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De Cam Framboise Lambiek

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Brewed by Geuzestekerij De Cam
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Gooik, Belgium

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle, 375ml corked, at Kristiansand Ølfestival. A gusher, producing an unlcear, intense red body under a small, pinkish off-white head. It has a funky farmhouse aroma with a good dash of raspberries and a little lemon touch. It’s tart and medium bodied, with a nice carbonation level. Lots of raspberries in the flavor, with some funky farmhouse notes and a touch of lemon juice. Lasting funky raspberry finish. It’s a wonderful and easy drinkable beer I’d love to have again. 140823

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7578) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ Kristiansand Ølfestival 2014
Pours hazy red with a pink head. Aroma has notes of malt and sour raspberries and gooseberries. Taste is light sweet and medium to heavy sour with a long sour fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1350) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
Fin rød kirsebærfarge. Tynt lag skum. Frisk syrlig duft av kirsebær. Frisk syrlig smak av kirsebær med en anelse bringebær som sitter. KØL2014

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2009 bottle shared by Travlr at the DC Summer Saison & Sour Tasting, 7/12/14. Gusher. Pours a hazy red color with fine floating particles. Large fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tart jammy fruits, peppery and acetic funk, mild candied citrus. The taste is jammy fruits, berries, mild funk, intensely sour finish. Medium bodied, lingering tartness.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle thanks to _angst_! Sampled on August 21, 2014.
Label state 37.5 cl, 6% ABV and bottled Jan. 2009, though it is a 75 cl bottle.
Cloudy copper to brown color, fizzy raspberry red/pink head. Raspberry, light acidic, berry, fresh scent. Mineral, berry, sour, fizzy, red currant taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low to non existent bitterness. Acidic, berry aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arômes intenses de framboises assez fraîches, notes sauvages assez rustiques. Quelques notes vinaigrées également. Robe rose foncée et trouble, effervescence très faible et peu de mousse. En bouche, les framboises sont également bien présentes et se marient bien à un lambic assez intense et rustique (veille cave, yogourt, fromage). Finale très sèche et très acide (acétique, lactique citrique). Très intéressant, mais peut-être un peu trop intense pour être bu en grande quantité.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6208) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
750 ml bottle. Bottled 01/2009. Pours a dark hazy ruby red colour with a firm white head. Aroma of sweet raspberry pie, some deep herbal notes and pie crust. Flavour is very rich and acidic with tart raspberry juice, raspberry seeds, herbs, heavy acidic lemon peel, fig and quite heavy raspberry sweetness. Some mineral notes. Long, sour, acidic finish. When yeast is poured in, the flavour gets a lot smoother and the sourness steps aside a bit. Fizzy carbonation at first, but it settles down. A big sour beer. Heavy jam-like and juicy raspberry sweetness combined with almost throat burning sourness, still remaining a brilliant balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Bursting raspberry juice evolves into citric acidity in this simple but superbly developed Fruit Lambic.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head of foam atop the raspberry red.
-Carbonation is really low, which is not much of a surprise.
-There must be tons of raspberries in this for the fruit flavor and aroma to be so clearly expressed over and within the lambic.
-Drinkability is quite high despite the important sourness.
-There isn’t much complexity here, but it is still a beautiful expression of the style.

Bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (204) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
Has a deep saturated reddish pink color, which is slightly hazy, with a small, fizzy head. Incredible fruity aromas of ripe raspberries with only tart barnyard hints in it, adding to the fruity nose. As the aromas already awoke the impression of putting ones nose into a raspberry field, the taste is defined by an intense raspberry fruitiness, with all its sweet and slightly sour facettes. Gentle tartness inherits only an amount of sourness, which is actually natural for that kind of fruit, resulting in a mild, fruit focused lambic, with tart hints of bretts. Has a perfect fitting carbonation, rather low, doesn’t distract from the lovely, warm fruit notes, while adding the neccesary sparkling freshness. The finish is slightly sour with bitter hints, and there are still a whole lot of sun-ripened raspberries on the palate. Dry, pleasant ending, with lots of tart acidity in it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1347) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2014
Truly traditional framboises are uncommon in lambic world because they are relatively expensive to make, so I welcome this one even though it is apparently unblended raspberry lambic and therefore not a ’real’ framboise (which should be a blend of raspberry lambics, like oude kriek is a blend of cherry lambics). So it has practically no head, only some light pink bubbles quickly disappearing; colour a deep fuchsia red, cloudy when the deposit is added. Tart and funky aroma with lots of fresh, genuine raspberries, yoghurt, tomato, meat stock, sweat, strawberries, wood; taste begins with a very powerful ’fresh’ fruitiness thanks to the high dosis of actual raspberries, quickly accompanied by a sweaty, lemony, wheaty and ’yoghurty’ lambic character, lots of lactic acid, hay and sherry, woody finish with citric acidity, long and dry. Interesting experience as bottled raspberry lambic in its unblended form is a true rarity.


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