Tmoney99 (14976) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Draft in snifter at Dilly Deli. 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.
deyholla (12281) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap at Founders. Poured red with an orange hue and an off-white head. Aroma has a strong alcohol note with cherries, very cherries jubilees-esque. The sweet cherries combine well with the alcohol note, a bit of tartness towards the finish. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Growler sample at the Founders tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 2/11/10. Pours clear red with a medium pink head. Dank and winey nose with bourbon and cherry notes. Flavor is quite the departure from the nose, with lots of sweet cherry and bourbon coming through with a creamy finish. Tasty and waaaaay better than the non-barrel Cerise. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft on tap at Tribes (Mokena, IL). I’ve hunted this beer for a year and a half since my first visit to the brewpub and it was freshly sold out. Pours a glowing reddish glow, some brownish and fiery orange, murky. Beautiful layered lacing stays very nice. Huge tannish rusty head sits atop and laces well. Aromas are cherries, sweet and lightly tart, touches of vanilla and wet oak, faint spirit. Mellow, touches of biscuits and toffee. Initial is a mellow sweetness, cherries and a touches of tartness. Rusty tannins, some warming bourbon spirit, light as the fruity nature of the beer asserts itself. Not sugary sweet, but genuine cherry sweetness. Touches of biscuits and bready malts, more cherry tannins, tart with just a touch of vinegar. Natural, light bourbon spirit and wet oak. Refreshing, nothing cloying. A heavier hitter ABV-wise though. Tasty. Finish is cherry, light spirit, and a good deal of mellow oak. Nice vyvvy (6732) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Pours reddish-orange with a light haze and small white head. The aroma is initially bourbony, but subsequent whiffs give more cherry and maple sweetness & eventually everything blends to a unique rich cherry flavor. Medium / full body that starts smooth and silky with a good amount of prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with a smoothness from the bourbon, but that taste doesn’t overpower the rest. There are cherries with maple smoothing out the tartness and makes it quite rich. The finish has some phenolic spice and lingering maple cherry taste. Great unique beer experience.
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
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.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011 HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Draft at founders. Big red pour with a sugary white head. Aroma of strong cherries, confectioners sugar, strong alcohol and maybe a touch of caramel. Flavor is strong, alcoholic cherry and a bit of vanilla alcohol burn. Maybe a bit of oak. Honestly, couldnt tell this was in a bourbon barrel until I saw it here. Seemed more like a strong cherry ale, but with a nice body that kept everything together. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
On tap at Founders brewpub. Cherry red with next to no head. Aroma is very tart with cherry, mild spices, fruit peels and alcohol. Somewhere between a fruit beer and a sour ale, and probably my favorite fruit beer out there. It’s mostly cherry and spices at first with a mouth puckering and tartness that I enjoy. After it warms up a bit the oak/varnish/tannins come into play. Pretty damn good. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
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. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Draft at founders... Pours a semi-transparent red rasperry with a thin frothy white head... Aroma of sweet confection, brown sugar and maple with obvious cherry and red fruit notes. Some added vanilla notes... Flavors are sweet with maple/vanilla with cherry flavors. Not too tart and mostly sweet. Nice but wouldn’t be able to handle more than a few.