Thumbprint Cran-Bic
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #17
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4.29 | pDev: 8.62%
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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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Feb 24, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Jun 22, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Oct 27, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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VashonGuy from Washington, Aug 06, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Squire from Mississippi, Jun 29, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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jhartley from Florida, Jun 03, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 16, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, May 09, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 :(

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Savan from Minnesota, Apr 20, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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joe1510 from Illinois, Apr 17, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Apr 07, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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bl00 from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Mar 13, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

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beergoot from Colorado, Feb 20, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jan 30, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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4.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

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mschrei from Illinois, Nov 23, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy ruby amber with a dense creamy light pinkish white foam head. Smells a bit vinegary and herbal with some musty oaky wood notes, some spice and a fruity cranberry tartness. Tastes like sweet concentrated cranberries with some tartness, mild red wine vinegar, slightly funky oak, wood, musty grass, mild spice, and earthy herbs. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Super drinkable, very fruity, sweet balanced with some tartness. Overall a real nice cranberry lambic.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Jul 24, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: hazy pink-tan in appearance with considerable haze. The head is a vigorous, spritzy pink, which fades quickly.

Aroma: light sweet malt with a mild “cork” funk and fruit sweetness. My mouth is watering.

Flavor: wow! Complex. Dry, earthy (“cork” funk) initially which then transitions to light sweetness. The finish very much resembles a Riesling. This beer approaches too sweet, but its sweetness is consistent with New Glarus’ other beers. The fruit is generic in that you cannot identify it. You can taste the fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: heavy-light. Very good body for the style; perhaps a bit heavy due to the sweetness.

Overall: this was quite enjoyable. NG is quite competent in the fruit beer arena. This borders on the far end of sweetness for the style. I compare the sweetness of this beer (and really all of NG’s fruit beers) to Lindemans.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a NG tall glass

A- pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger creamy white head that has a pink hue, good retention long after the pour

S- fruity notes of cranberry and lemon, acidic tartness, earthy hay, oak & sweet red cherries

T- slightly tart up front with an immediate hit of cranberry & lemon, mid-palate is slightly sweet with notes of sweet red cherry, the finish brings some earthy funk, with notes of straw and earthy yeast. Slightly tart dry linger with flavors of more cranberry and lemon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy frothy mouthfeel that turns into a silky smooth finish, perfect drinkability

O- perfect balance of sweet and tart leaves you wanting more after each sip, simple outstanding and leaves me wishing I had more than one bottle

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Treyliff from West Virginia, May 16, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Hazy auburn color with a slight head but real sticky lacing
Smell - Tart cranberry funk
Taste - funky cranberry tartness that sticks around and can lock the jaw
Feel - medium, slightly heavy. Medium initially fuzzy carb but more mellow
Overall - I was only cracking this beer because I've had it in the fridge for months and never had the urge. Wow, Fantastic.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/14/16; drank 8/17/16 @ the Yarchives. Cloudy bright red appearance. A rough pour yielded a nice pink head; decent lace. Sweet cranberry, mild oak & tart lemon notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet cranberry & tart lemon flavors up front; soda water bite on the finish. Pleasantly tart yet easy to quaff; delicious, if a touch sweet. Well done!

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Feb 20, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/15/2016. Pours slightly hazy reddish/pinkish/orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light pink head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart/tangy cranberry, raspberry, cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, pepper, oak, wheat, cracker, light leathery funk/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cranberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/tangy cranberry, raspberry, cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, pepper, oak, wheat, cracker, light leathery funk/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart/tangy cranberry, raspberry, cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of cranberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an amazing malt/tartness balance, and zero astringent/puckering flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/dry, acidic/creamy/grainy, and lightly tannic mouthfeel that is insane. Absolutely perfectly balanced. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an insane fruited sour ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of cranberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modest acidity. Absolutely perfectly balanced flavors with incredible complexity. A highly amazing offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 27, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to dmbforever for sending this one to me! Reviewed from long-standing notes. Bottle apparently was from the original release. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River snifter glass.

A: Very clear gold, with a thin white head that fades almost immediately. Lively carbonation bubbles.

S: Acetic, sour, tangy and some funk. Cranberry dryness mixed with the acetic acid and a touch of lemony citric bite.

T: Cranapple juice, pears and apples, moderately sour and acetic. Minimal funk in the flavors. Juicy and fruity overall with what I assume are Belgian yeast esters as well. Finishes like dry cranapple juice.

M: Light crisp body like sparkling apple juice. Low alcohol presence and a fair amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Enjoyable enough I guess, but no particularly complex flavors nor anything I'd actively seek out for a second round.

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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 793 ratings