Newaygo County Cherry | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cerise (our classic Cherry Ale) aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels.

Added by adamette on 10-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by GGRECH:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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 warnerry
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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 beersampler6
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasty and refreshing beer sampled on tap at Founders. Nice golden color with minimal head and just a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells of cherry, caramel and a little bourbon. Tastes of cherry, biscuit malt, caramel and a hint of hops. The bourbon taste is very mild. No bitterness and no cloying cough medicine feel. Smooth mild mouthfeel and good amount of carbonation. I expected more bourbon character but was pleasantly surprised that the cherry taste was restrained.

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Photo of beerhan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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 AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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 AleWatcher
2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 crashdavisinoh
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JDizzle
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of sweemzander
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tap pour at Founders

(A)- Pours a pale red color that produced a minimal white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Mountains of sweet candied cherries. Hints of vanilla creme.

(T)- Loads of tart yet ridiculously sweet cherries that have a mild vanilla creme-thing that reminds me of a cherry sundae.

(M)- Ridiculously sweet stuff. Good carbonation level. Geez this is like drinking candy almost!

(D)- A serious dessert sipper or apertif beverage where you only consume small amounts. Not high abv, just crazy sweet! Has a great tartness that tries to balance out the sweetness, but doesnt fulfill that. Reminds me of a less great/more sweet/candied New Glarus Belgian Red.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Newaygo County Cherry from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 50 ratings