Kriek Lambiek | De Cam Geuzestekerij

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De Cam Geuzestekerij

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GRG1313 on 05-15-2013

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by brother_kenneth:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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 warnerry
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Pours like red wine. No head. Smells very winy also. Cherry, a little jammy, oak, and a red wine aroma. Some dried grass too. Tastes tart. Red wine acidity up front. More dried grass. Sweet cherry. Back end is even more red wine. Dead flat. Well, I was a bit put off at first, but I ended up enjoying it.

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Photo of Highbury09
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of macesq
2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
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 emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle for several years now, I believe. Pours a rich burgandy, rose -beige head. Lovely dark cherry nose, almond and dank old wood. Big leather funk, nice cherry juice and light stone notes. I dont know what the other guys here are drinking. A real treat, thanks Jeff!!

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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of imbibehour
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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