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Buzzards Bay Barrel Aged Cranberry Lambic

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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.


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   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.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
legion242 (2187) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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.

3.2
   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4941) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2007
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 can’t complain much - it’s a new and unique type of beer for me, and I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2007
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. There’s 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. It’s 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 I’m not totally into the combination. Also, the lambic character is incredibly clean, almost antiseptically so. There’s 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
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.


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