blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, faint pink haze, fruity nose with sour grape and berry flavors, finish is nice but thin
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled, at brewtopia beerfest. pretty strange-o. pale, amber with a faint head. detergent aroma but then some interesting brandy butter flavours. a bit on the sweet side but an original flavour at least
drowland (5693) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Just really not that great... not very much like your traditional tangy Belgian lambic. Iíd take a real one over this any day.
blankboy (5616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev at the (hopefully last) íSaranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tastingí. Fifth beer of the night and the first Samuel Adams -- after the last 4 lacklustre Saranacs it can only be uphill from here right? Right? Pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head. Sweet, artificial-like aroma of cranberries with yeast and spices. The flavour is...interesting? Itís different thatís for sure. Fruit, maple syrup and malt -- starts decent enough but has a mildly unpleasant aftertase. Medium bodied. Overall itís quite mediocre, it definitely doesnít blow away those weak-ass Saranacs we had. itís a nice attempt at trying something different but for the most part it fails. I hope the next Sam Adams on the list is better...
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours an orange hue with adequate carbonation & lacing. Aroma is acidic with a minor apple smell. Initial taste is again acidic, with what could be best described as a cross between a pear, an apple, cranberries, and a squeeze of lemon. Moderate sweetness coats the mouth upon finishing. Compared to previous years, I find this one isn't as offensive.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
First, as noted, this is NOT a lambic, does not have that fresh sour kick that many do. Bright red hue with a small pink head and almost no lacing. The aroma is that of cranberries with some light cereal, floral, and ginger twang. The taste is just god awful, fake cranberry tartness in a musty yeast body. The lingering aftertaste made me run for crackers and water. I like some well made fruit beers, this isn't one of them.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle massive thanks to hopscotch! Pours a muddy brown, but nice head. Aroma is lightly aciic, fruity, lacking somewhat but wheaty notes and quite unusal indeed. Taste is a strange sensation that takes quite a while to get used too, but thin cranberry juice is very noticeable aswell as other acidic dry fruit flavours. Theres no denying this isnt a top beer but its refreshing and im quite glad i have another.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a thin head. Has an aroma of clove, banana, and some tart cranberries. It actually smells pretty good! Wow, nevermind. This tastes pretty bad. Its got a watered down cranberry juice flavor with a mild clove finish. Kind of thin. At least it smells good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours an amber beer with an off white head. Some light acidic cranberry and lemon. This was pretty bad even for a fruit beer, maybe SA should stick to their lagers.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Bottle. Appearance: Pink amber, eggshell head. Aroma: Sweet, tart and fruity. Cranberry dominates. Also a little wheaty. Palate: Medium/light. Flavor: Very sweet cranberry. Kind of tart. Was a weird, dairy, almost yogurt like sourness. Overall: I poured half of this beer down the drain. Iím not crazy about cranberry drinks in general. This one was just to much for me. Worst of their winter 12 pack by far.