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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 DrJay
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red, clear at first and a little cloudy by the end of the bottle. Fine pinkish bubbles topped the beer and produced some spotty lacing. The aroma was sweet and fruity, a little musty with a hint of tartness, and sweetness stopped short of cough syrup territory. Flavour was heavy on cherries, leaning towards sweetness, not tart enough for me. It was a little earthy, faint alcohol spiciness in the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with low carbonation, residual sugar, a bit of woody astringency. Overall it was alright. A more tart character would improve it and balance some of the sweetness.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was quite enthusiastic about this beer after the pour.
Very nice long lived frothy head and the beer produced a red mahogany glow in the glass.

The nose is that of tart cherries with a few hints of wheat stuck in for good measure.

It started in a blaze of glory and then the first sip.
Not bad mind you, but not living up to the hype. After all the beer is contained in a caged cork bottle complete with a hang tag around its neck.

The flavor is ho-hum. It starts with a sprite of cherry and effervescence and as that dissipates leaves a path of light bitter hops in its wake.

It's labeled as a Kriek and that I suppose it is but I can't find anything memorable in the flavor-- it's mostly a tart cherry calling card w/o the signatures of the wild yeasts, or the aged barrels that contained the mash, or just "something" that makes me remember the experience should I pass this bottle on the store's shelves again...

Mouthfeel is good-- but the flavor dissipates quickly w/o a trace. I'm a little disappointed wondering where the finish went. Mouthfeel isn't unpleasant-- it's just seems kind of well, "wimpy"..

Drinkability is good 7% ABV but once again, as with the mouthfeel there's nothing that is memorable- nothing that makes me say "Ahhhh" once I reach the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of SamN
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fizzy beer, with a wonderful creamy head, which is rather pink. A little cloudy, the beer glows with a dying fire hue of orange and deep ambers. Nice looking beer. Aroma is a little tart. Definite cherries, juicy and a bit tart. Reminds me a bit of cough syrup, but not to an overwhelming degree, just a bit of syrupy sweetness. One dimensional, unfortunately. Aroma is kind of flat. Taste is disappointingly weak and watery. Some faint tartness of sour fruits. Not a whole lot of beer character to be found and also lacking in oak characteristics. Neither does the beer feel that great, it lacks structure and real feel.

More than a little disappointing. Overall, it's dull and lifeless. I much prefer the other two offerings from the Barrel Room. This one was a dud.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 7% ABV, "Enjoy this beer now from a traditional glass at 50° or age it to develop rich and unique flavors." 3439 Stamped on the back label.

Thanks to Celeriac for this cool bottle!

A - Beautiful blood-red ruby color with great clarity and a tall light pink head. Great retention but no lace left on the glass.

S - A light funk note hides behind a bold aroma of fresh and tart cherries. Sweet but not cough-syrup-like as most cherry beers seem to be. Mild oak aroma adds some nice complexity.

T - Oak woodiness overpowers the cherries in the flavor. A pinch of funkiness compliments the tart cherry, but it's got no where near the complexity and depth the aroma has.

M - Strong carbonation with a well-balanced lightly tart and sweet finish, no alcohol comes through this exceptionally strong (as a Kriek is concerned) beer.

D - Decent drinkability with an ok flavor that seems like a little bit of a let down after the nice aroma. A good brew but not one I'd push to trade for again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice reddish color with some orange hues. lots of thin bubbly off white head wih hints of pink.

S-the nose is slightly off, notes of cherries but somewhat artificial with hints of selzer in the back and a touch of wood.

T-the taste has a fair bit of cherry in it, somewhat artificial but not offensive. hints of wood but also a slightly medicinal metallic flavor.

M-light body, clean and soft with an assrtive carbonation balanced by a a nice lightly dry crisp finish.

D-a little artificial but still easily drank. nice oak presence but hints of medicinal flavor in there. tough style to nail and valiant effort.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Cmack15 as part of the BA Fantasy Football BIF. Poured into my Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A- Nice red color, with a surprisingly large head, a good three fingers worth, which hangs around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

S- Cherry aroma with interesting, wine-like acidity. A bit of funk comes through as well.

T- Light cherry flavor, but definitely doesn't dominate or even really come through that well. Nice flavor, but disappoiting lack of fruit/sourness.

M/D- Nice carbonation and light body make this an easy drinker.

Kinda disappointing in the flavor department, but not a bad beer. Feel like it could have been much more though.

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

From a bottle, thanks Chris. Cherry red pour, soft head. Nose is mostly artificial cherry puree. A touch metallic in the mouth, more artificial cherry flavoring. Despite the fairly negative qualities mentioned, this succeeded in being non-offensive, effervescent, and fairly drinkable. Singular, and not bad.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this on 12/27/10. Batch/bottle/whatever #760 appears on the back label.

Poured into a tasting glass this brew appears a clear ruby red color with a tan cap of foam. The bubbles hang around the perimeter of the glass with large sized bubbles that dissolves fairly fast but is revived with a swirl. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite medicinal smelling of cherry cough syrup, sweet with some oak. It smells lightly woodsy with a character that turns towards vanilla but regains the sweetness of the cherry mid-scent that blends with an evident amount of alcohol.

The taste of this brew includes a strong medicinal cherry flavor that at times comes across with a more natural flavor through the back. However, when sips turn sweet it gets reminiscent of cough syrup and not all that natural tasting. It is somewhat dry with a lingering flavor of oak mixed with medicinal cherry that just doesn't blend all that well together. Once warm, it picks up a more earthy flavor, lightly funky and almost like over ripe to rotten cherries.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. It is fairly drinkable but the medicinal aspect I did not quite care for and it gets to me. It is tolerable in a small pour but not a bottle I would be able to tackle myself.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Lukafer
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out F2brewers for this incredibly generous beer. Thanks a ton Kevin!
Bottle 3449

A somewhat vigorous pour yields 3 fingers of pinkish red head.  The beer itself is a murky amber.  I smell some cherries, slight oak and a light sourness.  Taste is sour at the front, followed by very tart cherry then a sweet finish.  Not too sour, nicely balanced.  Mouthfeel feels good and drinkability is high.  I seared some pork chops with some carmalized red onions and granny smith apple in a balsamic glaze, this beer went perfectly with it.  

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Sam Adams tulip style glass.

A: Light peach colored head with dense bubbles atop an amber body. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity, slight bit of sourness.

T: Great cherry flavor, not very sour or funky. Decent malt finish, but maybe a little 1-D.

M: Slightly flat tasting, was hoping for higher carbonation to balance the thickness of the brew.

D: A little sweet and heavy, but very tasty. It doesn't grab me, however.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two fingered white/pink head that quickly fades to a ring, leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is almost clear red/amber. Tart cherry nose. Flavor is tart cherry, some sweetness. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.25 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle (#1030) from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewerDan23 at a small, un-announced tasting. Pours a very dark ruby red/brownish color. A light pink head rises late, but makes it's way to about a finger in height. Fizzy lacing slides pretty quick.

Aroma is pretty much what I thought it would be for a kriek. Cherries, slight tartness, oak, and mild funk. Theres a tad bit of mustiness that I just can't move past...but overall, a pleasant smelling Kriek.

Hmmm. Interesting, but honestly, I can't say that I'm surprised with the flavor. From the beginning, I wasn't expecting much from this beer considering Samuel Adams isn't exactly a well know "lambic" style brewery. A nice attempt, but a little far from great. Somewhat sweet in the flavor...not much tartness. I mean, there's a slight tartness present, but similar to a Lindemans with a bit more mustiness. Mouthfeel is slight carbonation, medium body, and of course...not boozy at all. Overall, kind of what I expected...just a neat beer, but not great.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into tulip.

A: Pours dark ruby red color with small head. Some good carbonation on the glass.

S: Smells of sweet fruit, specifically cherry and berrys. Get some alcohol presence, very wine like smells. Earthy notes and some woody characters are present as well.

T/M: Taste of cherry, earthy and some other fruity notes. Get lots of wine character as well. Some alcohol flavors but really dominated by the cherry sweetness. Not to dry, but its is there for sure.

D: Nice drinker for after dinner. Not amazing but nice none the less. Great to share for dessert and gives some good talking points.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, bottle number 1030. Pours a hazy red with nearly an inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like cherries with a tangy sour snap and a hint of alcohol. Tastes like sour cherries with slight woody and pithy notes. Caramel and chocolate malty notes underneath help balance it out. On the lighter side of medium bodied with light carbonation. Good but not great. I'd drink it again were it not for the high price tag. Still glad I tried it though.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep ruby red color with mild carbonation, a three finger thick head after the pour which dies down to a thin but even light cherry red layer.

S - Smells like ripe tart sour cherries and apples.

T - Very tart and mildly sour cherries, apples, pears, and white grapes. A little bit of puckering, very fruity, and delicate oak tannins.

M - Mild on the tongue with little carbonation, medium bodied and finishes wet with a little bit of puckering and leaving the mouth salivating for more.

D - Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.11/5  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

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of neorunner
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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.