Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Founders Brewing Company: Cerise Cherry Ale

Cerise Cherry Ale
235 Grandville SW
Grand Rapids, MI
20. Fruit Beer

Aroma: (10/12)
Sweet Cherry aroma, not an artificial one
from extracts.  Hop aroma is absent as should 
be. Fruity esters.

Appearance: (3/3)
Bright red hue with a little haze. Slight red 
head, that persists over time.

Flavor: (18/20)
A really nice tart cherry flavor! A great 
balance of cherries, malt and yeast, that 
isn't too sweet; very smooth! Subdued hops.  
No real lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: (5/5)
Extremely smooth, almost creamy.  High 
carbonation level, which adds to taste.

Overall Impression: (9/10)
An almost perfect marriage of fruit and beer.
Cherry flavor is not too sweet.  Extremely
pleasant and probably the best example of
a fruit beer that I've had - together with 
New Glarus' Raspberry Tart.

TOTAL: 45/50

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