Bill Becker (1371) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017 forceten (2) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! Sam Adams must have re-arranged the recipe, a bit for their 2003-4 Cranberry "lambic". While not a Lambic in the true style (the yeasts of Lembeek are not present in the US, and importing wild yeast would result in its taking over the entire brewery!), It's definately a powerful sour grain wheat-barley beer with fruit sweetness. In prior years, the Cranberry Lambic fell short in flavor and palate; something was missing. However, this year, I sampled the freshly brewed 2003-4 offering at the brewery (on tap, sigh, if only it were offered this way commercially) and I was floored - the color - a cloudy light crimson, and the fuller, bolder flavor with an almost winey note and great cranberry sweet-tart taste. The bottled versions in the winter pack are consistent with the tap version. If you don't enjoy fruit beers, please, don't bother. But if you enjoy a well crafted fruit beer, seek this one out. It's delicious. There's a bit of maple to it, too. If only we could get it in six packs or kegs...
From Dec 2005
Poured in glass(room temp) with a smallish head that dissipated quickly. The colour is a cloudy reddish gold.
The smell is of some kind of sweetness that isn't all that attractive.
The taste is an unpleasant sweetness that has some sourness to it but that's not a saving point in this case. My goodness, this is a very difficult to drink concoction. Maybe serving this at very cold temps would help? Blech. gripweed57 (2805) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2017
From old tasting notes. Amber gold color with a pinkish head. Small bubbly white head. Tangy, fruity malt nose. Zesty tart malt palate. The tartness is offset by a hoppy bitterness that comes in the midtaste. Little finish or aftertaste to speak of. Pales in comparison to the Belgian Lambics. mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2015
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 (5230) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
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 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"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 (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2014
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 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
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 (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2014
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
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
12-05-2011 ads135 (4933) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2013
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.