Kriekenlambiek De Cam
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Belgian Fruit Lambic
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Retired (no longer brewed)
Kriekenlambiek De CamKriekenlambiek De Cam
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, Jan 2009, 6.5% abv, says Exclusief Kriek-Lambiek on the label...also says, on the back 37.5cl. Wrong! ;^)

A- Pours a cloudy black cherry colour, no head of foam, really, and no lacing. There was barely a hiss when I removed the cork.

S- Big sour cherry aromas with lots of blanket...sourness has some notes of vinegar.

T- Again, sour cherries and funk, some light vinegar, not overly sour and frankly, not that pleasing to my palate. Maybe it's the lack of any carbonation?

M- Flat and think bodied.

O- Drinks more like a red wine, what with no carbo. The first De Cam brew that did not having me smiling big time.

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Photo of liamt07
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet, 750ml into a tulip. 2009 vintage.

Deep purple body, with a pinkish-purple head. Ring of retention. Nose has some insane barnyard character, horse shit/manure, herbs, flatulence and not too much fruit. What in the fuck am I smelling? Palate has crazy funk character, apple, horse stable/horse shit, plastic and distant but detectable cherry notes. Light medium body, medium low carbonation. Unlike anything I've ever consumed before.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is funky, berry, plastic, horse blanket. A good looking reddish purple, with a small retained head and lace. Sour yet cushioned finish. A bit palate erasing. Very drinkable. Fruity sour in the sediment. Masterful combination.A unique beer, thanks Liam.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle ordered from overseas. Served in a De Cam tumbler. Heavy cherry with skin and a bit of pit. Moderate to heavy acidity. Very fruit forward. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to belgbeergeek for bringing this over and making it part of the De Cam tasting at our party. Cheers man! We drunk this one right after the regular lambic.

From a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tasting glass.
Vintage: 2009
Note: Label says Kriek-Lambiek and is noted at 6.5%

APPEARANCE: Pours out relatively flat, yielding a slight wisp and ring only. A hazy poppy red in color with no carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass. A little lack-luster, but nothing wrong per se.

SMELL: Musty and funky notes, with some cherry definitely there. Not quite as bold as hoped, but a decent balance between musty lambic, tart cherries and floral aromas. A touch of white wine competes with the tart cherries as well.

TASTE: Some sour lemon, tart cherries and wine flavors, as well as some musty and funky flavors in the mix. Touches of floral hops at the swallow as well. Mild finish of musty funk, tart lemon and cherry flavors and some light sourness. Mild in flavor all around, and definitely not as impressive as hoped. A little weak.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Slightly watery on the palate, smooth going down, however, and finishes slightly dry. Not overly puckering.

OVERALL: This one just missed the mark for me. The lambic is fine, as we had just seen, but the cherries didn't quite lend the flavor that we'd all hoped for. Mild all around and slightly watery, unfortunately. Not quite there for me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep, dark, ruby red with a soft pinkish purple head. The aroma and flavor both showcase the cherry. Mildly acetic and highly drinkable. This beer is quite noticeably different in both aroma and flavor from the 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon krieks I was enjoying earlier in my trip. The body is medium to thick and coats the palate more so than is customary for the style. A blend of sweet and tart cherries, with a bit of a syrupy character. Overall, this is solid. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had better Krieks, these krieks from De Cam are good but they sort of border that cough syrup flavor at times, maybe if they were either sweeter or more sour it would work out better. I doubt I'll go out of my way to have it again.

Beer is ruby red, dark, with a pink head, lazy head breaks quickly, moderate carbonation, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is funky, tart, sour, lactic, cherries, sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body, tart on the finish but syrupy and sweet with lots of cherries up front, nice Brett character and lactic breaking through in themidaplate. Like I said though, Probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared with sideshowe and kubrick215. Thanks a lot to my wife Michelle for surprising me with this on Xmas morning!

Pours a  deep, dark blood red color with a two finger dark purplish-pink head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma that's bursting forward with sweet berries and barnyard funk.  Slightly lactic with lots of earthy oak and a strong horse blanket character.  Although there is a lot of earthy funk, the nose is still dominated by a very strong cherry/dark fruit character.  It's really surprising how fruit forward this beer is.  Smells great!

Medium bodied but filler than expected with a perfect balance of lactic funk, acetic acid and sweet fruit.  Surprisingly smooth and easy to put down considering how tart and funky it is.  Not harsh, overly acidic or acetic at all with only a subtle lingering vinegar flavor in the finish that leaves me salivating for more.  No solvent whatsoever.  Its just bursting with uber fresh cherry sweetness.  I can even pick up the skin and pit which compliment the earthier/mustier qualities.  Delicious and excellently balanced, never becoming to sweet or funky/sour.  Another great lambic from De Cam.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

240th Review
Served in a wine glass
Vintage: 2009 January

A: Dull ruby red. No head on vigorous pour.

S: Smells of cherry, faint raspberry and barnyard funk. Touch of oak barrel and must.

T: Tart cherry, barnyard funk, and dry must. Soft dried fruit with oakiness and decently sour (not puckering though). Tannin character towards the finish makes this more vinous that lambic, but that can be a fine line at times.

M: Medium bodied with zero carbonation. Drinks like wild cherry Capri Sun.

O: A decent beer with nice funk/fruit balance, but the lack of carbonation is a large distraction for me. Reminds me a lot of wine and I'm curious to see how/if this develops.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of tart cherries, as well as a little bit of funk. The flavor is similar, with a little more complexity. I get a good dose of tart and sweet, juicy cherries. There is also some light funk, which goes well with the sour aspects of the flavor. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice fruit lambic. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark cloudy blood red with a small light pink head. Nose has a very dusty funk up front, light oak notes create an attic quality. Light notes of sour cherry in back. Taste is very good, fantastic balance, dusty funk and notes of oak up front as cherries hold stronger in the flavor. Very sour but in no way acetic, light lactic qualities towards the back with a long dry finish on a light body and lively carbonation. great beer!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 2009, labeled as 5.0% ABV.

A beautiful deep black cherry red with a pink head that falls off, leaving a little ring and minimal lacing. The nose is great. Big sour cherry aroma, fruity, leathery, pithy, even a touch medicinal, this has a *really* nice fruit character. The base lambic appears to be more lemony and less lactic (compared to the Oude Gueuze, Oude Lambiek and Oude Faro). A little mineral character too (calcium?). Excellent.

The palate opens with quite a big fruity sourness with a moderate lactic acidity as well. The cherries themselves don't contribute as much sourness as I was expecting. They do, however, lend a sour cherry pie flavor - cooked cherries, cherry skin tannins, some pit. Following this cherry character, there's a pronounced lactic sourness (at least, when compared to the Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon Lou Pepe Krieks, which are more lemony). Drying, tannic, lactic on the finish with a blend of clean acidity, a little bit of lemon, a moderate sour cherry flavor, this beer is pretty great. Carbonation is mild, and this beer is medium-light in body with most of the heft coming from the tannins and cherry flavor. An excellent kriek.

**Edit 19 Feb 2016**
Cheers, Vas and Julie!

A pronounced leathery cherry skin character with more tannic skin and less fruit, a lot of lemon, a little sulfury funk, earth, a little blue cheese. A lovely, juicy, lemony palate with a nice cherry skin and fruit character, drying, leathery tannin on the finish. Lovely. 4.25/4.25/4.5

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


2009 vintage. Thanks!

A: Beautiful color. Magenta with nice clarity. Small bubbly head that fades immediately.

S: Bright cherry notes, pit and flesh. Just bursting with fruit. Lightly leathery with earth and restrained barnyard characteristics.

T: Sweet and sour cherry pie. Excellent fruit profile. Slight cranberry flair and a little plum. Lightly oaky with a light acetic acidity and a tannic finish.

M: Essentially still with some tannins and acidity.

Overall: Very nice. Great fruit profile.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

(Aged for 2+ years)

Murky ruby with a small light pink head that leaves spots of stick down the glass.

Sweet aroma with some mild cherries and a hint of funky yeast.

The cherries are the dominant flavor, along with a sweet yeast, and mild earth component.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A tasty kriek, but I've had far better examples.

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Photo of Verecund
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having not reviewed in awhile, I thought I'd break the cycle with my second (and final) bottle of De Cam Kriekenlambiek. March 25, 2012. 2009 vintage, bottled in late 2011, if I'm not mistaken.

Pours antique ruby. Such a dark, dark red. A few faint bubbles fade into stillness. If the color is any indication, an unbelievable amount of cherries were used in this.

Black cherry, jammy wild berries (blackberry, raspberry), dusty oak, cinnamon, and leather.

Briefly sweet cherry juice gives way to a huge amount of tart cherries. Dusty and dry, with heavy oak. Not as sour as some of its brethren, but very deep and earthy. This captures "wild cherry" in a taste.

Still and slick. Medium-bodied. Fairly dry.

A fantastic kriek lambic. Deep, earthy, and satisfying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky crimson with a red-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is interestingly of Flintstone's vitamins and sour cherries. Taste is of sour cherries and some mineral-like flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good kriek but the smell is quite interesting.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2009

pours blood red, looks like a red wine. no head, a few bubbles just like wine. deep in color with the slightest bit of transparency in the bottle of the glass where there is less space.

deep fresh cherry. maybe some faint oak or wood. mainly super deep fresh cherry.

nice sourness up front. as it fades, fresh cherry emerges. the flavor is bold but deep. tartness begins to pop out through the finish.

still as can be. like not a hint of fizz. a bit slick and oily but light and easy.

it's flat but it's delicious. can't fault it though, it IS lambic. i could drink this all day and night.

i want more!

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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage 750ml split with the wife on 12/26/2011

A: Blood red. No head, no bubbles, no lacing.

S: A heavy wave of tart cherries hits with each sniff. Blackberries and leather like a nice old world syrah.

T: Juice like blast of tart cherries. Soft leather, blackberries, hints of earth and oak.

M: Still. Dead still. It works here, but I think even the tiniest bit of carbonation could be an improvement.

O: I love that De Cam bottles their kriek lambiek, it's a different experience than the typical kriek and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Avalon68
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 75cl bottle into a 9 ounce tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep red. A vigorous pour induces no head, just a few bubbles. Totally still, as expected. Held up to the light the color is exquisite. This really is a beautiful looking beer.

Aroma: Fresh Cherries, but not the sour type. The aroma is surprisingly sweet. Not a lot of funk happening at all. There is a slight red wine aroma as well. Very interesting.

Taste: Huge Cherry flavor. It starts out with a slight sweet note, immediately followed by a dry, mouth puckering tartness. There is a very slight funk mixed in as well.

Feel: This is a still beer. Due to the lack of carbonation the mouthfeel is slick and a bit viscous, but in no way heavy. It coats the tongue and dries the mouth, making you want to take another sip almost immediately.

Overall: I liked this beer a lot. It was a very pleasant surprise and I am very glad I picked up a few bottles. It was nice to try one of the base beers for the Kriek(which I love) It’s so much different from the blended product, but still very good in its own way. You can tell it’s very young. There is really no funk character, just cherry goodness.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery cafe in Gooik. 6.0 ABV

A: cloudy, rosy, no head
S: mild nose, earthy, good funk but not sharp
T: nice, hard to discern cherries but sourness if from cherries and lambiek, well-balanced and very drinkable
M: very, very nice
O: good beer

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was ruby red with hardly any head at all, but what was present was pink.

The aroma was tart with a soured bing cherry presence and a low lightly bready character. The aroma exhibited a definite acidity.

My first thought about flavor was, WOW, the taste is that of a sour cherry pie, almost an unsweetened cherry pie. The beer was tart but not overdone with an acetic sour character and a very light bready nature.

The finish was dry with lasting strong tart cherry into the aftertaste. Teh body was medium wtih a low carbonation. Served a bit too cool, but a very nice kriek.

Draft at Bruxellensis (9/9/06). 5% ABV.

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Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry color, almost vinouos. Very dar. Beautiful, and with personality. Almost no foam.
In the smell a resolute leather, almost astringent. And under, a good cherry, sour, pungent, resolute. Definitely aggressive. And definitely pleasant.
Sour cherries in the taste, again. Maybe it is a little young (bottled 09/05, opened 11/05), but I think it will age well.
In any case, a good sourness, definite and persistent.
Prevision: wait two years, all the votes will be increased by 1 point.

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Photo of erkaneva
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We were fortunate to get there shortly before they closed for the day. The blender is the head Brewer at Slaghmuylder and was nice enough to pull tastes directly off the conditioning tank.

The Kriek had an extremely fresh cherry aroma and taste. Not sweet like most krieks. It had a wonderful sourness to the taste. A perfect balance between the fruit and sour. The taste was flat (slight degrade in mouthfeel) due to being served off the conditioning tank and would be much different when served appropriately. I wish De Cam would export this to the US. The Blender stated that he had no control over the handling of the product and would not risk the potential abuse.

Excellent Lambic and should be sought out.

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Kriekenlambiek De Cam from De Cam Geuzestekerij
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 59 ratings