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Buzzards Bay Cranberry Lambic



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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
The world’s foremost cranberry region is our very own South Coast. Thus, we had to brew this beer and indeed, we’ve been a little cran-crazy here at Buzzards Bay Brewing. We brewed a special batch of black lager and barrel aged it in a Cabernet Sauvignon soaked French oak barrel (from the Nevers region) for 12 months. During that time the lactic bacteria (already in the barrel) fermented the remaining sugar and created a deliciously dry and somewhat sour beer. We took some South Coast cranberries fresh from the bog, crushed them and added them to the brew. The cranberries added not only a delightful cranberry aroma and mouth-watering tartness, but also a wonderful red hue. Bottle conditioned, this is a very tasty, tart, South Coast rendition of the traditional lambic style. As this is a natural beverage - unfiltered, unfined and naturally carbonated, expect yeasty stuff as well as bits and pieces of real fruit to be floating around. Great for Thanksgiving! Yeah! Drink now or age for 1 to 5 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2016
2008 750mL bottle drunk 8/25/16.
Another casualty of my prior "Let’s age everything!" syndrome that I very much regret. This certainly couldn’t be getting any better, so I figured I may as well open it and get it over with, expecting a probable drainpour. Well, I couldn’t have been more shockingly wrong....The cork comes out with still a good, audible pop and the beer pours a large, beige head with a dark bronze-dark amber colored body with auburn highlights. Good clarity and head retention.
The nose is phenomenally elegant with mild wood tannin softening any punchy acidity (of which there really isn’t any). Light red wine notes blend seamlessly with fruity, tart, bright brett notes and there’s no toastiness to the oak. As well, the malt has fully attenuated, but still adds an ever so slight roast character that comes off more like strong black pepper. Great balance, with just pure, lovely, fruity and tart brett.
The flavor holds up perfectly, as well, with light wine suggestions on top a substantial, yet well-attenuated body. Dark malts are noticeable on the finish, adding a light roastiness. Cranberry seems to have passed, though there is some tanginess/tartness and boisterous fruitiness that signify remnants of it. Regardless, the brett here is so well-developed and the wine and wood character so gentle and elegant that it matters little how much craberry is left. Still shocked how good this was....and all that from just a single wine barrel with schwarzbier and bugs added.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2015
[7504-20150814] Bottle. Mild peppermint-smoked berry aroma. Hazy, dark red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy light pink head. Bitter berry and tart dark fruit flavour. Medium body. Fruity and weird skins tartness. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0
(@ Campground Brewdown 2015, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
2015-08-14. Dark brown body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is fruity, cherry and cranberry notes. Flavour is very lightly sour, cherry and cranberry fruit. Average bodied palate, light carbonation. Decent. Bottle (possibly several years old?) at Campground Brewdown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Paul at Proletariat. Pours a deep, murky body. Aroma is tart, dark fruits cranberries and light vinegar on the nose. Mouthfeel is light and tart with notes of sour fruit, tart cranberries, vinegar, grain and light tart lemons. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3511) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2014
Maybe I was getting drunk by this point but I really enjoyed this older bottle brought by dicksonbeer. pours brownish ruby with nose of tart cranberry. tastes of cranberry skins, lemon juice, pale mat, vinous fruits, touch minerally, and some vinegar. not overly tart but pretty pleasant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
750ml bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. This one grew on me the longer I drank it...needed a few to really open up. Cranberries, some wood, caramel, and some funkiness. Subtle and soft at first and again, as it opened up, got much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a hazy brown with a smaller off white head. Aroma of toffee, tart cranberries and some barnyard funk. Flavor of tart cranberries, some toasted malt, light oak and cherries.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Thanks to MrChopin for this one!! Strange aroma of olives, salt, cod, and touches of tart cranberry fruit. Flavor brings much of the same, with odd minerality and salty olive presence. Just bizarre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2012
750ml bottle pours a hazy, deep garnet amber with some cloudy white head. Nice nose, tart, cranberry, dandelion greens, some acetic acid, light vinegar. Flavor is weak, watery, light vinegar, acetic acid, watery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
750 mL bottle thanks to MrChopin. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Earthy aroma with tart berry notes. The taste is tart berries and earthy notes. More fruit in the finish. Medium bodied.

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