CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Dirty copper appearance with some head. Confusing fruit and creamed corn aroma with musty hoppiness. Body is semi-sour and fruity, but still maintains an American standard flavor. I applaud Sam Adams' willingness to attempr to brew a beer in this style, but it could have been done much better. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tom’s UGT Pt. 2.My god this was awful. Rather univiting cloudy light brown and it gets worse from there. Really nasty pukey sweet caramel. I couldn’t smell it without feeling like I was going to gip. Undrinkable. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Blind tasting. Oak notes in aroma, light berry, light vanilla. Oak up front followed up by beery fruit syrup. The type of fruit was tought to decipher in this being blind. little tartness & zero sourness. We were told ahead that it was labeled a fruit lambic 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours an orange hue with adequate carbonation & lacing. Aroma is acidic with a minor apple smell. Initial taste is again acidic, with what could be best described as a cross between a pear, an apple, cranberries, and a squeeze of lemon. Moderate sweetness coats the mouth upon finishing. Compared to previous years, I find this one isn't as offensive.HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev. Now don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t *vile* but ... Poured cloudy orange with a small off-white head. Oddly sweet/sour aroma of sweet oak resin malt, paint thinner, caramel, burnt straw - dusty dry but cloying and tart at the same time. Taste - oh! - tart cranberry, burnt sweet caramel - tart and cloying and a nasty almost chemical lingering aftertaste develops. Mouthfeel quite thick, syrupy, acidic and flat - I mean really thick, not in a good way. Weird beer - not a success, no matter what they were trying for.
wlajwl (6803) - 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. Braudog (6710) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 True amber hue with solid head that stayed with it. The aroma is almost medicinal. Flavor-wise, this is too waaaaaaaay sweet for my palate, with a super-tart berry, champagne-y character. I’ve really tried, but this is one of the very few beers I can’t even force down a glass of and wouldn’t offer it to friends. ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 2001 bottle. pours a nice whitish-yellow. I was so impressed that the cranberry was subtle after having the cherry wheat. I love the bitterness too. why dont they make this not seasonal so i can study it more!
2002 bottle. Well I had it the next release the winter after this. TERRIBLE. one word, CLOYING. It had this nasty maple syrup taste that pervaded the beer and lingered on the palate forcing me to rinse my mouth out with something else. Let’s see what next season brings.
2004 bottle Garbage. Lightly sweet cranberries, some light pils malts. This resembles a lambic about as much as I resemble a giraffe. It’s funny, though, I still do remember that first bottle back in 2001 being pretty good. Probably just an inexperienced palate, though. Can’t imagine this was ever actually good. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Pours a ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma is lots of sour cranberries and thats about it. Flavor was just sickley cranberry flavor,a nd definately not good or not a lambic. egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Poured a gold orange color with a medium sized fluffy white head. Aroma of berry and malt. Not a lambic, more of a sweet cranberry drink. Not all that enjoyable.