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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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1,474 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,474
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 43
Gots: 88 | 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

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Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry soda with a kick!
Lovely red color upon pouring, it certainly makes for a conversation starter when amongst company.
This might put of some people that are expecting "a beer" when drinking this down but I don't have any problems with it. Authentic and tasty cherry flavor. Clearly, if one doesn't like cherry flavor then don't bother here.
Aside from cherry there's some nuttiness in the foundation of the flavor that serves to balance this out quite nicely, and helps to remind one that you're not drinking a cherry soda.
Very refreshing and a nice change of pace. Give this to someone who "doesn't like beer" and see what kind of reaction you get.

Photo of Jordy777
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Cerise is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale based on cherry. Previously available in summer seasonal 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft, this beer has been retired in lieu of Rubæus, and unavailable since 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Founders snifter. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy ecru-champagne head of a frothy consistency over a murky, dense maple body. Retention is below average, lacing is light and spotty. 2.75

(Smell) The cherry aroma is upfront, slightly syrupy and tart over a moderate syrupy body. The aroma is very sweet. Potency is moderate. There isn't a lot going on with the aroma of this beer, but as far as cherry ales go, the aroma of this one is perhaps as inviting as it gets, with a decent blend of cherry syrup and tart cherry juice. 3.25

(Taste) Sweet, syrupy cherry flavor with an underlying tartness. The malt profile is a bit mushy and faded by this point, but the cherry flavor pushes on boldly. Finishes slightly dry and metallic. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry, acidic, slightly syrupy. Carbonation generates a soft fizz for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over tart. Alcohol presence is moderate, some mild oxidation properties of cardboard and medicine are creeping in at this point. 3.5

(Drinkability) It's no more nor less fruity than Rubæus, boldly fruity nonetheless. Expect a lot of sweet and tart cherry character over a lighter malt body. Expect the worst if you find a bottle of this at any store, as it has been discontinued for over two years as I write this, and is almost certainly a shell of its former self. 3.5

Founders Brewing Co.'s
Cerise Cherry Fermented Ale
3.41/5.00

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of aaronh
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Watermelon hued body topped by an off-white head that quickly fades to a loose and broken collection of foam islands. Cherry aroma is evident without getting too close to the glass. A closer sniff reveals a more balanced cherry and malt aroma. Occasionally I still get the hint of Swedish fish candy. Flavor is predominantly cherry, but there is a nice biscuit malt flavor. Overall, this is a very light tasting beer. Hints of bitterness pop in briefly on the finish. The beer gets more and more refreshing as I continue to quaff. Mouthfeel is thin, but it works well. I think a thick bodied beer would get tiring and cloying with this amount of cherry flavor. Drinkability is very good - I find myself wanting another.

Photo of Tballz420
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby froze and turned to stone.

Copper colored brew, small white head. Good amount of lace. Smells like sweet cherries. Mmm. Tastes like sweet cherries. If you like cherries, and you like beer, i reckon you might like this, cause it tastes like beer soaked in cherries. Not overly sweet. Thin mouth. I like.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BostonHops
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. bottled 04/27/10.

pours a cloudy amber tone with maybe a finger and a half of a creamy white/off-white head that demonstrates modest retention and lacing.

i find the nose to be rather underwhelming... just very subdued. notes of cherry and malt but muted on bother counts, i was expecting more.

intereting flavor profile. tart cherries lead the way up front, followed by a maltiness i get more mid-palate and then some bitterness coming in the finish. not a bad beer, but not doing a lot for me, either; sort of of one-dimesional.

medium bodied/carbed mouthfeel. glad i tried it, and would recommend it to anyone into fruit beers (especially cherry, obviously) but i'm not exactly jonesin' for another.

original review on: 10-14-2010

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mscudder
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe. Dated 5/15/12.

A - Pours a crystal-like red, perhaps a tint of pint. A pale pink head with average lacing.

S - I am getting a large amount of bready malts on the nose. A bit of sweetness/tartness but nothing that identifies directly to cherries.

T- Wow a fantastic blend of tart and sweet. Not to harsh on either side and well balanced. I really enjoy how the bready malts give some depth to the beer, rather than being a pure-fruit/vegetable brew. Drinkable and would be happy to have another.

M - Rich, smooth and a bit of a syrupy/chewy finish. This catagory seems to be locked down by Founders, for almost all of there beers are worthy of a 4+. Well done.

O - A fine cherry beer to be concise but I must mention that this reminds me of the Blushing monk in many ways. That said, it reminds me of all the things that the Blushing Monk did better with raspberries. Ergo, worthy of having but not the best!

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Pahn
2.31/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy ruby color with a one inch light pink foamy head. The beer has decent head retention, and as it receeds it leaves a full curtain of lace behind.

The aroma is decent. The cherry tone is obvious, and is quickly followed by a lightly grainy malt, more of a bready profile. It's slightly sweet as well. Nothing to write home about really, but decent.

The taste is ok. It has a big cherry presence, which I really enjoy. It's slightly tart, and full of fruit flavor which many fruit beers lack. It finishes with a decent amount of pale malt, which I would like to see played down even a bit more than it is. Overall not too bad though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a very fine yet crisp and tingley bubble.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The beer is definitely easy to drink as it has good flavor. The ABV is well incorporated, and I would have never guessed it to be at 6.5%. I can see this beer wearing on the drinker though. The fruit flavor is a bit much to enjoy more than one of these. A pleasant experience nonetheless.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.