blutt59 (5998) - 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
5000 (5982) - 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.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev. Now don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t *vile* but ... Poured cloudy orange with a small off-white head. Oddly sweet/sour aroma of sweet oak resin malt, paint thinner, caramel, burnt straw - dusty dry but cloying and tart at the same time. Taste - oh! - tart cranberry, burnt sweet caramel - tart and cloying and a nasty almost chemical lingering aftertaste develops. Mouthfeel quite thick, syrupy, acidic and flat - I mean really thick, not in a good way. Weird beer - not a success, no matter what they were trying for.
drowland (5893) - 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. I’d take a real one over this any day.
deyholla (5849) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy reddish gold with a small white head. Aroma had strong tart cranberry notes as well as some acid. Flavor was a bit syrupy with a cranberry juice flavor as well as some acid and sour notes.
blankboy (5735) - 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) ’Saranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tasting’. 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? It’s different that’s for sure. Fruit, maple syrup and malt -- starts decent enough but has a mildly unpleasant aftertase. Medium bodied. Overall it’s quite mediocre, it definitely doesn’t blow away those weak-ass Saranacs we had. it’s 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...
BBB63 (5699) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
i think i got this baaastard in the mix box for xmas, not a lambic, god i hope it isn;t but not a bad beer, more refreshing than anything, but forgetable!
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.
blipp (5594) - 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. I’m not crazy about cranberry drinks in general. This one was just to much for me. Worst of their winter 12 pack by far.