Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 44
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009

Ale aged w/ Balaton cherries in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; not bottled-conditioned. Blended w/ "Cosmic Mother Funk."
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Reviews by NHGrafx:
Photo of NHGrafx
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml black bottle.

Pours a deep burgundy with a small head that lasts about 15 seconds.

This has a nice aroma. Malty with some nice cherry aromas which aren't as overpowering as I had thought they would be. There are some earthy aromas as well, sort of woody and probably from the oak barrels.

Taste is quite nice. Lots of cherry tartness but for me, doesn't seem to overpower it, and some nice malt flavors coming out. There are also hints of an oakey flavor from the barrels. The tart cherries and malt dominates. This has a nice mouthfeel and good drinkability.

I really liked this one, and will definitely have it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a fairly thick effervescent head that quickly disappeared, like pouring a soda. The only difference from the soda was that the beer was pretty still after the pour.
A pronounced alcohol aroma that tickled my nose, some sweet cherry.
A taste of cherry. Alcohol still there, but less noticeable. Sweet.
The beer was too sweet, and tasted like a flat cherry soda.

Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle # 3159. Pours a brownish red with a frothy reddish white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet and slightly tart cherries and wood.

The flavor is very sweet pie-like cherries - I get a lot of cherry pie and some raspberries. It has a slightly bitter woody finish and a bit of maltiness in the background. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall pretty nice, but a little too much on the sweet side. I like the complexity of some of New Glarus's beers better.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber brown head dissipateds quick.
Fruity sour with a with a subtle cherry aroma the smell is of wine barrels
The taste is fruity of cherries light bodies with a slight fruit tart. Not as tart/sour as I would think from the aroma or hopefor.

A good barrel ale the aroma is the best part they need to bring the taste to match

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, minimal head, cherry red in color, small carbonation

Smell: oak, flowers, and cherries

Taste: oak, cherry, and hay

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet but very tart, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: I like it better than the Stoney Brook Red and it is above average...but not what I would call great either. I do appreciate how Sam Adams is being innovative. I would want a glass of this again and would love to see how this ages.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked bottle - unsure about the dating on this, but I know it's been cellared for at least six months. Shared with friends at a recent beer tasting as an after-dinner brew.

Poured into a wine glass. Light cherry red, opaque - looks like a thin fruit punch. Leaves a thin head, lasts for a few moments, but dissolves into a fine ring.

Nose is quite nice - cherries (slightly sour but not overly so) chocolate, vanilla, and what I assume to be the oaky character from the barrel. Quite nice, but only kriek-like in terms of the cherry. Not really reminiscent of the lambic style, but it is called an "American Kriek" so I knew there would be differences.

Interesting brew - I lean towards the "I like it" camp. The cherry, while not as sour as I would have hoped, did provide a nice tartness that meshed well with the soft chocolate, caramel and vanilla flavours. The brew finished with a light oakiness - quite nice.

Not something I'd like too often - both for the price tag and for the sweet nature of the brew - but certainly an interesting take on the kriek style. There's not too many brews I like other than Belgian krieks that make use of cherries, but this was one of them.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish color with a reddish tinted beige head of about four fingers, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of cherries, hints of oine, citrus and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, and smooth. Taste of sweet cherries and alcohol up front, ending with bittersweet tart flavors.

Overall: Third time I have had this beer, first was sampled on tap at the Boston Beer Company Brewery in Boston, the second was a bottle bought from that trip to the brewery, this last one was just a the store, but I had to get it one more time, always have enjoyed this one and it's unique flavors.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into an 8oz snifter.

Pours a very red color, you can tell there were cherries in this thing, there is a big head that fades really fast and sounds like soda (loud bubbling). The nose is also off white with hints of red.
Nose is both funky and fruity. There's some significant cherry aroma here.

Taste is mellow and drinkable, it's not over the top funky or fruity. Oddly enough it's got low carbonation even though by sound I though it'd be higher. There's a bit of a gingerbread cookie finish to it, quite interesting. A bit of breadyness from the yeast as well. I don't think this was done super well, however for a relatively uncommon style, I think Sam Adams made it quite approachable without sacrificing too much.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive. The first specialty beer that Samuel Adams made that I liked. I liked the fact that it's made in an American style, but with the Belgian Kriek twist. You really do taste the cherries, but nothing overpowering or strong. While many of my friends whom love Samuel Adams hate this beer, I find it to be quite unique and different from the norm, which is a good thing in this case. Pours a nice glass, head, and lacing. Good job.

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Special 500ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

A: Brownish black cherry juice. Foggy.

Feel: near medium body.

Aroma: Fairly strong cherry character. A bit more oak than I prefer.

Flavor: excellent sweet/tart balance ness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 1 point 9.4oz poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does have the alcohol percentage, but it does not have a brewed on date or a fresh by date.

A: Cherry wood with a slight brown-pink tinged sliver of a fingernail head. The head is gone within fifteen seconds, and it leaves a thin strip of lacing around the glass. The beer is hazy; though, you can see some carbonation. It does have a nice brilliant color when held to the light.

S: Sweet and tart cherries, floral notes, coca cola, wild yeast.

T: Lots of sweet then tart sour cherry along with malt, cherry pits, and funk. The finish has a bit of cake and almost a soda quality.

M: On the lighter side of medium and sweeter. It could use some more carbonation to cut the sweet and make it cleaner.

O: I actually like the flavor of this beer quite a bit. But it is a bit sweet and the finish has slight syrup to it. The tartness and sour are present, but the beer could use a bit more of each. The body feels a bit light and more carbonation would have been nice to lend a crispness to cut the sweetness and tartness. It does have an interesting color and head, and it also leaves a fair amount of spotty lacing as it is consumed. It is certainly worthy of a try, but it is not a beer one could drink every day.

Photo of mutterfudder
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Kevin for sharing this one!

Pour was a dark ruby with a thin white head. Head didn't last for long. Nose of cranberry more than cherry, smelled like a fresh baked rhubarb pie. Taste was similar: sour cherry and rhubarb flavors, with a somewhat tart finish. Mouthfeel was watery but sharp, with no discernable aftertaste.

A rare treat that I was fortunate to try. Really not similar to a Kriek in the Belgian sense, but an interesting and tasty beer.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber tinged molasses pours out of this SA Barrel series kriek, quickly the head shuns existence and we're off...

SMells of some wet horse blanket, jolly ranchers, fresh cut weeds (lawn kind not smoking kind) and some heady yeast

A quick start with some cherry flesh and lacto funky sour disco. I've had belgian tripels and Grand Cru's give off about 90% of what this lambic is delivering. Definitly not overt sourness

Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet thin in its syrup, light carbonation, although alco is 7% no hint of it here

I guess you could call this an introduction to the style, great beer, won't make you pucker

Photo of nickd717
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml straight from the brewery in Boston. Note that I AM RATING THIS TO STYLE AS A FRUIT BEER, because that's what I see it as. Considering that, it's really not bad.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby red color with a two-finger light beige head and good lacing.

Aroma is slightly medicinal with lots of cherries. Not kriek-like, but decent.

Flavor is cherry city. Seriously, one of the most cherry-like beers outside of maybe New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red. Just a little cough syrup to it, but overall it's good. A little sweet and barely if at all tart.

Medium-bodied with a nice carbonation level. Overall this is not at all to style, but besides that it's not bad. I enjoyed it.

Photo of aepb1
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the perfect pour Samuel Adams glass

A- Very pretty! Pours cloudy and clears into a red-copper with a clean white head

S- Some cherry, not a whole lot else...

T- Some tart cherry up front and a full malty finish

M- Full bodied, thick, good carbonation

D- Limited availability limits its mark here for me, but otherwise it's something I'd come back to quite often!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 7% ABV, "Enjoy this beer now from a traditional glass at 50° or age it to develop rich and unique flavors." 3439 Stamped on the back label.

Thanks to Celeriac for this cool bottle!

A - Beautiful blood-red ruby color with great clarity and a tall light pink head. Great retention but no lace left on the glass.

S - A light funk note hides behind a bold aroma of fresh and tart cherries. Sweet but not cough-syrup-like as most cherry beers seem to be. Mild oak aroma adds some nice complexity.

T - Oak woodiness overpowers the cherries in the flavor. A pinch of funkiness compliments the tart cherry, but it's got no where near the complexity and depth the aroma has.

M - Strong carbonation with a well-balanced lightly tart and sweet finish, no alcohol comes through this exceptionally strong (as a Kriek is concerned) beer.

D - Decent drinkability with an ok flavor that seems like a little bit of a let down after the nice aroma. A good brew but not one I'd push to trade for again.

Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz. "Barrel" bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles. Ruby in color. Upward carbonation. Lacing is thin and sticky.
S) Oaky. Cherries. Hints of alcohol.
T) Cherry. Subtle alcohol. Good wood tones. Finishes with a nice tartness.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Slightly syrupy.
D) A nice kriek. I'd drink more.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received this one a while back from SMADMS.... thanks a ton Peter for an awesome trade... Opened this one a couple weekends ago and shared with the Boise and Utah peeps.

Crystal clear red.... even the head is pink.

Nose is like cherry cough syrup mixed with tonic water.... pie cherries ... no really "beer" components in my mind.

Flavor is a tad better ... hints of some oak... bits of pale malts.. nice sweetness and tartness but only the most basic real "wild" qualities... lite lemon and I could be imagining vanilla .... instead reminds me pretty well made fruit beer.

body is a solid medium with a a lighter than hoped for carbonation.

Thanks again Peter for all the brews.... I think the other bottle will stand to age for quite a while and hopefully dry out and develop a more wild character.


Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes June 4, 2011
1 pint 9.4oz bottle
3500 stamped on bottle

A - It pours brown with a crimson tint. It has a skim of tan head.

S - The aroma is caramel malt with a presence of cherry vanilla.

T - I get tart cherry and caramel malt. It has a dessert quality to it.

M - Moderate and very smooth.

O - It reminds me of cherry pie. Possibly a good dessert beer.

Photo of largadeer
2.37/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Beautiful dark cherry red, the beer has stunning clarity but little in the way of head. The color is so exceptional that I can't really fault it for that.

It smells like...cherry cough syrup. Medicinal, sweet, faintly oaky. Pretty cloying, I can't say that I enjoy this.

Similar flavors. Syrupy and sweet with a natural but terribly cloying cherry flavor, it tastes like none of the sugars have fermented out of the cherry juice. There's a mild tartness but this is much more of a sweet fruit beer. Syrupy palate with a sweet finish. Not outright terrible, but really hard to completely enjoy due to the medicinal flavors and intense sweetness. Even taken as a fruit beer I really don't enjoy this, it's like a very clumsy and cloying version of New Glarus Belgian Red.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/14/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this - 2009 vintage

Appearance: Dark, dark red with some purple and some brown - even after about 4 years, this pours with a lot of carbonation - above average, light tan head, slowly fades to an above-average sized, solid, creamy head

Smell: Cooked malts and a lot of fruit - cooked, caramelized, lightly oxidized malts - some syrupy caramel and sugar - a lot of cherry flavor, with flesh and some skin - some low tartness

Taste: More or less follows the aroma, with a lot of cherry and caramel - cooked, caramelized grains, straight-up caramel syrup, and some pale malts - loads of cherry, including cherry flesh and cherry skins - some phenolic/medicinal characteristics that kind of make this seem like cherry cough syrup - some oxidation, probably from the age, and a lot of earthiness - some tart, but definitely not sour in any way - nice amount of fruity sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, nicely drinkable

Overall: Barrel room space is justified

This was a stand-out among the Barrel Room Collection back when these first came out, and it's still good, about four years later. It's not the most complex, and it's definitely lacking sour/funky notes that one would expect in a kriek, but it's still good, especially for a Samuel Adams beer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep ruby red, two finger head with a pinkish hue

S-Tart, cherries and some oak.

T-Nowhere near the tartness I'd expected, cherries are there. Not getting much oak either.

M-Light body with some carbonation although there could be some more.

O-Maybe an introduction to sour beers but not very tart. A little more tartness would improve this beer a lot.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #2939

Pours a dark red color with a sizable fizzy-like head, fades fast but leaves a little bit of sticky lacing along the glass.

Smell has an odd aroma but can definitely make out the cherry presence quite easily, sweet yet slightly tart, not overwhelming.

Taste is rather muddled, nothing really pops out and says hi, the cherry presence is not as evident and there is hardly any sweet or tart or sour or really any flavor, I can pick up some of the barrel aging which I think almost blocks some of the natural cherry tartness, in the end there's just not much flavor, the carbonation is spot on though and there is a bit of crispness.

I really wanted to like this but was disappointed.

Photo of RankRefugee88
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into Sam Adams glass.

A - Beautiful ruby red color. Small white head, dissipates quickly.

S - Cherry flavored smell to it, I can smell the hops too.

T - Sweet cherry taste to it. Tart. Not much else to the taste, it's pretty decent though.

M - Mouthfeel is ok, has kind of a cough syrup mixed with cherry soda texture to it. Nothing to write home about.

D - The drinkability isn't one of the stronger points of this beer. The more and more I drink it the less and less I want another glass of it.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a creamy reddish head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a opaque ruby with dark red notes. The beer smell has very strong tarty cherry notes and oak notes that mix very well together. However, both smell similar enough that the oak comes off more as a subtle note than anything else. The taste is a bit different than the smell. The taste still has the tart from the black cherries and slight hints of oak. However, the taste also has a sweetness from the malts and from the cherries but it taste a bit like it was enhanced by sugar and comes off a tiny bit cough syrupy. The feel is medium bodied but on the heavier side. Biting carbonation. A decent kriek and one of the ones I would recommend.

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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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