lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I found it very difficult to rate this beer from Sam Adams. As a ’lambic’ it fails miserably; but, as a fruit beer it works quite well. Visually, this beer was a clear amber with a white head. The taste was very similar to their Cherry Wheat. The cranberries gave it a more tart (less sweet) palate. The nose provided faint hints of fruit, I would have liked it to more prominent. Cranberry Lambic lacks the complexity of true ’lambics’ that I have sampled. It misses the seemingly murky character. There is no trace to the pervasive fragrance.
A mixed bag that is a good drink.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Certainly not as good as any true lambics but, it is an interesting beer. Very tart flavor from the cranberries.
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice Holiday brew.
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 (205) - 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 (2678) - 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.