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De Cam Framboise Lambiek | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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De Cam Framboise LambiekDe Cam Framboise Lambiek

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with a large pink color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with some huge raspberry notes, some tartness and light acidic notes. Taste is a mix of huge raspberry flavours with some funky barnyard notes, some acidic notes but nothing overwhelming and oak with light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with excellent carbonation foe the style. Solid fruit lambic and something I wish was more accessible over here.

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Photo of desint
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always like how de cam beers play with the woodiness of the barrels so well, and this is no exception. Nice tart raspberry, straw, acidic cherry, dried flower and booze accent the wooden base. Dry, crisp finish, with decent carbonation and fizzy nature in foretaste. Classic composition

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage poured at a bottle share in 2018. Look is dark orange - fairly murky. Nose is sour cherries, peaches, funk, and leather. Taste is mouth puckering sour!!! Very impressive. Also picking up nice notes of strawberries and cherries. Definitely a bit of funk. Mouthfeel is dry and nicely coating. Overall, and amazing beer that has aged beautifully.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
3.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle that I brought back from Brussels earlier this year. Murky appearance, I guess it is kind of red, maybe more amber. Aroma is raspberries and mild nail polish. Flavor is pretty tart. Yes it has raspberry but it's just not that great of a lambic. I would not purchase this again especially compared to the Girardin framboise I brought back.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 750 into a tulip

Murky raspberry color, with minimal head, nose is straight raspberry juice, tart and funk with lovely fruit, full body, but low carb is a drawback, overall this is a fantastic beer I wish was available to me all of the time

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Photo of Dactrius
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No pop at all when uncorked and virtually no head on pour. I was worried there might have been a cork problem. But this is lambic, so ok. Nice blend of fruit, funk and tart. Very good jamminess and the right amount of tart. Would have liked a bit more funk. But still this was a treat. Excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a stemmed glass. Pours a darker ruby red, dark pink hue, half finger white head with minimal head retention, no lacing. The cork came off with a whimper, so go figure. Smell is rich jammy raspberry, tart vinegar, light brett leathery funk and a touch of lemon and oak. Very nice brett presence on top of the fruit. Flavour is in similar proportions, a big seedy raspberry jamminess with a light lemon acidity and more vinegar. Touch of leather and oak. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, feels undercarbonated and not as spritzy as I'd like, but still sufficiently carbonated for my enjoyment. Seedy raspberry and vinegar on the finish. Overall, a very good framboise with a lot of fruit and poise to it; clean and executes the jammy aspect of it without it being too overwhelming. In some ways a lot like Drie Fonteinen Framboos from 2011.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

Orangey reddish color, visible carb and slightly hazed.
Otherwise the clarity is really good.

Horsehair Brett yeast in the aroma, fresh raspberries, seeds.
Taste is puckeringly tart with distinctive fresh raspberry flavors. Lightly funky, dry oaky finish.
Less bracingly acidic than Cantillon, really good stuff.

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

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YvesB
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750, 2015 vintage

Pours almost flat with no head or lacing. Slightly murky ruby red
Fruit up front, lactic with a hint of barnyard
More of the same on the palate
Light crisp body, could do with a touch more carb

overall tasty - wish it wasn't so expensive and more available, but otherwise a solid raspberry lambic

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Photo of mothman
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky raspberry pink color.

Very sour and acidic. Mouth puckering. Medicinal. Lots of fruit and raspberries. A fair amount of funk. Lemon vinegar.

Light bodied. Good carbonation.

I might need tums after this one. Decent sour.

Edit: 2015 caged bottles drank 3/2017

Jammy de cammy! This is raspberry jam sourness. Tart raspberry and raspberry seed. Some funk on the nose and in the finish as it warms. Excellent, but very sour!

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Photo of Sweffin
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently my first De Cam beer (i.e. blend), unless there're notes in my 1500+ handwritten review backlog that prove the contrary...

"Exclusief Framboise-Lambiek."

BOTTLE: Purchased at Plan B in Rotterdam for ~16.50 euro. Green glass. Unbranded red hood-and-wire cap over an unbranded cork. Very very oddly, the label says 37.5cl yet this is obviously a 750ml format bottle. Botteldatum: Jan. 2009.

6% ABV.

Reviewed live as a framboise per the label and name. I'm not sure what to expect, but seeing as it's a true lambic, I'm quite hopeful. Served at cellar temperature into a pilsner glass.

Cork pops easily, but beer does make a surge upwards, so mind the gush.

HEAD: None whatsoever - or at least it fizzes (fizzles?) out audibly within 5 seconds. Leaves white lacing on the sides of the glass.

BODY: Pink-orange (if that makes any sense?). Translucent, fairly vibrant, nontransparent. I see no yeast/lees or sediment within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for a framboise, but within style conventions.

AROMA: Faint lactobacillus bacterial sourness, suggesting about a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Raspberries are definitely evident, but could be more vivid and pungent. Powdered sugar doused raspberries come to mind. Malt foundation is neutral, and stays out of the way, letting the fruit provide the sweetness and flavour. Or maybe the lambicus yeast is just perfectly attenuated to tame the malt sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is average. Okay, it could be more vivid and expressive and could suggest more depth, but it's nice - and it's right on the money for a framboise. I detect no booziness nor any off-notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Tart raspberries, moderate (~5/10 in terms of intensity) sourness, more aggressive lactobacillus bacterial character than you'd find in most framboise fruited lambics, acidity (lactic, but not acetic), and general deliciousness (if I may say so). Malts are neutral in character (or perhaps just perfectly attenuated by the lambicus yeast), letting the fruit take centre stage. Jam.

Acidity and lactic sourness are more pronounced than in most framboise style beers I've had (e.g. Cantillon), but it really works here.

Has a natural balance and cohesion. To nitpick, more of an oak presence would lend it more unity and would help tie it all together, but it tastes like a gestalt whole of a beer as-is; it exceeds the sum of its parts.

The term "palate-stripping" comes to mind, but acidic as it is, it's never unpleasant or over-aggressive. Acidic, smooth, wet, refreshing, light-bodied, well-carbonated. Not quite puckering, but it has a pleasant smackiness to it. Boasts a natural harmony of texture and taste.

OVERALL: Obscenely drinkable, though its acidity does slow it down. So much the better; this is meant to be savoured. This introduction to De Cam is a stellar one; this is a classic framboise with a spot-on flavour profile and a harmonious mouthfeel. More assertive in its sourness and acidity than most true framboise fruited lambics, but it really works for this beer in my opinion. I'd happily buy it again even at its ~16 euro price point for a special occasion, and I'd definitely recommend it to others. This makes me realize it's criminal I've ignored De Cam for so long, and that's a mistake I intend to rectify.

Would pair well with salad.

Great blend. I find no Pilsner Urquell character at all, if anyone is curious given De Cam's "barrel" aging.

High B+ (3.99) / VERY GOOD

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De Cam Framboise Lambiek from De Cam Geuzestekerij
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 145 ratings