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Cranberry Saison | Buzzards Bay Brewing

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Cranberry SaisonCranberry Saison

Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tzieser on 08-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ThirstyBird:
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark honey in color with a clear view through. Cream colored head slowly falls to a skim coat. The smell seems rather simple and appealing. Some sweet malt with some citrus and some tartness that I think is coming from the cranberries. The taste is similar to smell in that it has a definite cranberry tartness, sweet malt and fruitiness. Finishes fairly dry and tart - very clean.The body is light/medium with fairly lively carbonation which prevents it from being real smooth. Overall an interesting brew and enjoyable.

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Photo of croakey
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just Beer brewery is definitely one of my new favorite things to do on boring school weekends. I picked up a case of this stuff.

Appearance: Golden color with a nice thick head.

Smell: Clean smell with a very faint fruity hint to it.

Taste: Awesome! At first sip i had to second guess myself. It has a great taste to it. Very clean, slightly carbonated, taste to it.

Chances are I'm definitely going to pick up a case of it again hopefully.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Only says "Saison" on the label. Website indicates that this is made with Cranberries and thus has apparently been labeled "Cranberry" Saison on Beer Advocate, despite the word "cranberry" appearing no where on the label.

Pours a clear orange amber with a very short white head that quickly fades.

Nose is oranges, smoked lightly burned toast and grilled chestnut with undertones of green herbs.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but flavors and finish somewhat make up for lack of mouthfeel.

Flavors are simple but assertive green herb, green pepper, white pepper and undertones of celery and salt. There is a hint of sweet in the front palate and absolutely no cranberry in nose, flavor or finish whatsoever.

Finish is a short green herb character and a light coffee bitter.

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Photo of errantnight
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, deep honey gold with a hint of amber. A nice frothy head to start with reasonable retention and very mild lacing. Aroma is appealing, fruit-laced esters and a touch of cracker and white pepper. On the palate this is astringently bitter and a bit thin, unfortunately. It's appropriately dry, but it lacks a complexity above some pale malt sweetness up front and a wheaty twang through the middle, disappearing into that astringency. I don't think the cranberries brought a desired component to the recipe. All that said, I notch it up slightly on drinkability for being an overall pleasant experience, particularly on the nose, just needs some refinement, and could probably stand to lose the cranberry and get a touch more aggressive on the fermentation side.

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Photo of tzieser
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

first off, words can't describe how happy i was to see the classic Buzzards Bay Brewing Company labels and 12oz bottles again. apparently just beer brewing created this beer for a brewing club, but they had some left over so they're selling cases of 12oz bottles. i was also told that this was an older buzzards bay recipe, but i can't confirm that. what i can confirm is that this beer is delicious and possibly the best that just beer has put out.

a: poured from a 12oz BBBC bottle into a BBBC pint glass (yay!). two plus finger foamy head quickly settles into a very thin lacing. initially a crystal clear amber-ish color but i saw some sediment that was still in the bottle so i swirled that around and poured it in. now it's cloudy as hell with light red undertones. not bad, but i wish it was foamier because now it looks like fresh-pressed apple juice.

s: aromas of pepper, coriander, wheat and slight farmhouse/grassy notes. very faint fruit aroma (cranberry?)

t: wow. quite delicious. aforementioned peppery, grassy flavor with noticible wheat flavor. leaves subtle notes of fresh tart cranberry flavor. overall, not too herbal as some hardcore saisons, but still "saisony" enough to be happy with. cranberry adds a very unique and satisfying flavor

m&d: good and "exceptional"

i've had many saisons (almost all of which i haven't reviewed), but this is one of the better ones, which surprises me because this is the first belgian-style beer just beer has created. personally, i think it's the best beers they've made. a refreshing session saison? i'm game. recommended.

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Photo of derekmorris7
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. The cranberry is barely noticeable but makes for a moderately sweet beer. I truly enjoyed this. Very tough to find.

A > Nice amber with golden tones

S > Sweet yet not over powering

T > Good taste, sweetness comes through but not overpowering

M > Nice cling to your palatte but clean

D > Surprisingly drinkable

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains subtle cranberries, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a tart but not over-powering cranberry flavor. Then some bready flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. There are some sweet flavors of caramel and other fruits in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while adding the nicely done twist of cranberries, there are better beers in the style but this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for something a bit different.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle purchased from the brewery on 09/11/2010. Served in my ST tulip - poured a translucent orange-copper with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head embedded with tiny ringlets. Head quickly disperses into a thin, broken skim that coalesces around the shoulders. Very pleasant nose - grassy, with some citric acid and a light cranberry character. Taste follows nose; however, there is also a slightly herbal quality, maybe cloves, that cuts across the body. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a slight acidity and a carbonation that is lively, but also a bit gassy. Definitely not on the funky side of the Farmhouse spectrum, but this beer is so drinkable and tasty. One of the best offerings I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of getgetgettleman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 12/9/10

A = Nice amber color with a tinge of pinkness. Mild carbonation with average head. Limited lace.

S = Mild nose of berry and hops. Soothing and pleasant.

T = Hints of flower, hops, but never really got the cranberry. Unremarkable but paltable.

M = For mild carbonation, it was tingley to the tongue on the front end. Maybe that was the cranberry? Finish was dry but not long lasting. Again, unremarkable.

D = I gave it an above average drinkability rating because of its pleasant smell and appearance. I like the idea of using the cranberry. I was expecting a sour/bitter taste but never really got that. Maybe this needs to be fermented longer or variations in cranberry ripeness needs to be explored.

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Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Cranberry Saison from Buzzards Bay Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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