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RATINGS: 1112   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Samuel Adams® Cranberry Lambic is a fruit beer that draws its flavor not just from the cranberries it is brewed with, but also from the unique fermentation character imparted by the rare wild yeast strain. The result is a flavor rich in fruitiness and reminiscent of cranberries and bananas, cloves and nutmeg. The yeast fermentation also will create a slight sourness on the sides of the palate, a signature of the original Lambic style which, with the subtle cereal note from the wheat malt, remind its drinker that, as fruity a beer as this is, it is still a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2002
If you love Cranberries pick this one up. Otherwise stay away. I despise the fact that they continue to put two of these into their Holiday sampler 12-packs.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
This beer combines the worst of the beer world and the worst part of cranberries into one loathesome brew. Very tart and nasty tasting. Thinner but not quite watery. Extremely bad aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
RERATE: Giving Sam another chance, I find I don’t despise this anymore. Still not a huge fan, but some of the sourness edges finely the more off putting aspects of the brew. Original Rating, a year ago: I generally despise fruit in beer, so why I tried this is a bit of a mystery. As you might expect I found it tastes like bad breath the morning after ...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
cckevin (38) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Horrible. WAY too much cranberry flavor... This is probably what it would taste like if Ocean Sray were left out to ferment for a year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
A very flawed attempt at a lambic. The excessive cranberry flavor ruins the beer. Looks nice though.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Smells like cranberry, taste very sweet, tart puckering cranberry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Jorufo (5) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2002 does not count
Tastes too much like medicine

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 2001 bottle. pours a nice whitish-yellow. I was so impressed that the cranberry was subtle after having the cherry wheat. I love the bitterness too. why dont they make this not seasonal so i can study it more! 2002 bottle. Well I had it the next release the winter after this. TERRIBLE. one word, CLOYING. It had this nasty maple syrup taste that pervaded the beer and lingered on the palate forcing me to rinse my mouth out with something else. Let’s see what next season brings. 2004 bottle Garbage. Lightly sweet cranberries, some light pils malts. This resembles a lambic about as much as I resemble a giraffe. It’s funny, though, I still do remember that first bottle back in 2001 being pretty good. Probably just an inexperienced palate, though. Can’t imagine this was ever actually good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2002
A refreshing wheaty taste paired up with a not-too-tart berry flavor. I know this is sacrilege, but it made me briefly think of Rodenbach. Wheatier than the Cherry Wheat. The bottle says maple syrup is added to counteract the tartness, but you can’t taste it. Better than it sounds.

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