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)

Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a warm red color that is perfectly opaque with a thick and fluffy head of light reddish color that lingers only for a little then dissipates leaving spotty lacing on the glass
S: nice tartness from the cherries with a slight sweet and sour note that stings the nostrils at the end
T: begins with a sweet note then moves immediately over to an interesting sour note that i really like, leaves a great lingering sour note on the palate
M: a bit strong on the carbonation but actually really smooths out nicely through the middle, leaves a bit of an interesting feeling on the palate, not really sure how to describe it other than 'comfortable'
O: i like this brew, i love this style, ive seen better representations in the appearance aspect but the taste and mouth feel here were really a joy, nicely done

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Despite the unique and classy barrel-series bottle and packaging I despise the extra spongy caged cork which was so hard to grip to extract it actually tore off.

Poured a 2 1/2" beige head which lasted a while though the beer seemed to expend almost all it's carbonation into the initial head. Body is a hazy and quite attractive auburn. Smell has caramel and malt and also a vague sour cherry. Taste echos the smell and the cherry is stronger. Happily it's neither a lambic style cherry nor simply a sweet dessert cherry, in fact the cherry doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Lighter weight body then I expected. Decent beer.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a nice cherry red color to it that was soothing to the eye. The carbonation of the beer allowed for a nice head.

S: The main smell of the beer is that of tart, the type that comes from cherries with a hint of hops

M: smooth feel in the mouth

T: Not overly tart with nice hop tones to the beer

O: It is a nice beer that i was not expecting it to be as good as it was.

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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass, amber hue capped by a silky white head with good retention. scent of cherry and oak. taste is more sweet cherry than tart cherry. not much balance here. alcohol is warming to the face. a interesting beer, I enjoyed the Stoney brook red more.

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Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifte, deep pinkish pour, medium white head, no lacing. Ton of tart cherries on the nose, light oak. The beer had a nice cherry tartness to it, it finishes slightly tart. The beer gets some medicinal sweetnss to it as it warms. The body is light, average carbonation. A nice starter sour, IMO a bit too sweet for the styly, but I did enjoy it.

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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter, the beer pours with a good deal of foam and lots of bubbles. The beer is a rose-tinted copper color, with a quickly settling head that rings in at a very thin film after the huge start. Increased carbonation stays present throughout the drinking. Very effervescent aromas, with light hints of malt sweetness and tart grape and cherry fruitiness. Oily slick in mouth, with wine characteristics. Flavors are wine-like, also, but with some notes similar to a cider, also. Cherry, dark and mild, throughout, with a lambic sourness balancing the sweet and tart characteristics. The aftertaste is syrupy slick, with dark cherry and tannins, and a quick and slick finish. More lambic and wine than anything, but overly mild nonetheless.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber tinged molasses pours out of this SA Barrel series kriek, quickly the head shuns existence and we're off...

SMells of some wet horse blanket, jolly ranchers, fresh cut weeds (lawn kind not smoking kind) and some heady yeast

A quick start with some cherry flesh and lacto funky sour disco. I've had belgian tripels and Grand Cru's give off about 90% of what this lambic is delivering. Definitly not overt sourness

Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet thin in its syrup, light carbonation, although alco is 7% no hint of it here

I guess you could call this an introduction to the style, great beer, won't make you pucker

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2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
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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3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 1 point 9.4oz poured into an oversized wine glass. The bottle does have the alcohol percentage, but it does not have a brewed on date or a fresh by date.

A: Cherry wood with a slight brown-pink tinged sliver of a fingernail head. The head is gone within fifteen seconds, and it leaves a thin strip of lacing around the glass. The beer is hazy; though, you can see some carbonation. It does have a nice brilliant color when held to the light.

S: Sweet and tart cherries, floral notes, coca cola, wild yeast.

T: Lots of sweet then tart sour cherry along with malt, cherry pits, and funk. The finish has a bit of cake and almost a soda quality.

M: On the lighter side of medium and sweeter. It could use some more carbonation to cut the sweet and make it cleaner.

O: I actually like the flavor of this beer quite a bit. But it is a bit sweet and the finish has slight syrup to it. The tartness and sour are present, but the beer could use a bit more of each. The body feels a bit light and more carbonation would have been nice to lend a crispness to cut the sweetness and tartness. It does have an interesting color and head, and it also leaves a fair amount of spotty lacing as it is consumed. It is certainly worthy of a try, but it is not a beer one could drink every day.

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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American breweries are working very hard at how to make truly domestic lambics; figuring out which blend of indigionous wild yeasts to employ when considering Belgian-style sour ales. Sam Adam's American Kriek proves timid but formitable.

The beer opens with a mauve colored, soft haze with a delicate creme of foam. With good retention and a struggle to lace, the beer carries an authentic and classy appearance.

A mix of tart and sweet cherries dominate the nose, but not without the periphreal scents of lighter, sweeter breads, soft sweetness, and true malt character. A light note of vanilla and almond emits as the beer warms.

Cherry flavor continues dominance to taste- similar in fashion to Sam Adam's widely distributed Cherry Lambic. Medium tartness, but also with the pectin heavy flavors of cherry skins and pits. Soft confectioner's sugar sweetness is surpressed, allowing the tart cherry taste to command control. Light oak flavor further exacerbates the tanin flavor, but is softened by a background note of marzapan.

Medium bodied for a sour, the beer seems young and hasn't yet developed the fully attenuated dary tartness that's common in authentic Belgian sours. Fairly high in tanic astringency, and with more of a fruit derived acidity, the sides of the mouth really get a workout. Though clean and tart in finish, more intensity with true lactic and acetic sourness would be preferred.

I like to think of this beer as a sour with training wheels. Those looking to get into sour ales but find classic Belgian Lambics to be far too intense should acclimate with this variety where most of the sourness seems to come from the cherries and less from wild yeast.

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3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy reddish-brown, with a thick, pink head. You really expect to taste the cherries when you look at this beer. Decent enough head retention and lace.

Yeasty, sweet, sour, a hint of vanilla, and a damp wood aroma. Very little cherry smell but you can tell there is something sweet in there and it's enticing.

Medium bodied and tight, tingly bubbles. Sweet and tart cherries hit you at the very beginning. Well balanced sweet/tart flavors follow through the middle, which takes on an almost creamy mouthfeel as the initial carbonation settles down. The finish is a bit more sweet with a slightly woody aftertaste.

I'm very impressed with the balance of this beer. The sweet, sour and tart flavors blend together in a little dance of flavor. At each moment you can taste all three flavors but one never dominates the other. However, the flavor is never astounding or mind blowing. A very good and well balanced/executed beer but it's not the greatest wild ale out there.

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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 301 ratings
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