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
Ratings:
444
Reviews:
162
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.05%
 
 
Wants:
23
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55
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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cherries, cherry juice, and some slight metallic aromas. Taste is of cherries, cherry juice, and some cherry Jolly Rancher flavors. There is a bit of malt in there as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a reddish pink color with a white head that is a little foamy at first. The head settles and leaves a light lacing on the glass. The smell is of cherries and some faint malt. The taste is like a sweet cherry lambic, it's got a slight tartness to it. The mouthfeel is light to medium. Carbonation is pretty good. Overall this beer isn't too bad much like the other Organic Fruit beers the Samuel Smith makes. All have the same characteristics for most part and all are just as good as the others.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle at Marrika's, Lexington. Boy you have got to like cherries to enjoy this beer. The beverage is all about it.

As most fruit beers do, this beer is completely dominated from nose to finish with cherry character. It's to the point that any base beer is no longer evident. Strong, tart, and sharply acidic notes of cherry soda, caugh drops, and fresh cherries. In one sip, the beer takes on an artificial sweet cherry flavor; while alternating the next with fresh cherry tastes.

The feel of the beer again take a soda twist on things, leaving a thin sugary feel on the mouth and a prickle of carbonation that is accented by the acidity of the cherries. Could use some malt character from the base beer. Finishes with the lingering strong cherry taste and cherry soda pop feel.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium ruddy amber hue, with three fingers of dense, kind of creamy off-white head, which leaves a whole lot of old-growth branched lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs southward.

It smells strongly of cherry pie - semi-sweet, saucy cherry puree, flaky, biscuity pastry, all tempered with a dash of kirsch liqueur, and a softly bitter leafy hoppiness. The taste is more slightly adult-oriented cherry bakery good - a nice fruitiness, soft pastry sweetness, mild vegetal character, and subtle alcohol edge. Some further ethereal leafy hops help round out the idea that this a bit more than just dessert in a bottle.

The bubbles are quite tame, I might even toss out 'inert' at this point, the body a hefty medium weight, though the acidity of cherries choose to arise at this particular point, cutting into the perceived smoothness of it all. It finishes off-dry, the cherry sweetness still the most prominent factor, the graininess, tame booze essence, and attendant leafy hops all on the wane.

Par for the course for these Sam Smith offerings - big namesake fruitiness, tempered by their own intrinsic qualities, and an additional pale malt goodness, played out by just the right amount of booze and hops. Crude, that sounds, but crude, it ain't.

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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 mothman
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Lindemans Lambic Glass.

Pours 1 finger of light pink head. Head fades down kind of quick, leaving little lace. Color is a dark cherry/raspberry color. Very clear beer.

Aroma: A ton of cherries... big surprise. Smells nice, but reminds me a lot like cough syrup. Has some blackberry notes as well.

Taste: Lots of cherries, reminds me again of cough syrup. Very fruity, a little tart. Has some blackberry notes again, a lot like SA Blackberry Wit. Seems to have some sudle caramel notes to it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but smooth and citrusy/fizzy like pop. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean aftertaste, a little too much cherries here, but not bad.

Overall, not a bad beer. One of the Sam Smith beers that I am enjoying. I can see this giving me a little bit of a gut rot, but other than that I dig the beer for what it is.

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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 dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy ruby red color with a finger tall off-white/pinkish head. The beer exhibits pretty good head retention and significant amounts of lacing.

S: The aroma is primarily cherry - a mixture of sweetness and tartness with a hint of malts and something astringent.

T: The flavor is primary cherry with slight amount of tartness - not too sweet but there is some natural cherry sweetness present. Under the cherry flavor, there is some nice maltiness but it is very subtle.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy as the beer warms.

O: I found this beer to be enjoyable and easy to drink, I like that the cherry flavor has both tart and sweet elements but does not taste artificial. This beer is quite sessionable and it was difficult to savor instead of just putting it down.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a relatively clear, cherry-hued (heck, cheery-hued!) body with an airy, foaming head with a little hint of pink to it.

Smell: A sweet-scented, lightly tart aroma of cherries predominates the entire smell. So, yeah, moving on!

Taste: As one would expect, it's a flavor of sweet cherries with a lesser, underlying tartness and small hints of acidity. You have to look pretty hard to find any malt or hop character at all, and even then it's heavily coated in a taste of Grenadine syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, giving it a slight gassy feel.

Drinkability: Though by no means bad (it did look nice after all), it was a bit one-dimensional and overly sweet for me. I dare say, this seems to be one of those 'one for the ladies' brews, in as much as my dearest friend Kelley thought it was quite good. Me, I thought it was reminiscent of a glass of Luden's Wild Cherry Throat Drops.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Sweet & tart cherries

T: Sweet cherries , some apricot up front. Crisp cheery flavor as this warms with a slight tangy tartness as this warms. Finishes juicy & sweet,a touch dry; reminds me of real cherry juice

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation

Very refreshing, way better than I hoped, couldn't session on it, but would work as dessert beer or just a nice first beer at the end of the work day

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-red hued liquid. Nice starting head, but settles to a pinky-wide tight-bubbled foam. Good ring lace on the glass after each sip.

Cherry candy aroma with a touch of sourness. Has some of the elements of a kriek.

The flavor is like a dessert kriek, i.e. very little sourness. Strong cherry tastes. Not quite as candy-like as the smell might indicate. I wonder if I were blindfolded, would I be able to tell the difference from a Belgian lambic? There is some tartness in the swallow. Might be good with a sharp cheese.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous tropical sunset coral red that looks like an almost ripe cherry. The pour produced a four finger tower of cherry blossom pink that has terrific texture and is leaving loads of lace. I'm not sure how the appearance could be improved.

The aroma is a powerful blast of sweet-tart cherries that gets my mouth watering. OCFB smells like simple, straightforward fruit beer, without any other aromas (or flavors) to get in the way. That said, a beer just like this that uses Belgian yeast would be nothing short of awesome.

Cherry is at least as good as Strawberry, which means that it's might tasty beer. Samuel Smith's Old Brewery has come up with a wonderful recipe that would probably work with just about anything. Apricot is an obvious choice and Blueberry would be interesting.

Like the nose, the flavor is simple. It's nothing more than sweetened cherry juice with exactly the right amount of tart undertow. Liquified cherry fruit leather is another apt comparison. These guys have also hit on the optimal amount of sweetness that doesn't step over the line into cloying.

The mouthfeel does pretty much everything right too. It's closer to medium than light and has a lingering hint of viscosity thanks to the fruit sugars. Bubbles that are nowhere near fizzy help as well.

Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is another winner from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. I don't drink these sweet treats very often, but I'm glad this one is available locally. Too bad it's so expensive. Next up... Raspberry.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.83 out of 5 based on 444 ratings.
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