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

Poured a bottle of this bad boy into two wine glasses for my girlfriend and myself. Produced a cranberry juice red with a one-inch thick foamy white head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma of crushed cherries, slightly medicinal.

Taste of cherries, almost like wheat bread, and a light bitterness of earthy hops (or is that the sour cherries?).

Light carbonation, bitterness remains in between each drink.

It may be a little too sweet to drink more than one, but it is a good attempt. Splitting this bottle in two was a good idea as the two glasses my girlfriend and I got were just the right amount of fruity goodness.

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Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours like a dull fruit rollup. Decent for a lambic, a bit below average for a straight up fruit beer.

Smells of sweet, tart cherries. Nothing else. It's a damn nice cherry odor, but there are none of the yeast or fruit complexities you get with a really good cherry beer.

Tastes a little better than it smells. The cherries are more firm and mealy, starting out tart and sliding into a pulpy finish of rounded sweetness. The finish is a little dull and seltzery and there a no beerish complexities, but it's still tasty.

There were like a half dozen of new Sam Smith fruit beers sitting at Hy-Vee. If these cost a couple bucks less I'd probably try them all.

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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 jbennett1919
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is dark red.

Smells of sugary tart cherries.

The taste is bold at front and of tart, syrupy, sour cherries. A lot like a lambic but the finish is slightly hoppy and it reminds you that you are still drinking a beer.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated, but not unpleasant ... imagine drinking a cherry soda.

It would be hard to drink more than one of these beers in one sitting. It's a good beer for what it is, but when nearing the end of the bottle, the sour, dry, tart cherry flavor leaves me desiring a beer that doesn't make me want to chase it with a glass of water.

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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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Photo of mdale13
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Blood red poured from a 1 PT bottle into a pint glass. Thin, white/pinkish head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing down the glass.

S- All cherries. Very sweet smelling.

T- Again, all cherries. Sweet, ALMOST too sweet, but not quite.

M- Carbonated. Tastes more like a soda. Sweet and delicious.

D- Here is where the beer goes wrong. Its a great beer, but far too sweet to drink more than one (especially the 1 PT bottle I got). But its tasty as a treat on its own.

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Photo of emsroth
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

App: Clear red/orange with a 2 finger pink head. Exactly what i like in a fruit beer

Smell: Sweet cherries with perhaps a bit of malt undertone.

Taste: Sweet and sour cherry throughout. Next comes a moderate level of hop bitterness. Ends with a strong grainy malt taste. Delicious but I would prefer a bit more malt upfront to match the strong cherry flavor. In other words it's somewhat unbalanced. Either the hops or the water imparts a slight mineral taste at times.

Crisp and refreshing. A great beer. Almost exactly what I look for in a fruit beer.

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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 WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Smith's Organic Cherry pours a deep, clear, ruby color with a thin, fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolved quickly to a bubbly ring around the surface, leaving behind lots of lace spots on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is all sweet cherry. Reminds me of a lollipop or a cough drop. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very tart and almost still. Very little fizz on the tongue. The flavor is mostly cherry with some light pale malt flavor mixed in. It's like drinking a cherry soda without all the carbonation. Could be confused with a cherry lambic, without the sourness. Finishes dry. Once gone the cherry flavor lingers on the palate.

This is one of those beers you could give to someone that says they don't like beer and not realize they just drank an ale.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is a clear, dense, brownish cherry red ale with a fluffy, light pink head that becomes dense and has excellent retention and lacing. It has a strong aroma of cherries and wood. It has a very light sweetness, like caramel. It's medium bodied and incredibly smooth with a very clean finish. It tastes pretty sweet. Cherry is at the forefront and it's perhaps a bit candy-like. There are notes of caramelly malt and wood. There's not really any bitterness until the finish, where it's light and perhaps grassy. Wow! It's very fruity!

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Photo of Domingo
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll preface this with - I'm one of those people who usually likes fruit beers. I know some people naturally don't care for them, but I honestly do in many/most cases.

Pours a maroon color with pinkish highlights. There's a little head, but it doesn't have a ton of carbonation. Coming from a UK brewer, that's not unusual or unexpected. Appearance is pretty much as it should be.

Smells pretty much like a cherry pie. Not really getting a lot of grain or hops, but there's enough to give it a "warm" smell.

The taste is really where this falls flat. Unlike the New Glarus fruit beers or some other good examples, there isn't enough of a beer backbone. It tastes a lot like a so-so cherry wine with a little carbonation. No real malt backbone and no hops at all. It's not a bad flavor by any means, but it doesn't taste like beer. Considering how much I love SS's beers, this is definitely disappointing.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky with all of the fruit juice, but is par for the course of a fruit beer. No real problems.

Drinkability suffers a bit. It's just too sweet and one dimensional. Splitting a bottle is definitely the best plan, and I could see it working well with dessert. I don't think I'll be revisiting this one, though.

I admire the idea behind this, but it's just a little too much fruit and too little beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$6.99 for a 550mL (18.7oz) bottle at the Co-op grocery in Lebanon, NH.

A: Clear coppery strawberry red. Full 3 fingers of eggshell pink head that settles and leaves massive billowy lacing on the glass.

S: Solid cherry aroma made tart by the accompanying hops. Sweet. Reminds me of cranberry ginger ale.

T: Definitely a genuine cherry flavor... not artificial or candy-like. Contrary to the aroma, sweetness overpowers the hops. Bitter cherry finish, but not harsh. Very minimal malt presence.

M: Light body, light fizzy carbonation. Dry finish. Slight malt backbone, but not much. Not cough syrupy, no overpowering sugar slickness.

D: I'm not a fan of fruit beers, only happened to be trying this because the girlfriend bought it. Surprisingly, it's not nearly as bad as others I've had. Has much more in common with Mikes or other malternatives than it does to beer, but much more palatable, can't describe exactly why. It has the hoppiness of beer, slightly beerish mouthfeel, but doesn't taste like beer. Maybe it's simply the hop presence that sets it above Mikes et al.

Review undoubtedly benefitted from the absolutely horrible experiences I've had with fruit beers in the past. I wouldn't buy it for myself, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkish red colored beer with a rapidly fading head,looks like a wine cooler.Aroma is cherries.Taste is also sweet cherries.I know by definition it's a beer but in actuality it's a wine cooler.Yet it is a good,tasty and refreshing beverage.I would recommend and buy again.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep maroon with pink head. Very similar to Founders' Cerise. Smells just all of cherry. Thats all. No beer characteristics at all, really. Just all cherry. Its not an inorganic, candy-like cherry-flavoring, though. Taste is just like black cherry soda. No detectable malt or hop characters. Its good but its not very beer like at all. Again, though, its nice thats its not an inorganic, candy-like flavoring. Mouth is very light, again soca-like. Overall its like drinking dark cherry soda. As a drink its good, but its not very beer-like and this will probably be a put-off for some people.

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Photo of DannyS
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 550ml bottle into a 20 oz beer mug.

A - Bright ruby red with a thin yet long-lasting white head that forms a decent foam collar and leaves nice, clingy lacing.

S - A tad boozy and funky on the nose, putting off the otherwise fresh cherry aroma, which does have that fake, cherry jolly rancher vibe to it.

T - Hey, what do you know: cherry jolly ranchers. Very little in the way of malt, yeast, or hops.

M - The carbonation is fairly active, and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, the two textures mingling to give off a light yet full mouthfeel.

D - It does taste pretty good and goes well as a dessert, but it's really filling, and the sweetness does get a bit cloying in the end. Probably best to share with a friend.

overall - A decent attempt at a fruit beer, but nothing special. Could be a good choice for brunch or dessert.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Deep, red amber/rose hue. Light pink-cream head that looks like cherry ice cream. Nice, speckled lace.

Smell- Sweet cherry aromas that remind me of cherry sherbet, along with the faintest scent of hop-bitterness.

Taste- Dark cherries, almost like cough syrup. Little distinguishable malt or hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body with thick creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- The fruit here is a little overpowering as far as beer-drinkability. A glass might be good after a meal with desert, but beyond that, this one isn't very drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet/dark red color with a thick and fluffy head into my fluted tulip. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is tart with cherry in the nose in a way that is not too weak or overpowering. Pretty much stands out the most in the nose.

Taste is tart and complex with the cherry mingling with some standard ale flavors, mainly sweet malt. Cherry is just right and isn't cloying or artificial. It kind of masks the ale part though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering, tart cherry that again, dominates the palate here. It's just right though.

Very nice and easy to drink. I don't know why people out there hate fruit beers. This is done just right.

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Photo of BelgianByGirth
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of BMoney575
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Sampled on 6-16-09

Pours a neat red/pink color, with a bubbly but thin white head and small bits of chunky lacing.

Smell is strong cherry, sweet, but in a wine-like way. Slightly sour, with a clean and fruity finish.

Taste is all cherry juice with a hint of beer in the very back. The flavor is good, but it's not beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated, but the flavors stick to your tongue, which is enjoyable.

Drinkability sucks (as a beer, good as a fruity girl's drink).

Overall, a bomber of Smirnoff is much cheaper.

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Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very cherry red with an off white to pink head.

The smell had a very fresh and slightly tart cherry odor.

The flavor was very cherry, nice and fresh with a good mix of sweet and sour, finishing with a light and mild maltyness giving it just a bit of beer flavor.

The mouthfeel was light and a bit oily.

Easy to drink fruit beer, if you like cherry beer this one is solid.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark red copper with a modest creamy head.

Aroma is dominated by cherry. Sweet and syrupy.

Taste is similar to nose. Massive cherry, initially sweet then very tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, an overwhelmingly cherry drink. Reminds me of cherry pie filling.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear red with about an inch of pinkish foam. I'm sitting here watching it and the foam is shrinking rather slowly.

The smell has a big cherry sweetness and tartness to it. Not much else going on but it is nice.

The taste matches the nose with the cherries working double duty and providing both sweet and tart notes. I can taste a touch of some wheat but it's way in the background. Nice. I like.

The mouthfeel was close to being full with a light touch of carbonation, it finishes with a nice blast of sour cherries.

Drinkability? Since I'm having a good session with this brew, I'd say very good as the fruit is done very nicely here and the brewer doesn't go off on a tangent and call it a Lambic as it isn't. Very nice for what it is.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a bright red/burgandy color with some quick white foam that disappated quickly.

Smell is - what else - cherries. Very powerful.

Taste is a wheaty, tart cherry taste. Notably different from a kriek - much more body, and less carbonation. There is some malt buried in here, but generally the cherry overwhelms everything.

There is a residual tartness that controls the finish.

Really have to like cherries to like this. Its a tasty beer, but not one that lends itself to multiples. A nice change of pace beer to share with the wife.

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