Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged w/ Balaton cherries in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; not bottled-conditioned. Blended w/ "Cosmic Mother Funk."

Added by Todd on 10-30-2009

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Photo of aquatonex
2.12/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this as #2 of my 3 pack from my trip to Sam, was excited to try but not as excited after :(...

Pours a pretty, translucent ruby color. 1-2 fingers of foamy head that dissipate into a ring and a little lacing. Nose is musty and funky, smells like old cherries. Taste is also funky, the cherries are lingering but there is very minimal sweetness, it just tastes like hints of rotting fruits. Oaky mustiness lingers on the palate. All in all each sip and swallow makes me twist my face in odd apprehension and eventual mild disgust.

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Photo of rudzud
2.34/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up one of each of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collections. This one is the first that I am trying.

Poured a nice ruby/crimson red with roughly a 2 finger head with a pinkish hue. The head quickly dissapated though and left very minute lacing.

The smell was of cherries, though of an artificial kind. It was very pronounced and overpowered the nose.

The taste was somewhat forced, in the sense that it simply did not taste real. It tasted like cherry syrup, and not a good one at that. The aftertaste was a lingering cherry cough syrup. Very disappointing.

The mouthfeel was unimpressive. Lots of carbonation but again, that cherry syrup seemed to coat the mouth and lips in a sticky unpleasantness.

Drinkability is fine, in the sense that at this alcohol percentage one can drink it without problem. It would go down much easier if not for the cough syrup aftertaste.

I feel Sam Adams really dropped the ball on this one. Can only hope it gets better from here.

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Photo of largadeer
2.37/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Beautiful dark cherry red, the beer has stunning clarity but little in the way of head. The color is so exceptional that I can't really fault it for that.

It smells like...cherry cough syrup. Medicinal, sweet, faintly oaky. Pretty cloying, I can't say that I enjoy this.

Similar flavors. Syrupy and sweet with a natural but terribly cloying cherry flavor, it tastes like none of the sugars have fermented out of the cherry juice. There's a mild tartness but this is much more of a sweet fruit beer. Syrupy palate with a sweet finish. Not outright terrible, but really hard to completely enjoy due to the medicinal flavors and intense sweetness. Even taken as a fruit beer I really don't enjoy this, it's like a very clumsy and cloying version of New Glarus Belgian Red.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy, deep red in color with shades of brown. Big, rocky pinkish-white head. Excellent retention, thick foamy lacing.

S: Sweet, almost perfumey cherry scent. Subdued sour smell. Very slight hint of wood. Maybe some funk? Not really much going on here.

T: Black cherries are all over the palate from the outset. They vacillate between tart and sweet. Quick tang of sour apple. Fruity, spicy Belgian yeast. After the initial cherry onslaught, there's little left to experience. Just a castrated dash of oak, faint wheat twang, and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with cherries and very faint chocolate.

M: medium bodied, highly carbonated. Smooth enough I suppose.

O: This really didn't taste anything like a kriek.

Notes: The cherry presence was certainly there, but after that there really weren't any other kriek characteristics to be found. No funk at all, no acidity. Far too sweet, with an inadequate sourness that cannot balance it. Not a kriek at all in my book, and not complex or interesting enough in its own right. Disappointing.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jared for including this one as an extra in a trade. Finally got around to opening it at Saturday's tasting.

A: The pour is a nice pinkish-red color with some pink foam forming but falling quickly.

S: We're not off to a good start with the aroma: butter and cherry cough drops lead the way. A slight tartness, but still the aroma is overwhelmed by the artificial and medicinal cherry aroma.

T: Things do not seem to improve at all when it comes to the flavor. The nearly medicinal cherries are still there and the tartness is not all that noticeable.

M: A fairly light body with extreme carbonation, to the point of being over-carbonated.

D: Unfortunately, this one was just a pure miss. The Stony Brook Red was quite nice, so I had some real expectations for this one and it did not deliver.

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Photo of silentjay
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wanted to try one of the Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection, and figured this one would be the one to try.

Pours a nice and unique ruby color. Interesting pink head forms 1 finger thick and dissipates quickly. leaves me hoping for a unique and pleasant experience with this beer.

smells like cherries. like the juice left over in the jar of ice cream topping cherries, though a little more tart. Hopefully that leads to a nice, tart flavor.

tastes like cherries. not tart, not funky, just sweet cherries. reminiscent of fruit juice loaded with high-fructose corn syrup.

mouthfeel is unimpressive. little carbonation, no tingling from any tartness like i expected.

drinkability is average since its essentially fruit juice. alcohol is definitely well hidden. goes down too quick trying to get some sensation out of it. a swirl with the yeast adds a bit more complexity, but all-in-all, a very high-potential yet low-follow through with this beer.

I will try the others in the series and hope for more. I didnt hate it. not revolting like the cranberry lambic, but I think they dropped the ball a bit on this one.

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Photo of SamN
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fizzy beer, with a wonderful creamy head, which is rather pink. A little cloudy, the beer glows with a dying fire hue of orange and deep ambers. Nice looking beer. Aroma is a little tart. Definite cherries, juicy and a bit tart. Reminds me a bit of cough syrup, but not to an overwhelming degree, just a bit of syrupy sweetness. One dimensional, unfortunately. Aroma is kind of flat. Taste is disappointingly weak and watery. Some faint tartness of sour fruits. Not a whole lot of beer character to be found and also lacking in oak characteristics. Neither does the beer feel that great, it lacks structure and real feel.

More than a little disappointing. Overall, it's dull and lifeless. I much prefer the other two offerings from the Barrel Room. This one was a dud.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a fairly thick effervescent head that quickly disappeared, like pouring a soda. The only difference from the soda was that the beer was pretty still after the pour.
A pronounced alcohol aroma that tickled my nose, some sweet cherry.
A taste of cherry. Alcohol still there, but less noticeable. Sweet.
The beer was too sweet, and tasted like a flat cherry soda.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Hazy dark amber mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of fairly creamy reddish-beige head with average retention and a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: This one isn't what I was expecting. Oak is the strongest aroma. Slightly tart cherries next, but not nearly as strong as I'd like. Not complex at all and not even close to funky enough to be the style it claims it is.

2.5 T: Really strange medicinal/artificial taste to this one. It's both dry and sweet at the same time. No mouth puckering, this isn't even as tart as the cherries it came from. Woodiness is strong again.

2.5 M: Lighter body. For as much carbonation as it appears to have, this lies dead on the tongue. Not creamy at all and astringent aftertaste.

2.5 D: I wish the bottle wasn't so big or so expensive. This beer pretty much sucks. Not really anything good about it.

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Photo of taez555
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


This beer poured a clear ruby red body with a small white head.

Smell is a mix of cherry juice from a can of cherries mixed with skunky garbage. Doesn't have a distinct kriek smell at all. The cherry juice smell is nice, there are no wild flavors at all in the nose.

Taste is medium bodied with a decent malt base taste with a mix of not overly tooth rotting cherries. It has a very mild cherry juice flavor. Almost like someone poured a can of cherries from a super market into a bland american wheat or pale ale. Not much in the way of hop bitterness or sourness or tartness. Very MOR sour kriek flavor. Ends very bland without an distinct sourness or tartness.

Sorry Sam Adams, a very dumbed down version of a classic Belgian style. Perhaps its aimed at the casual beer drinker thay enjoys caged and corked beers? I don't get it. Honestly it reminds me of Cranberry Lambic, except a little stronger. Sorry, Pass.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml (Very cool bottle) from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, $10. Bottle #13759

A: Pinkish red in color with a white/pink head that bubbled up to about an inch and recedes back to a clumpy island of bubbles with no lacing. Very clear beer, fair amount of bubbles moving through this beer. Not too shabby really.

S: Doesn't really smell like much, a few notes of cherries, and a little whiff of vanilla. Smells pretty meh, a few notes of wheat malts and that's really it. Disappointing.

T: Tastes a fair amount better than it smells, definite notes of black cherries, tangy wheat malts, just a slight subdued wild/funky profile, very far back in the profile. Cherry flavor is nice, but really verges on medicinal, but not in a good funky way, more like watered down cough syrup flavor. Just a slight oaky presence, maybe a hint of vanilla. Decent, has just enough funk to notice, but really seems like an amped up Cherry Wheat to me.

M: Light bodied, slightly warm alcohol, slick in the mouth, kind of coats the mouth. Not overly lactic or puckeringly sour. Fairly creamy. Decent.

D: It is farily easy to drink, would pair nicely with a cheesecake or other dessert, but this is tame for a wild ale. Only slightly funky, just really seems like a stronger version of the SA Cherry Wheat. Fair beer, but the price tag is a little too much for the beer that you get. Cool bottle, and an interesting idea, just a bit of a let down.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

750mL bottle pored into teku

Hazy, clouded dark cherry color with murky tones. Thin crop of head dissipates quickly with a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Sweet, slightly funky cherry scents with jammy pie and fruit skins. Oak, vanilla and sweetness. Not much of the typical sourness I might expect from a kriek or wild ale.

Cherries, fruit skins and dark fruit up front. A little jammy, unusually sweet with soft oaky notes. Soft notion of funky yeast with a suggestion of tartness. Finishes with lingering cherry sweetness.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I was a little confused by this one - I tried this before at a fest a year+ ago and it was definitely sour, but this was more of a sweet cherry brew with some funky Belgian yeast. No reason to pick this one up considering New Glarus has that on lockdown.

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Photo of bs870621345
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy ruby red color with minimal head and no lacing.

Smells like a blend of sweetness and sour cherries. I get a little band aid flavor and some oak.

Tastes like cherry cough syrup. There is no funk, just an odd cherry flavor that makes me think I'm sick.

Mouthfeel is slick and thin, with high carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty bad. If it tasted like it smelled it would be fantastic, but was a serious let down.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #2939

Pours a dark red color with a sizable fizzy-like head, fades fast but leaves a little bit of sticky lacing along the glass.

Smell has an odd aroma but can definitely make out the cherry presence quite easily, sweet yet slightly tart, not overwhelming.

Taste is rather muddled, nothing really pops out and says hi, the cherry presence is not as evident and there is hardly any sweet or tart or sour or really any flavor, I can pick up some of the barrel aging which I think almost blocks some of the natural cherry tartness, in the end there's just not much flavor, the carbonation is spot on though and there is a bit of crispness.

I really wanted to like this but was disappointed.

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Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright cherry red color, semi clear, thick fuzzy 2 finger head.

N: Lots of bolotin cherry, sweet cherry syrup, light sour tangy cherry, slight light malts, some juiciness, slight creamy, touch of spices and saison like yeast. Did I mention the cherry?

T: Sweet, very much like chewing candied bolotin cherries. Fresh cherry juice, juicy fruit flavors, little sour tangy, very light malts, perhaps a hint of vanilla. I wouldn't even call this a beer rather than fermented cherry juicy with lots of leftover residual sugar.

M: Lighter with some syrup and lots of carbonation.

F: Long syrupy sweet taste, lots of cherry lingering, slight saison bready malt. Overall way too much cherry and way too sweet, and where the hell is the wild?!?!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Large, pink head that putters out into a thin bubbly crescent...and then nada. Looks like a glass of cranberry juice.

Aroma is cranberry juice. Not a little like cranberry juice but straight Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Orange peel in there as well. Taste is chai, cranberry juice and curacao.

I could either dump some vodka in it or serve it with Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Beer was a dark red color, with a two-finger head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was cherries, oak, smells a bit medicinal.

Taste was light cherries, mildly tart, some oak notes. On the thin side.

I'm a little disappointed by this one. Was hoping for a fuller, more complex flavor and either some tart or sour notes. I was anxious to try the new Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection, but can't say I'm a fan of this one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in Colorado.

Caged and corked 750ml bottle, the cork came out with no problem, some smoke escaping from the opening.

It pours a clear and bubbly reddish colour with a big head of foam that's still growing. Gotta sip it down a bit. Holding my glass up, I sincerely love the look of this beer.

The smell has a candy cherry nose to it that is sweet yet *kind* of tart. A very very light note coming from the oak peeks through. I could have easily missed it.

The taste starts off lightly tart from the cherries then slides into an almost funky state. That's gone sooner than later as it finishes on the sweeter side then the flavour seems to drop off. The oak influence is minimal; it's all about the cherries and I think, they were not done all that well in this beer.

Medium bodied with medium light to very light at times carbonation.

Drinkability? I guess it's a decent stab at an American Wild. That being said, I won't be seeking out another bottle. The flavours are lacking and now, I'm getting some light warming that slows down the drinking process even more.

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Photo of Borgs
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It has a thin head, which doesn't last long at all. You can definitely tell the cherries have been in the barrel through the deep redness.

Smell - It has an aroma of cherries, with slight beer notes

Taste - It tastes like cherries. It has more of a sweetness to it, than a tartness. Even with what they are trying to produce, I still think there is a little too much cherry to it, robbing it of almost any beer qualities.

Mouthfeel - It feels like it should be heavy, due to the sweetness, but I would more consider it medium bodied. It is pretty refreshing as a whole.

Drinkability - I have to say that the flavor isn't all that bad, but it seems more like a wine than a beer. In order to have one of these, you have to be in the mood for it. I wouldn't say, "I want a beer," & grab this out of the fridge.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice reddish color with some orange hues. lots of thin bubbly off white head wih hints of pink.

S-the nose is slightly off, notes of cherries but somewhat artificial with hints of selzer in the back and a touch of wood.

T-the taste has a fair bit of cherry in it, somewhat artificial but not offensive. hints of wood but also a slightly medicinal metallic flavor.

M-light body, clean and soft with an assrtive carbonation balanced by a a nice lightly dry crisp finish.

D-a little artificial but still easily drank. nice oak presence but hints of medicinal flavor in there. tough style to nail and valiant effort.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, ruby red color. Good start to the head but it settles to a half covered film of minute bubbles. Thus, no real lace, just some spots.

Smells like a cross between a Sweettart sourness and a children's aspirin. Rather appealing, but certainly not conventional.

Harsher attack of dry sourness--right up front on the tongue. The alcohol is also up front and more powerful than anticipated. The cherry is very sour but quite muted. There's a surprisingly sweet finish with a very quick finish and nearly no aftertaste. Good body.

Overall, this is an unusual beer that is worth trying just to experience the unusual flavors.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells exactly like black cherry Kool-Aid, exactly. The color is cherry cough syrup red. It smells a little cough syrup as well. No funk to be found. It tastes like a black cherry soda almost, mixed with beer. no funk, no wood, no sour, disappointing. The stonybrook red was a better beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts fine and dandy, but soon I became less than enchanted with what was in my glass, thankfully the bottle was shared with a few others at a recent sour ale tasting.

The color is deep red and berry colored with thick light beige cap the clarity is translucent, not bad so far. The smell is very pleasant, both oaky and sweet with a cherry fragrance that smells natural and like a cherry pie or turnover. The aroma has a slight sugary aspect but pretty pleasant in general. The feel turns me off, immediately I can tell it lacks complexity based on the sweet presence like cherry syrup with mild carbonation. Yeah there is a oak influence but it doesn't help much -the finish is semidry

The taste is slightly fruity/tangy with some mild sweet flavor that is indistinct -not really malty or sugary. The oak is present in the flavor but very mild with a light wheat(?) taste in the background. More sweet than fruity it is a lackluster combo. Overall A pretty poor wild ale, let alone fruit beer. This beer could use something-acidity would have helped or some more carbonation as I read in another review to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO.

Pours a murky cranberry color with a 1 inch whitish red head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of sour cherries, wood, and some funk/must. For being a wild ale the smell is not as potent as I was expecting. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, biscuits, and wood. There is an odd medicinal/herbal bitterness with each sip. This beer seems to have a low level of carbonation with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average wild ale. I bought this in CO since I have never seen this one in CA. I am glad I got to try it but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of RankRefugee88
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into Sam Adams glass.

A - Beautiful ruby red color. Small white head, dissipates quickly.

S - Cherry flavored smell to it, I can smell the hops too.

T - Sweet cherry taste to it. Tart. Not much else to the taste, it's pretty decent though.

M - Mouthfeel is ok, has kind of a cough syrup mixed with cherry soda texture to it. Nothing to write home about.

D - The drinkability isn't one of the stronger points of this beer. The more and more I drink it the less and less I want another glass of it.

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