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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 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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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.


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.


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 Jeffo
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to farundrpar for bringing bottles of this stuff over for the party. Good times man!

From a 37,5cl corked and caged bottle into a tasting glass
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with good retention. Gamboge in color, slightly hazy, with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin wisp. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Tart lemon notes, green apples and pears, some grapes and white wine hints, as well as some light musty and vinegar aromas. Bold and interesting.

TASTE: Milder flavors of tart lemon, green apples and sour grapes. White wine, with slightly musty notes as well. A bold finish of tart lemon sourness, lime notes, some lightly acidic qualities and touches of floral bitteness. Pretty decent.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enought weight on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Not puckering nor acidic per se. Good feel.

OVERALL: A solid lambic that I was glad to try. Lots of good tart, fruity elements with just a touch of acidity to give it the kick it needs. Pretty impressed with De Cam so far, so hopefully this trend continues. Recommended.

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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 ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a lambic glass

A bright golden orange, near amber color with a thin yellowish cap made up of various sized bubbles. The nose is of spoiled fruits and musty, old wood. Some notes of aged cheese, saddle leather, wet hay, and citrus fruits. Amazingly musty/funky. On the palate, fruity notes seem to emerge up front before a rush of barn, old wood, salt, cheese, and sweaty saddle leather. A good sized dose of lacto and vinegar in the finish. Good and sour. Medium body, dry and tart in the finish. Low carbonation. This is a pretty amazing unblended lambic. A good amount of wood comes through in the finished product, I wasn't quite expecting that, but it really adds this wild dimension. Sour and funky in all the right spots.

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

Thanks to the gent who shared this. 2003 vintage I believe.

Mustard brown colored with a rapidly disappearing fizzy head. Loads of funk but limited acidity in the aroma. Very welcoming tartness with notes of hay, must and some phenolic bitterness at the end. Very lactic. Dry and sharp mouthfeel. Very good.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 into my Russian River glass while enjoying a nice evening on the patio.

Pours murky orange/red with a small white foam cap that recedes after a few seconds and a touch of lacing.

Lots of funk in the aroma. Green apple skin, lemon and some hay. Some brett and vinegar in the background.

Lots of classic apple and lemon flavor as well. Deep earthy funkiness with hay and grass. Vinegar sourness takes over along with perhaps a touch of brett. Finishes oaky and dry.

Body is fairly light with medium to low carbonation. Pretty solid.

Very approachable and enjoyable moderately sour beer. Doesn't have quite the intenseness of a 3F or Cantillon, but still pleasant. My only nitpick is the vinegar was a little strong at times.

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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 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 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 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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