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

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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 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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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up because Samuel Smith seems to be my favorite brewery and I also tend to like fruit beers, and I had not tried this one yet. Plus, it was priced at $3.44 for 550, perfect. Great looking beer with the dark color and an interesting pinkish head, result of the cherry I am sure. Smells more cherry than beer, which isn't all bad. Taste is similar to the smell, more of a cherry juice than beer, but absolutely delicious. Absolutely perfect with salsa and chips. I really like this a lot and at that price I am going to swing by and grab a few more to keep in the fridge for hot days when I want a beer, and sweet. It will be an alternative to their organic chocolate as desert beer. Plus, at that cost it is a great value. If you like fruit beer you will love this, if not, then still worth a try I would think.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith - Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy dark pink/ruby with a small pinkish white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing. This resembles many of the fruit lambics I have had, in a good way.

Smell - Sweet and tart cherry with a touch of booze, at least I can tell it's going to have a "beerishness" to it.

Taste - Tart and full cherry flavor, super concentrated, truly a cherry ale!

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Rests tart, a sipper but quite tasty.

Overall - This is terrific, no artificial BS here. It's certainly a heavy brew, not really light and refreshing, but it definitely captures real cherry flavor and presents it quite well.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red color, with a light brown head.

S: Tons of cherries in the nose, maybe peach and raspberry as well.

T: A touch of malt, but mostly a slightly tart cherry flavor, nothing like a kriek, though I doubt that's what they were going for.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth.

O: If you want a beer that's accessible, available, drinkable, tastes like cherries and isn't a wild ale, this is the beer for you. I liked it.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Although I was expecting more of a Lambic-style brew, overall this was very (very!) good. The taste was pleasantly of sweet ripe cherry with a touch of sour cherry. The beer is a red-hued frothy smooth concoction unlike most other fruit beers on the market today. Samuel Smith is known for it's more innovative and creative brews, especially when it comes to furit infusions. I served this in a thin crystal snifter of which I threw a cherry in the bottom for good measure. The aroma is very sweet and like fresh ripe picked cherries. Definitely a unique and special easy sipper - very nice for late summer or early fall.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


It may be from the UK but a cherry beer is a kriek to me! Is this beer organic? LOL!

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep pinkish red. Opaque and cloudy with small particulate matter. Good sized head (1/2") and decent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Very nice nose on this beer with a predominate cherry tartness, under which floats the taste of cherry pits, yeast, malt and a compelling honey scent.

Taste 3.75: The taste really grew on me and this score reflects that. Front is sharp and tart with a strange mellowness. Middle is smooth, malty and features a big wave of cherry flavor. Finish features more cherry, with hints of cherry stones (pits) and a nice hop bite, way back in the palate. Aftertaste was long and focused on a deep, intense cherry taste that was very pleasant.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Right on the nose for this style and the tastes they are trying to accentuate.

Overall 3.75: This beer is right up there with the best of the lambics. However, there is a little *something* missing in the flavor profile. Regardless, this is a refreshing, surprising and utterly enjoyable beer. Great for a change of pace in your next session.

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

330ml bottle served in a thumbler glass.

A: Pours a deep red cherry color forming a medium pink bubbled aired head. Good retention and some spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Very sweet and syropy ib the nose. Cherry juice.

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet cherry syrup, again

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Syrupy and fruity aftertaste

O: Too sweet and syrupy for my taste. Artificial. Not going for this one anymore

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry fruit beer pours a red color, with a lasting pink head. There is a strong and sweet cherry like aroma. The taste has a strong kick of cherries, and a hint of sweet light malts. Good full flavor, and not overly sweet, good amount of carbonation as well. Overall a good fruit beer, especially for the cherry lover.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very red. A little bit of a brown hue, but mostly dark red. Thin cuff of head.

Cherry syrup, cooked cherries, sweet maltiness with a hint of roast, and a hint of nectary apple. Delightful.

Sweet and very cherry. Not the bright tart cherry, but an almost savory stewed cherry or a Cherry Kijafa. Upon the swallow, I can note a lightly refreshing tartness and almost acetic apple-y note. Malts are burly and caramelized. Spare English hops impart a spicy herbal note. Elixiry, in a way, and growingly tart. Hints of vanilla are glanced upon. A knockout.

Soft and supple with an active carbonation on-the-job. Only slightly sticky, and oh-so-drinkable.

Killer fruit beer. Age this sucker on oak and set it out in the European countryside, and you might end up with a decent cherry Flemish ale.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cherry red in color with a thin pink head comprised of small and large bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: One hit wonder but it is quite a nice aroma. Very natural cherry aroma. Not much more to say (or smell).

Taste: Another single standout but it is very enjoyable. Strong cherry flavor that tastes very natural which is nice comparable to some of the other fruit beers that steer toward an artificial essence.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a light to medium body. Feels good, real good.

Overall: A very simple but highly enjoyable fruit beer. Simple but nice to drink.

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Photo of Pexkool
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright cherry red color with a thin white head. Pleasant to the eye.

S - Cherry and malt notes with a faint tartness, perhaps honey or citric notes.

T - Tastes like a Tootsie Pop, but not so overwhelming; malt and citric flavors are present and quite pleasant.

M - Pleasant carbonation and tartness; you could drink a whole four pack of these and still want some more thanks to the little ABV it has.

Overall, a good fruit beer, tastier than other fruit beers I've had, but still not on the top of my list; would definitely recommend it, and search similar beers because Samuel Smith does not disappoint.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.83 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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