Kriek Lambiek | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Cam Geuzestekerij
Belgium
decam.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GRG1313 on 05-15-2013

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Reviews:
12
Ratings:
59
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
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Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle. The cage states 2015. Poured into a snifter glass.

Cork comes off with a weak pop. Pours a dark purple-reddish body, one finger pink-purple head, good retention, otherwise no film. Small islands of lacing. Smells of cherry skin, tart cherry juice, mild-moderate acetic acidity, light oak, touch of musty funk, touch of lemon. Flavour follows; mostly tart cherry juice, bit of cherry skin, moderate acetic acidity, light earthy funk. Strange herbal flavour lingers on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fair carbonation, with tart cherry skin and earthy funk on the finish. Tastes like a De Cam beer with a good bit of cherry tartness to it. The herbal flavours are a bit weird though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Clearly 750ml, but erroneously labeled 37.5cl. Green glass. Unbranded hood and wire cap over a cork. Dark grey label. Purchased at BEERA in Sofia, Bulgaria for 28 leva. Bottledatum: Jan. 2009.

6.50% ABV. Kriek Lambic.

Served chilled into stemware. Reviewed live.

HEAD: White head fizzles out within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Translucent semitransparent red of average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated.

The head could last longer and the colour could be more vivid, but overall it's about what you'd expect of a Kriek. Sure, Brasserie Cantillon's and Hanssens krieks look far better, but this is nice overall.

AROMA: Suggests a powdery but prickly brew with pleasant notes of powdered sugar and tart cherries, though I also pick up on a framboise-like raspberry presence. Sourness is noticeable; this suggests a moderately sour Lambic clocking in at maybe a 5-6/10 in terms of intensity of sourness. Intangible complexity is lent by brettanomyces lambicus yeast, with a clean subtle funkiness teasing the palate. Bacterial presence could be more pungent; there's a blip of acetobacter and some mild lactobacillus if I'm detecting them right. No green apple or other off notes.

Malt profile is neutral, letting itself be eclipsed by the fruit.

I detect no oak or barrel flavours.

I have encountered more pungent and more intricate kriek aromas, but this has me very excited to try the beer.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Wonderful smackiness accompanies the bacterial sourness in this delicious kriek, which boasts a sourness of about a 6-7/10 in terms of sourness intensity. Hardly puckering, but balanced. Perceived sournessus bolstered by a high acidity, which plays well with the subtle acetobacter to nod ever so slightly at a burgeoning vinegar character; I suspect this will age nicely.

Cherry is present, but could be more pungent (and more tart). Powdered sugar covered fruit comes to mind - possibly redcurrant or raspberry. It's jammy without being too sweet, and the clean lambicus yeast funkiness lends this balanced lambic still more nuance. Cherry skin is seemingly more vivid than cherry itself.

Luscious on the palate, with a powdery, refreshing , smooth, wet, twangy feel. Could be softer, I suppose . Slightly overcarbonated, but it's forgivable. The acidity of the texture helps accentuate the sourness and bacterial twang featured in the flavour profile.

Maybe it's a by-the-numbers kriek build, but its balance sets it apart from other producers trying to nail the style.

Above average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

Sweetens on the finish, closing out jammy.

OVERALL: There's room for still more subtlety, sourness, and cherry presence. This beer has no flaws - only shortcomings. Gestalt in its build, with superb cohesion and harmony of flavour. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle and would happily have another, though I do have to say that in terms of Senne valley krieks, I'd sooner reach for the likes of Cantillon or Hanssens (both of which are around the same price). Those who like their krieks jammy will adore this, and I'd absolutely recommend it to others. Good stuff from a tragically underappreciated Lambic producer, though I do wish there was more tartness and cherry, and less acidity.

B (3.61) / GOOD

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 2035, Lot C July 2015. Simple pop off the cork when opening.

This is one real dark lambic. Deep Red out of the bottle filling the glass with a great inky purple and dark red edge. Dark purplish pink head, manages a nice cherry dark collar and eye like puck. Fine and slow rising carbonation on the sides of the glass just creeping slowly. Real nice.

Big aroma, as not so much unsurprising it seems with De Cam. Huge cherry notes, menthol warm but stays away from cough drop medicine character. Large amounts of sweet taffy and sugars but not overly sugary sensing. Humbug candy and peppermint taffy even goes for a little bit of vanilla. Really enjoying this and extremely distinct. I am loving this.

Palate manages a bit more basic but solid. Light bodied and sensing a little young. Mild funk and small hints of fresh garden tilled soil particularly on the aftertaste. Cherry light tasting and more of that quality in the mid palate but washes rather fleetingly just a bit. Missing a bit of malt depth, but does manage some very fruity juiced tones. Mild tartness, and more funk and earth than puckering.

A very nice and unique kriek, just wish it wasn't as wet, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle 2 in the De Cam tasting. Pours the color and clarity of cranberry juice. Nose expresses cranberries and some medicinal notes. Taste reminds me of Robitussin and that elephant dung smell you get at the zoo. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild carbonation. Overall, not loving this beer - no really cherry presence and the taste was just off.

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Photo of macesq
2.79/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: A bit cloudy; beautiful red but a lot of floaters.

S: Something's off. There's some pleasant cherry and pronounced tartness, but there's an unpalatable sweetness lurking in there as well.

T: That unpalatable note is all the more pronounced. "Overripe cherries" but not in a good way -- not too much sour, and a lot of weirdly sweet cherry notes. Not syrupy sweet, nor medicinal; tastes like cherries past their sell-by date.

F: Solid sour mouthfeel, if a little viscous.

O: This is my second De Cam fruited sour, and they both suffered from the same flaw. I'm not sure what that flaw is, production-wise, but taste-wise it is a quite unpleasant overripe fruitiness. Both bottles purchased from the reputable De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, and well taken care of after flight to the states. I finished this bottle given that it was one of the few I brought back in my luggage, but this would border on drainpour otherwise.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Has no head at all, cloudy, with a very saturated burgundy color.

Nose is full of sunbathed, joung cherries, just before they turn ripe, with only hints of acidity.

Lower carbonation brings out the fruit very well, without adding distracting metallic hints. Begins with sour, unripe cherries, tickeling the tip of the tongue, supported by a leathery tartness, helping to put the fruits even more into the spotlight. The sourness enhances while the beer warms up, resulting in an uncomprimising tartness, in which cherry notes shine through at a later stage, after the palate has been adjusted to the acidity. Gets a little sweeter in the end, adding a lovely complexity to the fruit, the cherries seem to mature during the drinking process.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

2009 vintage 750ml poured into some snifters. The brew appears a hazy maroon red color with a white head. The smell is cherry pits, earth and barrel notes slightly neutral and dusty with a lactic lemony sour note appearing before the first sip is even taken. The flavor includes cherry like a very natural pitted character with oak providing traces of vanilla and caramel before giving way to earth and funk. Its very sour but not acedic, medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Ive gone through several bottles of this and there seems to be quite a bit of variation. This bottle was exceptional with a beautiful contrast of sour, funk, barrel and fruit all intermingled perfectly. If I had some kind of reassurance that all bottles would be as good as this, id buy cases.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

At Ebenezer's during the Night of the Great Thirst; reviewed from notes.

A: Clear magenta body with a thin, fleeting, pink cap. Nice color, but a a little watery looking.

S: Fresh, tart cherry juice and a bit of grassiness. Simple and enjoyable, if not particularly memorable.

T: Follows the nose: clean, tart, juicy cherry, and a hint of grassy, mineral-heavy funk on the finish. Very tasty, but a little one-dimensional.

M: Light-bodied and nicely carbonated. Great.

O: De Cam Oude Kriek is one of my favorite Lambics of all time, so I was extremely excited to try this one. Sadly the Kriek Lambiek lacked the depth and complexity of its cousin. Still a tasty Kriek, but nowhere near world class.

Cheers!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, cherry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour, tart, and funky cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of warnerry
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan. 2009 bottle, though the label says it is 37.5 cl bottle, and it is a 75 cl bottle.

A - Pours completely still. Pour is a murky reddish brown.

S - Aroma is surprisingly muted, but consists of mostly cherry with some very light funk.

T - Very tart taste. Takes awhile for specific flavors to become apparent. When they do, there is a strong cherry presence. Mostly tart, but a slight sweet fruitiness does come through. Also lemon. As with the aroma, only very mild funk is apparent. The sour just dominates, but in a surprisingly nice way.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit heavier than most lambics, with a lingering tart finish.

O - Not the most complex kriek, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

January 2009 bottle; Sampled August 2013
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one finger thick, pale red tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, deep red, plum color. The nose smells fruity, with a note that reminds me of cherry flavored, children aspirin, lots of cherry skin character, sweet concord grape candy, as well as floral sour cherry notes (carnations and a bit of rose), as well as a bit of fruity cherry pulp. The cherry character really dominates the nose, even after the beer warms up.<p>

The beer has a light prickly carbonation, a tannic, astringent texture, to go along with a light body that has enough texture to it that it isn’t anywhere near watery. This has a really floral cherry character (it makes me wonder if these use Polish Sour cherries), lots of carnation notes, some light perfume-like rose notes, a tart cherry character that lingers on the palate; in the long finish the beer is has an astringent cherry skin character, but up front there is a really juicy, ripe cherry character that can be a bit confusing as the beer is quite dry and tart up front. There is a medicinal note to the finish, a definite phenolic note, a lingering mustiness and a light funkiness to this beer.<p>

I like that this has a persistent carbonation to it, it definitely helps to make this beer quite a bit more expressive. I really like the floral edge that the cherries bring to this beer. While the cherry character is dominant, the floral edge sort of accentuates the funkiness of the base beer, and the balance between cherries and Lambic really strikes a good balance.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pink ruby red with a very short/small "bubble" head. Nose is just rich and pure cherry and mild tartness. Flavour is very dry and fruity, with extremely assertive rich red cherries; not sweet; just huge fruit. Very well balanced with a light (but present) tart character and a medium acidity. Light carbonation. Light sour/acidic fruit tart cherry finish.

This is just a wonderful bottle of lambiek. Perfect balance and while this would be fun to age and see the changes, the incredible assertive bright fruit character is likely exactly what the brewer wants you to experience now! Fresh this is simply amazing!

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Kriek Lambiek from De Cam Geuzestekerij
4.05 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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