vikingguy (837) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
wlajwl (4054) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 Thanksgiving cranberry aroma and flavor and rather thin in every other area One of my least favorite Sam Adams brews.
Hopopottamus (3) - - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
DiarmaidBHK (3574) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
djaquay (133) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Minimal white head, no lace, dark red cloudy pour, light scent, light finish. Fruit taste was there, but not strong.
LetsGoState (614) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
kddewees (56) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like piss. Has a medium dark reddish color, similar to grapefruit juice. Tastes like cranberry, but has a bad aftertaste.
devilben02 (279) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.