Thumbprint Cran-Bic
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #20
Ranked #1,197
4.26 | pDev: 9.86%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again.

Sparkling and bright this is a Wisconsin original created for you in the traditional method employed by the Lambic Brewers of Belgium including five months of outdoor resting in oak barrels. Indigenous yeast and cranberries from the “wilds” of Wisconsin flawlessly pair to dance on your palette. You have discovered a rare and delightful treasure to be served cold in a fluted glass.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 vintage (bottle reads 'A161'); consumed on 4/2/21

Pours an almost completely clear, vibrant, golden rusty orange body capped with over two fingers of fluffy, off-white/pale pink foam; solid head retention yields a spotty, paper-thin cap, a slight yet frothy collar, and a generous misting of thin, webby/spotty lacing coating the walls of the glass.

Aroma offers an immediate punch of horsey funk peaking quickly into a mineralic salinity and tones of wet rocks; macerated cranberries and lighter strawberry esters come through strongly over the middle, as a cranberry juice sweetness builds into the back end and is leveled only slightly by tinges of barnyard funk.

Taste shows a tentative barnyard funk over the front of the palate, phasing into green apple and musty lime before cranberry washes over mid-palate; wet grass and a touch of fresh minerality gives way to overripe strawberry, musty red apple cores, and straw beneath the building, overripe cranberry overtone through the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body, silky and bordering on creamy in texture, along with a boggy puff of low-lying carbonation; a firm acidity tries meekly to counterbalance the encroaching sticky textures over the mid-palate as a tingly grit captures the back end and a weighty finish juxtaposes a crisp, nearly flaky dryness past the swallow.

Your typical New Glarus fruit intensity meshes cleanly with bursts of authentic funk, with an advancing sweetness composing the primary characteristics of a decidedly off-center and entirely competent take on a fruit lambic; traditional this is not, though the brewery signature places this proudly in a (sub-)category of its own.

Apr 03, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (2020 Vintage) into a pint glass. Pours bright red with a small white head. Smells of sour cranberries and other fruit notes. Tastes of sour cranberry with strawberry and other fruit note. Beer is light bodied yet a sipper, good carbonation. Overall, a superb beer.

Jan 11, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

335ml bottle - 2020 release - poured into a flute at 42°F.

Pours a crystal-clear pale scarlet hue, topped with a short, sudsy, pale pink head that quickly recedes, leaving some wispy lace behind.

Nose: Cranberry is very evident - natural and fresh, like a pot of lightly simmered cranberries. A bit jammy and juicy, but then a very subtle funk presence reveals itself, with some implied tartness, wheat, wet hay, oak, dusty stone, and general coolship funk notes. Definitely a lambic-like thread beneath the fruit. Subtle, restrained, and balanced - though very friendly and not at all challenging or funky.

Palate: Cran-Bic greets the palate with equal parts tartness and sweetness - exploding with a big, ripe, sweetened cranberry flavour - not dissimilar to natural cranberry juice, maybe a touch less sweet. Parallel to this tart, zippy acidity that leans mostly lactic, but with just a thread of balsamic vinegar. The sweetness keeps any pucker at bay, and the cranberry lends its own unique tartness. There's some pilsner malt, some musty wet oak, some subtle native microflora bacterial funk, sweaty brett, lemon, musty hops, drying grass, and red vinous character. The sweetness subsides, and some more classic wild/spontaneous ale notes emerge in the finish, with the oak taking over, letting some more brett, hay, stony minerality, lemon, and hay come forward. The finish itself is fairly dry, with some lingering oak, brett, and cranberry.

Mouthfeel/Body: Classic New Glarus right here. You know that Martinelli's sparking cider you get around the holidays? Light-bodied, with some residual sugar weight, and lively effervescence with incredibly fine fizzy bubbles. It's clean and snappy, with the oak and gentle acidity lending a nice drying element.

Overall: This is great. You know New Glarus beers are going to be sweet, so don't expect Cantillon here. Cran-tillon haha. joking. It isn't as sweet as those Lindeman's sweet lambics. This actually has some genuinely wild funk beneath the fruit, which is not syrupy, and is quite natural. It's jammy and fruity, with a nice wild spirit that shines through. Like lambic blended with a NG fruit beer. For what it is (a NG fruit beer), I think it's fantastic, and really shines with that Method Traditionelle influence coming through.

Nov 27, 2020
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new_glarus_stan_acct from Wisconsin

4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: The only thing that this one doesn't hit perfectly, it's a little light and belies how strong this one hits
S: You like cranberries? we got cranberries
T: unlike some of NG's other fruit beers, this is not a sweet one, a beautifully mature sour taste that lends itself to a slow drink. Nothing else can really hit quite like this even among other cranberries. Some people are saying that it's too sour but that's truly where it strength lies.
F: a slight fizz, matching its faint sweetness, overall the feel definitely complements the flavor.

O: This is my favorite NG product, you can't do cranberries better than this.

Nov 23, 2020
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smbslt from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Red-orange with a hint of cloudiness, substantial pink head that retreats to a thin layer surrounded by a creamy ring that stubbornly adheres to the side of the tulip stretching and recoiling with every tilt of the glass.
Sweet aroma with some berry and a touch of brett funk.
Starts with a crazy tartness that morphs into a complex fruity richness and depth .
Releasing carbonation accentuating the thick coating nature

Not an everyday treat but a treat none the less.

Oct 17, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottled into a stemmed goblet. pours an opaque ruby red with a finger or so of firm white foam head. funky hay and grass with cranberry and lemon on the nose. heavy cranberry on the tongue with a lightly funky and even lighter sour finish. typical lambic mouthfeel with it being a touch thinner than most farmhouse ales and a little more carbonated. this is delicious. very glad to have picked up a 4pk.

Sep 20, 2020
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I sometimes question that my creativity is dwindling. I think convenience can be a wonderful thing, but like preassembled IKEA furniture, it does sacrifice some creativity and character. I love being able to snap photos of new beers that I tried, however I also sometimes feel that my connection with the beer has become lost, especially as I have fallen out of love for writing the long reviews of the drink I love.

Cran-bic 2020 is not a beer made for convenience, with its slow drinking character and sharp tartness. For tonight, I have attempted to bring back a part of the old me; the early 2010s vintage of my beer geekdom, but revived this one time, in the year the Wu-Flu. On to the beer:

Cran-bic 2020 pours like a rosé wine, clean bodied and pinkish red body with lively bubbles visibly running through the body. Head leaves a few washes of creamy lace that hold to the glass. I smell an appetizing sour beer. Cranberries are one of those fruits that I have little experience in the raw, so for me it’s tough to exactly gauge how much cranberry I should be smelling, but if there’s one brewery who I would trust the most for fruit beer, it’s New Glarus.

Oh mama! You may be inclined to curl your toes after a sip. The acidity, the fruit, the sourness, it’s all lined up beautifully. You keep wanting to go back to your glass for another sip, even though this beer packs a wallop of pleasing acidity seen in a good lambic. This runs in a body which darts small bubbles onto your palate and sticks the fruit of cranberries there as well, and well into the aftertaste.

Raspberry Tart, Wisconsin Belgian Red, Berliner Apfel, Serendipity, Nectar Ale, now Cran-bic 2020. I’m immune to amazement of any New Glarus fruit beers, because I have become used to their excellence in spades. This is country miles ahead of the infamous Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic that was on market during the mid-2000s, perhaps my only other run-in with a beer labeled as such. Which fruit sour will they roll out with next?

Sep 18, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016 - drank August 9th, 2016. Excellent berry - very tart.

Vintage 2018 - drank April 9th, 2018. Seems a bit more syrupy and sweet than I recall the last batch being. But my memory sucks. I like this. Tartness and cranberry on point.

Feb 24, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely, clear pale pinkish-golden color with a finger-and-a-half of similarly-tinted head. Decent retention and nice foamy lacing.

Light cranberry, light vinegar, strong wood and some must make up the nose. Much less fruit forward than I expected from New Glarus, although not inappropriate for the style.

There’s a flash of the fruit I had expected in the taste though: a burst of pure cranberry juice. It’s coupled with not just cranberry tartness, but some actual sourness, a dose of barnyard funk and nice wood character.

On the heavy side of medium bodied with a sticky feel and nice slow-building, champagne-like sparkle.

This is a really nice tasting beer. It has that bright, juicy pop you get from New Glarus fruit and field beers, balanced with a lot of the depth and complexity of a well-crafted lambic. I’m enjoying it immensely. 2018 version.

Jun 22, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a deep reddish orange topped by a dense finger of white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing
S: Smells of some slight creamy wheat with some nice cranberry sourness.
T: Taste is a nice cranberry flavor with some nice tart and slight sour notes with some nice underlying maltyness with a slight wheat like presence. hints of funk and a touch of oak going on as well. On the swallow the beer has more of that tart cranberry with a little more maltyness to help tie things together.
M: This beer has a body that is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. Great flavors with some nice complexity as well. New Glarus has a really dialed in sour program and this one is no exception. Worth a try if you can find it.

Oct 27, 2018
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus really nails it when it comes to fruit beers, and this is no exception. This Cran-Bic is a lovely combination of fruit (cranberries and some other flavors), oak, and a bit of Belgianish yeast. It's tart, and will pucker your mouth a bit, but that's in keeping with the nature of cranberries. I wouldn't call it a sour at all. This is the kind of beer that makes those of us not from Wisconsin envy those with routine access to New Glarus.

Aug 06, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter shade of cherry red color with scant off white cap and decent lacing.

Deep aroma of slightly tart, slightly sweet cherry in an amount I can only call bold.

Taste is almost an equal mix of tart-sweet ripe cranberry that is balanced and rather complex. Not sour, not thin with mouth filling flavor.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Made in a lambic style with wild yeast and local cranberries this one is a pleasure to drink.

Jun 29, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter 2018 bottling.

A: nice bright red body with just a little bit of haziness, Head was a tiny off white fizz that disappeared quickly.

S: the cranberry definitely pops, but I also get light bits of raspberry, apple, and some vinegar with just the lightest wheat smell.

T: oh my the cranberry is so huge and full then you get a little bit of the acidic bite from the fruit and just the lightest bit of tartness and then a flush of sweetness.

M: medium bodied decent carbonation coats the tongue and clings.

O: This is what you want fruit beers to taste like, it’s not sickly sweet but it has so much fruit flavor. Very approachable for people who do not like sours. If you are looking for something tongue buckling sour This isn’t it.

Jun 21, 2018
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jhartley from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a JK Snorkel glass.

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red body with a fizzy head of bubbles on top.

Aroma: Oh yeah! Cranberry, lambic funkiness, a red wine-like smell as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Plenty of cranberry fruit and tart and sour funk. A light and fizzy mouthfeel the helps the tartness of this one.

Overall: A tasty beer full of tart and sweet flavors and yet it isn't too overpowering that you can drink it. A lovely beer.

Jun 03, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Jolly Rancher red with a quick to fizzle out dull pink foam.

Smell is cranberry, cherry and raspberry candies that are quickly joined by funky oak and horse blanket with dusty walnut and brie.

Taste is quite tart and sweet candied cherry with nicely contrasting semi-bitter cranberry skin and plenty of oak, which is surprising for one of these crazily fruited New Glarus bottles. Some black pepper and a little hay funk consistently underlie the brighter notes.

A medium body has a nice fulfilling froth that fizzles to a thinner carbonation and then a semi-dry, tingly finish.

The review with all the likes is right...and I just had a Pulling Nails. This beer is outstandingly balanced between fruit and truly authentic wild maturity, and is objectively better than many SP sours I've had.

May 16, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red with one finger fizzy white. The head fades into a thin ring leaving some nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet and tart cranberries and red wine vinegar.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet and tart cranberries, raspberry, green apple skins, red wine vinegar and a touch of oak.

M -Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic lambic. The cranberries add a fantastic balance of sweet and tart. I wish there were more cranberry lambics around.

May 09, 2018
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Savan from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rose hue w/ thin head that soon becomes a thin lacing. This beer smells amazingly of cranberry and red-wine vinegar. Cranberry is the most obvious flavor, its tart, crisp and refreshing over all too! I a lil disappointed i only picked up one 4pk while in WI :(

Apr 20, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$11.99 4-Pack
Roy's Market - New Glarus, WI

Cran-bic is an absolute beauty of a beer. It is saturated dark ruby red. The clarity is to be appreciated as just a hint of cloudiness runs throughout which helps the body glow when backlit. Carbonation rushes quickly up the sides of the glass in streams that bolster the impressive white foam. The head has surprising staying power for the type of beer. It shrinks after a few minutes but never disappears beyond a thick crown. This beer looks great.

The nose is mouthwatering, though doesn't have the depth as some of the older vintages. Cranberry gets it going with a soft touch of sweetness. There's a nice play of natural cranberry tartness in the middle that balances the sweetness. A good minerality runs front to back, sometimes bolder than others, and a soft damp oakiness. A smattering of straw and a wheat twang bring up the backend. The tart component gets the salivary glands producing.

Now the flavor brings more depth and complexity. It's cranberries alright, front to back tartness. There's a sprinkling of sweet in there but it's natural and simply to keep some semblance of balance. Another welcoming touch of minerality is reminiscent of wet stone while a soft, damp oakiness left some fingerprints. A wheaty twang, a sprinkling of straw, and an earthy floral quality round it all out. This is some good beverage.

The feel sits where it oughta'. The body is on the light side of medium with a snappy, reflexive carbonation. It's doesn't quite become airy but it's just about there before the swallow. The swallow isn't necessarily dry but it does leave a puckering tartness that tends to linger which makes you salivate until the next drink. It's an easy beer to put away, there's no doubt about that.

This is another terrific beer from New Glarus. It's bright and fruity with without being sweet. it brings along a mouthwatering tartness with some nice wild notes. It's a beer I've had non-beer drinkers really enjoy. It's approachable and fun, delicious and special but still tart and complex. Ponder or drink away, your choice.

Apr 17, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a gorgeous reddish pink with a minimal head. The aroma is bright and fruity, with hits of vinegar, and then the cranberry, with hints of other red and blue fruits. The flavor starts gentle and fruity, with fresh berry flavors, meditating between blueberry, cranberry, and underripe raspberry, with a kick of vinegar and a hint of spice. The motuhfeel is semi full with fuzzy carbonation. Overall this is an awesomely tasty beer - clean, lovely fruity, decent complexity, and great balance. One both wishes to contemplate and guzzle.

Apr 07, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pleasing light cranberry red color, slight head retained. Smells is light funk and cranberry up front, citrus(?) and bread notes follow subtley. Sweet note follow cranberry, orange and cranberry linger with some tartness. Nice carby mouth feel with a swish, finish eventually dries. Love this beer!

Mar 20, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy copper-pink color with a modest white head. Barnyard funky aroma up front with a rush of cranberry and faint lemon. Tart on the palate with huge fruit flavor. Like cranberry Sweet Tarts. Less funky tasting than the aroma, a nice complex array of hay, grass, and pepper on the back end. Light and lively feeling. Great.

Mar 13, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, ruby red grapefruit colored body; pale pink head, thick and fluffy. Wild, sour aroma; cranberry, cherry, and raspberry notes. Heavy cranberry flavor; sweet and sour; some wild funk in the background. Heavy body; tart and sour.

A juicy, tart cranberry treat if one likes sour and lambic styled beers.

Feb 20, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Masters of fruit forward ale and not at all shabby at traditional Belgian sour ale manufacturing, New Glarus Brewing ties both brewing mindsets together with a cranberry ale that's deeply embedded in lambic inspired acidity and earth.

The 2016 vintage of Cran-bic pours with a hazy mauve color and swirls with a dainty creme of froth. Its bright holiday aromas tingle the nose with something that crosses berry, apple and cherry along with the soft earthiness of sawn balsa woods, cork, leather and a soft briny scent of the sea. Light sweetness skirts underneath the expected sourness with hints of pulled candy, taffy and sourdough.

The sweetness dissolves easily on the middle palate as the descernable taste of cranberry pulls ahead of the underlying ale flavors of dry cider, sour white grape, crabapple, lime, lemon and gooseberry. Peppery for balance, a hint of white pepper, weathered oak, vinous spice and hay-like grassiness drifts into a sour taste of red wine vinegar with a clean and piquant acidity.

Medium bodied but trending lighter, the cranberries are quite tart by their very nature, and they only add a complex souring agent to the lambic-like beer underneath. Advanced fruitiness outlasts the ales sourness and woodsy spiciness for a medium short linger of berry and peppery carbonation.

Jan 30, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cran-bic pours a lavish deep pink from the bottle. It fills the glass spritzy and lively with light pink bubbles which form to make a fizzy and foamy white cap on top of a rusted red liquid below.

Cranberry cider, ginger, and lemon tingle the nostrils. It smells divine. Light traces of oak and acid linger.

Perfection. A tart rush of cranberry and lemon, a dash of ginger zest, and subtle wood mingle together in harmony.

Light enough to stay crisp, not too tart, definitely not too sweet, and just the right of bitterness to maintain balance, Cran-bic is superbly drinkable. This begs to be sipped again and again, like a cider with Thanksgiving dinner.

The label itself gave me the impression that this was something special. The pop of the cap and the initial aroma made me know so. The flavor and feel made me smile like a kid who just got the best gift imaginable. This is truly one of a kind. An amazing beverage that, even if age improves it more so, I couldn't care less. This was bliss. Thank you Joe, very, very much. Cheers!

Nov 27, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with minimal head and lacing. Mild cranberry and lambic scent. After a year, cranberry flavor and sour nature blend really well with nothing overpowering. Smooth feel, very little tang or alcohol burn. Great pre-Thanksgiving dinner beer that I'm glad I saved for 13 months.

Nov 23, 2017
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