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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Pours a brown mahongany with a thin head. Smells of sourness, barnyard, hay, grass, horseblankets, stale cranberries. Tastes of cranberries and gueuze blended with some bitter metallic notes. Not quite mature yet, but a lambic that will do well as it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5868) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2016
2008 750mL bottle drunk 8/25/16.
Another casualty of my prior "Let’s age everything!" syndrome that I very much regret. This certainly couldn’t be getting any better, so I figured I may as well open it and get it over with, expecting a probable drainpour. Well, I couldn’t have been more shockingly wrong....The cork comes out with still a good, audible pop and the beer pours a large, beige head with a dark bronze-dark amber colored body with auburn highlights. Good clarity and head retention.
The nose is phenomenally elegant with mild wood tannin softening any punchy acidity (of which there really isn’t any). Light red wine notes blend seamlessly with fruity, tart, bright brett notes and there’s no toastiness to the oak. As well, the malt has fully attenuated, but still adds an ever so slight roast character that comes off more like strong black pepper. Great balance, with just pure, lovely, fruity and tart brett.
The flavor holds up perfectly, as well, with light wine suggestions on top a substantial, yet well-attenuated body. Dark malts are noticeable on the finish, adding a light roastiness. Cranberry seems to have passed, though there is some tanginess/tartness and boisterous fruitiness that signify remnants of it. Regardless, the brett here is so well-developed and the wine and wood character so gentle and elegant that it matters little how much craberry is left. Still shocked how good this was....and all that from just a single wine barrel with schwarzbier and bugs added.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2008
750ml via trade with alldaydrinker, thanks dude. Shared at my Halloween tasting 09. Pours blackish red/brown with a tan head. Nose is amazing. killer fantastic. Its super tart with a lot of cranberry. Amazing nose. Taste is sweet and tart with cranberry. Awesome taste as well. Really excellent.

   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 O’s 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaveW (9) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 15, 2006 does not count
Yikes! Aromatics or cranberry, oak and wine. Tart and sour with a kicking dry finish. Had this with some roasted chicken and it was fabulously food friendly. Wish I had another bottle to age for a year or so because I think this is a baby right now.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
EBF 07 looks liek the color on the label. sour cranberry aroma. taste is tart and sweet and woody i think they used a perfect amount of berries in here. this is very nice, although some people may find it too tart. i however like my beer like i like my women all tarts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5914) - 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 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 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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