De Cam Framboise Lambiek | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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De Cam Framboise LambiekDe Cam Framboise Lambiek

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De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jeffo on 12-21-2012

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 9/2012.

Pours a murky dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with raspberry, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some really tasty fruit flavors.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a beautiful radiant ruby hue and appears still. The aroma brings a huge dose of fresh raspberries. Tart raspberry in the flavor. Smooth like water. Virtually no carbonation. A beautiful showcase for the fruit. Elegant balance of sweet and tart raspberries. A terrific lambic from De Cam.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.75

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