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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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86
very good

355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 16
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 06-25-2007

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cherries, cherry juice, and some slight metallic aromas. Taste is of cherries, cherry juice, and some cherry Jolly Rancher flavors. There is a bit of malt in there as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle at Marrika's, Lexington. Boy you have got to like cherries to enjoy this beer. The beverage is all about it.

As most fruit beers do, this beer is completely dominated from nose to finish with cherry character. It's to the point that any base beer is no longer evident. Strong, tart, and sharply acidic notes of cherry soda, caugh drops, and fresh cherries. In one sip, the beer takes on an artificial sweet cherry flavor; while alternating the next with fresh cherry tastes.

The feel of the beer again take a soda twist on things, leaving a thin sugary feel on the mouth and a prickle of carbonation that is accented by the acidity of the cherries. Could use some malt character from the base beer. Finishes with the lingering strong cherry taste and cherry soda pop feel.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous tropical sunset coral red that looks like an almost ripe cherry. The pour produced a four finger tower of cherry blossom pink that has terrific texture and is leaving loads of lace. I'm not sure how the appearance could be improved.

The aroma is a powerful blast of sweet-tart cherries that gets my mouth watering. OCFB smells like simple, straightforward fruit beer, without any other aromas (or flavors) to get in the way. That said, a beer just like this that uses Belgian yeast would be nothing short of awesome.

Cherry is at least as good as Strawberry, which means that it's might tasty beer. Samuel Smith's Old Brewery has come up with a wonderful recipe that would probably work with just about anything. Apricot is an obvious choice and Blueberry would be interesting.

Like the nose, the flavor is simple. It's nothing more than sweetened cherry juice with exactly the right amount of tart undertow. Liquified cherry fruit leather is another apt comparison. These guys have also hit on the optimal amount of sweetness that doesn't step over the line into cloying.

The mouthfeel does pretty much everything right too. It's closer to medium than light and has a lingering hint of viscosity thanks to the fruit sugars. Bubbles that are nowhere near fizzy help as well.

Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is another winner from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. I don't drink these sweet treats very often, but I'm glad this one is available locally. Too bad it's so expensive. Next up... Raspberry.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a reddish pink color with a white head that is a little foamy at first. The head settles and leaves a light lacing on the glass. The smell is of cherries and some faint malt. The taste is like a sweet cherry lambic, it's got a slight tartness to it. The mouthfeel is light to medium. Carbonation is pretty good. Overall this beer isn't too bad much like the other Organic Fruit beers the Samuel Smith makes. All have the same characteristics for most part and all are just as good as the others.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a relatively clear, cherry-hued (heck, cheery-hued!) body with an airy, foaming head with a little hint of pink to it.

Smell: A sweet-scented, lightly tart aroma of cherries predominates the entire smell. So, yeah, moving on!

Taste: As one would expect, it's a flavor of sweet cherries with a lesser, underlying tartness and small hints of acidity. You have to look pretty hard to find any malt or hop character at all, and even then it's heavily coated in a taste of Grenadine syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, giving it a slight gassy feel.

Drinkability: Though by no means bad (it did look nice after all), it was a bit one-dimensional and overly sweet for me. I dare say, this seems to be one of those 'one for the ladies' brews, in as much as my dearest friend Kelley thought it was quite good. Me, I thought it was reminiscent of a glass of Luden's Wild Cherry Throat Drops.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500 ml into a tulip chilled -shared w/ my wife.

A deep ruby color with translucent clarity and slightly pink tinged cream cap. the lace sticks and head comes and goes. the smell is candy-like, very fruity and sweet cherry syrup aroma. The feel is highly carbonated with moderately high sweetness level with mild malt feel.

The taste is very loaded with cherry but verges on cloying with a slight sugary aspect. The taste is natural and doesn't have an extract taste, but the malt is overwhelmed by the fruit and gives a little bit of a cherry cocktail effect yet I must admit it is the closes thing to biting into a fresh sweet cherry I have had in recent memory so I can't fault it-it delivers what it promises on the label. Overall I feel this is a very good fruit beer, one I would only drink when I am in the mood for intense fruit I appreciate it for what it is but I prefer a little acidity to balance out sweetness in a cherry beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Sweet & tart cherries

T: Sweet cherries , some apricot up front. Crisp cheery flavor as this warms with a slight tangy tartness as this warms. Finishes juicy & sweet,a touch dry; reminds me of real cherry juice

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation

Very refreshing, way better than I hoped, couldn't session on it, but would work as dessert beer or just a nice first beer at the end of the work day

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is clear and bright red, kind of odd. Forms a big head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. carbonation mild.

Aroma is like cherry cough syrup, very strong, like cherry jolly ranchers. I suppose this is what they wanted but its super strong.

Beer is thin and really sweet with the flavors of cherries. Again I'm sure this is what they wanted but its so sweet, this mild bitterness at the back almost leaves a wet dog flavor in my mouth. Not my favorite.

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a bright red color with a 1/2" pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a kick ass sour cherry aroma that's bold and in your face. It smells a lot like Lindeman's. The taste is good. It has a wonderful cherry flavor that really grabs a hold of you. It's sour and refreshing with a bit of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fantastic beer. As far as fruit beers go, it's up there with the best there is.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass:

Pours dark pink with a light pink thick head. Ample lacing sticks, especially as it progresses.

The smell if of cherry juice with a musty/yeasty undertone. It has a tart/sour aroma that is not too powerful.

The taste is of tart cherries with sweet cherry juice. A well-balanced ale shines through enough, with an earthy/slightly musty touch, to let you know you are drinking an ale, not just cherry juice. Finishes with a pleasant touch of dryness to keep the sweetness balanced.

It has a smooth, malty body. Nicely carbonated, with a soft spritz rather than a fizz.

The sweettart cherry juice stands out without leaving the ale aspect. If you want a cherry ale, this is a solid choice. Well above the average fruit beer!

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-red hued liquid. Nice starting head, but settles to a pinky-wide tight-bubbled foam. Good ring lace on the glass after each sip.

Cherry candy aroma with a touch of sourness. Has some of the elements of a kriek.

The flavor is like a dessert kriek, i.e. very little sourness. Strong cherry tastes. Not quite as candy-like as the smell might indicate. I wonder if I were blindfolded, would I be able to tell the difference from a Belgian lambic? There is some tartness in the swallow. Might be good with a sharp cheese.

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/02/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Pizza Port 20oz glass.

Appearance- Pale red colored pour, relatively pink. About a 1/2 inch of quick fading head. Leaves slight spots of lace behind.

Smell- Sweet and a bit of tart semi-fresh cherry scent...that's about it.

Taste- Sadly, not a fresh realistic cherry flavor. Very imitation jolly rancher like flavor. Definite cherry, but a candied cherry flavor. Very sweet as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Quite cloying and sticky.

Drinkability- Had to try it because it's Samuel Smith. Another wine cooler-like overly sweet beer. No need to try the other fruit flavors.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.