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 (3442) - 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.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2000
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A light, refreshing brew. A touch light on the cranberries, and certainly so on the lambic.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 1, 2000
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather weak for a lambic, but if you ignore the style it supposed to be and just enjoy it, its rather nice. The fruit compliments, not overpowers it. I wish they sold this in 6 packs.
Bov (9602) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 27, 2000
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2000
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not quite the same as I remember it in years past - I think they tamed down the recipe in light on the extreme criticism they have had for this brew, as it is not a true lambic, thus the title is a misnomer. I drink beers for the taste and experience, not for what its called...Its more of a tart, fruity wheat - much less stringent than the Cherry Wheat, a welcome thought. The aroma naturally has some cranberry notes and wheaty essence. The appearance is rather light - not the reddish hue I remember from past incarnations - tight white head. Flavor - a wheat with cranberry overtone - more carbonated than usual, but no strong lambic flavor. this brew is a welcome return - goes well with a nice turkey dinner, dessert, or even sipping while enjoying a good book. Only available in the Winter Classics 12-pak, if you’re interested...Cheers!