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De Cam Lambiek Special

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


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
De Cam Special was made with whole yellow-gooseberry, blackberry and sour cherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (1098) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 17, 2015
Botella, @BierCaB, Barcelona. 13/11/2015. Bottled: 08/2013 Color rojizo, sabor agrio, amargo, frutal, muy rica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1669) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle at Biercab, thanks fombe89. Amber reddish colour with small white head. Fruity, cherry aroma. Sour, slightly fruity, cherry, sweet and wood taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
linusb (190) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
A: Brown. N: Walnut T: ... O: There gotta be something wrong with this bottle. Totally flat, bad taste an doesnt look very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6612) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a hazy pink with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong berry, funk, wood. Thin mouth, very sour, berries, funk, oak, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2015
Special fruit lambic from De Oude Cam with yellow gooseberries, sour cherries and brambleberries; started off as an experiment some years ago, but has fortunately been kept in production, though it is still limited and harder to find than other De Cam lambics. Loose, ’dirty pinkish’, irregular head thinning out rapidly and eventually all but disappearing; beautiful pure vermillion colour, lightly hazy with little fizz. Looks like a glass of rosé wine after a while. Strong but elegant lambic nose, extremely fruity as was to be expected; I get mostly the sour cherries, but other aromas indeed indicate that there is more going on in this. The brambleberries are more or less recognizable and so are the gooseberries, but it takes a lot of concentration to separate them from one another. This wealth of fruit is soaked in lovely lambic funkiness, fresh rhubarb, very old sherry, wet leather, raspberry vinegar, wet wood, hay, sour cream, lemon juice, rosé champagne, earth, barnyard, old sweat. Crisp onset of puckering sour cherry and lambic acidity, lemony but still relatively softly so (especially when compared to most other De Cam lambics), becoming more and more mild and sedate as the liquid travels through the mouth, ending in a (very) drying lactic tartness rather than sharp lemon acidity; in between, the brambleberries are clearly there, more so than in the aroma, but the gooseberries remain relatively silent and hard to distinguish from gooseberry-like lambic esters on the one hand and the two other fruits on the other hand. A deep wheaty breadiness supports the whole; the mouthfeel is softly carbonated, like a red lambrusco, with a supple smoothness to it. The berries return retronasally and the finish reveals a deep, mild but explicit, earthy bitterishness of old hops providing the expected balance and structure along with drying wood tannins. In all, a feast of authentic lambic artistry and fresh fruit, no strings attached, honest, very elegant, very rich and generous and surprisingly (but still very relatively!) mellow compared to, for instance, De Cam Oude Kriek. Apart from the gooseberries, which are hard to pull out in both aroma and taste, the fruits are well-balanced against each other, I had expected the sour cherries to be more dominant over the brambleberries. Another artisanal ’spontaneous’ masterpiece from the Senne valley.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kita (1594) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle, 0.75l, courtesy of Bongtribe. Clear amber brown color without any head and soft visible carbonation. Aroma is funky, cellar like with sour fruity notes. Tastes of tart gooseberry, cherry and vinous with excellent funky note. Medium body, slick texture and average carbonation in palate. Was funny to see people’s grimacing lambic faces when drinking this gem :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (694) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Bière offerte par Tim au RBBSG 15. Thanks my friend! Bière dégustée avec Mademoiselle Irina. C’était son baptème de VRAI lambic. La bière est rosée, presque rouge. On croirait qu’elle est brassée avec de la fleur d’hibiscus. Ses énormes bulles éphémères dissipées, on croirait un jus de pamplemousse rose. Au nez, je sens du souffre et des baies. C’est chaud et autoritaire. En bouche, le bois domine par sa présence. Je sens un bois jeune et fringuant. C’est acide oui, mais surtout très funky et sec. Longue en bouche et fruitée, cette bière fut l’accompagnement parfait pour le retour de l’île du Prince Édouard!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle on several occasions. Pours light cloudy light red with an amber hue. Aroma is funky forest fruits, the leading fruit is gooseberry. All is well supported by the cherries. Very subtle beer, compared to the oterh De Cam beers. A real threat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Reddish/amber beer with almost no head. Sourish fruity cherry raspberries rubber tart citrus aroma. Really sourish fruity cherry rasoberries blackberries goosberries rubber citrus flvour. Nice sourish beer, refreshing :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
Sample from cask at ZBF ’15 before the hose gots frozen. New batch. Poured light coloured redish colour with a small non lasting light pink head. Tart blackberries, earth, raspberries, tart, dust, horseblanket, mellow sour fruit, acid, hint of sour vinegar, wooden oak, full creamy mouthfeel, very enjoyable fruit lambic. And maybe even better as the framboise version. Very complex

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