Organic Raspberry | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Handcrafted at the tiny All Saints 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 at Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew - creating an unparalleled fruit ale . The smooth distinctive character of the matured beer serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.

Added by TKempe on 01-20-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO bottle, aka Melbourne Brothers raspberry, and certainly in their way of making beer. Sticky enough to attract flies. Reddish with pink foam. On the sweet side, medium mouthfeel. A good tartness. Very berry, but also artificial additives to make it that way. Decent fruit beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark red with a 3 inch foamy reddish white head that settles to a small cap. Small splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rasberry jam, raspberry juice, fresh raspberries, and maybe a hint of malt. Taste is very much the same with an emphasis on very authentic raspberry flavors without being all that sweet. This beer has a nice carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit ale that showcases very nice authentic raspberry smells and flavors.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a reddish color with a soapy white head. The lacing was minimal but left some suds on the glass. The smell was similar to a sweet lambic. Strong aromas of raspberry on the nose. The taste was sweet with the fruit dominating the flavor. The flavors of malt didn't show themselves until the late aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's very refreshing. Overall it's a good desert beer or a starting beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard Samuel Smith's 550ml bottle, a new offering that could not, nae, would not, be passed over.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat bubbly pink head, which leaves some consistent drooping lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of sweet pale malt, gritty rock sugar, and mildly sour raspberry cough-drops. The taste is more slightly saccharine, kind of bready and wet crackery malt, tart, semi-sweet raspberry puree, and a drying, nondescript leafiness (I'm reminded of the bush that said fruit grows on).

The carbonation is on the low side, just a dim frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, due in kind to the fruity juiciness, and thus expectedly smooth. It finishes with a nice, edgy dry raspberry and mixed berry fruitiness overriding the inherent lingering sweetness.

The description on the label that references the blending of malt, raspberry, and 'previously cellared organic brew' lends a certain credence to the 'English Fruit Lambic' concept well alluded to throughout the experience that is this beer. Dry enough to offset the big fruit bomb that this could have been, and guilty as sin in its ease (and commensurate rate) of consumption.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith has officially sold his soul to the beer devil. A fruit beer from one of the most tried-and-true breweries in the world. It's the equivelent of Harley-Davidson making tricycles.

The beer looks like soda-pop. An utterly fizzy red beer hits the glass and creates an initial, loosely knit pink head that fades with low levels of lacing or retention.

The beer smells like soda-pop. Candy raspberry flavors seem artificial. No real malt foundation to hide behind, the beer doesn't seem to exhibit what is best about beer or raspberries. No hop presence. No other complexity from esters, phenols, or anything else to attempt balance.

The beer tastes like soda-pop. Sugary sweet raspberry flavor taste as artificial as the nose smelled. Very low levels of malt fail to give any beer-y impression to the beverage. Aside from paying $6, there's nothing beer-like about it.

The beer feels like soda-pop. Again, sugary, sticky, sweet (...from my head to my feet.) The beer has no meaningful malt in the body. No dryness to assist in the end. Aggressive carbonation prickles the mouth and becomes bitey at times. The beer isn't awful as a beverage to drink, but they should serve it in a sippie-cup.

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Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy reddish color with some off white head. The smell is quite mild and not overly fruity. The flavor is quite sweet and full of raspberries. A bit like fruit juice with an acidic note as well. Nothing I need to have again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Oh my, a gusher, and then when it pours into the glass, the big head just fritters away into nothingness; by the way, the color of the beer is ruby red, with a slight tawny edge

Smell: Raspberry juice; mostly sweet but a little bit tart

Taste: Just like the smell - sweet raspberry juice with a bit of a tart finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad for a fruit beer but certainly not something I would likely seek out again

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color ale with a large pinkish color foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fresh sweet raspberries is quite refreshing and totally dominated the aroma. Taste is also dominated by huge aroma of pure raspberry juice with light tart notes and dry malt base that is not able to come out of the fruit base. Body is abut average for style with good carbonation. I must admit that this was quite well made with loads of raspberries and no fake syrup taste. Remind me of when I had fresh raspberry juice at my grand-mother place 15-20 years ago.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 9/17/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberry with a good amount of fruity/sugary sweetness and some light bread. Very nice aromas with big authentic fruit presence and a nice fruit/sweetness balance; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry with moderate fruity/sugary sweetness, light bread, and slight herbal hops. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish with a fair amount of fruit tartness; with lingering notes of tart/sweet raspberry flavors on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness of authentic raspberry flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit beer as expected. All around great robustness and balance of authentic tart raspberry and fruit/sugary malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear ruby red in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white/pinkish colored foamy head that reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of sweet and tart raspberry and slightly vinous. The malts/hops are hidden in the aroma but the overall smell is delicious.

T: Slight hints of sweet malts but the flavor is dominated by both sweet and tart raspberries - a very natural fruit flavor. Very enjoyable and I like the tartness of the raspberries showing through.

M: Medium bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - could easily be a beer that you had multiple times in a session. Probably my favorite of the three Same Smith Organic Fruit Beers. I have had this beer multiple times and will likely get it again. I think this beer pairs well with mild and sharp cheeses.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith Old Brewery "Organic Raspberry"
550 ml brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy dark red body beneath a full head of frothy pinkish foam.

Smell: Raspberry. Sweet raspberry. Somewhat vinous, and even a touch earthy. Light grainy malt beneath.

Taste: Fresh raspberry! It's sweet but it's also authentic with a bit of tartness and an earthy, vegetal side to it as well as its fruitiness. Stunning! And again, it's a bit vinous. This may be the best of their fruit beers. It's a sipper to be sure, and it certainly fits the definition of a dessert beer either on its own, paired with something else, or included as an ingredient in something sweet; but I'd also say it could be used for any occasion that a sweet red wine would be.

Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth and almost creamy.

Overall: Exceptional raspberry flavor in a rich, sweet ale that can work in many situations, but particularly as a dessert beer.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber raspberry jam. Head carries a light pink hue, with ok retention and lace.

S - Straight raspberry jam. Noticeable lack of tartness.

T - The bulk of the profile is raspberry jam, straight from the nose. The back end features a plant-stem-like bitterness and leather.

M - Medium body with a lightly dry/bitter finish.

O - Nice raspberry flavor. Interestingly, the flavor feels processed and jam-like; it's not a straight, fresh raspberry flavor. This isn't necessarily bad, in fact it's a style of raspberry flavor I haven't come across in a beer before, but it is ironic for an organic raspberry ale.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I split this bottle with my wife thinking this ale would be geared more for her,I actually didnt think it was all that bad.Poured the color of a pepperment stick (not the white part of course),with a nice tight pink colored head atop,aromas of candied sweet raspberries with faint caramel-like sweetness.Flavors start out very sweet and sticky but ends with a nice tart finish,more like fresh raspberries.Not something I could drink much of,but for what it is its pretty good.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nose fresh Raspberries, jammy, faint malt. Taste tons Raspberry, tart, slight malt, dry finish. Nice Fruit; a little sweet for my taste.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge PINK head; leaves good lace. Without light, the liquor has ruby color. With light, it appears a clear, soda-pop red.

Sweet fruity aroma, like a raspberry candy, not like the raw fruit. Light sourness in the background.

Like a sweet framboise. There's a touch of sourness, but it is the story of the berry here. Again, the flavor is closer to a raspberry candy. Would make a good dessert beer with cheese.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple tinged chestnut with a thumb of khaki head with pink notes. Good head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry, figgy notes

T: Follows the nose, some hints of raisin too up front. More jammy notes as this warms, some strawberry, tart raspberry & figs too, some dryness. Finishes jammy, with sweet figgy & raspberry

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, some sticky notes

Decent raspberry ale, better than the strawberry ale to be sure

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Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must be a slow learner since on Easter Sunday 2011, I was marginally a fan of the cherry ale and not a fan of the strawberry ale, both thanks to their being a bit too sweet for my taste. I did not have a bottle of the raspberry ale at the time or I would have reviewed all three at once. I have since procured a bottle of the raspberry ale and my review follows.

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 raspberry 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."

The pour produced the prettiest two fingers of pink head ever! It looked like cotton candy atop the beer. The beer itself was a deep pinkish-red with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled of red raspberry preserves, like my late paternal grandmother used to make from berries grown out back in her garden. Bliss! Mouthfeel was fizzy and big in the mouth and there was nothing sweet about this beer. I have long known that raspberries impart a tartness that may be overwhelming at times, but this was great on a hot, humid late-spring afternoon. I poured about three-quarters of the bottle into my glass, setting the rest aside for a blend with some Bear Republic Stout later. Finish was tart, not puckeringly so, but enough to let me know that I was alive and kicking. I have to give major props to a beer not only this tasty, but certified organic, to boot.

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