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Buzzards Bay Barrel Aged Cranberry Lambic



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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750ml bottle shared by MrChopin: Pours a clear dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasted malty nose with some tart fruity notes and a touch of vinous oak. Starts with pretty good fullness and fine carbonation with a touch of sweet pale malts and vinous fruitiness before a tart balance in the drier finish. Pretty true to style and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750mL. Clear deep amber. Small beige bubbles. Nose is salty and heavy savory Kalamata olive. Taste is minerally, bland, salty, mild stomach acid. Lemon juice. Odd. Minerally and chalky. Tangy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Clear brown with a small white head. Tannic Cranberry skins and lactic acid with hints of vinousness and oxidation. Medium body with a sour lactic finish. Hints of acetic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Very sour vinegar nose with light cherry. Taste is lightly sour with vinegar lots of caramel, oxidation and cola. Bleh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
75cl bottle, thanks MrChopin. Small beige head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cranberry, light Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, cranberry, light Bourbon. Light-medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle courtesy of MrChopin. Pours a slightly red tinted dark brown pour. Light tan head. Oaky aroma with notes of barnyard. Some fruit. Flavor is dry and bitter. Not much tartness. A bit doughy. Very watery. Not a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2012
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour funky weak caramel aroma. Fruity sour funky tart bitter cranberry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart funky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (3716) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
22-MAR-2012, bottle @Papsø. Dark dark brown, almost no head. Acetone nose with red wine. Taste is fruity - red fruits. Roast-like... Very sour with sour berries. Fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24512) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Clear red-brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Fruity and light acidic aroma of cress and red wine. Fruity and light acidic flavour of red wine and cranberries. Tart finish of red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (31474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
Bottled. A brown beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of lacto, brettanomyces, cranberries, and malt. The flavor is sweet and acidic with notes of cranberries, wood, brettanomyces, malt, and a bit of lacto leading to a tart finish. Thanks papsoe for sharing.

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