Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
Purchased from the Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO.
Pours a murky cranberry color with a 1 inch whitish red head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of sour cherries, wood, and some funk/must. For being a wild ale the smell is not as potent as I was expecting. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, biscuits, and wood. There is an odd medicinal/herbal bitterness with each sip. This beer seems to have a low level of carbonation with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average wild ale. I bought this in CO since I have never seen this one in CA. I am glad I got to try it but I wouldn't get it again.
06-25-2011 04:07:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
American breweries are working very hard at how to make truly domestic lambics; figuring out which blend of indigionous wild yeasts to employ when considering Belgian-style sour ales. Sam Adam's American Kriek proves timid but formitable.
The beer opens with a mauve colored, soft haze with a delicate creme of foam. With good retention and a struggle to lace, the beer carries an authentic and classy appearance.
A mix of tart and sweet cherries dominate the nose, but not without the periphreal scents of lighter, sweeter breads, soft sweetness, and true malt character. A light note of vanilla and almond emits as the beer warms.
Cherry flavor continues dominance to taste- similar in fashion to Sam Adam's widely distributed Cherry Lambic. Medium tartness, but also with the pectin heavy flavors of cherry skins and pits. Soft confectioner's sugar sweetness is surpressed, allowing the tart cherry taste to command control. Light oak flavor further exacerbates the tanin flavor, but is softened by a background note of marzapan.
Medium bodied for a sour, the beer seems young and hasn't yet developed the fully attenuated dary tartness that's common in authentic Belgian sours. Fairly high in tanic astringency, and with more of a fruit derived acidity, the sides of the mouth really get a workout. Though clean and tart in finish, more intensity with true lactic and acetic sourness would be preferred.
I like to think of this beer as a sour with training wheels. Those looking to get into sour ales but find classic Belgian Lambics to be far too intense should acclimate with this variety where most of the sourness seems to come from the cherries and less from wild yeast.
07-25-2011 16:18:35 | More by BEERchitect
2.55/5 rDev -28.2%
Thanks to Jared for including this one as an extra in a trade. Finally got around to opening it at Saturday's tasting.
A: The pour is a nice pinkish-red color with some pink foam forming but falling quickly.
S: We're not off to a good start with the aroma: butter and cherry cough drops lead the way. A slight tartness, but still the aroma is overwhelmed by the artificial and medicinal cherry aroma.
T: Things do not seem to improve at all when it comes to the flavor. The nearly medicinal cherries are still there and the tartness is not all that noticeable.
M: A fairly light body with extreme carbonation, to the point of being over-carbonated.
D: Unfortunately, this one was just a pure miss. The Stony Brook Red was quite nice, so I had some real expectations for this one and it did not deliver.
06-16-2010 18:28:14 | More by womencantsail
3.55/5 rDev 0%
The Kriek pours out as a red color with a fizzy pinkish white head. The smell has a faint sour aroma going on in it. There is also some cherry aromas too. The beer tastes a little tart not as sour as most Kriek's out there. The flavors are more refreshing and relaxed it seems. The pucker face factor on this brew isn't overly powerful. The mouthfeel is carbonated and fairly light.'not a bad brew, definitely a decent beer to try. Having all 3 was a real treat. I enjoyed the series and I'm looking very forward to trying the Stout they're working on!
05-26-2011 15:27:41 | More by Knapp85
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.
Big ups to connecticutpoet for this bottle!
Part III, the final leg of the Barrel Room Collection odyssey. We've gotten some. It pours a hazy ruby, highlighted in brown, topped by a finger or so of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises a good amount of cherries (both red and black), oak, chocolate, nutmeg, walnut, and a touch of raspberry jam. The taste echoes the heavy cherry sentiment; everything else is forced into the background: oak, cinnamon, light cocoa, toffee, and some light dark wheat. The body is a relatively light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, the best of the BRC, and a nice cherry-centric brew period.
07-18-2010 20:47:55 | More by TMoney2591
2.38/5 rDev -33%
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.
06-23-2010 05:18:04 | More by largadeer
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep red color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains cherries, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of cherries and caramel followed by a hearty malt character for the style and some Belgian yeast breadiness. There’s a little bit of sourness that creeps in along with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly tart.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent but seemingly toned down representation of style, it’s worth drinking for a while if you want a sour-style beer that isn’t as heavy on the sourness but overall it’s just an average beer.
01-05-2012 04:05:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.23/5 rDev -9%
This beer starts fine and dandy, but soon I became less than enchanted with what was in my glass, thankfully the bottle was shared with a few others at a recent sour ale tasting.
The color is deep red and berry colored with thick light beige cap the clarity is translucent, not bad so far. The smell is very pleasant, both oaky and sweet with a cherry fragrance that smells natural and like a cherry pie or turnover. The aroma has a slight sugary aspect but pretty pleasant in general. The feel turns me off, immediately I can tell it lacks complexity based on the sweet presence like cherry syrup with mild carbonation. Yeah there is a oak influence but it doesn't help much -the finish is semidry
The taste is slightly fruity/tangy with some mild sweet flavor that is indistinct -not really malty or sugary. The oak is present in the flavor but very mild with a light wheat(?) taste in the background. More sweet than fruity it is a lackluster combo. Overall A pretty poor wild ale, let alone fruit beer. This beer could use something-acidity would have helped or some more carbonation as I read in another review to balance the sweetness.
08-08-2011 14:01:08 | More by Slatetank
3.08/5 rDev -13.2%
A: Bright cherry red color, semi clear, thick fuzzy 2 finger head.
N: Lots of bolotin cherry, sweet cherry syrup, light sour tangy cherry, slight light malts, some juiciness, slight creamy, touch of spices and saison like yeast. Did I mention the cherry?
T: Sweet, very much like chewing candied bolotin cherries. Fresh cherry juice, juicy fruit flavors, little sour tangy, very light malts, perhaps a hint of vanilla. I wouldn't even call this a beer rather than fermented cherry juicy with lots of leftover residual sugar.
M: Lighter with some syrup and lots of carbonation.
F: Long syrupy sweet taste, lots of cherry lingering, slight saison bready malt. Overall way too much cherry and way too sweet, and where the hell is the wild?!?!
04-19-2010 13:08:16 | More by jlindros
3.55/5 rDev 0%
The beer pours a dark red color with a thin pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a moderately fruity scent along with a weak sourness. It's definitely not as tart as most lambics. The taste is decent as well. The cherry flavor is very disappointing. It seems as though they used sweet cherries instead of the tart variety. It goes down easy and finishes with a light tart/sourness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not a good version of a lambic. I did like it better than their Cranberry one.
03-03-2010 00:37:02 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours clouded cherry-wood color wirh a head that appears and vanishes quickly, leaving some spots.
The smell is tart - strong dark cherry - with vanilla.
The taste is mildly tart with some sweetness. It has a delicious dark cherry taste with a firm caramelish malty backing. The cherries, while in the forefront, allow a rich malty ale to support it. At first, there is a taste of cherry pits, but as it progresses, it brings on a character of cherry pie. Hints of vanilla and oak add to the complexity. It has a mild sweettart, dry-ish finish.
It leans towards full-bodied with carbonation that is towards effervescent. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not powerful. Smooth.
Although I wouldn't say it's a great example of a wild ale, it is an enjoyable, cherry beer "dessert" brew that is better than the typical American Fruit Ale.
01-06-2012 17:54:19 | More by jwc215
3.2/5 rDev -9.9%
Cloudy, ruby red color. Good start to the head but it settles to a half covered film of minute bubbles. Thus, no real lace, just some spots.
Smells like a cross between a Sweettart sourness and a children's aspirin. Rather appealing, but certainly not conventional.
Harsher attack of dry sourness--right up front on the tongue. The alcohol is also up front and more powerful than anticipated. The cherry is very sour but quite muted. There's a surprisingly sweet finish with a very quick finish and nearly no aftertaste. Good body.
Overall, this is an unusual beer that is worth trying just to experience the unusual flavors.
02-20-2010 22:25:09 | More by smcolw
Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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