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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 colt45n
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a reddish-orange body that really glowed...the head was about one finger and white in color...nice retention until it slowly fell to a small ring...decent lacing

S - The first aroma I detect is actually that of sweet malts...the cherry does not come out until the beer settles...the cherries smell sweet and fresh...pretty much like the puree that's described on the label

T - Pretty one dimensional here...cherry flavors are throughout...although the pale malts do add a little bit of depth to the flavor...the cherries are sweet at first but they do present a subtle tartness...it's almost as if there is a slight hop tingle in the finish

M - Medium bodied...has some lightness to it but the cherry puree gives in some body...the tartness doesn't last long...carbonation

This one was kind of different, the cherries are definitely there but theres somehting that is just different for me, if you like cherries you will probably enjoy this

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Photo of downeyj4
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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).

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Photo of Mcculler
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour builds a pretty head that quickly dissipates. Clear amber beer with a slightly pink head.

On the nose, solidly honey and cherries. Nothing else.

Tastes beautiful, partly because it nails a complex natural Michigan tart cherry flavor, but also mainly because of the progression of the flavors, from dry cherry to sweet and honeyed to sour and slightly, pleasantly vinegary. The progression works, especially at a cold to cool temperature, to build to sweet but just before becoming too sweet it quickly turn sour to clean the palate. Perhaps it is - slightly - too sweet at room temperature.

Nice mouthfeel for a beer between a desert beer and a quaffable fruit beer.

Highly drinkable for over 6 percent and as fruity as this is.

Not sure why this beer is rated B. I think this is a very good fruit beer.

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Photo of quinnsi
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sheffield's in Chicago

A: Pinkish-red hue with not much head.

S: Some tartness on the nose, but this beer isn't giving much off in for me to pick up.

T: While drinking this beer, I'm struck by the wonderful balance of tart and sweet cherry. It's not that the taste is directly in the middle of the two, but rather that both sides are present and working together nicely. Cinnamon, and cherry pie spices round out the experience as you exhale.

M: Nice tart tingle, with an overall light feel in the mouth

D: Quite drinkable and quenching. I could easily drink several and be content.

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pink in color

S - A typical ale smell with perhaps a hint of cherry.

T - cherries are very tart. But no taste of alcohol whatsoever.

M - Bitter but pleasant aftertaste.

D - Kind fo like eating a cherry dessert. A nice change of pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SeaUrchin
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into an unbranded tulip

appearance - pours a clear pink color with quite a bit of carbonation, a slight white head with hint of pink to it

smell - up front is sweet cherries with a bready back, there are floral notes rounding out this symphony

taste - the first half a second of this is bitter that quickly fades into an almost sourdough bread flavor that fades into a dry sweet cherry flavor, this is the third year iv had this and the first year iv enjoyed this, going for a 4 pack soon to see if it was a fluke, the best way i can describe this is if a light red wine had a bastard son with a pale ale

mouthfeel - very light, almost like drinking an over carbonated pop, think faygo red pop meets pale ale(michiganders can get a good idea of what this means)

drinkability - i wanted another after but only bought one(always have one to bring in the warm weather just like oberon)

overall - my opinion of this beer is changing with my growing palate, what was once a cloyingly sweet wine knock off is now something that i would enjoy having a few on a hot summer day around the BBQ

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Photo of phillybeer7779
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance- Red in color with a thick white head, laced the glass while I was drinking it.

Smell- Straight up cherry pie filling, very pleasant.

Taste- Again, primarily cherries in the front here, a very nice balance of tart and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated, though I felt a slight amount of alcohol heat.

Overall- Very good fruit beer. Enjoyable to drink, though I never want to have more than one in a session.

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Photo of mjgooner13
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- no head ring if lacing pours a clear sunset orange w shades of pink

S- def gettin the cherries and some hop maybe some green grapes, honey and some spice...real nice nose on this one

T- getting mostly sweet cherry and its pleasant...not overpowering not tart...getting some honey in the middle followed by some lingering cherry at the finish...

M- certainly a thin mouthfeel little carbonation

O- certainly not a mind blowing beer but def a solid fruit beer... Appearance isn't the best, but a great nose and solid flavor...the cherry flavor is the major player which you would expect and as I make my way thru the beer the cherry blends nicely w the honey and spice to create a wine-like flavor which gives this beer some character...certaily enjoyable

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Photo of colefsuwr
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lawnmower beer for you and your wife. She is sure to like it. And if she doesn't, take a trick from founder's themselves and mix it half and half with a lemonade and you two will both have something to sit around the pool with on fourth of july. Not over powering cherry, just enough.

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Photo of scinerd3000
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/5/11 and poured into a Philly Brewing Co pint glass....

A: Pours a light golden amber with a red hugh and super clear. Raised a thin white head which faded quickly, with no lacing.

S: Cherrys and a somewhat earthy hop flavor. More subdued than i picutred. Without the cherry this almost reminds me of- gasp- budweiser. Smells sweet from the cherrys.

T: Lots of cherry sweetness up front like someone dumped in marachino cherries. The cherry dominates but there is a nice tartness there- not sour. Almost no bitterness detected- tastes like candy and it is deffinitly a cherry beer. Alcohol is hidden very wekk for 6.5%

M: Medium body with alot of residual sweetness which coats my mouth upon swallow. Wish this was slightly more carbonated...

O: Good cherry beer but too sweet for me. Reminds me of jollyrancher beer. well done effort though. The ladies will like this one.

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Photo of Pentastar
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange with a little red tinge to it. This beer is topped with an off white head.

Aroma: Only a little hint of tart cherries.

Taste: A little sour with delicious sweet and tart cherry flavor. Like a cherry pie. The sourness and cherries cover up most of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation, almost champagne like.

Drinkability: Nice and light for such a beer, good drinkability.

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Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy pinkish-copper with about 1/4 inch white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Mix of tart and sweet cherries with a hint of sweet malts.

T: Sweet cherries dominate at first, followed by some caramelized sugar, and ending with tart cherries.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Too sweet and fruit-forward for more than one serving of this. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered as a dessert drink, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A somewhat-attractive strawberry blond with a thin head that fades pretty quick

S- Cherries, obviously. Also some strawberries. Then I don't know where this is coming from, but something reminiscent of maple syrup.

T- Very sweet and pleasant cherry flavor. Has a nice roasted malt flavor too to balance the cherries/strawberries. Lacks a certain something though to push it over the top.

M- Has a certain tartness to it. Overall, light and crisp, pretty refreshing

D- I kind of got sick of the flavor by the end. After that initial anticipation of tasting it, the beer got dull. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fruit beers, but there are much better ones out there

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Photo of vtisme
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass
A - Pink and hazy, translucent
S - Tart, definitely can taste the cherry but has some sourness to it
T - Heavy on the cherries throughout, biscuity malt comes through on the finish and with the aftertaste
M - Crisp, not flat, not too much, just right
O - Not the most fruity, sour, or malty beer on the planet, but for the style it is above average. Get it while you can!

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Photo of Davidpgibbons
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter just bc, with no head and Almost no lacing. Pours a bright pink, clear winey color. Strong aroma of cherries and fruit, with a little scent of floral notes in the background.
Taste hits you right upfront with cherries and a malty wine flavor. Its a very bitter tart aftertaste almost sour but i like it!
Mouthfeel is very very light with hardley no carbonation, more of a sour wine than a ale. The aftertaste leaves a sour bready flavor lingering which is quite nice.
Overall a decent brew from founders, i would pick this up again a good session brew in between ipas

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Photo of finstadp
4.51/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of dspoonrt
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Founders Cerise pours a light reddish, pink color with very little head. The beer is crystal clear, save for some visible carbonation.

Smell: Subtle, airy nose that smells tart and somewhat champagne-like. Cherries and other sweet fruits come through, but nothing is striking.

Taste: This beer tastes like it smells - somewhat sweet, somewhat tart. There's a noticeable fruitiness, particularly a sweet cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Cerise is smooth and light-bodied. The carbonation adds a little tingle and a building dryness makes it finish a little sticky.

Drinkability: This one is drinkable and the above-average alcohol content doesn't really come into play. However, I just didn't find it to be that tasty or remarkable enough in any other respect. It's a really average beer overall.

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Photo of Charlotte09
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poors a cloudy Redish/Orange color with a thin white head.

S: Has a light fruity smell of some hops, apples and cherries.

T: Has a variety of apple, cherry, and white grape flavor. Beer is tart, sweet and almost bitter all at the same time.

M: First notice a fair amount of carbonation, leaves a bitter sensation that lingures in your mouth for some time. Has a lighty bubbly body, dry and crisp.

D: Very easy to drink and enjoy. Would make a great summer beer crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of NotMyRealName
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is best served over vanilla or peach ice cream. As a component in a beer float, it can be tasty. It can also work when mixed with juice. (I liked it when mixed with an orange juice/carrot juice combo.) Unfortunately, it's more difficult to drink straight. Although I enjoy fruity beer such as lambics, I was not overly impressed with Founders Cerise when drunk as-is. The beer's flavor has the cherry taste and not much else, more like a juice-flavored kid's drink than a fruit beer. I would have appreciated more nuance of flavor.

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Photo of PoolhouseRebel
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bought this hoping Founders could turn me on to a Cherry beer.

Pours a very light red, kind of pinkish. Not much of a head with some lacing.

Smell is pungent cherry, not too sweet though.

Light wheat taste at first and right after the swallow theres a huge tart cherry smack in the mouth.

I really liked the mouthfeel on this. Super smooth, thin but not gassy, just the right amount of carbonation and at 6.5% if it werent for the unpleasant tart cherry taste I could pound a sixer or this easily.

I cringed and puckered up a bit after the first sip tried a little more and gave it to my girlfriend who didn't want to drink it either. Disappointed but I guess the style just isn't for me

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Photo of sonoma01
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/5/11.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

This beer has a pinkish orange body. The smell is sweet but not very strong. The taste of cherries is apparent, but could be a little stronger for my tastes.. The beer drinks easily, like a lambic, with a refreshing tartness. A tasty treat that I will be trying again, possibly with some chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of qua17
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a reddish copper with 2 inches of head. There is a bit of lacing and legs in the side of the glass.

S: Not a whole lot but as it warmed up there were hints of cherry.

Taste: wow. Michigan is the cherry pie capital of the world and this beer represents the state well. Cherries are upfront and center. It tastes like cherry pie

Overall. I love fruit beers and this might be my new favorite.

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Photo of Mgrad92
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imagine the color smack dab between an amber ale and a pink wine cooler and you have the color of this beer. It had a very thin head.
The smell doesn't lead you to beleive there is too much cherry action going on. In fact it smells reminicent of an american pilsner.
However the taste is dominated by tart cheries. This tartness combined with light effervescence makes this brew taste very lively. Yes you can taste the malt and hops, but it was hard for me to really identify them because this brew is all about the cheries.
A nice offering of a fruit beer.

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Photo of archiebunkerjr
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of CTBeerhunter66
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.