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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 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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Photo of tenesmus
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak goblet.

Pours a deep ruby red with a wonderful pink frothy head, minimal carbonation. The foam possesses a firm and lasting retention and some fine sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pronounced. Sweet cherry and marzipan.

Tasting there is no sourness, predominant flavour is juicy cherry, no indication that this is ersatz, indeed it's similar to a punnet of Bing blitzed in the processor, plenty of almond notes, hints of sugar but its not that sweet. Difficult to catch any malt structure within the sweetness. On the finish, something bitter and a little metallic, but very pleasant.

Very smooth and pleasing texture with a gentle spritz of carbonation.

Overall this is unashamedly a fruit beer thats proud of its fruit, whilst it might get a little cloying for a whole session, for a couple of glasses in the sun its wonderful.

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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 Chaney
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Sammy Smith really needs to do away with the whole clear bottle thing. Jeez...

A: Poured a mildly hazy bright red, with a pink head that was only a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it. Good head retention.

S: Not the fruit bomb I was hoping for, but the cherry was embedded inside a large vat of filtered water. More artificially flavored, popsicle-esque cherry than the real thing.

T: More fruitily flavorful than the nose indicated, with a decent bit of tartness on the finish. I'm glad they didn't go the wheat route on this one (eg. Sam Adams Cherry Wheat). This is a really nice cherry juice infused standard ale. Nothing more, nothing less.

M: The mild prickle I got from carbonation really added some character to the cherry, making this one very drinkable. The lacing was pretty substantial.

O: Seeing the words "organic" and "cherry" on the same label gave me pause at first, but this is actually pretty decent stuff.... especially considering the low price (under $5!).

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - looks somewhere between a red and an ipa. nice amount of pink-ish head

S - cherries, wheat, sugar, wine-ish smell (grapes?)

T - very much like champagne at first, followed immediately by fruit tastes

M - a bit tart and sweet which makes it difficult to drink fast, but a nice beer to sip all night long

O - not a bad fruit beer, but not my favorite either. it's no hanami ale - but it's a good "time killer" til i figure out how to get my next bottle of new glarus belgian red!

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Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good stuff. I let this warm a bit out of the fridge and poured a medium sized, thick, fine, pink head that settled down to a thin cover that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear pinkish honey amber with massive quantities of bubble trails. Aroma is mainly cherries and yeast. Flavor is cherries sweet & tart on top (sweet dominating) under which is carbonic tang, malt, yeast bitterness and a bit metallic. Later sips the metallic part diminishes. For the long lasting head and amount of bubble trails body and carbonation are a little soft and actually well balanced. Finish is like flavor, with a slow taper to a natural cherry taste that remains for a while. Good brew.

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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 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 avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: As you might expect cherries dominate the aroma, but there was also a hint of malt as well.

T: Of course, it was all about the cherries. There's some malt, though it's a fairly small amount. This beer borders on being one-dimensional, but it's very tasty nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: As fruit beers go, this is a thoroughly pleasurable one.

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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 Karyyk
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better-tasting beers that I've had in a good while...

I poured the Samuel Smith Cherry beer into your standard Samuel Smith pint glass. It poured a deep ruby-brown color and left a relatively thin (one-finger or so) head that was ever-so-slightly off-pink. There’s a fairly deep haze to the beer itself, meaning you really can’t see through it. The head itself is long-lasting and abundant lacing is evident all the way to the bottom of the glass. There doesn’t seem to be much going on in the way of carbonation, but judging from the head and mouthfeel, I would guess that the smaller bubbles just aren’t as obvious in the hazy opacity of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet, natural cherries, with a bit of malt here and there. There’s not a whole lot more to it than that, but I do want to stress that the scent is natural cherry, not artificial, not syrupy. The taste mirrors the aroma, but there’s a bit more to it. The first thing you’re going to notice is the cherry flavor, which is very, very good. It’s just a little bit tart, but mostly sweet. There’s some maltiness there, but you almost have to try to notice it over the cherry flavor. As the beer warms a bit, the cherry flavor mellows and it starts to taste a bit more like beer. The cherry flavor is still there, but it’s not overpowering and the beer flavors (the maltiness mostly, not too much in the way of hops) start to come through a bit more.

This one’s also very, very easy to drink. While I did start by sipping it slowly (the better to savor something, right?), it was hard not to just turn up the glass. A lot of beers drink well, but don’t have a lot of taste, while others are as heavy in flavor but also drink like a meal. The Samuel Smith Organic Cherry really kind of hit all the right points across the board. It’s not light and watery by any means, but it’s not an oatmeal stout either.

As it is, I’ll have to say that the Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is easily toward the top of the “beers I’ve tried recently” list and is a pleasurable drink from start to finish.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber in complexion, and cloudy, with a thick head. No lace here.

Nose is very tart cherry, with hints of bread. Curious but appealing.

Taste is very sweet and sour, with a stronger cherry flavor than most. The cherry taste seems natural, rather than weird or artificial, as with some American cherry ales I've had. This is a smooth, easy-drinking, and impressive brew. Quite enjoyable!

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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 Cresant
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 500 mL into a Lindemans flute. No date. The body was a deep golden red with a pink head that was very brief.

The smell was intensely cherry! Cherry pie. Cherry juice. Cherries.

The taste was of cherry pie. Sweet grains and vivid cherries. Rich. Some spiciness. Not too sweet, well balanced between the depth of the malt and the tartness of the cherries. No trace of alcohol. Very well constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with a fine carbonation.

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a rouge/blush color, with a thin white head. The beer has the slightest haze to it, giving it a touch of opacity that nonetheless still reflects plenty of light.

Has a sweet cherry aroma, with strawberry, citrus and bubblegum. this organic ale has a very floral smell, sweet to the point of being like rosewater.

Starts malty and sweet, with bold cherry, notes of strawberry, and ripe raspberry. Has a light, clean finish that quickly exits the mouth.

Light bodied, with a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel and a clean, soft finish completely without any bitterness.

An excellent fruit beer, this is sweet without being cloying, clean without being bitter, and easy to drink. Beers like this demonstrate to wine drinkers that they can have their fruit and their alcohol in one drink, and have it be far superior to many wines out there. Samuel Smith proves to me, time and again, that they simply do an outstanding job with every brew they put together.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crimson color w/ a nice two finger pink head. Really nice carbonation and lacing. Can't see through this beer much at all which surprised me. Head sticks around for a while, along with the great lacing. Very nice for the style.

S- Basically, it's a tart cherry smell and that's about it. I'd love it if there was something else there, like yeast or malt. A little one dimensional, while still nice.

T- Very tart cherry taste, with some malt in the background. Tartness really mellows after the first explosion. For the style, this is really nice.

M- Highly carbonated an tart feel that smooths out throughout the aftertaste. Not as thin as you would think. Not bad.

O- This is a good beer for the style, and you should check it out if you like fruit beers. Sam Smith's has the right combo for these brews, and I enjoyed it.

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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.