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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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The worldís foremost cranberry region is our very own South Coast. Thus, we had to brew this beer and indeed, weíve 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris Oís 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 itís 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle at the legend of Chrisoís pre GBBF09 Tasting. Alround rating: Good solid lambic characteristics, good funk and correct yeastyness, only fault is there seems to be a bit too much bitterness off the tannins from the cranberry skins or wood.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24495) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1296) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, 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 itís mostly subdued and musty, with some light cranberry, and a bit of wood. The flavor is lightly tart and salty, but really thereís 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.

3.1
   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.

3
   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.

3.1
   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 itís just palate fatigue and toward the end of the night, but this one just doesnít do it for me. Bland, watery with a bit of barrel tannin toward the finish. Oh well. Thanks Jeff!

3.7
   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

3.7
   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.


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