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Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium
decam.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 09-01-2003

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Ratings:
341
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light head. Color is a pale gold.

Flavors of sour and light acidity. Lemon and tart flavors. Very funky. Cherry tartness.
Barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry. Lighter bodied.

Overall, this was a nice lambic. Pretty easy to drink, but one glass was enough.

3.81

Edit: 2/2017 drank a 2/2012

This bottle was wonderfully carbed to my surprise. Pillow top off white head. Golden orange color.

Lemon and funk on the nose. You can smell it from a few feet away. So awesome. As it warms some honey dew shows.

Taste: funky, but soft. This one isn't in your face but provides all the nice flavor from an old lambic. Lemon citrus. Hay and barnyard funk. Brett shows. Has a soft fruit flavor and some herbal notes near the finish. Ends fairly dry. Has characteristics of white wine.

This was an outstanding lambic. Very happy with this one and excited to drink it. I'll be looking for more of this.

4.25

Edit: 3/2017 drank a 2017 vintage

This one was still. No carbonation at all. Very lemon. Sour. Caramel malt shows. Cereal grain malts. Oaky. Fairly funky. Citrusy. Finishes with some very funky cheese notes.

I think this one will need some time to round out. 3.75

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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 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 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 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 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 oldbizmark
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JakerLou
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppity1
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours a hazy amber color with a very little white head. Nose is funky and wet and dank and tart and vinegar.

Taste is mouthpuckering and tart, it's got that wet horse blanket taste to it that's really cool. Theres a nice light carbonation to I that I like a lot, it makes it much more drinkable. Overall very good.

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

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta. I hope this is the correct listing as it's the lambic and not the kriek and the label is almost identical. The label states that it's a blend of three-year lambics. On a small oval on the bottom right of the front of the label is written XXIII, I'm assuming it was bottled in 2003.

Pours a hazy golden-tan color with a slight ring of fine bubbles around the glass. The bubbles quickly fade leaving no lacing and light legs.

Smells of large amounts of funk - wet hay and grassiness with hints of leather. Also present are slight amounts of wheat twang.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with slight amounts of wheat kick things off and are quickly overtaken by solid amounts of funk. Very slight amounts of medium fruit flavors come into play midway through the sip before fading out into a lightly tart and funky ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with very soft carbonation. It's not completely still as some unblended lambics can be.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this beer smelled amazing and tasted almost as good. A very well-crafted lambic that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours near flat. No head, no lacing. Beer is a clear pastel orange. Expected from the style.

Nose is cheese, wet straw, apricot, citrus puree, and rotting wood. Really delicious as far as lambic goes. Super funky and very aromatic.

Opens puckering. Apricot puree tartness. Wet and rotting wood. Oaky. Cheesy. Lemon sour and dried straw. End is more tartness. Dry and puckering fruity finish with a tart, sour aftertaste. Tasty!

Light bodied with near no carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Tart finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Extra points for the LACK of carbonation. Really enjoy this one.

A real under-the-radar lambic. Smells great and is really funky, sour, and developed overall. Lack of carbonation is a plus for me in this style. Worth the money.

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Photo of grownfool
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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