Oude Lambiek De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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 scinerd3000
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2000 and tasted in 2011. Beer was exceptional. Poured a light gold with no head at around 50 deg. Effervescent with sourness on the nose and strong apples. Lactic was smoothed with age and had apple and slight peach notes as it warmed in the glass. Hay and a slight "musk" followed on the back end of the taste. Become more prominent as it warms. Very clean sourness present with slight funk although restrained for an unblended lambic. The taste also lingers long after swallow in a pleasant dry acidic sourness that coated my pallet. Bret character was more subtle than I was expecting and had a restrained presence.

This is a fantastic beer and recommended to anyone enjoying lambics or sours.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontaines, 28 euros. It was so good I bought another to take home. 2000 vintage.

I've really been into lambics and gueuzes lately, but I'm stuck with the distribution to the USA so I often don't know what waits for me in Belgium. This particular lambic was possibly the best I've ever had. It wasn't overpowering with sour character, it was just something I could sip for hours.

It poured a hazy dark golden color with <1cm of spitty looking foam (served in a De Cam glass of course). I hate to use terms like barnyard but it definitely applies to this aroma. Lots of mustiness and hints of aging over-ripe fruit. It smelled out of this world, I could not imagine it being improved. It tasted balanced, not overly tart, sour in intervals while in other moments seeming a tad more sweet. It was dry and light bodied, with just enough carbonation to keep it silky.

No way I've had a better lambic to date. I've tried some other classics while in Belgium (and also those that are available in the US) and this one is my favorite.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, tart and oaky, white grape fruitiness and somewhat dry. In the taste, dry and tart white grape, and a nice oaky flavor, quite clean and full. A smooth and sour medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and hints of tart fruit in the aftertaste. Whats not to love here, tart and oaky, clean and fantastic.

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Photo of timtim
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mind blown. will go on record as stating this to be the best lambic i've had to date. simply amazing and delicious. 2003 vintage. Brewed in 2000 and bottled in 2003. pours a slightly hazy orange-amber and actually develops a little ring of a head. nose is musty, cobwebby cellar, wet oak, overripe lemon, mineral (wet rock), barn and lactic sticks out more than acid. wonderful. taste is round and smooth and defined. not bracingly sour. everything has come together perfectly. in the taste, must, oak, citrus and barn rule, but are rounded out and balanced by a citrusy, mouth-watering middle and a long, almost peppery finish. soft and silky, the aging process has managed to give just a hint of tingle to the medium body which seems fuller and more present/living/real than other lambics that i've tried. i could drink this everyday. an outstanding beer well worth tracking down.

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Photo of davey101
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage. 750ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass. 5% abv.

A - Dark amber body. First pour was sediment free but somewhat hazy. Some large bubbles form some edging and there a is a very faint cap. This doesn't stick around for too long. Light lacing after a swirl.

S - Super funky and sour. Lemons, green apple, and some grass and hay. Oaky with some vanilla tannins and light spice. The finish is of vinegar and strong brett notes.

T - Somewhat watery and thin, but still complex and layered. Juicy apples and pears followed by some mouth puckering lemon juice. Smooth oak finished by funk, leather, vinegar, and some very faint but welcomed oxidation.

M - Rating this to style, and its just about perfect. Very still with no carbonation. The body is light to medium. Drinks like a wine, with a very dry finish and lingering tartness.

O - A world class beer. Its just held up so well over the nearly ten years its been in a bottle. Really complex and layered, yet approachable and drinkable. Certainly worth the wait.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks goes out to dyan for this one. A bottle of the 2001 vintage, bottled in February of that year, but brewed in 1996. As a matter of note, it was aged in the barrels for 2 years longer than the 03 version that made it to the US recently. Enjoyed as the 4th beer of our tasting, and this turned out to be one of the big surprises of the event.

Completely clear coppery amber in color with no head at all. There are some wispy bubbles that gather on the surface, but that's about the extent of it. Naturally, as you would expect with any old lambic or geuze, there is no lacing to be seen.

Light and bright in aroma, with some sulfurous notes, sweaty feet, tannins, and briny sea water aromas. Additionally, I find a slight funky barnyard that goes a bit beyond the sweaty feet from earlier, as well as that bone dry feel that is so characteristic of great lambics. The flavor just takes that groundwork and runs with it. Citrusy lactic sourness mixed with a dry and sweaty/briny tasting funkiness. There are extremely notable tannic flavors, hints of sulfur, and again, that bone dry finish.

Light and enjoyable, with some absolutely unreal complexity. Phenomenal on all levels...from the flavors, to the feel, to the aroma. Nothing in this beer underperforms the world class lambic that it is. I need to pick up some of the 03 to see how they compare.

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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 Neffbeer
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle
brewed in 2000, bottled in 2003.
poured into a wine glass

A: Beautiful straw orange color with a small thin white head. I was surprised to see any bubbles given that it is an unblended lambic. The shading of this beer is exquisite when held up to the light.

S: The funk makes itself known along with some brett like leather and oak. Apples, and lemons waft amidst a strong lactic sourness. It smells extremely inviting to the point that I can barely take my nose away from it.

T: Very tart, but not exceedingly sour. There is a bunch of oak, some lemon pith and apple peels. The funk comes out strong as it warms with a burst of fresh meadow and hay. It finishes with notes of pepper and a dry bitterness.

M: It is a very still beer and the mouthfeel is quite light.

D: I am extremely glad I picked this up. I will have no trouble finishing off this bottle on my own. Cheers!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out a nice amber color with minimal cloudiness and a small white head that would soon fade. aroma is just downright sour. so much critters in here. lacto like i have never seen. reminds me of the early batches of the rr sours when they were fresh. just raw vinegar and straight funk, gorgeous. carried right over into the flavor which again was no holds barred and just deep sour and funk that was incredibly vibrant and tongue lashing. dry finish is an understatement as all sense of flavor is zapped from the mouth and cotton mouth is what you are left with.

overall loved it,

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Andrewinski popped tis one open. Holy crap! Thanks a bunch. Poured into a chalice. This one pours a light straw color with a whispy white layer of foam sitting atop with some thin white lace.

Slightly sour in the arom with basement must to it. A touch of apricot aroma to this adding a kiss of sweetness to the mellow aroma. This has a nice oak undertone to it. Nice light flavor to this. Cedar flavors with a nice sour kick to finish it out. A noticable apricot flavor to this one. Nice and musty with a nice funk.

This one is pretty still on the feel; as would be expected from an unblended. Overall, this one is though to beat. Really unique and one I'd love to have more of.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked bottle from 2003, courtesy of forgetfu. Thanks Bill!

It pours a cloudy orange with a small, maybe a 1/2 inch of foam. The lacing for such a small head of foam is impressive.

The smell is amazingly sour. Fruity sourness, some vinegar, very yeasty and it has a pretty big character of Brett. The nose is outrageously good.

The taste is, imho, as sour as it can get without the drinker considering it to be a drain pour. Acidic as hell, vinegar like flavour that is there but doesn't dominate, lovely yeast, light, no, very light hint of some Brett. Marvelous. 5%abv doesn't hurt either. Okay, my mouth is starting to pucker now but that's not a bad thing at all since I've acquired a taste for these sour devils. My gawd, this is a treat.

Light bodied, lightish carbonation, nice mouthfeel. So damn drinkable. This is a crazy good and, at the same time, scary brew. Well worth the time and trouble to seek out.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance. Good stickiness. . Simple thin collar. Good retention.

Nice low Brett nose. Some low phenolic high wood tannic power. Very well done. Enjoyable.

Flavor of an umblended perfect. Great body, great sticky flavors. Some white grape ad kind. Tannin bitters and oak bittering. Phenomenal.

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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 largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks for opening this one, Arne. Brewed in 1995, bottled in 2000. The lambic has a moderately hazy sunset amber body, cloudy yet bright. Lightly carbonated, it pours without a head, though a thin collar forms.

It smells strongly of musty, damp oak. Moderately funky with subtle notes of vanilla, lemon rind, citrus - the interplay between the oak and acidity is wonderful.

Woody and lactic on the palate, firmly sour and fruity with strong but soft tannins. Very smooth and drinkable, the tannins are nicely balanced by the lemony acidity. Carbonation is at a low, almost flat level. It finishes oaky and drying with notes of mellow lactic acidity, cider and lemon rind. Excellent.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2003 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced lots of white froth and bubbles, but no head formation; fitting for the style.

(S)- A dry earthy acidic lemon rind and white grape. A really nice dry earthy hay and subtle funk cheese aspect.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. A really nice dry hay/straw earthy funk with nice mellow acidic sour fruits.

(M)- A great balance. Pretty much flat, but the mellow acidic sourness helps save the day and make the feel smooth and delightful. The dryness and earth really just help mesh this into a fantastic mouthfeel.

(D)- A fantastic lambic. The age has obviously helped and its lack of carbonation really puts the smooth, yet mellow funk and acidic sour fruits in full view. I could easily have drunk this whole bottle if I felt like it.

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 1998, bottled in 2000.
€7 from Beer Planet in Brussels.

Cheese, toes, lemon, saltwater, and oak were all used in the production of this beer, the brewery's first lambic. The cheese was for head retention, which is tall and full of fluff; the seawater and lemon for flavor, which has qualities reminiscent of salt and citrus; the oak for mouthfeel.

The toes? A happy accident.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprised to get a massive pop from the cork. The almost two years in the bottle rendered this straight lambic carbonated. A stiff pour yields a decent sized off-white head that fades quickly.

The aroma jumps from the glass quite strongly. Citrus and barnyard. Lots of funk and earth. Musty and slightly cheesy. Herbal, oak, and tea notes as well. Incredibly complex but not overwhelming. Faint hint of malt, maybe some subtle berry notes. Not particularly acidic. No hops.

Tart initially in the flavor but is rounded off with earthy and musty funk. Definite oak tannins provide a tea-like character. Balance is towards oak and funk though tartness is definitely there. As it warms the oak becomes more pronounced but never overwhelming. Acidity is firm but not vinegary.

High carbonation, which, again, was surprisingly, but welcome. Extremely dry with a good amount of oak tannins. Tart but not mouth puckering.

One of the best straight lambics I've had, though it is the oldest I've had as well. Definitely compares to Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 1996, bottled in 2001 and consumed on the 25th of March 2011.

Still, clear amber with a wispy white head, about what I was expecting for an unblended lambic. The nose is sulfury with grapefruit rind, lemon peel, wet, rotting wood. Salty, briny, the wet wood character makes me think I'm digging out a coffin from the bottom of the ocean. Stinky, funky feet, cheesy, this is like a nice Limburger.

The palate opens intensely sour with grapefruit peel, lemon peel, very briny and salty. Intensely funky, this is quite acidic but still doesn't overwhelm the palate. Salty, sulfury and mineraly, the stinky cheese character is complex. Tannic and drying on the finish, there's also a little juicy, lemony character, keeping things fresh. Medium-light in body with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is sublime. Probably the best unblended lambic I've had

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing. 2003 vintage.

Pours a dark golden orange color that's almost flat with a one finger, bubbly white head that slowly settles into an impressive lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Intense aroma with a great balance of lactic funk, acetic acid, barnyard must, pale malt, light fruit and citrus.  Funky lactic cheesiness along with oak, wet grass, cobweb and bandaid followed by acetic vinegar, strawberry and citrus rind.  Smells absolutely incredible with barnyard funk, horseblanket, acidity and sweet fruit notes bouncing off of each other . I can't imagine any way in which the aroma could be improved.  

Medium bodied with delicate carbonation and a nice balance of lactic funk, acetic acid, oak barrel and sweet fruit.  Tart and puckering with the perfect amount of sourness.  Great oak barrel and lactic/cheesy funk flavors along with lingering acetic acid that's complimented by light fruit and zesty citrus.  Not solvent-like, harsh or overly acidic with strawberry and orange zest sweetness countering the sour funk.  Mouthfeel is incredible with the perfect amount of acetic qulaity that leaves me thirsting for more.  Incredibly complex yet insanely drinkable. Excellent!  

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brewed in 2000, bottled in 2003.

pours a deep yellow with a slight copper and orange tint. basically no head what so ever minus a bit around the rim.

a nice amount of funk with a nice sour lemon and citrus. bits of oak through out this.

starts off with some funk. nice lemony sourness kicks in and carries it through the finish. hints of apricot and peach. a dry oak flavor finishes this off.

for an unblended lambic, this has some decent carbonation. tart and dry.

this is delicious, one of the best unblended lambics i have had.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 ''Exclusief''

Pours with a surprising effervescent bubbly appearance.

Aroma is a musty sour lemon and shoe sweat. Some dust and grass. Very nice.

The taste is a fantastic oaky lemon up front with a musty earth quality to the finish. Very sour and acidic. This is my first unblended lambic and I must say GIVE ME MORE.

The body is obviously flat and the sourness gives me a nice pucker.

Overall this beer is a fantastic, world class treat that is worth the price tag in my opinion. The bottle works well split 4 ways.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stowehop for sharing what I believe to be bottled in 2000.

Nice golden color with a thin white head, which disappeared quickly.

The aroma was mild funk and I also smelled citrus.

The taste was divine, very clean, just enough funk and tart. This one was nice and dry.

Mouth feel was slight carbonation and clean on the palate.

Drinkability was also perfect as no alchol was present and it is lower abv.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. $37. Into an unbranded tulip. 2003 bottling.

A: The first pour yields a crystal clear orange beer, an aggressive head coaxes a few small white bubbles to rise to the top and create a thin layer of bubbles, with a large collection around the outside edge of the glass. A few bubbles lazily meander to the surface. Excellent looking beer.

S: The initial smell is not at all what I expected, there's a nice slightly rotten orange peal smell mixed with the typical lacto sourness and a bit of barnyard funk. The brett note isn't dominant and in your face, more of a funky sour cherry thing than a straight up pig manure smell, which is nice. Some notes of crude oil/creosote as well. Overall smells like an intense sour.

T: Definitely hits more of the straight up lacto/pedio type sour with the brett characteristics taking a bit of a back seat. Lots of sour lemon like flavors, slightly acetic but doesn't reach a full on acetone like some framboise can. The funk starts to show its sour cherry/musty barn flavor on the finish. I get some definite creosote notes from this like in the nose as well, not in an overwhelming way, just another noticeable nuance. This is a very sour beer at this point in its life, but isn't quite on the harshly acidic side. Incredibly tasty.

M: Light in the mouth, carbonation is minimal to say the least. Really thickens the spit and leaves a lot of saliva in my mouth. My saliva glands somewhat cringe each time I lift the glass to my lips. This right here is what a sour beer should be about.

O: Very impressed with this now 8-9 year old beer, I can see why these things age with grace. Lots of flavors, and an intense sourness, that isn't harshly acidic. A very fine, yet very expensive beer.

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Photo of shleepy
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750 bottle into wine glasses. 2002 vintage (!). Drank yesterday, so writing from notes.

A: Amber (certainly darker than most lambics), virtually no head.

S: Funky, subtle hints of honey and pears, plums.

T: Great balance of sourness, light funk, oak, and honey/fruit. Quite delicious.

M: Thin, with low carbonation. Good level of acidity (not too high). Very drinkable.

O: A great example of an unblended lambic being better than most geuezes. Simply fantastic.

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