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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3477) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
vtafro (3217) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Not much aroma. Bright red with a rose head. Cherry taste, but not overwhelmingly so.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4301) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1163) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Pours a reddish color. Aroma is of tart cherries, malts, plum, and pomegranate. Flavor is mainly that of sweeter malts, cherry, and candy. Leaves a bittersweet fruit finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2607) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2010
750 ml. bottle numbered 3299. Pours a short lived pinkish head, over a clear, dark red (SRM 15) body.....nose is light cherry, bit of toffee.....taste is initially rather bland, then light cherry flavors arrive, followed by mild tartness, relatively dry throughout, (soft would be another expression)....mouth feel is light, almost watery, carbonation is barely present. A pleasant, but not particularly interesting beer. It reminds me of Lambrusco. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle shared by jslot38 on 1/10/10: Pours a bright ruby copper with a thin-lacing off-white pinkish head. Has a semi-tart earthy fruity nose with some leathery and buttery oak notes. Starts with good fullness and a semi-tart earthy black cherry fruitiness before a sweaty funky flat-tasting finish. Needs some tweaking and has too much buttery oak flavor.

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