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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: 148
Hads: 395
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 21.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 37 | 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 gonzo000
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Cherry red, two finger head that reduces but remains.

s. Cherry, cranberry, cough syrup.

t. Sometimes wonderful, sweet cherry beer - sometimes cough syrup, sometimes good tart cherry beer. Careful what you eat while enjoying this. Profile is all over the place.

m. Good.

o. Good beer that I would not pass over if offered up, but would not seek.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Agree with another review, this is in between a sweet fruit beer and a fruit-flavored beer. I am having it at a point I debated having a sour, and while this is not a sour, my palate was pleased with it.

Pours a deep red, with a fair amount of carbonation. The smell is rich cherry pie, including an oatmeal crisp (topping) smell.

The taste of chert is almost wine cooler-esque, but the feel it much drier. I do get fair carbonation for a beer, any more I think could tip it to a spritzer. I also get an interesting graham cracker-like taste underneath the cherry.

For what it is, I think this works, but you should be ready for a fruit beer, to be sure. I'd go for this again in a specific case.

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Photo of Friction4now01
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This is an interesting fruit beer, but very different from a lambic or a syrupy flavored beer. The beer is a beautiful red and smells/tastes of cherry juice. The beer is sweet but not overly suite. The one down side is that the beer could use a little carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 550 ml. embossed bottle. Sampled on May 15, 2014.

It poured a slight cloudy reddish-amber with a decent beige head that fades after a few moments. It has a nice beer appearance.

Tart cherries and cherry juice are the most abundant scent on the nose but at the same time I do clearly pick up a little yeast and malt in the background.

The mouthfeel is in the medium range but it is heavier than I expected it to be. Smooth too.

Cherry fruit flavors with a tart finale. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits so unlike some fruit beers I have a higher tolerance for cherry beers. It was a welcome beverage on a warm night like tonight.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith - Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy dark pink/ruby with a small pinkish white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing. This resembles many of the fruit lambics I have had, in a good way.

Smell - Sweet and tart cherry with a touch of booze, at least I can tell it's going to have a "beerishness" to it.

Taste - Tart and full cherry flavor, super concentrated, truly a cherry ale!

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Rests tart, a sipper but quite tasty.

Overall - This is terrific, no artificial BS here. It's certainly a heavy brew, not really light and refreshing, but it definitely captures real cherry flavor and presents it quite well.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red color, with a light brown head.

S: Tons of cherries in the nose, maybe peach and raspberry as well.

T: A touch of malt, but mostly a slightly tart cherry flavor, nothing like a kriek, though I doubt that's what they were going for.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth.

O: If you want a beer that's accessible, available, drinkable, tastes like cherries and isn't a wild ale, this is the beer for you. I liked it.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


It may be from the UK but a cherry beer is a kriek to me! Is this beer organic? LOL!

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep pinkish red. Opaque and cloudy with small particulate matter. Good sized head (1/2") and decent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Very nice nose on this beer with a predominate cherry tartness, under which floats the taste of cherry pits, yeast, malt and a compelling honey scent.

Taste 3.75: The taste really grew on me and this score reflects that. Front is sharp and tart with a strange mellowness. Middle is smooth, malty and features a big wave of cherry flavor. Finish features more cherry, with hints of cherry stones (pits) and a nice hop bite, way back in the palate. Aftertaste was long and focused on a deep, intense cherry taste that was very pleasant.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Right on the nose for this style and the tastes they are trying to accentuate.

Overall 3.75: This beer is right up there with the best of the lambics. However, there is a little *something* missing in the flavor profile. Regardless, this is a refreshing, surprising and utterly enjoyable beer. Great for a change of pace in your next session.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle served in a thumbler glass.

A: Pours a deep red cherry color forming a medium pink bubbled aired head. Good retention and some spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Very sweet and syropy ib the nose. Cherry juice.

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet cherry syrup, again

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Syrupy and fruity aftertaste

O: Too sweet and syrupy for my taste. Artificial. Not going for this one anymore

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very red. A little bit of a brown hue, but mostly dark red. Thin cuff of head.

Cherry syrup, cooked cherries, sweet maltiness with a hint of roast, and a hint of nectary apple. Delightful.

Sweet and very cherry. Not the bright tart cherry, but an almost savory stewed cherry or a Cherry Kijafa. Upon the swallow, I can note a lightly refreshing tartness and almost acetic apple-y note. Malts are burly and caramelized. Spare English hops impart a spicy herbal note. Elixiry, in a way, and growingly tart. Hints of vanilla are glanced upon. A knockout.

Soft and supple with an active carbonation on-the-job. Only slightly sticky, and oh-so-drinkable.

Killer fruit beer. Age this sucker on oak and set it out in the European countryside, and you might end up with a decent cherry Flemish ale.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cherry red in color with a thin pink head comprised of small and large bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: One hit wonder but it is quite a nice aroma. Very natural cherry aroma. Not much more to say (or smell).

Taste: Another single standout but it is very enjoyable. Strong cherry flavor that tastes very natural which is nice comparable to some of the other fruit beers that steer toward an artificial essence.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a light to medium body. Feels good, real good.

Overall: A very simple but highly enjoyable fruit beer. Simple but nice to drink.

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Photo of Pexkool
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a medium red color with an off-white head. There is a rich cherry aroma. The taste is rich, sweet, and delicious. While the texture could be a little thicker, there is a fairly decent cherry flavor throughout with a finish that reminds me of cherry Robitussin from my childhood. Pretty decent stuff!

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Photo of Derranged
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 18 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A- Reddish-brown with a thick, pinkish-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- I caught some floral hoppy notes but mostly cherry juice.

T- This kinda shifted around. For most of the pint I got cherry juice, with some medicinal cough syrup bitterness at the end of some sips. Some sips I got the flavor of cherry pie.

M- Thin and carbonated.

O- This was a strange, kind of like cherry soda for the most part. It wasn't bad but this isn't something I would drink very often.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a local BevMo as an impulse buy while searching for barleywines. The label is attractive with an Olde English feel. This beer was very different than what I am used to in a beer! The appearance is a medium ruby color; it poured with a pink head that dissapeared quickly, leaving a nice web of lacing on my tasting glass. It smelled of candied cherries; tart and sweet with no hop or grain aromas detected. The taste followed the nose; sweet and tart, not quite a sour beer but enough acidic qualities to give me a very slight mouth pucker. It was medium-thin in the mouthfeel with a good level; of carbonation. I enjoyed drinking this and it is a very good example of how a fruit beer should be done. I sum it up as an almost-sour beer...

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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 M_C_Hampton
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a pint glass. Color was rather red, more resembling cherry soda than beer. Sightly hazy. Good 1.5" head that left good lacing but was slightly salmon colored.
S: Cherry, but nice like a fresh bowl. Not like Robitussin. Some grain, similar to a cherry muffin. The smell of cherry really stands out above everything else.
T: Sweet cherry up front that fades to a tarter flavor midway through. Again a fresh baked muffin thought appears possibly from the addition of wheat in addition to barley during brewing. Slight bitterness present as if from the stones of the cherries. Sour aged ale notes similar to a Belgian Oud Bruin. Not much by way of hops.
M: Feel is a bit flat to me for the emphasis on fruit flavor. It coats the mouth OK, but the aftertaste doesn't emphasize the fruit. Finish is more oaky and wine-like than I expected.
O: I think Samuel Smith's got a bit over complicated here. Combining the qualities of a wheat beer that has undergone two fermentations with cherry juice and further bending that result with a cellar aged ale left me wondering why they went through so much trouble to get the final product. It's not a bad beer, and I do like cherries. There are just some interesting qualities that are being covered up and/or conflicted in the taste at the front of the mouth and upon swallowing. Why not make a good English mild, add cherry juice, and second a bottle fermentation?

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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 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 PeterM
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful red/amber color in the glass, with a strong head that disappears fairly quickly, leaving slight lacing.
S: sweet cherry with background ale that comes through later
T: clean cherry forward and after, with ale overtones throughout
M: full and smooth
O: refreshing overall character that does well when sipped - enjoyable by itself

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Deep ruby red in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a small pink head, slightest bit of haze

S: Quite fragrant, heavy cherry, vanilla, and amaretto with mild elements of white chocolate, interesting

T: Many elements of the nose including cherry and vanilla, but certainly has a bit of a cough medicine taste to it, still delicious, very flavorful

M: Smooth and refreshing (not surprising given type and low ABV), light cherry aftertaste, not lingering or overpowering

O: A great cherry ale, fragrant, flavorful, smooth, and nice to look at, but still, a basic fruit beer

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice cherry red wit a veritable storm of bubbles. Pinkish thick head. Looks like a cherry beer ought to.
Smell: tart, sweet and well...cherry. Nice.
Taste: Wow. Near perfect balance of tart, sweet, tasty, quaffable characteristics.
Overall : very nice job indeed Samual Smith. This my 2nd in the organic fruit line so not entirely caught by surprise but again, quite better, than expected.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.