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De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dazedandconfused for sending me this one!

Bottled 1/2009.

This has been the first bottle I have opened so far where the cork shoots out with the cage intact after I only have loosened the cage itself. Pours a clear golden yellow with a massive 4 inch fizzy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Lots of tiny bubbles are active in the beer itself after the pour. Small dots and chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. When I stick my nose into the glass and take a whiff I am met with an intense blast of funk that tingled and burned my nose and made the hair on my face stand on end. I am also getting very sour, tart, woody, and earthy aromas. Definitely one of the funkiest gueuzes I have ever smelled. Taste is of funk, lemony sourness/tartness, grain, and some slightly woody flavors. There is an acidic tingle on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great gueuze and probably the best one I have tried thus far in my beer tasting journey.

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Photo of emerge077
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Brad for this one, jan. 2006 bottle.

High clarity orange, bright jewel tone with soft carbonation. Light wispy cobwebs of skim across the still surface. Starkly elegant thin ring of white foam.

Oak, toasted sesame seed, lemon, wet hay aroma.

Fruit leans toward citrus with lemon peel, puckering citric acid. Starfruit, semi-tropical fruit element that seeps in around the lemony sourness. Finishes bone dry, lingering woody aftertaste. Pulls the cheeks inward, tart like fresh grapefruit. Perfect level of carbonation, soft enough to give it a truly mellow feel that's a joy to savor.

Right up there with Cantillon as a classic example of traditional Lambic/Gueuze. Unique in it's own right, with pronounced dry oak and citrusy fruit notes.

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Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: Other vintages of this beer are very, very good. Avoid the 2009 bottling.

Thanks, Arne. 2009 vintage, bottled in January. Clear and golden hued with a small sustaining head that's fed by a high level of effervescence.

Incredibly funky aroma - sulfur, rotten eggs, rotten lemons, other rotten things. The funk is overwhelming until it has time to breathe, and then it becomes more oaky and earthy.

The taste opens with a sharp lemon-like flavor, both bitter rind and sour juice. Woody and earthy/funky flavors come out more as it breathes. Lactic sourness is dominant with only a trace of acetic acid. Finishes tannic and oaky with some lactic slickness sticking to the tongue. Very enjoyable, but not quite stellar. The beer improved as it sat in the glass and warmed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
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 jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
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 mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

A: Pours with a massive white, fizzy head that dissipated slowly leaving a nice white cap on top. Random bits of lacing form on the sides. Color is a hazy golden/orange.

S: Nice musty/barn/hay aroma upfront mixed with some lemony citrus. A little bit of oak and faint green apple.

T: Great level of sour/tartness, very balanced. Less musty than the aroma with more of a citrus presence. Some lemon and more green apple. Some oak hits in the middle. Slight sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly fizzy with a dry finish.

O: Really nice gueuze, had no problem downing this bottle. Great level of tartness, not overly sour (even though I love them sour), but very balanced.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel

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Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Believe it was Matt that shared this. Perhaps Henry?

A: The pour is a hazed golden amber color with a large, soapy white head.

S: Big time funk on the nose. Lots of must and grass, and some damp oak. Lemon and lemon zest give a nice sourness. There's also a touch of earthiness. A mild barnyard character to it.

T: Nice clean lactic tartness. Musty funk with lots of grass, hay, and wet oak. Lemony sourness along with some lemon zest and green apples. Nice but not super complex.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: Good lambic all around, but could have used a little bit more of each of its traits.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever broke this out at the end of the Top Hops tasting; it was awesome.

a - Pours a golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of a ton of barnyard funk, oak, cheese, light wine, and some fruit. Funk is awesome and super strong; loving it.

t - Tastes of fruit, oak, wine, funk, cheese, earthy notes, light citrus, and some floral notes. Not quite as funky as the nose, though some is still there.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great gueuze; it's super funky which I love. Tons of funk and cheese to it, especially in the nose...one of the funkiest smelling gueuzes I've had. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! We drank this in the backyard while the women folk had a baby shower inside the premises.

My pour looks great, much to the surprise of the other gents, who had a quite different experience. Golden hued, with a finger of off white head that stuck around for a few minutes, before leaving some sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers wonderful barnyard funk, hay, light citrus, and oak. Great flavor, bringing everything I found in the aroma together quite nicely. The body is fairly thin, with low carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer. I seem to have enjoyed this quite a bit more than my counterparts. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January '09 corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a very attractive hazed golden color with a finger of creamy white head atop. When held to the light, the edges show some yellow coloration and through the body a more deep orange. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of the cap. As the head recedes to a creamy layering atop that lasts the duration, a bit of spotty lacework clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is a deeply complicated mix of scents that are very enjoyable. Lemony citrus zest upfront giving way to characteristics of straw/hay, earth, funk, must, stinky feet/cheese and cardboard with a little bit of diaper stink to the backend. There are some faint fruity indications somewhat reminiscent of pear skin throughout the middle. The lemony aspect of this brew's aroma indicates this is going to be sour and I am salivating before taking my first sip.

The taste of the brew includes all characteristics described in the aroma. However, the fruity indications of pear skin and slight green apple are more readily noticeable with the other flavors providing a depth and accents. Lemon lactic notes, hay, funky brett, earth, mild cardboard, slight mineral to herbal bitterness, dirty diaper, sulfur. All of this might sound disgusting but the way it plays in the mouth is amazing. Without restraint I seriously could chug the rest of this bottle.

This is medium to light bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol presents itself with a slight warmth down the back of the throat. Such a nice arrangement of enjoyable flavors and aromas, this was a fantastic brew to sip on. I need more. As a second glass is poured, more character of cheese comes out in aroma and flavor with a nice woodsy dryness that was not evident before. The finish gets more drying as it comes up to room temperature. Previously hidden notes of grass and light bubblegum come forward adding a strange twist to this brew. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 750ml bottle from 2007. Served in a De Cam stange glass at 't Brugs Beertje.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that dissipated slowly to a thick cap, and left plenty of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. A slightly hazed golden orange color with tons of bubbles racing upwards. Pretty attractive stuff, and a little darker than most gueuze.

S - Great funkiness, oak, musty barn, citric acid/lemon, horse-blanket, grapes, sour apple, and graham crackery sweetness. There was a great balance to the flavors, particularly compared to the Drei Fonteinen I had the night before.

T - The taste is full of huge sour & tart flavors, with significantly more muted funk. There's some citric sweetness, and a lot of the aforementioned descriptors from the aroma. The finish is full of a unripened apple flavor that lingers for hours.

M - Lots of dry cottonmouth feel in the finish, almost champagne-like, but still some residual stickiness. Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied. Great example of the style

D - My wife and I drank the 750ml bottle with no problems - the ABV is low, the carbonation is right on, and the taste is terrific. The aftertaste gets a little palate-busting, but that's a minor complaint.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
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 aasher
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 courtesy of claaark13, thanks Sean!

Tis one pours a light bodied bright polished gold in color with no head but visible carbonation. The nose is super funky, with a bunch of hay, horse piss, sharp a acidity, and wet grass. It has some stank. The flavors are very sour, acidic, earthy, with loads of barnyard and horse blanket. The mouthfeel is light, probably mostly due to age, which makes this drink like an unblinded or draft lambic. Great flavor and far too easy to drink. This one was a gem.

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Photo of liamt07
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Etre Gourmet, 375ml into a tulip. 2009 vintage.

Translucent golden yellow with a white head, good retention and light lace. Nose of light sour citrus, wet hay/grass, some earthy tones, and horse manure in the peripheral. All that I want in a gueuze is found here. Taste has more hay, grass and light tart lemon. Earthy and dirt-y. Medium body, light/medium tartness. Hella refreshing, an amazing gueuze.

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

Finally cracked open a bottle I bought last year in Ghent. I also finally noticed the bottle date was from 2000, so I wasn't sure what to expect here. I think the beer was a little past it's prime, as it wasn't bursting with complexity. Instead, it had smoothed out a bit. Frankly, this just helped me drink more of it, so I'm not complaining. A lot of great gueuze will be bursting with flavor, but the sourness really hurts drinkability. So with this more subtle (for the style) tartness, the beer is still full of the trademark tangy lemon, citrus rind, and farmhouse character - it just doesn't beat you over the head with any of them. I certainly wouldn't mind drinking this beer again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Oude Gueze de Cam" - fortunately and finally found at the Bier Circus in Brussels. 375ml size, bottled October 2006 (nearly a year prior). De Cam is one of the last true lambic producers - and due to incredibly small production - certainly one of the rarer to come across (even in Belgium!)

A beautiful colour, a sun roasted orange with crisp, burnt brown highlighting. Flawlessly pearl white head that consistently manged to leave drapes of lacing just (and only) above the level it was currently at. Not sure how...

Aroma of funk and underlying toasty malts. Caramel. Barnyard wheat. Soft, fruity undertones. The scent of nectar (like peach, apricot). An incredible delight to the senses.

The carbonation is perfect. I believe they blend one, two, and three year old lambic, whatever the case the result is perfect. It is smooth but not without some sour puckering. The sweet and sour notes are perfectly blended.

Delicious. Tart fruit. Again, sweet and sour is balanced on the palate. The taste is impossible to describe (or at very least capture the essence of). I feel like a jerk posting a review with the inability to better describe this beer... it is special, it is unique, it is a name I will always remember as one of the best beers I've ever had.

While I had difficulty finding this one, and little success in describing it, I can say one thing for sure - I enjoyed it. Oh did I ever...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served at cellar temperature; Sampled January 2008
The carbonation on this beer is pathetic for a Gueuze, pretty much non-existent, after a careful pour there is neither a hint of a head or even a foretelling of a carbonation bubble. The beer is a clear, honey-amber color. The aroma is a dream though; funky sour, well integrated, overall it just pulls me back to Belgium sipping Lambic in the local cafes. Aromatic touches of grapefruit, lactic acid, hints of urea, mellow butyric acid like barnyard funk, piquant lemon, lavender, a bit of aromatic soap, dusty wheat, . Sharp acidity, piquantly spicy, just funky enough, this aroma really is just a fantastic treat; it is missing the lively, peppery, carbonic acid notes, but this is such a trip, I just can't get enough.

A puckering sour note at first, but then it yields a soft touch to the tartness that was not in this beer that last time I had it. Certainly not quite as hard as when I last had this beer in 2001, still the acidity is omnipresent and quite appetizing. Just about completely flat, though there is a minuscule amount of CO2 here that just barely adds something to the body. Speaking of which, this beer is nice and light, though it has a hint of a viscous texture to it that makes it a bit thicker than water. Nicely lactic in its sourness, but it has a hint of citrus to it as well as perhaps a memory of acetic acid. A touch of musty, stale cat notes add a soft funkiness to the brew. A touch of barrel character subtly adds notes of vanillin and a certain tannic backbone that affects both the flavor, body and mouthfeel of this brew.

This is a really nice version of a Lambic, of course I was expecting a Gueuze when I popped the cork. I certainly do miss the lively carbonation and accompanying bottle conditioned funk that a grand Gueuze has, but this is a really good beer. The base Lambic is just so good that I almost don't miss the characteristics of a fantastic (and this would have been one) bottle conditioned, traditional Gueuze; though in all truthfulness a part of me really does miss it.

Sampled at the source 2001
A sour lemony aroma with only a hint of mustiness to it. There is a definite sharp acidity to it, that I would say is on the hard side for the traditional geuze blenders. The carbonation is lively and seems to enhance the acidity.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


2009 vintage. Thanks!

A: Pale yellow and slightly hazy with a massive rocky mousse-like head.

S: Strong mineral with bright apricot and lemon character. Interesting flowery note with a pronounced earthy profile. Leather and horse blanket with mustiness.

T: Big horsey and barnyard notes. Leathery, with light oak and a moderate lactic sourness. Firm citric acidity with an upper moderate tartness. Strong lemon profile.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Very dry mouthfeel.

Overall: My first De Cam. Very impressive.

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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle from Jan 2009.

Okay, I put it in the fridge for about an hour and when I removed the cage, the cork shot out like a rocket. Thankfully, I didn't lose much of the beer.

It pours a huge head of foam..I can see a cloudy straw yellow brew underneath. As the foam shrinks, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The smell is both very sour and a bit bitter. Lots of apple like tartness dominate but there's also a barnyard kind of smell there. It smells so good. I wonder if the taste can match it.

Green apple tartness is up front, slight hint of funk, a bit of hop bitterness, more sourness...this is a grand brew to drink if you really dig sours. I'm smacking my mouth drinking this. I just don't want the sourness of this brew to leave my palate!

On the low end of medium bodied with a lively level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is just fine.

This IS one hell of a Gueuze! De Cam beers are awesome!

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Oude Geuze De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
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