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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 JustinAniello
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours mahogany red with a two finger head that quickly dissipates to a light cap and lacing.

S - Heavy cherry and malts with a touch of sweetness.

T - Starts with sweet cherries turning to a robust malty breadiness and tart black cherry. Good amount of cherry in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, heavy carbonation. Too much carbonation, feels a bit like a soda, lessening that would definately improve the mouthfeel.

O - An interesting beer, but nothing extraordinary. Good flavors and aromas and slightly put off by the carbonation. A little less of the breadiness would probably help the cherry flavor shine. Worth at least trying if you ever get the chance.

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Photo of bs870621345
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy ruby red color with minimal head and no lacing.

Smells like a blend of sweetness and sour cherries. I get a little band aid flavor and some oak.

Tastes like cherry cough syrup. There is no funk, just an odd cherry flavor that makes me think I'm sick.

Mouthfeel is slick and thin, with high carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty bad. If it tasted like it smelled it would be fantastic, but was a serious let down.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a warm red color that is perfectly opaque with a thick and fluffy head of light reddish color that lingers only for a little then dissipates leaving spotty lacing on the glass
S: nice tartness from the cherries with a slight sweet and sour note that stings the nostrils at the end
T: begins with a sweet note then moves immediately over to an interesting sour note that i really like, leaves a great lingering sour note on the palate
M: a bit strong on the carbonation but actually really smooths out nicely through the middle, leaves a bit of an interesting feeling on the palate, not really sure how to describe it other than 'comfortable'
O: i like this brew, i love this style, ive seen better representations in the appearance aspect but the taste and mouth feel here were really a joy, nicely done

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Despite the unique and classy barrel-series bottle and packaging I despise the extra spongy caged cork which was so hard to grip to extract it actually tore off.

Poured a 2 1/2" beige head which lasted a while though the beer seemed to expend almost all it's carbonation into the initial head. Body is a hazy and quite attractive auburn. Smell has caramel and malt and also a vague sour cherry. Taste echos the smell and the cherry is stronger. Happily it's neither a lambic style cherry nor simply a sweet dessert cherry, in fact the cherry doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Lighter weight body then I expected. Decent beer.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice cherry red color to it that was soothing to the eye. The carbonation of the beer allowed for a nice head.

S: The main smell of the beer is that of tart, the type that comes from cherries with a hint of hops

M: smooth feel in the mouth

T: Not overly tart with nice hop tones to the beer

O: It is a nice beer that i was not expecting it to be as good as it was.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass, amber hue capped by a silky white head with good retention. scent of cherry and oak. taste is more sweet cherry than tart cherry. not much balance here. alcohol is warming to the face. a interesting beer, I enjoyed the Stoney brook red more.

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Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifte, deep pinkish pour, medium white head, no lacing. Ton of tart cherries on the nose, light oak. The beer had a nice cherry tartness to it, it finishes slightly tart. The beer gets some medicinal sweetnss to it as it warms. The body is light, average carbonation. A nice starter sour, IMO a bit too sweet for the styly, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter, the beer pours with a good deal of foam and lots of bubbles. The beer is a rose-tinted copper color, with a quickly settling head that rings in at a very thin film after the huge start. Increased carbonation stays present throughout the drinking. Very effervescent aromas, with light hints of malt sweetness and tart grape and cherry fruitiness. Oily slick in mouth, with wine characteristics. Flavors are wine-like, also, but with some notes similar to a cider, also. Cherry, dark and mild, throughout, with a lambic sourness balancing the sweet and tart characteristics. The aftertaste is syrupy slick, with dark cherry and tannins, and a quick and slick finish. More lambic and wine than anything, but overly mild nonetheless.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy, deep red in color with shades of brown. Big, rocky pinkish-white head. Excellent retention, thick foamy lacing.

S: Sweet, almost perfumey cherry scent. Subdued sour smell. Very slight hint of wood. Maybe some funk? Not really much going on here.

T: Black cherries are all over the palate from the outset. They vacillate between tart and sweet. Quick tang of sour apple. Fruity, spicy Belgian yeast. After the initial cherry onslaught, there's little left to experience. Just a castrated dash of oak, faint wheat twang, and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with cherries and very faint chocolate.

M: medium bodied, highly carbonated. Smooth enough I suppose.

O: This really didn't taste anything like a kriek.

Notes: The cherry presence was certainly there, but after that there really weren't any other kriek characteristics to be found. No funk at all, no acidity. Far too sweet, with an inadequate sourness that cannot balance it. Not a kriek at all in my book, and not complex or interesting enough in its own right. Disappointing.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy reddish-brown, with a thick, pink head. You really expect to taste the cherries when you look at this beer. Decent enough head retention and lace.

Yeasty, sweet, sour, a hint of vanilla, and a damp wood aroma. Very little cherry smell but you can tell there is something sweet in there and it's enticing.

Medium bodied and tight, tingly bubbles. Sweet and tart cherries hit you at the very beginning. Well balanced sweet/tart flavors follow through the middle, which takes on an almost creamy mouthfeel as the initial carbonation settles down. The finish is a bit more sweet with a slightly woody aftertaste.

I'm very impressed with the balance of this beer. The sweet, sour and tart flavors blend together in a little dance of flavor. At each moment you can taste all three flavors but one never dominates the other. However, the flavor is never astounding or mind blowing. A very good and well balanced/executed beer but it's not the greatest wild ale out there.

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Photo of guezarka
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared into two regular pint glasses on a pleasant summer day, late in the afternoon. Was looking for something refreshing but tasty. Wondered if this would fit the bill and it certainly did.

A: Shockingly red with a pink head that was generous and laced out well. I was thinking this was going to be a more traditional beer color like their Cherry Wheat. Disconcerting at first, but doesn't take away from the experience.

S: The opening smell is more the breadiness of the yeast but you can smell the sweetness a little better after the first few sips. My nose doesn't pick up the cherries that well.

T: But the cherries come en masse with the opening sip. Sweetness hits the tongue right away but the sour/tart jumps in and takes over quickly as it washes back. Nothing bitter here but not syrupy sweet either. Good balance. Refreshing and savory at the same time. Very pleasing for a hot summer day.

M: Carbonation is generous which helps keep the mouthfeel light. No heavy coating of the tongue. More of a soft fizz with not too much heat despite the label quoting an ABV of 7%.

O: I finished my half of the pour much too soon and was left wanting more. I'm not a fruit beer fan in general since they tend to be too sweet or syrupy for me, but this was different. The novelty would wear off quickly if I drank this too often, but I felt it was a great and satisfying beer this afternoon.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice rich red/plum color with a nice head that sticks to the glass and really has some nice reddish hue.
S: The beer has a nice rich black cherry aroma with some hints of chocolate and some nice sour notes with some slight hop aroma.
T: Very nice rich dried fruit flavor of cherries and plums with some good finish that reminds me of chocolate. Very rich but not overly sweet. The dark cherries really stand out and make the beer distinct from a traditional kriek.
M/O: Very rich and good carbonation. Great dessert beer that would pair well with some rich chocolate flavors. This is really a nice interpretation of a beligian style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter glass, it has a dark red body with a reddish white head that lays down quickly to a nice thin lace. The smell is of tart cherries with some malt hints. The taste is cherry flavored first then a really sweet taste hits me on the back of the tongue, almost like a apple flavor,. This has a nice mouth feel and is smooth and sweet, like a good dessert beer. Overall i really enjoyed this beer and it's brothers also.

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Photo of turnstile
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights; a large beige/pinkish head forms and quickly recedes into a ring of carbonation with great lacing. Aromas of tart, sweet cherry up front with a musty and bready note in the background. Vinous and candy-like sweet characteristics present in the nose follow through into the taste. It's fairly sweet and tart with massive cherry flavor all the way through. I'm not getting any flavor notes characteristic of barrel aging, however - it's fairly one-dimensional. Great malt backbone with little to no hop flavor detectable. Light/medium body with prickly carbonation. Finishes sweet. Overall fairly drinkable and not too tart. The acidity is balanced nicely by the sweetness.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep amber with a pinkish head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is all cherries with a bit of funky malt in the background. Pretty one dimensional but it smells good.

T: The taste is much different from the nose. You get the cherry at first but it quickly swings to a slight vinegar like taste and then grapes and apples on the finish. Pretty sweet and not very sour.

M: The feel is crisp and light to medium bodied. The finish is huge and relatively complex as it changes flavors a few times.

O: While I don't have experience with a Kriek this was relatively good. Probably a good intro to the style as it didn't seem too over the top sour. Received as an extra in a recent trade and I thank you for allowing me to try this...always wanted to try one of the SA Barrel Room beers.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a small snifter glass. Decided to enjoy this treat yesterday on the porch and enjoy the sunny day here in Boston since its been raining like crazy lately.

Appearance: The poured a one finger reddish/white head that reduced to a thin layer before being consumed. Great carbonation and clarity. Also, the beer is a reddish amber color.

Smell: Tart cherries with a little bit of sour notes in there.

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries once again followed by subtle hints of sour flavors. Lots of carbonation on the palate towards the end of the sip. Alcohol is not even noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carboantion in the mouth. a little chewy and still sweet.

Overall: This is a decent beer produced by Sam Adams, but not going out of my way to pay $10 for the beer. Would be nice to have it on draft or out of a cask.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a snifter at cellar temp and splitting with Stopper. The beer pours a chestnut hue with ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. More of a reddish tint in the glass than in the stream as poured from the bottle.
Beige surface layer of head is sturdy but not thick.
Aroma is sweet with some cherry and candy, mildly tart twang mixed in the nose. I do get a little light funk, but mostly sweet cherry.
First sip reveals an average body and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is similar to the nose with sweet cheery and a bit of candy sugar. Not really tart and not too funky. An easy drinking beer that hides its booze well and isnt a pucker beer. A nice intro to the style and very drinkable and enjoyable for night of drinking. I would buy again if I see it in the store.

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Photo of TonyVic
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is deep red and slightly cloudy. It has a nice frothy head when poured. Open it like champagne- it surprised me when I opened the bottle since there was so much pressure in the bottle.

This Kriek is very mellow compared to other krieks that I've had in the past. There is a bit of tart flavor, but not overpoweringly so. The bouquet is full of ripe cherries, but as you let it warm up to room temp in the glass the aromas give way to more of cooked and dried cherries.

The 7% ABV is not overpowering and allows for easy drinking. It pairs well with chocolate and almonds almost like a sherry.

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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.