Oude Lambiek De Cam
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Style:
Belgian Lambic
Ranked #6
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,529
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.67%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
357
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De Cam Geuzestekerij
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
  90
SCORE
94
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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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...

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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."

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Photo of peensteen
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jeffo for the bottle

Pours a golden copper colour, light ring of white head and no lace. Smell is buttery and oak forward, lactic/cheesy notes with some lemon rind, quite funky. Taste is cleaner, fruity and tart, again pretty oak, moderately sour throughout. Nearly flat with very minimal carbonation, medium body. Probably my favourite unblended lambic, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So this was a double labelled bottle. The top label indicated it was bottled in 2009; however, the label below stated it was bottled on 1/2013. Bottle was uncorked with nary a sound (dead flat). Once poured, the color in the glass was a pleasing yellow-orange. Nose expresses hay, citrus notes, green apple and a hint of cork. Taste consistent with nose - no real surprises. Mouthfeel is light in body with a still carbonation and a pleasant acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks. Overall, a very good beer; however, just a touch of carbonation would have enhanced the complexity and experience in my opinion.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at The Birch in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a light pinkish-amber-gold, with no head or lacing.

Smells like intense barnyardy funk and horse blanket, musty citrus, and leather.

Being a very old lambic, this had a lot of intense complexities to it. I was surprised that it wasn't more sour. There's some minerally notes here, lots of barnyard, some citrusy sweetness, and damp oak and leather. Super funky and complex, awesome.

The only real problem for me is the carbonation level, which was zero. This one was completely still. I feel that even the slightest amount of carbonation would have amped this up to near perfection.

Really interesting to try, definitely put off by the carbonation, but still really interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a touch of red. No head.

Nose of barnyard funk with a lemon subnote. As it warms, vinegar is noted.

Light medium body, with a somewhat smooth texture. No effervescence.

The flavor is intense, but lacks complexity and balance. It tastes just like the nose with a tart citric note added.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow-orange and completely still. Smells of tart fruit, oak, sour apple, and even some acidic, mustardy deviled egg funk. Tastes bracingly tart, with crisp Granny Smith apple and pear nuances. Not much grain in the flavor for an unblended lambic. Feel is soft and heavy without the carbonation. Overall very tasty. Not sure I would pay $45 for a bottle again.

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Photo of Zach136
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE: Had a better managed bottle at Moeder Lambic.


Took the top off. Note I didn't pop a cork. There was no pop to be had.

Appearance: Light orange, no head.

Aroma: Smells like it's gonna be pretty sour. Nice vanilla and oak, touch of some brett.

Flavor: Less intense acidity, some oaky tannins, some sweetness. Not a ton of brett character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carb, almost still.

Overall: As a beer price not considered, it's meh. $40 price tag considered, probably won't pick up another De Cam.

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Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint 9.4 fl oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Bottle date: 2/2012
Served in a traditional lambic tumbler

The beer poured a completely still, medium amber color. Unusual for most beers but apparently the norm for unblended lambics. Some large bubbles capped the liquid but they quickly dissolved. Minute sized bubbles could be seen suspended throughout the liquid.

Outstanding aroma. Super funky, musty and complex. The beer had an intense "aged" quality to it. Bug-y and barnyard-like. Funky cheese came to mind. Loads of hay as well. Quite lemony. Lemon rind was most apparent. The beer was both sweet and tart with subtle notes of apple juice. Speaking of "sweet" and "tart," this reminded me a bit of SweeTARTS candies. There was a woodsy, oaky quality as well. Touch of Band Aid. All in all, really interesting.

The flavor profile was also solid but definitely not as funky or as interesting as the aroma. Slightly sweet up front with some crackery malt and green apple notes. The beer turned drier as it moved along the palate. Lemon came through strong. Some vinegar as well. Really crisp and tart. Quite yeasty. Lemon rind dominated in the ultra dry, pithy, semi-bitter finish. Earthy, aged hop notes were also detectible.

With the beer being completely still, I found the mouthfeel rather difficult to assess. The liquid seemed to be medium bodied, but it felt quite watery. Not terrible per se, but not exactly my cup of tea. I assume that this is appropriate for the style.

This was my first time trying an unblended lambic and it was quite an adventure. The aroma was truly fantastic and the flavor, mouthfeel and appearance were all very unique as well. Although I doubt I would repurchase this based on its high price point (I paid $35 for my bottle), I was glad that I gave it a try.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant copper gold with a slight hint of a fizz.
S: horse blanket, goat, over ripe fruit, lemon.
T: Lemon, tart, citrus, herbal, leather, vanilla, wood, wine like.
M: The odd bubble here and there – petillant rather than carbonated.
O: A unique and very interesting beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Bottle Date: 2/2012.

A- Pours a solid bronze color with nearly no bubbles at all. Flat?

S- Somewhat sweet, oaky and tart. Has that delightful gueuze funk.

T- Has the tartness and funk one expects from a gueuze. Moderate vinegary taste, very dry. Mild acidity brings notes of lemon. After a while, it breaks into full-on sour. At first it wasn't doing it for me but, the more I drink it, the more it quenches my thirst for that sour apple pucker combined with that oaky tannic quality.

M- As said before, it's dry, it's flat and pretty much lifeless but the flavor makes up for that in the long run. Light body.

O- While I would certainly take a Tilquin over this any day, it's quite good for what it is. Not really worth the price asked IMO, but I'm glad I got to try it all the same.

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Photo of stcules
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Botteldatum: 2010
Light orange color, a veil of foam.
In the smell the right funkyness, citric. Good. Some leather, but with notes quite sweet.
A good tartness, clean and not too extreme.
But very, very pleasant.
!4 years in the bottle, and still relatively fresh taste.
Some more tartness in the aftertaste.
Good.

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Photo of aleigator
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Glowing yellow-amber color, with no head at all.

Brett defined nose, sulphur and soap, with green apple skin, vinegar hints, overall pointing into a fruity direction.

Has a low carbonation, which leads to a fruity beginning in which mandarin, oak and lemon peel stand out, accompanied with slightly lactic notes. Acidity get more intense, the longer it stays on the palate, leading to a very sour overall impression. Still, it is very enjoyable due to barley malt and dough yeast, keeping the beer in balance. Lemony fruitiness stays on the palate with a dry sourness, leading to an even dryer finish. Easy drinkable and complex at the same time.

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Photo of e_dawg
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Pours an opaque light orange/yellow color with a small head which quickly fades. Minimal lacing. Aroma is lemon, citrius, and apricot with grass and earthy tones. Aroma gains complexity as the beer warms. Taste is sour with light carbonation. Not much alcohol present and a touch on the watery side. The bitterness lingers on finish. Very smooth and light overall with a nice sour kick that's not overpowering. Purchased for $40, a bit steep but enjoyable nevertheless. One of my favorite beers at the moment.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Bottled Jan 2009.

Apricot orange body, opaque and solid, with a little bit of cola carbonation. Head non existent as to be expected, with a soapy and faint white bubbled collar along the edges.

Great funky bouquet on this, classic funky notes of earth and light pepper. Pretty basic but big and impressive.

Light bodied slightly and a little wet and feeling like box juiced on the mouthfeel for first sip. Little hints of fruit but fairly indistinct and hard to pin down. Very mild acidity with a light freshness to it for being so old. Hints maybe towards orange and stone fruit peach apricot character.

Not bad, pretty interesting with a big classic funky character.

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Oude Lambiek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 357 ratings