GarrettB (1024) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
May 13th, 2011 - Well known for their dark beers and stouts, it’s rarer to find one of Samuel Smith’s fruit beers on the shelf. This is a somewhat sad state of affairs. Samuel Smith handles the fruit style with aplomb, demonstrating balance in skill and adaptability. The brew’s body is very dark purple and cloudy, almost magisterial, with slight hues of pink trailing from the beer and threaded throughout the foam. Fresh and flowery, the Organic Raspberries appear, though not as raspberries, but plying smells of thick strawberry jam and deep, ripe cherries. The mouthfeel is almost all carbonation and mineral water, and the fruit flavor makes me feel like I’m standing in the shallow end of the pool. This also reminds me Hansens’s soda, though not quite as unpleasant. The taste falls a little short, but after taking in the entire bottle, I think this is a satisfactory fruit beer, if a little light and ephemeral.
Mr_Pink_152 (650) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml from The Real Ale Store, Newark. Clear purple color, short to medium head. Slightly musty aroma, but a taste of sweet raspberry, Could be sickly is I hadn’t shared the bottle.
pkmd1 (23) - - AUG 21, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Red color, pink head, horrible cough medicine taste. First and last try of fruit beer. I love Sam Smith but I'll stick with nut brown and taddy porter
ATulloch (74) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle for Kirkwall bottle shop. Pours a ruby red with a thick frothy pink head which lasts. Aromas of raspberry, slight cherry and grassy hints. Nice bitter raspberry compot taste which sweetens near the end. Nice aftertaste.
Definitely to be enjoyed in the summer sun.
MayumiH (79) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark pink with creamy pink head. how pretty! Pretty much the same story as cherry one i had previously. Its like a raspberry fizzy juice but somehow its beer kind of beer.
MarcoDL (2145) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
@molen tasting. I don’t understand the high rating for this one. It’s an overly sweet artificial fruit that tastes like and even has the syrupy mouthfeel of lemonade. Also has a weird note of canned peas...
caesar (5059) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled @ de Molen tasting, small sample. Clear purple color, short to medium head. Big fruity aroma of raspberry, cherry pits, marzipan, slight funky tartness, sugar. Pretty sweet fruity flavor, just slight hint of tartness. A bit too sweet and a bit too artificial fruity stuff, but I like a small glass of this. A whole bottle would be way too much.
kermis (4950) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at the De Molen monthly tasting. Pours clear red with a small off white head. Aroma of artificial red fruit syrup, strawberry ice cream, McDonalds strawberry McBeer-shake. Flavor is light heavy sweet. Light bodied with light carbonation. A bit cack.
jmgreenuk (4258) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the De Molen second Tuesday tasting August 2014. Poured a clear dark read colour with a thin bubbly round head. The aroma is zesty raspberry citrus. Very boiled fruit sweet like. A little artificial. The flavour is strong sweet with a sticky sickly sweet milkshake explosion palate. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation. Not for me.
deanso (5194) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
very thin white head. Huge raspberry aroma. Clear red pour. Lots of taspberries in the taste. A bit too sweet. Better than I was expecting for a fruit beer.
dEnk (3788) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is huge raspberry, quite artificial, some other sweet fruits. Flavour is quite sweet, light tangy, huge raspberry, again a bit artificial. Okay.