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01 March 2009 @ 02:02 pm
Beer Review: Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic  
This "wheat ale, with cranberry juice and other natural flavors added" is delicious, and goes down like soda pop. It's one of the few beers I've ever tried that doesn't require an accompanying couple of glasses of water to keep my mouth from drying out.

(It's not an NA beer, but my pdoc is okay with moderate alcohol intake with my current antidepressant. I bought a 12-pack before Christmas, and have five left; I've been drinking one every weekend or so, and a bottle lasts me two to three hours. I suspect this qualifies as moderate.)

(The reason I bought the 12-pack was that I love, Love, LOVE Samuel Adams Cream Stout, and the mixed pack of winter beers was the only one that had it. I figured if the side effects of one beer were too strong or unpleasant, I could surely give the rest away.)
LeiaCatleiacat on March 1st, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Ever tried any other lambic? I only ask because I'm a fan of lambics by category, and the Sam Adams one is not (to my palate) its finest representative.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 1st, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I might have, but I'm not sure -- I only occasionally drink Real Beer, as opposed to the NA variety. I know I've tried (and I know these aren't lambics) Guinness on tap, Blue Moon, and, um, yeah. It's been a couple of years; maybe if I looked at the beer list at Sunspot I'd remember.

All I can say is, if this is a lower-end example, the top end must be fantastic.
Cymru Llewes: Wedding Receptioncymrullewes on March 1st, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
We like Lindeman's Peche and Framboise lambics. Kriek isn't bad and I really want to try their Pomme. The Cassis was interesting and I should give it another try. I want to try Sam Adam's Cranberry Lambic but haven't been able to find it solo. Just in that 12 pack of winter beers. Oh well. I should probably find where the brewery is and go beg a sample.
LeiaCatleiacat on March 1st, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
The Lindeman's Framboise was actually what I was going to mention next. It was the first beer I ever tried that I didn't hate, and thus, the gateway to my beer drinking.

I was really disappointed by the Pomme. It's pleasant enough, but there's so many excellent ciders out there, that the difference between that and an apple-beer did not impress me. On the other hand, I'm in love with Cassis, because black currants is a childhood flavor I very much miss.

They also make the Gueuze, which is a non-fruit flavored lambic, and it's a really pleasant one.
Trinkertrinker on March 2nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I prefer Unibroue's Ephemere for apple-flavored beer, myself. You might like Sea Dog's Blue Paws blueberry-flavored wheat. That one's not as sweet, but it has a strong blueberry fragrance.
fatcookfatcook on March 2nd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
You might like Ace pear cider, low APV, fantastic taste.