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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 RickS95
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a red ale only with more red. Kind of a light burgundy in color. The head is thin and a cross between white and pink.

Despite being made with cherry juice, the cherry smell isn't as strong as you'd guess. It's there, it's just not overpowering.

Doesn't taste much like beer, more like a fruity wine cooler. It's pretty good, with cherries being the only player in this game.

It's very sweet, almost too much so, with nary a hint of tart.

Overall it's a good bit better than average, but not quite good. It's just a little too sweet and too little beer-like.

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Photo of Klym
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Like strawberry syrup mixed with a little water and a couple of drops of dark brown ink. A cherry red with a brown veil casting a slight haze over it. A small head with plentiful lacing that mostly slides off leaving a surprisingly white rim at the top. Beer looks very cherry.

S: Cherry, cherry, cherry. If you took a mound of sliced-in-half maraschino cherries and drizzled grenadine over the top and let it sit for a night in a container and smelled it the next day, I'm pretty sure you'd know what this beer smells like. Smalls hints of yeast and some undiscernable funky tidbits but really cherry is front, center, and not letting anyone else get on the stage.

T: Much like the smell, maraschino cherries and grenadine. Sweetness is really powerful, with almost all of the potential tartness covered. Yeast is more present in the taste and adds a small bitter funk, and I maybe get a little grape, but really cherry is the only comment that you give without digging quite deep.

M: Carbonation is distinctly beer but in the beer realm is swaying toward soda. Very giving carbonation in the mouth, not unsurprisingly reminiscent of a shirley temple but more excited.

O: This beer is interesting and while honestly overpowering in its sweetness, it doesn't have a dominantly unnatural flavors like most low-quality fruit beers out there. It's a one trick pony though, and a very straight forward and simple one at that. Turn down the volume on the cherries and have it make some friends from other gustatory realms and you have a potentially greater beer here. As it is, it is your classiest sure-bet bridge for your smirnoff-sipping acquaintance into beer.

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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 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 EkimGram
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 550mL bottle poured into Samuel Smith imperial pint. Colour is a rich ruby brown, pours with a massive head that leaves puffs of lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of malt, lots of cherry. Very sweet overall.

Taste: Like the smell, very sweet. Lots of cherry up front followed by a mild sensation of malt. Finishes with just the slightest amount of bite and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very syrupy and sticky.

Drinkability: Hands down one of the sweetest beers I've ever had. The cherry flavours just pierce through the entire brew. A little overpowering at first. One of the best "cherry" brews I've had despite my lack of taste for them.

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Photo of mvforegonian
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: lovely color of brown/red obvious fruit presence as soon as it's poured.

S: Solid Cherry smell, maybe a little syrupy smell.

T: Like drinking a lighter amber ale mixed with cherry juice, very tasty!

M: Average mouthfeel. I was hoping for something a little more distinctive

O: Great ale to sip in the summer time or for dessert.

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

Drank from a 1pt. 2.7 fl. oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my girlfriend's parents, Neil and Joyce, for treating us to this.

The beer poured a cloudy, copper color with rosey highlights. A light pink, one-finger head of bubbly froth topped the liquid. The head quickly dissipated and left small drops of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was pure, sweet cherry juice. Not very complex but brilliant in its straightforward simplicity.

Like the nose, the flavor was dominated by cherries. The cherry flavor was sweet, potent and completely natural. A slight wheaty tartness blended with the cherry flavor. Mid-palate, some herbal hops entered the mix. The beer finished a bit more dry than I anticipated. A slightly steely quality was detectible. As the beer opened up, these metallic notes decreased.

The body was lighter bodied but smooth and creamy with a fine yet lively effervescence.

Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is much stronger on the "cherry" than on the "beer." For this reason, I found rating it a bit difficult. Regardless, this was a real joy to drink, and the 5.10% was dangerously well hidden. For those who appreciate sweet, fruity beers, I would definitely recommend you give this a shot.

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

22 ounce bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours a hazy ruby-red hue with a thick frothy white head on top. The lacing clings to the glass nicely. 4.0

S: Muted scent of cherries and a mild smell of some bread/yeast. 3.0.

T: This beer starts rather thin and watery, some bready flavors are in the background, and then a strong cherry presence arrives and overwhelms everything else. Fortunately, I do like cherry, but you can't enjoy this beer if you don't. 3.0

M: This beer has a lively carbonation in the background, and a thick cherry finish that coats the tongue. 3.0

D: This is ok, but it just doesn't have much that makes me go *wow*... I grew tired of it within 8-12 ounces, and still had 10+ ounces to go in the bomber. 2.5

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, reddish pink in color, clear

Smell: sweet cherries

Taste: cherries dominate--they are both sweet and tart with a little toasted malt

Mouthfeel: tart and sweet. The sweetness never gets to the cloying level, high carbonation, light body

Overall: A very fruity and non-bitter cherry beer that is very tasty. I like the strawberry slightly better but that is more personal preference than due to quality. One of the better cherry beers out there.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. the usual samuel smith bottling code is on the neck, but its designed so the general public cant figure it out. lame.

A- this one pours out a translucent golden body with a reddish tint to it. the head on top is about a finger tall, and white with a pinkish tint to it. small spots of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet, ripe, natural cherries are the first thing that i pick up. not artificial smelling at all. thats basically the one dimension to this one.

T- the taste is also dominated by the natural cherries that i could smell. ripe and sweet. there is also the smallest amount of tartness here. other than that, the beer-like characteristics (malt and hops) dont really show up.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation level is a little on the high side, but it really works in this one. the alcohol is completely hidden.

D- this hardly seems like a beer. sort of a novelty drink, but i did find it enjoyable. very heavy on the cherries, just like the name indicates. not something i can see myself picking up again any time soon.

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Photo of woodychandler
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 SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep orange/red color with a huge 2" head of pinkish tan foam after a really reserved pour. There are tons of bubbles rising, so the head maintains well. There is some mean lace on the glass after drinking, and the beer clears up as it sits a bit and is definitely taking on a rose-like hue. Overall, this is a well presented brew.

Aroma: The cherry is unmistakable in this beer, and is fresh and sweet, a bit like the cherry cough drops, but not sickeningly so. I get a little toasty malt over the cherry, but you have to look for it. As the beer sits some, the head settles, and it warms up a bit, you can start to pick up the hops. If you can make it past the cherries, the aroma is actually pretty complex.

Taste: The flavor still showcases the cherry, but it doesn't beat you up-side the palate like you would expect from the aroma. There is some maltyness going on here which gives you a bit of caramel, and some bread crusts. The body is medium to light with high carbonation, so the beer comes across the palate a bit like a cherry soda without the acidic bite. The finish is all about the non-hops. Sweetness from both the cherry syrups and the malts are the biggest players in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty god fruit beer. I think that this one may be marginally better than their Raspberry because it lets the beer be a beer a bit more. It is still quite "foo foo", but I can still feel manly drinking it. I doubt that I will be going back to this for any reason, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, especially to someone of the female persuasion wanting to venture into the beer world from wine coolers or something.

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Photo of Kromes
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A reddish amber color. Hazy with a thin soapy head.

S: A strong cherry aroma.

T: The flavor is of maraschino cherry. There is a little bit of malt in the background to give it just the right amount of sweetness. The finish ends in a cherry tang.

M: A little bubbly on the tongue and a tangy dryness in the finish.

O: This is a nice fruit ale. The cherry taste is a little overpowering, but there aren't any off flavors. The light body makes it quite drinkable. Reminds me of a lambic without the Belgian funky flavor.

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Photo of KajII
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a hazy reddish-pink with a small light pink head that was fully diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was of sweet cereal malts, a sweet yeast and an abundance of cherry. It tasted very sweet and quite flavorful of cherries at first and finished about the same but it did have a slight acidy ending with the flavor lingering for quite a while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry in texture with the carbonation being rather flat. Overall a nice and tasty fruit ale.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Naugros
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty in pink, both the body and the head. the head is lighter pink and a bit sudsy and doesn't last that long.

Wow! Smith Brothers cough drops! I can't get much more from the beer other than that. The same goes for the taste but there's a bit more character to explore there. It's too sweet for my taste, but it's evident that cherry flavor is not artificial. The malts make an appearance as biscuit, punctuating the tartness of the fruit with some sweetness from some place other than the fruit. The body is a nice light to medium which makes it pretty easy to drink if you like cherry-flavored cough drops.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hopefully, this is the only time I include such a detail in a review on BA, but I cannot express my appreciation for this stuff in any other way: This is a very good beer for drinking when you are 'getting some booty'. For real, I just said that. This notion arises from the presence of a sensual quality about this cherry flavor. And though it dominates the base beer, it is not cloying or overpowering. Furthermore, the cherry flavor is very natural and authentic, and is not reminiscent of candy, cough drops or any other incarnation of artificial cherry. Aside from bedside escapades, I have found this brew suitable accompaniment for breakfast, desert, refreshment, entertaining, and cooking.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nicely sized head from an aggressive pour, light pink in color. Almost orange in color, red is the base color.

S: Smells like, well, cherries. Hints of a maltiness as well.

T: Cherries for sure, but not necessarily tart cherries. Very sweet, not really any of the malts or alcohol coming through at all. Sort of muted compared to other "cherry beers" I've had before.

MF: Nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty high. The sweetness might get to some people, but overall I found it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dali27
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550 ml. bottle into pint glass.

A: Excellent color. It's a reddish/blue, very deep. The color screams cherry juice. The head is tinted pink, and leaves pretty lacing down side of the glass.

S: Really nice simple natural cherry sweetness.

T: The balance between the cherry juice and the aged ale is just about perfect. Sweetness and tartness are not overwhelming. This is everything that I would have expected out of a fruit beer brewed by an excellent brewery. Seriously, fine tasting goodness.

M: Again, a really nice blend of juice and beer with perfect amount of carbonation.

D: I am sipping on this and I'm very happy. Really an all around great drink.

This beer is definitely a good choice for when your in the mood for something sweet. A fruit beer to sip, sit and relax with. In fact, that's where I'm headed right now.

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

From an aggressive pour I got no head from this blush colored brew.

The aroma fits the cherry label of this brew as well.

The brew wasn't dry, but if anything....slippery, and it's carbonation was not intense either.

The taste is much sweeter and more mellow then I was expecting. Again, the taste mirrored the labeling as well. The cherry flavor wasn't sour or overbearing and the ale itself was still apparent and married well with the sweet black cherry juice flavor.

I'd definitely recommend this brew. A worthy fruit beer for sure.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I instantly think of two very different beers when I pour and take a look: Magic Hat's Wacko, and more invitingly, Dogfish Head's Fort. The pockmarked, creamy head is a washed-out pink color and hangs in there for quite some time, while the liquid is a fiery and candy-like red with some very, very healthy bubble activity. Those bubbles feed a head that just does not quit, and leaves some good-looking pink lace strips to boot.

Aroma is unsurprisingly fruit-forward, reminding of soft cherry sweet tarts. It's cherry, it's sweet, it's tart. A no-brainer there. Does seem to carry a cereal grain sort of essence too, avoiding that one-dimensionality of so many other fruit beers. So far so good, can't wait to try it...

Yum. The taste is big bountiful cherry all over the place, not too sweet, not too tart, bringing along with it the barley/wheat that this was brewed with (and milled via totally old-school methods -- a fascinating label read!). So there's excellent balance here, and the fact that the grains play almost as much role as the more dominant fruit flavor sets this apart from the taste of so many other lesser fruit beers, cherry or otherwise. Maybe not as complex as the things Belgian brewers, or Wisconsin's New Glarus, can do with fruit, but still, it's damn good for what it is.

Soft, luscious, smooth and silky in the mouth...wonderful feel here. There's a little carbonation, and it works well to give the otherwise gentler aspects of its texture a little bounce.

Samuel Smith is a brewery I seem to appreciate less than most other beer geeks, but this one presses all the right buttons. Who knew? I surely did not expect to like this beer as much as I do, but in its class, it really is special. A must-try.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 Pint Bottle into Pint Glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger foam; orange cloudy body; poured with a two finger beige rocky foam; lots of sticky lacing

S - Lots and lots of cherries; sweet and fruity with slight amount of malts behind the cherries; oatmeal

T - Strong taste of cherries with a light barley wheat taste at the middle and end of the drink; fruit lingers for a bit; champagne like taste on the back-end

M - Creamy and a bit oily, this beer has the right touch of complex ingredients to make it a well balanced beer with sweet and tart sensations to really pack some cherry punch

D - For a fruit beer this is very drinkable; strong and overwhelming cherry taste and beer smell; one of the better fruit beers I have had in a long time

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into my Duvel.

A - Poured an amber shade with about one inch of head that stayed. Foam was an off white with a tinge of red. No real lacing to speak of at all.

S - Naturally this has a nice fruit smell. The cherry smell is what it's all about.

T - Much like the smell the cherries are the frontrunner of course. It's a nice crisp cherry and not at all like some that tend to be very medicinal like. Just a bit of tartness that balances off the sweetness nicely.

M - Almost a fizzy feel on the palate. Lot of carbonation. I think refreshing fits this one well.

D - I see drinking this one on a hot summer day. Goes down easy. Drinkable for sure.

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Photo of sgaloob
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured refrigerator cold into a pint glass.

A - Light pink head. Head dies thirty seconds or so after pour, no lacing to speak. Amber/red hue. Very clear.

S - Maraschino cherries.

T - Carbonated cherry juice.

M - Light carbonation, but refreshing.

D - Very drinkable, wish it was a little more fizzy.

Bottom line - excellent fruit beer. It is in fact overpowering with the cherry, but not disagreeably. It simply tastes like fruit juice, not like artificial flavoring, as with some fruit beers.

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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.