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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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Reviews: 115
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 27.61%
Wants: 44
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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:
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells exactly like black cherry Kool-Aid, exactly. The color is cherry cough syrup red. It smells a little cough syrup as well. No funk to be found. It tastes like a black cherry soda almost, mixed with beer. no funk, no wood, no sour, disappointing. The stonybrook red was a better beer in my opinion.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a pilsner rastal crystal flute.

Poured a Ruby red with a brief flourish of a strawberry reddish head.

Aroma is sweet and tart, delicious ripe cherry and blackberry character, the sour notes are relatively mild but meld with fruit. Some mellow oak notes.

Flavor is very appealing upfront cherry with oak, light maple and hints of vanilla and a sharp tart almost lemon character in the finish.

This beer still presents young for a kriek but is developed nicely could stand to dry out a little more. Worth picking up a few and seeing how and if they develop.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting new line of beers to come out with. Wonder if they will continue the line this year.

A: This is a very clear bear. Love the red head that forms as you poor. To bad like most red heads it's to good to be true and they let you down. Nothing remains to tell a tale as you take pull after pull.

S: This is the best part of this beer. If you could just find a way to put this nose in a room freshener I would be a fan for life. Strong black cherry nose. Sour, cherry, oak, and a little yeasty.

T: Don't seem to mix completely together. The sour and cherry is good. While the oak really plays a nice mellowing affect, but the yeast seems to cancel out the oak and slide the scale towards to sour.

M: Very smooth, no carbonation, little oil trail for this medium bodied beer.

D: One bottle is good to enjoy for a nice dessert.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Borgs
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It has a thin head, which doesn't last long at all. You can definitely tell the cherries have been in the barrel through the deep redness.

Smell - It has an aroma of cherries, with slight beer notes

Taste - It tastes like cherries. It has more of a sweetness to it, than a tartness. Even with what they are trying to produce, I still think there is a little too much cherry to it, robbing it of almost any beer qualities.

Mouthfeel - It feels like it should be heavy, due to the sweetness, but I would more consider it medium bodied. It is pretty refreshing as a whole.

Drinkability - I have to say that the flavor isn't all that bad, but it seems more like a wine than a beer. In order to have one of these, you have to be in the mood for it. I wouldn't say, "I want a beer," & grab this out of the fridge.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mutterfudder
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #3299, bought at the brewery in Boston, Ma.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a over sized wine glass.

The color is a dark, clear red with a finger or two reddish foamy head with some nice lacing.

The smell is a filled with a sugary hoppy flavor, giving off some other hints of sweet and tart fruit.

The taste is a dark cherry flavor. It has a sugary fruit juice flavor with a small hop flavor that is almost hidden.

The feel is pretty light and is real easy going down. This beer would make for a really good pairing beer with food. It has a great light welcoming flavor and feel it would be a good gateway beer for those new to barrel aged beers.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml (Very cool bottle) from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, $10. Bottle #13759

A: Pinkish red in color with a white/pink head that bubbled up to about an inch and recedes back to a clumpy island of bubbles with no lacing. Very clear beer, fair amount of bubbles moving through this beer. Not too shabby really.

S: Doesn't really smell like much, a few notes of cherries, and a little whiff of vanilla. Smells pretty meh, a few notes of wheat malts and that's really it. Disappointing.

T: Tastes a fair amount better than it smells, definite notes of black cherries, tangy wheat malts, just a slight subdued wild/funky profile, very far back in the profile. Cherry flavor is nice, but really verges on medicinal, but not in a good funky way, more like watered down cough syrup flavor. Just a slight oaky presence, maybe a hint of vanilla. Decent, has just enough funk to notice, but really seems like an amped up Cherry Wheat to me.

M: Light bodied, slightly warm alcohol, slick in the mouth, kind of coats the mouth. Not overly lactic or puckeringly sour. Fairly creamy. Decent.

D: It is farily easy to drink, would pair nicely with a cheesecake or other dessert, but this is tame for a wild ale. Only slightly funky, just really seems like a stronger version of the SA Cherry Wheat. Fair beer, but the price tag is a little too much for the beer that you get. Cool bottle, and an interesting idea, just a bit of a let down.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.12/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this as #2 of my 3 pack from my trip to Sam, was excited to try but not as excited after :(...

Pours a pretty, translucent ruby color. 1-2 fingers of foamy head that dissipate into a ring and a little lacing. Nose is musty and funky, smells like old cherries. Taste is also funky, the cherries are lingering but there is very minimal sweetness, it just tastes like hints of rotting fruits. Oaky mustiness lingers on the palate. All in all each sip and swallow makes me twist my face in odd apprehension and eventual mild disgust.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Beer was a dark red color, with a two-finger head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was cherries, oak, smells a bit medicinal.

Taste was light cherries, mildly tart, some oak notes. On the thin side.

I'm a little disappointed by this one. Was hoping for a fuller, more complex flavor and either some tart or sour notes. I was anxious to try the new Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection, but can't say I'm a fan of this one.

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Photo of portia99
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool 750ml bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a crystal clear, beautiful ruby red color with a full 3 fingers of rose colored foam sitting on top. The head lingers for a moment and starts a fast and active descent with bubbles noticeably popping on the way down to the surface of the beer. Tons of nice lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet cherry aroma, slight alcoholic nature - almost like a cherry liqueur. Not much else in here. The cherry smells pretty good, but its all by itself...not much complexity.

T - Cherry up front, a bit of tartness but really in a subdued way. A bunch of wood in the flavor as well. Wood is actually a bit too much in my opinion, gives it a little bit of a weird aftertaste and doesn't blend that well with the rest of the beer...almost a wood beer with some cherry added...although the cherry comes out much more as the beer warms, improving the overall flavor. Summing things up, its not bad, but not near the top of my favorites list in the wild ale category. Doesn't taste very "wild" either.

M - Thin in body, very water like in feel or maybe an undercarbonated soda. Undercarbonated for a soda, but pretty good for me in this beer. Nice and fizzy, but not distracting or harsh on the tongue. Fairly smooth for being so active.

D - For a wild ale, there isn't much going on. Really no funk at all, just a touch of tartness from the cherries. A decent fruit beer and I wouldn't be disappointed to have another... but I think I'm spoiled by having the NG Belgian Red on several occasions (which is sooo good). Definitely worth a try, but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a transparent ruby red into a flute glass. Head dissipated very quickly. Judging by the amount of carbonation bubbles it looks very carbonated.

S - Sweet cherry scent very faint initially, becomes stronger after 5 minutes or so.

T - Based on its appearance and smell I was expecting cherry soda, but I am pleasantly surprised that the black cherry flavor is fairly rich and slightly smoky.

M - Acidic and highly carbonated, yet there is a smooth creaminess as well. Much smoother with time.

D - Overall not too bad, pretty straightforward with some depth as well.

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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.