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Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, MI

Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 6.5%

Jill’s Rating:
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This week Eddie came over to my desk, plunked down a couple of bottles of Cerise, grumbled something about his masculinity, and shuffled off. I wasn’t quite sure why a beer would make him feel less masculine—I mean, he lives in his parents’ basement by choice, not because the economy’s bad—but whatever. It’s not like we have such a masculine working environment either, even with a guy-heavy staff. If you saw Nigel flitting about in his kilt, you’d know what I mean.

Anyway, if Eddie didn’t want this cherry-fermented ale, that was fine by me. Now that it’s finally spring, I can rejoice in all of the summer styles hitting the market. Kicking it off with Cerise was the perfect way to start the season.

When I poured it, I understood what Eddie could’ve meant by this not being the most masculine beer. It pours pink. Even the head has a pink tone to it. From the looks of it, I was a little worried this might be a little too much like cough syrup, but the nose was soft. That test passed, I went for taste. Smoothness like I couldn’t believe. Even though this sucker is really pink, it doesn’t have an overwhelming cherry taste. The cherries add a complexity that makes the beer taste both sweet and sour. It’s fruity, yes, but the fruit smooths out the beer a bit so that there’s not much bitterness to the ale. This makes the beer go down smoothly—maybe a little too smoothly, seeing as how I was quickly raiding Eddie’s beer fridge to see if he had any more he was hiding from me.

I loved this beer because it did fruit right. The fruit wasn’t front and center on the palate. It didn’t fight with the ale for prominence—it blended with the ale to create its own taste. Even though I do like a good fruit flavor in my beer, the mastery of this blending is really what a good fruit beer should taste like.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on May 14, 2009.
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