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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

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BA SCORE
82
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1,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 1389
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%


Brewed by:
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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BB1313

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice ruby red, decent white head that fades quickly and not much lacing, but nice color. The aromas are simply fresh cherries and cherry peel. The taste is somewhat intense, very tart, slightly sour. This one's all cherries, almost like cherry juice. There seems to be a lack of malt, and clearly no hop presence, which was expected. The mouthfeel is pretty fizzy and finishes dry. Interesting beer, that is okay to enjoy, but not one I'd want to really drink ALOT of. This kind of reminds me of Juicy Juice.

I'm a huge fan of cherries, and the cherry presence is authentic, but the sweetness bring this one down a tad. It's also one dimensional for the most part, but it's a beer worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:12:12 | More by BB1313
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer comes across like a little less cerise in the appearance versus just like a normal beer, sure there are some running pink highlights through it, and some pinkish white head. Overall, its still pretty. Aroma, eh, more like some cherry kids drink.

The taste is much the same, far from authentic quality cherries here, but its not sugared up water either, there's a decent malt aspect to it, and even minimal hops, but for a Founders product, its pretty disappointing to have to say its unqualified enough and results in an average rating. Mouthfeel, the carbonation is there, but there was nothing heavy taste or flavor wise, so I'm still kind of confounded. Ultimately, this beer neither delivers on the potential of cherries. It doesn't have the awesome cherry flavor of something like New Glarus, and lacks the tartness of some of the more sour cherry beers (Cascade, Allagash, belgians etc. . . ).

So who is this beer for? I dunno. Can't figure that market out. Its not a bad beer, but its far from even average in the Founders lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 16:12:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pink color. Head is vague and white, not much lacing, if any.

Tons of sweet cherries, but in a lighter fashion. Not sugary or overly sweet. Smell is slightly tart.

No tartness :( Not sweet. Very smooth cherry, but nothing exciting or fancy.

Great carbonation, not overly cherry or over tired.

An intriguing brew, but not well thought out. It's too light with no defining characteristics. It's relaxed and enjoyable, but not heavy or expansive. Not too recommended if your a lover of more tart fruit brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:35:58 | More by chugalug06
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: nice looking deep pinkish red color, slightly hazy, with fleeting pink foamy head. decent lacing.

s: faint sour cherry, lots of sweetness

t: the tartness of the cherries is overwhelmed by the cherry/malt sweetness. also getting a sort of metallic flavor.

m: light to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: not a fan. wish it was more tart than sweet and the metallic flavor was offputting.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 14:20:19 | More by pisano
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours an amber pinkish red with no foam to speak of

S - slight hints of cherry and some light malt

T - strong sour cherry flavor that gets you in the back of your jaw

M/D - nice carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little weird to me, i like the sour cherries but its almost too fruity. Its like drinking a wine cooler

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 18:34:51 | More by mikereaser
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruby pink reddish in color, a relative nice head and no memorable lacing.

S: Fruity tones, sugar.

T: Could easily pass for boones farm in a blind tasting. Sweet, tart, bitter, all in the same shot. The cherry is big and so is all the sugar. Straight up two old guys on the porch rocking in the chairs type of aspect. Beware.

M: Check for cavities. Sweet.

D: Not too much.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 04:53:54 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - What can I say, I'm a sucker for red beers. A clearish red color with a minimal pink head. Head didn't stick around long.

S - Well it's malty, but it's a bit heavy on the cherries, so much so it seems slightly artificial, like a sugar fruit drink.

T - Pretty cherryish, slightly artificial, slightly tastes like medicine, but it is hard to get a cherry brew right. Sadly, Wisconsin Belgian Red set the standard for me, and that is pretty hard to live up to.

M - Light, thin, carbonated.

D - Well not hard to drink, but I don't want this again, would rather have a beer that doesn't taste so much like a fruit drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 05:08:09 | More by AgentZero
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger head of foam, very good lacing.

Very sweet cherries in the smell, some of the sweet very sugar like.

Lots of cherry sweet in the taste with very mild sour notes, lots of sugary sweetness and a cough syrup kind of taste that takes over after a few sips. Maybe some cinnamon. Weird but not off putting to where I'd say this is disgusting.

Close to full bodied, medium carbonation, and fairly drinkable. An interesting experiment by Founders. Some work really well, some don't.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:57:54 | More by Bitterbill
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.
Bottled on 05/25/2012.

Dull rose in color beneath a thin, creamy, pink-tinted head. The thin head lasts for a moment before receding to a semi-intact sheet leaving a bit of thin lacing down the tulip's sides.

The primary aroma is a 'clean' must over a surprisingly sweet malt base; mild heavy cream, caramel, and even a touch of toffee. The cherry comes into play only at the very end, adding just an ever so mild tartness.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor from the beginning of this offering is a clean and natural, mouth-puckering tartness. As sharp and surprising as the initial sour quality is, the creamy sweetness is equally pronounced which provides an odd vanilla flavor.The finish is a bit dry followed by a tart, must-filled cherry and raspberry.

Medium bodied; extremely creamy on the palate, which I am having a tough time reconciling with the sour flavor aspects.

A real unique fruit-based beer. Interesting flavors on their own, but not quite harmonious together. I really couldn't imagine having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:16:20 | More by NEhophead
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pinkish color out of the bottle with good carbonation but once it settled it was deep cranberry color. Nose is all cherries. Very sweet and sugary cherries. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, ripe cherries. Very tart on taste and mouthfeel. One will be enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 14:24:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found. twist cap.

tasted in early june 2009

pinkish red w faintly orange, amber tint. light pink, 1-finger head, soon fades to wisps and ring. some thin half-rings of lace.

aroma: cherries, almost artificial at times, but interesting. perhaps some skins too. whiffs of leafy hop and possible trace of malt?

taste: fruity light acidity, cherries a little more fresh, lightly sweet, but with a watered down character. some medicinal notes too, especially in finish. maybe a faint bitterness?

slightly thin and watery, w/ acidic texture, especially in finish. somewhat fizzy carbonation, giving some lift and fliuffiness, but overall just makes it all just taste like soda.

drinkable, but why bother? just drink a cherry soda and add vodka.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 08:02:21 | More by tai4ji2x
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Interesting orange rose color. Great clarity. Thin layer of white head. Medium carbonation. It smells like yeast and so very lightly of cherries. Very subtle aroma happening. My first impression in the taste is these are incredibly strange flavors. Right off the bat, I kind of don't like drinking this beer. It has a deep cherry flavor, but odd other tastes blended in. A slight syrup-sweetness to it that I'm not fond of. Not much maltiness or hoppiness to speak of, maybe some malted wheat. Very much so a desert beer.

Glad I tested one instead of gambling on the four pack. It did grow on me a little. I did finish the beer. But I would try something else before having again. I feel like as the acidity and carbonation faded, the beer improved in mouthfeel and taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 14:57:40 | More by mlazzaro
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Jenkster4

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Founders Snifter.
Look: Sort of a ruby red. Pretty translucent, and a fingers worth of head on the topside.

Nose: Nothing that really smacks you in the face. Some grainy notes along with some faint sourness from the cherry.

Taste: You get some tart from the cherries, and a sweet malt taste. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries.

Mouth: This is a smooth easy- drinking beer. Rather refreshing.

Overall: Not a bad offering. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't think I would seek out for it, however.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 18:12:50 | More by Jenkster4
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know its shocking, but this beer pours cherry red when emptied into a tulip glass, resembling a sparkling red wine. There is a little white head leaving delicate lacing around the edge of the glass.

There is a very subtle aroma of sour Michigan cherry, but little else in the nose.

As far as taste is concerned, the flavors are muted. It has the most pronounced real cherry flavor of any "cherry flavored beer", comparing it to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and the ilk, but there is little else to the taste, apart from a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. The beer is perfectly carbonated for the style and keeps the flavors from getting too intense.

Overall, a decent beer, but one I won't go out of my way for again. I may change my mind once I try to make a beer float out of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 21:40:31 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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Gobzilla

California

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark ruby red in color with fucia highlights and a thin bubbly pink head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass. Big on the grains upfront on the nose with hints of cherry fruit, slight citrus and a little malty sweetness presence. Like the nose suggested it was filled with a variety of grains in the flavor alongside muted cherry fruit character, malty sweetness, hints of citrus and a touch of juice. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, grainy, slightly fruity and thin crisp finish. Just a decent fruit beer and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:54:01 | More by Gobzilla
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

This is wrong on so many levels. To be fair, Founders Cerise should be reviewed for Wine Cooler Advocate; however here we are. It pours a pale red (I can't write "pi**") with some fizz on top, but not anything I'd call a head.

The smell, taste, and after-taste (!) are like cheap cherry wine. The feel is sparkly and refreshing. There is no denying that it's drinkable, it just should not be allowed to call itself "ale."

I can imagine a group of 21 year olds drinking Founders Cerise at a pool party, along with umbrella drinks; however, after finishing one today, I feel like I need to follow it with a beer (and possibly a shot of testosterone).

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 20:21:40 | More by MetalHopHead6
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep, hazy pink under nearly no head to speak of. Some lace, no retention.

S: Mostly a faint malt and tart cherry. Nothing too great.

T: Malty with a decent tart, sour cherry mixed in. A bit grapefruit like at times. Again, nothing too great.

M/D: Light bodied, prickly carbonation but seems appropriate. OK drinkability. A good bit of cherry, but the taste is just too off make this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 01:19:56 | More by NCSUdo
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy red-orange with a slight head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma is lightly sweet with a strong cherry character.

Taste is completely cherry, with a massively tart finish that I was not initially prepared for. Flavorful for what it is, but lacks any malt or hops to give it a definite 'beer' quality. There does remain a subdued yeast funkiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild syrupy quality.

Flavorful, but doesn't taste like beer at all. More like a very well made wine cooler. Worth a try to satisfy my curiosity, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:11:17 | More by Blakaeris
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ahalloin

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 12 oz. stubby screw off bottle that Founders likes into a nice tulip sort of glass.
A: A steady pour revealed little in the way of head, but what formed was a reddish tinged wispyness that quickly dissipated to almost nothing. The fluid poured is a cloudy dull "strawberry Starburst" color with bubbles collecting on the glass and then releasing to the top.

S: The aroma has small elements of the added cherry puree but it is fairly subtle. The more dominant smell is the toasty malted backbone. The cherry element is definitely reminiscent of red cherries as opposed to black cherries.

T: Taste is aggressively tart cherry with a slightly sweet finish. The tartness is so present the beer has a pucker factor to it. Somewhere in the middle I am detecting some notes of toasty malt and a slight bit of alcohol.

MF: The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat thin with little carbonation retained.

D: I dunno... I think one is enought for a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:37:56 | More by ahalloin
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red grapefruit color with a tiny white head. No retention and no lacing at all. No apparent carbonation activity.

Smell: Mostly barley malt and generally vacant otherwise. Cherry isn't apparent at all.

Taste: Tart cherry is the majority for flavor. Underlying base malt is earthy. Tart & sweet beer, sort of Jolly Rancher like.

Mouthfeel: Tart, tannins and no carbonation. No noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew. A little too one-dimensional for me. Some brettanomyces might develop flavor complexity. A decent brew though.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 17:24:21 | More by Risser09
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rose color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cherries, sweet and tart. Taste like it smells, more tart than sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:52:11 | More by tone77
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colefsuwr

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 20:53:04 | More by colefsuwr
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An orange color with tinges of red. Slight haze. Even with a rough pour this didn't leave much head. Some lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smelled of heavy caramel malts with light cherries and not a whole lot else.

The flavor is slightly sour and plenty sweet, with the cherry flavor dominating the caramel malt background. Little else is really detectable. Lacks complexity but is fairly nice.

Feels slick, slightly coating and leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied and not very carbonated.

Drinks low for a fruit beer. Would make a nice after dinner dessert beer, but I'd prefer to split a bottle rather than drink it all to myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:48:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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StLThrash

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

A - reddish orange hue. No head whatsoever, no lacing.

S - Cherry tartness, almost an apricot scent. Didn't get any hops at all.

T & M - This beer is actually a malt liquor according to the bottle, so can't really compare to other beers. It did taste of sour cherries and had a lot of carbonation / fizz to it. Reminded me of a cider.

D - If you like cider or malted beverages like a Mike's Hard Lemonade or something like that, you might like this.

Wasn't my cup of tea. I usally like all Founders beers, but this one let me down a bit. Again, it's completely different than other beers, so keep that in mind. Don't buy this and expect it to taste like a cherry wheat (Sam Adams) or cherry stout (Bells).

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 12:56:02 | More by StLThrash
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a copper hue with a hint of red. Full head initially which faded down pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

The smell was far too light to pick much out of. Regardless of how close I put my nose, it was weak. The only thing I picked out after a while was a mild miscellaneous fruit aroma.

The taste was considerably accurate to what you'd expect from cherries. That being said, it was a pretty straightforward beer. The cherry flavor was there, but was fairly mild. A traditional beer base was there to support the cherry flavor, but it wasn't all that much more interesting than the cherries. Complexity aside, the beer was blended quite well, and it was subtle and smooth where the flavors could have been rough and clashed. Cerise offers an alternative for people who may like fruitier drinks more than beer, as it seems to be stretched away from traditional like so many other fruit brews.

The mouthfeel is medium to full with some extra carbonation contributing. The carbonation is soft enough and has a fairly minimal presence. The finish is fairly dry and considerably sticky.

Overall, I came into this thinking that it could be the one brew from Founders that I wouldn't love, and while that ended up being true, I still liked it, but there are other fruity offerings out there that I think are volumes above. I think anybody looking for a fruity brew would get their fix from this though.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:00:48 | More by BBP
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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