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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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

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426
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
22.19%
 
 
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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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Photo of sinistrsam
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby color with a medium offwhite head.
The nose on this was heavy on the cherry, but almost syrupy and saccharine. Almost no maltiness and definitely no hoppiness to speak of.
The taste was much of the same, with cherry leading the way and not much else to speak of. It was sugary sweet with mild sour/tart hints which offset the syrupyness reasonably well, but it was still there.
The feel was just too saccharine sweet and sour for me, with little balance against maltiness. Still the carbonation was reasonable and the beer remained medium-bodied for how sweet it was.
It was very drinkable, especially given this chilly time of year. Curling up with one of these on a cold night just makes sense.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pt. 2.7 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Translucent red / amber color. Pours with ~1 finger of light pink head, that fades slowly to a thin ring.

S- Sweet and tart cherries.

T- Sweet cherry juices with a hint of tartness. Pretty much as expected here.

M- Moderately low carbonation, which is a bit of a surprise. A wee bit syrupy.

D- Easy drinking desert beer, but again falls into the realm of beers that I can't imagine drinking more than one of at a time.

Future outlook: This beer delivers exactly what I expected it would. Is a fine as a "desert beer." That being said, it's too pricey for what it is, and it's fairly unlikely that I'll purchase again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger light pink head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cherry nose. Flavor is sweet cherry but not cloying, hops are hidden. Good session beer. $5.59 for a 550ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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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 blackenmn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 18.7oz bottle into a glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a medium/light bodied translucent blood red. A very thin head which dissipates and ends up just sitting lightly on the the edge of the glass and following it down. Smells of tart cherry syrup and sugar, tartness almost comes off cranberry like.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Taste was of sour cherries, definite sweet malt complimented it nicely. Tasted a bit of grapes and finished very sticky and fairly dry, almost makes me pucker a bit. Flavor really lingered in this one.

Drinkability: This was a pretty tasty concoction. It was a pleasant experience, although not something I'd typically drink or dare to even drink a couple of, I could see having another down the road.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- dense pink tinted foam sits atop an almost vermilion colored slightly hazy brew, and the suds settle fast to a thin sheen surrounded by a nice soapy ring. some sheets of lace stick after i drink.

S- tart cherry sourness makes my face tingle. also some cherry candy and cough drop aroma in there as well. a faint undertone of toasty malt and nothing is evident beyond that.

T- very flavorful to say the least, the cherry is powerful and dominant, on both sweet and sour sides of the spectrum. perhaps this brew was blended to be as mild as possible to allow for a more intense cherry flavor. beer flavor is there... somewhere, in the far distance, somewhere over yonder, but the more sips i take the more it seems like cherry juice and soda water. only the slightest sense of malt is perceived, and very very soft earthy bitterness in the cherry cherry finish.

MF- juicy, cloying, and medicinal, makes me feel sugary and sickly. don't like it.

D- samuel smiths is definitely one of my favorite breweries but this is not the beer for me. i feel terrible giving such a low rating, but it must be done. there is so damn much cherry that the beer cannot even compete and it gets a little overwhelming for my taste in a beer of this nature.

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

Poured a bottle of this bad boy into two wine glasses for my girlfriend and myself. Produced a cranberry juice red with a one-inch thick foamy white head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma of crushed cherries, slightly medicinal.

Taste of cherries, almost like wheat bread, and a light bitterness of earthy hops (or is that the sour cherries?).

Light carbonation, bitterness remains in between each drink.

It may be a little too sweet to drink more than one, but it is a good attempt. Splitting this bottle in two was a good idea as the two glasses my girlfriend and I got were just the right amount of fruity goodness.

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Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours like a dull fruit rollup. Decent for a lambic, a bit below average for a straight up fruit beer.

Smells of sweet, tart cherries. Nothing else. It's a damn nice cherry odor, but there are none of the yeast or fruit complexities you get with a really good cherry beer.

Tastes a little better than it smells. The cherries are more firm and mealy, starting out tart and sliding into a pulpy finish of rounded sweetness. The finish is a little dull and seltzery and there a no beerish complexities, but it's still tasty.

There were like a half dozen of new Sam Smith fruit beers sitting at Hy-Vee. If these cost a couple bucks less I'd probably try them all.

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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 jbennett1919
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is dark red.

Smells of sugary tart cherries.

The taste is bold at front and of tart, syrupy, sour cherries. A lot like a lambic but the finish is slightly hoppy and it reminds you that you are still drinking a beer.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated, but not unpleasant ... imagine drinking a cherry soda.

It would be hard to drink more than one of these beers in one sitting. It's a good beer for what it is, but when nearing the end of the bottle, the sour, dry, tart cherry flavor leaves me desiring a beer that doesn't make me want to chase it with a glass of water.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deeply red colored ale with a small pink colored head.

Smell is sour cherry cider with maybe a slight vinegar note to it. There is a distinct cherry cough syrup present.

Starts out sweet and cherry almost like a cherry soda. Slight bitterness to this and a slight sensation of salt.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Strange beer here, far sweeter than I would have expected. Hop level is not throttled back here and it mixes with the cherry to leave a Cherry Cough syrup flavor. Worth trying once but not really a beer I would buy a second time.

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Photo of mdale13
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Blood red poured from a 1 PT bottle into a pint glass. Thin, white/pinkish head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing down the glass.

S- All cherries. Very sweet smelling.

T- Again, all cherries. Sweet, ALMOST too sweet, but not quite.

M- Carbonated. Tastes more like a soda. Sweet and delicious.

D- Here is where the beer goes wrong. Its a great beer, but far too sweet to drink more than one (especially the 1 PT bottle I got). But its tasty as a treat on its own.

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Photo of emsroth
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

App: Clear red/orange with a 2 finger pink head. Exactly what i like in a fruit beer

Smell: Sweet cherries with perhaps a bit of malt undertone.

Taste: Sweet and sour cherry throughout. Next comes a moderate level of hop bitterness. Ends with a strong grainy malt taste. Delicious but I would prefer a bit more malt upfront to match the strong cherry flavor. In other words it's somewhat unbalanced. Either the hops or the water imparts a slight mineral taste at times.

Crisp and refreshing. A great beer. Almost exactly what I look for in a fruit beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a bright red color with a 1/2" pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a kick ass sour cherry aroma that's bold and in your face. It smells a lot like Lindeman's. The taste is good. It has a wonderful cherry flavor that really grabs a hold of you. It's sour and refreshing with a bit of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fantastic beer. As far as fruit beers go, it's up there with the best there is.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Smith's Organic Cherry pours a deep, clear, ruby color with a thin, fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolved quickly to a bubbly ring around the surface, leaving behind lots of lace spots on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is all sweet cherry. Reminds me of a lollipop or a cough drop. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very tart and almost still. Very little fizz on the tongue. The flavor is mostly cherry with some light pale malt flavor mixed in. It's like drinking a cherry soda without all the carbonation. Could be confused with a cherry lambic, without the sourness. Finishes dry. Once gone the cherry flavor lingers on the palate.

This is one of those beers you could give to someone that says they don't like beer and not realize they just drank an ale.

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

Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer is a clear, dense, brownish cherry red ale with a fluffy, light pink head that becomes dense and has excellent retention and lacing. It has a strong aroma of cherries and wood. It has a very light sweetness, like caramel. It's medium bodied and incredibly smooth with a very clean finish. It tastes pretty sweet. Cherry is at the forefront and it's perhaps a bit candy-like. There are notes of caramelly malt and wood. There's not really any bitterness until the finish, where it's light and perhaps grassy. Wow! It's very fruity!

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Photo of Domingo
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll preface this with - I'm one of those people who usually likes fruit beers. I know some people naturally don't care for them, but I honestly do in many/most cases.

Pours a maroon color with pinkish highlights. There's a little head, but it doesn't have a ton of carbonation. Coming from a UK brewer, that's not unusual or unexpected. Appearance is pretty much as it should be.

Smells pretty much like a cherry pie. Not really getting a lot of grain or hops, but there's enough to give it a "warm" smell.

The taste is really where this falls flat. Unlike the New Glarus fruit beers or some other good examples, there isn't enough of a beer backbone. It tastes a lot like a so-so cherry wine with a little carbonation. No real malt backbone and no hops at all. It's not a bad flavor by any means, but it doesn't taste like beer. Considering how much I love SS's beers, this is definitely disappointing.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky with all of the fruit juice, but is par for the course of a fruit beer. No real problems.

Drinkability suffers a bit. It's just too sweet and one dimensional. Splitting a bottle is definitely the best plan, and I could see it working well with dessert. I don't think I'll be revisiting this one, though.

I admire the idea behind this, but it's just a little too much fruit and too little beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$6.99 for a 550mL (18.7oz) bottle at the Co-op grocery in Lebanon, NH.

A: Clear coppery strawberry red. Full 3 fingers of eggshell pink head that settles and leaves massive billowy lacing on the glass.

S: Solid cherry aroma made tart by the accompanying hops. Sweet. Reminds me of cranberry ginger ale.

T: Definitely a genuine cherry flavor... not artificial or candy-like. Contrary to the aroma, sweetness overpowers the hops. Bitter cherry finish, but not harsh. Very minimal malt presence.

M: Light body, light fizzy carbonation. Dry finish. Slight malt backbone, but not much. Not cough syrupy, no overpowering sugar slickness.

D: I'm not a fan of fruit beers, only happened to be trying this because the girlfriend bought it. Surprisingly, it's not nearly as bad as others I've had. Has much more in common with Mikes or other malternatives than it does to beer, but much more palatable, can't describe exactly why. It has the hoppiness of beer, slightly beerish mouthfeel, but doesn't taste like beer. Maybe it's simply the hop presence that sets it above Mikes et al.

Review undoubtedly benefitted from the absolutely horrible experiences I've had with fruit beers in the past. I wouldn't buy it for myself, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkish red colored beer with a rapidly fading head,looks like a wine cooler.Aroma is cherries.Taste is also sweet cherries.I know by definition it's a beer but in actuality it's a wine cooler.Yet it is a good,tasty and refreshing beverage.I would recommend and buy again.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep maroon with pink head. Very similar to Founders' Cerise. Smells just all of cherry. Thats all. No beer characteristics at all, really. Just all cherry. Its not an inorganic, candy-like cherry-flavoring, though. Taste is just like black cherry soda. No detectable malt or hop characters. Its good but its not very beer like at all. Again, though, its nice thats its not an inorganic, candy-like flavoring. Mouth is very light, again soca-like. Overall its like drinking dark cherry soda. As a drink its good, but its not very beer-like and this will probably be a put-off for some people.

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Photo of DannyS
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 550ml bottle into a 20 oz beer mug.

A - Bright ruby red with a thin yet long-lasting white head that forms a decent foam collar and leaves nice, clingy lacing.

S - A tad boozy and funky on the nose, putting off the otherwise fresh cherry aroma, which does have that fake, cherry jolly rancher vibe to it.

T - Hey, what do you know: cherry jolly ranchers. Very little in the way of malt, yeast, or hops.

M - The carbonation is fairly active, and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, the two textures mingling to give off a light yet full mouthfeel.

D - It does taste pretty good and goes well as a dessert, but it's really filling, and the sweetness does get a bit cloying in the end. Probably best to share with a friend.

overall - A decent attempt at a fruit beer, but nothing special. Could be a good choice for brunch or dessert.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Deep, red amber/rose hue. Light pink-cream head that looks like cherry ice cream. Nice, speckled lace.

Smell- Sweet cherry aromas that remind me of cherry sherbet, along with the faintest scent of hop-bitterness.

Taste- Dark cherries, almost like cough syrup. Little distinguishable malt or hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body with thick creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- The fruit here is a little overpowering as far as beer-drinkability. A glass might be good after a meal with desert, but beyond that, this one isn't very drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet/dark red color with a thick and fluffy head into my fluted tulip. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is tart with cherry in the nose in a way that is not too weak or overpowering. Pretty much stands out the most in the nose.

Taste is tart and complex with the cherry mingling with some standard ale flavors, mainly sweet malt. Cherry is just right and isn't cloying or artificial. It kind of masks the ale part though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering, tart cherry that again, dominates the palate here. It's just right though.

Very nice and easy to drink. I don't know why people out there hate fruit beers. This is done just right.

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Photo of BelgianByGirth
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spied the cherry Samuel Smiths at the store tonite, checked the label and read the ingredients: real cherry juice mixed with fresh and aged organic ales. With the encroaching extinction and associated huge and rising cost of the superb Belgian Kriek Lambics that I have enjoyed for so long, this cherry ale intrigued me as the price was quite reasonable for what was described on the label. Picked up two bottles.

Poured into a Duvel tulip and the appearance was a boost to my hopes as the light-pink foam reminded me of my favorite (RIP) Oude Beersel Kriek Lambic. Smell was clearly of real cherries and real ale, fantastic. I'll take that as a very good sign. Taste was exactly what I had hoped for, a well crafted British ale with a healthy dose of proper cherries. Highly drinkable and the mouth-feel was reminiscent of those nice kriek lambics as well.

For around one-third the cost of the few decent Belgian Krieks still available, this brew is an amazing value and held it's own against an un-fair comparison to the ancient-tradition of aged Belgian Lambics. Samuel Smith's Cherry Ale is tart and deeply complex in it's own right but without the bold sour level of a lambic.

This brew is a proud hand-crafted British Cherry Ale. Brewed of high quality and all natural ingredients in it's own old-world-tradition, with an aged character that is quite gratifying. Samuel Smith's Cherry Ale is at the top of it's "fruit/vegetable beer" style.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry Fruit Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
86 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.
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