aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grassy hop nose that immediately gives way to tart citrus and fruit.Very nice sour tart and yummy.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. good zesty citrus fruits and woody earthy nots. Quite sweet with sourness gradually building.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5 cl bottle, bottled on 15th March 2003. Shiny golden colour, slightly hazy, a bit surprisingly persistant head. Aroma of dried apricots, some honey and a little bit of hops. Dry flavour of citrus fruits, somewhat woody. Very bodied, lemony tart and sparkling on the palate, with a very light bitterness deep into the aftertaste.
larsniclas (5306) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really sour; diesel-ish.
Really dry and sour flavour. Mmmmm!
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Hasselt Belgian Bierweekend. Great sour wheat gueuze aroma, mild sweetness. Electrical ozone. Brilliant amber clear, slight haze, with thin off-white head. Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Tart and tangy, acidic with ozone and lactic. Bitter tanginess in finish and after. Nice gueuze lambic.
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
Copenhagen beer marathon 2004, Golden color, heavy barnyard sour aroma, heavy acid sour taste, full body, sour finish.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating number 750. 375ml bottle. Cloudy orange, the head is frothy and white, small but lasting. Aroma is woody & acidic. Flavour is tart, sour and woody with reserved lemon/citrus notes and somewhat sharp at times while oddly remaining mellow.
rlgk (9033) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange/amber. Sour/sourish aroma with some sweeter fruity notes. Sour, dry, yeast and with loads of grapefruit.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle. “OK then, surprise me with a beer that is matchless, a beer that is like nothing on earth!” I told the bartender at Stockholm’s finest beer bar Akkurat. He pondered for a few seconds and asked back “Have you tried an unsweetened Lambic? We got a lot from de Cam Gooik that matured just enough!”
So I got a bottle lying in a plait basket. The label said (in Flemish only) that it was bottled on the 15th of Mars 2003 and that the ABV was 6.5%. There was also a note about "1, 2 and 3 years", but I didn’t really grasp that one.
The colour is deep golden yellow and somewhat cloudy, the small foam is built by small bubbles.
The smell is sweet sour with stains of dried herbs, cherry stone, smoked meat and bacon.
The carbonation is almost extremely strong with lots of small bubbles.
The complex taste is dominated by a strong sour flavour of gooseberries, iodine, soil, and sour cherries. There is a mild bitterness in the palette, but it is not the type of bitterness you get from hops, more like the taste of lime or ascorbic acid. The aftertaste got a chemical feel and flavours of wood, gooseberries and a touch of salt.
The man in the bar was right: I have never drunk anything that was even close to this stuff. Did I enjoy it? Yes, however more like an oddity than something that would beat a good English bitter or ESB.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - OCT 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured by the brewer of 3 Fonteinen at the Brussels Beer Weekend (not that that made it taste any better): Musty stale nose with drainpipe that dissappated after a while. Deep hazy gold with a low head - almost no head. Sweet apple malt but balanced well with sour. Not so sour but enough. Atringent for sure and full bodied. Puckering end. Appreciate the balance. Funny story: JorisP presented us with a few bottles of rare geuze as I was drinking this. When I asked if it was better than what I was drinking he said: "I don’t know what you are drinking, but this is better." Nonetheless, the De Cam is one of my favorite geuzes.