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RATINGS: 181   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Reddish pour. Off white head. Aroma of tart cherry life saver candy. Flavor? Yeah much the same. Sweeter than I expected. Tartness lacking. Light oak nuances. Ok. Barely.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2715) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle Thanks to JohnGalt1. Like I said before the bottle it’s all about how cool the bottle looks. Pours out a red topped with a thin head. Aroma is of light sweetness, cherries, and a little band-aid. Taste more of the cherries with a touch of tart. I am happy I was able to try this but I think it needs some work.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3491) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
750ml straight from the brewery in Boston. Pours a brilliant clear ruby red color with a two-finger light beige head and good lacing. Aroma is slightly medicinal with lots of cherries. Not kriek-like, but decent. Flavor is cherry city. Seriously, one of the most cherry-like beers outside of maybe New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red. Just a little cough syrup to it, but overall it’s good. A little sweet and barely if at all tart. Medium-bodied with a nice carbonation level. Overall this is not at all to style, but besides that it’s not bad. I enjoyed it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
vtafro (3430) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Draft @ NotB. Hmm not even categorized as a lambic, well deservingly so. Some cherry notes but no real tartness, just bit of sweetness and light dry cherry finish. Wouldn’t be s hard on this is it was named correctly.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2140) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Not much aroma. Bright red with a rose head. Cherry taste, but not overwhelmingly so.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours clear ruby with a small pink head...aroma is cherry, cherry, very light tartness, cherry syrup and old grain...flavour is similar, sweet cherry syrup, fairly malty, with a lightly oaked tartness on the finish...this was about as close to my expectations as possible!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
This was shared by a very generous BA at DLD 2010. Pours a light reddish brown with small white head. Aromas of light tart cherries and some mellow malts. Flavor has very light tart cherries, some oak, and light malts. Really bland example of a Kreik but it was not bad. Really easy to drink. A nice beer for someone who usually does not go for sours or tart lambics. Good for SA to brand out a little bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2010
This poured a dark ruby with a big white head. Aroma was light maltiness and mild tart cherries. Flavor was light tart cherries, a bit toasted, very smooth, and a bit yeasty too. Pretty good offering from Sam.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 9, 2010
This might be my very first kriek, but I thought it was quite good. The aroma and taste isn’t as strong as I thought it was gonna be, but the cherries are still prominent. Pretty easy to drink.


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