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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The world’s foremost cranberry region is our very own South Coast. Thus, we had to brew this beer and indeed, we’ve 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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3.4
jesperhammer (5039) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
22-MAR-2012, bottle @Papsø. Dark dark brown, almost no head. Acetone nose with red wine. Taste is fruity - red fruits. Roast-like... Very sour with sour berries. Fine.

3.8
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a hazy brown with a smaller off white head. Aroma of toffee, tart cranberries and some barnyard funk. Flavor of tart cranberries, some toasted malt, light oak and cherries.

3.8
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
Poured a hazy deep golden brown color. the aroma was tart with big leather and some woody notes. Tart and woody flavor with a cranberry middle. Bretty dry bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.

3
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
translucent brown-ruby, light white head, heavy lacing. Nose is lightly dusty, bit of dry fruit. Flavor is very watery, light cranberry, lightly dry, earthy rainwater finish.

3.5
IrishBoy (4259) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2007 750ml bottle from AllDayDrinker! Thanks! Nose of light funky brett with a bunch of earthy oakiness thrown in. It appears opaque when the glass is fuller but when the level gets to less than an inch it is clear rusty red brown with a small beige head. Flavor is light, funky barnyard with some oak and light cranberries. The earthy oak mostly covers the cranberries.

3.5
FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
Pours with a fat, two-finger thick, darkish tan colored head that I fairly dense. The beer is quite dark, with a opaque burnt amber color; when held up to the light the beer passes just a touch of light, but remains quite opaque with a deep haze and a touch of ruby red color around the edges. Up front there is a nice tart berry character but as my nose gets down into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip the oak character becomes quite dominant, the oak ca not shake the cranberry character completely though and there is also a backdrop of Brettanomyces funk. The barrel contributes aromas of vanillin, spicy oak and an almost a bourbon like character, while rich fruit notes of tart berries, prunes and black currants are also here, as are funky notes of musty wood, a touch of butyric acid sweat dried leather and a sharp and funky phenolic note that lightly spices up the aroma. Other notes of black pepper, lemon pepper, toasted malt and a touch of savory add to the overall character of this complex nose. The aroma is quite rich, the beer smells like it has a lot more body than a typical Lambic.

The beer is actually fairly light bodied, it was almost shockingly so after immersing myself in the perceived richness of the nose. The lightness is about right for a Lambic, though seems to be missing that lush, almost creamy quality that a good Lambic has. The beer is somewhat tart, though not aggressively so and this mixes in with the roasted grain character in the finish that further dries things out. The roast character isn’t huge, but does contribute a cold, slightly acidic, burnt, cold, black coffee flavor to the finish that has a touch of charcoal in it. The dark grain actually contributes a fair amount to the acidity of this brew. Interestingly there isn’t much cranberry flavor noticeable, it seems to contribute more to the nose. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit more texture, body and an almost creaminess. This definitely needs to be served on the warm side of cool, as it was a bit too thin at first. The oak character, so noticeable in the nose, almost plays a secondary role in the flavor; the beer has a substantial spicy oak component, perhaps a touch of buttery oak and a certain tannic quality that can coat the palate and dry out the overall effect of this beer.

My second pour has me noticing an interesting farmhouse cheese note in the aroma, though it is quite fleeting. While not overwhelmingly roasted, the base beer puts a very strong stamp on the character of this beer; toasted, lightly roasted grain notes are quite noticeable and keep this from being anything remotely resembling a Lambic. It is certainly a stretch to call this a Lambic of any sort, not only is the base beer completely wrong, but it doesn’t really have the requisite mix of flavors either. Still, name aside, this is an interesting, pretty tasty brew that is fun to drink.

3.8
beastiefan2k (4236) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2008
Thank you Alldaydrinker. The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a medium thick head. It has a funky and sour aroma. The sourness is very lambic-authentic. There is just a hint of cocoa and chocolate malts peaking through, way behind the sour and funk. The taste is not so sour, more of the cranberry coming through. The beer finishes with some tartness and light funk and a faint burst of sweet cocoa as well. It’s very easy drinking and a nice starter lambic.
Again, big thanks to Jeff, 750mL cork&wire, Rodenbach GC smaller tulip glass.

3.8
Jow (4214) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2014
Maybe I was getting drunk by this point but I really enjoyed this older bottle brought by dicksonbeer. pours brownish ruby with nose of tart cranberry. tastes of cranberry skins, lemon juice, pale mat, vinous fruits, touch minerally, and some vinegar. not overly tart but pretty pleasant

4.3
WeeHeavySD (3399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2008
750ml via trade with alldaydrinker, thanks dude. Shared at my Halloween tasting 09. Pours blackish red/brown with a tan head. Nose is amazing. killer fantastic. Its super tart with a lot of cranberry. Amazing nose. Taste is sweet and tart with cranberry. Awesome taste as well. Really excellent.

3.7
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 750ml bottle from nelson...thanks m friend....pours a dark caramel brown with a light frothy head ....aroma of musty tart vinegar and light cherry sweetness....flavors of tart and enjoyable light red fruit flavor. good carbonation and mouthfeel......girls dancing around me are distracting........good beer


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