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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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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale aged w/ Balaton cherries in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; not bottled-conditioned. Blended w/ "Cosmic Mother Funk."

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009)
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Reviews by riored4v:
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3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Reviewed 1/24/10

Poured into a pint glass. Body was very clear and a vibrant red color. 1 finger, pink head that faded to a thin layer. I personally thought the appearance was great and unique.

Smell was of a tart, cherry aroma. Some slight caramely malty sweetness. Somewhat cherry pie like, with a bit more tartness.

Taste was a very refreshing cherry flavor. Mild tartness with a nice dark cherry flavor. Mild sweetness in finish helps to zero out that tart. Some hints of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel was a medium/light body with somewhat high carbonation. Dry in the finish.

Drinkability was very good. Cherry flavor is mild along with a great balance of tart/sweet. No signs of abv.

While this is not the best kriek i've had, this is very nice and reasonably priced.

02-04-2010 04:15:47 | More by riored4v
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.6/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

11-15-2010 01:40:23 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of 40451


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-19-2012 01:02:05 | More by 40451
Photo of Beaver13


3.68/5  rDev +4%

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.

01-28-2010 05:19:41 | More by Beaver13
Photo of bishopdc0


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

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

12-26-2010 18:39:28 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of VernonKell


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-15-2012 22:12:53 | More by VernonKell
Photo of tigg924


3.68/5  rDev +4%

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.

03-20-2010 15:58:47 | More by tigg924
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

01-07-2012 05:47:00 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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.

10-28-2012 23:20:35 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of kingcrowing


3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

12-28-2009 00:02:42 | More by kingcrowing
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

01-15-2010 09:46:30 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

04-08-2014 02:03:17 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev +13%

08-31-2012 01:05:38 | More by Beer21
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3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

07-28-2011 21:43:12 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of mutterfudder

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

01-10-2010 06:21:09 | More by mutterfudder
Photo of JoeAmerican77


4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

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

08-16-2011 00:41:28 | More by JoeAmerican77
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

06-21-2010 18:09:17 | More by nickd717
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-13-2014 20:35:53 | More by Kegatron
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-14-2011 19:41:24 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-17-2013 06:42:39 | More by GRG1313
Photo of blubaja

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

08-03-2012 02:14:59 | More by blubaja
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-08-2014 23:14:05 | More by pat_usher
Photo of resistdefy

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13%

03-31-2013 02:48:15 | More by resistdefy
Photo of aepb1


3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

09-04-2010 03:09:07 | More by aepb1
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-05-2012 16:41:39 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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