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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,495
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 51
Gots: 96 | FT: 4
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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Reviews: 604 | Hads: 1,495
Photo of duceswild
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Sendbeer.

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Imperial Pint Glass.

Pours an amber red, with about 1 fingers worth of a reddish tinted head. Smell is of cherry, juice, sugar, and a little bit of grain. Taste is cheery, almost cheery juice like. I don't get any sense of alcohol. Some of the reviews mention a sourness, but I don't get much perhaps a slight tartness. Taste is also sweet. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate amount of carbonation. I get some creaminess on the swallow.

For someone who doesn't like cherries by themselves, I surprising enjoyed this beer. Solid offering from Founders.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled 5/13/11. Pours slightly hazy light orange amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with very nice retention that reduces to a decent sized lacing cap. Some fairly thick lacing is present on the glass as well. Aromas of tart cherries, peach, breadiness and a bit of funkiness and spiciness. Pretty nice aromas, though a tad weak. Taste of big tart cherries, with breadiness, spices, and big sweetness in the back. Wow, this actually tastes just like cherry pie. Fairly dry finish, but some tart cherries, spiciness, and breadiness does stick around for a bit. Medium carbonation and body. Very drinkable as well, with no alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it is Founders, and they pretty much have never let me down. Excellent stuff, I might have to pick up a 4 pack before they are gone for the season.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's amazing is this isn't a lambic, tart cherries carry the flavor. Appearance is like ruby red grapefruit juice with a light pink tinted head, fine bubbly carbonation forms evenly with lacing down the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up tart cherries more so the peels bringing alcohol and sweetness together along with the smell of evident grain infused within potent tart cherries. Flavor is excellent it lands some where between a sour ale and some cherry flavor jam. Reluctantly sweet and sour is thrown my way, but in the mix I find cherry peels carrying some booziness and some light cereal grains blending so well with the juices of mother nature. What an excellent blend touch of vinegar like acidity in the lightest vinegarette imaginable. Sweet syrupy layers of cherry sweetness quickly fade to dry tartness excellent creation very interesting like cherry cider. Great stuff I remember Rubaeus, right up there with that fruit ale. Founders doesn't offend I detect real fruit with a balanced profile mouthfeel is light at times with a reduced simple syrup border at times. Carbonation is perfect that's where everything carries out so well, quite the experience here. Girls will dig it and beergeeks will try and figure out how they did it. Drinkability is nice I don't get tired of the tartness or the cherry sweetness a great yin and yang offered up in a glass this one is good for your chee.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Some sediment in bottom of bottle added to last 1/3 of sample - sediment improved flavor.

Pours a clear golden tone with a tinge of pink/red and a modeast off-white head.

Very nice fruity (cherry) aroma. Smells like real cherry juice; not artificial. Malt backbone in background.

Nice sweet/tart balance with a low level (IBU = 15) bitterness. Excellent flavor but too mild and not quite as tart as I'd like. On the other hand, the aftertaste is mainly a fruity (generic) sourness.

M - medium/light body with little carbonation

Good with spicy food.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rosy orange color. Nearly clear. Moderate head but it leaves some spotty lace.

Sour strawberry. Smells a bit like a milkshake. Strong sweetness, raw sugar?

Sour cherry pie without the chew. Definitely a dessert beer; would go well with cheese. Good body with light carbonation. Sour-sweet aftertaste that is lip-smackingly long.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ruby-red color, slimmed head, pinkish.

Tart-n-sweet aroma, definite cherries. Nice.

Mmm, sour, gripping the palate, grabbing and playing with the tongue. Sour and sweet, cherry-licious. Full malty mouthfeel, good solid backbone.

Great little cherry ale. Not too much complexity, just loads of cherriness. That has it's place, sure, but in the end I find it a bit blase'...can't do too much of it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 03/16/09:

Pours dark pink with pink head that thins. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of cherry, in a cough syrup way, with a musty touch.

Cherry stronger in taste than in aroma. Cherry-pie cherry - I've had ales reminiscent of cherry pie - this is cherry pie cherry. Slight breadiness with a touch of maltiness. Sweet with a touch of tart. Some "Fruit Roll-up" sweetness is there. Sweet finish.

Light-bodied with sticky cherry juice lingering in the aftertaste.

A pretty pricey fruit beer. Not that refreshing either. If I wanted a cherry flavour, I would take a lambic over this, easy. On the other hand, it does have more to it/more tartness than a typical American fruit beer. It's a sweet cherry-pie cherry in a beer (with a hint of breadiness so it's almost like drinking a cherry pie. No problems drinking one for the experience. Don't know that I could keep drinking it though (or would particularly want to have again).

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby red in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a very mild aroma to this beer with just a little bit of natural cherry (including some tartness and some sweetness).

T: This beer has a moderate to strong flavor of natural cherries that introduces both sweetness and tartness. There is a light amount of malt sweetness but overall this beer is very well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink but not really a flavor profile that is sessionable to me. I enjoyed this beer and would probably have another at some time in the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bruery tulip. No real head, carbonation low, no lacing. Its kind of red and mostly clear. eh.

Kind of wheaty, mildly cherry. Not very good.

Beer is mildly sweet with a cherry based tartness at the back of the mouth. It finishes cleanly. It tastes better than it smells. Still has a wheaty kind of flavor. Mild bitterness. Eh, it kind of has a medicine cherry flavor to it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one!

A: Pours a clear ruby/orange with a very small head that dissipated quickly. Small circles of foam on the sides, but not what I would call lacing.

S: Cherries and some spicyness, and some rye. Slightly alcoholic as well.

T: Sour cherries and then malts and spices. Has a weak finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, with less carbonation than expected. Nice sour component as well. Overall, it is a well made beer, but just not really my thing. I like it, but would never want more than one.

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Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a peach pink mixture. Head is hued light pink. Good lace along with some decent retention. Pretty appealing beer.

Aroma is very light. Tart cherries, but that's all I am getting. It is good, but too light for me.

Taste is of very tart cherries and a mixture of berries. Maybe a slight like leines berrywiesse, but way better in quality and taste. Has some raspberries and strawberries here.

Mouthfeel is very tart. Medium bodied and well carbonated. I really like the sour pucker with this beer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It was refreshing and nice for a hot summer day. I could easily drink another. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being no stranger to Cerise, I was glad to see the most recent release sitting on shelves. $9.99 for a 4-pack, which is not too bad and I do remember enjoying this one. It helps my girlfriend likes fruit beers, too. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Bright ruby colored body with some pink/red hues, topped with a foamy white head. The retention is actually really nice and a lot better than I had remembered or imagined. The lacing is very minor but does show.

S: Cherry candy, strawberry puree, cherry licorice, pitted cherries and a dash of wheat to break up the obviously fruit-centric aroma. It's all about sweetness, fruit and candy. While there does seem to be very natural fruit elements in here, it's more akin to an artificial sweetness but it's still inviting.

T: More candied cherry notes up front, strawberry and cranberry fruits come in mid-palate and finish with a sweet, tart picker in the finish. Lingering around the palate are some very faint dried grains and hay notes. Again, a very sweet and fruity profile, but it's done with a good balance and to me doesn't have a syrupy flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with nice bubbly carbonation that isn't overdone. It's pretty nice and definitely aids in the delivery of the flavor throughout the mouth.

To me, Cerise is a good demonstration of using fruit in a beer to give it a balanced flavor without being sickeningly sweet or unbearable for more than a glass. I could easily do a glass or two in a row without becoming burned out. The cut of the tartness and well carbonated body make this quite drinkable, even with the above average ABV range. A nice fruity, sweet beer for the summer months.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - bright reddish amber with a thin layer of soft, white head

S - thick, syrupy cherries; almost juice-like

T - cherries, syrup, red wine, juice, very sweet

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, sticky, thick, syrupy

I'm not a huge fruit beer fan. I thought this was a bit sweet at times. All things considered, it was a very tasty, drinkable beer. The cherries were forward and delicious. My only real complaint is that this beer is a bit thick. It comes across at times more like juice than beer. Nonetheless, it's worth a try especially if you're a cherry fan.

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Photo of billab914
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a reddish copper color with a thin and dense white head to it. The head had some decent retention to it and left a bit of lacing.

The aroma is fairly light overall. I'm getting some sweet cherry juice with a little tartness to it but not much else overall.

The taste shows a lot of sweet cherry juice throughout the flavor. It has a little tartness to it but definitely leans heavily on the sweeter side. It's a pretty nice real cherry juice flavor and doesn't taste extracty at all which is a plus. Unfortunately it seems pretty one dimensional with cherry juice the only big flavor that comes through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It felt a little syrupy overall though. Drinkability was OK, it was a little too sweet and a little too reliant on the cherry juice flavor overall. I would have liked a bit more beer flavors to come through though. If someone blindfolded me and told me this was cherry juice instead of a beer I'd definitely believe them.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of cherry syrup notes in it, as well as a hint of tartness. The flavor has a lot of tart cherries, as well as some syrupy sweetness. There is also a little bit of raspberry character and a hint of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass.

Cherry red body, giving way to pink/orange hues as body subsides. Head is soupy a little picking up the body with some subtle pink hues even some orange matching the off white color. Body contains some slow rising carbonation bubbles, and while drinking is some fantastic looking spider web like lacing. Very good looking drink here.

First note of the bouquet is an obvious cinnamon. Red hots candy also with muted cherry. Minimal sweetness, not much tart or sourness either. However, after a few snips the nose seems to vanish or make it's presence known.

Taste is brought from the nose. Minor sour light cherries with a sweet finish bringing a mild cinnamon red hot candy. Very light bodied and seems lighter than the abv would depict, but also a little bit of fizzyness though.

Overall though this is a very solid beer and a great tasty fruity beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pinkish / light red color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of cherry comes through to the nose. Some softer wheat or grass qualities are far in the background.

Taste: cherry is most dominant flavor but it is muted and creates a balanced beer with a mild malt profile, soft bitterness, and grass. For a fruit beer this is well done.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is soft and focuses on the cherry flavor.

Drinkability: for those that are not fans of fruit beers, this one will change your mind. The flavors are well balanced and you may actually want more than one in a session which rarely happens in this style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's in a Weyerbacher Tulip. I wish I had this glass when I had my Riserva.

A- Cerise is a bright ruby red color. Nothing in terms of head or lacing off of the tap version. A few swirls would bring on some faint white bubbles on the surface which were short lived.

S- A nice mix of tart cherries with a nice malt base off setting any over bitterness. A decent smell but nothing overwelming.

T- Tastes like I expected with tart cherries at the forefront with a nice malt backing. Some bitterness comes through with warming. Some bready qualities as well, a good replacement for rubeaus for the time being.

M- A step above light bodied with a nice crispness to it throughout. Some bitterness on the tounge from the carb that was added. Some tartness with larger gulps. Has a similar but lighter feel than rubeaus.

D- Once I heard it was on tap I had to have it, and im glad I did. Very drinkable and refreshing and a great beer for the upcoming warm weather. Low alcohol and a slighty tart taste and feel makes this one a winner in my senses. I need to find a bottle to compare.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Amber body with a reddish tint. I expected a significantly redder color, really. It's no Blushing Monk. No head, really, and no lacing at all.

Smell - Sweet malt and a bready aroma that reminds me of Strawberry Short's Cake. The cherry isn't apparent until the end of the smell when the other aromas fade away.

Taste - Much more cherry-centric, but still retains some beer-like flavors. Sweet caramel malt and, again, a bready malt. Cherry tartness builds throughout and finishes with a slight sweetness that reminds of a cherry syrup, unfortunately. Otherwise, the cherry flavor is nice.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation makes it a bit heavy and that syrupy flavor at the end adds to it. Otherwise, it's easy drinking and quite clean.

Overall - Nothing terribly impressive. A simple, sustained cherry flavor. Not my favorite style, so I wouldn't seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn my nose up to it either.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but never disappears completely. Smells of cherries, sour cherries, faint perfume, and a brown sugar malt sweetness. Taste is a puckering tart cherry up front and sweet malt with a syrupy sweet lingering cherry flavor in the finish. Medium body and carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one, I think this is a very well done fruit beer. I love cherries but sometimes fruit beers can be well over-fruited.

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Pearly Baker's in Easton, PA. This beer was a disappointment. It came out a clear cherry red with no head. The aroma and flavor are basically of cherry juice while there's also a vaguely nutty malt flavor in the background of the taste. Juicy but flat and not satisfying as a beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Thin, clear rose amber color with a pink frothy head with streaky lacing and little retention. Aroma of sweet cherry, like a pie, not much of a hop presence. Moderately thick mouthfeel, little carbonation. Taste is like cherry pie, sweet at first and then a slight tart finish. I don't know, nothing remarkable, certainly not as high quality or complex as the rubaeus its replacing in the lineup. The finish lingers with a slightly stale taste that makes this less drinkable for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, deep, ruby coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of a slight roasting and a watered down, subtle cherry tartness. It almost smells like when you make Jell-O, and have to boil water and add it to the mix pack. That initial smell when the water hits the powder, only from a couple of rooms away...that's what this smells like. Flavors are rich and deeply sweet, with a solid cherry flavor, definitely more maracino than black. Only a subtle tartness in the palate, and the beer refrains from getting into the sugary or syrupy realm. This brew has legit fruit flavors. The beer is thin, and with a slight carbonation it has a very crisp feel in mouth. Sweet, moderate aftertaste that has an even fade as the palate clears. Extremely clean finish. This beer is completely different from what I was expecting. Not bad.

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Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with just the slightest head. Still, a pretty beer. Smells of cherry pie filling with a hint of spice, and a tad of maltiness. The taste is of sour cherries, sweet malt, spicy cinnamon, and a hint of almond, probably from cherry pits. Perhaps a little too sweet, but I like the sour cherry flavor, which seems real, not at all artificial tasting. Slightly spicy and relatively crisp in the mouth. Pleasant.

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