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RATINGS: 1115   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vikingguy (837) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a cloudy orange-red color; foamy white head. Aroma of belgian yeast and aroma. Taste is has notes of cranberry, yeast, clove, and some spicy notes, maybe cinnamon. Fairly sweet but not overly so. Just a bit of tartness but not as much as you’d expect from a beer made with cranberries. Creamy texture and very drinkable. Hardly a lambic but I actually like this quite a bit. I’ll buy it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wlajwl (4054) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 Thanksgiving cranberry aroma and flavor and rather thin in every other area One of my least favorite Sam Adams brews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hopopottamus (3) - - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
This was included in a Samuel Adams sampler I bought at a local distributor. I had never tried a lambic, but did some reading and was prepared for the different style. This beer was at best, bad. The appearance was nothing remarkable, being of a pale reddish-orange and cloudy at that. The head was of nice, foamy thickness and the aroma was fine, it smelled floral, fruity, and sweet. The taste was where it went into a tailspin. It tasted overwhelmingly of wheat, and had a hint of sourness among the ambiguous fruity flavors. The finish was cidery and sour, leaving nothing more to be desired. This was a bad experiment by Samuel Adams.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DiarmaidBHK (3574) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle part of a sixer purchased at total wine. This is not a lambic. It’s a wheat beer. The color was very brown and cloudy like a wheat beer. The aroma was a Bit off. It did pour into a nice head. The taste was pure wheat. I didn’t get any cranberry notes at all or any of that great lambic sourness. The finish lingered a bit like turpentine. I can’t believe I have five more of these to drink. Perhaps I could donate them to charity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djaquay (133) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Minimal white head, no lace, dark red cloudy pour, light scent, light finish. Fruit taste was there, but not strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
LetsGoState (614) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Aroma is a little off, but has spices and sweetness. The cranberry taste is there, but it’s more of a wheat beer in my opinion - lots of wheat and spices. Overall not bad, but something is just a little off.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours a brighter reddish color with some brown tints. Has an off white head with some red tones in it. Smells of cranberries and sugar. Taste is a bit sweet with some definite cranberry tastes mixed in. Beer is not overly sweet. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kddewees (56) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Smells like piss. Has a medium dark reddish color, similar to grapefruit juice. Tastes like cranberry, but has a bad aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
devilben02 (279) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
The first impression out of the bottle is fine enough, with a nearly opaque amber color that shows only a tinge of red. The medium-thick creamy beige head likewise only has a faintest pink glow. The berry flavor comes out in the aroma, though, with a berry jam kind of character that is a little tart as well as a bit artificial. The flavor has a little bit of a toffee malt base that cuts into the mildly sweet/tart jelly fruitiness. The body is solid, with a light but present carbonation. Overall, this one drinks like a light amber ale that has some mildly sour berry flavoring added in.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a slightly pink shade of burnt orange with a frothy cream colored head. Faint lambic aroma with a hint of spice. Slightly sour with a some cinnamon and cloves, but cranberries are very subtle. Somewhat sharp with a foamy mouthfeel and medium body. It’s nice to see a macro attempt a lambic, and the main components are there but the intensity is lacking.

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