Guerde (1163) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours light brownish-red with a white head and good lacing. Aroma is slightly musty, but when swirled more of the tart and sweet cranberry is displayed. A little bit of oak and vanilla is present as well, but not too complex on the nose. Taste is very good, with a nice balance between sweet and tart, a lot of cranberry flavor and lemon zest, which yields to a subtle oak and earthy undertone on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is lively. Not terribly complex, but it’s very drinkable and tasty nonetheless.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ruby red pour, no head...nose is sweet, fruity...flavor is sweet upfront and tart in the finish...flavors are really mellowed by the oak
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is stench of tart cranberries and gigantic wood. appearance is wonderfully translucent light red bordering on regular old amber. flavor is a blast of wood and cranberry simultaneously, so that no pure ocean spray style juice flavor ever shows its face alone. hit of sourness and funk appears in the aftertaste, subtle and fleeting. wood muck lingers for a good while must to my enjoyment. no cloying fruit sweetness, no overwhelming fruit character or ’fruit juice’ type of approach. big big wood and just a classy hit of sourness.
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Roy’s Market (New Glarus, WI). Pours a bit of a reddish gold, tinged with the brighter berry touch, really quitw taken by the hue, very faint haze, well carbonated, decent white head that dies to a small film, clings to the edges. Aromas are some nice wet wood, tart cranberries, dry oak, a touch of champagne and light malty sweetness. A touch of vanilla, faint spice, the cranberry comes in a bit, tart yet mildly sweet. Initial is a wonderful balance of cranberry and lighter grainy sweetness, a touch of honey and vanilla, almost yogurt with a nice light sourness, subtle and smooth, moving into an enjoyable tartness that sticks to the palate, good carbonation on the palate, sourness grows a bit as I get further in, but it certainly is balanced with good sweetness, as cranberry really makes the nature of this beer, tart and sweet in harmony. Dry, a touch prickly. I liked this, but interested to see what kind of dying out of the fruit and dryness this beer might get with age. Very nice, a subtle sour fruit beer, more delicate but layered flavors.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful fruity tartness and sourness in aroma,sure could be cranberry, my mouth waters just smelling it as my jowls anticipate the sourness. Taste,wow that sure is sweet, not as tart or sour as the aroma leads you to believe it would be. plenty of sucker like cherry/cranberry sweetness. Some oak shows up in the aftertaste,medium body a little to much emphasis on the sweetness,could use a little more sourness in flavor to be more like a true lambic. Mostly a desert or summer sipper
Pailhead (4740) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of cranberries, cherries, and oak. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor starts with cranberry. There’s a nice oak presence throughout. The finish has some mild sour cherry tartness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not a lambic, but a very nice fruit beer.
fiver29 (1030) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Josh. Thanks Josh! Pours clear cherry red color with white head. Aroma is sweet cranberry juice. Tingly mouthfeel. Flavor is cranberry juice with with an ever so slight tartness to it. This was a nice effort. A little too sweet for my liking. But a nice effort.
bookman10 (630) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Pours a light pinkish-red, with light head. Aroma is fresh and crisp and fruity. Flavor is sweet with just a very light touch of sour cranberry. Very refreshing and interesting beer.
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 12oz bottle. Light filtered pink-orange color. Mellow cranberry aroma. Solid cranberry and Brett taste. Very light and easy drinking, which is very true to style I suppose. A little light in the ABV department and very sweet, a slightly better version of all the cheaper Belgian fruit Lambics, albeit with that rugged test tube sourness. The sour aftertaste really sticks with you. A pretty cool addition to the New Glarus fruit beer family. addendums : I recently had this on tap and liked it even more.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2011 [rated 11.18.09] 12oz bottle. Pours a clear glowing... well... cranberry juice color with a nice thick frothy white foam. Aroma is strong lactic, yogurt, saw dust, some cranberry, but overall that’s a hard aroma to place, mostly lightly tart yogurt, similar to some of Upland’s lambics in aroma. Flavor at first is sharp and very tart crisp cranberry, very bright, immediately followed by smooth yogurt and cedar, finishing like cranberry yogurt, very nice, quick finish with a tart and quite sour aftertaste, leaves nice sourness on the gums. Medium bodied with very sharp and crisp sizzling carbonation. 184.108.40.206.16. . . . . . . . . . . . . [bottle 6.8.10] Pours a cranberry color that seems to have faded slightly to now include orange brown notes, still with thick frothy white head. Aroma is more of saw dust, very woody. Flavor is still quite sweet of cranberries but seems to have gotten a bit more tart, cedar, light yogurt, great cranberry flavor, finishes candy like. I can’t tell if I like it more or less now, but I suppose I’ll rate it more conservatively this time out. 220.127.116.11.15 ...... [several bottles served in 2011.... man it’s really come around... freakin delicious now... what a masterpiece!!! 18.104.22.168.17]