Oude Lambiek De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pluppykatie
2.97/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking out of a mini Duvel glass.

Appearance - Very nice golden color.
Smell - Not too fond of the smell on this one.
Taste - A little weak, but still decent.
Mouthfeel - A hint of bubblyness to it, overall smooth.
Overall - Overall an alright beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL green glass cork and caged. 2003 vintage.

Pours a mostly clear deep golden orange with no head. Nose is musty and somewhat lemony. Some straw and old wood notes too.

Palate is seriously sour and still. Flavors of that musty note come across on the palate. Lemon zest, lime pulp muscat grapes and aging oak boards.

Notes: Disappointed by this. At first I thought the overt musty character indicated a flaw, but it's consistent with most reviewers' notes. Not a fan of the big must, though.

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2012 bottle poured into snifter. New beer #400

There was almost no carbonation and some slight oxidation.

I was really looking forward to this beer but I ended up getting a bad bottle.

I would love to get a chance to try again.

Price: $35 for 750ml

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Photo of jwinship83
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle that was gifted to me by a coworker. i dont think i would ever find myself paying the $38 dollars for this one. drank out of my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very hazy golden orange colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind little to no lacing, which is odd considering the size of the head.

S- the first thing i pick up on is the large amount of funk in this one. very musty/barnyard-y smelling. there is smellable oak here. some lemon peel is also detectable. very faintly acidic.

T- the taste starts out with the lemon zest i could smell along with a little bit of grapefruit. after that i pick up on a large amount of the oak barrel. the huge level of funk i could smell is still here. it comes off as very old and musty. little in the way of sourness.

M- the body is larger than i would have expected. there is little to no carbonation, which is the way it should be. very dry aftertaste.

D- im not sure how i would feel if i dropped the $30 on this one. glad i got to try it. maybe it could use more time to become something i would really enjoy? right now, i would probably pass on another glass of this and let someone that really loves it have it.

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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 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 Etan
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a clear light gold with some coarse white bubbles.

S: Pungent oak, lemon rind, wet hay, soft cheese, overripe berries, light acidity. Smells great.

T: Opens somewhat watery. Light wheat, plenty of oak, woody sourness builds and then falls off with some herbal notes. Very tannic in the finish.

M: Obviously flat, light-bodied.

O: This smells great, but is tasting very young and a bit too watery.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 2000 vintage, thanks to TurdFurgison, thanks!

A - Pours a hazy orange, some whisps on top, and a thin ring around the side of the glass.

S - Smells like diaper, some metallic notes, stinky cheese, oak, barnyard funk, horse blanket.

T - Lots of funk, barnyard, some metallic harshness, bleu cheese.

M - Light, very little carbonation, dry finish.

D - Meh, it's okay, not mind-blowing. The metallic harshness that's showing up for me is off-putting. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Large format corn and caged bottle from Tipples. Bottled 2/2012, drank on 2/23/2014. Pours perfectly clear golden orange with no head at all. Nuthin, but I expected that. Aroma of sour vinegar, sweet sugars, a tiny hint of mint. Smells very pleasant. Flavor is sour but not puckeringly so, sweet with some peachy influence, a bit of vinegar, fermented apples maybe, and a bit of spearmint in the back. Completely flat, but I was told to expect this. Honestly I think the flatness takes a bit away from the brew. Slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium, but somewhat heavy for the lambic style that usually comes off extra dry and light to me. I like the flavors but the lack of carbonation isn't my thing. More like drinking a dry white wine than a beer. For $40+ I'd rather have a couple Fou Fones, or one of many other things. Glad I got to try it though, and get my Unblended Lambic tick.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2000 batch bottled in 2003 that came to the US earlier this year. Amber orange color with actual carbonation, it isn't still. Aroma is funky lambic and a bit of must. Flavor is sour lambic but nothing mind-blowing. I've had bottles of Cantillon bruocsella that were better and some that were worse. This was definitely not worth the $32 I spent and the De Cam gueuze is better.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2000 vintage provided by Eric, thank you...Pours dark peach with some light carbonation, not much of note...A strong aroma, acidic horse blanket, slightly sulfuric, rotten eggs, blue cheese. I typically love the sour ones, something just off about this. Too much off barnyard and spoiled food aromas...The taste is much better than the aroma, more evenly balanced. Some vinegar balances the horse blanket, but adds some lemon notes. A sour metallic finish puts me off again.

I had high hopes for this and although its above average, doesn't meet my wild expectations for De Cam or a 10 year old lambic.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled January 2009.

Appearance - Flat, but a few bubbles well up from a vigorous pour. Clear burnt orange body.

Smell - Sharp acidic aroma. Quite malty. Lemongrass. Slight funk.

Taste - Maltiness right up front, without any sweetness. Lemon sourness builds. Oak and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Feels much heavier than a 4.8% lambic.

Overall - These beers always make me crave a full on gueuze. It's a teaser.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, gentle white ring. Deep slightly citrusy nose, lactic and well ponctuated with yeasty horseblanket. Good lemon juice acidity, all in all well blended and smooth, fairly light. truly appealing and diplomatic, close to a 9 for the nose. It doesn’t quite hold up in flavor where it is juicy, horsey and astringent. There is this herbal bite that feels almost like a tame jalapeno, which would be paired with a straight hay juice shot. Flavors finish very quick and are far more chaotic than in the nose. Correct mouthfeel on the other hand, a bit light, but fully carbonated if the bubbles don’t last very long.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Eric for hosting us and breaking out this and quite a few other great Belgian brews. 2000 vintage served in a mini snifter.

Pours a light golden color without a much of any head formation even after a fairly-hard pour. A few bubbles on top throughout. The nose is really quite funky with a good deal of barnyard character along with some leather and earth. Just very funky.

The flavor adds in some good notes of citrus and rind underneath the hay, funk, and wet leather that the nose had pulled together. The finish is quite excellent with a slight sourness and a beautiful dryness. Carbonation is light throughout and this goes down quite well. Thanks again, Eric.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1995 lambic bottled in 2000 and drank in 2004. Poured a pale hazy yellow beer with almost no carbonation, which was to be expected. Nose of citrus and a bit of acidity. Taste is quite dry and sour with a surprising but welcome subtle sweet ending. Again notes of citrus (lemon/lime) are present. I’m not expert on what should unblended bottle lambic should taste like but I can say that this was a real good experience. Too bad I probably won’t be able to get my hand on some of this again.

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Photo of Zach136
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 AgentZero
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Eric for providing this at my Bachelor Weekend tasting.

2000 vintage.

A - Cloudy golden color beer that left the sides of the glass relatively clean with some spots.

S - Deep tart and fruit aroma, with a lot of grass on the backend, giving it a bit of a barnyard smell. Something woody or metallic in this makes it a little unplesant.

T - Horseblanket and funk, a great tartness balanced by some sweet, gets a little bit jammy at the end as the sweetness mellows.

M - Little dry, not a ton of carbonation, though that could be due to the age, although I think this is good for the style.

D - A nice treat, aging well, an evening out of the nose would have improved this one a bit.

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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 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.

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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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden orange body with minimal head and lace. The aroma is typical tart/sour with a touch of acidity as well as wood/oak. Brew is more of the same as the beer is smooth and easy to drink as it comprised mostly of a sharp, acidic sour tartness but it comes across less sour apple/cherry and more sour/tart tropical fruit. In other words, for as sour as this beer is there is a bit of both oaky woodiness and sweet fruit notes to this beer, and it's not just sour but also a touch of funkiness. These are the sours I like b/c it's more complex than drinking some highly carbonated sour juice that some beers of this style are like.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted at his place.

2009 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a slightly foamy tan head that settles to dots of lace on top of the beer. No lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, funky with some woody and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottle I believe, sampled with and courtesy of mrand01. Bottle says 5% ABV contrary to the listing here.

Pours a mildly cloudy golden straw color with very little white head that quickly dissipates, a few white soapy bubbles on top. Still fairly new to this style of beer so I am not sure what is exactly appropriate but for such an old bottle, not a much amount of carbonation is definitely acceptable.

Aromas are quite restrained but still very distinguishable. Solid barnyard funk, lactic acidity, hay, mild acetic, but none of these overwhelm any of the other components. Wet oak in the background, more musty and funky as it warms. A nice lemon and citrus rind aroma as well.

The tastes begin lightly sour up front, but finishes with an oak-derived astringency that accentuates the dryness of this beer and, in a complimentary fashion, the tartness. The wood flavor is not harsh or overbearing, but certainly dominant. The lambic is still fairly tart with most of that sourness coming in the form of lemons with perhaps a hint of green apples. As it warms you get more of the funkiness highlighted by underlying hay and wet leather.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation and a dry, semi-puckering finish. The finish is quite excellent with a slight sourness and a beautiful dryness. A lot of great mouthfeel for such a low ABV beer, quite impressive.

Overall this is by far the best example of an unblended lambic I have ever had, not too puckering or overly tart or unpleasant in any manor. Just really complex with many different light flavors of hay, wet oak, must, but all balanced quite well together. Definitely recommended and worth seeking out for fans of the style.

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