Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit BeerSamuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 439
Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted into a tulip pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy light ruby color with frothy, persistent pink head.
S: Cherry and biscuit.
T: Cherry at the front, with molasses and anise on the back end.
M: Medium body, but with a syrup quality in feel. Nicely persistence effervescence.
O: Drinks like a cherry soda, but much fuller bodied and less sweet. Enjoyed it; not for every day, but for an occasional treat.

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Photo of Holderness
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L -- Pours a dark reddish amber with a 1.5 finger pink-hued head. Literally the color of cherry blossoms, very pretty
S -- Smells strongly of cherries and malts. Somewhat overly cherry-like. Smells a little fake
T -- Just like those Blue Sky black cherry spritzers you can find at your local co-op. Literally cannot perceive any alcohol
F -- Fizzy and soda-like. Sour finish
O -- More of a soda than a beer

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Photo of Zimmerman
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Eyes and Nose: Pours ruby red with a bubbly pink head that holds for some time. Brilliant cherry and sugar notes with a touch of grape must.

Mouth: Feels like a cross between a juice and a sparkling wine, though not as effervescent.

Tart and sweet cherry flavor, balanced with a decent malt that makes this an incredibly smooth fruit ale. Subtle notes of grape, sugar, and yeast with a numbing sensation on the tip of the tongue.
Rating: This is like drinking grandma's cherry pie at Christmas. Make sure to grab a proper tulip or goblet so you can really enjoy te full bouquet of this beer. Just sweet enough to be a treat, while still being a good malty ale.


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Photo of BigGold
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 18.7-oz. bottle into tulip. This is a beautiful fruit
ale, but in an era of almost universally sour fruit beers, seems rather old-fashioned.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter; repeated using a Samuel Smith glass in October 2016.

Pours with a clear light ruby colored body topped by a thin, bubble head that soon reduces to a partial coat but manages to leaves some lacing.

Aroma: dried dark cherries with cherry jam and a few maraschino cherries.
Flavor: largely follows the aroma but is not as sweet as the aroma or description suggest, instead having a good level of balancing tartness.

Overall: excellent fruit beer for fans of cherry juice. Simple but delicious. Could almost be mistaken for an alcohol-free beverage.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a ver red, dark brown with a tight frothy red-tinted head. Leaves a fine film down to the last drop. Lots of lacing. Very nice.

Lots and lots of cherry on the nose with a malty nuttiness coming through. Nice.

Extremely smooth and creamy, lots of cherry some malts, low bitterness. Sweet but drying. Perfect for me Lovely!

Absolutely lovely beer - I could drink this all day. I checked the website and apparently this is made with real cherries!

Highly recommended.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark cherry color (very fitting) with a pinkish foamy head and a lot of carbonation. I get a strong sweet smell of cherries but the smell disappears quickly and there is nothing else to it. The beer is not overly sweet but has a great taste of cherries. You get the sweetness and the bitterness of the fruit but the flavor is not overwhelming and finishes nicely.

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Photo of emerge077
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark scarlet red, thin layer of foam, spotty lace.
Smells like cherry cough drops, artificial, nothing fresh picked here.
Taste is pretty sweet, artificial cherry candy flavor, little else beyond that.
Light bodied, ample carbonation, cloyingly sweet. Overall, not something i'd buy, but something beer novices will like, so far as it doesn't "taste like beer". Give me a traditional Oude Kriek anyday.

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Photo of pkalix
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

looks pretty in the glass after the pour.....
aroma is nice- slightly bitter cherries......
taste is alright. a little thin, but flavorful. may be a good thing it's thin, otherwise the attempt to flavor it accordingly might be too harsh.... decent.
overall, aside from being thin, it's pretty darned good!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.96/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sampling right now on 2/6/16. Comes in a single 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle for $5.99 at Hy-Vee. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a large "ROCK BOTTOM MUG CLUB" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy reddish-'wine' in color with a good 3+-finger foamy/creamy off-white head. LOTS of ring-like lacing is seen after each sip. Aroma is of LOTS of freshly-picked ripe cherries with some sweet malt. Taste follows the nose and isn't as sweet as it sounds. Slightly tart BUT goes down so easy. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Fantastic brew!

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Photo of James121
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very cool looking beer in a glass. nice foamy head.. Smooth going down. but im a cherry freak. so i think it needs a little more cherry than beer part. But over all if your looking for real cherry and real sweet beer. this is your ticket to good times. Youll love the light red foam head on it. thats a very cool effect.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alright, time for a drink.

Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Ale.

A: A finger and a half or very light pink head. Nice, crystal clear plum color. Light sheeting, dotted with specks of foam (I think). Decent lacing; holds nicely. Greyish-pink in the dimple.

S: A nice, solid black cherry aroma up front. Slight malt backbone. The combination gives off the ghost of cherry pie.

T/MF: Very bright cherry hit. Slightly dry (for a generally sweet fruit beer). Maltiness is akin to slightly overcooked pie crust rim.

All in all, another nice fruit ale from Sam Smith.

Poured from a 18.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a flute.

Appearance: Light pink transparent body with medium bubbles. Head is a heavily tuned pink white head that is sort of thin, settles quick after a sip.

Smell: The scent is rich but dissipates quick. Rich cherry scent no doubt, a mellow of fruit hovering your nostrils.

Taste: It's dessert in a glass. You taste nothing but cherries and sweet Brown sugars.

Mouth: medium bodied, and sticky to the sense but let it warm up. Feels like syrup a bit.

Overall: good brew, not for everyone and one of the better fruit beers out there. Problem is that it might come off to some as a hybrid soda.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.30 for a single bottle.

Pours an impressive, deep, black cherry, coloured body. When held to the light the colour turns to a glowing pinkish-red that shows up lines of tiny, fast rising carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The initial pour creates a tall, three-finger in height, pink-tinged, white foamy head that drops off disappointingly quickly and leaves a small amount of soapy lacing.

Sweet and sour cherry dominates the nose. Underneath there is a faint suggestion of beer, with slight notes of malt, yeast and a little funkiness. The taste follows suit, with a strong but not artificial, smooth, fresh cherry flavour. It is well balanced with equal measures sweet and tart, a trace of caramel malt shows through in the middle to help smooth out the sour cherry. Medium bodied with enough carbonation it has an enjoyable mouth feel and manages to avoid feeling cloying. The finish is tangy and slightly dry, with a small bite similar to a cherry-skin-like bitterness on the end.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Well balanced, easy drinking and refreshing. I look forward to trying some of the other fruit flavours in the range.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass.

Look: The body is a blend of dark cherry redness and brown. The head is frothy, thick, and amusingly a pinkish color. Great retention, and huge bands of thick frothy lacing.

Aroma: The amazing aroma of pure cherry juice with just a hint of malts and grains on the backside.

Taste: A perfect blend of cherry tart and sweetness. The thing is, it actually feels and tastes like you're drinking a beer -- which you are, but most brewers get this wrong when dabbling in fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, absolutely perfect.

Overall: I'm not a fruit beer fan but this brewer does this style to perfection and I can't wait to try some of their other kinds.

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy it. The cherry isn't overwhelming but there is nothing to balance it out. I mean it tastes like cherry. Very little complexity to it and its just a bit too sweet since its so cherry.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear almost cherry red. Outstanding head volume and retention, below normal lacing.

Rich nose of sweet cherries and tart cherries with a hint of biscuit.

Heavy medium body with an almost creamy texture. Expertly carbonated yielding effervescence from the middle on and really making the sweet cherry pop in the middle and tart cherry in the finish. Brew master perfection.

The flavor profile is World Class - this is the best fruit ale I've ever had. It has intense cherry flavor, both sweet and tart, reasonable complexity and is perfectly balanced for a cherry forward ale. It begins with a burst of sweet cherry flavor that effervesces into a tart middle. Underneath the tartness is a light biscuit and a hint of sour cherry. The finish is a slow fade of sweet cherry that also has a prominent tartness and a hint of sour cherry that yields a subtle pucker.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When you pour this beer, it’s a deep Red with an off-Pink, almost White head. It sticks around for a little while and then fades into a ring around the glass, leaving no lacing. The fact this beer has been aged on Fruit for 30 days makes this not much of a surprise! On the nose, there’s a big Sweet and Sour Cherry aroma, with some bready yeast/malt notes and some big Sugary Cherries in the background. When you taste this beer, it’s much the same, a big Sweet and Sour Cherry hit with Red Berries, some funky Wheat notes and an almost Champagne-like Tartness. The beer is quite full bodied with medium carbonation, starts sweet and finishes tart and dry. I think this is the closest thing to a UK Kriek!

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Photo of kkleu357
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a friend say that she preferred this over New Glarus Belgian Red, so I needed to try it. Well, it was good, but not that good. Reminded me more of a cherry tootsie roll. A little too chocolatey for my taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 9/20/2013. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of sweet and tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, light caramel, toast, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of authentic cherry notes and moderate bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big sweet and tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, light caramel, toast, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness and a fair amount of tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet/tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, light caramel, toast, bread, light herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic robustness and balance of big authentic fruit flavor with moderate bready malt sweetness; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruit beer. All around great robustness and balance of authentic cherry flavor and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gear54
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

From a 550 ml bottle into a samuel smith pint glass. Beer is a deep red copper color. Foam is pink!! No lace from this beer.

Wow this beer is so sweet. Reminds me of cherry wine from travers city Michigan. Lots of carbonation on the toung as well. Twang of viniger here as well

The best I can describe the smell is cherry and cranberry. No malts and no hops.

Very unique for me. I can't say I've ever had anything like this. I love Sam smith and this is a cool beer from a classic brewer.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Cherry red, two finger head that reduces but remains.

s. Cherry, cranberry, cough syrup.

t. Sometimes wonderful, sweet cherry beer - sometimes cough syrup, sometimes good tart cherry beer. Careful what you eat while enjoying this. Profile is all over the place.

m. Good.

o. Good beer that I would not pass over if offered up, but would not seek.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Agree with another review, this is in between a sweet fruit beer and a fruit-flavored beer. I am having it at a point I debated having a sour, and while this is not a sour, my palate was pleased with it.

Pours a deep red, with a fair amount of carbonation. The smell is rich cherry pie, including an oatmeal crisp (topping) smell.

The taste of chert is almost wine cooler-esque, but the feel it much drier. I do get fair carbonation for a beer, any more I think could tip it to a spritzer. I also get an interesting graham cracker-like taste underneath the cherry.

For what it is, I think this works, but you should be ready for a fruit beer, to be sure. I'd go for this again in a specific case.

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Photo of Friction4now01
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This is an interesting fruit beer, but very different from a lambic or a syrupy flavored beer. The beer is a beautiful red and smells/tastes of cherry juice. The beer is sweet but not overly suite. The one down side is that the beer could use a little carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 550 ml. embossed bottle. Sampled on May 15, 2014.

It poured a slight cloudy reddish-amber with a decent beige head that fades after a few moments. It has a nice beer appearance.

Tart cherries and cherry juice are the most abundant scent on the nose but at the same time I do clearly pick up a little yeast and malt in the background.

The mouthfeel is in the medium range but it is heavier than I expected it to be. Smooth too.

Cherry fruit flavors with a tart finale. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits so unlike some fruit beers I have a higher tolerance for cherry beers. It was a welcome beverage on a warm night like tonight.

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