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Samuel Smith
Brewed at All Saints Stamford

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Bottle: Pasteurised;
Also known as Organic Raspberry Handcrafted Fruit Ale
A product of England this is an ale brewed with raspberry juice and natural flavours added. Brewed at All Saints in Stamford Lincolnshire and blended and bottled at Samuel Smith’s Brewery. The 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. This beer is blended with pure organic raspberry fruit juice and a previously cellared 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a medium to dark red almost a cranberry in color with an average sized (1-2 finger) fizzy pink head that dissipated quite quickly and had fair lacing. The aroma was extremely strong with the scent of Raspberry’s and had a mild sweet yeast odor to it and not much else. It tasted moderately sweet and slightly malty with a nice dose of Raspberry from beginning to end with a hint of yeast at the finish that left the flavor lingering on the taste buds for a nice long time after the swallow. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and slightly watery in texture yet had a dry feel to it at the finish with a nice lively carbonation. Overall kind of a sweet brew with a lot of flavor, but it is more like Lambic than a Fruit Beer. Although it might be quite tasty mixed with a dry stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3219) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
550 ml bottle, given to me as a Christmas gift by my wife. SC2311 marked on the neck of the bottle. Pour is hazed ruby red and brown with a fluffy three inch off white and slight pink head. Falls slowly. Aroma of fresh raspberry puree and cinnamon, with some spice yeastiness behind that. Nice and fresh fruit. Taste is the raspberry puree of the nose, bright and fresh like the nose but much sugar sweetness than nose suggested. The yeast picks up with the cinnamon in the back along with some subdued raspberry tartness. Clean and fresh. Palate is a bit syrupy, though has enough carbonation to lift the sweetness some. Overall a clean and refreshing fruit beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle/.5L - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a very small pinkish head that fades to almost nothing. Aroma is incredibly strong of raspberries... sweet, tart and very fruity. This is more like a raspberry soda than a beer, but good...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGuyPerez (106) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark red with no head to speak of. Aroma was raspberries, and so was the taste. Very enjoyable all around but didn’t really taste like "beer". Then again, this is the first I’ve had of this style. I’ll have to rate again when I’ve sampled more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bomber (2009) into a pint glass. Pours a deep red, almost purple. The aroma is fruity and sour with tons of raspberry flavor and a bit of malt and hop. Not bad for what it is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle:   Heavy red tinted amber, fairly clear, moderate spritzy pink hued head, spotty lacing.   Nice raspberry aroma.   Reminds me of New Glarus, but not as over the top.   Wow, quite the Raspberry flavor.   Doesn’t seem artificial, its a little tart, a little sweet.  This is not your average fake fizzy stuff.   Very much like a softer version of New Glarus’ Raspberry Tart.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Has a bit of perfume like floralness on the backside.   Enjoyed this one more than I thought.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Sampled on 12/6/2009. This fruit beer pours a dark reddish (raspberry) color from a 550ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is raspberry, malt and sweet. A medium bodied fruity beer. The malts are raspberry, fruity and semi-sweet. There is a touch of tartness here. Again there is some malt in the background, but the fruit flavor dominate. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle via the rip and run. Expected semi murky pinkish red, Thin thin film with carbonation lily pads. Nose of you guessed ti...raspberry. Body is light plus and tart...duh. sweet tones abound in finish. A lighter version of Lindemans lambic without the cork.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2009
I visited Melbourn in Stamford back when it was independent of Samuel Smith, but I was reasonably pleased to see it picked up by Samuel Smith, if only because it offers the possibility of being more accessible. Say what you will, these can be very satisfying fruit beers. In this case, the raspberry notes are luscious and lingering, with the classic Melbourn smoothness in the palate (though there is some tingling carbonation, too) and a well balanced flavor profile. I had this with a chocolate truffle and it was an excellent way to finish the evening.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Remarks Thin foamy mild lace pink head.Clear dark bright purple red color.Huge raspberry floral fruit front.Slightly sour mild sweet surprisingly thick rich raspberry malt body.Dry sweet clean citrus spice crisp refreshing end.Over the top raspberry, but tasty.


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