ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I loved the taste and I look foward to it every holiday season. I wish it was made year round.
Kodos (200) - USA - SEP 25, 2001
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Too sour and dry. Not enough cranberry in the flavor. Try a true Lambic. This disappoints!
JessterCPA (130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sour? Yes but I think that with the cranberry flavor, that was planned. Probably the most un-fruit fruit beer I have had. Not bad with food, especially spicy.
John Wentworth99 (10) - CANADA - SEP 3, 2001
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The first time I tried this beer it was amazing. Sveral others during its seasonal run proved equally remarkable. The following year, every one I had tasted foul. The third year a friend gave me one, which I cautiously tried. Excellent again. The following year, back to bad. Seems to be a trend. Don’t drink it anymore, tired of keeping track of the ’good’ years and inconsistent tastes. Good or bad, more than two can cause a sour stomach. A disappointment from an otherwise fantastic brewer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2001
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry and tart, but lacking the punch,
funkiness, or complexity of a true lambic.
Still, its relative clean flavor makes
it a fairly easy drinking beer with a mild
fruity flavor that can appeal to many. Weird
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2001
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Very tart and acidic. If you don’t like cranberries, stay away. This is not something to make your main beer.
britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The name is deceiving...definately not a lambic. Good flavored wheat/fruit beer.
young (45) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good sour, and tart fruit beer, but not a lambic.
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not truly a lambic and from the taste, that is apparent. It has lambic qualities to a degree, the sourness is there, but not fruity enough. I’d say this is more like a cranberry ale. Pleasant mouthfeel and smooth finish, worth having.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2000
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Looking at the other ratings, I’m wondering about the bottle (or batch) that I sampled. I found it somewhat astringent and sour. A little too ’unripe’ if you ask me. It also tasted somewhat medicine-like. I didn’t like it very much; no disrespect to Jim Koch, just my opinion.