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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
750ml bottle. Thanks to miketd for sharing. Aroma: Burnt popcorn, Fresh and dried cranberries, light barnyard funk, oak. Nice tartness in the smell. Appearance: Dark reddish brown in color and murky. Khaki colored head was small and foamy with fair retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Roasted grains/burnt popcorn, cranberry juice, dried cherries, woody oakiness. Funk is light with a barnyard/horse sweat character. Nice tartness and a dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: This was alright, but didn’t really wow me. The burnt grain aroma/flavor didn’t really mesh well with the funk and tart. Cranberry flavors were there, but could have been more pronounced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle shared by ogglethorp. Dirty brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of funk, cranberry, sour, and musty malt. Tart cranberry, dry malt, and funky barnyard elements. Lively body, tart/funky with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky ruby brown color with a medium off white fluffy head. Nose is pungent, tart, cranberries, light barnyard funk, leather, and some oak. Tasted at 48 degrees. Actively carbonated that sharply attacks the palate, tart cranberries and light funk. 55 degrees and higher really shined through as expected, carbonation leveled off to mild wet palate. Initial taste of tart cranberry juice, barnyard funk, saltiness, oak and some smoke. Mid palate to finish continues with tart cranberries, mild hint of cocoa and grape skins. Palate duration is average but enjoyable. Dry finish. Head retention is excellent with good lacing of the glass. Light to medium body, very easy drinking and perfect for any celebration.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Nose-horse, light funk, very clean, urea, no funk as it warms, light leather. Body-almost still dark brown. Taste-medium sour, light funk, very geuze like, leathery, very good geuze mouthfeel, very light red fruits. Very good geuze, but not very fruity. Enjoyable-would be a great everyday drinker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
Poured a hazy deep golden brown color. the aroma was tart with big leather and some woody notes. Tart and woody flavor with a cranberry middle. Bretty dry bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing. Dark brown beer with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is quite tart and vineous with a bit of light lactic tartness and a bit of horsey funkiness. Flavour is less tart than the aroma suggests. A bit of chocolatey character and a bit of nice sweetness on the back. Lingering earthiness. Quite vineous and a very unusual sour ale, but despite that, I quite like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2008
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - fizzy, dark amber beer - the aroma is equal parts tart cranberry skins and cherry sweetness, with some chocolate and warming spices - some tartness/acidity up front, but not as much as the aroma suggests - some mild earthy funk and fruit skins - a wee bit of leathery character - some red wine tannins - chocolate and a bit of sweetness arrive late, as do the cranberries - this is a really solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2421) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 19, 2008
Thank you Alldaydrinker. The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a medium thick head. It has a funky and sour aroma. The sourness is very lambic-authentic. There is just a hint of cocoa and chocolate malts peaking through, way behind the sour and funk. The taste is not so sour, more of the cranberry coming through. The beer finishes with some tartness and light funk and a faint burst of sweet cocoa as well. It’s very easy drinking and a nice starter lambic.
Again, big thanks to Jeff, 750mL cork&wire, Rodenbach GC smaller tulip glass.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pour is ruddy amber with a tight big tan head...bandaid funk nose...sweet and not really tart or sour at all...lots of cranberry sauce from the can flavor...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle shared by ogglethorp: Pours a deep mahogany with a dark tan head. Aroma, roasted notes, sour, cranberries and other fruity notes, tart. Flavor, some roasted notes up front, tart fruits, a light sourness to it, finishes with a unique roasted, dry, and sour finish.


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