My very understanding wife got me 6 months’ membership as a surprise present a year or two ago. It’s very easy to suspend it for a bit if you want, I think I spread my 6 months out over about 10 months in the end as I don’t drink huge amounts at home.
We were really impressed with the customer service we had; they were always quick to respond and helpful. My wife had no probs at all cancelling after the 6th box (disappointingly… I had hoped they might keep coming!).
Out of my 48 beers, 46 were new rates for me, and most of those were ones I couldn’t have easily picked up elsewhere. My Beer52 rates scored about 0.2 higher than my average for all my rates, so they were decent quality (although obviously you’re not going to get too many 12% impys or quads at that price point!). The beers came from about 8 different countries during my membership (although with quite a few from Scotland, where they’re based), and I’ve seen they’ve covered more countries since. The boxes are sometimes themed on a certain country or theme. They do occasionally do their own collabs with breweries, which do at least have the advantage that they’ll definitely be new rates. The couple of collabs I had were pretty decent. Everything was always very fresh - nothing anywhere near the best before date.
My only criticism was that they were very pale ale -oriented, and you’ll get a lot of APA’s, IPA’s and SIPAs (and no doubt these days you’ll get those new-fangled murky jobbies too). Call me old-fashioned but I’d have liked more dark beers (usually just a token one dark beer per box).
The magazine, snack and occasional free gifts are best described as nice little freebies, although the spelling, layout, language and editing of the magazine were sometimes so poor that I couldn’t face reading it all (glossy photos alone do not make a good article!).
Overall I thought it was excellent value, and I would be very happy to have it as a gift again (certainly in preference to the uninitiated trying to choose gift beers for me themselves!). People seem to regularly update both this site and beer52s Twitter account with beers received, so you should easily be able to determine if you think the beers you get will suit you.