Founders Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #305
Ranked #42,811
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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ryanhooks81 from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

More interesting to me than Blushing Monk. Starts off with moderately sweet, tart cherries, sweetness becomes more dominate towards the end. There's an odd taste present in the back ground. Artificial cherry syrup taste maybe?

May 31, 2015
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Doesn't taste/feel like beer. Thinner than beer, kinda like seltzer.

Tastes ands feels exactly like smarties candy in seltzer/ club soda. Will pass on this in the future

Jan 08, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Cerise is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale based on cherry. Previously available in summer seasonal 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft, this beer has been retired in lieu of Rubæus, and unavailable since 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Founders snifter. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy ecru-champagne head of a frothy consistency over a murky, dense maple body. Retention is below average, lacing is light and spotty. 2.75

(Smell) The cherry aroma is upfront, slightly syrupy and tart over a moderate syrupy body. The aroma is very sweet. Potency is moderate. There isn't a lot going on with the aroma of this beer, but as far as cherry ales go, the aroma of this one is perhaps as inviting as it gets, with a decent blend of cherry syrup and tart cherry juice. 3.25

(Taste) Sweet, syrupy cherry flavor with an underlying tartness. The malt profile is a bit mushy and faded by this point, but the cherry flavor pushes on boldly. Finishes slightly dry and metallic. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry, acidic, slightly syrupy. Carbonation generates a soft fizz for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over tart. Alcohol presence is moderate, some mild oxidation properties of cardboard and medicine are creeping in at this point. 3.5

(Drinkability) It's no more nor less fruity than Rubæus, boldly fruity nonetheless. Expect a lot of sweet and tart cherry character over a lighter malt body. Expect the worst if you find a bottle of this at any store, as it has been discontinued for over two years as I write this, and is almost certainly a shell of its former self. 3.5

Founders Brewing Co.'s
Cerise Cherry Fermented Ale

Aug 12, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a dark blood red with a head that has a pink hue. Nose is cherries, green vegetables, and stale cereal. Taste is a bit stronger cherry, gets a touch medicinal. Finish is slightly tart, a big syrupy body and moderate carbonation. Not the best fruited beer.

Jul 18, 2014
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - reddish iced-tea color, pinkish cap is a bit watery but with some worthy legs of lace.

Aroma - tart cherry aroma, soft with an interesting cinnamon edge.

Taste - definitely a sweeter, almost cidery beer. A few metallic noted outta the gate. A nice tart bite on the swallow, Michigan cherries of course. Slightly oxidized on the aftertaste, but the sample is aged a little beyond what I would recommend. Still finishes tasty, tart, and dry.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, again reminiscent of a cider. Average body a good fit for the style.

Overall - good spring/summer beer, provided you like cherries. Not as stately as Quelque Chose, but certainly more sessionable.

Apr 12, 2014
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CaptJackHarkness from New York

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Per label : "Malt Beverage brewed with cherry puree."

The aroma is a sweet cherry scent. Pours a headless rose red and slightly cloudy. Looks like a black cherry soda with less carbonation! The taste is more of a wine cooler than an ale! Cherry is bold and upfront, faint grain on the back. I noted a sediment on the bottom of bottle post pour. If this were a BMC brew it would be called a "malternative".
That being said, I liked it very much for what it is. A nice fruit flavored drink!

Feb 03, 2014
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raynmoon from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. Looks great but smells like Coors light. It has a weird musty smell. Not so great. But it tastes pretty nice. It has a very juicy cherry flavor, followed by some grain. Goes down smooth.

If only this was sour mashed, it would add the perfect Kick. Not bad though.

Jan 06, 2014
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Cerise
On draft at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

Appearance: rose red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: grain and light cherry.

Taste: nice malt, pleasant cherry, and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a very pleasant brew. It is very smooth and the flavors mesh very well. It is a perfect summer drink.

Nov 23, 2013
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep cherry hue accompanies a champagne like fizzy head. The foam takes on a pale reddish coloring and the color of this ale starts towards a purple.

The scent is a light cherry juice and a bit of malt. Entirely to weak to rate highly it is very nice and aromatic.

The flavor is a real cherry tartness with an earthy vibe. The flavor is a real cherry and not a store bought syrup. The beer is evident in a supporting malt flavor that lies just underneath.

The feel is fizzy with some exuberant carbonation by it makes the ale feel more alive.

I prefer Rubaeus, as I like raspberry more than cherry, but this is an excellent ale and a nice break from all the overly hop beers out there.

Oct 06, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in body, white suds atop. Smell very malty to the point that the tart cherry depth is muted, leaving us with a candy cherry perfume. Taste is a touch better, but still nothing special, sweet and tartness of the cherry are the only dynamics of interest. Body is extremely light and thin, just doesn't come together like other cherry fruit beers do. Go across lake michigan for NG's belgian red instead

Aug 24, 2013
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archiebunkerjr from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Aug 18, 2013
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into Fullers goblet. Given to me by a friend who didn't care for the style. bottled on 6/6/12.

poured aggressively, nice head initially which dissipated to ring of foam. nice medium claret coloring. Clear

Smell was faintly cherry, not too strong at all.

Taste was initially tart, but finished on the sweet side. Goes down well in the warm weather.

Mouthful was fruity, medium. not cloying at all.

Overall, a nice beer on a hot day. Would wonder how it would taste fresh, but pleasant after a year in the bottle.

Jul 27, 2013
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PorterLambic from Florida

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively into a standard pint glass produces a dark reddish brown and cloudy liquid with a well sustained, faintly pink, creamy looking head that subsides very slowly while leaving some very nice lacing.
Smell is faint with notes of malt, cherry cough syrup and floral, maybe gardenia.
Taste is a weird mix of the floral and cherry syrup with the malt very faint, not a main participant.
Medium bodied at best with a tingly effervescence, much like a lambic which is my best guess as to what they were aiming for. I like lambics, but I'm glad I only have two of these to drink. The overly artificial flavor/nose is depressing. Being from Michigan myself and aware of the heritage of cherry growing in the state, I really wanted to like this a lot but I can't honestly say I do. Finally a Founders beer I don't want more of.

May 21, 2013
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downeyj4 from Michigan

3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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).

Apr 30, 2013
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finstadp from Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Apr 24, 2013
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JustinAniello from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours ruby red with minimal head, dissipates very quickly to a webbed cap and small but sticky lacing.

S - Dark cherries and bread take up the majority of the nose, possible spice in the background.

T - Flavor matches the scent well. Dark cherries with a hint of sweetness gives way to the slight tartness you would expect from real cherries. Light breadiness throughout.

M - Light body that goes well but too much carbonation in my opinion.

O - Overall not a bad beer, but a bit too much like a cherry soda. Needs less carbonation and the sourness is a little overpowering in the end. Not on the top of the list for fruit beers.

Apr 09, 2013
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, alongside a few other Founders brews. )First brew back after a bit of a stomach bug, so I wanted something easy drinking to wean me back in!)

Poured into a Founders glass. Bright cherry red, a half inch of head that recedes into a fluffy ring.

Nose is tart cherries, a bit of bready malt and citrus.

Tastes like sweet cherry juice and not much else. I'm really not getting the tartness of the cherries that others are getting. I know it's not supposed to be a kriek, but man this could have used some sour, muskiness to balance the sweet cherries. It's tasty, went down way to fast, but offered no resistance.

Tasty, but not something I'd get again. There's other cherry brews out there that offer more of a diverse palate than this one. Though to their credit, I don't think I've drank a faster 6.5% bottle of beer before.

Mar 09, 2013
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milliCAN from Indiana

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Violently poured into a tulip.

This beer looks like dessert. A nice red tint to the foamy head.

It smells of wet lumber to me but in the best way possible, like walking outside after a rain to go back to splitting logs.

The taste is a pleasant tart and a dry finish like a Malbec. As it warms up I have a hard time not downing it in large gulps.

Overall I like this beer a lot.I wish I had more.

Feb 27, 2013
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