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Buzzards Bay Cranberry Lambic



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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3597) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.

   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...

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Cloudy dark brown pour, thick foamy tan head. Sour funky nose with a bit of ash. Light and crisp with active carbonation. Tart and funky flavor, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Lumpfest 2008- Drak russet with a light tan head with faint bubbles. Nose of very faint cranberries. Tart and dry with faint cranberry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
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 I’m too new to the world of higher class fruit lambics to really know what they’re all about. Medium bodied and full of carbonated. This was okay overall, the aroma was my favorite part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2008
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. 837212

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5913) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
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. Can’t say I would have pegged this for cranberry if I hadn’t known, but they’re identifiable enough when you’re 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
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.

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