Cranberry Lambic: 1 Year Later

Cranberry Lambic

Cranberry Lambic

My Cranberry Lambic (Castalia) was bottled just over a year ago on 1/23/2012. It’s been conditioning in bottles since then (and quite a few have been opened, too), so I wanted to do another tasting post to see how the beer has evolved in the past 14 months.

Appearance – It has a nice golden hue with tinges of orange. It never really got the red-pinkish hue that I was expecting from the cranberries. This may be because of the cranberries used and the quantity. It produces a short-lived fizzy white head that settles down into a ring that sits atop the beer. There is visible carbonation bubbles constantly racing to the top of the glass.

Smell – The aroma has a very typical funkiness to it, reminiscent of the aromas produced by Saison yeast. There is also a tart, lactic character, and possibly a tiny, minuscule hint of cranberry. The cranberries were never predominant, and continue to not shine in the aroma of the beer.

Mouthfeel – Effervescent and bubbly, plenty of carbonation. The beer is light in body, without feeling too thin. The high carbonation works well with this beer.

Taste – The beer begins with a pleasant tart bite, quickly followed by the funky notes. The Belgian yeast flavors pick up in the finish and round out the beer. It has a nice tartness, but not quite as high as I wanted it to get. On a scale of 1-10, I’d put it in the 3-4 range.

Overall – Still a great beer, and the funk continues to evolve. Should be interesting to try this beer at 2, 3, 4, and 5 years later. There was a small time period where this beer had an unpleasant “band-aid” taste, but fortunately that only lasted for a few months.

You can check out the recipe along with my notes on the Recipe Page.