De Cam Framboise Lambiek | De Cam Geuzestekerij

De Cam Framboise LambiekDe Cam Framboise Lambiek
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De Cam Framboise LambiekDe Cam Framboise Lambiek

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij

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

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Okay, first of all thank you to Jeffo for hookin' a brother up. Have been really excited to try this.

Second, I've heard of "gushers" before, but this was something else. Untwisted the cage and literally just touched the cork. POP!! Okay, I've seen this before, no big deal. What I wasn't expecting was the three foot plume of pink foam that immediately followed the cork. My reaction was to grab the bottle to carry it to the sink on the other side of the kitchen. Unfortunately, another reaction was to cover the top of the gushing bottle with my hand ...this only made things worse like putting your thumb over the end of a hose. Kitchen was completely showered with pink beer, ceiling and all. Fuck.

Well, it's all cleaned up now and I still have a glass of beer left in the bottle, so here goes.

Appearance. Pours a dark pinkish red with a thin pale pink head that fades fast.

Smell. Earthy funk and dank barrel wood, Tart raspberries and lemon juice.

Taste. Tart raspberries, slightly medicinal mineral flavours, and dank old barrel with a bunch of musty funk. Medium level of sourness, like under ripe berries.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low soft carbonation.

Overall. A good beer, but the medicinal qualities and re-modeling of my kitchen turned me off a bit. Really cool to try though and looking forward to trying the others.

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

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3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mar02x for bringing this one over and making it a part of the raspberry lambic lineup at our party. Cheers man! We drank this one right after the De Cam Kriek, and before the Catillon and Drie Fonteinen raspberry lambics.

From a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tasting glass
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with good retention. Fades to a thin wisp. Poppy red in color with no real carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Plenty of raspberries up front, with some tart lemon, musty notes and a light acidity as well. Hints of white wine and floral aromas, but the raspberries and tart lemon are more prominent. Pretty nice.

TASTE: First sip is much more impressive than the kriek. Tart raspberries and sour lemon flavors. Musty, with floral notes at the swallow as well. Sweet-sour raspberries at the finish with plenty of tart sourness, and some vingear and acidic flavors lingering on the palate. Definitely flavorful, but the acidity is perhaps a little too strong at this point. Lots of vinegar and acidity.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enought weight on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Puckering and more acidic at the swallow. Much like the regular lambic, though more acidic and puckering. Still, good stuff.

OVERALL: A much better fruit lambic than the Kriek. More interesting fruit flavors here, with a good balance of tart sourness and musty notes. The acidity is perhaps a little too much at this point, and some of my friends faulted it here, but I didn't mind as much and actually found it quite plesant. Anyways, this is certainly an enjoyable fruit lambic that held up well against its opponents, and a little bit of time in the celllar might turn it into a hidden gem. Thanks again for bringing this one along mar02x. This lineup was a lot of fun.

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3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottledatum 9/2012. Slow gusher.

Appearance - Hazy pink body. Chunky bits floating about. Looks like pieces of raspberry. Some surface wisps remain.

Smell - Raspberry aroma is strong. Funky and lemony. The slightest hint of acetic acid.

Taste - Lambic flavor is stronger than the raspberry up front. Wheaty grain up front. Sharp lactic acid. Lots of raspberry in the middle. Finish is extremely sour and the acetic acid comes back.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Very sour. Medium body.

Overall - I liked it at first, but it wasn't as pleasant as I drank it. Too sour and simple in its profile.

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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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