Founders Newaygo County Cherry | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by adamette on 10-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear red with minimal head. Smell is prominent cherries, with nice bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. Also a faint sweetness in the aroma. A nice cherry tartness up front, followed by smooth vanilla and oaky bourbon notes. After the initial sips, a sweetness becomes more apparent and a little overwhelming over time. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sticky, thought the carbonation help brighten it and prevent it from feeling heavy. As with most fruit beers, one is enough and a smaller serving is preferable, but this is enjoyable and would make a nice dessert or night cap.

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Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taken--by me, by force, almost uncomfortably sexually--at Dark Lord Day. I never, ever would have guessed its ABV to be much higher than 4.0%.

Pours a reddish yellow. Not the bright, candied cherry of Wisconsin Red, but reasonably close to cherry puree.

Smells like cherries and vanilla, like some kind of goddamn wonderful smoothie with absolutely no hint of alcohol.

And... that vanilla taste was from bourbon aging? Hot damn! This is the least bourbony bourbon-aged beer I've ever had, though. Instead of imparting a burny whiskiness, as the process usually does, it instead adds a robustness to the cherry and vanilla melange, making it have the delicious punch of a jelly while maintaining the quaffable medium-body of a beer.

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Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Dark Lord Day 2011. It was a golden color with a little bit of a pink tinge and a surprising bourbon/vanilla/oak smell. I loved it because that lovely boozey bourbon takes center stage sandwiched between a genuine tart cherry beginning and end, but I can see that it wouldn't be for everyone. The body is also nice and sticky, giving the beer some real weight in the mouth. I would definitely seek this out again... a strong fruit beer that's not afraid to embrace alcohol!

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Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap during my first trip to founders...was one of my favorites from the trip.

A-Ruby colored...light to medium head...very nice looking.

S-Cherry smell all over the place while dancing with the scent of a nice bourbon...again..very nice.

T-First thing I got was cherry that progresses into the creaminess of the bourbon...then back to cherry...the two dominant flavors mesh quite well w/ one another. A nice sweetness to each other.

M-medium to medium high carbonation...a little dry.

D-high...I loved this beer while at founders b/c of the quality and taste...but also b/c of how unique it is...I had multiple pours and had I not wanted to sample other things would have had more.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.21/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours an odd reddish color with nice creamy head. Head has ok retention and leaves very little lacing.

S- Smells very sweet. I picked up the cherries right away and know I was in trouble. Also picked up a bit of booze and wood. Not a fan of cherries.

T- There it is the ultra sweet fake cherry taste that I hate. I can't really taste too much else here and not really picking up any booze at all.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- I couldn't finish my glass. I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cherry red with a soft light tan head that leaves good lacing.

Smells strongly of bourbon whiskey. The alcohol is very present in the nose but cherry is also something that can be picked up.

Wow, what a flavor! The cherry is a standout and bourbon is also present, but not overly done. It is surprising how well the alcohol is concealed in the flavor given how much it stands out in the nose!

Medium to light body. Likely thinned out from the ABV.

Great brew! Worth paying the price.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a taster glass at the Haymarket Founders event.

Appearance: Newaygo has a full cherry color and a nice tan head that fades to a ring, leaving a bit of lace.

Smell: Cherry mostly, with touches of maple and oak. Pale malt, tart apple skin, and white grape provide a bit of support.

Taste: Quick pale malt, then mildly sweet tart cherries. A hit of brown sugar and vanilla. Mostly sour with some sweet spots and an oak overlay. It stays sour through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. A little bit dry, which makes it feel lighter than it is. Some puckering effects.

Drinkability: Quite tasty. I like how the barrel aging interacts with the tartness.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Copper/burnt amber color that's a little cloudy bit a bit of head.

S - Overly sweet cherry smell and sugar, wrapped in a lot of bourbon. Lots of wood and vanilla.

T - This tastes like an overly sweet cherry beer with a dollup of brandy and a lot of vanilla and wood. While quite flavorful, it is much too sweet for my liking and a bit sugary.

M - Very sugary and thick, a lot of carbonation.

D - Too sweet to the point of hard to drink. Not horrible, but the overt sweetness made it hard to get through my four ounce pour.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Haymarket. 4oz pour in a stange.

A - Served with a half-finger of persistent white foam that settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a hazed copper color.

S - Bourbon, oak, maple, vanilla, and some faint cherries. As it warms up a little bit of caramel malt character emerges.

T - The taste is heavy on vanilla and maple, with some tart and sweet cherry pie and sugary malt in in there as well.

M - Sticky, chewy, medium-full body. Light tannic and sticky finish. Not much overt alcohol heat.

D - This was pretty solid, but I think 4oz is the appropriate serving size. It's very sweet and would become cloying if it were served in 12oz bottles.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz sample at haymarket Founders Tapping event.

Appearance: Clear redish orange color with a whitish head.

Smell: sweet cherries & some wood.

Taste: sweet and tart cherries. very well balanced. crisp taste initially that turns slightly boozey as it warms. Some oaky and earthy flavors here too.

Mouthfeel: lively carbonation without being to much.

Drinkability: nice drinkablity. Strong flavor without overpowering your palate.

Overall: great beer. reminds me of New Glarus Belgian Red but a much boozier version of it. I personally think i like it better that the New Glarus Belgian Red.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haymarket event- served in a taster glass

Appearance- Dark red almost glowing with a good 2 fingers of head.

Aroma- Bourbon booze and sweet cherry flavors linger.

Taste- Sweet cherry with a note of tart right upfront, think a good cheery pie that is balanced. The vanilla flavors from the oak come through in the middle. Overall a resiny finish.

Mouth- A bit cloying and mouth coating for my taste.

Drink- If I were eating a salad this would work. Overall a bit sweet for my taste.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket Pub & Brewery.

Reddish orange color, showing somewhat bright clarity but hazed in the light. Tight cap of white foam that laced nicely with broken arcs and spotty bits of sticky lace. Retention was good, I was surprised the foam stuck around until the end of the glass.

Deep unmistakable bourbon aroma, oak, vanilla, maple, brown sugar. Really nice and defined, though there's not a whole lot of cherry present in the nose.

Some tart cherry flavors bleed through, though a distant second to the bourbon notes. Oak, maple, and mild vanilla linger into the aftertaste. The cherry tartness and moderate carbonation scrub the palate, though the whiskey flavors do linger. Really enjoyed this, though it's more of a "one and done" for me. Wasn't overly boozy or sweet, despite the big bourbon presence. Would seek out again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders - December 29, 2010.

Pours a beautiful pinkish-red color with a slight tint of brown. Thin off-white head with decent retention and then falling into a thin collar. The nose is absolutely incredibly with loads of cherry plus really nice notes of bourbon and maple syrup. There's some booze in there, but certainly is not overwhelming and goes quite well in that it is somewhat like a bourbon-soaked cherry. The taste is similar but not quite as intense and the booze takes over a bit more. Not as much maple as in the nose. The feel is a bit boozy, though not too far in the wrong direction. Drinks really, really well and I would love to have this again. I love how Founders never ceases to amaze me as each time I go there I find another barrel-aged treasure.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Tribes Alehouse.
Served in a Bell's tulip.

A dark frothy pinkish red. Huge, thick, creamy monster 2 finger head. Looks great... Sadly, it starts to fall apart after that...

The smell is sweet. Cherries and booze-- brandy? Some oak notes come through too.

Taste has a sweet liquor and cherry note that comes off as medicinal-- like cough syrup. It tries too hard for my taste-- I like my fruit beer simple and tasty. The aging has dried it out on the finish, allowing the booziness to really come out at you.

The mouthfeel is nice- creamy and thick. Good carbonation.

This isn't horrible, but it isn't one that I'll be buying again.

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Photo of toledobeer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in perrysburg, ohio. Pours deep orange-red color with small white head. Smells like cherry and wood. Taste is tart cherries with alot of the barrel flavor in the finish. mouthfeel is definetly dry. Overall it's real nice. The only fruit beer I have ebert wanted more of.

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Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at founder's perrysburg tasting

Poured into a pint with a thin white head and a mahogany color with lots of carbonation.

I had no idea what to expect on the smell but it was quite pleasant. Lots of cherries, bourbon and oak.

Tastes very tart with a zinfandel taste followed by a very strong bourbon blast as well as some woodiness to it.

A little tart but not to bad in the mouth. Very drinkable though. This went down very fast but was quite rich. Not sure how many I could have but a real nice fall beer.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders.

A_Bright red with a thin white head. Not much lacing.

S_Whoa. Tons of bourbon and not much else.

T_Surprised how balanced the taste is compared to the nose. Tart cherry,bourbon,and a touch of maple. Kind of sour.

M_Thin, crisp,and dry. Good carbonation.

D_Wouldn't want to drink a ton but a good beer to finish off the night with or after dinner.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey

A: nice rich frothy 2 finger head in tulip glass fades slowly with Belgian style fluffy and chunkage, and leaves a nice lacing on the sides. Hazy rosy flemish red colored beer with a slight glow.

N: Lots of oak and bourbon in there, mostly behind the sweet cherry. Lots of bourbon and vanilla which starts to come towards the front, with some woody esthers. On top of that is a sweet semi sour cherry fruit aroma with a slight tangy and slightly creamy aroma too. A touch of rustic toasty malts. Gives me the feel of sticking my nose in a used bourbon cask with some cherries in it.

T: Starts pretty sweet with a slight malty taste but pretty sweet malts. Quite a sweet cherry with that, somewhat like a very upscale version of a Maraschino cherry. It has a touch of booze to the taste and a little more oak but not as much as the nose had. Some bourbon and quite a bit of vanilla complement that. THen a very slight sour tangy flavor with a hint of vinegar, and mostly a sour cherry candy flavor like a sour cherry loli-pop. It also gets a little boozier on both the nose and taste as it warms.

M: Med to lighter body with decent but lower than expected carbonation.

F: Semi dry but thought it would have gotten drier than this, as it leaves a little lingering syrupy sweetness. A lot more bolotin cherry on the finish, which is interesting as the initial taste was more sweet cherry and the finish shifts completely to bolotin. With that adds a touch of sour fruit and somewhat like cough syrup. A little oak and vanilla fades quickly leaving mostly a flemish feel with all the bolotin cherry.

Overall a little too sweet and syrupy, the bourbon comes through nicely with the oak, wood, and vanilla. I also like how it has that sweet upscale Maraschino cherry to start and finishes with Bolotin cherry.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this beer was amazing, I feel like it should be served with an umbrella and a pineapple wedge.

A- Pours a bright pink color with a fluffy just-off white head with a slight pink tinge to it.

S- Very pungent aroma of tropical fruit and cherry. Sweet, sweet, sweet with notes of black cherry, banana, papaya, and pear.

T- Similar to the aroma. Very sweet with tropical fruit notes. The dominant fruit notes are sweet cherry, banana, pear, and tart cherry. There's also some notes of papaya, guava, pineapple, graham cracker, and vanilla. The taste isn't as tart as I was expecting and probably could have used a little more tartness for balance, but definately a nice dessert beer.

M- Big and sticky with no noticeable alcohol at all.

D- Went down like a strawberry daiquiri.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured reddish brown color and an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart cherry fruit and sweet wood aroma. Medium body with with a smooth rich texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy tingly tart cherry flavor with a medium to heavy tart cherry and barrel finish of moderate to long duration. Refreshing complex change of pace standout fruit beer.

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Photo of chaz01
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a special Founders tasting at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Served in a snifter glass.

A: pinkish, light red in color with light head.

S: Wonderful bourbon flavored cherries. Compared to the Black Biscuit, the bourbon was a little more subtle, but still present.

T: Definite cherry flavor, but not so much as the Cerise, with maple and bourbon flavors toning down the cherry flavor a bit. Not as tart as you might expect from a cherry flavored beer, but a nice sweetness. Bourbon and cherry flavors linger for a rich finish.

M: Well carbonated, full bodied.

D: Certainly not a session beer, but surprisingly drinkable as the sweetness and cherry flavors were mellowed out a bit by the bourbon. I enjoyed a second glass

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Photo of jrallen34
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at NotB into a tasing glass.

The beer pours a light murky gold with a light pink hint to it. The head is light pink but is gone quickly with poor lacing.

The aroma is light cherry with a little syrup to it making it kind of creamy.

The taste and feel are what start to kill this beer for me. It is way to sweet like pure syrup but oddly it was way too overcarbonated. It feels like a french sparkling water. This beer has some potential but its not there yet.

Re-review - had this on tap at Haymarket, much improved, didn't change my notes, but changed the score.

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had thisone on tap at the brewery. I was able to bring home some "Cerise", so thisone would be a good one to start with. I was correct and it suprised me as well.

Served in a large snifter glass. It appears light red with a thin quarter inch pink head. First pink head for me.

The aroma of tart fruit, fresh picked cherries or crab-apple like.

Sweet but well balanced tartness with overall cherry with a citric hint of acid of grapefruit. Candy-like sugar and alcohol can be noted.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Well carbonated to soften the what appears to be a full bodied beer. Nice as a sipper or a desert brew.

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Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip at the Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Poured a really nice murky red with a pinky head that retains decently. Light lacing is left on the bar glass. Smell is the only weak thing for me. Smells liko spiced cherries and malts for me, not strong enough for me. Taste is pretty awesome. Tastes of AMAZING cherries, lemon peel acidity, maple syrup huge sweetness, wood and citrus. This beer is amazing for a cherry taste, fresh, high quality cherries. Mouthfeel suits the beer pretty well. Moderate body with good carbonation, no warming and a massive coat of sweet and sour cherries and wood. Drinkability is good, I really like the taste but it will get old after a bit. The cherries and sweetness are too huge to session. I really dig Founders.
4.5 3.5 4.5 4.0 3.5

EDIT 05/18/10: On at Armsby Abbey. Appearance is great with the dark pink color and frothy lace. Head isn't amazing but its a bar and aged beer. Much more oakey, in the nose (especially) and taste than I recall. Cherries are immaculately balanced between sweet and tart and blend fantastically with oak in flavor. The sweets make it a sipper but one glass is cherry heaven. MF is pretty creamy and consistency is like juice. Some warmth on the palate. Best fruit beer I have ever had.
4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0 4.0

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Photo of atremains
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the sunset grill in boston. Pours a dark amber honey with a 1 finger head that recedes to a ring around the beer. No lacing and carbonation is not visible. Overall a nice looking beer. Smell is hard to understand. Maybe I'm
just not well versed in the fruit beer category but it smells like a mixed drink to me. The cherries and maple sweetness are detctable to me. The taste is huge on cherries sugar maple and the oaky maple flavors. Very sweet. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and the carbonation is well balanced. Somewhere between a lambic and dry stout. A dessert beer in my opinion but not overwhelming.

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Founders Newaygo County Cherry from Founders Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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