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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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82
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1,467 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of mooseo
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a deep cranberry red with a small white-pink head.

S - A very light aroma of sweet, tart cherry.

T - Taste follows the nose, with a very sweet cherry flavor throughout. Slightly tart. Reminds me of a dollar store cherry soda. There is a slight medicinal quality to the finish. Not undrinkable, but very disappointing.

M - Light body, prickly carbonation, watery. Slightly astringent.

O - I tend to enjoy fruit beers but this one really missed the mark for me. The flavor is weak and very one dimensional. It was hard to finish the bottle.

Photo of nimrod979
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6/6/12 into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear cranberry red. Interesting how bright the color was. Two finger light pink foamy head that has excellent retention and bubbly lacing all over the glass.

Aroma: Tart cherries. Yep that's about it.

Taste: Cherries. Light tartness, surprisingly sweeter than expected. Solid natural flavor, not artificial tasting. Light malts bring up the finish.

Mouhfeel: Light & fizzy but this all works fine for this beer. Fruity. Good cherry flavor just a bit one dimensional. Would have liked to tasted more tartness. Probably wouldn't be able to drink too many of these either. I only bought one.

Photo of CTBeerhunter66
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - loved the pink color of the beer, you cant do that without adding tons of cherries at all levels of the beer making process, well done founders - poured nicely into a footed 12oz glass

S - hints of malt and cherries, appealing

T - This is where I was hung up, I wanted something more tart, and instead ended up with something more in the realm of soda, still really good though

M - completely appropriate

O - A great cherry beer, but lacked the tartness and complexity I was hoping for.

Photo of Steimie
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Kittenlynx
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of CoyoteQ
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JDizzle
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this from Founders Tap Room. The bottle date is blurred?! Can't be to stale though.

Pours really pink/red and looks beautiful with a nice white head. Really bubbly.

The smell is of cherries, but does not blast out of the gat by any means. A let down.

Cherries are up front on the taste with a sour following. It's pretty refreshing I must admit. It had such a good cherry flavor(not fake-REAL, it's hard to not like. I have had the bourbon barrel version of this and it's much better. This is one dimensional, but Nywego is better.

Carbs are high and mouthfeel is thin.

Refreshing fo sho, but not the beer I'm wanting to settle down with.

Photo of Brutesling57
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of bschinelli
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light tan color with a substantial strawberry tint and a fleeting inch and a half ivory head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a quarter inch layer of foam.

Sweet caramel malt, a bit of toast, and an underpinning of cherry comprise the aroma. There's a bit of graininess.

Sour cherries, reminiscent of cherry pie, are dominant throughout the flavor, with a bit of grain and caramel malt taming the finish. A touch of floral hops closes out the flavor, along with a touch of bitterness.

Body is a touch light, with high carbonation, a touch of astringency, and slight alcohol warmth.

This is cherry pie in a glass.

Photo of Pahn
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Should be fresh; Founders just arrived in CT.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch fizzy pink head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy pink. No lacing.

Smell: Faint cherry (indistinct variety). Malt underneath. Best I can say is there's no foul odors.

Taste: Very sweet. Slightest suggestion of sour cherry among the sugar. Decent malt backbone comes out as the beer dries way the hell out.

There's sort of a medicinal flavor up front, along with some coffee (???). Cherry and strawberry donut aftertaste. Weird. Sour cherry again comes out in the finish, sharing the same long-aftertaste flavor as dried tart cherries... it's as if my mouth ate some delicious sour cherries, but didn't tell me about it (in fact, it gave me this story about going to Dunkin Donuts instead).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Almost no bitterness. Sugary up front, really dry at the end. Low side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Michigan tart cherries are some of the most delicious things to eat in the world. As a celebration of that ingredient, this beer is a travesty. The people at Founders really ought to have eaten the cherries and used the fermenters for their good beers.

That said, the ridiculous strawberry donut flavor isn't *that* bad. Maybe I'm slightly more forgiving since I can still remember the similar (but several orders of magnitude worse) Ommegang Aphrodite. This beer is cloying and, to get right down to it, bad, but I can probably finish the glass. I like donuts every so often I guess.

Photo of wibrewer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of XavierMuskies
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jfmamj
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of HopBrain
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer comes across like a little less cerise in the appearance versus just like a normal beer, sure there are some running pink highlights through it, and some pinkish white head. Overall, its still pretty. Aroma, eh, more like some cherry kids drink.

The taste is much the same, far from authentic quality cherries here, but its not sugared up water either, there's a decent malt aspect to it, and even minimal hops, but for a Founders product, its pretty disappointing to have to say its unqualified enough and results in an average rating. Mouthfeel, the carbonation is there, but there was nothing heavy taste or flavor wise, so I'm still kind of confounded. Ultimately, this beer neither delivers on the potential of cherries. It doesn't have the awesome cherry flavor of something like New Glarus, and lacks the tartness of some of the more sour cherry beers (Cascade, Allagash, belgians etc. . . ).

So who is this beer for? I dunno. Can't figure that market out. Its not a bad beer, but its far from even average in the Founders lineup.

Photo of Chico1985
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date is 5/15/12. One of the few Founders regulars I've never had or reviewed.

Poured into my forgotten about Ebenezer's tulip. The color is a slightly hazy cranberry red, a bubbly pink head retains well as a thick and swirly cap, leaves some good lace.

Cherries obviously make up the bulk of the smell. They give off a sweet+jammy feel, slightly stemmy/grassy, and perhaps some caramel malts there as well. Somewhat faint.

Taste is similar, quite light and faint, pretty much straight up cherries. Reminds me of a less intense Wisconsin Belgian Red (ironic since this has higher ABV.) Kind of a cherry pie vibe with stemmy tastes and a slight tartness. Some other red fruits also come to mind (cranberries, raspberries). Finishes with some toastiness and a touch of caramel.

Feels light for the ABV, slightly foamy with medium carbonation.

Pretty good cherry taste but the flavor overall is too weak. Still, doesn't come off as overly sweet or artificial like many fruit beers so that's a plus. I think Founders was going for an accessible change-up for their lineup, and it succeeds there, but not really up to par with their other work.

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of beerdedbiker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-red with a half-finger of fizzy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some decent lacing.

S - Aroma is full of tart cherries with some light wheat and a touch of citrus.

T - Starts off with sweet and tart cherry flavor with some grains and wheat and a touch of lemon. Through the middle, more bold cherry flavor and tartness comes through with a touch of vanilla and sourness. The finish is a mix of tart cherries with some wheat and a touch of lemon zest.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The tartness and boldness of the cherry flavor is really nice. Very crisp and refreshing.

Photo of TheBronze
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Norton21
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ToasterChef
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is translucent and ruby colored. A thn head of pink foam rests on top.

Black cherry aroma with some musty yeast.

The beer has a very nice fruit flavor. Cherries are a bunny and provide a robust sweetness that canned cherry pie filling wishes it had. I detect no sourness, so Kirk fans be warned. A subtle black cherry flavor lingers after I swallow.

The beer has plenty of carbonation. The tiny bubbles play on my tongue. A coat is left behind, but it isn't a very sticky beer.

I like this one a lot. It is a well made fruit beer that doesn't feel gimmicky or overly sweet. I'll definitely have this one again.

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.