De Cam Framboise Lambiek | De Cam Geuzestekerij

De Cam Framboise LambiekDe Cam Framboise Lambiek
BA SCORE
92%
Liked This Beer
4.21 w/ 137 ratings
De Cam Framboise LambiekDe Cam Framboise Lambiek
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium
decam.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jeffo on 12-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,976
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
137
Liked:
126
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
9.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
28
Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 20
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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Photo of imbibehour
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle dated Jan 2009. Minor pop off the cork, a hint of gas hiss just before the cork is dislodged, and a nice smoke.

Deep dark red almost rust body color, with a bit of muddy opaque color but does have a good red glow slightly. Lots of fine carbonation, and a slow decant is a controlled fine bubbled pink head. Any minor excess pour creates a huge, and I mean HUGE head gush and creation. The head at its light pink though dissolves very quickly with snapping carbonation. Quite interesting behavior on a brew. Head dissolves entirely, to a micro ringed collar, and there is a verocious volcano top that jettisons out the bubbles to the edges which is worth the price of admission itself right there, like bubbles racing on a red ice skating rink. This is really neat looking.

Aroma is big on earth funk and juiced raspberries. Mild almost sage like herbality coming with some of the raspberry sweetness but the nose really can't get away from this earthy funk. Hard cough drops with a menthol like action on the fruit, but then interestingly leaves a muddy soily bent when done. This is real impressive stuff.

First impressions are down right excellent on first sip. Earthy flavors with moderate soft acidity, but also a bit of a body that might have gone just a bit past prime. Weird texture, highly carbonated but not fizzy feeling, and an almost toothpaste like feel. Earthy raspberries with lots of soil richness in the mid palate. Finish is excellent fruit tartness, and this lingering soft menthol and mint to sage herbal finish. Fruity raspberries galore and all over.

De Cam to me seems to manage hotter lambics, and this is much softer but still really does give a good yeasty punch of flavor. Still the fruit is very present and everything is really complimented excellent. Great fruited lambic, but with much time since bottling it's pretty obvious this has changed quite a bit. Luckily it's an excellent brew.

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mantissa
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 4 in the De Cam tasting (#3 was oude lambiek which I rated at a previous tasting and is not reflected in the current line-up). Pours a garnet hue with no head and a slightly hazy clarity. Nose expresses tart raspberries and medicinal notes. Tart raspberries in the nose are even more tart in the flavor profile. There's also a citric acid presence as well as a suggestion of hay. Mouthfeel is amazing - light, bright and astringent. Overall, I found this beer quite tasty; however, more tart than fruity. I definitely need to pick up another bottle - I just wish it came in smaller formats.

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Photo of straightlambic
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 137 ratings
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