De Cam Tros Bessen

Brewery: Geuzestekerij De Cam
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Van oudsher worden de Rode Trosbessen geoogst in het Pajottenland. De Rode Trosbessen worden in hun geheel (geen sap) met pit in bewerking gebracht. Het gehalte aan tros bessen bedraagt ongeveer 45 kg per 100 liter kriek.

(translated into English) Traditionally, the red currants are harvested in the Pajottenland. The red currants are processed whole (no juice) with stone. The red currant content is approximately 45 kg per 100 liters of cherry lambic.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2017 vintage, with a best before date of July 2040. Opened as a slow gusher. Poured into a De Cam stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy amber, rusty orange brown colour with a one finger beige head that had decent retention and settled to a thin replenishing cap, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, funky, red currant, red berries, cherry, oak, dry splintered wood, hay.
Taste: Sour, tart, red currant, cherry, red berries, oak, musty, dusty, hay, wood, funky, lemon zest, and an interesting earthy and slight char like finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.
Overall: When I tried it fresh, I remember it being way too sour. I think age has helped it along in this aspect, as the red currant fruitiness comes through nicely. The finish had something not easy to describe, but I’m going to say earthy with a slight char like character. I could understand if some people did not enjoy this, but it didn’t really bother me.

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