ejmoosa (3) - USA - DEC 5, 2002 does not count
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Way to tart to enjoy. I am not even sure what one snacks on with this kind of brew.
BulletJBT (3) - Southside, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 I wanted to like this beer - after all, it was a cranberry beer from McMiniman’s Pubs in Oregon that turned me onto beer.
The aroma is cranberry-ish. The color is a pleasant reddish amber. Those are the only plusses for me.
This is probably the lightest beer by Sam Adams (IMO, not a good thing). I don’t know how to describe it’s taste without getting ugly about it. Probably the best way: I gladly give the four bottles of this that come in the Samuel Adams Holiday Collection to friends - with the disclaimer that if they take one sip and don’t like it, go ahead and pour it out because that is what I would do with it. As someone else said, I really wish Sam Adams would put something else in the Holiday Pack.
forceten (2) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! Sam Adams must have re-arranged the recipe, a bit for their 2003-4 Cranberry "lambic". While not a Lambic in the true style (the yeasts of Lembeek are not present in the US, and importing wild yeast would result in its taking over the entire brewery!), It's definately a powerful sour grain wheat-barley beer with fruit sweetness. In prior years, the Cranberry Lambic fell short in flavor and palate; something was missing. However, this year, I sampled the freshly brewed 2003-4 offering at the brewery (on tap, sigh, if only it were offered this way commercially) and I was floored - the color - a cloudy light crimson, and the fuller, bolder flavor with an almost winey note and great cranberry sweet-tart taste. The bottled versions in the winter pack are consistent with the tap version. If you don't enjoy fruit beers, please, don't bother. But if you enjoy a well crafted fruit beer, seek this one out. It's delicious. There's a bit of maple to it, too. If only we could get it in six packs or kegs...
bdhact1 (2) - , Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s only available in thier seasonal packs. Not available in 6 packs. You have to drink all the other beers in a case just to get 4 Lambics. I would perfer just the lambic in a 6 pack.
Pofessa (2) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2009 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
It tasted like urine. It was very disappointing. The taste is cloyingly sweet with a nasty aftertaste.
BrentInDC (1) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
It smelled pretty good and looked good as well. I swear, this beer had one of the worst aftertastes I've ever had the misfortune of tasting. Gave me goosebumps and not in a good way. I love Boston Lager and most other Sam Adams offerings but this was atrocious.
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Venessak (1) - alta loma, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is delicious, it’s light and flavorful. The crandberry is just enough in the beer to not over power but give you that fresh taste in your mouth, I enjoy it very much.