Lambiek Special | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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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
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
19
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
15
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Jeffo
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the spot at the TdG 2013. Drank one this past week, then had it again this weekend on Stag Nite. Cheers fellas!

From a 750 into a wine glass
Bottled Aug 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, foamy white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a foamy ring. Perfectly clear cardinal red in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Nice color, but head is too fizzy and retains poorly.

SMELL: Tart nose with sour cherries, red fruits, lemon, a touch of acidity and some oak notes. Not much funk per se, but mostly tart and acidic. Light blackberries perhaps, but that never would have been apparent had I not read the label. In the end, complex and enticing.

TASTE: Tart lemon and sour cherries up front, then some acidity before a sour and tart finish of cherries, red fruits, some lemon again and a hint of vinegar. Well balanced overall. Light blackberry notes and some woody flavors linger with the acidic sourness.

PALATE: Medium body, light, and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry and puckering. Some acidity lingers.

OVERALL: This is definitely a solid and enjoyable fruit lambic. The nose is enticing and the flavors are complex and interesting. Beautiful color as well. The feel is a touch fizzy and the acidity might be a bit much for some, but that is very much a part of some of the more recent De Cam releases. I don't mind it myself, and quite enjoy how the sourness bosses the fruit to a degree. While I don't think I'd rush to open another one right away, I'd be happy to do so in another year or so. Cheers boys!

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Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, best before 2035, poured into a De Cam stemmed glass.

The beer pours a super hazy apricot color, hues of gold, copper and cherry with a very thin, bubbly white head, loose bubbles, no retention or lace to speak of. The aroma is nice, oaky funk, cherries, rhubarb, raspberry, a little acetic with some wheat and mustiness. The flavors are pleasant, quite sour as the beer warms up, loads of the sour cherry, blackberry and some tart rhubarb flavor jump out of the glass, oaky funk, cobwebs, must are all there in the traditional horseblanket continuum and pale wheat. While acetic and acidic, I don't find myself distracted with any acetone that I've seen in previous reviews. The mouthfeel is decent, coats moderately well, a bit of a weaker body than expected that could use some more carbonation and finishes with some prickliness and a puckery sensation.


Verdict: A nice fruited lambic from De Cam. The blend of berries works quite well and offers a nice spectrum of fruit flavors though it could use a bit more carbonation and body. The beer is quite sour and gets increasingly sour as it warms and opens up.

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Photo of BNarc
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifted. Bottledatum 8/2013, which makes no sense at all.

Appearance - Pale hazy pink. No head. No collar. Kinda lifeless.

Smell - Funky, I like it. Smells like a kriek. Lots of cherry. Funky with a lemon acidity. Oaky. Lots of vanilla.

Taste - Oak is one of the most prominent flavors. Very fruity. Indistinct fruit besides the cherry. Less funky, fairly sour. Some graininess.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium sourness. Low carbonation.

Overall - Muddled fruit, but it's pretty good. Missing some lambic complexity, but I still really enjoy it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.99/5  rDev -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 Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Anonymous1
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jarrgal
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Devman171
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonada
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2015 release. 750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a sort of pinkish red/orange color with virtually no head, and what little is there dissipates almost instantly. Body is hazy but still barely transparent.

Smell: Sour cherry, funk, oak, red berry and a hint of grape.

Taste: Berries (blackberry in particular stands out), hay, sour cherry, oak and fainter notes of black currant. Quite a bit of lacto character as well. Sourness is medium to high.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is low.

Overall: Solid fruit lambic. Cherries, blackberries and gooseberries are an interesting combination and they end up working well together. It falls a little short of being really great, but still a perfectly good lambic worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml poured into cantillon chalice

pours a rose and burgundy. little to no head but quite lively and carbonated. yeast chunks even though this has sat for months and was poured carefully. murky.

smells like a sweet start, like those giant ones. lets you know whats about to happen. TARTNESS GUNNA HAPPEN.

starts out mellow, lots of kriek like character and then just explodes into tartness. lots of bright vivid ripe berry. like a sour cobbler? not much on the oak, it is quite faint.

moderate carbonation, sticky and dry but sweet.

pretty awesome. 375 is perfect, suddenly scared of the 750's i have.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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