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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Photo of spicelab
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle dated Jan 09. Had this in a tasting a while back and was very impressed. Expectations..

Violent pop of the cork foreshadows fierce carbonation which recedes just as aggressively to a near-clear golden orange body and, unsurprisingly, a very vigorous bead.

Bright and punchy nose, led by huge green capsicum, plenty of bitter citrus peel, peppery cut grass and an assertive phenolic sweetness underneath it all. Mild dusky Brett character lingers nicely in the background. Not amazing, but close.

Flavours also display that big, earthy jalapeno character, but it merges with thick lemon pith and bitter herbs into a hulking tart beast.

Moderately oily initially, before quickly giving way to a stripping tartness that makes the saliva glands go a little nuts, and leaves the mid-palate rattled.

Classy gueuze with a near perfect nose and a much more raw flavour profile. The green capsicum character virtually imprints itself on the cerebral cortex. Similar to, but better than Mamouche in my view.

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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 Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 750ml shared at Fountainhead.

A - Pours golden yellow in color, white head, thin collar.

S - Citrus, fruity sweetness, funk, tart lemon, light grass. The age has really smoothed this one out...drinks like a funky tart lemonade minus the sugar.

T - Light bitterness, smooth tart & sour citrus funk, oak. Again, I think this is De Cam perfection right here. The age on this bottle is just about perfect for my palate. Finish is tart citrus and oak.

M - Light body, refreshing, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - I have to say, very impressive. Being over 10 years old, this is drinking perfectly at the moment. If anyone has a bottle with this kind of age on it, I'd suggest drinking it now. Recommend.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
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 jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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 spdyfire83
3.87/5  rDev -10%
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 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 warnerry
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says "Exclusief Oude Geuze" and lists the abv at 6%, but I don't see a separate listing; bottled Jan 2009.

After reading a few other reviews that mentioned corks flying across the room from this batch, I hold onto the cork while untwisting the cage. And a good thing too, as the cork comes shooting out as soon as the cage is loosened. No liquid or foam comes out.

A - An initial attempt at a pour into a wine glass yields three fingers of foam and a thin pool of liquid. Yep, it's carbonated. Eventually, a hazy golden brown liquid emerges beneath one finger of dense white foam. Great retention.

S - Huge funky aroma, more earthy than musty, though some must is present as well. Faint notes of lemon.

T - Bracingly tart, which I did not expect based on the aroma. Quite acetic and citric. Earthy funk elements are definitely there, but they take awhile emerge from the wall of sour. A bit grassy as well, with some lemon and green apple. Very tasty.

M - Prickly carbonation, maybe a bit too much, but still crisp with an earthy dry bitterness that yields a medium mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty geuze. After the initial sour burst, a nice balance of sour and funky.

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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 drink1121
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily popped the cork oh of this one with more sound than a Champaigne.
A- pours a typically light straw with a good amount of cloudiness. High amount of head that takes a good amount to dissipate. Good lacing all the way down.
S- holy musty barnyard funk. I dont think I have smelled a beer this musty. After the initial wet horse blanket, I get tart apples and lemon peel. I get some grassiness in the background similiar to a sav bland
T- I don't get the layers as I do in the smell, but the taste is sill good. I think it's just a bit more in unison. Lemon, sour apple and other citrus flavors that are hard to pick out. I don't get the back of the tongue/side of the mouth puckering like I do with most gueuzes either, but it's pretty dry. This is different but just as good as other Belgian geuezes. Just different.
M- typical lambic mouthfeel. Spritzy then mellows towards the back of the mouth.
O- what a great gueuze. Different but special. Glad I have 2 more. Excited to age this to see if the taste begins to become layered.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a tulip. Bottled January of 2009. Cork shot off while unscrewing the cage with a huge pop.

Hazy pale yellow with a solid white head that sticks around a bit. Lots of bubbles dance to the top of the beverage. So aggressively carbonated that you can see a small mound of bubbles shooting out of the top of the head.

Soft barnyard notes are the most forward, followed by sharp lemon peel. Not much more beyond that, to be honest, but definitely pleasant.

Sharp citric notes up front that quickly moves into a solid funk with flavors of hay and goat cheese. Pretty damn lactic, in fact. Much more than any other gueuze I've had.

Crisp and thin medium body with moderate carbonation of tiny bubbles.

Solid citrus flavor with an interesting, more lactic funk than other gueuzes. Glad I finally got to try this one, had to actually order it from one of the Belgian sites. Might have to get some more of it in my next order, it's pretty different.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2003

Review from notes

A- pours a darker amber color then your typical gueze. Minimal head but a good swirl revives half a finger of off white head.

S- Massive barnyard funk with notes of rustic earth horseblanket/goat and blue cheese. Slight dryed floral aroma on the finish with an abundance of wet hay.

T- starts of with a burst of wild mushroom and rustic earthiness. Tart mouthpickering acidity with notes of oak in the middle. Predominate barnyard funk permiates the beer with wet hay, horseblanket and goaty flavors galore. The wheat adds some raw ceral grain flavor and need softness. Finishes bone dry with some bitterness and lingering rustic funk.

MF- prickly mouthfeel with a light body. Fine champagne like carbonation but not as active.

D- very drinkable.

Overall A incredibly unique gueze that would only continue to mature with age. Top notch at this juncture and one of the best guezes I've had. 

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 350 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this over.

Appearance: The pour is a hazy tangerine color, slightly muted color with a gentle off-white head.

Smell: Full and sour, this is pretty awesome. There is some funk and a nice level of grapefruit and lemon zest sour aromas.

Taste: Although it is easiest to note the full sour flavor, there is a lot of complexity here as well. Soft grains start off each sip, followed by lemon zest and grapefruit citrus sour. Light oak and some musty notes come in toward the end.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the light side here. The sour flavor and acidity is most noticeable. The body shades to the light side of medium.

Overall: This is just a great example of a sour gueuze. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled Jan 2009

pours a golden yellow with an ever so fizzy head. amazing retention.

tons of sour lemon, light vinegar, and dry oak. a bit grassy and earthy.

very sour through out. lots of vinegar with a strong bitter lemon and tart apple flavor. oak is not as apparent as in the smell. a bit in the finish.

moderare carbonation mainly through out the middle with a lightly dry finish.

overall, this is one excellent gueuze, wish i had more.

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Photo of Soonami
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShadesofGray for sharing this 2003 dated bottle.

This beer is FANTASTIC! It is very crisp and dry with lively carbonation. The beer is a little sweet at first, but the funky develops to give off lots and lots of bretty barnyard (combo of musty straw and horse pee). There is a lot of puckering lemon and bright orange zest. I immensely enjoyed this beer and would say this is one of the best examples of Gueuze I've ever had.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was shared by beeruser with funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, others, and myself at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle sour, funk, and bell pepper. The flavor was of sweet malt, bell pepper, funk, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Bell pepper, eh!? That is a new one for me in a beer... However, it really wasn't that bad in this one and actually helped bring out the subtle sourness I picked up on. This brew was very easy drinking and enjoyable. I would love to try one of these with a good bit of age on it to see how it develops over time. A definite must try, even if it is just to try and taste the bell pepper notes I got on it.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from a 375mL bottle. Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing this rarity! The color is light golden and there is a large 2 inch head on this that thins out leaving a tiny bit of lacing behind.

The aroma is tart and mildly soapy. There is more of the mustyness in the aroma that covers up a little bit of the tart lemon part of the aroma.

The first two sips are incredibly sour. Afterwards though a little bit of the malt sweetness comes through bringing the balance back a bit. The sides of the tongue are pleasantly filled with sour grapefruit. The dirtyness indicated in the aroma isn't quite as strong in the taste.

This is nice and light, with plenty of carbonation to enhance the experience.

Really enjoyable. Not necessarily better than the options available stateside, but worth a hearty tick!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this for Christmas from Andy. Poured into a chalice. Pours with a massive foaming head that settles as quickly as it developes. Deep straw colored body with some thin foam and sparce lace.

This one is very sour in the aroma. Tart white grapes with woody notes, but this one is dominantly sour. Seems to be a little sugary here. The sourness seems a bit more mellow on the buds but still gives a good presence. A little bit of a fruity grape profile with a little bit of lemon zest.

Good light body with lively carbonation here. Pretty solid gueze here. One I'd love to have more of.

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

A bottle of the 2003 vintage, I was happy to be able to try this shortly after I was able to enjoy the 2001 Oude Lambiek De Cam.

Dirty straw colored, light carbonation is evident. The body of the beer is very transparent, crisp and clear as the yeast in the bottom of the bottle was left behind.

The aroma and flavor are both more mellow and well rounded than they were in the raw lambic. Forest floor aromas and a dank musty funk meet the nose as a first impression. Musty barnyard and horseblanket also are present in front of a slight brininess and clean lactic sourness that gives impressions of lemon zest. The flavor is similar in what it brings to the table, giving musty and dank flavors to temper the lemony citric sour notes. However, there are also peachy and apricot esters that trickle in and out as I enjoy the beer. That same brightness of the lambic is present here, with a hint of salty brine to round everything out.

Phenomenal throughout, this geuze hits on all cylinders. Very well-rounded and clean, this ranks up there with some of my favorites in the style.

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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 woosterbill
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
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 ArrogantB
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard reports of potato notes as well as red peppers but I tasted none of that. This was a 375ml of the 2009 vintage. The head on this was amazing, so huge and unyielding, bigger than any gueuze I've seen. The aroma was sour citrus and mild funk. The flavor was good, sour lemons, very refreshing. Overall this was a great gueuze. Its really a shame that we can't buy this in the U.S. because I'd drop some cash on it. As it is I really can't because shipping from Belgium is just too much. This reminded me more of a 3F than say Cantillon.

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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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Oude Geuze De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
4.3 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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