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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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New York

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass. Bottled 05/24/2012, poured 01/11/2013

Appearance: The color is unique right off the bat, a really light red amber (or dark pink) color that is very transparent. Very few bubbles on the body with a subtle head that is a white-pink color maybe 1/4".

Smell: Has a strong fruit scent, disapears quick through. Smells strong of cherries and

Taste: Holy cherries, It's defintely a sweet beer but definitely not like soda more like a champagne. Light bitterness to it with a strong feeling of fruit

Mouth: Like some champagnes comes off a touch dry. Medium body, after taste is a light light sour.

Overall: Definitely exceeded my expectations, I don't normally lean towards fruit beers sometimes because I think it takes the "manliness" away. This brew is feels like a belgian ale with the wrong label. Would I buy it again, of course though now that i found out that it's retired, would be a little harder. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:22:02 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at The Beer Store in Southampton - an excellent establishment with an incredible selection and very helpful staff!

Appearance was orange, amber, transparent; what you’d if you combined grapefruit and cherry juice. 2 finger head with little bit of retention.

Smell was the weakest part here, as it was not particularly strong, but the cherries and fruits were evident.

Taste: Cherries, not too sweet, good tartness. The sweetness is reminiscent of pear, the tartness is all cherries and grapefruit. So drinkable, and the tartness just flows with an incredible Lambic-like refreshment. Sweetness increases with temperature, but never dominates. Personal preference: drink it before it gets too sweet.

Medium bodied feel with light carbonation, very pleasant.

Very happy to have a whole growler of this. Not comparable to an unfiltered Belgian kriek as far as my taste for cherry beers, but a very drinkable cherry. Founders wins again!

Serving type: growler

08-25-2011 21:23:25 | More by BeerBean
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy orange-red color with a half-finger light red head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart and mildly sweet cherries with just a hint of malt aromas peeking through. As the beer warms the cherry aromas take over even more than they already had.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The cherry flavors are a bit darker but the same light tartness is still there. Ending is a bit on the sweet side and lingers for a small while.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer is what it is. A solid cherry beer. Worth a shot if you're in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:53:52 | More by glid02
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jnnv4 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale has a cherry look to it, like the sweet sugary brine in a maraschino cherry jar. The darker red color doesn't render the ale opaque though, allowing it to be translucent. A thin band of head is all that ever came out of the bottle.

S: A dash of natural cherry, sweet and sour and all, is all that the ale offers up.

T: The nose is a little light, but the first sip yields a pretty hefty dose of cherry. The flavor is sweet with just a bit of natural sourness. Sugary sweetness laps at the taste buds on every sip. The biscuity malt doesn't stand a chance.

M: A Quelque Chose lite. The sweet cherry lacks the nuance but doesn't skimp on the fruit.

D: My fourth bottle and it hasn't let me down yet. The cherry is full, not in the sickly sweet way, but in the natural, gamey way.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:41:17 | More by akorsak
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red in color with no head at all on the pour. Plenty of carbonated bubbles around the edges, and racing up the side of the glass. Smell is all cherries. Very sweet and sugary cherries. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, ripe cherries. I kind of like the lack of being highly carbonated. This could be quite possibly the easiest drinking beer I've ever come across. You could really put this away without even thinking about it. I would like a few other flavors to make it a bit more complex, but this is what it is. Decent spring/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 18:23:55 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The overall appearance of this brew is an amber/pink. This is what you would expect of a drink based on cherries. It is a good session drink. However, as it warms up, the aftertaste and mouth feel is degraded by the sourness of the brew. In my opinion fruit flavored beers are either hit or miss. But, I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 03:07:51 | More by Domokaru
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium reddish/pinkish color with an average sized, frothy, pinkish head. Aromas of cherries. Tastes of cherries, cherry pie, pie crust, and bready. On the sweeter side with a lighter tart, cherry finish (but definitely leans towards the sweeter side). Pinkish lacing left on the glasss.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 17:12:05 | More by hopdog
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A pinkish red color with little pinkish white head. Beer can be seen through as bubbles stick all over the glass.

S- Strong scent of cherries and a sugar sweetness. Malt comes through but the tart cherries dominate the smell.

T- Sweet cherries rush in as it fades to a dominate tart cherry flavors and bits of sour notes. Sugary sweetness and maybe some crystal malt available in the flavor as well.

M- Relatively thin mouthfeel, but moving towards medium thin. Decent carbonation leaves this one refreshing.

D- Sweetness of this beer makes it a little difficult to have more than a couple. That being said, a great dessert beer that pairs great with chocolate covered fruits.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 00:06:59 | More by Lolli1315
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus, first time I've seen it. In retrospect this seems a bit too pricy for this beer, but I do like most things from Founders so it seemed like good odds. The beer is reddish-orange color, very clear, with a thin sticky white head. The beer smells a little like cherry pie, I get some cinnamon and cherries and maybe a little fresh bread out of this. I think the taste is OK for what it is, but fruit beers are usually not my thing. Sweet upfront and a little tart in the aftertaste. Medium body and easy drinking (so long as you like cherry pie). Not to be purchased again by me, unlike other Founders beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 21:36:16 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured Cerise into snifter. Served chilled.

A - Somewhat cloudy light red with small pinkish head.

S - Tart cherries.

T - Tart cherries. Refreshing and tasty.

M - Decent body, yet good carbonation for a fruity summer ale. Refreshing- not cloying at all.

O - Nice change from my usual dark ales. Not Blushing Monk quality, but a good beer. Similar, but better that a 'cooler.' Nothing bad to say. Worth a try for this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:15:24 | More by Jade
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a stemless wine glass,this beer is almost pink,looks similar to a rose.overall looks nice.

smell is of tart cherries,cinnamon,a little bit of pie crust.palate is tart cherries and biscuity malt.reminds me of drinking cherry pie.

mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate.overall this is a really good fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:19:09 | More by wyattshotmaker
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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. Looks great but smells like Coors light. It has a weird musty smell. Not so great. But it tastes pretty nice. It has a very juicy cherry flavor, followed by some grain. Goes down smooth.

If only this was sour mashed, it would add the perfect Kick. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 06:13:10 | More by raynmoon
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-26-2013 00:49:51 | More by OhioBobcat
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-09-2012 04:30:12 | More by heddar33
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-19-2012 00:54:18 | More by 40451
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-20-2013 18:31:07 | More by JakerLou
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-04-2013 13:53:57 | More by NoetheMatt
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-16-2012 18:18:45 | More by xdefeatsy
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-05-2012 23:40:00 | More by jminch
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled 05/15/12.

A: Pours a bright red with a 1 finger pinkish white head. Fairly opaque but you can still see some carbonation. Head stick around for a while, leaves a hint of lacing.

S: First I get some over-ripened sweet fruits, obviously cherry, but also apple, peach and plum. An earthy aroma as well possibly from the yeast.

T: First taste is slightly sour as my taste buds adjust, cherry is what comes through the most. After my mouth adjusts you can see this certainly has beer like qualities. A nice change from other fruit dominated ales.

M: Medium to full bodied with lower than expected carbonation. A little sticky but overall easy drinking.

Overall good for the summer but not something I would want to drink all day. Even Founders struggles with this difficult style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 19:59:59 | More by CloudStrife
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-07-2013 13:33:52 | More by crackshot
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glows an orange-tilting red color, bubbles working themselves up through the liquid extremely slowly. This head isn't huge or anything, but it's pink, if a washed-out looking pink. A pretty, delicate looking beer.

Very little aroma detected, just an extremely faint hint of cherries. Not gonna score it low because there's nothing off or offensive here, it's just hardly there.

Flavor is a really big blast of sour cherries up front, and there's a sweet grainy sort of essence here that for some silly reason reminds me of the subtle flavor of graham crackers or those artificial-colored cream wafers. The sweetness doesn't last too long, while the sourness turns into a tart ghost of flavor in the finish. And, as with many fruit beers of this type, I find that the back of the sip and finish brings on a plastic-y sort of vibe.

Smooth in the mouth, with some tingly bubbles giving it shape, although maybe just a little less aggressive carbonation would be better. For all the tartness, Cerise only puckers the mouth up very mildly, but it's there.

This is a full-flavored fruit beer that I found easy to enjoy; nothing to sneeze at just because it's a "fruit beer." Wouldn't be a daily pick for me, but this is probably better than most in its category because, you know, Founders rules.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 17:24:24 | More by Metalmonk
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-01-2012 05:00:32 | More by Oboogie
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-11-2012 17:01:15 | More by danp14
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-26-2012 05:33:35 | More by cliff1066
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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