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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer

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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 06-25-2007)
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Reviews by dali27:
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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550 ml. bottle into pint glass.

A: Excellent color. It's a reddish/blue, very deep. The color screams cherry juice. The head is tinted pink, and leaves pretty lacing down side of the glass.

S: Really nice simple natural cherry sweetness.

T: The balance between the cherry juice and the aged ale is just about perfect. Sweetness and tartness are not overwhelming. This is everything that I would have expected out of a fruit beer brewed by an excellent brewery. Seriously, fine tasting goodness.

M: Again, a really nice blend of juice and beer with perfect amount of carbonation.

D: I am sipping on this and I'm very happy. Really an all around great drink.

This beer is definitely a good choice for when your in the mood for something sweet. A fruit beer to sip, sit and relax with. In fact, that's where I'm headed right now.

dali27, Feb 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This beer is actually bronze in color and not a very pretty one at that. The head was nice though and lingered.

Smell - There's a light cherry aroma here but it is covered with earthy vegetation that almost gives it a stale character.

Taste - The sweetness here is all wrong IMO. You expect more of an earthy flavor in a Fruit Beer than say a Fruit Lambic but this is way over the top. There's almost no natural cherry flavor and what there is gets drowned out by this earthy, almost green pepper taste that is stale and unpleasing.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some terrific carbonation that provides a light tickling in the cheeks.

Sinkability - This beer had its ups but they were far outweighed by the downs; I couldn't even finish it.

RoyalT, Oct 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

RoninBirdman, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JakerLou, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, reddish pink in color, clear

Smell: sweet cherries

Taste: cherries dominate--they are both sweet and tart with a little toasted malt

Mouthfeel: tart and sweet. The sweetness never gets to the cloying level, high carbonation, light body

Overall: A very fruity and non-bitter cherry beer that is very tasty. I like the strawberry slightly better but that is more personal preference than due to quality. One of the better cherry beers out there.

tigg924, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong cherries. It smells a lot like a jar of Maraschino cherries with not much else. The flavor is identical to the aroma. I get a ton of sweet cherry juice, with no malt or hops present. The beer is very sweet which hurts its drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was better than the Organic Strawberry, but not as good as the Organic Raspberry.

Mora2000, Aug 11, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

NoetheMatt, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JHarris1717, Jun 10, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

NOLTERN, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Karyyk
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better-tasting beers that I've had in a good while...

I poured the Samuel Smith Cherry beer into your standard Samuel Smith pint glass. It poured a deep ruby-brown color and left a relatively thin (one-finger or so) head that was ever-so-slightly off-pink. There’s a fairly deep haze to the beer itself, meaning you really can’t see through it. The head itself is long-lasting and abundant lacing is evident all the way to the bottom of the glass. There doesn’t seem to be much going on in the way of carbonation, but judging from the head and mouthfeel, I would guess that the smaller bubbles just aren’t as obvious in the hazy opacity of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet, natural cherries, with a bit of malt here and there. There’s not a whole lot more to it than that, but I do want to stress that the scent is natural cherry, not artificial, not syrupy. The taste mirrors the aroma, but there’s a bit more to it. The first thing you’re going to notice is the cherry flavor, which is very, very good. It’s just a little bit tart, but mostly sweet. There’s some maltiness there, but you almost have to try to notice it over the cherry flavor. As the beer warms a bit, the cherry flavor mellows and it starts to taste a bit more like beer. The cherry flavor is still there, but it’s not overpowering and the beer flavors (the maltiness mostly, not too much in the way of hops) start to come through a bit more.

This one’s also very, very easy to drink. While I did start by sipping it slowly (the better to savor something, right?), it was hard not to just turn up the glass. A lot of beers drink well, but don’t have a lot of taste, while others are as heavy in flavor but also drink like a meal. The Samuel Smith Organic Cherry really kind of hit all the right points across the board. It’s not light and watery by any means, but it’s not an oatmeal stout either.

As it is, I’ll have to say that the Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is easily toward the top of the “beers I’ve tried recently” list and is a pleasurable drink from start to finish.

Karyyk, Sep 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

GOBLIN, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Kmahood13, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body appears pink tinted with a magenta fervor, introducing pink grapefruit body into the head. Forms thick with a twisted imagination of fruit and barley. Aroma is filled with maraschino cherries and other fun filled fruit varieties. Syrupy filled maraschino cherries in the mouth full and flavor variety. Flavor light airy fun filled fruit action without much in the way of beer flavor or additions. Medium bodied flavor rushes forth with carbonation not the typical beer I would tell other beer fanatics about, but I do respect both fruit beer and cherry notes added to other fine English ales.

WVbeergeek, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

tallfellapgh, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey red colored below a medium off white head with reddish hints throughout. The head quickly dies leaving a thin carbonated bubbly lacing that stays throughout the drinking of a glass.

There is a nice subdued sweet cherry aroma, seems to be quite natural, the taste of this beer is very similar in that it is sweet natural cherry and basically nothing else, I really like that the cherry taste doesn't overwhelm the drinker.

This beer also leaves a light cherry and light dry aftertaste that kinda wants to make you take another sip. I recommend this as a dessert beer, to sit back and enjoy a glass or 3 of.

I think a lot of microbreweries that I have been too should taste this and try to emulate what these guys have accomplished, instead of an overbearing infused fruit taste that I usually find.

Anyway, I recommend trying Samuel Smith fruit beers, they seem to have figured out the fruit taste quite well. Whether you just like drinking beer or even more so if you plan on making beer you should drink some of their stuff, you then have an idea of what to aim for.

LXIXME, Jun 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

JMS1512, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

roostor07, Jun 08, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium ruddy amber hue, with three fingers of dense, kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves a whole lot of old-growth branched lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs southward.

It smells strongly of cherry pie - semi-sweet, saucy cherry puree, flaky, biscuity pastry, all tempered with a dash of kirsch liqueur, and a softly bitter leafy hoppiness. The taste is more slightly adult-oriented cherry bakery good - a nice fruitiness, soft pastry sweetness, mild vegetal character, and subtle alcohol edge. Some further ethereal leafy hops help round out the idea that this a bit more than just dessert in a bottle.

The bubbles are quite tame, I might even toss out 'inert' at this point, the body a hefty medium weight, though the acidity of cherries choose to arise at this particular point, cutting into the perceived smoothness of it all. It finishes off-dry, the cherry sweetness still the most prominent factor, the graininess, tame booze essence, and attendant leafy hops all on the wane.

Par for the course for these Sam Smith offerings - big namesake fruitiness, tempered by their own intrinsic qualities, and an additional pale malt goodness, played out by just the right amount of booze and hops. Crude, that sounds, but crude, it ain't.

biboergosum, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

seavercm, May 21, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I instantly think of two very different beers when I pour and take a look: Magic Hat's Wacko, and more invitingly, Dogfish Head's Fort. The pockmarked, creamy head is a washed-out pink color and hangs in there for quite some time, while the liquid is a fiery and candy-like red with some very, very healthy bubble activity. Those bubbles feed a head that just does not quit, and leaves some good-looking pink lace strips to boot.

Aroma is unsurprisingly fruit-forward, reminding of soft cherry sweet tarts. It's cherry, it's sweet, it's tart. A no-brainer there. Does seem to carry a cereal grain sort of essence too, avoiding that one-dimensionality of so many other fruit beers. So far so good, can't wait to try it...

Yum. The taste is big bountiful cherry all over the place, not too sweet, not too tart, bringing along with it the barley/wheat that this was brewed with (and milled via totally old-school methods -- a fascinating label read!). So there's excellent balance here, and the fact that the grains play almost as much role as the more dominant fruit flavor sets this apart from the taste of so many other lesser fruit beers, cherry or otherwise. Maybe not as complex as the things Belgian brewers, or Wisconsin's New Glarus, can do with fruit, but still, it's damn good for what it is.

Soft, luscious, smooth and silky in the mouth...wonderful feel here. There's a little carbonation, and it works well to give the otherwise gentler aspects of its texture a little bounce.

Samuel Smith is a brewery I seem to appreciate less than most other beer geeks, but this one presses all the right buttons. Who knew? I surely did not expect to like this beer as much as I do, but in its class, it really is special. A must-try.

Metalmonk, Jan 24, 2011
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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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