Oude Lambiek De Cam
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Style:
Belgian Lambic
Ranked #5
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,536
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.67%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
356
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De Cam Geuzestekerij
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
  91
SCORE
94
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.
Soft pop from the cork, attempted a continuous single pour into 2 large wine glasses.

Bright golden orange, perfect clarity. Poured at a moderate height, larger bubbles form then dissipate into a thin layer of foam. Soon there is only a wispy skim, with a pearl string of larger bubbles at its edges. For an unblended lambic though, this much foam is pretty unprecedented.

Ripe lambic aromas of citrus and ancient wet wood. Musty, woody, cheese rind, freshly turned topsoil, horsehair, traces of honey and white wine minerality. Time has rounded any sharp edges, rendering it truly lush and easygoing.

Soft tartness of grapefruit and lemon yogurt, dry woodiness in the middle, with a soft dry aftertaste of white wine. Fullish vinous body, little to no bubbles as expected for a straight 3 year old lambic. Taking a bigger sip results in a hugely dry tannic aftertaste. Mellow tangy citrus upfront and in the middle.

Great to sip and savor on a strangely warm December night...

2013 batch: 3.7 ...not nearly as good as the 2009. A bit muted and on the bitter side. Feels a little bland as well, barely tart and not really sour. Muted grapefruit pith at room temperature. Okay, but would save my money for a future vintage next time.

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Photo of errantnight
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2001 bottle I've been cellaring for the past 4.5 years.

Pours a hazy pale gold with a hint of orange and just a touch of thin head.

Aroma is astounding, each new sniff yields new perceptions, and it develops as it warms. Thick must and barnyard, hints of lemon, apple, washed rind cheese, earthy.

On the palate this is round and full for a beer with almost imperceptible carbonation (as is appropriate). Vinous and layered, with a touch of mid-palate sweetness that finishes with a crisp tartness and a mineral bitterness.

A beer that on one hand begs to be sipped and savored for days, and on the other, that is so refreshing and complex and simply drinkable that you wish you could drink it by the carafe.

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

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this rarity. This was the 2000 vintage. Served in a Chouffe tulip.

A - Looks like unblended lambic. A hard pour yields a thin ring of bubbles and a few wisps on top, as well as lazy streams on the sides of the glass. The body is a slightly hazed light cider color.

S - Some nostril-singing acetic notes, funky and spoiled fruits, fruit skins, blue cheese, and some sweet brett and horse. As it warms more barnyard emerges.

T - The taste is more vinegary, with some faint oxidation and mineral notes, along with with a hefty does of lemons and tart apples. Very sour finish.

M - Very dry, big pucker, medium body, and a hint of carbonation. The finish is lightly tannic, but this is actually quite refreshing.

D - I really like this one, although I think it may be past its prime at this stage. Looking forward to comparing it to a fresh vintage. Very easy to drink in any case.

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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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BDeibs
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mantissa
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle opened 9.26.14

Bottled 2/2012

Light and fruity. Not as funk as I had hoped. Especially for the $.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Treebs
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml C&C bottle served in a mini snifter. 2003 vintage (MMIII on label). Shared at Northdown with the crew.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with no head forming on the pour. Flat as a pancake.

S: Super funky witha minerally quality to it. Lemon grass with a nice lactic bite. Pretty acidic as well, but the the funk is the star of the show here.

T: The taste follows the nose with the funk. Banyard in nature it very punget and sharp. Light acetone with some sour warhead lemon bite and some lemon grass bitterness.

M: Flat and light bodied. Smooth, sour and dry. Still really nice.

O: This was a really sneaky hit for the night. Even though it was flat it was still deliciously complex. I wish I had another.

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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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Oude Lambiek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 356 ratings