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Buzzards Bay Barrel Aged Cranberry Lambic



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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, wood, barnyard, brett, cherry - cranberry. Aroma is more like a flemish sour IMO. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20090801]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2009
cheeseman!!! Muddy brown. Vinegar, cranberries and wood. Flavor is tart with cranberries, oak, light vinegar and a bit water. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Mid brown colour. Some tart acidity. Fruity but difficult to place as cranberry. Didn’t really pick up the barrel aging treatment from the flavours, although it is a little woody. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (8029) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown. Cheers to Cheeseman for this one. Pours hazy brown, beige head. Aroma and flavor, cranberry, light tart mouthfeel. Interesting lambic, cranberry had a unique tartness though the actual fruit remained light. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!… Cloudy brown ale with a small, white head. The funky nose offers sharp cheese, cherries and leather. Medium-bodied, but thin and watery with expired carbonation. The flavor is mostly tart, but also generously bittered. Lengthy, lightly bitter, Novocain-like finish. Kudos to miketd for shipping this bottle to Florida for The Throwdown!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15665) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. Very cloudy muddy colour thin beige head. Funky cranberry on aroma. Bit of funk bit of sour cherry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (18120) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle at Chris-o’s Pre GBBF tasting and 2009 ... brown ... barnyard nose ... light sour light fruit ... little malt

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11902) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2009
Brown with a lasting off-white head. Funky berry aroma with American oak and tannin - quite typical American sour aroma. Sweet and drying tannin and berry flavour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
Thanks to Grant for giving me this one. Rich red chestnut colour with a good beige head. Excellent wood and brett. Very fruity. On the nose it’s very much Flemish sour with fruit. Rich yet surprisingly light at the same time. The cranberries are rather subdued but still really tasty. Superb sour lemony finish. Really clean. Excellent beer. Thanks again Grant for a rare treat.

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