Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.9/5 rDev +28.9%
18.7oz brown bottle decorated in a classic English style.
Pours with a well defined dark cherry color, a slight hue of brown in the shade, but it is decisively red. Smell is a very powerful cherry smell, very fresh and on more sweet than tart, and reminiscent of fresh-pressed cherry juice without a hint of synthetic cherry flavor which is so often found in cherry-flavored products.
The strong fruit taste is most prominent in the first sip - both tart and sweet, with a subtle very beer-like yeast flavor and a malt sweetness that is in the background, but certainly paired perfectly to the cherries. Further drinking reveals that there are more beer flavors in here, a definite tart flavor from the malt and yeast combination.
This is a beer built around the cherries that define its taste, and the beer flavors fit in perfectly around them - there are both sweet and tart characteristics of the body from grains that are enhanced by the yeast, and the yeast contributes little or no tannic quality found in fruit wines, it is decidedly beer yeast. The aftertaste has is tart from the cherries, but the sweet fruit flavor is primarily in the up front mouth taste and feel, while the beer flavors come through more in the finish.
All of the characteristics of a good light ale are present, but the cherries dominate the taste while maintaining a certain balance of this beverage remaining a beer. The smell hinted that it was not a beer with cherry flavors coming second, but a cherry beer. The fruit presence allows for a great feeling while drinking it, and the yeasts bring everything together and provide a balance of flavor while not being overpowering or over-present themselves.
The fruit comes first in this beer, and that is fine for me considering how delicious it is. Just over a pint was a great treat, but I don't think it is the most drinkable beer as two of these bottles might be too much sweetness for one sitting. One of the best beers I have ever had, though not the most beer-like, I love how it does something with beer that I have simply not encountered before even having tried quite a few fruit ales.
08-08-2010 02:05:13 | More by Zodijackyl
4.9/5 rDev +28.9%
Spied the cherry Samuel Smiths at the store tonite, checked the label and read the ingredients: real cherry juice mixed with fresh and aged organic ales. With the encroaching extinction and associated huge and rising cost of the superb Belgian Kriek Lambics that I have enjoyed for so long, this cherry ale intrigued me as the price was quite reasonable for what was described on the label. Picked up two bottles.
Poured into a Duvel tulip and the appearance was a boost to my hopes as the light-pink foam reminded me of my favorite (RIP) Oude Beersel Kriek Lambic. Smell was clearly of real cherries and real ale, fantastic. I'll take that as a very good sign. Taste was exactly what I had hoped for, a well crafted British ale with a healthy dose of proper cherries. Highly drinkable and the mouth-feel was reminiscent of those nice kriek lambics as well.
For around one-third the cost of the few decent Belgian Krieks still available, this brew is an amazing value and held it's own against an un-fair comparison to the ancient-tradition of aged Belgian Lambics. Samuel Smith's Cherry Ale is tart and deeply complex in it's own right but without the bold sour level of a lambic.
This brew is a proud hand-crafted British Cherry Ale. Brewed of high quality and all natural ingredients in it's own old-world-tradition, with an aged character that is quite gratifying. Samuel Smith's Cherry Ale is at the top of it's "fruit/vegetable beer" style.
06-19-2009 05:00:30 | More by BelgianByGirth
4.72/5 rDev +24.2%
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.
09-14-2011 03:45:00 | More by Karyyk
4.7/5 rDev +23.7%
Picked this one up because Samuel Smith seems to be my favorite brewery and I also tend to like fruit beers, and I had not tried this one yet. Plus, it was priced at $3.44 for 550, perfect. Great looking beer with the dark color and an interesting pinkish head, result of the cherry I am sure. Smells more cherry than beer, which isn't all bad. Taste is similar to the smell, more of a cherry juice than beer, but absolutely delicious. Absolutely perfect with salsa and chips. I really like this a lot and at that price I am going to swing by and grab a few more to keep in the fridge for hot days when I want a beer, and sweet. It will be an alternative to their organic chocolate as desert beer. Plus, at that cost it is a great value. If you like fruit beer you will love this, if not, then still worth a try I would think.
04-17-2014 00:52:17 | More by JamieDuncan
4.69/5 rDev +23.4%
Cherry fruit beer pours a red color, with a lasting pink head. There is a strong and sweet cherry like aroma. The taste has a strong kick of cherries, and a hint of sweet light malts. Good full flavor, and not overly sweet, good amount of carbonation as well. Overall a good fruit beer, especially for the cherry lover.
03-23-2013 03:34:06 | More by vette2006c5r
4.66/5 rDev +22.6%
A - Pours a bright cherry red color with a thin white head. Pleasant to the eye.
S - Cherry and malt notes with a faint tartness, perhaps honey or citric notes.
T - Tastes like a Tootsie Pop, but not so overwhelming; malt and citric flavors are present and quite pleasant.
M - Pleasant carbonation and tartness; you could drink a whole four pack of these and still want some more thanks to the little ABV it has.
Overall, a good fruit beer, tastier than other fruit beers I've had, but still not on the top of my list; would definitely recommend it, and search similar beers because Samuel Smith does not disappoint.
02-04-2013 08:31:26 | More by Pexkool
4.6/5 rDev +21.1%
Although I was expecting more of a Lambic-style brew, overall this was very (very!) good. The taste was pleasantly of sweet ripe cherry with a touch of sour cherry. The beer is a red-hued frothy smooth concoction unlike most other fruit beers on the market today. Samuel Smith is known for it's more innovative and creative brews, especially when it comes to furit infusions. I served this in a thin crystal snifter of which I threw a cherry in the bottom for good measure. The aroma is very sweet and like fresh ripe picked cherries. Definitely a unique and special easy sipper - very nice for late summer or early fall.
10-11-2013 17:38:32 | More by Brouwerij78
4.55/5 rDev +19.7%
Pours a red bottom giving up to an orange color as you go up the glass and a slightly pink two finger head which reduces to skim, and leaves some decent lacing. The aroma is of cherries and malts, nothing very complex but very sweet and inviting. The taste is of a malt backbone, but the real flavor is a nice sweet cherry taste. The taste is very inviting and smooth like an alcoholic version of cherokee red soda. Not complex but an excellent taste. The mouthfeel was creamy and moderately carbonated. The drinkability is way up there, it is one of the easiest drinks I have ever had. This is a great beer, I think too often we get caught up in complexity, but this is a beer that taste great and you good easily session.
03-07-2011 21:24:24 | More by goblue3509
4.53/5 rDev +19.2%
poured into my tulip...nice, deep mauve with incredible lacing and a healthy head that remains awhile...smells of malty cherry/cranberry (more cherry/cranberry than malt)...tastes of malty cherry but more malty and better for it...not so overly fruity or medicinal at all...nice...it's still quite a beer and not some cooler thang. not thick or over (or under) carbonated in the least. i would session this with some other fruit beers and some calamari easily. or any fried pub food after a long 50 mile bike ride...
think i'll go and try more from this impressive brewery. esp. the fruit beers.
12-28-2009 18:08:52 | More by mempath
Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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