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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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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 42
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of ngeunit1
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep and clear red color with a nice amount of reddish head (about 2-3 fingers). Nice lacing left behind.

S - Mostly sweet and strong cherry aroma that dominates the smell. A little bit of oak taste mixed in.

T - There is a lot of cherry flavor in this beer. Very nice and sweet flavor overall. A little tart but overall a very sweet beer. A little bit of oak flavor mixed in, similar to the smell.

M - Little carbonation and overall very smooth. Fairly full bodied, but a little dull on the tongue.

D - The flavors are very strong, but the beer is very well balanced. It is a bit full, but still very drinkable due to the tartness.

ngeunit1, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a very dark reddish brown with a paper thin pink head that quickly fades, as per the style norm. Nothing outstanding here.

S- really sweet cherry aroma...smells pretty great. Fresh cherry pie

T- slightly tart cherries, and thats really all. But DAMN is it tasty...not nearly as sour as you'd expect from a wild, but still very, very good. Would rate it higher if it were categorized as a fruit beer as opposed to a wild

M- has a little bit of a solid body to it, but is overall a little thin. I don't mind too much because the flavor shines through really well.

D- this is great. Really tasty and drinkable. Its not a great WILD, but would be a fantastic fruit beer. If you're looking for something sour, go somewhere else...if you're looking for something with a tad bit of tart and a good bit of sweetness, this is up your alley

bigfnjoe, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle.

Pours murky mahogany with a reddish hue and a two inch head of rocky pinkish-brown foam.
A solid skim coat persisted for the duration of the glass along with a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a moderate amount of sweet cherries, cherry juice, and perhaps a trace of tannic oak. Vanilla becomes apparent as the brew warms.

Medium bodied with a slightly spritzy and syrupy mouthfeel.

Cherry juice with a plump malt base starts the palate. Slightly vineous but short of tart and certainly not sour in any fashion.
Faint oak and a hint of cough syrup follow through.

Finishes with lingering cherry juice, while sweetish and barely earthy.

This beer is not tart or sour as a traditional Kreik would be, and no Brett can even be found. Far from dry and complex also.

brewandbbq, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees, allowed to freezer chill for approx 25 minutes before pouring
Thanks to ShogoKawada for the hook-up!
Shared with my friend Rich, who loves Sam Adams beers.

This pours a deep, ruby-garnet color. A one-finger head of pink foam forms, then dissipates rather quickly to leave a thin surface covering film. The lacing is thin, but plentiful, and mildly sticky.

Smells like cherries, mostly. A small amount of under-ripened cherries bring a touch of tartness to a large amount of maraschino cherry sweetness. Light hints of oak and mild touches of funk.

Sadly, this one follows the nose. It is nowhere near as tart as I'd hoped that it might be. It's still decent, though.

This has a medium body and a light level of carbonation. Almost soda pop like, in it's fizziness.

It's very drinkable, for sure. I'm not sure if I want another one, though. This bottle would be a great 'second step' to get someone into sours. Start with a Lindemans, then move onto this one.

coldmeat23, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Large, pink head that putters out into a thin bubbly crescent...and then nada. Looks like a glass of cranberry juice.

Aroma is cranberry juice. Not a little like cranberry juice but straight Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Orange peel in there as well. Taste is chai, cranberry juice and curacao.

I could either dump some vodka in it or serve it with Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.

donkeyrunner, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of cagocubs
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to get my hands on some Barrel Room Beers. The American Kriek has a red/maroonish tint to it. Nice head with decent retention. The cherry taste was up front and very much present. Nice earth tastes to it, could have been the oak barrel aging process. It went down smooth and had a good body. It was not overpowering with its cherry taste, but did become fairly sweet after a few sips. Good beer overall.

cagocubs, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer pours a crimson/ruby/brownish color and it wells up two fingers of light tan head that has a slight pink hue, this head is fed by overabundant carbonation streams

S - definitely a lighter fruity aroma, not sure if I;d discern it as cherries if I hadn't read the bottle. definite oaky/vanilla aroma mixed well with the fruit and malts

T - the oakiness and vanilla are present the the taste as well, and are quite nice, their real importance is in amping up the cherry flavor, far more noteicable and "real" than in the aroma, more poingant

M&D - lively on the tongue from the massive amounts of carbonation, obvious barrel aged beer, nice fruit infusion, not sure if I'd go to this as a great cherry beer, but its a tasty beer nonetheless

sinstaineddemon, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of neorunner
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 0770
Vibrant cherry hue with pink flowery head. Medium to sharp cherry aroma with a slight sweetness. Over the top black cherry flavor, very apparent oak aging. Not very sour, Sam played it safe with this one. A little more sour and it would taste like a fresh black cherry. Smooth slightly dry finish, just a bit too sweet.

neorunner, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

aepb1, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Hazy dark amber mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of fairly creamy reddish-beige head with average retention and a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: This one isn't what I was expecting. Oak is the strongest aroma. Slightly tart cherries next, but not nearly as strong as I'd like. Not complex at all and not even close to funky enough to be the style it claims it is.

2.5 T: Really strange medicinal/artificial taste to this one. It's both dry and sweet at the same time. No mouth puckering, this isn't even as tart as the cherries it came from. Woodiness is strong again.

2.5 M: Lighter body. For as much carbonation as it appears to have, this lies dead on the tongue. Not creamy at all and astringent aftertaste.

2.5 D: I wish the bottle wasn't so big or so expensive. This beer pretty much sucks. Not really anything good about it.

DavoleBomb, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of RankRefugee88
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

RankRefugee88, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Kriek pours a hazy, dark ruby color with a small white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thick ring around the surface and leaves only a couple spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is mainly tart cherry, which is to be expected, but there's some woody mustiness mixed in. Reminds me of cherry pie.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate and very liquid with a nice firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly cherry, however there are some nice spices mixed in. Notes of nutmeg, and cinnamon are present. Almost reminds me of a pumpkin beer. It finishes tart with a slight medicinal taste. Once gone the cherry flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very easy to drink kriek. Most beers of this style that I've tried are usually very tart, however this one has a good balance of sweet and tart. A good dessert beer.

WanderingFool, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Lindeman's Flute. Both were obtained at Redstone Liquors in Stoneham. Thanks guys!

A - Nice cherry red color with a lot of bubbles

S - A little barnyard funk with a hint of sweetness. Not especially pungent however.

T - Hint of cherries with a little funk flavor similar to the aroma. Nice sweetness Reminds me a little of some watered down fruit juice. I think having it named "Kriek" and being classified as an American Wild Ale really kills this one though. This should just be listed as a fruit beer and have a different name.

M - light body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Easy drinking and pretty good. Like stated earlier however the name and categorization are misleading. Go into this thinking it is a fruit beer and I think you'll be happier. Still I enjoyed this and would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out.

jpmclaug, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/2" reddish beige head above the slightly cloudy bright red brew. Head quickly falls to a skim, with heavier amounts along the rim, with lasting lace. Aroma is tart cherries with a musty depth.

Taste starts with sweet cherries, goes fleetingly tart in the middle, and closes with some maltiness. Reminds me of cherry soda somewhat. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with drinkability being good, albeit a bit too sweet. Possibly a good crossover kreik to the more sour offerings out there.

ppoitras, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

u2carew, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

largadeer, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

nickd717, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of NHGrafx
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

NHGrafx, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.55/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

womencantsail, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in Colorado.

Caged and corked 750ml bottle, the cork came out with no problem, some smoke escaping from the opening.

It pours a clear and bubbly reddish colour with a big head of foam that's still growing. Gotta sip it down a bit. Holding my glass up, I sincerely love the look of this beer.

The smell has a candy cherry nose to it that is sweet yet *kind* of tart. A very very light note coming from the oak peeks through. I could have easily missed it.

The taste starts off lightly tart from the cherries then slides into an almost funky state. That's gone sooner than later as it finishes on the sweeter side then the flavour seems to drop off. The oak influence is minimal; it's all about the cherries and I think, they were not done all that well in this beer.

Medium bodied with medium light to very light at times carbonation.

Drinkability? I guess it's a decent stab at an American Wild. That being said, I won't be seeking out another bottle. The flavours are lacking and now, I'm getting some light warming that slows down the drinking process even more.

Bitterbill, May 22, 2010
Photo of rudzud
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up one of each of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collections. This one is the first that I am trying.

Poured a nice ruby/crimson red with roughly a 2 finger head with a pinkish hue. The head quickly dissapated though and left very minute lacing.

The smell was of cherries, though of an artificial kind. It was very pronounced and overpowered the nose.

The taste was somewhat forced, in the sense that it simply did not taste real. It tasted like cherry syrup, and not a good one at that. The aftertaste was a lingering cherry cough syrup. Very disappointing.

The mouthfeel was unimpressive. Lots of carbonation but again, that cherry syrup seemed to coat the mouth and lips in a sticky unpleasantness.

Drinkability is fine, in the sense that at this alcohol percentage one can drink it without problem. It would go down much easier if not for the cough syrup aftertaste.

I feel Sam Adams really dropped the ball on this one. Can only hope it gets better from here.

rudzud, May 21, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, deep ruby red color. Poured a half finger reddish-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Light spots of lace. Decanted continually.

S: Tart cherries followed by some sour yeast and wet wood.

T: Pretty much cherried followed by a soiur note that made the finish bery tart. That's really about it.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Very bright and active. Disguises the alcohol content very well.

D: Drinkable and enjoyable, but as memorable as a name brand juice drink.

Haybeerman, May 15, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.


JohnGalt1, May 05, 2010
Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.