RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
The worlds foremost cranberry region is our very own South Coast. Thus, we had to brew this beer and indeed, weve been a little cran-crazy here at Buzzards Bay Brewing. We brewed a special batch of black lager and barrel aged it in a Cabernet Sauvignon soaked French oak barrel (from the Nevers region) for 12 months. During that time the lactic bacteria (already in the barrel) fermented the remaining sugar and created a deliciously dry and somewhat sour beer. We took some South Coast cranberries fresh from the bog, crushed them and added them to the brew. The cranberries added not only a delightful cranberry aroma and mouth-watering tartness, but also a wonderful red hue. Bottle conditioned, this is a very tasty, tart, South Coast rendition of the traditional lambic style. As this is a natural beverage - unfiltered, unfined and naturally carbonated, expect yeasty stuff as well as bits and pieces of real fruit to be floating around. Great for Thanksgiving! Yeah! Drink now or age for 1 to 5 years.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Sampled from a 750ml bottle, shared by kramer17801
Color of the body is a very dark purple and red, with a thin but decent tan/off-white head. Nose is a bit dry and dusty, and makes me want to use "basement" as a descriptor: musty, dry but damp. The yeast presence is quite nice - starts out peppery and spicy, turns sour and prickly, then fruity and soft, with some prickling acidity throughout. Cranberry character is mild, as it should be, I would say, and a little minerally as well, and the true tartness of the cranberries works really well. Some lactic qualities in the finish, with more of that dusty/basement flavor. Maybe it could use just a little bit of fruit sweetness to balance the tartness, but overall I cant complain much - its a new and unique type of beer for me, and I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Poured from a 750mL thanks to Jason. Nice nose of a fairly straight forward young lambic, blessed with a tartness of fruit skins. Dry and cottony right from the start. Incredibly deep dark ruby black pour (weird to make this with a black lager), with mountains of rose tinted foam. Flavor is parching, plenty of linens, pear seeds, tannic apple skin and pucking lime juice. Theres palpable cranberry pulp in there. Corner of the mouth invoking. Fairly well acidic. I feel like the cranberries and the cotton of the lambic are fighting. Its dry on dry. I wish there was a touch of sweetness to balance out the cottonmouth. The cranberry flavor is nice, as is the wild fermentation of this beer, but Im not totally into the combination. Also, the lambic character is incredibly clean, almost antiseptically so. Theres very little budge room for wildness, which is fine, it just leaves out some of the nuance. Overall, highly impressive for an American brewer (especially Buzzards Bay) to make such a daring brew and pull it off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
Hazy red brown body with a huge red off white head lasting forever, thick lacing; Super fresh nose, very carbonated, it has brett in a very little amount of fruit; A bit thin body, a bit innocent, bitter slightly fruity lactic acidy; Quite long finish, fruity but very little cranberry aroma, a little cranberry harsh. Good attempt and good beer, but not a lot of lambic to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Shared with jjpm and IMtheOptimator. I will hand it to this brewer that, especially after trying their english pale ale, this is a pretty good effort. Creamy, dark brown pour with a pinkish hue (hah!). A bit watery, cranberry aroma, very raw and fresh. Slight sourness, lemon. Good tartness in the flavor, with pretty strong cranberry notes, but lacking in body much like its cousin Upstream Gueuze (another american lambic attempt). The cranberries do play a nice note, but they feel kind of out of place in a beer -- and this is coming from someone who drinks many glasses on cranberry juice every day. Big thanks to John for sharing the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle shared with jjpm74 and puzzl. Poured a murky red with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of some light funkiness, some grassyness, some citrus and a bit of cranberries show through. Flavor is dry with some fruit flavor that seemed more in line with cherry than cranberry to me, a bit of toffee, some lemony citrus, a bit of funk. The lack of funkiness and tartness (well, comparatively to other lambics Ive had) gave this overall a more of a flemish sour feel. Not outstanding, but drinkable and good, and much better than I expected from the brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
EBF 07 looks liek the color on the label. sour cranberry aroma. taste is tart and sweet and woody i think they used a perfect amount of berries in here. this is very nice, although some people may find it too tart. i however like my beer like i like my women all tarts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Received this bottle about a month ago and had it chilling in the beer fridge since hoping any sediment would settle. Still when I popped the cork it fizzed like shaken champage. Pours a brown-red color. Red is more apparent in the stream of the pour. Thick enough that no light can sneak through the goblet. Thick, frithy white head with lots of spidered lace. Nose is cranberries. Ah, I miss the Cape. Flavor is a bit disappointing. Definitely front-loaded and back-ended with cranberries which is quite nice. But there is a sweetness that i almost fake--like nutrasweet. Also, cant pick out any of the yeast flavors that I usually associate with lambics. Nice tart and puckering finish. Thin and water mouth which is a bit disappointing. Still a nice attempt by an American brewery (that is underated in my opinion) at a style you do not see very often this side of the pond.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaveW (9) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 15, 2006 does not count
Yikes! Aromatics or cranberry, oak and wine. Tart and sour with a kicking dry finish. Had this with some roasted chicken and it was fabulously food friendly. Wish I had another bottle to age for a year or so because I think this is a baby right now.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Pours a brown mahongany with a thin head. Smells of sourness, barnyard, hay, grass, horseblankets, stale cranberries. Tastes of cranberries and gueuze blended with some bitter metallic notes. Not quite mature yet, but a lambic that will do well as it ages.

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