Friday, August 12, 2011

Founders Cerise

Yes Founders actually made a FRUIT BEER (actually, they've made a few of them). I found this bottle when I was in New Jersey a few weeks ago. Fellow BeerTuber Max Spang of saw that I got this beer and said he'd love to review it with me via Skype. Since he's in Ohio and has easy access to Founders I'd consider him very knowledgable when it comes to their beers. So let's see if Founders can do a fruit beer well.

P.S. Be sure to check out the "Interview With A Craft Beer Enthusiast" I conducted with Max on my Chad9976 channel here:

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, USA - AUG 11, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pink blush hue with slight orange/copper shade. Very clear, little carbonation noticeable. Forms a pinkish/white soapy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild aroma of cherry pie with wheaty/grainy backbone.

Taste: Although mild up front, Founders Cerise finishes with a tasty, sweet, and seemingly authentic flavor of real cherries and a kiss of maple syrup. Most fruit-themed beers are just pale wheat ales with "natural flavoring" and taste more like cough medicine or candy than beer, but this is the real deal. While not very complex overall, Cerise contains a very tasty finish. The label indicates this beer is brewed with cherry puree which gives it a sweet, almost syrup-like taste, akin to cherry topping you might put on your pancakes. The sweetness is well-balanced to remain tasty without becoming cloying. By far the most pleasing, most authentic-tasting fruit ale I’ve ever had (aside from a Belgian lambic).

Mouthfeel: Light to medium thickness, soft, low carbonation. Minor tart aftertaste.

Drinkability: With plenty of flavor and a smooth delivery, it’s difficult not to chug Cherise straight down. It’s amazing this beer weighs in at 6.5% ABV, as it drinks and feels like all those other fruity wheat brews that are less than 5%. A great beer to have with cherry cheesecake or any fruity dessert or AS dessert itself.

Overall, Founders Cerise is an impressive beer for what it’s able to do with a fairly simple palate. It’s so unlike the rest of the Founders lineup, but it doesn’t surprise me this brewery can make a fruit beer this good.

Grade: 8/10

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