tcane7 (807) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, shared with Pat. Pours cloudy amber. Aroma is musty with buttery oak. Flavor is tart but not over the top, oak, vanilla. Sweetness plays well with the tart.
alexsdad06 (3042) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a pinkish amber color with a smaller bubbly light pink/off white head. The aroma has a crazy amount of berries, tart, sweet and moderately acidic, I canít wait for the first taste. Additional notes of citrus and some spices that were a bit of a surprise. The flavor has plenty of cranberry character, but also a good amount of cherry. Sweet, tart and acidic with some subtle spices thrown in. Noticeable carbonation. This was a treat!
Steve_0 (1255) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy, yet glowing golden orange. Very small head that disappeared quickly. Smells of cranberries, tart, slight yeast, and a little funk. Starts out semi-sweet and tart, nice creamy mouthfeel, and a moderately tart/sour finish. I wasnít getting much of the cranberries at first, but as it warmed they became much more apparent. Very nice sour and what a great value. Delicious, pour me another glass please.
readbaron (70) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a pink tinged light orange with plentiful white foam that settles down quickly. Tart cranberries a hint of apple vinegar and a bready malt on the nose. Itís a subtle and pleasing aroma. Taste is initially apple vinegar, but after a sip or two the cranberries show up. Itís tart, bordering on the edge of sour and finishes with a blend of vitamin C and apples. Quite refreshing. Palate is nice - crisp, dry, somewhat high carbonation. Seek this one out. Itís delicious!
valpoaj (531) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a ruddy golden color with some hints of a head around the edges of the glass. Aroma is absolutely fantastic and alluring! Funk, hints of barnyard, some cheesy notes, but all with a beautiful fruity note - this is pristine! Oh, wait, I actually have to drink this to fully rate it? Incredible combination of raspberry/cranberry/tart fruit and the sourness one would expect. There is a sweetness to this that complements the tartness/sour nature of this brew - again, amazing. Palate is just about right - medium to borderline full for the style and just the right amount of carbonation. Sweet on the palate, lasts with a residual dryness. Came into this with high hopes, and left stunned - great beer!
KickInChalice (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/29/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2011 batch.
Cran-bic has an amber cherry color with a tint of peach when the light hits the glass right. The bubbles of a medium white cap pop and fade fairly quickly, but there is some lace left behind.
Cranberry is the most prominent in the nose, but there a few other aromas here. A light, sweet aroma is not identifiable but definitely there. Some spicy woody notes are there as well.
Up front the flavor is fairly sweet. The flavor does impart a nice tartness, although the cranberries do not contribute a very robust flavor. It tastes almost like cherries or green apples as well. There is a light spicy oak flavor and a little vanilla toward the end, and the finish is a slightly sour general fruitiness.
The carbonation is crisp, almost fizzy, and cuts through the flavor of each sip to keep the tongue fresh. Accompanying the sweetness up front is a tart juiciness that turns lightly dry by the end. A buttery oakiness in noticeable in the middle. The body is on the light side of medium.
This is sweeter than I would have expected, especially since cranberries are tart to begin with. I found it easy to drink and could easily have a few more bottles.
PhillyCraft (1970) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I cant remember if I have had this one before so figured I would review a bottle from last year. Poured a clearish orange color, with no lacing or head. Aroma is a mix of rasp tart and belgian red, with more woody flavors, and extra sourness from the cranberry. There was also some subtle vanilla spice in the nose. Taste is a perfectly balanced sour lambic with one of the softest mouths you can encounter. Excellent beer from the Legends of fruit based brews.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cranic pours a mixture of light red and amber. Really a beautiful color that you can see in the pic. A small head forms but quickly fizzes away like a champagne. First thing I noticed in the smell is a light fresh dose of Cranberries. Mixed in their is a small amount of acidity and tartness that makes your nose sting just a tad. In the end is a hint of malt and oak. Itís just a very light smelling beer. Heck if you can even call it a beer. To me itís more like a mixture of a beer and wine.
The taste came in three parts for me. The first part was definitely tart and slightly funky on the palette. As the ale hits the middle of your mouth it starts getting richer. The cranberries start to really come in. Mix that in with the oak and itís a nice rich deep taste. Then in the end the tartness comes back a tad mixed in with some bitterness. Just a beautiful beer. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with the perfect amount of carbonation. Just a joy to drink.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours golden color with a thin white head that disappears. The aroma is tremendous with notes of oak, sour fruit, and sweetness. Taste is malty with sour notes and a nice sweetness to back it up. Tart then sweet. The oak is also noticeable providing wood and vanilla flavors. Body is medium with a sweet finish. Overall, a delicious brew that is welcome in my fridge anytime.
ElGaucho (2033) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong, sour cherry aroma. Clear reddish orange body. Scant head ring. Sweet and sour on the tongue, more sour than sweet. Again, more cherry than cranberry which is maybe a good thing despite the fact Iím not a huge cherry fan. Very good sour lambic.