Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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Photo of zoso1967
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerise pours an odd orange/red/pink color that I have always found pretty interesting. It almost looks like the product of artificial coloring, though I am certain they did not use any. The head is beige with a definite pink cast to it as well. It has decent retention and leaves pretty nice lace.

The aroma of this beer is equal parts tart cherry and bready malt. It smells sweet and refreshing, but at the same time not very interesting.

The cherries really come through in the flavor with plenty of tart cherry character mixing with sweet malt and a bit of spice as well. I am trying to figure out if the spice is the result of wheat, hops, or perhaps just comes from the tart cherries, but I am unable to decide. Whatever the case Cerise has a very nice flavor that is enjoyably fruity without being too sweet.

This is a light to medium bodied brew that has fairly effervescent carbonation. It is pretty amazing how cleanly this brew finishes. Honestly it finishes more like a light fruit juice than a beer. I really enjoy all of the tartness in the finish.

Cerise is a very good fruit beer. I am not a huge fan of beers like this, but Founders definitely did an excellent job with it and I am finding myself enjoying it quite a bit. I actually think I like this much better than the last time I had it, though that was years ago. I would think this would pair very well with a creamy dessert.

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Photo of levifunk
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - see through, but somewhat cloudy. white head.

s - smell is sour and funky. sweet cherries buried deep.

t - same as nose, but in opposite order. sweet cherries on the front, followed by funk and sour.

m - medium body. on the bigger side of carbonation, making it feel lighter and refreshing.

overall - very drinkable. i was expecting something sweeter and fruitier. this is more along the lines of a sour or farmhouse. Its a good beer though. cherry flavor rounds it out well.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Gordon Biersch 0.4l glass (13.53oz).

Appearance- Beautiful clear red with zero head. This is a very pretty looking beer.

Smell- Honestly, I do not care for the smell that much. Some fake cherry smell. Cherry candy like a lollipop.

Taste- This is where the beer comes through. Very nice cherry flavor. Some apple. Not very beer-like though. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, lightly carbonated. Very light. Doesn't coat the palate.

Overall- This is a nice, refreshing beer from Founders, whom I think make great beers. Totally a summer beer, but I'm still enjoying it in November.

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Photo of codsmith
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light red with a thin amount of white foam head that laces the glass nicely

S: The bitterness from the cherries really comes through off the head.

T: Its almost like a white wine mixed with sour cherries. Might be a good summer beer for people that don't want a true beer taste

M: Very Light and crisp. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Might be a good summer beer for people that don't want a true beer taste. Not really my type of beer.

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Photo of drizzam
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a clear pint glass from the brown bottle. I found it interesting that Founders listed the IBU's on the label (15). This offering is a clear pinkish red color that poured with a half finger of frothy white head that dissipated somewhat quickly leaving an average lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Smells weakly of cherries, also slightly wheaty...not much else to note here.

T - Tastes like fresh tart unsweetened cherries. The 6.5% ABV is well hidden...I can't detect it at all. Rather one dimensional but still pretty tasty nonetheless.

M & D - Thin mouthfeel that leaves a bit of bitter cherry aftertaste. Compared to other fruit beers I've had, this doesn't quite stack up (but I am spoiled by New Glarus, being from WI...and they have perfected the fruit beer). However, I'm a big fan of the style and could find myself sitting down with a few of these.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy orange-red color with a half-finger light red head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart and mildly sweet cherries with just a hint of malt aromas peeking through. As the beer warms the cherry aromas take over even more than they already had.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The cherry flavors are a bit darker but the same light tartness is still there. Ending is a bit on the sweet side and lingers for a small while.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer is what it is. A solid cherry beer. Worth a shot if you're in the mood.

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Photo of Shumista
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I'm always excited to see new offerings from Founder's so I've been looking forward to trying this one.

A- Founder's Cerise has an interesting look to it. Pours a clear light red/pink with a large fluffy pinkish white head.
S- Lots of cherries.
T- Sweet, tart cherries. Subtle light malty background.
M- Crisp.
D- I'm not quite sure what to do with a beer like this. It's a little bit too sweet to be sessionable, and it's not exactly refreshing but seems like it would be good on a hot day potentially. Probably some interesting food pairings could be thought up.

my bottom line: It's like Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat, but good. A 4-pack my girlfriend and I can agree on.

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Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,505 ratings