Oude Lambiek De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

Oude Lambiek De CamOude Lambiek De Cam
BA SCORE
89.5%
Liked This Beer
4.22 w/ 343 ratings
Oude Lambiek De CamOude Lambiek De Cam
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium
decam.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 09-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,254
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
343
Liked:
307
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
9.72%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
89
Trade:
10
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -5%
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 GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

surprisingly affordable at 30 bucks for a 750, i have seen these much higher than that, especially for the older ones. this was 2012 vintage. one of the harder to find lambics i think, its been a long time coming for me. more orange in color than a lot of them, looks less like an old wheat beer than it does something much brighter, rusty even copper colored, with crazy clarity for what it is, but not a ton of head. definitely a mix of grains in this one. aroma is classic belgian funky lambic, with a ton of sweet oak on it, notes of orange peel and raw wheat, and then the yeast which is brett driven, more funky than sour in the nose, with an absolute ton of maturity and a slight lemony note, minor oxidation too. impressive depth to the nose, and my mouth is watering to try some! great wood and funk on the first sip, very developed wild yeast profile, with a little more acidity than i could smell, but also quite a bit of fruity sweetness too, this is sweeter than most other lambics i have had, especially for its age, it seems like this could continue to dry out for ages at this rate. more bubbles than it looks like it should have, and super funky with the yeast creates an artificial dryness on the palate. citrus bitterness there too, but more like from real fruit than from aged hops or anything. compelling beer here, better than expectations, and very distinct from the lambics of the other producers. i would love to try some of their fruited beers and blends, this is very solid baseline lambic, woody as any of them!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
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 emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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 largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mothman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 DrBier
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Beer rating: 89.5% out of 100 with 343 ratings
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