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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 mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear red-purple brew with a pink head. Only a tiny few small flecks of lacing.

S - More than cherries, it smells like cherries and little like red raspberries. On top of that... there is a little grain, but not much else.

T - Initially, some mild sweet red fruits and grain. Aftertaste is of faint cherries over faint grain and a slight medicinal bitterness. In the long aftertaste a medicinal bitterness dominates.

M - Thin, high carbonation, a little drying.

D - This is alright. It's a bit more balanced than most fruit beers, but the bitterness is a killer. I may have again.

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

From a bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Light red, almost pInk with hints of brown and gold within it. Very bubbly and reminds me of a rosé champagne. Had a small white head that slowly went away

S - Light hints of sweeter cherries comes forth with hints of lemon. Not much of a nose here unfortunately

T - Tart cherries, lemon peel, a slight funkiness and oak come through near the end. The cherries are also there but they remind me more of bing cherries instead of tarter ones. Reminds me of a sweeter Flanders Oud Bruin

MF - Surprisingly lightly carbonated in mouthfeel given how much you see in it. There is a light stickiness to it as it has a lighter body overall that lends to it being easy to drink.

O - An interesting cherry beer from Founders that manages to use the fruit without making it too sweet. I wish it were a bit more complex and that the nose was more present as I didn't smell too much on this one at all. It would be a good beer to introduce someone to fruit beers or Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Could this pour any prettier? Pours the color of ruby red grapefruit flesh. Pleasant pink hue which is incredibly jaded and murky. The color of the head is perhaps even more impressive. The head is literally a shade of pale lavender when it is fully formed. Head dies off and looses its purple hue some. Still, this pours like a fine Lambic.

S-The nose is far from what I expected. Smells almost like an aged cheese in some sniffs. The cherries are clearly approachable but are not intense. Light sourness to the cherry aroma which is nice. Noticeable wheat too.

T-Flavor is quite like a cherry jam. Plenty of rich natural sugar. Maintains a real cherry flavor as opposed to an artificial cherry flavor. Light wheat and an earthen/herbal component too. Hey, if you're into cherries, here you go.

M-Medium bodied and a bit sappy. Sugary slickness. Tickling carbonation. Feel isn't cloying which is hard to do with concentrated fruity beers like this.

O/D-I enjoyed this beer and I appreciate the effort put into making it. One single is enough for me but there is a truly authentic cherry flavor within this beer and I commend that. Far better than most fruity wheat beers, but no Lambic by any means. One of the prettiest beers.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a :alf *cre tulip.

A- pours a dark pink with a 1 finger light pink head. Small bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, sweet and tart cherries

T- sweet pale malt, cherry and slight sour wheat

M- light body, medium carbonation

O- good fruit beer that has a slight berlineresque twist to it

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Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled on 5/24/12. Pours a candy apple red, with a half inch of bright white head, that leaves some lace. Smell is cherry and vanilla, not complaining. Taste is very cherry, but not over the top. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and perfect on a hot day. This is a cherry beer and a very good one. Not for everyone, but Founders does it again.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled May 8, 2012, poured into tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant ruby red grapefruit color, with just a bit of white head visible around the edges of the glass and in the center of the beer. A few carbonation bubbles flow up through the beer.

S: Very, very faint; I get just a bit of a bready malt backbone and, if I try hard enough, a faint cherry aroma. A bit of spiciness as it warms.

T: Very sweet, the cherry flavors definitely show up here. In fact, a syrupy cherry flavor is mostly all that I'm tasting; I do get a bit of breadiness on the finish just before the cherry sweetness takes over and lingers. A light tartness prevents this one from being cloying, and although its flavor is largely one dimensional, flavor is pretty solid overall.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate to lively carbonation. Extremely creamy, leaves a light sticky coating behind, and finishes somewhat dry. Founders absolutely nails it here on mouthfeel.

O: While I wouldn't pick this up all the time, it's a good example of the style and I enjoyed my glass. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep red in color. Off white/pinkish head on top. Yup, definitely a fruit beer!

S - A nose full of cherries and some bready characteristics.

T - Sweet cherries followed by some tartness, has a lingering fruit finish.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation.

O - I'm not sure if it is trying to be a fruit beer or a sour. It does have some nice sour qualities. I'm torn and shall rate it middle of the pack.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear vibrant red with a cap of light pink head.

The aroma is full of sweet cherry aromas. A bit to sweet though, almost makes it seem artificial. The pallet gives off the super sweet cherry flavors. Again, it's just a bit too sweet.

The body is full and sticky with soft carbonation. It really coats the pallet for sure. Overall this one isn't very good. I think it's just too sweet. I was hoping for something lighter and more refreshing. This seems to be more of a dessert.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful candy apple red pour with a finger of pink head. this is a strange looking beer, but i can't help but be mesmerized by the color!

smells of cherry and bready.. not much else there.

sweet cherry up front followed by a nice tart taste, the finishes back with a mellow fruit taste. this is really damn good - the closest thing comparable is a cross between smuttynose hanami ale and new glarus belgian red. a very delicious beer, not sure why i only picked up a single bottle.

light body, crisp and refreshing, medium carbonation. a near perfect summer beer, and fruit beer as well.

i really enjoyed this overall, but i feel like a 12oz bottle is too small of a size.. and the price is a bit steep for the 4 pack ($14???!). it's a good beer, and i will probably end up spending the money on the 4pack next time i see it on the shelf, but i don't think the majority of beer drinkers would spend so much on a fruit beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish pink color with fluffy white head. Aroma of lightly tart cherries, sweet sugar, and definite malt presence. Flavor follows suit with the tart cherries highlighting the flavors, and a definite malt presence that I wasn't expecting. For some reason I thought this would be more like a NG fruit beer, but it comes closer to a SA Cherry Wheat (but of course blows it away). Light palate, strong carbonation, easy drinking. Too bad they stopped making this one.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is cloudy with a mix of coppery orange and rose-pink. About 1/2 finger of pink foam forms and dissipates within a minute or two. Just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S - Tart and flowery cherry aroma is most noticeable with undertones of pineapple. Has a bit of a funky brett-like character to it even. Just barely a hint of caramely sweet malt behind the layers of fruit. Not quite as aromatic as I would hope, even with warming.

T - Sweet and smooth up front. Tastes like cherry pie filling. A little more tartness comes in toward the middle. I also get a metallic flavor that hits the back of my tongue with each sip. Not extremely noticeable, but enough to throw things out of whack a little bit. Very mild, smooth pale malt backbone with just a touch of hop bitterness and some herbal/earthy notes.

M - Thin-to-medium body. Very smooth and drinkable despite being so sweet. Surprisingly dry and clean in the finish. Great for the spring and summer time.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cerise pours a reddish color with a small pink lacy head. The smell has a dry malty undertone, like a pils, with strong sweet tarty cherry aroma. The taste has a mixture of sweet and, with a mellow cherry flavor ontop of a dry pilsner like flavor. Very easy to drink, the fruit isnt over powering, but present. Overall a very nice fruit beer, blended well and great in the summer.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Bright red color with a 1-finger bubbly pink head. Decent retention and lacing. Slightly hazy while still being transparent with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Cherries and a definite wheat malt presence.

T - Sweet, with cherry and wheat malt flavors. At the finish, there may be a very slight presence of earthy, floral hops.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, slightly dry finish. Cherry and wheat sweetness lingers for a little bit.

O - This is a pretty good fruit beer. It’s tasty to be sure, but if the cherry were taken away, the base wheat beer would only be an average beer. The cherry certainly adds to the color, aroma, and taste, but it can only do so much with an average base beer. Still, it’s a pretty good beer, especially if you’re into fruit beers and/or cherries.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous and vibrant cherry red color with pink and purple highlights. Half finger of pink tinted head. Smells of peaches, cherries, and a touch of wheatiness. Touch of medicinal funk. Head is extremely clingy.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Feels almost like the consistency of a rich oatmeal stout oddly. Sweet candy like malts up front followed by rich cherry and peach flavor. Not syrupy at all, more like a berliner weiss with cherries. I feel like theres gotta be a touch of wheat in here due to the palate cleansing finish and lingering after taste. Sweet cherry almond cookie like finish. A touch of nuttiness as well. An extremely layered and complex beer. Touches of cereal like grains. The grain bill on this beer must be a nightmare to brew but it works out so well.

One of the deepest fruit beers I've ever had. Insanely delicate, flavorful, and complicated. This is how fruit is supposed to be used. This is a beer with fruit added. Not a fruit beer.

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Photo of brystmar
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby/orange color, minimal white head. Good lace and decent retention. Aroma reminds me distinctly of cherry-flavored liquid medicine with a touch of Blushing Monk-esque fruit.

Starts off medicinal, then oddly boozy, finishing with artificial cherry flavors. Lingering bitterness feels out of place. This isn't bad, but it's pretty far from being good. A rare miss from the rock stars at Founders.

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Photo of atr2605
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy red color with a strawberry colored head with average retention
S-pretty faint aroma, theres some cherries and a bit of malt
T-honey, wheat, and cherries leaving the cherry flavor in the finish. A bit sweet but the hops take the edge off keeping it balanced enough
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad beer, not anything too fancy or complex but tastes pretty good. Would have again on occasion.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby red color. Head is very thin and pink. Retention is poor. Minimal lacing.
S- The smell is quite mild, but I'm picking up tart cherry and a bit of wheatlike aromas.
T- At first it tastes like a pale wheat beer. Some tart cherries and sweet fruityness. Fairly tart throughout the finish.
M- Tart, ever so slightly puckering in the finish. Pretty full bodied for a fruity beer, low carb.
O- A decent fruit beer. Slightly tart, and it's a decent base beer with the right amount of fruit.

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Photo of darkstar12
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20-ounce pilsner glass

A: Dark ruby red color. Poured with a thin head that dissipated after a minute or so. Decent lacing.

S: no big surprise, smells like sour cherries

T: Very sour cherry flavor, with a sharp bite at the end.

M: Pretty thin body. almost champagne-like carbonation.

O: Nice to try as an experiment, may have one now and then.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this fermented cherry drink in a shaker pint.

Appearance- Whoa, this one pours a cloudy and ruby red. It is a like a cross between a pink lemonade and grapefruit juice. There is almost no foamy stuff anywhere, just some hanging at the side of the glass. This also has a distinct off-white an pink tinge to it.

Smell- I get some wheat and only the faintest hint of cherries. Cerise almost tips over into wine cooler territory with the generic fruit smell it has. Not bad, but it is not bursting with cherry presence.

Taste- A little easier on the palate. I get a distinct cherry bitterness that washes over the tongue for the length of the drink. And just a splash of bing cherry flavor.

The finish has a huge wheat component where I would have like more cherry. However, this is a beer right? And not cherry juice. It even tastes like there is some crystal malt buried underneath everything. Interesting.

Mouth feel- Cerise is smooth as silk. The body is a little on the sparkling side, but it I like that the tingle does not come on until after the drink has been finished. Imagine those huge punch bowls with sherbert in them. It is kind of like that.

Overall- I was not overly impressed nor tunred off by this beer. If you are looking for a generally fruity offering then this will suffice. However, don't think that just because there is a cherry on the bottle that that is what you are going to get.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark purple color with moderate clarity. The head is a one finger light lavender color with average retention and good lacing near the glass.

S: Loaded with cherries, and there's even an underlying bready malt note, too, which mildly surprised me. Let's just call it different and leave it at that.

T: It's not a total cherry bomb - but it's almost a total cherry bomb. Mild bread notes linger throughout the sip, but this is pretty much cherries, cherries, and cherries. The finish is crisp and tart, with a light cream soda note building up slightly. Better than I expected, to be honest.

M: Spritzy, but not as light as it could be. Still, it comes close to drinking like water, which is always great on a hot (make that pleasantly warm) summer day.

O: It's always good to have your expectations exceeded. There's enough of a non-cherry character to make it a worthwhile summer staple. Founders does it again? I think so.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a weird one. pours majorly cloudy pink color, like pepto bismol almost. small lacey white head. not totally appetizing in appearance, but most certainly intriguing. smells like cherries and an overdoese of yeast. not a sour beer, but soe definite tartness going on. flavor isnt bad at all, lots of fresh cherries, which is the dominant flavor by far, but some interesting yeast character and a crisp finish. mouthfeel is weird, this is a heavy beer in a lighter genre, its almost too much to drink a glass of this, let alone several. good carbonation but kind of chalky. overall i am glad i tried this, but this assuredly isnt the brew that made founders famous. not bad, very out there.

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Photo of gdrydenc
2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks very cool, pink with light pink/white head. Not a typical color for a beer, which is very unique.

S - Light smell of cherries, but sweet cherries, not tart like I was hoping. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot to the smell of this beer.

T - Sickly sweet with no tartness to balance this out. If this had the nice tartness of a typical cherry, I wouldn't be nearly as disappointed. I don't like the taste of this.

M - The mouthfeel might be the one redeeming quality of this beer, it finishes clean and crisp.

Overall, this beer is a disappointment. I can confidently say that this is the first time I've ever been disappointed by a Founders beer. Unfortunately, this is a drain pour, which is a first for Founders.

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Photo of yamar68
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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?

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a wine taster. There is a nice ruby color. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma has a little bit of cherry, with a good dose of typical malt and yeast sprinkled in. The aroma isn't super strong, but well balanced.

The taste is mostly sweet medicinal flavor. There is a sweet aftertaste. This isn't super sweet, but there isn't anything to balance out the sweetness. I thought the look was good and the nose didn't turn me off. But I won't finish drinking this.

I'll pass, but for those who like sweeter fruit beers, I could see the appeal for this one.

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Photo of zachary80
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/15/12

Light pink head with good retention and lots of lacing. Body is a darker red, slight brown hues. Similar to a lambic.

Aroma is pure cherry - tart and lightly sweet.

Flavor is also dominated by cherry but with a little more complexity on the finish. The cherry is really great in this beer, I just wish there was something else too it.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing notable. Maybe a little on the heavier side, and somewhat smooth.

Overall an enjoyable, super-cherry beer.

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