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 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 dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, akkurat -stockholm.

maybe the only bargain beer to be had in the whole country - very fair price on a beer i could never find otherwise.

paired with some mussels - whisky, bacon, cream

appearance: served in de cam glasswear - active carbonation, straw golden body, agressive white foam

smell: when handed to me, the beer guru announced that this "smelled f*cking wonderful" - this was pretty accurate. funky grass, sour grape, lemon zest, earthy

taste: greate gueuze - funky straw/grass, sour white grap, hay, wet earth, lemon zest, tart white wine, all the characteristics you could hope for

mouthfeel: tart, dry, aggressive

overall: great

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at the source during the tour de geuze 2011. Bottle date 2006. Poured into an original de Cam glass.
Look: The beer pours a yellow golden color with a very small white head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: Vinegar with wooden hints and crisp citrus.
Taste: Malty, sour and tart up front with some wooden bitterness in the end. Also some fruits in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation
Overall: A nice geuze, a bit too watery for my liking though. Is also missing the balance that is so clearly present in Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen geuzes. Still very very worth trying.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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 JAXSON
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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 cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear orange with a thin white head.

S-soft aroma with notes of cheesy funk. touch of leather, nice appricot notes, lightly sour with hints of acidity.

T-again, well balanced, lightly sour, notes of cheese, musky funk but light and integrated with good notes of appricots that are lightly sour. there is a moderate acidity and hints of bitterness.

M-good syrupy feel but rather dry in the finish and a nicely active carbonation.

D-insanely balanced with great fruity sweetness and juicy but awesome funk to it making it extremely complex.

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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 drtth
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a water glass. The 375 ml bottle is from the 2009 vintage. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, golden orange color with a minimal head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass (even as it is being poured by the server). When the first sip is taken most of the bubbles are gone and there are very few left.

Smell: The aroma has some nice caramel from the malts carrying it along as the lightly funky aroma mingles in with some lemon zest. There also seem to be some orchard fruits here such as apricot and peaches and while I can’t be 100%, sure there seems to be some oak in the background.

Taste: The flavors include both sweet and a touch of sour. There is some lemony tartness here but not a lot. The caramel and fruit flavors blend together so well it’s a challenge to tease them out but I’d say the fruits are pears, peaches and apricots. Any funky character is pretty much still in hiding in this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the thin side of medium with very light carbonation. The finish is medium long, lightly sour and quite dry

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found that each sip followed the last one easily and almost without thought. By the time lunch was served I’d finished well over half of it. It also turned out to be a surprising good companion to the beef stew I was having. I’ll certainly be happy to have this again and I wouldn’t mind seeing what a few years of age do with this beer. My overall impression is that this is a very good beer. Very different than the Cantillon but very good in its own right. This beer demonstrated to me that when it comes to lambics and geuze it is the wild yeast and their companion bacteria that make up the terroir of the beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2008 vintage. HUGE thanks to PALMEJ1 for sharing this at the 2011 Hunahpu's release. This has been a top want of mine for a long time so I was very pleasantly surprised when Jacob busted this out. Thanks again man, this was a real treat.

Pours almost still with a slightly hazy golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and very faint bubbles that quickly disappears leaving no lace.

Incredibly funky, earthy aroma with a very prominent barnyard/horsey presence. Hints of cobweb, oak, vegetable, horseblanket and band aid with crisp light fruit and vinegar. Hints of apple and pear that along with the vinegar provides some nice sweetness in the nose that balances out all of the funk.

Tart puckering medium body with lots of sour barnyard funk without beng acetc or acdic at all. Intensely puckering but clean with lots of earthy funk and sourness without being harsh or abrasive. Slight light fruit presence with hints of apple and pear and a nice vinegar/vinaigrette flavor at the end of the swallow that leaves me drooling for more. I can't believe that this beer can be so complex, funky and drinkable all at the same time. Some sours/lambics/gueuze can become a bit much after a while but I could drink this beer all night. Amazing!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle, 2006 vintage, served at Heeren Van Liedekerke to help me finish off my meal, directly after completing a J&J Roos. This beer's rating might suffer in relation to the Roos but it was still quite good. Even so I prefer tha De Cam Oude Lambiek I had the night before.

It pours a dark golden-orange color, clear with a thin white foam. Very spritzy looking, lots of carbonation. The aroma is nice but not as deep as the aged Roos, some citrus character like lemon rind, tart white wine, that type of thing. On tasting it seemed less refined, I get the funk and oak, but the lemon character is more pronounced than in any other gueuze I've tried. It tasted good but didn't really have a special feel to it. Maybe because I'd been sticking with much older vintages during this trip, or maybe it was just this particular year's blend, I can't be sure.

The beer had a lot of carbonation, it fizzed on my tongue like pop but with a silkier body. Very easy to finish the bottle, it was gone in no time, as was the meal.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle

Pours a clear yellow/gold with lots of effervescent bubbles and a 3 finger head with webby lacing.

The aroma is a beautiful blend of funky drawers, lemon, pear, peanuts, faux leather, apple juice, Saturday morning, and salon quality hair gel.

The flavor is pretty damn sour for the style. I expected a bit more funk on the flavor an am disappointed in that regard, however the citrus profile here is truly phenomenal. A deep lemon tartness with pear, apple skin, and white grape acidity coating the palate. Perhaps this one needs a few more years on it to develop some funk? I love it, but I would love it 'that' much more.

The body is light and carbonation is high but not stinging. Incredibly dry in the back of the throat, you won't be swallowing any pills after sipping on this one.

Overall this is another high class beer coming from the fields of Belgium, however my rating is slightly lower than it should be because of rating to style.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a random patron at CCB for sharing a healthy pour of this with me. I don't know much about it. 750ml "Gooik Oude Geuze" of unknown vintage.

A - It is brightly golden and very effervescent, with the steady stream of bubbles supplying a persistent white frothy cap.

S - Bright notes of sour lemon rind, hay-bales and an earthy wet-wood nuance are phenomenal; the nose suggests that this is indeed a very fine example.

T - The taste is fantastic. Horsey funk, hay, green grass, dank basement and tart lemon flood my palate, tempered by a slight charcoal/sulfur/charred oak nuance. The flavors are bright, individually distinguishable, and well-integrated. As my glass is nursed along, softer notes of tart peach and loquat are revealed. This is about as good as it gets.

M - Bright, pleasantly astringent, with long-lived effervescence.

D - I don't know if this is rare or what, I have never seen it save for today in the possession of (an awesome and generous) totally random bar patron. I want more!

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


A: Pale golden-wheat body. Two finger sized head formed as it was poured into a tumbler. Just the slightest cloudiness. Soapy lacing.

S: Bright lemons, white grapes, oak and miscellaneous soft citric fruits.

T: Like the nose, this gueuze takes a clean-lemon citric profile. Some oak and just the slightest bit of funk. Not pervasively sour like Cantillon, not the oaky funk of Drie Fonteinen. Clean and bright like Girardin.

M: Light bodied. Nice effervescence. Some sourness and tartness in the finish.

D: A sure-fire stand out that makes a good argument for being the best "standard" gueuze.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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 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 sjstraub
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 2009 - 375 ml bottle.

A - Nice lacing with a hazy dark gold color. Think half way between an amber and a hefe.

S - It's a geuze. The most unique and amazing smell in the world to me. Musty citrus smell. A distinct sour in there as well.

T - Tartness and funkiness with apple finish. The finish last forever, in a very, very good way.

M - Tiny bubbles in the carbonation make for a light feel and really add to the taste.

D - I love geuze, but you can never have too many of them.

Maybe the best geuze I've ever had.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 750mL

Lightly hazed copper with off white head, good retention, minimal lacing. A little darker than most, but a sexy gueuze indeed. Lemon rinds, acetic acid, horse blanket, and oak. Taste is more of the smell, very well balanced. A nice sweetness to balance the acetic and citric acids.

It's been almost a year since I had this last, but it's still my favorite of all the gueuze blenders.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, the generosity of xpimptastikx could not be duplicated or even repaid, as he broke out some true gems at last night's tasting. 750ml corked & caged bottle split 4 ways.

My Corsendonk tulip is filled with a peachy, tangerine-colored geuze. Hazy, but bright and attractive with a nice spotty head of eggshell foam. The nose is greeted by sour citrus and acetic acid. Herbal with lemongrass and a little butter. Fresh bread yeast adds some funky-smelling sulfur to the mix.

Yum. Face-meltingly sour, this geuze is. I'm getting kind of sweaty just remembering the hurt laid out on my palate. Brutal, but in a good way. Lots of tannic wood and funky Earth pulls through as it warms. Mouthfeel is frothy in its carbonation, while the thin body dries the tongue with each sip. For me, Gueze de Cam stole the sour category at our tasting, even with the likes of Blauw, DDG, and Bullfrog Magic Beans in attendance. A beer to savor. Thanks again for sharing this one Mike!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan 2009. I had this sometime last year, and I'm thankful to Kurt for giving me a chance to revisit this.

Clear orange yellow with a dense, off-white head, an inch thick, with excellent retention. A little lacing is present too. A very good looking gueuze, this.
Wonderful, wonderful stuff. Masterfully balanced, there's grapefruit bitterness and sourness, wet wood, oak, a little musty, much like rotting wood and damp basement. Very, very funky, this is initially a little sulfury as well, growing increasingly so as it warms. The more I smell this, the more I like it. Warmth brings out some lemon funk, this is a wonderful expression of funk and acids. And as with any good gueuze, the acetic character is very low.

The palate opens bracingly sour with unripe lemons and some juicy citrus rind. The funk does carry through on the palate, though it is a little diminished by the intense citrus-like acids. This is followed by some lactic sourness and a moderately musty mid-palate with some damp basement and a little wet dog. Drying on the finish, this has a moderate wet wood and tannin character. The flavors on the finish are fantastic, with beautiful balance between sweet lemon peel, tannins, medium-bright citrus and a moderate funk. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is a real treat on the palate. Fantastic stuff, I am going to need to track down more of this.

**Edit 02 May 2012**
Drinking another bottle of the Jan 09 release. The sulfur has faded significantly, leaving a nose that's full of juicy lemons, mildly rotten, a very nice funk, more aggressive than Girardin but less so than Drie Fonteinen. As it warms up, though, the funk grows with a moderate sulfur note still present (at this rate, I doubt it will clear up in the next few years!). Moderate rotting wood, minimal loam.

I'd forgotten how sour this beer is. Bracingly so, with a strong lemon and grapefruit pith sourness, there's plenty of citric and some lactic acid (definitely some yogurt), at a level where it hinders drinkability and the complexity of the nose. The funk is rather obliterated by the sourness. On the bright side, so is the sulfur. Bitter grapefruit pith on the finish, this beer is highly carbonated and is a demonstration in sourness. Moderate wood tannins with vanilla and wet oak are present. Solid stuff, but too sour to make a session gueuze (like, say, Girardin or Drie Fonteinen) 4/3.5/4

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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 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 koopa
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Cresant
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Dated "15- sept 1999". I purchased this beer @ UTObeer in the Borough Market in London while there in 2007. The label is in Flemish I believe. I paid 9.00 pounds for this one ($18+ at the time). It was a bargain. The cork popped loud and far despite my gentle opening. The cork was stamped with "SB 10". The first pour was bright and a clear rich golden color. Cloudier on subsequent pours. The brittle white head sizzled down fairly fast leaving only a film created by the nucleation of the glass.

Smell was pretty bold. Pear and Pixie Stix candy. Public toilet dampness faded from the aroma. This one cleaned up and hints of pepper arose. Interesting.

Taste was tart and fruity. Champagne-like. Wood notes. Bone dry. Delicious but not especially complex. It doesn't seem to change and unfold like some superior Gueuzes. I could drink this any day and be thrilled!

Mouthfeel was prickly with a medium body. Finishes a bit deflated. Overall, very good!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ultra Dry, Petroly tasting Geuze sampled at the Delerium Café on 8-18-08. 375 ml bottle dated Jan 2006. Plenty of funky horse hair aromas, gasoline, grapefruit, dust, etc... Flatish body is forgiven as the wildness of it all more than makes up for it. Citric flavor with touches of barnyard piss and soap. Mmmmm.... A treat. One of the best beers and biggest surprises of my stay in Belgium. Drinkable by the liter.

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Photo of roblowther
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Oude Geuze De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
4.3 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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