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Oude Lambiek De Cam | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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Oude Lambiek De CamOude Lambiek De Cam

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow-orange and completely still. Smells of tart fruit, oak, sour apple, and even some acidic, mustardy deviled egg funk. Tastes bracingly tart, with crisp Granny Smith apple and pear nuances. Not much grain in the flavor for an unblended lambic. Feel is soft and heavy without the carbonation. Overall very tasty. Not sure I would pay $45 for a bottle 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 Damian
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint 9.4 fl oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Bottle date: 2/2012
Served in a traditional lambic tumbler

The beer poured a completely still, medium amber color. Unusual for most beers but apparently the norm for unblended lambics. Some large bubbles capped the liquid but they quickly dissolved. Minute sized bubbles could be seen suspended throughout the liquid.

Outstanding aroma. Super funky, musty and complex. The beer had an intense "aged" quality to it. Bug-y and barnyard-like. Funky cheese came to mind. Loads of hay as well. Quite lemony. Lemon rind was most apparent. The beer was both sweet and tart with subtle notes of apple juice. Speaking of "sweet" and "tart," this reminded me a bit of SweeTARTS candies. There was a woodsy, oaky quality as well. Touch of Band Aid. All in all, really interesting.

The flavor profile was also solid but definitely not as funky or as interesting as the aroma. Slightly sweet up front with some crackery malt and green apple notes. The beer turned drier as it moved along the palate. Lemon came through strong. Some vinegar as well. Really crisp and tart. Quite yeasty. Lemon rind dominated in the ultra dry, pithy, semi-bitter finish. Earthy, aged hop notes were also detectible.

With the beer being completely still, I found the mouthfeel rather difficult to assess. The liquid seemed to be medium bodied, but it felt quite watery. Not terrible per se, but not exactly my cup of tea. I assume that this is appropriate for the style.

This was my first time trying an unblended lambic and it was quite an adventure. The aroma was truly fantastic and the flavor, mouthfeel and appearance were all very unique as well. Although I doubt I would repurchase this based on its high price point (I paid $35 for my bottle), I was glad that I gave it a try.

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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 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 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 aleigator
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Glowing yellow-amber color, with no head at all.

Brett defined nose, sulphur and soap, with green apple skin, vinegar hints, overall pointing into a fruity direction.

Has a low carbonation, which leads to a fruity beginning in which mandarin, oak and lemon peel stand out, accompanied with slightly lactic notes. Acidity get more intense, the longer it stays on the palate, leading to a very sour overall impression. Still, it is very enjoyable due to barley malt and dough yeast, keeping the beer in balance. Lemony fruitiness stays on the palate with a dry sourness, leading to an even dryer finish. Easy drinkable and complex at the same time.

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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 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 Ozzylizard
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into chalice
Aroma initially of apple cider which morphs into a more general sour fruit aroma
Head large (> 6 cm), off white, fizzy, very rapidly diminishing to partial 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body medium amber, cloudy, continuous moderate CO2 effervescence
Flavor of tannin, fruit, some slight yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4
A decent lambic, rougher than the usual blended. To my taste, not worth the price.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from the De Cam Brewery. Bottled Jan 2009. Mostly clear orange-yellow pour with an immediately fading head and almost no lacing. The nose is amazing with a huge musty funk and sharp tartness along with hints of oak, sour lemon, and barnyard. The taste follows suit with sharp, almost cheesy notes initially along with hints of barnyard, tart lemon, earthy funk, and oak. The mouthfeel is smoothly sour with very little carbonation and a tart, puckering, oaky finish. Overall, an amazingly flavorful and hugely drinkable Lambic. Highly recommended!

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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 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 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sealed with cork and cage.

cork was very eager to come out of the bottle as soon as the cage was loosened up.

bottled date of 02/2012, so that should make this the 2009 vintage because the bottle label says that this beer is three years old.

poured into a pair of HF wine Stems.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden yellow / pale orange bodied beer with huge white head almost 4 fingers tall. The head has some staying power, but it eventually falls down to a thin cap.

Smell: Vinegar. lemons, and golden delicous apples. Musty funk that is well balanced with the tartness. Moderate oak and hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Almost reaching moderate sourness. Lemons and apple medley of golden delicious and granny smith apples. Moderate musty funk that matches the sourness nicely. Acetic sourness with decent dose of Lactobacillus. Wet oak and dry earthiness that contrast each other in an interesting and unique way. Grassy and grainy. Really really nice mineral profile found in this beer as well. Fantastic balance of all these complex flavors.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation. Light and crisp. Gentle carbonation that becomes fairly lively as it rolls across your tongue. Slightly prickly, but never becomes too aggressive. So so very drinkable. Especially considering the almost moderate sourness of this beer.

Overall: My first De Cam beer. This easily exceeded my expectations. What a nice lambic! It reminds me of a gueuze that is slight heavier than most gueuze. Complex, balanced, with a very nice mouthfeel. A must try for every sour beer fan!

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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 Jonada
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/2012. 750ml 5% ABV. Served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a dark sunset orange color. Completely still. Body is lightly hazy with some fine visible sediment.

Smell: Lemon, barnyard, wet hay, green apple, oak, acidic sourness and and slightly herbal.

Taste: Lactic funk, cheesy, lemon, slight grassiness. Overall hugely funky. Sourness is relatively low.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel, with a dry finish. Flat as a board. Zero carbonation.

Overall: Really good lambic. Hugely funky with lots of character. I can't help but feel like some carbonation would have made it better, even though I understand it's intended to be still. Overall, I'd say it's worth the high price tag.

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

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

Bottled in 2009.

A: Weak pop. Almost flat. Pours a nice orange and slightly cloudy color forming a minimum big bubbled layer that disappears instantaneously. No lacings, no trace of carbonation

S: Smell is really great. Sweet and very fruity. Strong notes of peaches and some light notes of orange. Oak. Pale and caramel malts. Strong notes of Lambic yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Extremely smooth and pleasant. I was expecting a much more sour taste. Well balanced. Strong notes of peaches. Oak. Light vinegar. A bit citrus. Strong notes of earthy Lambic yeasts in the end. No hops bitterness (as expected)

M: Light body and very low carbonation (maybe due to the 5 years in the bottle). Fruity Lambic aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Very delicate Lambic. Excellent stuff

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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 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 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 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 Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Jeffo for another sour treat! 37.5 cL, bottled Jan. 2009.

Appearance. Pours a glowing, hazy orange-gold with almost a finger of white head.

Smell. Dank old wood, sweet funky funk and lemon juice. Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

Taste. Lemon juice with a bit of malt flavour, nice musty funk with a touch of sweetness, and a good amount of old barrel wood, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, fine medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff here. Quality is up with the best making 3F, De Cam, and Cantillon the best of the best when it comes to gueuze ...like any beer geek didn't know that already, it's just nice to try this one and confirm it for myself. Thanks again Jeff!!

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Photo of Treebs
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml C&C bottle served in a mini snifter. 2003 vintage (MMIII on label). Shared at Northdown with the crew.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with no head forming on the pour. Flat as a pancake.

S: Super funky witha minerally quality to it. Lemon grass with a nice lactic bite. Pretty acidic as well, but the the funk is the star of the show here.

T: The taste follows the nose with the funk. Banyard in nature it very punget and sharp. Light acetone with some sour warhead lemon bite and some lemon grass bitterness.

M: Flat and light bodied. Smooth, sour and dry. Still really nice.

O: This was a really sneaky hit for the night. Even though it was flat it was still deliciously complex. I wish I had another.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle an Monk's Cafe, 2003 vintage, served in a gueuze glass.

A- Pours a nice, slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that quickly fizzles to a collar.

S- Lots of lactic acidity, a ton of great oaky barrel character, and a very interesting earthy, musty funkiness.

T- Has a nice amount of lactic acidity, although it's still only moderately tart for a lambic, definitely less than I was expecting after a decade in the bottle. Oak flavors are pretty prominent, which lends a bit of mild vanilla flavor and a lot of tannins. There's a nice earthy funk as well. Finishes with a very dry, oaky, tannic finish.

M- Light-bodied, smooth, dry feel. Carbonation is on the lower side, but still very good.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, my first from De Cam. This is a really well-made, delicious beer that has aged very nicely, I would love to drink this again.

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Oude Lambiek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
4.24 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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