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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2009
Bottled. Deep amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is wood, some berries, semi-sour but also quite sweetish notes. Flavour is quite muvh the same, a rather wellbalanced fruit lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2009
sample from 750ml bottle, courtesy miketd. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small tan head that quickly fades away. Some lacing is left behind. The aroma shows notes of tart cranberries, dark fruits, oak, and some funky yeast characters. The flavors follow with mild tartness from the cranberries to go with the oak and some earthy undertones. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation and a long, dry finish. Pretty good overall but could use more body and flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2009
(bottle from tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours dark brown with a large off-white head. Aroma is not really sharp, but it’s mostly subdued and musty, with some light cranberry, and a bit of wood. The flavor is lightly tart and salty, but really there’s not much here. The cranberry is barely perceptible, and the flavors seem muddled and faint. No sharpness at all, and a bit of sweet malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2009
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Pours a nice clear ruby with a medium beige head. Aroma is some tart berries, not necessarily cranberry, caramel, some funk, and some barrel. Flavor is slightly tart, some cranberry, and salty with a thin, oddly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2008 750ml. Bottle thanks to an awesome someone. Pour is a really deep ruby/brown with a nice tan head. Aromas of tart cherries, sour funk, slight vinegar,and some flower. Flavor is very bland and watery. Not much going on except light sour and a hint of somekind of cherry/cranberry. Im really let down about this one. It sounds, smells, and looks much better than it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
750ml bottle. 2008 vintage. Funky vinegar, foot and sock, peanut butter, wood and tart fruit skin on the nose. A tiny bit of wet dog. Very little cranberry. Pretty dark, ruby, brown with a sustained thin khaki head. Flavor is rather watery and wholly nondescript. Like a mildly sour brown. A hint of acetic acid. Little tartness. Minimal cranberry... Absolutely not a fruit lambic. Maybe it’s just palate fatigue and toward the end of the night, but this one just doesn’t do it for me. Bland, watery with a bit of barrel tannin toward the finish. Oh well. Thanks Jeff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 750ml bottle from nelson...thanks m friend....pours a dark caramel brown with a light frothy head ....aroma of musty tart vinegar and light cherry sweetness....flavors of tart and enjoyable light red fruit flavor. good carbonation and mouthfeel......girls dancing around me are distracting........good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Courtesy miketd. Batch 2? Dark red with an off white head. Great aroma- tart and bitter cranberries, tannic wine oak, sour and funky yeast. Flavor of similar elements but with less impact, like a toned down version of the aroma, a bit of a let down. Medium to medium/light body, high carbonation, very dry finish. The flavor and body need something, but still a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Thanks to MikeTd for the taste! Pours a thin dark cherry color with a tart aroma. Flavor was surprisingly light with tart fruits. This is good, I just wish it was a little more bold. It seemed lacking in both flavor and on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 750ml bottle, courtesy miketd. Pours an extremely cloudy, rusty, reddish-brown color with a fluffy tan head. Sudsy arch lacing breaks apart at the middle, the two halves drooping back into the pool beneath. The nose shows a mild barnyard funk overtone amidst a tart berry baseline, with hints of cocoa and a good deal of soured, saturated oak. Flavors are not as tart as the nose indicates, moderate cranberry sourness tempered considerably by substantial oak and hints of floral, herbal character. It’s quite earthy overall, some dustiness coming from the brett yeast. Medium bodied and balanced on the tongue, the finish is semi-dry to dry, but somehow lacking in substance. Interesting beer. I enjoyed reading about how it was made. It’s definitely not your standard fruit lambic, that’s for sure...more of a wild ale with fruit.

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