Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #215
Ranked #26,998
3.62 | pDev: 14.09%
May 23, 2022
Apr 03, 2009
Notes: You’ll have a soft spot for this one. Using only fresh Michigan tart cherries, this beauty tantalizes with intense flavors combined with a no hesitation malt bill. Adding fresh cherries at five separate stages of fermentation achieves the ultimate balance between tartness and sweetness
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Photo of Jmilton
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Jmilton from Michigan

Nice crisp fruity taste made for a summer night on a deck.

May 23, 2022
Photo of mschrei
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mschrei from Illinois

Much better than rated. It’s carbonated alcoholic cherry juice. Like NyQuil but with a bit more flavor and less alcohol. Mouth feel is really good.

Feb 12, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by eonbluekarma from Michigan

Pours with sudsy head that reduces to a respectable mm level. Decent lacing around glass after sips. Smell is pure michigan cherry; sour and earthy. Malt forward balances out the cherry and gives a spectacular mouthfeel. Overall, on par or better than their rubaeus (raspberry) offering.

Dec 17, 2021
3.81 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on Nov 06, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

Founders Cerise.. I'm not normally a fan of fruit beers, but I love Founders, and they do a great job on the raspberry in their Big Luscious, so I thought I would give this a shot. Appealing also, that it is infrequently produced, and sold only in Michigan. Pouring 12.oz can into a pint glass, a reddish amber glow emerges, with a white, slightly pink two finger head. The scent is exactly as advertised here.. tart cherries over a malt ale, sour and light cinnamon notes. The taste is sweeter than the smell.. apple notes offset the tart cherriness (the two fruits are closely related, botanically), and the whole concoction tastes as much a soda as a beer, although the 5.7% ABV will sully that perception if you drink enough of it. A slightly sticky mouthfeel adds to the soft drink aura. It's not my style, but it's not a bad beer either.

Sep 23, 2021
3.93 by Meddwol from Michigan on Sep 11, 2021
3.3 by odement from Michigan on Aug 07, 2021
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Pours a bright pink color with a short, white, fizzy head and minimal lacing.

The smell is slightly tart, slight sweet cherry.

The taste is tart and sweet cherry with a hint of cinnamon and spice.

The mouthfeel is medium body, light, refreshing, a bit fizzy.

Overall, this is really enjoyable. Great flavor. Almost like Rubeaus but with cherries. I'd love to mix this with FBS or KBS.

Jul 03, 2021
3.87 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Nov 22, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Dark copper to amber in color with a solid inch of densely packed creamy beige on top. The aroma is of tart cherries. I’m tasting tart and crisp cherries. The mouth is crisp and refreshing.

Sep 27, 2020
3.82 by DruC4 from Michigan on Aug 03, 2020
3.71 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Jul 23, 2020
3.58 by Calraven from Michigan on Jul 04, 2020
3.84 by Giggy from Michigan on Jun 30, 2020
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 01, 2020
3.41 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Sep 22, 2019
Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

Appearance is a rubyish clear liquid with about a finger and a half worth of white foam with a pinkish tint. Aroma is tart cherries. I. Taste of this beer is very similar to rubaeus with cherries and a little tart but nowhere near sour. Mouthfeel is very smooth, light, with a slight bit of pickling that coats the mouth. Overall this is a slightly better rubaeus with a sweet aspect at the end. Thanks for the chance Justin!

Aug 11, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

Appearance - Pours clear light ruby color with light pink head, good retention. Sheets of lacing.

Aroma - Light cherry aroma not much else, tart and sweet.

Taste - Drinks like natural cherry juice, sweet and tart at the same time.

Feel - Medium bodied slightly dry

Overall - I think this is pretty tasty like natural cherry flavor not medicinal as expected.

Jun 21, 2019
3.82 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on May 05, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dd53grif from Michigan

Picked up a six-pack at the Grand Rapids Taproom (part of the 2019 Mothership Series). Kind of underwhelming after enjoying Blushing Monk. A very mild flavour. Cherries are not very strong. Pours a pinkish head and light reddish brew. No overpowering smell. Just an average beer.

May 01, 2019
3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2019
3.75 by Spaten454 from Texas on Jul 21, 2018
3.63 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan on Nov 01, 2017
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3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Many times I have pondered about this beer and always have had a tough time trying to figure it out, but finally, I feel confident enough in saying something about this beer.
The appearance was a semi-hazy dark pink to red color with a white foamy head that slid off at a pretty quick pace. No lace.
The aroma had some sweet cherries with a super light tart cherry skin and then a subtle grassy smooth sweetness to it.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side initially but developed into the tartness as it warmed. An ample amount of the sweetness rides into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Not cloying, but the sweetness does seem to linger a bit more than expected running along my tongue. ABV did feel appropriate. Carbonation did feel just a touch under and honestly, every bottle I've ever had of this, I have always thought this was under carbonated.
Overall, the aromas and the flavors are the best thing about this beer, but to be honest when it comes to a Founders fruit beer, I tend to stick with Rubaeus or Mango Magnificio (perhaps a sly bias towards "heat" beers, not sure).

Jun 27, 2017
2 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2017
4.21 by OriginalWayOut from North Carolina on Dec 25, 2016
4 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2016
3.65 by plumcrazyfx from Minnesota on Mar 03, 2016
3.32 by HopsHopenstein from Connecticut on Jan 30, 2016
3.98 by shopk from Illinois on Jan 14, 2016
3.73 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Jan 04, 2016
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3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Muted colors with gold, light brown and pink hues to it. Expected more pink. Aroma was just as much cherry as it was malt, neither of which was all that much.

Taste doesn't get enough cherry, not overly sweet, but not overly beer-ish either. I guess this is their attempt at a girlfriend beer.

Dec 31, 2015
3.8 by JimmyShaker1 from Illinois on Dec 20, 2015
4.16 by csv from Michigan on Oct 20, 2015
3.98 by LTreezly from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ryanhooks81 from Georgia

This beer hasn't been brewed since 2012. This bottle is from 2012. Poured into snifter. Light red, hazy. My first cerise. Pretty sweet. A lot of sediment. Light-medium carbonation. Full bodied. Pretty good. I'd like to check it out next to a fresh one.

Oct 13, 2015
4.33 by rudabegga9 from Georgia on Oct 13, 2015
3.58 by SharkNado from Pennsylvania on Oct 12, 2015
3.34 by ductape28 from Michigan on Oct 02, 2015
3.3 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Sep 01, 2015
Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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