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Oude Lambiek De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium | website

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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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
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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 Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right before the Tap & Table closed they were doing a beer of the week special. The description they had on this beer sounded like it would be pretty amazing. So I bit the bullet and bought a bottle to bring home with me. The following day I had gone to a friends place and we split the bottle together. Popped the cork out and gave it a pour, the hazy orange yellow liquid didn't produce much head or lacing. The smell was filling our noses before we even had put the glasses to our faces. The funky smell was very prominent, the deeper you breathe this one in the more aromas that come out. It had a really interesting sour grapefruit aroma in there mixed with earth and wood. The flavor of this beer is acidic at first, tart citrus flavors like grapefruits and some apple in there too. The taste then fades into a much smoother earth flavor. The mouthfeel is almost medium bodied. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good for it's style, I can't see myself ever buying it again because of the cost. I don't enjoy this style enough to drop almost $30 on one bottle. However if you like the style and you have the money do yourself the favor and try this, it's impressive.

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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 brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; as the beer is hardly carbonated, it looks more like a wine than a beer

Smell: Oaky, funky and lactic

Taste: Lactic sourness from the outset, with oak and vanilla flavors building through the middle; the earthy funk adds another dimension, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; no carbonation

Overall: A really nice lambic - up there with the best

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

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 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 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 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 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 womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt for sharing this one. A 10 year old lambic (bottled in 2000) is rarely a bad thing.

A: The pour is a mildly cloudy golden straw color with very little white head.

S: This particular lambic is quite heavy on the oak--it's quite musty and funky. A nice lemon and citrus rind aroma as well.

T: Like the nose, this is a very oaky/woody beer. 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.

M: The body is medium with a light carbonation and a dry, puckering finish.

D: While you do have to enjoy the oak component, this is still a nice lambic that is quite easy to drink.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This beer appears very hazy and orange hued, with virtually no head whatsoever. It looks almost completely uncarbonated. The aroma is great, with notes of hay earth, tart citrus, straw. The beer is very enjoyable, with a dry finish. Oude Lambiek De Cam has enough tartness to cause your cheeks to pucker after each sip. This brew is a solid example of an unblended lambic, and a beer I would certainly drink again.

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

Beer poured into a Russian river wine glass. Beer is yellow and really hazy, lazy head that disappears very quickly. No lacing, low carbonation. About what I expected.

Aroma is really nice, barnyard funk, lactic acidity, hay, mild acetic. Very nice indeed.

Beer is thin and mildly carbonated on the palate, the lead off is a little weak but that's ok because it's quite tart on the backend of the beer. Puckering would be a good way to describe it. There is a citric style sourness to it followed by some milder lactic smoothness. Acetic is minimal. The beer overall is quite good. I'm glad I opened it. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellow in color with straw pale yellow highlights and had a very little amount of head that left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of the barnyard horse blanket funk was busting out on the aroma with citrusy lemon notes hints of acidity and nice oakiness was coming through as well.

T: the funky barnyard horse blanket character was very potent on the flavor alongside lemon citrusy, oaky, and acidic notes but with a nice sour punch and a touch of vanilla.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, funky, oaky, sour and mild dry finish.

O: have to say it was one of the best lambics I've ever had and was drinking fabulous, definitely wish I could get my hands of more of this brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 2009. Mmm. Juicier and smoother than a gueuze but with all the same notes. There isn't that rough bite or sour jaw-clenching tang. The aroma holds the funky wild barrel character and the flavor is almost a touch juicy. There's nothing new in this beer, it's just a very well built lambic that smoothed with time to showcase the barnyard and farmhouse notes is a more gentle format. Very cool beer. You could use it as an intro to lambics or just enjoy on a summer afternoon.

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

A pour at Teresa's Next Door (Wine Glass)

De Cam Geuzestekerij Oude Lambiek looks penny bronze in color with some faint brown and yellow spots. Cant see through this baby. Some faint bubbles on top, nothing major but something.

Smell is very brisk and lively and bold and funky with cheese scents and hay, barnyard scents, faded grain, apple before pear, and just that weirdness that comes with these types of beers.

Holy moly, this is top notch stuff, eleven years has done some things to this. Ripe barnyard with wet hay, grain, faint fruit, lactic quality, sharp lemon. It's sour and it's well integrated. Probably my favorite in this particular style, 2 year unblendeds from various breweries have nothing on this.

Feel is pretty light, this thing while being unblended, still has a lively crisp feel to it. The sour just whisks around the mouth, causing sweet damage. A whole bottle of this, you betcha. If I found a bottle if this now after the street date, I would not hesitate.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 Bottle vintage, sampled at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
This pours with a lightly hazed, amber tinged, still looking body. The cork popped out though and it has formed a head upon pouring with a pale, off-white, big bubbled head. This smells nicely of aged foot, ample wood / oak (at least for a Lambic), a spicy almost cinnamon like note, some hints of acetic acid, a light cider character and a fresh cut wood plank aroma that comes off as quite vibrant at times. A lactic tartness anchors the nose and there are also aromas of tobacco as well as a faded cedar-woodiness. The aroma is really quite complex and interesting and I am definitely enjoying smelling this beer.

A hint of textural fizz is here, but the beer is largely flat feeling on the tongue. The beer is 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. Lots of wood character is found in the flavor with notes of fresh cut wood, a light spiciness and even some woody pepper notes. The astringency int eh finish is joined by notes of chalk, pepper and a lactic acidity that fades with time. This is pretty light bodied and there is just enough texture to keep this from being down right watery (it is not quite there). The woodiness brings out flavors of mushrooms, musty cellar notes as well as some phenolic influence producing a smell like the burn of a saw blade on wood.

This is not as complex as it could be and the texture is a little flat at times, but this is a straight Lambic, so you have to expect that. I really like the ample wood character here though. The aroma is definitely a touch more interesting than the flavor and a bit more balanced too; the texture seems to compete with the balance in the flavor. Overall though this is a very nice and tasty Lambic, and I would love to have a bunch of these in the cellar.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/7/2012

2009 vintage. Thanks!

A: Dark gold with a fast fading bubbly head.

S: Lightly sulfuric with cheese and mineral. Horsey and leathery with some vinegar and apple. Lactic notes are strong.

T: Brackish and cheesy with light oak and tannins. Lightly citric with lemon, lots of leather, and a moderate lactic sourness. Dry finish with a citric punch.

M: Lower medium body with no carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice lambic. We had a 2003 shortly after and aged had improved it.

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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 wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained at the Beer Circus, East Croydon a long while ago. 375ml green bottle, corked and caged, at 5%abv. Bottled in Feb. 2001, while the back label (seems to) suggest that the beer was already 5 year old before being bottled. Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass on 16/12/2006.

A: murky dark orangey cider colour, poured with no sign of beer head whatsoever, apart from a thin and loose layer of foam on top; the carbonation is very low indeed, almost to the point that I can't see any bubbles in action... 5 year ageing in barrels and further 5.5 year ageing in the bottle have thoroughly tamed the texture.
S: intense and deep sourness as of salt-preserved star-fruits (that's right!) with its unique savoury touch, oak-aged cider, and dried-out lemons upfront--every element smells "old-ish" or vintage here. Also at present is that ubiquitous, stimulating woodiness from barrels with a much softer edge of barnyard moldy mustiness. The malts and wheats retain a moderate, lasting sweetness, yet hidden behind the thick and pleasant sourness. Not so much colourful or complex as thick and deep; but the more I probe, the more I feel the depth and years of natural work underneath...
T: the tart+salty lemony fruitiness upfront quietly creeps down the throat, leaving a pronounced dryish woody and almost tannic aftertaste keeping rubbing the rear of my tongue... simultaneously the dryish-sweet wheat-iness joins from behind. The finish is superb, with a subtle flavour of dried lemon-peels and dry, woody cider on top of equally delicate musty tail and faintly bitter hops. All in all, this beer is a harmony, with every stimulating element been greatly softened--the work of 10.5 years of ageing?
M&D: for my palate, the texture falls slightly too flat; but for an old lambiek I guess that's the rule of the game, and it's remedied by a very soothing sourness throughout that keeps my tongue happy. This is a medium-bodied, subtle lambiek worth trying at least once in one's drinking life. My mind now plays with the idea to drink it served straight from the barrel... I'm sure it's gonna be sublime. But it seems no further ageing is needed for this vintage or this bottle at least, otherwise the delicate balance will be replaced by real boredom, I think.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at The Birch in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a light pinkish-amber-gold, with no head or lacing.

Smells like intense barnyardy funk and horse blanket, musty citrus, and leather.

Being a very old lambic, this had a lot of intense complexities to it. I was surprised that it wasn't more sour. There's some minerally notes here, lots of barnyard, some citrusy sweetness, and damp oak and leather. Super funky and complex, awesome.

The only real problem for me is the carbonation level, which was zero. This one was completely still. I feel that even the slightest amount of carbonation would have amped this up to near perfection.

Really interesting to try, definitely put off by the carbonation, but still really interesting nonetheless.

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Oude Lambiek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
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