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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
301
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
17.13%
 
 
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45
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36
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle of American Kriek at the Samuel Adams brewery which is from their barrel room collection. These Barrel room beers are the only ones that are actually brewed and sold out of Bostons brewery.

A: Beer pours a deep red/crimson color with a solid 3/4 inch pinkish head and leaves some lacing.

S: Aroma starts with sweet floral cherries with undertones of spice, oak, caramel, marzipan, and tropical fruit.

T: Nice balance between sweetness and tartness with intense dark cherry flavor, malt and vanilla.

M: Starts out sweet on the mouth and then turns a bit sour, but not overly bitter. Has some carbonation which is noticable in the taste as well.

O: As I understand it, when this beer was first created as a "sour", it came out overly bitter, so it had to be toned down a bit. Excellent brew, great flavor although I wish there was a little bit more sourness to it.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish color with a reddish tinted beige head of about four fingers, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of cherries, hints of oine, citrus and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, and smooth. Taste of sweet cherries and alcohol up front, ending with bittersweet tart flavors.

Overall: Third time I have had this beer, first was sampled on tap at the Boston Beer Company Brewery in Boston, the second was a bottle bought from that trip to the brewery, this last one was just a the store, but I had to get it one more time, always have enjoyed this one and it's unique flavors.

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very slightly hazy dark garnet red in color with some hints of brown and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy pink head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of tart and sweet cherries with an underlying hint of malts. There are some very light notes of vanilla and oak.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by the flavors of cherries with both tartness and sweetness. There are also some light flavors of vanilla and oak. Not as much of the tartness as I would like.

M: Medium bodied with just slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but kind of immature for a sour/wild ale - it has not developed to have the complexity and sourness/tartness that I expect from the style. Not sure I would go out to find this one again but it was a good beer to have.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 301 ratings.
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