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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Samuel Adams American Kriek: The intense black cherry character in this beer comes from Balaton cherries, which were discovered in Hungary and are now grown in Michigan. These special cherries are prized for their depth of flavor. The tartness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3144) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Pored into a snifter. Color is Deep red with good frothy head. Great lacing that follows til the end. Nose is a simple Black Cherry. Taste like sweet tarts yet with NO sugar... natural sweetness. Has a clean tartness that leaves you wanting more. the finish is crisp and refreshing, leaves a very wet mouth feel. I was pleasantly surprised by this and would buy it again.... one of the best fruit beers I’ve had. Batch # on the bottle was 1340. I shared this with liveFREEorRYE.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2010
Sample at SBWF 2010. Reddish with a minimal head. Cherries and some light funk in the aroma. Very drinkable with taste of cherries, malt and some sweetness. Not that sour. Descent stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
Sample at SBWF 2010. Light red with almost no head. Cherry juice, acidity and a slight funk (?) on the nose. A little sweet taste though and without alot of sourness, which prevents it from being refreshing, but it’s still a nice beer though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Light crimson color with a nicely developed eggshell head. Aroma of cherry skin and fruit...interesting combination of sweet and sour. Flavor follows the nose with cherry taking the front followed with a bit of lemon zest and caramel. Didn’t really get any barrel, either in the nose or flavor but this is a pretty drinkable beer. Nothing really off or offending but not terribly complex.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Bottle… Clear, very pretty, Longhorn-orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma presents an odd vegetal aspect amidst sweet cherries and malt. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor is tangy offers a boatload of cherries. Acidic, but not funky… a little too sugary. Finishes sweet and lightly tart. Bottle courtesy of growler!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 8/18/2010 Source:Other) Special tasting at Wine and Beer Westpark, Richmond. Well this beer is not sour, but it does have cherries and Belgian yeast character. Caramel with cherry notes becoming more evident in aroma as the beer warms. Quite clear amber with small fluffy white head. Dark candi sugar in flavor along with rich malts and a big cherry presence. Finish is medium with nice lingering fruitiness. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle at Wine and Beer Westpark on 08/18/2010. Mostly clear copper body with a small frothy off-white head. Sour cherry and faint malt aroma. Sour cherry flavor, faint malt and light spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5279) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Sampled on 9/10/2010. This fruit beer pours a medium reddish color from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, cherry and woody. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, slightly tart cherry flavors. Hints of wood and oak mellow the sweet fruit flavors. The hops are herbal and floral. A mellow, smooth tasting beer. Nice carbonation. None of the flavors dominate or stand out. There is a touch of tartness from the cherries and a touch of tannins/oak from the barrel. Interesting beer, it is in no way a kriek, and I kind of wish that Boston Beer Company would not use the kreik and lambic names for beers that are aren’t funky or sour, but I digress. This beer is really working for me as a fruit beer. Was kind of surprised to find a bottle of the barrel-aged series here in Colorado. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and oaky.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle shared by Dak. Pours cloudy maroon with almost no head. The nose is light spice and fruit. The taste is fruit iced tea and light sour characteristics. Meh, ok I guess. Thanks for the opportunity to try it Dak!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pretty cool light red color with a pretty thick white head. The aroma is cherry but more of a dry cherry with tartness and body over sweetness. Though the sweetness was there. Also the wood aroma is definatly adding to this. Blond beach wood that offsets the sweetness. Touch of alcohol note in the taste. This was a bit to sweet and little to much like a cherry lollipop but still good enough if you are plitting the bottle with a few friends so that you don’t get tired fo it.


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