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 guezarka
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared into two regular pint glasses on a pleasant summer day, late in the afternoon. Was looking for something refreshing but tasty. Wondered if this would fit the bill and it certainly did.

A: Shockingly red with a pink head that was generous and laced out well. I was thinking this was going to be a more traditional beer color like their Cherry Wheat. Disconcerting at first, but doesn't take away from the experience.

S: The opening smell is more the breadiness of the yeast but you can smell the sweetness a little better after the first few sips. My nose doesn't pick up the cherries that well.

T: But the cherries come en masse with the opening sip. Sweetness hits the tongue right away but the sour/tart jumps in and takes over quickly as it washes back. Nothing bitter here but not syrupy sweet either. Good balance. Refreshing and savory at the same time. Very pleasing for a hot summer day.

M: Carbonation is generous which helps keep the mouthfeel light. No heavy coating of the tongue. More of a soft fizz with not too much heat despite the label quoting an ABV of 7%.

O: I finished my half of the pour much too soon and was left wanting more. I'm not a fruit beer fan in general since they tend to be too sweet or syrupy for me, but this was different. The novelty would wear off quickly if I drank this too often, but I felt it was a great and satisfying beer this afternoon.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice rich red/plum color with a nice head that sticks to the glass and really has some nice reddish hue.
S: The beer has a nice rich black cherry aroma with some hints of chocolate and some nice sour notes with some slight hop aroma.
T: Very nice rich dried fruit flavor of cherries and plums with some good finish that reminds me of chocolate. Very rich but not overly sweet. The dark cherries really stand out and make the beer distinct from a traditional kriek.
M/O: Very rich and good carbonation. Great dessert beer that would pair well with some rich chocolate flavors. This is really a nice interpretation of a beligian style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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 chefhatt
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter glass, it has a dark red body with a reddish white head that lays down quickly to a nice thin lace. The smell is of tart cherries with some malt hints. The taste is cherry flavored first then a really sweet taste hits me on the back of the tongue, almost like a apple flavor,. This has a nice mouth feel and is smooth and sweet, like a good dessert beer. Overall i really enjoyed this beer and it's brothers also.

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Photo of turnstile
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights; a large beige/pinkish head forms and quickly recedes into a ring of carbonation with great lacing. Aromas of tart, sweet cherry up front with a musty and bready note in the background. Vinous and candy-like sweet characteristics present in the nose follow through into the taste. It's fairly sweet and tart with massive cherry flavor all the way through. I'm not getting any flavor notes characteristic of barrel aging, however - it's fairly one-dimensional. Great malt backbone with little to no hop flavor detectable. Light/medium body with prickly carbonation. Finishes sweet. Overall fairly drinkable and not too tart. The acidity is balanced nicely by the sweetness.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes June 4, 2011
1 pint 9.4oz bottle
3500 stamped on bottle

A - It pours brown with a crimson tint. It has a skim of tan head.

S - The aroma is caramel malt with a presence of cherry vanilla.

T - I get tart cherry and caramel malt. It has a dessert quality to it.

M - Moderate and very smooth.

O - It reminds me of cherry pie. Possibly a good dessert beer.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep amber with a pinkish head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is all cherries with a bit of funky malt in the background. Pretty one dimensional but it smells good.

T: The taste is much different from the nose. You get the cherry at first but it quickly swings to a slight vinegar like taste and then grapes and apples on the finish. Pretty sweet and not very sour.

M: The feel is crisp and light to medium bodied. The finish is huge and relatively complex as it changes flavors a few times.

O: While I don't have experience with a Kriek this was relatively good. Probably a good intro to the style as it didn't seem too over the top sour. Received as an extra in a recent trade and I thank you for allowing me to try this...always wanted to try one of the SA Barrel Room beers.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a small snifter glass. Decided to enjoy this treat yesterday on the porch and enjoy the sunny day here in Boston since its been raining like crazy lately.

Appearance: The poured a one finger reddish/white head that reduced to a thin layer before being consumed. Great carbonation and clarity. Also, the beer is a reddish amber color.

Smell: Tart cherries with a little bit of sour notes in there.

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries once again followed by subtle hints of sour flavors. Lots of carbonation on the palate towards the end of the sip. Alcohol is not even noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carboantion in the mouth. a little chewy and still sweet.

Overall: This is a decent beer produced by Sam Adams, but not going out of my way to pay $10 for the beer. Would be nice to have it on draft or out of a cask.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Kriek pours out as a red color with a fizzy pinkish white head. The smell has a faint sour aroma going on in it. There is also some cherry aromas too. The beer tastes a little tart not as sour as most Kriek's out there. The flavors are more refreshing and relaxed it seems. The pucker face factor on this brew isn't overly powerful. The mouthfeel is carbonated and fairly light.'not a bad brew, definitely a decent beer to try. Having all 3 was a real treat. I enjoyed the series and I'm looking very forward to trying the Stout they're working on!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a snifter at cellar temp and splitting with Stopper. The beer pours a chestnut hue with ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. More of a reddish tint in the glass than in the stream as poured from the bottle.
Beige surface layer of head is sturdy but not thick.
Aroma is sweet with some cherry and candy, mildly tart twang mixed in the nose. I do get a little light funk, but mostly sweet cherry.
First sip reveals an average body and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is similar to the nose with sweet cheery and a bit of candy sugar. Not really tart and not too funky. An easy drinking beer that hides its booze well and isnt a pucker beer. A nice intro to the style and very drinkable and enjoyable for night of drinking. I would buy again if I see it in the store.

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Photo of TonyVic
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is deep red and slightly cloudy. It has a nice frothy head when poured. Open it like champagne- it surprised me when I opened the bottle since there was so much pressure in the bottle.

This Kriek is very mellow compared to other krieks that I've had in the past. There is a bit of tart flavor, but not overpoweringly so. The bouquet is full of ripe cherries, but as you let it warm up to room temp in the glass the aromas give way to more of cooked and dried cherries.

The 7% ABV is not overpowering and allows for easy drinking. It pairs well with chocolate and almonds almost like a sherry.

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Photo of DrJay
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red, clear at first and a little cloudy by the end of the bottle. Fine pinkish bubbles topped the beer and produced some spotty lacing. The aroma was sweet and fruity, a little musty with a hint of tartness, and sweetness stopped short of cough syrup territory. Flavour was heavy on cherries, leaning towards sweetness, not tart enough for me. It was a little earthy, faint alcohol spiciness in the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with low carbonation, residual sugar, a bit of woody astringency. Overall it was alright. A more tart character would improve it and balance some of the sweetness.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was quite enthusiastic about this beer after the pour.
Very nice long lived frothy head and the beer produced a red mahogany glow in the glass.

The nose is that of tart cherries with a few hints of wheat stuck in for good measure.

It started in a blaze of glory and then the first sip.
Not bad mind you, but not living up to the hype. After all the beer is contained in a caged cork bottle complete with a hang tag around its neck.

The flavor is ho-hum. It starts with a sprite of cherry and effervescence and as that dissipates leaves a path of light bitter hops in its wake.

It's labeled as a Kriek and that I suppose it is but I can't find anything memorable in the flavor-- it's mostly a tart cherry calling card w/o the signatures of the wild yeasts, or the aged barrels that contained the mash, or just "something" that makes me remember the experience should I pass this bottle on the store's shelves again...

Mouthfeel is good-- but the flavor dissipates quickly w/o a trace. I'm a little disappointed wondering where the finish went. Mouthfeel isn't unpleasant-- it's just seems kind of well, "wimpy"..

Drinkability is good 7% ABV but once again, as with the mouthfeel there's nothing that is memorable- nothing that makes me say "Ahhhh" once I reach the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of SamN
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 7% ABV, "Enjoy this beer now from a traditional glass at 50° or age it to develop rich and unique flavors." 3439 Stamped on the back label.

Thanks to Celeriac for this cool bottle!

A - Beautiful blood-red ruby color with great clarity and a tall light pink head. Great retention but no lace left on the glass.

S - A light funk note hides behind a bold aroma of fresh and tart cherries. Sweet but not cough-syrup-like as most cherry beers seem to be. Mild oak aroma adds some nice complexity.

T - Oak woodiness overpowers the cherries in the flavor. A pinch of funkiness compliments the tart cherry, but it's got no where near the complexity and depth the aroma has.

M - Strong carbonation with a well-balanced lightly tart and sweet finish, no alcohol comes through this exceptionally strong (as a Kriek is concerned) beer.

D - Decent drinkability with an ok flavor that seems like a little bit of a let down after the nice aroma. A good brew but not one I'd push to trade for again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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 geryeb624
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Cmack15 as part of the BA Fantasy Football BIF. Poured into my Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A- Nice red color, with a surprisingly large head, a good three fingers worth, which hangs around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

S- Cherry aroma with interesting, wine-like acidity. A bit of funk comes through as well.

T- Light cherry flavor, but definitely doesn't dominate or even really come through that well. Nice flavor, but disappoiting lack of fruit/sourness.

M/D- Nice carbonation and light body make this an easy drinker.

Kinda disappointing in the flavor department, but not a bad beer. Feel like it could have been much more though.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, thanks Chris. Cherry red pour, soft head. Nose is mostly artificial cherry puree. A touch metallic in the mouth, more artificial cherry flavoring. Despite the fairly negative qualities mentioned, this succeeded in being non-offensive, effervescent, and fairly drinkable. Singular, and not bad.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this on 12/27/10. Batch/bottle/whatever #760 appears on the back label.

Poured into a tasting glass this brew appears a clear ruby red color with a tan cap of foam. The bubbles hang around the perimeter of the glass with large sized bubbles that dissolves fairly fast but is revived with a swirl. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite medicinal smelling of cherry cough syrup, sweet with some oak. It smells lightly woodsy with a character that turns towards vanilla but regains the sweetness of the cherry mid-scent that blends with an evident amount of alcohol.

The taste of this brew includes a strong medicinal cherry flavor that at times comes across with a more natural flavor through the back. However, when sips turn sweet it gets reminiscent of cough syrup and not all that natural tasting. It is somewhat dry with a lingering flavor of oak mixed with medicinal cherry that just doesn't blend all that well together. Once warm, it picks up a more earthy flavor, lightly funky and almost like over ripe to rotten cherries.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. It is fairly drinkable but the medicinal aspect I did not quite care for and it gets to me. It is tolerable in a small pour but not a bottle I would be able to tackle myself.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber brown head dissipateds quick.
Fruity sour with a with a subtle cherry aroma the smell is of wine barrels
The taste is fruity of cherries light bodies with a slight fruit tart. Not as tart/sour as I would think from the aroma or hopefor.

A good barrel ale the aroma is the best part they need to bring the taste to match

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Photo of Lukafer
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out F2brewers for this incredibly generous beer. Thanks a ton Kevin!
Bottle 3449

A somewhat vigorous pour yields 3 fingers of pinkish red head.  The beer itself is a murky amber.  I smell some cherries, slight oak and a light sourness.  Taste is sour at the front, followed by very tart cherry then a sweet finish.  Not too sour, nicely balanced.  Mouthfeel feels good and drinkability is high.  I seared some pork chops with some carmalized red onions and granny smith apple in a balsamic glaze, this beer went perfectly with it.  

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Sam Adams tulip style glass.

A: Light peach colored head with dense bubbles atop an amber body. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity, slight bit of sourness.

T: Great cherry flavor, not very sour or funky. Decent malt finish, but maybe a little 1-D.

M: Slightly flat tasting, was hoping for higher carbonation to balance the thickness of the brew.

D: A little sweet and heavy, but very tasty. It doesn't grab me, however.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two fingered white/pink head that quickly fades to a ring, leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is almost clear red/amber. Tart cherry nose. Flavor is tart cherry, some sweetness. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.25 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle (#1030) from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewerDan23 at a small, un-announced tasting. Pours a very dark ruby red/brownish color. A light pink head rises late, but makes it's way to about a finger in height. Fizzy lacing slides pretty quick.

Aroma is pretty much what I thought it would be for a kriek. Cherries, slight tartness, oak, and mild funk. Theres a tad bit of mustiness that I just can't move past...but overall, a pleasant smelling Kriek.

Hmmm. Interesting, but honestly, I can't say that I'm surprised with the flavor. From the beginning, I wasn't expecting much from this beer considering Samuel Adams isn't exactly a well know "lambic" style brewery. A nice attempt, but a little far from great. Somewhat sweet in the flavor...not much tartness. I mean, there's a slight tartness present, but similar to a Lindemans with a bit more mustiness. Mouthfeel is slight carbonation, medium body, and of course...not boozy at all. Overall, kind of what I expected...just a neat beer, but not great.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into tulip.

A: Pours dark ruby red color with small head. Some good carbonation on the glass.

S: Smells of sweet fruit, specifically cherry and berrys. Get some alcohol presence, very wine like smells. Earthy notes and some woody characters are present as well.

T/M: Taste of cherry, earthy and some other fruity notes. Get lots of wine character as well. Some alcohol flavors but really dominated by the cherry sweetness. Not to dry, but its is there for sure.

D: Nice drinker for after dinner. Not amazing but nice none the less. Great to share for dessert and gives some good talking points.

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