quite the funkiness of Cantillon. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, soft on carbonation, not too acidic or bitter, easy drinker, although it seems to lack a little bit of complexity to it.

Dec 10, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 cork and cage. Consumed 5/2017.

White head. Dark golden color.

A very nice gueuze. Wet horse blanket and wet oak. Funky with a lemon citrus. Apple skins. Light tartness. Great drinkability. Always a treat!
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15-03-2003 label consumed 11/18
Nice pop. Pours a nice white head. Clear golden color. Great appearance. Very little off flavors (hint of metallic). Lemon citrus, stone fruit, earthy, funky, wet basement, cheesy funk. 4.5

May 28, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful cloudy bright orange body with a white cap. Barnyard funk lead nose with lemon, apple, earth, hay, vinegar, leather, and oak. Taste is more mild than the nose with the funk and sour notes to the fruits, gets more of the skins and zest, good earth tones though. Feel is incredible, has the funk and must, has the vibrant and rich oak, has the sour fruits esters and earth tones, with light touches of grass, hay, and leaves, yet still is smooth and elevated, bravo!

Jan 06, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Cam oude Geuze '13 Vintage consumed on 160708

Pours a clear amber-orange color with a bubbly, medium head, which turns out to be unusual stable.

Smells of a profound funkiness, entangled into dried apple peel and dusty, old oak. Has a mineralic stony quality with wet mushrooms and a flowery grassiness to it. White bread and sour lemon pulp compliment both to the pungent funk in this, establishing an awesome, aromaful nose, which is hard to compare to any of the other Lambic.

Has a lively but fitting carbonation and an utmost refreshing light body, revealing tons of flavor nuances. This creates an ever developing taste, which focusses throughout on its taste defining sourness.

Tastes of moldy earth, old apple peel, wet stones and a juicy lemony whiff. The lemon turns more flavorful after this initial stage, opening up the palate to a well dosed sourness, defining the flavors without getting close to numbing the tongue. Apple gets a tad sweeter during the finish with an aqueous softness, wrapped up by crisp lemon peel.

Drinks very nice, full of fruit supported funk with a bright, soft finish, soothing the sourness without loosing any character. Moldy, matured white wine characteristics get combined with crisp lemon and create an inciting potential.

Jul 08, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2015, with a shelf life on the cork and bottle listed as very lengthy. Excellent pop off the cork when opening.

Dark orange body, almost sort of rusted brown in color making for a pretty appearance. The clarity is real nice, enough to see lots of fast carbonation all over, practically racing at full tilt through the body, but a touch of cloudiness obscures a bit. Head creation is minimal, but a good half finger stay puck that is getting populated with a nice white top.

Aroma has excellent funk and fruit esters. Senses of light apricot and peach qualities, big on stone fruit. An almost sweet tangerine aroma comes off the glass as well, just touching into citrus zest. A real juiced quality that dominates but make no mistake about the earth is apparent in the background. Very inviting bouquet.

Palate hits the mark real nicely. Sharp front but with less carbonation play and mineral sting. Earthy first flavors that quickly wash away in a big bowl of stone fruit like flavore. Peaches and apricots fill the mid palate with a nice earthy quality. Aftertaste brings some of that tangerine sweetness which is so subtle and really goes great with the pepper qualities and funk on the finish.

A real nice delicious gueuze. Great stuff.

Apr 07, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1 in the De Cam tasting. 2014 vintage. Appearance is honey-gold with a hazy clarity. Nose expresses funk, citrus notes and horse blanket. Taste consistent with nose; however, immediate impression is young and bright. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant astringency that leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, a very good geuze that will definitely continue to develop with some years in the cellar.

Dec 06, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber with crusty off-white head. 4
Acetic tang, some goat, flowers, and wax. 4
Slight tart apricot, hit of cider vinegar, horse blanket, hay, some citrus and hop spice. 4.25
Sharp, slight, crisp. 4

Probably the best balance between acetic and funky. A bit cutting - is that age? But shoots brightness through a farmy beer. 4.25

Oct 05, 2015
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jtladner from District of Columbia

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a small taster at the volkscafe across from the brewery. Beautiful, clear straw yellow color. Tart, clean taste. Very easy drinking and a striking difference from the base lambic tasted side by side.

Aug 16, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty yellow color lambic with a nice off-white foamy head. Aroma of funky ester with some green apple tart notes is pretty enjoyable. Taste is a balanced mix between funky ester with some barnyard notes and green apple tartness. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation for an 8 year old bottle. Good balanced between complex flavours and good drinkability with limited acidity level which I appreciated.

Dec 18, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think this review was lost, but digging though my notes I found the original scribbles on it. Huge thanks to Francois for bringing this aged beast, 2003 vintage.

Pours golden blond with faint remnants of head and lacing.

Nose is mostly funk, horsehair barnyard funk, lemony vinous notes, tart acidic, and light grassy hay.

Taste is more of the same, big barnyard horseblanket funk, lemon, grassy hay and lemongrass, a big tart acidic lemon bite, vinous musty notes, nice sourness.

Mouth is lighter bod but typical, big acidic bite, nice carb for the age.

Nov 19, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Francois for bringing this to a party at JLindros's place. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Reviewed from notes. 2003 Vintage

A - Poured a nice clear golden hue with very, very thin wisps. Looks quite acidic.

S - Aromas of SUPER SUPER funky horseblankets, very light tart and crisp lemons. Yeah, this is gonna be good.

T - Taste is the same as the nose. Loads of tart lemons, funky musty basement, barnyards. Finish is quite acidic, yet somehow clean.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, incredibly impressive.

O - Overall this beer was an awesome share. Love getting to try vintage Gueuze and this didn't disappoint at all. Awesome.

Serving Type: Bottle

Nov 18, 2014
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled on draft at De Cam 2013
APP -clear, golden, low white head
Aroma - immediately greeted with perfumey lavender/ lilac. Smells like morning dew on grass and a wet forest floor at the same time. Highly aromatic.

Taste - Super flowery, hey, light spicy onion notes, not funky or sharp.

MF -very smooth and mellow acidity, light bodied, velvety

Bottled Jan 2009. sampled late August 2014

Appearance- cork pushes itself out of bottle (bottle has been in fridge for several months, and was not jostled), beer is deep blonde and just shy of brilliant with a lovely glow. Huge head with poor retention and no lace

Aroma - fresh cracked malt, hey, lemon, honey, white grape, pepper, baby's breath, just faintest whiff of horse hide, acidity lightly prickles nostrils, very pretty beer. As always with the best Gueuze, very fresh and bright aroma despite age.

Flavor- stiffly malty with a rather simple flavor of lemon juice, with light fruity notes, rhubarb, vanilla, very mellow acidity, lightly herbal, very subtle and smooth, delicious

Mouthfeel- This is where this really stands out from other Geuze that I've had. Nearly medium bodied and luxuriously creamy. No sharpness to the acidity. High carbonation. Acid and possibly light tannin stimulates the salivary glands and glides off the back and sides of tounge Amazing.

Overall- artful. a joy to drink.

Aug 28, 2014
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

750 ml bottle poured into a 33cl lambic tumbler. Bottled January 2009 (It's De Cam, so take that with a huge grain of salt)

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with 1 finger of a soapy head that dissipates to a thin coating and collar. Body is hazy, but translucent with medium visible carbonation.

Smell: Barnyard funk, musty basement, lemon, green apple, earth, herbal and damp oak.

Taste: Lots of bretty funk, green apple, pear, some mineral and herbal character. Low/medium acidic sourness (definitely on the low end for a geuze)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium fine, lively carbonation. Finishes super dry.

Overall: Really good geuze. Similar funk to 3F only less sour. Worth picking up if you can find it. It's one of the better geuzes out there.

Aug 18, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled January 2009.

Appearance - The cage came off without event, but the slightest pressure on the cork causes it to fly off and the beer begins to gush. Fills the glass with white foam. It settles quickly and leaves very little on the surface. The body is clear deep golden.

Smell - Lots of white pepper. Bright orange citrus. Hefty oak. A little bit of pale malt. Light acidity.

Taste - Sour up front, but drops off quickly. Drops off to oak and pepper. The malt lends a hint of sweetness and then becomes orangey. Strong oak lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very dry. The body drops off quickly. High carbonation.

Overall - Excellent without being all that dynamic. Missing some of the sour and malt characteristics that would allow this to transcend other gueuzes.

Jul 08, 2014
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falloutsnow from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet, BE
Date: Vintage 2009
Glass: Cantillon gueuze glass

Note: the cork on mine was ready to explode out as soon as uncaged.

De Cam's blend of lambics produces a delicious version of the style with strong notes of sour lemon and apples, vinegar oak, and a balancing mustiness and sweetness. While this is quite good, I'm not sure if it's worth twice the price of a recent vintage 3F. As a treat I might include a bottle in an order once a year.

Pours a voluminous head of 4cm, which has better than average retention of several minutes, gradually fading to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of drinking. Foam is made up of small bubbles, giving a frothy, dense appearance. Lacing is present, a few large, thick clumps cling to the sides of the glass, in general quite good for the style. Beer's body is a dark orange color, with light bringing out pale orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the hazy body (40-50% opacity), high in number and activity.

Aroma is of well-balanced sourness and sweetness, with sour lemon and apple cider vinegar, but also mellow oak, light sweetness, and a notable balancing mustiness. Quite delicious.

The flavor of this gueuze is nearing a sharp tartness found in some bottles of 3F Vintage, but never crosses that line. In general, this is of delicious sour lemons and apples, vinegar, oak, and a balancing sweetness and mustiness. Front of palate is awash in sour lemons, apple cider vinegar, tart apples, and mild acetone. Mid-palate of sour lemons, apple cider vinegar, tart apples, mellowing oak, and a backbone of pleasant malt and basement mustiness that refuses to let any harshness through. Back of palate experiences tart lemon and apples, oak barrel, and apple cider vinegar in strong fashion but never harsh, with balancing residual sweetness and a bit of mustiness. Aftertaste is of mild acid as from lemons or vinegar, faint oak, and mild mustiness.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first Closes dry and slightly puckering, with light stickiness coating the palate and lips.

Nov 10, 2013
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, bottled in 2009, poured into a tulip glass at ├ślbutikken.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, topped with a finger of white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Moderate acidity with lemon, awesome earthy, wet, musty funk along with some damp oak. Smells very nice.

T- Acidity is considerably ramped up in the flavor, very tart, lemony, some white grape. Earthy funkiness is a bit more toned down, with some damp oak, hay, grass.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, finishes very dry.

O- A really nice gueuze, I would certainly drink this regularly if it was easier to find in the US.

Jun 15, 2013
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GuzzLah from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml - bottled a year ago

A - pours a hazy orange with an ephemeral white head. No lace. Bubbly.

S - softer aroma than its peers. Green apple, toasty malt, soft cider vinegar, leather and faint oak. Not much in the way of funk beyond a soft lactic note.

T - tart green apple, lemon, oak, a dash of black pepper. Lactic and acetic, but less than some of its peers.

M - light body. Dry and tart, but not quite sour. Lively carbonation with a mild peppery zing. Crisp.

O - this Gueuze is less extreme than Cantillon or 3F. Similar to Tilquin, but with less lacto. Not complaints. Easy to drink with moderate acidity for the style. It tastes different than the three mentioned. More reserved, less funky, has a maltier aroma and has a nicely balanced, elegant flavor.

May 05, 2013
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Beerenauslese from California

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber gold, clear as a whistle. Poured at cellar temperature into a Lost Abbey tulip, produced a half inch head of foam. Some small curtains of sticky lacing.

Light, airy, well integrated notes of fresh apple and citrus, light funk, old wood, touch of mint.

Lovely taste of green apple and lemon, oak, grassy hops. Good acidity balanced by malt/sugar sweetness. Finishes clean with a light citrus peel/tannic bitterness.

Light body with fizzy carbonation, has a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, a really pleasant Oude Geuze to drink, light and airy, yet subtly complex. The whole beer is so well integrated in taste, body, and carbonation--nothing is out of place and the flavors sit on a mousse of carbonation, another example of a geuze as good as some fine champagne.

Apr 13, 2013
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Liam

Bright orange colour, fairly generous white head, good lace as well. Smell is sour and funky, earthy and grassy, tart lemony citrus, a bit of balsamic but very vibrant, lots of tart fruity notes, green apple, quite nice. Taste is sour and quite tart, cider and apple, fruity with some lemon, drying finish and well executed. Med-high drying carbonation, medium bodied. Awesome stuff here, drinks like a dream would welcome this gladly anytime.

Apr 06, 2013
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jibbyvonjibb from California

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange. Slightly hazy. Low effervescence. Tiny head of small bubbles
S: More yeasty than a lot of other geuzes. Juicyfruit.
T: Medium soft acidity, making it a bit thin. Low carbonation. Subtle tea-like bitterness with a dash of lemon.
O: A pleasant, drinkable lambic. However, it isn't of the best in its category. Its balance is hampered by not enough acidity and too much yeastiness. Comparable to Lindemands.

Apr 01, 2013
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 241 ratings