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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
(bottle shared by BDR) Pours a dark red with a soapy white head. Aroma is not sour, but in fact it’s quite sweet, with cherry cough drops and cherry pie filling, which reminds me of a doppelbock in some ways. The flavor also isn’t sour, nor is it sweet, but it’s more bitter and mineral-like. Tastes as if someone crushed up some vitamins and threw them into the beer. There is also some cherry skin thrown into the mix. Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation. Thanks Brad!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Purchased at Davidsons Liquors. A sweet kriek aroma, almost like the peals were used rather than the fruit. A very earthy, almost vegetal character and just a little bitter.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
[Bottle, thanks BDR!] Pours reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is chlorine at first, but then that clears off and just leaves a lot of really sweet cherry. Not bad, but really sweet. The taste is quite different than I was expecting based upon the taste. Not as sweet, and actually has a fair amount of fruit skin bitterness and cherry flavor itself. The malt clashes with it a bit, but not too bad. medium-thin mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish. Not terrible, but nothing that is very exciting either.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2010
750ml bottle # 3159. Pours a brownish red with a frothy reddish white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet and slightly tart cherries and wood.

The flavor is very sweet pie-like cherries - I get a lot of cherry pie and some raspberries. It has a slightly bitter woody finish and a bit of maltiness in the background. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall pretty nice, but a little too much on the sweet side. I like the complexity of some of New Glarus’s beers better.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12051) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear ruby with a small, white head, low retention with fair lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, candied fruit (cherry), low earthy hops, oak, and some tannins. Malt backbone with lightly sweet cherry/raspberry notes; some oak and tannins in the flavor as well. Medium bodied, creamy start with a dry finish; high carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle @ GLBN Belgian Tasting. Pinkish red colored pour. Aroma of Luden’s cherry candy. Taste was more of the same. Light tartness, zero sourness, lots of cherry. Decent mouthfeel. I rather liked this one. Nice job Sam

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Salmon color brown tinted thin pour. Thin white head. Syrupy non-descript fruity sweetness. Very sweet syrupy fruit flavor with a terrible skunky finish.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
From DC Local tasting. First drain pour of the evening. Pours a clear bright pink with a minuscule head. Cherry juicy juice nose. Flavor is Kool-aid burst with cherry juicy juice. Really sucked. Only thing worse than this is the Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks jslot38. Small light pink head atop clear pink-red body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some sourness. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, berry, light funk. Light-medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Really lacking in any brett character. Seems to get the little acidity it has from lactobacillus. Rather thin and bland, some decent cherry notes.


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