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RATINGS: 1117   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 11/20
blutt59 (6413) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
bottle, faint pink haze, fruity nose with sour grape and berry flavors, finish is nice but thin

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a pinkish amber with a large pink head. Aroma is overly yeasty, making me think they went way too far with the Belgian concept and forgot the lambic part. There is a hint of tart fruit in the nose as well. Some tart cranberry flavor, but it is overpowered by the yeastiness. Seeing as I am not a big fan of yeasty beers to begin with, I had to dump this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of cranberries, wheat and some sugar. Taste is mild cranberry and caramel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle: A rather sour and skunky smell. Grassy with light cranberry and lemon. Pours a transparent dark gold with a minimal head. Grassy and skunky with some cranberry and lemon tartness in the finish. Rule me out as a fan of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Well first of all this is not a lambic. Let us all be perfectly clear on that. Not so long ago I would have been ignorant of the difference, and no doubt when the Boston Beer Company first started brewing this the people who could have called them on this injustice were no doubt few and far between. As American beer sensibilities have grown, this brewer really should step up and rename the beer but that is really another subject all together. Let us actually get to the task of rating the beer. Firstly put aside all notion of this being a lambic - as already discussed. Next look at presentation. A pretty label - if rather typical for the brewer, and at least a brown bottle. The pour is orange-amber color with a medium sized yellow head. Pretty enough but not exactly noteworthy in appearance. The aroma is light and vaguely fruity - though I would have been hard pressed to guess cranberry on nose alone. The flavor is largely lacking in any real malt flavor or body. There is a sour fruit flavor that is distinctly cranberry but this beer has little else to challenge the palate. In passing the beer around the reviews ran from "God awful" to "Not too shabby." In essence what we get is a mild, fruit flavored beer that appeals to that type of drinker and disappoints those who prefer more body and malt.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
Braudog (6177) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 True amber hue with solid head that stayed with it. The aroma is almost medicinal. Flavor-wise, this is too waaaaaaaay sweet for my palate, with a super-tart berry, champagne-y character. I’ve really tried, but this is one of the very few beers I can’t even force down a glass of and wouldn’t offer it to friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Strykzone (6176) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2007
A nice looking pour with a big active head. Aroma is sweet cranberry. Flavor is much better than I expected. The cranberry stands out nicely and blends well with the wheat. An interesting cranberry aftertaste remains. The fruit pretty much covers the wheat flavors but they are there. This is not really a lambic but it is a surprisingly nice fruit/wheat beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6134) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a red-orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel, maple syrup and cranberries. The flavor is heavy on the cranberries with some vanilla and maple notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I tried this several years ago and remember hating it. Not sure what is different this time, but I didn’t dislike it - even though I went in expecting to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerman6686 (6015) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Pours a ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma is lots of sour cranberries and thats about it. Flavor was just sickley cranberry flavor,a nd definately not good or not a lambic.

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