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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Added by mdagnew on 06-25-2007

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Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Lemke10
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a medium red color with an off-white head. There is a rich cherry aroma. The taste is rich, sweet, and delicious. While the texture could be a little thicker, there is a fairly decent cherry flavor throughout with a finish that reminds me of cherry Robitussin from my childhood. Pretty decent stuff!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Derranged
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 18 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A- Reddish-brown with a thick, pinkish-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- I caught some floral hoppy notes but mostly cherry juice.

T- This kinda shifted around. For most of the pint I got cherry juice, with some medicinal cough syrup bitterness at the end of some sips. Some sips I got the flavor of cherry pie.

M- Thin and carbonated.

O- This was a strange, kind of like cherry soda for the most part. It wasn't bad but this isn't something I would drink very often.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a pint glass. Color was rather red, more resembling cherry soda than beer. Sightly hazy. Good 1.5" head that left good lacing but was slightly salmon colored.
S: Cherry, but nice like a fresh bowl. Not like Robitussin. Some grain, similar to a cherry muffin. The smell of cherry really stands out above everything else.
T: Sweet cherry up front that fades to a tarter flavor midway through. Again a fresh baked muffin thought appears possibly from the addition of wheat in addition to barley during brewing. Slight bitterness present as if from the stones of the cherries. Sour aged ale notes similar to a Belgian Oud Bruin. Not much by way of hops.
M: Feel is a bit flat to me for the emphasis on fruit flavor. It coats the mouth OK, but the aftertaste doesn't emphasize the fruit. Finish is more oaky and wine-like than I expected.
O: I think Samuel Smith's got a bit over complicated here. Combining the qualities of a wheat beer that has undergone two fermentations with cherry juice and further bending that result with a cellar aged ale left me wondering why they went through so much trouble to get the final product. It's not a bad beer, and I do like cherries. There are just some interesting qualities that are being covered up and/or conflicted in the taste at the front of the mouth and upon swallowing. Why not make a good English mild, add cherry juice, and second a bottle fermentation?

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.84 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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