Lambiek Special | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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4.37/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium
decam.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak wooden barrels of 100+ yrs old are used to mature the young lambic together with 3 different whole fruits: yellow gooseberry, blackberry and sour cherry.

Added by kscaldef on 03-18-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,011
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
120
pDev:
6.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
16
Trade:
5
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Photo of Ristaccia
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Sam.

A fantastic fruit blend on the nose here - the berries and the tart gooseberries with the dark, jammy notes of blackberries brightened by the violent tartness of gooseberries with the sour cherries providing a tannic rotundness. Lemony and lactic base lambic pair well with the berry flavors with blackberry seed tannins being minimal. The fruit character is really ripe and explosive. Excellent.

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Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottle consumed 7/2017

White head. Ruby red with a peach hue to it.

Lots of sour fruit here. A mix of fruit shows, but it is tough to identify the gooseberries. The sour cherries and blackberries show more. It has an apricot flavor. Lemon citrus. Sour and tart. Mouth puckering. Acidic.

Fun beer to try, but I'd like more fruit and less sour.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spoda1983
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewski
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aleigator
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

De Cam Lambiek Special '15 vintage

Pours a bright blood red color, with just an orange hint in it, together with a medium sized, fizzy head, which vanishes completely after a few moments.

Offers a young, yet profound funkiness, consisting of wet hay, blue cheese and glue, balanced by a citrus crispness. This foundation experiences a soft flower and grass aspect on top, leading to very unripe currants, raspberries and earthy cherries. Very complex with a character defining tartness, in which the fruits slowly find to their way.

Has a higher carbonation, complimenting to the beers refreshing appearance, with a soft finish, in which the fruits shine, being able to unfold their facetts, guided by the preveiling tartness.

Tastes of a surprisingly sweet initial fruitiness, reminding me of dried currants, wild berry jam and sugar coated cherries. This first impression lasts only for a split second though, since the beers omnipresent tartness evolves on the tongue rapidly, accompanied by a cheesy and leathery funkiness. It never looses its soft, aqueous, slightly mineralic mouthfeel, which makes this complex and easily enjoyable at the same time, and actually allows the fruits to contribute more than just their easily picked up tartness. More moldy, earth coated stone pit qualities cut through after the swallow, once the dust settles and all the carbonation has rushed through, building up a silk fruit richness. Its got a faint jam aspect, which could also be a hint of the ripeness of the fruits, with a prickly pulp tartness adding to the silkness.

Awesome Lambic, unfolding a rollercoaster of flavors on the tongue, due to its world class mouthfeel. Its carbonation level plays a huge role in the perception of the fruits in this, opening up the palate to more and more subtle nuances, the longer it is on the palate. Its finish is a real highlight as it opposes the contrary of everything experienced so far, its very calm and nuanced, almost still, while its previous effervescence is still on my mind.

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Photo of pagriley
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours an orange tinged peach, very little carb
Subtle mash up of fruits - can't pick anything distinct except a soft astringency of the gooseberrys.
Amazing soft fruit; jammy, with cassis, gooseberry and a hint of sweetness on the finish
Great body, lacking carb

I wish this bottle had carbed better, this would be top 10 beers for me if it had

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer, I think better than the reviews suggest.

Beautiful jammy red color, very jammy berry/cherry flavors with good funk, drying finish. I want to say there was a sherry like quality to this.

Anyway, this one is a bit limited, but not very sought after. Expensive, but worth the try at least, and for the right price I would pick up more.

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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mpontiakos
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Lambiek Special from De Cam Geuzestekerij
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 120 ratings