MeadMe (1385) - Riverview, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice strawberry pink hue. Small fizzy head. No retention or lace.
S: Nice fresh cut oak, tart berries, and fresh sweet cherry juice. Nice sweet tart thing going here.
T: There is nothing that New Glarus does bad. Wow. Light tart cranberry up front. Sweet Belgian red cherry juice, and very very light oak. No acid.
M: On the lighter side, sweet and light tartness.
D: Damn good.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles courtesy of tjthresh and MrPickles - thanks, dudes! Pale pink pour with a frothy carbonation, or at least more pink and frothy than I expected. Soft barrel notes in the nose, very mellowed with a trace of vanilla. The berry is there ever so faintly in the aroma. Not really what I’d expected given the style designation, but then again I give huge leeway to Mr. Carey. And in any case, I’m a sucker for NG’s barrel profile and the subtlety and depth it imparts to beers like these. Understated and dry for the most part, with a lingering woodiness that draws me in. Slight acidity in the finish but a beer that’s unapologetically quirky, hybrid, and just plain delish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pissed me off, first the name cran-bic what else ends in bic lambic this is not even close to a lambic. A crimson body with a thin pinkish white head. Strawberries, jam, overtly sweet like grenadine, almost Shirley temple esk in sweetness. Fructose and other sweeteners. Decent and thats it.
markwise (4586) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was very surprised with this one. Pours orange gold with bone white head. Nose is oak, vanilla, brown sugar, fruit, and sweet cranberry. Flavor is lots of cranberry sweetness, bite, cranberry sauce, vanilla, oak, and love. Finishes really smooth with a minimum interference from wild yeast. Excellent fruit beer from the guys who wrote the book on awesome fruit beers.
mar (4984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. red with a pink head. cranberries wood and vanilla on the nose. very nice on the palate with a flavor of wood, cranberry and a slight tartness. do want more
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful sweet berry aroma with a hint of light sourness in the nose. The pour is deep red with a decent head. Full body and flavor with a good carbonation. The flavor is quite a bit like Belgian Red, with a kick of acidity. The oak comes through lightly in the background. Easy to drink and very enjoyable flavor.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from Bottle into Tumbler glass.
Pours a brilliant orange with pink highlights and a finger of fizzy tinted-white head that dissolves quickly into a thin layer that rests atop the glass. The aroma is tart cranberries, some wild yeast notes and maybe some hints of malt? The flavor is full of tart fruit, prickly fruit and just overall booming with cranberry. Its a light-medium bodied beer with a lively carbonation. This beer is really nicely done. I enjoy the cranberry which isn’t overly pronounced but certainly is the center piece of this beer. Well Done.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice red color with a little white head. Has a funky cranberry smell to it. Has a cranberry juice taste and is a little tart. Could be a little more tart for my liking.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear lifeless peach with no head. Aroma of funk, cranberries, odd malt… not a very strong aroma. Taste of cranberries, oak, mild spices, malt and a touch of sulfur. Semi-tart and sourness and a bit rough around the edges. Finishes tart, then sweet. Much like the Olde English Porter, I kept going back and forth on this one.
after4ever (6471) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. pours crystal clear rubied amber. no head, lace, or legs. big tart cranberry nose with just the faintest whisper of funk around it. creamy medium body, very light carb. big tart and tangy cranberry mid palate thats really all fruit. any yeast or lacto is just there to magnify the fruit. could arguably be a lot more complex, but the fruit flavor is so fresh and developed that there’s no reason to miss it.