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Buzzards Bay Barrel Aged Cranberry Lambic

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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a clear reddish brown with a beige head. Tart, Bretty nose, sulphurous red wine. Medium body, very dry red wine, wood and sulphur. Some Brett, licorice, tobacco, lacto and smoke. Quite sophisticated really. Ends dry and tart. 220312

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
Bottled. Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Small off white head. Aroma of cherries, grape, sourness, fruits. Flavour of cherries, sweetness, grape, Meidum to full bodied. Ends light sour and grapy with a berry touch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Nose of cranberry funky barrel wood notes, dust, drier dark malts. Funky poop notes. Dark brown pour almost impossible to see thru. Great creamyt beige head. Nice lace. Woody dry oak notes almost a lighter flanders red with more oak and solid cranberry notes. Dry, funky poopy, moderately sour, dry tart. Nice dust, dark malt works great w cranberry. Good carb, held up great. A really nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2011
wow. thanks bvc! 2008. tart funky nose, pie cherry, love and oak. dark cherry brown, small tan head. mild tart body, some poopy body, mellowed. seems like a brune, oaky finish. big ups!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3426) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle at post NotB tasting 09 vintage i believe. Huge foaming head, almost looks infected. Brown pour with that tan head. Raspberry and lactic aroma and flavor, this lambic isn’t that funky or mouth puckering as what I’m used to.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
In short: A dry acidic/tart fruity beer. Just decent.
How: Bottles 750ml. Post-EBF 2010 tasting #1 and #2 with east-coast crew. Two different vintages
The look: Cloudy dark purple body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose is sharp and fruity. Taste is acidic and tart, fruity (not focussed on cranberry), dusty attic, papery. No real depth here, just a sharp spiky acidic fruit beer with a little bothersome flavours (paper mainly). We had two different vintages with different labels. I only took notes on the first one but I think the second one was more rounded and less razorblade sharp. Anyway, both were just ok. I found that the two different vintages we drank were quite different from each another. Especially the first one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s Midtown Hotel room tasting post EBF 2010: 2008 version. Murky brown/amber pour with a creamy tan head. Sweet raspberry aroma- mild lactic tartness and toasted malt undertones. Fluffy body with some mild raspberry tartness and a touch of malt roast presence. Missing the funk and dryness of a true Lambic.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle of the 09 at Ryan’s hotel room after EBF’s Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazy brown with a large infected looking beige head. Cardboard, packing peanuts, and a bit of sour funk. A very faint hint of cranberry at the very end of the aromas, but I think it’s only because my nose knows to search it out. Sour, but more so in the infected way, malty. Tannic. Not terrible, but not amazing either.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
750ml bottle, ’08 vintage from zathrus13, thanks! Dark dense red color with a tan head. Light fruity cranberry aroma with a little wood in there as well. Seems a bit thin but did have a nice little tart cranberry flavor though with a real pleasant cranberry aftertaste. Not bad, but I would have liked a bit more body too it. (1143)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Pours a thin murky pale brown. Nose is earthy, cranberry is there, but also lots of woodiness, oak, and mild horseblanket. Taste was... ....well, didnt taste like a lambic. Not very sour or tart. Slightly acetic, good amount of cranberry flavor without making it too fruity, lots of flavors of burnt wood, toast, and some sweet malt.


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