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Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij

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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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 336
Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 1996, bottled in 2001 and consumed on the 25th of March 2011.

Still, clear amber with a wispy white head, about what I was expecting for an unblended lambic. The nose is sulfury with grapefruit rind, lemon peel, wet, rotting wood. Salty, briny, the wet wood character makes me think I'm digging out a coffin from the bottom of the ocean. Stinky, funky feet, cheesy, this is like a nice Limburger.

The palate opens intensely sour with grapefruit peel, lemon peel, very briny and salty. Intensely funky, this is quite acidic but still doesn't overwhelm the palate. Salty, sulfury and mineraly, the stinky cheese character is complex. Tannic and drying on the finish, there's also a little juicy, lemony character, keeping things fresh. Medium-light in body with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is sublime. Probably the best unblended lambic I've had

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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 SkeeterHawk
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up at Hop City in Atlanta when there for a conference. I am on a mission to try every raw Lambic or Gueuze I can find, so this is a real Gem to pick up. I will be savoring the whole 750mL bottle myself...woo hoo!

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with surprisingly little head for the style, and I poured it very aggressively for the style too, right down the middle of my Duvel tulip. The head was about 1/8" and was off white to cream colored. It was still a solid layer over a minute after the pour. Thought the beer is somewhat cloudy, you can see that there are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the head active. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: I initially got tons of the wholesome lemon zest, funky goodness that you expect with this style. It very quickly gets earthy, and is starting to go very earthy, so much that it is starting to smell like good dark potting soil. There is some wheat and tons of citrus, man, you can really pick up a lot in the aroma of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is somewhat thin feeling with the low carbonation. Of course the body is light, but in this example, you can tell. The funk is a huge player in this one with tons of earthy and zesty notes, so many, you can hardly pick on any one in particular. There is deep acidity to this beer as it makes you teeth feel really dry after the sip. There is no alcohol noticeable, and the finish is dominated by the tart and dryness of the beer.

Opinion: I must say that the low carbonation in this beer really hurt it, and I guess I never really realized how dependent this style is on having high carbonation. All of the Lambic elements are there, so I would personally just write this one off to a failing cork and would definitely try this beer again in hopes of getting one that was a little more lively. I have never had a review that was this mixed, but I really think that this is a really good beer and that this particular bottle just lost some fizz. I would try it if you have the chance and you like this style. The bottle you get may be more carbonated.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mr. rare/aged/pricey lambic himself sweemzander. My man rinses his glassware with Cantillon Classic Gueuze.

A: Dark golden yellow/orange. Tiny wisp of white head fades instantly and leaves to lace. Pretty much where all still lambics lay.

S: Lemons, dry dusty books, wet straw, moldy gym socks, lactic tartness and what I describe as plastic pool toys.

T: Mild lactic tartness. Light lemon, with plenty of funky barn yard flavors. Not overly sour but enough to grab my cheeks.

M: Dry and gritty. No carbonation.

D: Not as sharp and sour as I had hoped but tasty and very drinkable. Glad I had a chance to try this one.

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

750ml corked and caged green bottle.

It pours a hazy amber color with a frothy white that leaves surprising lacing.

The smell is pretty enthralling. There is a huge funk that is the main theme with some barnyard and must. There is a definite spice element that is almost woody as well, though the barrels are over 100 years old and are probably filled to the pore with bugs and bacteria. There is some pear and chamomile as well.

It is sour and acidic, with a lot of lemon and vinegar. There is a hint of green tomato. The funk is more subdued in the taste but is still there. The aftertaste is sightly bitter and sour.

The mouthfeel is perfect. It is slightly carbed but still rather flat. It is tart and puckering.

A fantastic brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, tart and oaky, white grape fruitiness and somewhat dry. In the taste, dry and tart white grape, and a nice oaky flavor, quite clean and full. A smooth and sour medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and hints of tart fruit in the aftertaste. Whats not to love here, tart and oaky, clean and fantastic.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5% ABV, "MIII" "2003" (on the cork I believe)

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this unblended lambic!

A - Mostly clear apricot orange with no head. A wispy white film is left floating on the beer. A few pinches of lace are left over on the glass.

S - Musty, dirty old barn aroma is unique in this brew. Mellow and nuanced, it's not crazy like I was expecting. Light notes of light apricot and peach fruit.

T - Harsh sour tartness and musty attic with awesome light notes of citrus and fruit. Apricot comes through with a bit of white grape.

M - Extremely tart and sour with an acidic feel on the tongue with a crisp finish. No carbonation in this beer.

D - A very nice brew with good complexity and drinkability for it's biting sourness.

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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Scott for the chance to try this one. Pours a straw color with a nice beige head. Nose has a great sour presence, but is well balanced. Some earthy funk in there as well. Taste also has a nice amount of tartness. Crisp and refreshing yet soemwhat full body. Great stuff. Will have to pick a couple up for the cellar.

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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 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 sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2003 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced lots of white froth and bubbles, but no head formation; fitting for the style.

(S)- A dry earthy acidic lemon rind and white grape. A really nice dry earthy hay and subtle funk cheese aspect.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. A really nice dry hay/straw earthy funk with nice mellow acidic sour fruits.

(M)- A great balance. Pretty much flat, but the mellow acidic sourness helps save the day and make the feel smooth and delightful. The dryness and earth really just help mesh this into a fantastic mouthfeel.

(D)- A fantastic lambic. The age has obviously helped and its lack of carbonation really puts the smooth, yet mellow funk and acidic sour fruits in full view. I could easily have drunk this whole bottle if I felt like it.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 ''Exclusief''

Pours with a surprising effervescent bubbly appearance.

Aroma is a musty sour lemon and shoe sweat. Some dust and grass. Very nice.

The taste is a fantastic oaky lemon up front with a musty earth quality to the finish. Very sour and acidic. This is my first unblended lambic and I must say GIVE ME MORE.

The body is obviously flat and the sourness gives me a nice pucker.

Overall this beer is a fantastic, world class treat that is worth the price tag in my opinion. The bottle works well split 4 ways.

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Photo of drink1121
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2000 - bottled in 2003.

A- Pours a light copper w/ no head

S-Funky, sour lemon zest with some oak added in.

T-Funk at first then crisp lemon and other citrus fruits behind it.

M-Pretty dry with decent amount of carbonation.

D- I could drink one of these a night, easy.

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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 foogerd
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged bottle.
2003 vintage.

A- Straight pour down the middle managed to produce an island worth of off white colored head. Body is peach colored with varying degrees of haze.

S- Some cherry and other light fruity notes, moldy cheese rind. Giving it another swirl seems to produce more prominent fruit notes, funk takes the backburner.

T- Sweet acidic fruits intially then tons of funk, moldy cheese, creamy lactic notes, dry wood, dry puckering finish with noticeable tannin presence.

M- Crisp straightforward with light carbonation.

D- Light on the palette with a low abv, nothing is too harsh here,harmonizes perfectly.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle
brewed in 2000, bottled in 2003.
poured into a wine glass

A: Beautiful straw orange color with a small thin white head. I was surprised to see any bubbles given that it is an unblended lambic. The shading of this beer is exquisite when held up to the light.

S: The funk makes itself known along with some brett like leather and oak. Apples, and lemons waft amidst a strong lactic sourness. It smells extremely inviting to the point that I can barely take my nose away from it.

T: Very tart, but not exceedingly sour. There is a bunch of oak, some lemon pith and apple peels. The funk comes out strong as it warms with a burst of fresh meadow and hay. It finishes with notes of pepper and a dry bitterness.

M: It is a very still beer and the mouthfeel is quite light.

D: I am extremely glad I picked this up. I will have no trouble finishing off this bottle on my own. Cheers!

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

Appearance: Opens with a pop! Some carbonation, it pours bright orange yellow.

Aroma: That stanky funk, ooh the funk! Ass, lemons, and oak. Reeks righteously of caproic acid. Old hay from a forgotten horse stable.

Taste: Starts lemony, complex but mild funk. Soft oak in the finish. Finishes very clean.

Mouthfeel: Slick, lightly carbonated, not amazing but nice. Great for an unblended lambic.

Drinkability: Neither too acidic nor too funky. A good balance of the two. Great beer.

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Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kkipple for sharing this one!

Appearance: Lightly colored straw-amber pour, near-still.

Smell: Deliciously funky aroma of barnyard and funky cheese. Behind the funk there is a good bit of oak.

Taste: Again the great funk of banyard, horse blanket and cheese with oak and lemon lactic sourness behind it. It does taste old and musty also and perhaps would have benefitted from the addition of some younger lambic.

Mouthfeel: Nearly still and very dry, but yet enjoyable

Drinkability: I seemed to enjoy this one much more than everyone and look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a very thin head into my glass. Lots of bubbles present.

Aroma is funky with horse leather, apple and cherry in the nose. Appetizing? You be the judge.

Lots of funk to tide over the taste buds. Cherry, apple and horse leather galore. Almost unbearable at first.

The funk lingers at the back of the throat with nothing much more for flavors. Solid.

Certainly an interesting example of the style that is more authentic than most. Definitely a beer that you don't want to drink too much of at once.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brewed in 2000, bottled in 2003.

pours a deep yellow with a slight copper and orange tint. basically no head what so ever minus a bit around the rim.

a nice amount of funk with a nice sour lemon and citrus. bits of oak through out this.

starts off with some funk. nice lemony sourness kicks in and carries it through the finish. hints of apricot and peach. a dry oak flavor finishes this off.

for an unblended lambic, this has some decent carbonation. tart and dry.

this is delicious, one of the best unblended lambics i have had.

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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

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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage

Only got 6 bottles of this and they sold before I could put them on the shelf.

Cloudy peach body body full of yeast, small white head.

Aromas of apricot, peach, musty basement.

Flavors are complex, varied, and subtle. Apricot green apple and peach with a mild tartness. Earthy, dank, musty, but not overly funky. The balance is extraordinary. Everything is done in a restrained manner. Finish is mildly bitter grapefruit peel.

Carbonation is unusually low for gueuze. Not sure if this is an issue with the bottle or if that's just how its made.

Very good. Doesn't have enough complexity to put it in Girardin territory, but it still very good. Surprisingly understated and approachable.

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Photo of timtim
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mind blown. will go on record as stating this to be the best lambic i've had to date. simply amazing and delicious. 2003 vintage. Brewed in 2000 and bottled in 2003. pours a slightly hazy orange-amber and actually develops a little ring of a head. nose is musty, cobwebby cellar, wet oak, overripe lemon, mineral (wet rock), barn and lactic sticks out more than acid. wonderful. taste is round and smooth and defined. not bracingly sour. everything has come together perfectly. in the taste, must, oak, citrus and barn rule, but are rounded out and balanced by a citrusy, mouth-watering middle and a long, almost peppery finish. soft and silky, the aging process has managed to give just a hint of tingle to the medium body which seems fuller and more present/living/real than other lambics that i've tried. i could drink this everyday. an outstanding beer well worth tracking down.

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

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours a hazy amber color with a very little white head. Nose is funky and wet and dank and tart and vinegar.

Taste is mouthpuckering and tart, it's got that wet horse blanket taste to it that's really cool. Theres a nice light carbonation to I that I like a lot, it makes it much more drinkable. Overall very good.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage. 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Merry Christmas to me!

A- Pours a semi-cloudy, dark golden color. Produced a fingers width of head that dissipated rather quickly. Left behind was a thin ring of white head.

S- Very aromatic. Getting lots of horse blanket mixed with a band aid mustiness and tons of brett. Lots of depth and oak barrel in the background. Very intense...loving every second of this.

T- An excellent lambic, but just lacks the complexity of other older vintages I have had before. Up front there is a mellow tartness followed by a subtle notes horse blanket. As the brett flavor starts to develop an oak barrel tartness takes over. Finishes slightly on the tart side with lemon and brett.

M- Very soft and lightly carbonated. Leaves the palate semi-dry.

D - The light carbonation makes this one really easy to drink. I actually had to hold back a few times from drinking this one to quickly.

Overall, a very nice lambic that I am glad to be able to try. Might be a little harsh in my review since I can't help but compare it to J&J Blauw, which was also a lambic from 2003. Definitely recommended if you get the chance to try it.

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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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