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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1389
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a growler of this at mari's 6 pack.
I poured it from the growler it has a nice dark rose color body wiht no head or lace to it. The smell is of light cherries and sugar with some grain coming through.
The taste is up front sweet like cherries with the malt character coming on the back of the tonge. The sweetness stays the whole way through. The mouth feel is good, nice and smooth, carbonation is good. Overall a sweet and drinkable beer. I would want to session this but one once in a while for a change is good for me.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2012 02:10:21 | More by chefhatt
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BeerBean

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has perhaps the most beautiful color I have ever seen from a beer. It's crystal-clear medium amber with a hint of ruby. My beer glass looked like a precious gem with this beer inside of it. It had a nice white head that seemed to have just a slight bit of pink. I didn't detect much of a nose, just a whiff of flowers.

Very nice flavor that strikes a wonderful balance between malty-sweetness and fruity tartness. As the flavors develop across your palate, the tartness tends to dominate a little, but it's still nicely balanced. Tastes include cookies, toast, and cherries.

Very nicely done. Very flavorful without being overly sweet. Not the kind of think I would want to drink regularly, but something to reach for every once in a while.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 01:22:48 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of an in person trade with CooperEllis. Thanks! Split this with a friend while watching the Red Sox game. Poured directly into a nice pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange to light brown in color. Very nice two finger white head. No sediment in this brew at all.

Aroma: Tart cherries dominate. Some wheat in there as well. Slightly astrigent as well.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and tart cherries here. Not overpowering at all either. There's also some astrigency and some wheat, but they are definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel" Medium to light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Me and my friend killed off a growler of this. The 6.5% ABV is barely noticable and the crisp mouthfeel and light flavors make this very drinkable.

Overall, a nice surprise. Really enjoyed how crisp and refreshing this was for the summer. Certainly not the best beer I;ve had from Founders, but still really good.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2010 23:56:07 | More by Gosox8787
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cosmicevan

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler of this yesterday. Poured into Chimay chalice.

A - Poured clear a pinkish reddish color with slick lacing and overall wine cooler visual. The head was pink and frothy when poured into a unibroue tulip for my wife.

S - The nose was very soft. A bit of cherry a bit of vanilla, but not much else. Sweet and sour odor.

T - Cherry is in the front but very soft. Very much like drinking a blush wine.

M - Very juice like. Doesn't feel like beer at all. A bit sour and wine like.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Goes down like a fruit juice without much bite at all. Really enjoyed this one. My wife even went for a glass.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2010 00:02:08 | More by cosmicevan
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - reddish iced-tea color, pinkish cap is a bit watery but with some worthy legs of lace.

Aroma - tart cherry aroma, soft with an interesting cinnamon edge.

Taste - definitely a sweeter, almost cidery beer. A few metallic noted outta the gate. A nice tart bite on the swallow, Michigan cherries of course. Slightly oxidized on the aftertaste, but the sample is aged a little beyond what I would recommend. Still finishes tasty, tart, and dry.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, again reminiscent of a cider. Average body a good fit for the style.

Overall - good spring/summer beer, provided you like cherries. Not as stately as Quelque Chose, but certainly more sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:06:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Per label : "Malt Beverage brewed with cherry puree."

The aroma is a sweet cherry scent. Pours a headless rose red and slightly cloudy. Looks like a black cherry soda with less carbonation! The taste is more of a wine cooler than an ale! Cherry is bold and upfront, faint grain on the back. I noted a sediment on the bottom of bottle post pour. If this were a BMC brew it would be called a "malternative".
That being said, I liked it very much for what it is. A nice fruit flavored drink!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:07:05 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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raynmoon

California

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Cerise
On draft at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

Appearance: rose red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: grain and light cherry.

Taste: nice malt, pleasant cherry, and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very pleasant brew. It is very smooth and the flavors mesh very well. It is a perfect summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 03:42:25 | More by megahurts4
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep cherry hue accompanies a champagne like fizzy head. The foam takes on a pale reddish coloring and the color of this ale starts towards a purple.

The scent is a light cherry juice and a bit of malt. Entirely to weak to rate highly it is very nice and aromatic.

The flavor is a real cherry tartness with an earthy vibe. The flavor is a real cherry and not a store bought syrup. The beer is evident in a supporting malt flavor that lies just underneath.

The feel is fizzy with some exuberant carbonation by it makes the ale feel more alive.

I prefer Rubaeus, as I like raspberry more than cherry, but this is an excellent ale and a nice break from all the overly hop beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:43:51 | More by KYGunner
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archiebunkerjr

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer review! I have wanted to do this for a while and I wanted to review one of my favorites for my first review. My wife found a Founder's Cerise deep in the refrigerator that I didn't realize I had. As most of you already know, Founder's did not brew Cerise as a seasonal in 2013 due to the poor Michigan cherry crop in 2012. I hope they bring it back next year.

Appearance - cloudy ruby red. Very little head was produced from the pour and it slowly faded away in about 3 to 5 minutes. Man, I want to drink this beer on appearance alone!

Smell - what else? Nothing but cherries. I barely pick up some bread notes but only because I desperately try to detect anything but the cherries.

Taste - cherry dominates as is expected. I get all sweet cherry on the entry with only minimal sour cherry aftertaste. I couldn't taste that bread note that I smelled.

Mouthfeel - very light and smooth drinker. The sour cherry aftertaste left a tart dryness in my mouth. The dryness make me want that next drink even more.

Very very easy to drink. I could knock down several Founder's Cerise and not think twice about it. It is one of my most refreshing beers to drink during the summer. I can't wait for Founder's to make Cerise once again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:53:52 | More by archiebunkerjr
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into Fullers goblet. Given to me by a friend who didn't care for the style. bottled on 6/6/12.

poured aggressively, nice head initially which dissipated to ring of foam. nice medium claret coloring. Clear

Smell was faintly cherry, no too strong at all.

Taste was initially tart, but finished on the sweet side. Goes down well in the warm weather.

Mouthful was fruity, medium. not cloying at all.

Overall, a nice beer on a hot day. Would wonder how it would taste fresh, but pleasant after a year in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:19:38 | More by MikeWard
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively into a standard pint glass produces a dark reddish brown and cloudy liquid with a well sustained, faintly pink, creamy looking head that subsides very slowly while leaving some very nice lacing.
Smell is faint with notes of malt, cherry cough syrup and floral, maybe gardenia.
Taste is a weird mix of the floral and cherry syrup with the malt very faint, not a main participant.
Medium bodied at best with a tingly effervescence, much like a lambic which is my best guess as to what they were aiming for. I like lambics, but I'm glad I only have two of these to drink. The overly artificial flavor/nose is depressing. Being from Michigan myself and aware of the heritage of cherry growing in the state, I really wanted to like this a lot but I can't honestly say I do. Finally a Founders beer I don't want more of.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 02:17:30 | More by PorterLambic
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downeyj4

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For a Fruit Beer, this is good. At the end of the day, it is still a fruit beer. It has a red hue to it and it tastes like cherries. If you want a beer, look for something else. If you love cherries, then you will love this. I'd definitely get it again, but I would have to be in the right mood (and also I would have to make sure that none of my friends would see me drinking it).

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 03:42:11 | More by downeyj4
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finstadp

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company is a great beer. The appearance is both red and murky. The aroma or flavor of the beer has strong notes of cherry which is obvious when looking at the name. The mouthfeel was very light and refreshing. The taste was light, bubbly fruity and sweet. I would strongly recommend this beer to non-beer drinkers as a great place to start.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 20:11:43 | More by finstadp
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours ruby red with minimal head, dissipates very quickly to a webbed cap and small but sticky lacing.

S - Dark cherries and bread take up the majority of the nose, possible spice in the background.

T - Flavor matches the scent well. Dark cherries with a hint of sweetness gives way to the slight tartness you would expect from real cherries. Light breadiness throughout.

M - Light body that goes well but too much carbonation in my opinion.

O - Overall not a bad beer, but a bit too much like a cherry soda. Needs less carbonation and the sourness is a little overpowering in the end. Not on the top of the list for fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:10:36 | More by JustinAniello
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, alongside a few other Founders brews. )First brew back after a bit of a stomach bug, so I wanted something easy drinking to wean me back in!)

Poured into a Founders glass. Bright cherry red, a half inch of head that recedes into a fluffy ring.

Nose is tart cherries, a bit of bready malt and citrus.

Tastes like sweet cherry juice and not much else. I'm really not getting the tartness of the cherries that others are getting. I know it's not supposed to be a kriek, but man this could have used some sour, muskiness to balance the sweet cherries. It's tasty, went down way to fast, but offered no resistance.

Tasty, but not something I'd get again. There's other cherry brews out there that offer more of a diverse palate than this one. Though to their credit, I don't think I've drank a faster 6.5% bottle of beer before.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 19:52:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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milliCAN

Indiana

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Violently poured into a tulip.

This beer looks like dessert. A nice red tint to the foamy head.

It smells of wet lumber to me but in the best way possible, like walking outside after a rain to go back to splitting logs.

The taste is a pleasant tart and a dry finish like a Malbec. As it warms up I have a hard time not downing it in large gulps.

Overall I like this beer a lot.I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:34:04 | More by milliCAN
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Dated June 6, 2012.

Deep pinkish red, transient white head with a ring of retention, no lacing. Nose has cherry/raspberry, light cracker and some yeast character. Taste has some sweeter cherry pie, raspberry and general berry notes. Some grainy notes, and a touch of bitterness. Medium body, and good carbonation. A passable fruit beer, but not something I'd actively search for.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:53:32 | More by liamt07
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Gobzilla

California

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark ruby red in color with fucia highlights and a thin bubbly pink head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass. Big on the grains upfront on the nose with hints of cherry fruit, slight citrus and a little malty sweetness presence. Like the nose suggested it was filled with a variety of grains in the flavor alongside muted cherry fruit character, malty sweetness, hints of citrus and a touch of juice. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, grainy, slightly fruity and thin crisp finish. Just a decent fruit beer and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:54:01 | More by Gobzilla
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davey101

Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date is smudged, but appears to be 05/10/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark red body that almost borders on purple. Looks like a fruit soda. A small messy cap of light tan foam dissipated quickly. Thin lacing with moderate lacing and retention.

S - Strong cherries. Yaaaa...I don't know. That is it really. Its tart and smells natural, but that is all there is to the aroma.

T - Tart cherries with a sweet and syrupy finish. Again, very natural tasting. It does capture some of that spiciness that a real cherry has, almost cinnamon like but very subtle.

M - Medium bodied, almost syrup like but a moderate level of carbonation cuts through.

O - I won't miss this beer. Its a step up over the faux-fruit lambics, but at the end of the day its just a solid cherry ladened beverage. Bring on the Rubaeus!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:50:42 | More by davey101
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: Founders
Price: $10 for a mixed 4-pack (I got Cerise and RIS)

Appearance: clear pinkish read color. almost no foam whatsoever. pretty nice looking cherry beer

Smell: Cherries a bit sour, but nothing else to apparent.

Taste: Cherries, slightly sour cherries. some wheat that mixes with cherries in a bad way. almost tastes like blood for a second

Mouthfeel: Light in body and pretty pleasant body.

Overall: Not overly impressed but it was worth a try. but probably the best cherry beer i have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 18:50:13 | More by SportsandJorts
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Jade

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Lothar666

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle I grabbed in a mixed six at Nikki's Liquors.

Appearance - Poured a rosy or garnet red body with a frothy white head that left some pretty light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A faint fruity or floral aroma. Nothing spectacular but not awful.

Taste - Hints of sweet malt overpowered by tart cherries; the sourness is off putting to me but might be appreciated by someone who enjoys wine.

Mouthfeel - It drinks almost like a lambic or a goze, but the body is very thin.

Overall not a horrible example of the style, and definitely one that would appeal to those who enjoy fruit / vegetable beers or lambics. I think I had higher expectations for this one simply because everything else I have ever had from this brewery has been so phenomenal, but this one is definitely still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:00:47 | More by Lothar666
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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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