RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours rusty to yellow with a pretyt big off-white head. Big funk on the nose, hay, lots of barrel presence. Tastes very tart dry and woody, some vinegar, and for whatever reason, I was not getting much cranberry flavor no matter how much I tried. Perhaps Iím too new to the world of higher class fruit lambics to really know what theyíre all about. Medium bodied and full of carbonated. This was okay overall, the aroma was my favorite part.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of tart cranberries, dry dustiness, acetic, and faint funky barrel. Flavor of acidic cranberry, earthiness, pepper, and some damp mustiness that in turn finishes dry.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity acetic aroma, with a touch of red fruit- obviously cranberry. Slightly creamy head with a very small amount of lacing. Taste is fizzy club soda-like, oak, touch of cranberry, and dull fruit. Very carbonated and fizzy mouthfeel completely detracts from the overall flavor of the beer. This was a great beer to start, loved the aroma, liked the taste a lot to start with, but it was so damn fizzy that it detracted from the overall mouthfeel, taste, and enjoyment of the beer.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby to brown colored body under a foamy beige head. The nose is very lambic like with lots of dry dusty cellar funk with some pixie stick sugaryness and some fruitiness. Canít say I would have pegged this for cranberry if I hadnít known, but theyíre identifiable enough when youíre looking for them. Flavor is quite tart and sour with a slightly bracing acidic middle. The tartness of the cranberry really melds well with the funky yeastiness. Finishes with a mix of cranberry skins and oak that lingers nicely. Mouthfeel is dry and tart with a slightly puckering tartness and nice prickly carbonation. Overall, I thought that this was pretty awesome. I need more cranberry lambic.
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of kramer17801. Thanks, Jason! Pours a murky, yellowish-brown color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Funky, lemony soap and tannic aroma; cranberries and dry fruit leather. Dense, tart mouthfeel: sour cranberries (including skins) and tannic cherry character; a slightly soap, citrus note, but with plenty of dense red fruits and tartness; medium finish with tart cranberries and fruit leather.
3fourths (7766) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 750ml bottle, shared by kramer17801
Color of the body is a very dark purple and red, with a thin but decent tan/off-white head. Nose is a bit dry and dusty, and makes me want to use "basement" as a descriptor: musty, dry but damp. The yeast presence is quite nice - starts out peppery and spicy, turns sour and prickly, then fruity and soft, with some prickling acidity throughout. Cranberry character is mild, as it should be, I would say, and a little minerally as well, and the true tartness of the cranberries works really well. Some lactic qualities in the finish, with more of that dusty/basement flavor. Maybe it could use just a little bit of fruit sweetness to balance the tartness, but overall I canít complain much - itís a new and unique type of beer for me, and I like it.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750mL thanks to Jason. Nice nose of a fairly straight forward young lambic, blessed with a tartness of fruit skins. Dry and cottony right from the start. Incredibly deep dark ruby black pour (weird to make this with a black lager), with mountains of rose tinted foam. Flavor is parching, plenty of linens, pear seeds, tannic apple skin and pucking lime juice. Thereís palpable cranberry pulp in there. Corner of the mouth invoking. Fairly well acidic. I feel like the cranberries and the cotton of the lambic are fighting. Itís dry on dry. I wish there was a touch of sweetness to balance out the cottonmouth. The cranberry flavor is nice, as is the wild fermentation of this beer, but Iím not totally into the combination. Also, the lambic character is incredibly clean, almost antiseptically so. Thereís very little budge room for wildness, which is fine, it just leaves out some of the nuance. Overall, highly impressive for an American brewer (especially Buzzards Bay) to make such a daring brew and pull it off.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy red brown body with a huge red off white head lasting forever, thick lacing; Super fresh nose, very carbonated, it has brett in a very little amount of fruit; A bit thin body, a bit innocent, bitter slightly fruity lactic acidy; Quite long finish, fruity but very little cranberry aroma, a little cranberry harsh. Good attempt and good beer, but not a lot of lambic to it.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with jjpm and IMtheOptimator. I will hand it to this brewer that, especially after trying their english pale ale, this is a pretty good effort. Creamy, dark brown pour with a pinkish hue (hah!). A bit watery, cranberry aroma, very raw and fresh. Slight sourness, lemon. Good tartness in the flavor, with pretty strong cranberry notes, but lacking in body much like its cousin Upstream Gueuze (another american lambic attempt). The cranberries do play a nice note, but they feel kind of out of place in a beer -- and this is coming from someone who drinks many glasses on cranberry juice every day. Big thanks to John for sharing the bottle.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with jjpm74 and puzzl. Poured a murky red with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of some light funkiness, some grassyness, some citrus and a bit of cranberries show through. Flavor is dry with some fruit flavor that seemed more in line with cherry than cranberry to me, a bit of toffee, some lemony citrus, a bit of funk. The lack of funkiness and tartness (well, comparatively to other lambics Iíve had) gave this overall a more of a flemish sour feel. Not outstanding, but drinkable and good, and much better than I expected from the brewer.