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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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3.5
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 750ml bottle, courtesy miketd. Pours an extremely cloudy, rusty, reddish-brown color with a fluffy tan head. Sudsy arch lacing breaks apart at the middle, the two halves drooping back into the pool beneath. The nose shows a mild barnyard funk overtone amidst a tart berry baseline, with hints of cocoa and a good deal of soured, saturated oak. Flavors are not as tart as the nose indicates, moderate cranberry sourness tempered considerably by substantial oak and hints of floral, herbal character. It’s quite earthy overall, some dustiness coming from the brett yeast. Medium bodied and balanced on the tongue, the finish is semi-dry to dry, but somehow lacking in substance. Interesting beer. I enjoyed reading about how it was made. It’s definitely not your standard fruit lambic, that’s for sure...more of a wild ale with fruit.

3.2
puzzl (3264) - 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.

3.4
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
750mL bottle, courtesy of kramer17801. Thanks, Jason! Pours a murky, yellowish-brown color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Funky, lemony soap and tannic aroma; cranberries and dry fruit leather. Dense, tart mouthfeel: sour cranberries (including skins) and tannic cherry character; a slightly soap, citrus note, but with plenty of dense red fruits and tartness; medium finish with tart cranberries and fruit leather.

3.8
auerbrau (3206) - 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. There’s 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. It’s 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 I’m not totally into the combination. Also, the lambic character is incredibly clean, almost antiseptically so. There’s 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.

3.2
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Very sour vinegar nose with light cherry. Taste is lightly sour with vinegar lots of caramel, oxidation and cola. Bleh.

3.3
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s Midtown Hotel room tasting post EBF 2010: 2008 version. Murky brown/amber pour with a creamy tan head. Sweet raspberry aroma- mild lactic tartness and toasted malt undertones. Fluffy body with some mild raspberry tartness and a touch of malt roast presence. Missing the funk and dryness of a true Lambic.

3.6
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
750ml bottle, ’08 vintage from zathrus13, thanks! Dark dense red color with a tan head. Light fruity cranberry aroma with a little wood in there as well. Seems a bit thin but did have a nice little tart cranberry flavor though with a real pleasant cranberry aftertaste. Not bad, but I would have liked a bit more body too it. (1143)

3.1
tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
750ml bottle. 2008 vintage. Funky vinegar, foot and sock, peanut butter, wood and tart fruit skin on the nose. A tiny bit of wet dog. Very little cranberry. Pretty dark, ruby, brown with a sustained thin khaki head. Flavor is rather watery and wholly nondescript. Like a mildly sour brown. A hint of acetic acid. Little tartness. Minimal cranberry... Absolutely not a fruit lambic. Maybe it’s just palate fatigue and toward the end of the night, but this one just doesn’t do it for me. Bland, watery with a bit of barrel tannin toward the finish. Oh well. Thanks Jeff!

3.1
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pour is ruddy amber with a tight big tan head...bandaid funk nose...sweet and not really tart or sour at all...lots of cranberry sauce from the can flavor...

3.1
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Lumpfest 2008- Drak russet with a light tan head with faint bubbles. Nose of very faint cranberries. Tart and dry with faint cranberry.


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