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:
113
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
15
For Trade:
5
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 8/2012.

Pours a hazy red with a foamy white head that settles to tiny dots of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with berry, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with dry berry and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super sour and really tasty.

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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased online from belgiuminabox. Served in a De Cam tumbler.

The pour is a light maroon with a bit of a purple tint. Fizzy head forms and then quickly falls away. The nose is very bright sour cherry with a bit of blackberry in the background. No gooseberry, though I assume that just falls behind.

Flavor very sour and tart with mild earth. Extreme fruit. It doesn't have the extreme woodiness from gooseberry like Cantillon Feestbier (or the gooseberry homebrew I've done), which is a great thing, as that gets to be far too over the top.

Tart and sour through and through without ever reaching the Cantillon "it's a bit too much" point. Low level funk.

Really a great beer. For something less hard to come by, I'm pretty sure you could get pretty close to this blending good cherry and raspberry lambic, maybe at a ratio of 2:1.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Reviewed from notes. Corked and caged 750ml bottle shared by Richard - thanks. Bottling date 8/2013.

A: Pours a hazy pink with a solid two-inch thick white head which fades slowly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Berries and other fruits, funk/barnyard, yeasty, oak, grass/hay.

T: Field fresh berries and fruit weave around and through the old barn, tart and funky, slight cork note.

M: Semi-moderate body and full carbonation. Bright tart fruit and yeasty finish.

O: Another wonderful creation - go seek this out, you'll be glad you did.

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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7%

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