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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 06-25-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
432
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.93%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
51
For Trade:
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Reviews by Aaron_Ramson:
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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a local BevMo as an impulse buy while searching for barleywines. The label is attractive with an Olde English feel. This beer was very different than what I am used to in a beer! The appearance is a medium ruby color; it poured with a pink head that dissapeared quickly, leaving a nice web of lacing on my tasting glass. It smelled of candied cherries; tart and sweet with no hop or grain aromas detected. The taste followed the nose; sweet and tart, not quite a sour beer but enough acidic qualities to give me a very slight mouth pucker. It was medium-thin in the mouthfeel with a good level; of carbonation. I enjoyed drinking this and it is a very good example of how a fruit beer should be done. I sum it up as an almost-sour beer...

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Photo of RoyalT
2.21/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This beer is actually bronze in color and not a very pretty one at that. The head was nice though and lingered.

Smell - There's a light cherry aroma here but it is covered with earthy vegetation that almost gives it a stale character.

Taste - The sweetness here is all wrong IMO. You expect more of an earthy flavor in a Fruit Beer than say a Fruit Lambic but this is way over the top. There's almost no natural cherry flavor and what there is gets drowned out by this earthy, almost green pepper taste that is stale and unpleasing.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some terrific carbonation that provides a light tickling in the cheeks.

Sinkability - This beer had its ups but they were far outweighed by the downs; I couldn't even finish it.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, reddish pink in color, clear

Smell: sweet cherries

Taste: cherries dominate--they are both sweet and tart with a little toasted malt

Mouthfeel: tart and sweet. The sweetness never gets to the cloying level, high carbonation, light body

Overall: A very fruity and non-bitter cherry beer that is very tasty. I like the strawberry slightly better but that is more personal preference than due to quality. One of the better cherry beers out there.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong cherries. It smells a lot like a jar of Maraschino cherries with not much else. The flavor is identical to the aroma. I get a ton of sweet cherry juice, with no malt or hops present. The beer is very sweet which hurts its drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was better than the Organic Strawberry, but not as good as the Organic Raspberry.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +18%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NOLTERN
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karyyk
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better-tasting beers that I've had in a good while...

I poured the Samuel Smith Cherry beer into your standard Samuel Smith pint glass. It poured a deep ruby-brown color and left a relatively thin (one-finger or so) head that was ever-so-slightly off-pink. There’s a fairly deep haze to the beer itself, meaning you really can’t see through it. The head itself is long-lasting and abundant lacing is evident all the way to the bottom of the glass. There doesn’t seem to be much going on in the way of carbonation, but judging from the head and mouthfeel, I would guess that the smaller bubbles just aren’t as obvious in the hazy opacity of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet, natural cherries, with a bit of malt here and there. There’s not a whole lot more to it than that, but I do want to stress that the scent is natural cherry, not artificial, not syrupy. The taste mirrors the aroma, but there’s a bit more to it. The first thing you’re going to notice is the cherry flavor, which is very, very good. It’s just a little bit tart, but mostly sweet. There’s some maltiness there, but you almost have to try to notice it over the cherry flavor. As the beer warms a bit, the cherry flavor mellows and it starts to taste a bit more like beer. The cherry flavor is still there, but it’s not overpowering and the beer flavors (the maltiness mostly, not too much in the way of hops) start to come through a bit more.

This one’s also very, very easy to drink. While I did start by sipping it slowly (the better to savor something, right?), it was hard not to just turn up the glass. A lot of beers drink well, but don’t have a lot of taste, while others are as heavy in flavor but also drink like a meal. The Samuel Smith Organic Cherry really kind of hit all the right points across the board. It’s not light and watery by any means, but it’s not an oatmeal stout either.

As it is, I’ll have to say that the Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is easily toward the top of the “beers I’ve tried recently” list and is a pleasurable drink from start to finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body appears pink tinted with a magenta fervor, introducing pink grapefruit body into the head. Forms thick with a twisted imagination of fruit and barley. Aroma is filled with maraschino cherries and other fun filled fruit varieties. Syrupy filled maraschino cherries in the mouth full and flavor variety. Flavor light airy fun filled fruit action without much in the way of beer flavor or additions. Medium bodied flavor rushes forth with carbonation not the typical beer I would tell other beer fanatics about, but I do respect both fruit beer and cherry notes added to other fine English ales.

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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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OKbrew89
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey red colored below a medium off white head with reddish hints throughout. The head quickly dies leaving a thin carbonated bubbly lacing that stays throughout the drinking of a glass.

There is a nice subdued sweet cherry aroma, seems to be quite natural, the taste of this beer is very similar in that it is sweet natural cherry and basically nothing else, I really like that the cherry taste doesn't overwhelm the drinker.

This beer also leaves a light cherry and light dry aftertaste that kinda wants to make you take another sip. I recommend this as a dessert beer, to sit back and enjoy a glass or 3 of.

I think a lot of microbreweries that I have been too should taste this and try to emulate what these guys have accomplished, instead of an overbearing infused fruit taste that I usually find.

Anyway, I recommend trying Samuel Smith fruit beers, they seem to have figured out the fruit taste quite well. Whether you just like drinking beer or even more so if you plan on making beer you should drink some of their stuff, you then have an idea of what to aim for.

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