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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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1,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-09-2012 01:36:33 | More by Zach136
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Pours a beautiful cherry red with a very thin bright white head that dissipates almost immediately without any residual lacing.
S. Light malt background with some cinnamon and some tart cherry.
T. Spicy upfront (cinnamon) with acidic cherries as you swallow. The cherry becomes more evident as you continue drinking - it develops into a cherry tart flavor.
M. Wonderful. Thick body with a light level of carbonation.
D. This is a delicious brew. My wife gave it two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:47:14 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-01-2012 15:22:19 | More by sendbeer
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MButkus


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-27-2012 20:49:52 | More by MButkus
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-04-2012 22:53:50 | More by bradfordjohnson
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Bank_of_Bad_Habits


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-15-2012 03:01:56 | More by Bank_of_Bad_Habits
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IPx

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-26-2012 15:00:19 | More by IPx
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-04-2012 04:07:14 | More by inbierveritas
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-18-2013 20:15:31 | More by browniewithnuts
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jschott75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-27-2013 19:33:38 | More by jschott75
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fgilbert2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-22-2013 04:11:45 | More by fgilbert2
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:38:10 | More by vette2006c5r
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

01-10-2013 21:00:33 | More by BlissJunkie
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gpawned

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-27-2012 07:24:35 | More by gpawned
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ltltony

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-22-2012 16:43:48 | More by ltltony
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-13-2012 03:42:42 | More by pearljam118
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ToasterChef

Maine

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

The beer is translucent and ruby colored. A thn head of pink foam rests on top.

Black cherry aroma with some musty yeast.

The beer has a very nice fruit flavor. Cherries are a bunny and provide a robust sweetness that canned cherry pie filling wishes it had. I detect no sourness, so Kirk fans be warned. A subtle black cherry flavor lingers after I swallow.

The beer has plenty of carbonation. The tiny bubbles play on my tongue. A coat is left behind, but it isn't a very sticky beer.

I like this one a lot. It is a well made fruit beer that doesn't feel gimmicky or overly sweet. I'll definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 02:26:42 | More by ToasterChef
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duceswild

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:15:59 | More by duceswild
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, with a hint of red in color. Rich, white froth and light lace. Attractive.

Nice aroma of cherry and wood, but understated. Unusual and interesting.

Taste is bold, and well palatable. The cherry isn't weird or artificial (as similar fruit beers can be). It's more of a sour cherry, maybe like a lambic almost. Nice! Registers on my taste buds more akin to a smooth wine, maybe. I get a dry, lingering finish as well, and an ever-so-slight nuttiness.

Quite a balanced brew and an unheralded winner, though not surprising from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 19:15:44 | More by secondtooth
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It certainly looks good. Pinkish foam over a ruby body with orange highlights. It's hazy but it's obviously intended to be. Small particles of yeast can be seen floating within. Unfortunately, the head retention is a bit limited and it dwindles shortly to a thin collar and whispy surface covering.

The nose is fruit-pulp-like with a hint of watermelon rind, strawberry, cherry, and subtle tartness.

The flavor is sweet and tart, bursting with berry and cherry flavor. Intense! It's almost like a Jolly Racher, there's just too much flavor there! I should note however, that unlike candy, there's absolutely nothing artificial about the fruitiness here. Kudos for that!

Overall, it's loaded with cherry, just the right amount of tartness, and it's somewhat spritzy, light, and refreshing. Nicely done! One of the better straightforward fruit beers I've tasted!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 21:29:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 6/23/11 into snifter.

Aroma: Perfumy honeysuckle, dark cherry, strawberries, and clover honey.

Appearance: Beautiful, crystal-clear golden-copper, 1 finger off-white head slowly dissipates (actually more slowly than anticipated). A thin film of bubbles remains until finished.

Flavor: Candied, dried cherries. Definitely leans more toward the sweet end of the flavor spectrum. Some tartness and light bitterness seek to provide some balance, but can't compete w/ the sweetness. Fortunately, not cloying or syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-light carbonation. Slightly-slick mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd recommend Cerise for someone who loves cherry flavor, but is not into ultra-tart krieks. This one might be too sweet for some, but I say it's just right. It manages to stay just this side of cloying. I could see vanilla notes working extremely well in a barrel-aged version of this!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:33:44 | More by mdvatab
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, paying $4.50 for a single, I said "this better be good". Then I saw average reviews and lowered my expectations. good thing, because this beer isn't bad at all. I know I have not tried Wisconsin Belgian Red, but this is what i would expect. Nice sour notes and enough cheery flavor to hit the spot. Not sure of any realy flaws. Founders always does it right.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 23:29:07 | More by Backer2004
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very interesting looking stuff here! Rose-colored with quite a bit of haze, with a finger of pink head. Retention is fairly short but surprisingly some lacing is left behind.

S - I'm not sure if there's actual cinnamon in Cerise, but cinnamon is the first aroma to hit and very distinct. Underneath is a simple cherry tartness with trace of candylike or artificial notes. Nothing "beer-y" that I can find, just simple, clean, and upfront fruit.

T - For something called a "beer" this tastes very little of any sort of grain, and I can't find a trace of hops. That being said, it still tastes great. Moderately sweet cherry comes in immediately bringing with it a pleasant tartness that grows throughout the sip. Late palate with the sweetness at it's lowest and the tartness at its peak, vague notions of grain bounce around, but it's not a flavor I can pinpoint in every sip. The finish and aftertaste yeild more of the cinnamon from the nose.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Curiously, other reviewers have described this brew as "spritzy;" I don't know if my bottle is off or what but the low carbonation suits it well, maintaining the sweet/sour balance.

D - As has been the case during this review, it's really hard to think of Cerise as a beer. The whole time I've been thinking of a sort of sparkling wine with some obviously lowered ABV. At any rate this stuff tastes great which is almost unheard of when brewers start throwing fruit in their beer. Although you won't find the seamlessness or pure synergy of fruit and beer as in the case of Bell's Cherry Stout, you will get a very clean beverage showcasing natural tasting fruit rather than a sort of fruit "esscence" superimposed on a weak, off-tasting American wheat. Cerise wouldn't be a bad choice to have a couple of, it certainly goes down without a fight. I can also pleasurably imagine finishing off a night with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 05:41:11 | More by PatrickJR
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 23:02:19 | More by johnnnniee
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superspak

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:23:38 | More by superspak
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.