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Samuel Smith
Brewed at All Saints Stamford

Style: Fruit Beer
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Flute, Shaker

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Handcrafted at Melbourn Brosí tiny brewery set in a time warp in Stamford using the old manually operated brewing equipment. finest organically grown barley and wheat are used to create a complex ale which having undergone primary and secondary fermentation with different yeasts and extended maturation, is taken to Samuel Smithís small, independent British brewery at Tadcaster. There it is blended with pure organic apricot fruit juice and a previously cellared organic brew - creating an unparalleled fruit ale. The smooth distinctive character of the matured ale serves as the perfect counterpoint to the pure organic fruit juice.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1226) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Poured a honey golden color with one finger tall head. Awesome apricot aromas with sugar candy notes. Medium sweetness. Light sour notes. Light carbonation. Nice apricot/peach notes. Not too artificial either. Love Samuel Smith beers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a three finger white shade. As it recedes, it leaves behind plentiful lacing on the glass. S: Apricots. Okay, there isnít much else to the aroma - but this singular quality is pulled off extremely well. I also notice a bit of cream and cherry esters, as well. T: Much like the nose, the flavor profile is pretty much an apricot bomb with only an augmenting cream note to break up the monotony. The general flavor profile is 90% sweet and 10% tart, but Iím really glad that it doesnít come off in an artificial manner, too. Simple? Yep. Sweet and not very beer-y? Of course. Enjoyable? Oh fuck yes. M: The texture is medium bodied and crisp. Some finishing dryness does a good job of scrubbing off any overdone syrupy-sweet linger - still, this one is pretty damn sweet on the back end. I donít really notice the carbonation because of the aforementioned sweetness. O: Admittedly, the sweetness means that that the first half of the bottle is more pleasurable/drinkable than the second half. Nonetheless, as a fruit beer, this one is hard to beat. I would absolutely buy this again.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (731) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bomber bottled poured a clear golden hue w/ thin white head. Light apricot aroma. Wonderful tart apricot flavor. Light bodied and light carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
hot damn boy howdy!! .. pours a deep yellow gold .. medium head, solid lacing .. . very pure apricot jam flavour .. . such a brave chin ball boy! .. . a great beer, sam smiths was a gateway beer and they continue to impress me .. . . .
sometimes the new girl does things the old girl wouldnít, so thatís nice.
her eggs are better, her bacon crunchy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle from Gardiner & Haskins, Bristol. Pale amber with a slight white head and moderate carbonation. Light arma of apricot, peach juice and a hint of lemon zest, with a trace of rustic yeast. Flavour had some sweetish fruit juice to start, before some more substantial malts, and then a dryish finish which left some tannins in the mouth. Avoided being syrupy, which is commendable. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (411) - SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2013
Nearly-clear, orange beer which is quite lively. Aroma is strong apricot. Taste is a sharp, slightly sour apricot flavour and something else (almost a toasted malt undercurrent but Iím not sure if thatís what it is) with the almost pickle-y apricot flavour being what lingers. Very crisp and refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pours a hazy orange with a 1 finger, creamy eggshell head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is heavy on the apricot, some toast and tree fruit. Flavor is pretty heavy with apricot, some tart apple, toast, floury wheat, a nice, tart apricot note toward the finish along with lingering toast and light citrus notes. Excellently creamy mouthfeel, with a fittingly sharp, but fairly light carbonation and nice, fruity acidity, neutral to dry, but juicy finish. Really nice palate. Overall surprisingly good beer. I honestly wasnít expectiong much, since I am not a huge fan of apricots, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4034) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Good bottle, standard Sam Smith throwback label; foggy gold. Pleasantly sour, pickled apricot aroma. Sweet and tart, you can almost feel the fuzzy apricot skin on your tongue, lightly bitter. Medium body, medium tangy finish. Thanks, LuckyDog.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Neck is stamped SJ18L1.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy amber to dark orange with a frothy white head that has decent retention and settles into a thick coating on the top of the body.
Aroma: The aroma is lively, lots of apricot aroma ranging from tart to sweet, perhaps even a touch acetic. This smells wonderful.
Taste: This is lovely. The intro is sweet and fruit with the apricot which provides the main flavor here. The finish has a light tartness to it, with very mild vinegar notes.
Palate: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.
Overall: This is the apricot version of Duchess de Bourgonge. I greatly enjoy this, itís a pleasant surprise!

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (2740) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle at Brighton Travelodge from Trafalgar wines
slightly hazy mid amber with rich apricot, slightly earthy nose. Sweet apricot, slightly tart, medium carbonation, long tart apricot finish. Is what it says it is but a bit too ott for me.


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