Oude Geuze De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-20-2002

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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of woosterbill
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, bottled 01/09, shared at De Lambiek museum in Beersel.

A: Pale amber body (good clarity) with a thin, coarse head. Ok, but uninspiring.

S: Skunk + funk. Earthy + grassy, with plenty of sharp lemony acidity. Not the best. I was surprised to find a skunked Lambic, but this was a quintessentially skunky as any Heineken bottle. Disappointing, although the nice acidity helped make up for it somewhat.

T: Brightly acidic up front, with light dkunk giving way to husky malt, fruity tartness, and big barnyardy funk on the finish. Dirty.

O: I still enjoyed drinking this beer, but the skunk really took away from how great it could have been. I'd gladly try it again, but only if I knew the bottle had been well-kept.


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Photo of bark
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

“OK then, surprise me with a beer that is matchless, a beer that is like nothing on earth!” I told the bartender at Stockholm’s finest beer bar Akkurat. He pondered for a few seconds and asked back “Have you tried an unsweetened, unblended Lambic? We got a lot from de Cam Gooik that matured just enough!”

So I got a bottle lying in a plait basket. The label said (in Flemish only) that it was bottled on the 15th of Mars 2003 and that the ABV was 6.5%. There was also a note about "1, 2 and 3 years", but I didn't really grasp that one.

The colour is deep golden yellow and somewhat cloudy, the small foam is built by small bubbles.

The smell is sweet sour with stains of dried herbs, cherry stone, smoked meat and bacon.

The carbonation is almost extremely strong with lots of small bubbles.

The complex taste is dominated by a strong sour flavour of gooseberries, iodine, soil, and sour cherries. There is a mild bitterness in the palette, but it is not the type of bitterness you get from hops, more like the taste of lime or ascorbic acid. The aftertaste got a chemical feel and flavours of wood, gooseberries and a touch of salt.

The man in the bar was right: I have never drunk anything that was even close to this stuff. Did I enjoy it? Yes, however more like an oddity than something that would beat a good English bitter or ESB.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with kkipple

Appearance: Clear, golden pour, smallish head but aggressive carbonation

Smell: Diapers and fresh asphalt with some white grapes and funk.

Taste: Again with the asphalt and diapers, also some horse blanket and lots of funk. Very dry; very sharp.

Mouthfeel: Agressive champagne carbonation, I called it sprite gone bad.

Drinkability: Glad we shared it, probably one of my least favorite gueuze

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Photo of roblowther
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged, dated Jan 2006. No signs of carbonation, golden apricot in color. Smells, sharp apple-y, and a touch medicinal. Taste is very dry, with a nice finish. Tastes of dried fruit, with a malty note and a nice blended flavor that doesn't do anything too suddennly. The mouthfeel is pleasantly slick but utterly without carbonation. Drinkability is good, due to the nice balance/blending of flavors. A good gueueze, all in all.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jerz
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of DARIVA
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for opening up this bottle. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with very head and zero lacing. A good swirl or two brings nothing back up, and subsequent hard pours didn't fare much better. The nose brought plenty of earthy barnyard and funk with some oak in the background. The flavor layered the funk quite well. Nice hay and earth and a dry finish that was quite smooth. Light body and very little carbonation. A pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. 2009 Vintage. The cork shot out as soon as the cage was released. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a strong mineral note. There is also quite a bit of funk, lemon, light apricot, and some pear. The taste is apricot, pear, some light lemon, a bit mineral, and a light tartness. The finish has a distinct mineral note. Light bodied with medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a pub in Antwerp. From notes.

A - Tons of carbonation in this muddy looking dark copper beer with a bldone filmy head. No lacing came out and there was a ring of retention.

S - Soury. Grape skin, pissy, interesting.

T - Dusty, carpety, lemon, sourness, and very grapey.. Really powerful and aggressive taste.

M - Extremely smooth with medium carbonation and a medium body. A little sourness in the finish.

O/D - Smoother than a lambic. A feature I quite like about Geuzes. Nice and grapey. Not a bad one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-golden body marked by a few stray bubbles.

Smell: Tart-smelling aroma of white wine, bales of hay, pear preserves, and dust-covered cobwebs.

Taste: Damp hay, a particularly tart chardonnay, and a restrained funkiness - all with a fist-clenching acidity. Hints of lemon wedges and sliced pears. Pleasing mustiness throughout. Lightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Some may consider it somewhat tame, but it's still a very tasty, very satisfying brew.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

210th Review
37.5cl bottle
Poured in a 3F Geuze glass
Bottled: January 2009

A: Cork shot off as soon as the cage was twisted far enough. Murky straw. 5+ (white) fingernail head on gentle pour - head filled the glass top to bottom.

S: Cheese, funk, straw, lemon, and earthy floral overtones with touch of grapefruit.

T: Strong earthiness with loads of citrus, yeast, and funk. Sourness is soft. Weird after taste that is somewhat unpleasant. I've had better.

M: Light bodied with loads of prickly carbonation.

O: Smells better than it tastes. Maybe it needs age, but just average at this point.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 2009 bottling date

A: Cork extracts easily. Pours golden, slightly hazy. Probably could have coaxed out more head, but I was worried about overflowing my glass, so kept it minimal. Copious bubble trains in the liquid.

S: Apples, peaches, cloves and nutmeg

T: Apples and cheese. Definitely the cheesiest gueze I've encountered, but it's not unpleasant. Not very sour at all.

M: Medium carbonation. Quite dry, but low astringency. Light body.

O: Very interesting to try a gueuze so different from the other's I've encountered. Personally, I'd place it above Cantillon and below 3F.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at my wife's baby shower to the exiled males in the back yard. Served in a bruery glass I think.

Beer is mostly clear and kind of orange but pretty still, was not expecting that at all.

Aroma is oaky with a mild acetic, mild lactic, and this tannic oddness / funk to it from what I assume is brett b

beer is thin and bright on the palate with a mildly dry finish. overall it is a decent gueuze, the sourness comes through on the palate well and the feeling is really nice. I enjoyed it and I would have it again but I wished for a carbonated beverage.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009. Pours a clear orange gold with a medium head that settles into a thin cap. Nose is lush, juicy, kind of a very brett-forward, melon type nose or something. Definitely more brett heavy than most Belgian lambics I believe. Quite sour upfront, really high carbonation, which I enjoy. Still really bretty throughout, kind of eggy, sweaty brett. Citrus fruits, light fruits, a touch of white grape perhaps. In fact, it reminds me of Cuvee de Castleton a *little* bit, which is odd as I rarely compare genuine Belgian lambics to American sours. Acidity creeps up a bit in the finish. I can see how the components of this might play a role in the 3 Fonteinen blends but I'm not sure the really high carbonation works well with the overly brett-forward elements of this. I prefer the drier, more mineral-forward 3 Fonteinen blends. This is somewhat like Girardin Black but the funk and yeast in the Girardin is tighter, and to me this just doesn't *pop* how I wanted.

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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage 750ml bottle consumed at Cafe DHVL in Belgium on 4/25/10.

From notes...

Appearance: Pours like a dirty penny w/ small honey folds. The crown is 1 finger, white, rocky, shows moderate retention and moderate lace.

Smell: More dark sweet malt presence than I anticipated. Slightly salty metallic note as well.

Taste: Lots of malt sweetness, moderate pucker and moderate acidity.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lacking in carbonation.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel hurts it a bit and the flavor profile isn't to my liking, but this one is still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Eriogonum
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of stx00lax
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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