williamstome (1876) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Orange-red in color. Aroma is bananas, yeast and dried fruit. Flavor is malt and fruit. Not much cranberry. Not a lambic. magsinva (1250) - Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
First off, THIS IS NOT A SPONTANEOUSLY FERMENTED FRUIT LAMBIC!!! If you read their info on the beer they say it is "lambic style". (cranberries?? what cranberries??) I found it a bland, disappointing effort from Sam Adams. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
My dad always buys the Sam Adams seasonal variety packs. I used to love that he was showing an interest in craft; now, it’s about all here drinks. Long story short, I shouldn’t have to drink this again any time soon.
Pours a faint amber orange color with an off white head. Nose is loads of cranberry juice. The taste adds in a bit of caramel, but this makes it taste more like some caramel candies have been soaking in a glass of slightly-carbonated cranberry juice cocktail overnight. Feel is a bit cloying and a bit tart. Poor drinkability. Many of the winter pack beers are pretty decent; this one is not.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-16-2010 vikingguy (1103) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a cloudy orange-red color; foamy white head. Aroma of belgian yeast and aroma. Taste is has notes of cranberry, yeast, clove, and some spicy notes, maybe cinnamon. Fairly sweet but not overly so. Just a bit of tartness but not as much as you’d expect from a beer made with cranberries. Creamy texture and very drinkable. Hardly a lambic but I actually like this quite a bit. I’ll buy it again. wlajwl (6813) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 Thanksgiving cranberry aroma and flavor and rather thin in every other area One of my least favorite Sam Adams brews.
Hopopottamus (3) - - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
This was included in a Samuel Adams sampler I bought at a local distributor. I had never tried a lambic, but did some reading and was prepared for the different style. This beer was at best, bad. The appearance was nothing remarkable, being of a pale reddish-orange and cloudy at that. The head was of nice, foamy thickness and the aroma was fine, it smelled floral, fruity, and sweet. The taste was where it went into a tailspin. It tasted overwhelmingly of wheat, and had a hint of sourness among the ambiguous fruity flavors. The finish was cidery and sour, leaving nothing more to be desired. This was a bad experiment by Samuel Adams. DiarmaidBHK (4907) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle part of a sixer purchased at total wine. This is not a lambic. It’s a wheat beer. The color was very brown and cloudy like a wheat beer. The aroma was a Bit off. It did pour into a nice head. The taste was pure wheat. I didn’t get any cranberry notes at all or any of that great lambic sourness. The finish lingered a bit like turpentine. I can’t believe I have five more of these to drink. Perhaps I could donate them to charity. djaquay (138) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Minimal white head, no lace, dark red cloudy pour, light scent, light finish. Fruit taste was there, but not strong. LetsGoState (886) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Aroma is a little off, but has spices and sweetness. The cranberry taste is there, but it’s more of a wheat beer in my opinion - lots of wheat and spices. Overall not bad, but something is just a little off. arone12 (929) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours a brighter reddish color with some brown tints. Has an off white head with some red tones in it. Smells of cranberries and sugar. Taste is a bit sweet with some definite cranberry tastes mixed in. Beer is not overly sweet. Not too shabby.