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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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Reviews: 149
Hads: 397
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 21.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of sweet and tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, light caramel, toast, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of authentic cherry notes and moderate bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big sweet and tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, light caramel, toast, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness and a fair amount of tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet/tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, light caramel, toast, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic robustness and balance of big authentic fruit flavor with moderate bready malt sweetness; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruit beer. All around great robustness and balance of authentic cherry flavor and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy ruby red color with a finger tall off-white/pinkish head. The beer exhibits pretty good head retention and significant amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma is primarily cherry - a mixture of sweetness and tartness with a hint of malts and something astringent.

T: The flavor is primary cherry with slight amount of tartness - not too sweet but there is some natural cherry sweetness present. Under the cherry flavor, there is some nice maltiness but it is very subtle.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy as the beer warms.

O: I found this beer to be enjoyable and easy to drink, I like that the cherry flavor has both tart and sweet elements but does not taste artificial. This beer is quite sessionable and it was difficult to savor instead of just putting it down.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Lindemans Lambic Glass.

Pours 1 finger of light pink head. Head fades down kind of quick, leaving little lace. Color is a dark cherry/raspberry color. Very clear beer.

Aroma: A ton of cherries... big surprise. Smells nice, but reminds me a lot like cough syrup. Has some blackberry notes as well.

Taste: Lots of cherries, reminds me again of cough syrup. Very fruity, a little tart. Has some blackberry notes again, a lot like SA Blackberry Wit. Seems to have some sudle caramel notes to it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but smooth and citrusy/fizzy like pop. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean aftertaste, a little too much cherries here, but not bad.

Overall, not a bad beer. One of the Sam Smith beers that I am enjoying. I can see this giving me a little bit of a gut rot, but other than that I dig the beer for what it is.

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Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pink/light red with a ton of fizzy head that actually has good retention. This looks like a cherry 7-up with a ton of head on it. The smell is maraschino cherries with faint wheat and yeast notes. The taste is rich, sweet cherries up front with a clean, wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, but it does feel a little syrupy at times almost like kool-aid.

This has a well-blended flavor with a rich, delicious cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but it's overall decent and worth checking out if you're a fruit beer person.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is Easter Sunday and although I will be having lamb for dinner, I have been inspired to think about beer to go with the traditional Easter dinner of ham. Cherry beer! Or at least it makes sense to me.

From the bottle: "Brewed at Melbourn Bros ancient brewery in Stamford, Lincolnshire and blended and bottled as Samuel Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire."; "Handcrafted at Melbourn Bros' tiny brewery set in a time warp in Stamford using the old manually operated brewing equipment. Finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which, having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation, is taken to Samuel Smith's small, independent British brewery in Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic cherry fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew - creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpart to the pure organic fruit juice."

My pour netted me a finger of fluffy, cotton candy-pink head that quickly fell to wisps. Nose was redolent of cherry juice. Color was a deep reddish-pink (as opposed to pinkish-red) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild cherry tartness in the mouth. It was not puckeringly tart like the Chatoe Rogue Creek Ale, suggesting a different cherry than their Montmorency. In fact, it was comparatively sweet, perhaps more so than I would have liked. Finish lingered with cherry and I would definitely pair this with ham on the dinner table. That said, I would also have some help in drinking it as it was just a bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice red dark grapefruit and clear, with a bulging three finger shocking pink and cotton candy like colored head. The entire beer screams cheery madness on appearance and I agree. Some good sticky lace, and not unlike some red lambics in appearance that I have seen. Very nice.

Nose though is slightly a disappointment depending on your preference. Big cherry sweetness but more on the angle of penny store candy. It is extremely sugary smelling bordering on artificial cough syrup, but luckily not too much.

Taste is expected. Sweet cherry sugar candy, but not a fruit sense. With a simple good body, nothing too carbonated and a decent pleasurable feeling.

Overall it reminds me of a fruity candy sugar Christmas type sense, and if that is what you want this drink will deliver in spades. For myself, I am not so much of a sweet tooth, and I like my cherries in my brew tart. But I could drink this without complaint anytime.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this today on a whim while in the beer store.
Pours a clear reddish amber color with a huge fluffy off pink head that persists forever and leaves lots of lace on the way down.
Smells of sweet and tart cherries and little else. Taste is sweet with dark cherry fruit a hint of sweet bready malt and then more tart and sweet cherries. Medium level of carbonation, sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel, medium to thick body. This is a cherry beer, although I'm having trouble finding any of the beer part. Its sweet and sticky and reminds me more of a wine cooler than a beer. But being a lover of all things cherry I did enjoy this beverage.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deeply red colored ale with a small pink colored head.

Smell is sour cherry cider with maybe a slight vinegar note to it. There is a distinct cherry cough syrup present.

Starts out sweet and cherry almost like a cherry soda. Slight bitterness to this and a slight sensation of salt.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Strange beer here, far sweeter than I would have expected. Hop level is not throttled back here and it mixes with the cherry to leave a Cherry Cough syrup flavor. Worth trying once but not really a beer I would buy a second time.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Brown amber with peach highlights. Rose-white, loosely bubbled head leaves a nice lace.

S – Medicinal black cherry aroma.

T – Soft black cheery and pear with a great, brown bread, malt backbone. Touch of cinnamon and honey.

M – Soft and well carbonated. Medium light body. Sweet cherry finish.

O – The nose is artificial in an awful way, but the flavors are fantastic.

Paired well with an earthy double cream and an 12 mo aged gouda. A blue cheese was a little too big for it.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.