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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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82
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1,440 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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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 VncentLIFE
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured into my Christmas Ale snifter.

Pours an orangish-pink. Head was almost non-existent.

Smells sour and tart. Similar to a good sour beer. Notes of cherries and malt are present. Sour Michigan cherries.

The taste is light. Cherries and more cherries with some maltiness mixed in sparingly. A little one dimensional, needs some complexity would make this beer world class. Maybe some dark chocolate malt or caramel malt.

It leaves almost no aftertaste except the lingering bitterness from the cherries.

This one heck of a summer beer, but I've had better Fruity beers. I expected more from Founders, but still a solid choice for a lighty, fruity palate or a cheese pairing.

VncentLIFE, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of yamar68
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

Pours a bright cherry juice color with a silly looking pink head. Whole bunch of beading. I'm immediately skeptical.

Smells fresh... light fruits, mild honey, table sugar, cherries of course.

My mom sampled some and said "It tastes like something that... isn't beer." And I sort of tend to agree. Tastes like some kind of wine spritzer. Fizzy fruit.

Very drinkable. But not my bag. What to do with the other three?

yamar68, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

Bright strawberry red color. Descent, sudsy head with poor retention and no lacing. Typical for the style.

Sweet and tart aroma, lots of cherries. Mild floral spice for the hops.

Smooth and sweet flavor of cherries, no surprise here. Shortbread malt character blends well with the fruit. Hops are very light with leafy notes. Finish is mildly tart with lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and slick feel without a syrupy texture.

As far as fruity beers go, this is one of the best. Sweetness is satisfying but not overdone. Just the right amount of tart character. Great balance as well. Not a style I will usually drink but exceptional for what it is.

bnes09, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

CloudStrife, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of lunarbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

lunarbrew, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

stealth, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of PappyVans
4/5  rDev +10.5%

PappyVans, May 19, 2014
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

grumpygerman, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Hophead717, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

A- Pours a Kool-aid red color with a small ring of white foam. No lacing.

S- Tons of malt sweetness and tart cherries. Not much else going on.

T- Big rush of dark Michigan cherry flavor. A bit sour initially with a tiny amount of caramel sweetness in the finish. The sour/tart cherry taste lingers for a while.

M- A bit thin with ok carbonation.

D- I should have known that this style wasn't really for me. It tasted more like spiked punch at the prom than anything else. Not bad, just won't be getting it again.

projectflam86, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +10.5%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

MikeWard, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

deadonhisfeet, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BrownAleMale, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of gpawned
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

gpawned, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

kodt, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

appearance: a hazy pinkish, reddish with a decent pinkish head.
smell: tart, sweet, fruity...yep, there's the cherries.
taste: Wow, I didn't think I was going to like this so much. Tart, and sweet but not too much of either. Balanced with an unexpected malt heft.
mouthfeel: Nice and full.
drinkability: Great. I thought this would be a one and done experience, but I'm ready for another and I don't even like cherries.

cindyjeffsmith, May 31, 2010
Photo of ccozzi
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ccozzi, May 29, 2012
Photo of NODAK
4.2/5  rDev +16%

Smell is pretty straightforward....seems to be some wheat in there along with a pretty obvious, mostly tart, cherry smell.

The taste is definitely an interesting one, but I will definitely say it's quite tasty. It's beers like this one that show the versatility of beer. Not surprisingly, the predominant taste is cherries, however it's the great balance between sweet and tart that make this a very tasty beer. Too sweet and it'd be cloying...too tart and it'd be another style and likely give me heartburn. The way this beer goes down, it starts off fairly sweet and then ends up fading into a more tart closing...but again, not too tart at all. Enough to wrap the beer up nicely. There's also a wheat taste I get on the backend, and I'm not sure if this beer is a wheat beer (I looked it up and couldn't find it)...but I get that taste here in a small way.

Some may look at this as a really weak link for Founders, but I feel that may be because of style bias because this really is a solid entry for a fruit beer.

NODAK, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of scottwurst
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Budinetz, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Docrock
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Docrock, Jun 09, 2013
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.