Oude Lambiek De Cam
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From:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic
Ranked #8
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,646
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.72%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
241
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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Rated: 4.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.52 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Nov 01, 2020
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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.
Apr 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 08, 2019
 
Rated: 2.93 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by smi69 from New York

Jul 08, 2019
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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.
Jun 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by Quafftastic from Virginia

May 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 3.79 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.76 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

May 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Feb 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
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.
Dec 14, 2017
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Rated by xtonytx from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle date 2/2012
Oct 15, 2017
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Reviewed by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.
Sep 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by fthegiants from California

Aug 25, 2017
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Rated by oldbizmark from New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
amazing brew. also, had aged it about 5 years. smooth as can be. favorite lambic to date.
May 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Apr 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by Danny1217 from Florida

Feb 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by anteater from Oregon

Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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...
Sep 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by unclekeith from Alaska

Sep 10, 2016
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
09/09/2016
Sep 10, 2016
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Reviewed by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.
Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by Hoppity1 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.45 by swanfungus from California

Jul 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Can_has_beer from Texas

Jun 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
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
May 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
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.
May 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by Euroglot from Belgium

May 09, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
May 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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."
May 07, 2016
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