Oude Lambiek De Cam
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From:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic - Traditional
Ranked #8
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,661
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.72%
Ratings:
363
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 08, 2022
Added:
Sep 01, 2003
Wants:
  128
Gots:
  90
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Aged in vats of more than 100 years old, De Cam's Oude Lambiek is a blend of unpasteurized 3-year-old lambics specially selected by brewer/blender Karel Goddeau for their character and roundness. Still, without a head, Oude Lambiek should be chilled and enjoyed like a fine white wine but prized for the wonderful, rare, spontaneously fermented Belgian Ale that it is.
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4.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 08, 2022
 
4.59 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 23, 2022
 
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Dec 25, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Bottle from Etre Deep gold in color minimal white bubbles. Tart funk on the nose. Earthy funky flavor with a smattering of lemony tartness. Mostly flat. Somewhat plain and one dimensional.

Jul 05, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Clear with a faint haze, this displays a darker amber than I'm used to seeing in lambic, topped by a moderately tall khaki foam head that fizzles out to a bubbling film with a raised but thin veil ringing uniformly around the surface's edge.

Exhibiting a touch of cedar the moment I bring it to my lips, it expresses a light acidity before the exceedingly silky, medium-light body glides quickly down lifting up an orange zest exhale. Because it doesn't seem to spend much time on the palate, it may actually be more acidic than it tastes. Aroma adds a pungent funk of overripe peach and a little resin, and that resinous quality carries over in taste along with a touch of crabapple as it warms.

A light spiciness is lifted by its soft effervescence which comes to a tangy yet bone dry finish.

Apr 05, 2021
 
4.52 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Nov 01, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Poured at 52 degrees, the color is deep dark gold/almost orange with excellent clarity; a few initial white bubbles, but really no head; very little/no carbonation save a few tiny bubbles that cling to the side of the glass. Green apples, light funk, musty antique store smells; grapefruit rind, wet wood, earthy hay, straw nose. Layers of tart lemon, grapefruit rind, apricot, green apples and orange peel; dusty funky fruity dry finish. Light dry body; almost zero carbonation; medium tartness, but not quite puckering; moderate acidic/tannic tongue coating. Overall a world class lambic; after 3 years in the barrel and almost 3 years in the bottle, the initial sourness has softened, with the yeast contributing layers of mild funky earth tones and tart citrus fruity flavors; with some light acidity; no alcohol notes from 5% abv; a great warm weather beer that can be enjoyed any time of year.

Apr 19, 2020
 
4.12 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2019
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 08, 2019
 
2.93 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2019
 
4.29 by smi69 from New York on Jul 08, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Very hazy amber color, juicy, no head or lacing to speak of, no visible carbonation.

S: Sour, tart, fruity.

T: Slightly sour, tart, fruity. Smooth as butter.

F: Light bodied, very drinkable with plenty of flavor.

O: Very decent lambic.

Jun 03, 2019
 
4.12 by Quafftastic from Virginia on May 15, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a clear, light amber coloration with no head but some tiny carbonation bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass on first pour. Smell is tart and funky, with some sour grape, green apple and white vinegar notes as well as just a hint of blue cheese and oaky tannins. Taste follows the nose, being quite tart and funky, with notes of sour grapes, green apple, white vinegar and a strong and lightly tannic woody oak presence that has a certain earthy, musty quality to it, as well as ligher notes of blue cheese and hay. Finishes quite dry, with a medium/strong tartness and some funky, woody notes lingering in the aftertaste. Flat mouthfeel with a medium body and almost no carbonation.

This being my first unblended Lambic, I thought it was quite interesting compared to the Geuzes I've had so far. The citric acidity that is so prevalent in many Geuzes is much more subdued here and it features a much stronger vinegary and tannic character instead, as well as a very strong oak presence and a sort of more earthy and musty sourness/funk. The almost completely flat mouthfeel, despite some tiny carbonation bubbles actually being visible clinging to the inside of the glass, is probably the hardest to get used to. While this is quite an enjoyable brew due to its unique character, I don't think I will be seeking out many traditional Lambics over Geuze in the future.

Mar 03, 2019
 
3.79 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2018
 
3.96 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2018
 
3.76 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 18, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

This is a pretty good Belgian Lambic. I enjoyed it very much.

Look: hazy golden yellow with no head

Aroma: tart lemon, some yeast

Taste: The flavor is sweet wheat crackers, tart/lemon/green apple cider, some funky/yeasty undertone (nice), oak and white wine..

Feel: light body

Feb 28, 2018
 
4.18 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

2009 vintage poured at a bottle share in December 2017. Pours a nice yellow with nice carbonation. Nose is funk and sour, but not overwhelming. Definitely getting citrus. Taste is an odd funk - like age didn't do it service. Very interesting with barnyard funk, sour, and citrus. Nice to try. Dry mouthfeel.

Dec 14, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by xtonytx from Connecticut

Bottle date 2/2012

Oct 15, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

I really enjoyed this beer. I was a bit apprehensive at first with it being a still beer but my concerns quickly vanished. Great balance, amazing funk, and incredibly drinkable.

Sep 17, 2017
 
4.35 by fthegiants from California on Aug 25, 2017
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by oldbizmark from New York

amazing brew. also, had aged it about 5 years. smooth as can be. favorite lambic to date.

May 15, 2017
 
4.41 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Apr 24, 2017
 
4.23 by Danny1217 from Florida on Feb 10, 2017
 
4.5 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey on Jan 30, 2017
 
4.23 by anteater from Oregon on Jan 15, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

surprisingly affordable at 30 bucks for a 750, i have seen these much higher than that, especially for the older ones. this was 2012 vintage. one of the harder to find lambics i think, its been a long time coming for me. more orange in color than a lot of them, looks less like an old wheat beer than it does something much brighter, rusty even copper colored, with crazy clarity for what it is, but not a ton of head. definitely a mix of grains in this one. aroma is classic belgian funky lambic, with a ton of sweet oak on it, notes of orange peel and raw wheat, and then the yeast which is brett driven, more funky than sour in the nose, with an absolute ton of maturity and a slight lemony note, minor oxidation too. impressive depth to the nose, and my mouth is watering to try some! great wood and funk on the first sip, very developed wild yeast profile, with a little more acidity than i could smell, but also quite a bit of fruity sweetness too, this is sweeter than most other lambics i have had, especially for its age, it seems like this could continue to dry out for ages at this rate. more bubbles than it looks like it should have, and super funky with the yeast creates an artificial dryness on the palate. citrus bitterness there too, but more like from real fruit than from aged hops or anything. compelling beer here, better than expectations, and very distinct from the lambics of the other producers. i would love to try some of their fruited beers and blends, this is very solid baseline lambic, woody as any of them!

edit: just had another bottle from 2012, now 7 years old, and it definitely seems a little past its prime, despite how long these are supposed to be good for. malty and oxidized to me, near totally flat, and thin in feel. its still tasty, but not strikingly different or great anymore. the moldy cork gave it a little charm, but the beer was tired and way less impressive than when i had it fresher. perhaps this was on sale for a reason...

Sep 14, 2016
 
4 by unclekeith from Alaska on Sep 10, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

09/09/2016

Sep 10, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

Unsurprisingly, no head. Nose is typically lambic: funky, lemon, gooseberry. The flavour is similar, lemon is strong, fairly tart, a bit funky. Oak is there, with some other fruits: gooseberry, green apple. Very dry, Refreshing and smooth. Very nice, though some lambics (particularly gueuze) have more complexity. I generally prefer blended, carbonated lambics, but this is a very nice rendition of a still lambic.

Aug 06, 2016
 
4.19 by Hoppity1 from Illinois on Jul 27, 2016
 
4.45 by swanfungus from California on Jul 26, 2016
 
4 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Jun 06, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

BOTTLE: Erroneously labeled 37.5cl. Green glass. Unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Purchased at BEERA in Sofia, Bulgaria for 28 leva. January 2009 bottling date.

5.0% ABV. Lambic.

Served chilled into a bierkrug. Reviewed live.

HEAD: None whatsoever. No lacing.

BODY: Clear honey colour. Ample yeast sediment is plainly visible.

Looks nice for a Lambic. Not unique or special. Seems aptly carbonated.

AROMA: Sourness is noticeable - maybe a 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Barnyard funkiness. Acidic. Cedar wood perhaps. Green apple. A blip of backgrounded oak. Bacteria. Neutral malts. Apple cider vinegar/acetic acid.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

Lambicus yeast is beautifully showcased; this aroma nails the clean funkiness and twangy sourness typically imparted by brettanomyces lambicus.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Sour, definitely, but not puckeringly so. Acetic acid runs amok through the build, evoking apple cidre vinegar. Clean lambicus yeast funkiness. Barnyard character. Cedar. Oak sits in the background, lending the brew an easy cohesion of flavour.

Twangy throughout, though it lacks the smacky lactic feel of superior lambics. It's aged nicely, and needs no younger Lambic to make it palatable.

Smooth, wet, light-bodied, undercarbonated. Needs a bit more body.

I find no hop character, though I suspect aged hops were utilized.

Nicely balanced, though depth of flavour could be better.

OVERALL: A very approachable Lambic with a classic flavour that's true to style. With more depth of flavour and possibly further aging, this would be world class. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it, but the candle it holds to the expressions of the style produced by, say, Drie Fonteinen is a meagre one indeed.

High B- (3.49) / WORTHY

May 25, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

2012 cork and caged bottle. Served in a snifter glass at four and a half years of age.

No pop or even any kind of noise when the cork is popped. No head, clear golden-orange body, minimal head. Essentially still. Smells of funk, and not a whole lot else. None of the lemon that comes with well carbonated lambics. Oak, funk, a bit of cheese. That's about it. Flavour is good, but overall not very complex, mostly musty funk and cheese, not particularly sour. Mouthfeel is light bodied, low on carb, minimal flavour on the backend. This was a bit disappointing, given how much these go for on shelves, and I think that this one may be better fresh.

May 20, 2016
 
3.48 by Euroglot from Belgium on May 09, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with no head and minimal lacing. Light bubbles sticking to the glass. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, leather, musty funk, light white wine vinegar, light pepper/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, leather, musty funk, light white wine vinegar, light pepper/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate acidic/tannic tartness and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, leather, musty funk, light white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity as well. Minimal carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent unblended lambic style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering, with plenty of classic lambic flavors.

May 08, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

I presume this to be a classic among the devotees. Since I am not among them, despite trying Belgian sours on dozens of occasions. To its credit, De Cam's sour is more tolerable than most. That said, I should let the expert review this as it may be my only ale in the unblended style.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium" he said "I found it thirst-cutting, with layers of intense flavors, notably grapefruit and gooseberry."

May 07, 2016
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 363 ratings