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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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.

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2.5
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Cloudy, ruby red color. Good start to the head but it settles to a half covered film of minute bubbles. Thus, no real lace, just some spots. Smells like a cross between a Sweettart sourness and a children’s aspirin. Rather appealing, but certainly not conventional. Harsher attack of dry sourness--right up front on the tongue. The alcohol is also up front and more powerful than anticipated. The cherry is very sour but quite muted. There’s a surprisingly sweet finish with a very quick finish and nearly no aftertaste. Good body. Overall, this is an unusual beer that is worth trying just to experience the unusual flavors.

3.4
dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours red as can be , with a thick white head with a red tint. Smells of sugary syrup and cherries along with some jolly rancher. Tastes like cherries, cranberry, and jolly rancher. Miserable example of "kriek", but tastey over-all.

3.3
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2010
This beer smells exactly like black cherry Kool-Aid, exactly. The color is cherry cough syrup red. It smells a little cough syrup as well. No funk to be found. It tastes like a black cherry soda almost, mixed with beer. no funk, no wood, no sour, disappointing. The stonybrook red was a better beer in my opinion. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-01-2010 02:38:08

2.8
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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
BDR (2535) - 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.

3.8
Beaver (1846) - 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
BeerandBlues2 (13810) - 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
swoopjones (7020) - 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
EricE (1372) - 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
GT (10017) - San Diego, 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.


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