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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice red dark grapefruit and clear, with a bulging three finger shocking pink and cotton candy like colored head. The entire beer screams cheery madness on appearance and I agree. Some good sticky lace, and not unlike some red lambics in appearance that I have seen. Very nice.

Nose though is slightly a disappointment depending on your preference. Big cherry sweetness but more on the angle of penny store candy. It is extremely sugary smelling bordering on artificial cough syrup, but luckily not too much.

Taste is expected. Sweet cherry sugar candy, but not a fruit sense. With a simple good body, nothing too carbonated and a decent pleasurable feeling.

Overall it reminds me of a fruity candy sugar Christmas type sense, and if that is what you want this drink will deliver in spades. For myself, I am not so much of a sweet tooth, and I like my cherries in my brew tart. But I could drink this without complaint anytime.

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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 avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: As you might expect cherries dominate the aroma, but there was also a hint of malt as well.

T: Of course, it was all about the cherries. There's some malt, though it's a fairly small amount. This beer borders on being one-dimensional, but it's very tasty nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: As fruit beers go, this is a thoroughly pleasurable one.

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Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pink/light red with a ton of fizzy head that actually has good retention. This looks like a cherry 7-up with a ton of head on it. The smell is maraschino cherries with faint wheat and yeast notes. The taste is rich, sweet cherries up front with a clean, wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, but it does feel a little syrupy at times almost like kool-aid.

This has a well-blended flavor with a rich, delicious cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but it's overall decent and worth checking out if you're a fruit beer person.

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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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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber in complexion, and cloudy, with a thick head. No lace here.

Nose is very tart cherry, with hints of bread. Curious but appealing.

Taste is very sweet and sour, with a stronger cherry flavor than most. The cherry taste seems natural, rather than weird or artificial, as with some American cherry ales I've had. This is a smooth, easy-drinking, and impressive brew. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500 ml into a tulip chilled -shared w/ my wife.

A deep ruby color with translucent clarity and slightly pink tinged cream cap. the lace sticks and head comes and goes. the smell is candy-like, very fruity and sweet cherry syrup aroma. The feel is highly carbonated with moderately high sweetness level with mild malt feel.

The taste is very loaded with cherry but verges on cloying with a slight sugary aspect. The taste is natural and doesn't have an extract taste, but the malt is overwhelmed by the fruit and gives a little bit of a cherry cocktail effect yet I must admit it is the closes thing to biting into a fresh sweet cherry I have had in recent memory so I can't fault it-it delivers what it promises on the label. Overall I feel this is a very good fruit beer, one I would only drink when I am in the mood for intense fruit I appreciate it for what it is but I prefer a little acidity to balance out sweetness in a cherry beer.

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Photo of Cresant
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 500 mL into a Lindemans flute. No date. The body was a deep golden red with a pink head that was very brief.

The smell was intensely cherry! Cherry pie. Cherry juice. Cherries.

The taste was of cherry pie. Sweet grains and vivid cherries. Rich. Some spiciness. Not too sweet, well balanced between the depth of the malt and the tartness of the cherries. No trace of alcohol. Very well constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium in body with a fine carbonation.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a rouge/blush color, with a thin white head. The beer has the slightest haze to it, giving it a touch of opacity that nonetheless still reflects plenty of light.

Has a sweet cherry aroma, with strawberry, citrus and bubblegum. this organic ale has a very floral smell, sweet to the point of being like rosewater.

Starts malty and sweet, with bold cherry, notes of strawberry, and ripe raspberry. Has a light, clean finish that quickly exits the mouth.

Light bodied, with a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel and a clean, soft finish completely without any bitterness.

An excellent fruit beer, this is sweet without being cloying, clean without being bitter, and easy to drink. Beers like this demonstrate to wine drinkers that they can have their fruit and their alcohol in one drink, and have it be far superior to many wines out there. Samuel Smith proves to me, time and again, that they simply do an outstanding job with every brew they put together.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crimson color w/ a nice two finger pink head. Really nice carbonation and lacing. Can't see through this beer much at all which surprised me. Head sticks around for a while, along with the great lacing. Very nice for the style.

S- Basically, it's a tart cherry smell and that's about it. I'd love it if there was something else there, like yeast or malt. A little one dimensional, while still nice.

T- Very tart cherry taste, with some malt in the background. Tartness really mellows after the first explosion. For the style, this is really nice.

M- Highly carbonated an tart feel that smooths out throughout the aftertaste. Not as thin as you would think. Not bad.

O- This is a good beer for the style, and you should check it out if you like fruit beers. Sam Smith's has the right combo for these brews, and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a red ale only with more red. Kind of a light burgundy in color. The head is thin and a cross between white and pink.

Despite being made with cherry juice, the cherry smell isn't as strong as you'd guess. It's there, it's just not overpowering.

Doesn't taste much like beer, more like a fruity wine cooler. It's pretty good, with cherries being the only player in this game.

It's very sweet, almost too much so, with nary a hint of tart.

Overall it's a good bit better than average, but not quite good. It's just a little too sweet and too little beer-like.

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Photo of Klym
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Like strawberry syrup mixed with a little water and a couple of drops of dark brown ink. A cherry red with a brown veil casting a slight haze over it. A small head with plentiful lacing that mostly slides off leaving a surprisingly white rim at the top. Beer looks very cherry.

S: Cherry, cherry, cherry. If you took a mound of sliced-in-half maraschino cherries and drizzled grenadine over the top and let it sit for a night in a container and smelled it the next day, I'm pretty sure you'd know what this beer smells like. Smalls hints of yeast and some undiscernable funky tidbits but really cherry is front, center, and not letting anyone else get on the stage.

T: Much like the smell, maraschino cherries and grenadine. Sweetness is really powerful, with almost all of the potential tartness covered. Yeast is more present in the taste and adds a small bitter funk, and I maybe get a little grape, but really cherry is the only comment that you give without digging quite deep.

M: Carbonation is distinctly beer but in the beer realm is swaying toward soda. Very giving carbonation in the mouth, not unsurprisingly reminiscent of a shirley temple but more excited.

O: This beer is interesting and while honestly overpowering in its sweetness, it doesn't have a dominantly unnatural flavors like most low-quality fruit beers out there. It's a one trick pony though, and a very straight forward and simple one at that. Turn down the volume on the cherries and have it make some friends from other gustatory realms and you have a potentially greater beer here. As it is, it is your classiest sure-bet bridge for your smirnoff-sipping acquaintance into beer.

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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 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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Photo of EkimGram
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 550mL bottle poured into Samuel Smith imperial pint. Colour is a rich ruby brown, pours with a massive head that leaves puffs of lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of malt, lots of cherry. Very sweet overall.

Taste: Like the smell, very sweet. Lots of cherry up front followed by a mild sensation of malt. Finishes with just the slightest amount of bite and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very syrupy and sticky.

Drinkability: Hands down one of the sweetest beers I've ever had. The cherry flavours just pierce through the entire brew. A little overpowering at first. One of the best "cherry" brews I've had despite my lack of taste for them.

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Photo of mvforegonian
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: lovely color of brown/red obvious fruit presence as soon as it's poured.

S: Solid Cherry smell, maybe a little syrupy smell.

T: Like drinking a lighter amber ale mixed with cherry juice, very tasty!

M: Average mouthfeel. I was hoping for something a little more distinctive

O: Great ale to sip in the summer time or for dessert.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Brown amber with peach highlights. Rose-white, loosely bubbled head leaves a nice lace.

S – Medicinal black cherry aroma.

T – Soft black cheery and pear with a great, brown bread, malt backbone. Touch of cinnamon and honey.

M – Soft and well carbonated. Medium light body. Sweet cherry finish.

O – The nose is artificial in an awful way, but the flavors are fantastic.

Paired well with an earthy double cream and an 12 mo aged gouda. A blue cheese was a little too big for it.

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Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1pt. 2.7 fl. oz./550 ml bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my girlfriend's parents, Neil and Joyce, for treating us to this.

The beer poured a cloudy, copper color with rosey highlights. A light pink, one-finger head of bubbly froth topped the liquid. The head quickly dissipated and left small drops of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was pure, sweet cherry juice. Not very complex but brilliant in its straightforward simplicity.

Like the nose, the flavor was dominated by cherries. The cherry flavor was sweet, potent and completely natural. A slight wheaty tartness blended with the cherry flavor. Mid-palate, some herbal hops entered the mix. The beer finished a bit more dry than I anticipated. A slightly steely quality was detectible. As the beer opened up, these metallic notes decreased.

The body was lighter bodied but smooth and creamy with a fine yet lively effervescence.

Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is much stronger on the "cherry" than on the "beer." For this reason, I found rating it a bit difficult. Regardless, this was a real joy to drink, and the 5.10% was dangerously well hidden. For those who appreciate sweet, fruity beers, I would definitely recommend you give this a shot.

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Photo of psuKinger
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours a hazy ruby-red hue with a thick frothy white head on top. The lacing clings to the glass nicely. 4.0

S: Muted scent of cherries and a mild smell of some bread/yeast. 3.0.

T: This beer starts rather thin and watery, some bready flavors are in the background, and then a strong cherry presence arrives and overwhelms everything else. Fortunately, I do like cherry, but you can't enjoy this beer if you don't. 3.0

M: This beer has a lively carbonation in the background, and a thick cherry finish that coats the tongue. 3.0

D: This is ok, but it just doesn't have much that makes me go *wow*... I grew tired of it within 8-12 ounces, and still had 10+ ounces to go in the bomber. 2.5

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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 jwinship83
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. the usual samuel smith bottling code is on the neck, but its designed so the general public cant figure it out. lame.

A- this one pours out a translucent golden body with a reddish tint to it. the head on top is about a finger tall, and white with a pinkish tint to it. small spots of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet, ripe, natural cherries are the first thing that i pick up. not artificial smelling at all. thats basically the one dimension to this one.

T- the taste is also dominated by the natural cherries that i could smell. ripe and sweet. there is also the smallest amount of tartness here. other than that, the beer-like characteristics (malt and hops) dont really show up.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation level is a little on the high side, but it really works in this one. the alcohol is completely hidden.

D- this hardly seems like a beer. sort of a novelty drink, but i did find it enjoyable. very heavy on the cherries, just like the name indicates. not something i can see myself picking up again any time soon.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is Easter Sunday and although I will be having lamb for dinner, I have been inspired to think about beer to go with the traditional Easter dinner of ham. Cherry beer! Or at least it makes sense to me.

From the bottle: "Brewed at Melbourn Bros ancient brewery in Stamford, Lincolnshire and blended and bottled as Samuel Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire."; "Handcrafted at Melbourn Bros' tiny brewery set in a time warp in Stamford using the old manually operated brewing equipment. Finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which, having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation, is taken to Samuel Smith's small, independent British brewery in Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic cherry fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew - creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpart to the pure organic fruit juice."

My pour netted me a finger of fluffy, cotton candy-pink head that quickly fell to wisps. Nose was redolent of cherry juice. Color was a deep reddish-pink (as opposed to pinkish-red) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild cherry tartness in the mouth. It was not puckeringly tart like the Chatoe Rogue Creek Ale, suggesting a different cherry than their Montmorency. In fact, it was comparatively sweet, perhaps more so than I would have liked. Finish lingered with cherry and I would definitely pair this with ham on the dinner table. That said, I would also have some help in drinking it as it was just a bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep orange/red color with a huge 2" head of pinkish tan foam after a really reserved pour. There are tons of bubbles rising, so the head maintains well. There is some mean lace on the glass after drinking, and the beer clears up as it sits a bit and is definitely taking on a rose-like hue. Overall, this is a well presented brew.

Aroma: The cherry is unmistakable in this beer, and is fresh and sweet, a bit like the cherry cough drops, but not sickeningly so. I get a little toasty malt over the cherry, but you have to look for it. As the beer sits some, the head settles, and it warms up a bit, you can start to pick up the hops. If you can make it past the cherries, the aroma is actually pretty complex.

Taste: The flavor still showcases the cherry, but it doesn't beat you up-side the palate like you would expect from the aroma. There is some maltyness going on here which gives you a bit of caramel, and some bread crusts. The body is medium to light with high carbonation, so the beer comes across the palate a bit like a cherry soda without the acidic bite. The finish is all about the non-hops. Sweetness from both the cherry syrups and the malts are the biggest players in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty god fruit beer. I think that this one may be marginally better than their Raspberry because it lets the beer be a beer a bit more. It is still quite "foo foo", but I can still feel manly drinking it. I doubt that I will be going back to this for any reason, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, especially to someone of the female persuasion wanting to venture into the beer world from wine coolers or something.

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Photo of Kromes
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A reddish amber color. Hazy with a thin soapy head.

S: A strong cherry aroma.

T: The flavor is of maraschino cherry. There is a little bit of malt in the background to give it just the right amount of sweetness. The finish ends in a cherry tang.

M: A little bubbly on the tongue and a tangy dryness in the finish.

O: This is a nice fruit ale. The cherry taste is a little overpowering, but there aren't any off flavors. The light body makes it quite drinkable. Reminds me of a lambic without the Belgian funky flavor.

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Photo of KajII
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a hazy reddish-pink with a small light pink head that was fully diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was of sweet cereal malts, a sweet yeast and an abundance of cherry. It tasted very sweet and quite flavorful of cherries at first and finished about the same but it did have a slight acidy ending with the flavor lingering for quite a while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry in texture with the carbonation being rather flat. Overall a nice and tasty fruit ale.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.83 out of 5 based on 436 ratings.
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