hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
One of the few, if not the only, beer from Sam Adams that I am disappointed with. Pours a pale amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is quite off-putting. Cranberry and malt...that’s okay, but there’s an odor of sourness (sour milk?) that is a turn off. Taste is okay. Cranberries, malt, and honey. But there’s still that sourness. Ugh.
mstrcrwly (699) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2015
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
As Denis Leary said in one of his stand up specials...he reached for a beer..took a big gulp and spit it out..Cranberry ale..beer is for drinking,cranberries are for bladder infections..’nuff said.
chinchill (3128) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass (from notes).
A - Pours a reddish copper; hazy with short tan head.
S - grape more than cranberry? Fruity and spicy belgian-style lambic aroma.
T - mix of sour, sweet and bitter, in that order. OK finish
M - smooth excepting slight bite
O: an unusual lambic that is not so sweet as to be delegated to dessert beer. Should pair well with some foods.
slowrunner77 (7280) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
"i’m liking the wild yeast more these days, but this is a beer i just can’t get into. just don’t like the flavor. the nose is better, but not by much. this is the only beer in the holiday pack i don’t enjoy."
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from foppa78- thanks again, Mat! So glad to finally get a hold of this gem. Pours a hazy reddish color, kind of dull, with a small white head that really just settles into a ring with a few wisps of film. Aroma of cranberry, vanilla, oak, caramel, banana, clove, and nutmeg. Kind of like a fruit pie. Flavor of cranberry, caramel, brown sugar, leather, earth, nutmeg, cardboard, and banana. Medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a fruity, juicy mouthfeel that dries on the finish. Not bad. Weird, but not bad at all.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The body has a hazy appearance with a deep reddish tan, rust color. On top it has a small slightly pinkish white head. The head slowly fades down to a thick ring that hangs on well and leaves some lace on the glass. The aroma hits you with tart wheat and tart cranberry along with cherry cough syrup, sweet maple syrup and a hint of yeast. The flavor has an odd mix of tangy wheat, tart cranberry, cough syrup, sweet grain, maple syrup, and just a hint of some yeast. The finish quickly goes from syrupy sweet to tangy and slightly acidic and then hangs on the tongue. The body is medium to full with a heavy slick and almost sticky texture. Carbonation is delicate and gets lost in the heavy texture.
Headbanger (3544) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle 7/02 (Old Notes)-Pours reddish with a small head. Aroma of sour, cranberry, and sweetness. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is nicely balanced and not too shabby.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best by mar, 2010
Compliments of the dentist
A: pink, ruddy a finger of white foam leaves spotty lace. Sheet left.
S: smells like grain and hints of cherry(?)
T: tastes like sweet cranberries and cherries.
M: thin and dry and flat
O: well, actually great for women.
Serving type: bottle
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This must be the worst lambic I’ve had. It doesn’t really taste like it has much wild yeast in it, more like a mildly cranberry wheat beer.
merc7186 (2612) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It has been about 10+ years since Ive had this beer and decided to give it another try (plus my wife wanted to try it)
The beer poured decently with a orangish/reddish hue that passes through some light, has a decent off white head and leaves good lacing on the glass. The beer smells decent with a nice blend of sour fruit (cranberry and plum) and belgian sugars. The taste is medicore with a mild cranberry smoothness but not much else with it. The mouthfeel is decent as the beer is well carbonated, light bodied, and leaves you with a weak watery mouth. Overall, its exactly what it is advertised as, a Cranberry Lambic. I am not a fan of people who give it a bad rating because it wasnt an IPA or stout....it is what it says it is.
pras (532) - Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The only thing true to the beer is that it has a hint of cranberry. It is not a lambic and gives the style a bad name. I tried it skeptically, and was proved that my hunch was right. Boo!