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Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

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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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Photo of BeerSox
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off bottle into 25oz wine glass.

The large glass allows plenty of light to pour in, which shows a glowing red hue, cloudy, with hot red highlights toward the bottom of the glass. The head starts out thin, then disappears to little bubbly islands.

Overall, very light aromas. There is a bit of a pleasant sour, along with a bit of maraschino cherry. Somewhat peppery.

There is tartness, but it doesn't seem to be too overwhelming, and is actually balanced somewhat well by the sweeter syrupy cherry flavors. Medium bodied with higher carbonatoin.

For a tart beer, very enjoyable, and actually refreshing. The cherry was a nice touch. I'm looking forward to the other three bottles. Recommended.

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Photo of charlesw
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Who makes up these categories, anyway? I know, or some similar thing. But, seriously. "This is a fruit beer." Well, so how does it rate as a fruit beer? Well, as what kind of fruit beer - the kind with a lot of alcohol and body or as a light (alcohol and flavor) summer beer? I mean, seriously, give me a break. Ahem. Not that this has anything to do with this beer, but, actually, it does.

So, yeah. It's pretty darned clear and light. Reddish pink amber orange. On the light side of all of that. Small head of tight very white bubbles. Diminish quickly but VERY lasting lace. OK. So we'll have to say that it looks better than the average for the style (even though there isn't really a style).

Smells not so good. Like canned cherries gone bad. Maraschino cherry juice in Everclear. As in, artificial cherry and a lot of alcohol (weird given the low alcohol of the beer).

Tastes like dry bitter cherries. Maybe a bing - but with less sugar and a bit of a bitter bite. Which means that there's plenty of sour going on. It's interesting. Maybe kind of like a dry soda - only with more bitterness. One of those weirdo, cunchy people sodas from the health-food market?

So, yeah. As a beer for a really hot summer's day this rocks. As just a beer, well, not impressed.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- this one pours an amber color with a reddish tint. a large head formed after a vigorous pour. it was fluffy and mostly white with a light pink tint. very different, but not that odd considering what this beer is. the head stayed around for a while, and left spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- even at just below room temp, this beer doesnt smell strongly at all. what i can smell is sweet and tart cherries followed by a little bit of grainy malts.

T- again, very weak. but pleasant. almost cherry juice like. very sweet with a little bit of tartness at the end.

M- medium bodied with an almost nonexistent level of carbonation. very juice like. no trace of alcohol in this one.

D- this beer isnt for me. nothing offensive about it, it just doesnt seem like a beer to me. might be enjoyable on a hot summers day, but i doubt ill give it another shot. glad i bought one and not a four pack. not one of founders better offerings.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset, served in a tulip...

Something about Sunset - they know how to pour stuff. A full finger of head with a crazy rose body. Decently carbonated. Looks good. Looks like beer? Well...

The nose is all sweet & sour cherries. Maybe a hint of yeast electricity and spriteliness from carbonation. Hops? Not so much. Smells good - very light and fruity.

Collar matches the cuff on this one; it smells like cherries, it tastes like cherries, and it's quite pleasant. But it's an extremely fruity beer at that and you really don't get much else. Maybe a touch of very light grains and an almost rose champagne quality. Still it's enjoyable.

Aside from all this, palate feel is nice - again, almost a bright champagne feel (what do you call a mimosa with cherry juice instead of orange juice?). Finish is refreshing and clean...and well-carbonated. But there is a hidden level of malt depth. Slightly piney and husky, so that helps out.

Hey, it may not taste like real beer but it tastes good and it's really light. And it goes wicked quickly. Maybe not the beeriest of beers but it's an enjoyable deal.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a bright red color, lightly hazy, with a one inch whitish pink hued head. It falls down to a cap and retains nicely with a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is very weak overall. Almost nonexistent. There's cherries, but they are extremely weak. Slightly tart, but again very weak.

Taste is much stronger. A good amount of cherry flavor, sweet initially but it quickly becomes more tart and leaves a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice creamy texture to it. Quite drinkable.

Decent fruit beer overall but compared to some Belgian cherry beers it just doesn't hold up. I wish they still had the Rubaeus.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Thin, clear rose amber color with a pink frothy head with streaky lacing and little retention. Aroma of sweet cherry, like a pie, not much of a hop presence. Moderately thick mouthfeel, little carbonation. Taste is like cherry pie, sweet at first and then a slight tart finish. I don't know, nothing remarkable, certainly not as high quality or complex as the rubaeus its replacing in the lineup. The finish lingers with a slightly stale taste that makes this less drinkable for me.

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Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this brew from Dobby's in Palatine. I love Founders and I love fruit in my beer even more. Hopefully both my loves are fulfilled. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light pink with excellent clarity and a small half finger creamy bright white head. Almost no cap is left on the beer with a very thin collar and a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Nicely scented cherries and berries with a very fresh clean sort of scent. Semi sweet with some mild malted wheat. Not a whole lot going but this is a cherry beer and the cherry is front and center.
Taste- Mild cherry that has almost the exact taste of Hostess Cherry Pie filling. A touch spicy with an almost light cinnamon like background. Maybe a light bit of wheaty grain and a touch of bitterness in the finish with a tinge of citrusy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Light body with a sticky feel and light carbonation that is fairly prickly.
Drinkability- Not bad. The cherry isn't overpowering in the least and very simple. Not much going on other than the cherry and that's something I really enjoy. I can see how some people really wouldn't like that. Either way, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Mgrad92
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imagine the color smack dab between an amber ale and a pink wine cooler and you have the color of this beer. It had a very thin head.
The smell doesn't lead you to beleive there is too much cherry action going on. In fact it smells reminicent of an american pilsner.
However the taste is dominated by tart cheries. This tartness combined with light effervescence makes this brew taste very lively. Yes you can taste the malt and hops, but it was hard for me to really identify them because this brew is all about the cheries.
A nice offering of a fruit beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders- Cerise

A- Pinkish reddish amber with a small soapy head. Spotty lacing.
S- Deep gooey cooked cherries. Cherry pie crust.
T- Thick sweet cherry pie. Both graham cracker crust malt and baked cherries.
M- Thick and sweet with a slight tart sour finish.

Overall- Basically cherry pie in a bottle. Actually quite good. Can drink 1 or 2 at the most.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy ruby red with a lot of pink mixed in. The head is slightly pink and creamy and has pretty good retention. There is absolutely no streams of carbonation making their way to the top.

S- Sweet cherries and a nice bready aroma. Oddly similar to Rubaeus. A little bit of cinnamon is noticeable as well.

T- Tastes exactly like a cherry tootsie pop when the chocolate center is just starting to come through. A perfect balance of sweet and tart.

M- Kind of tart. The carbonation level is a bit low, but it works decently.

D- A tasty beer for a change of pace. Not as tart as most other cherry beers. Drinks a bit easier than the ABV would lead you to believe. Well done.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-14-09

Pours a very cloudy salmon color, with a wispy white head and clingy rings of white lacing.

Smell is almost non-existent, slightly fruity.

Taste is very different, sweet/sour cherry up front which becomes slightly bitter, followed by a distinct and very enjoyable sugar-coated almond flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, but its fits very well.

Drinkability is good, but the sourness really builds up.

Overall, a very cool beer, that's not too fruity or too cherry, which I expected. Well worth a try.

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Photo of PoolhouseRebel
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bought this hoping Founders could turn me on to a Cherry beer.

Pours a very light red, kind of pinkish. Not much of a head with some lacing.

Smell is pungent cherry, not too sweet though.

Light wheat taste at first and right after the swallow theres a huge tart cherry smack in the mouth.

I really liked the mouthfeel on this. Super smooth, thin but not gassy, just the right amount of carbonation and at 6.5% if it werent for the unpleasant tart cherry taste I could pound a sixer or this easily.

I cringed and puckered up a bit after the first sip tried a little more and gave it to my girlfriend who didn't want to drink it either. Disappointed but I guess the style just isn't for me

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Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer body is the color of light cranberry juice. The head quickly resolved into a white ring of foam. Spotty lacing remains behind on my glass to mark the passage of the beer.

Smell: Sweet and tart cherries rise above the bready crust of the wheat.

Taste: My mouth was greated by a sweet cherry flavor. This quickly toned down to a very pleasant tartness. Well done I like the sweetness going to tartness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The carbonation comes close to being biting. Not too shabby but I dont think I will be getting anymore of this beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pinkish red. Pink head. Nose is bland. Cherry and one-dimensional. Flavor is cherry, and it is so-so. Too much fruit juice, not enough beer. Feel is thin on liquid and the carbonation is fairly vibrant. I don't dig this. Too much fruity and not enough beerness.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.70 for a 12oz bottle @Jacks. 15 IBU's and 6.5% ABV per the label. No info on the website at this time. Pours out to a somewhat cloudy bright ruby red, forming a small pink head with poor retention and absent lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is akin to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat...very similar. Fruity, with cherries over the top of a light american wheat base. Mouthfeel is thin and flimsy with a light body. The difference ends there, however, as the flavor pops with the sour fruitiness and zest of red cherries that the Sam lacks. This is balanced by a light bitterness which balances out the mild sweetness of the brew. The aftertaste definitely has an ale character...I think this brew would actually fare quite a bit better if it were a lager. Very distant hops...I'm guessing Cascade.

This is a decent fruit beer, but it doesn't seem quite up to Founder's standard of taking it to the next polished level. It seems over-priced considering how light it is. I wouldn't bother buying it again, which is unusual as far as Founder's and I go.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really clear effervescent cherry color with some near white suds. Two fingers with some slight lacing.
Smell is cherry cola, yeast and maltsugars.
Taste is a bittersweet cherry that starts out bitter, then hits sweet then back to bitter in the aftertaste. The sweet cherry flavor is sticky and it stays true through the entire drink.
You can't taste the alcohol and you can't really feel it either, it was well hidden in this fruit beer.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but it helps this drink from becoming cherry cola.
Drinkability is not the best here but if I were in the mood I might drink two or three at one sitting.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry soda with a kick!
Lovely red color upon pouring, it certainly makes for a conversation starter when amongst company.
This might put of some people that are expecting "a beer" when drinking this down but I don't have any problems with it. Authentic and tasty cherry flavor. Clearly, if one doesn't like cherry flavor then don't bother here.
Aside from cherry there's some nuttiness in the foundation of the flavor that serves to balance this out quite nicely, and helps to remind one that you're not drinking a cherry soda.
Very refreshing and a nice change of pace. Give this to someone who "doesn't like beer" and see what kind of reaction you get.

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Photo of Shumista
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pinkish / light red color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of cherry comes through to the nose. Some softer wheat or grass qualities are far in the background.

Taste: cherry is most dominant flavor but it is muted and creates a balanced beer with a mild malt profile, soft bitterness, and grass. For a fruit beer this is well done.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is soft and focuses on the cherry flavor.

Drinkability: for those that are not fans of fruit beers, this one will change your mind. The flavors are well balanced and you may actually want more than one in a session which rarely happens in this style.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light red to pink in the glass. Beautiful rose color - with a bubbly appearance that made it gorgeous in a 16 oz glass

Smell: Cherry, rose petals, yeast.

Taste: The taste actually introduces itself and then opens up into a beautiful sparkling rose with hints of red fruit before opening up further to finish with the bittersweet taste of cherry from a cherry pie aspect. This beer isn't sweet, it fragrant - it's not fruity, it's complex - it has potential and opens up as you take another sip. Very enjoyable and not overly carbonated or a cheap knockoff to flavor like the other fruit/vegetable beers I've tasted.

Mouthfeel: Enlightened. This brew would be perfect with some vanilla ice cream or tart cobbler. Soft tannins. If you are a rose lover or even a sparkling wine lover - this beer will satisfy those flavor profiles while giving you the craft flavor satisfaction you're looking for.

Drinkability: I wouldn't session with this beer but instead would enjoy it on every/any occasion that doesn't necessarily call for beer. This is one over those brews you can use to convert people to the craft beer world - a brew that even the most loyal wine lovers can enjoy. Founders has hit the nail on the head with this one and I look forward to having this beer again with some great food to complement.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear, bit of haze, with a definite red hue. Fine whitish bubbles formed a thin ring and a few remained on the surface of the beer, producing some short-lived spotty lacing between sips. Mild aroma, floral hops were up front with a subtle fruity character. Yeah, there some cherry there, but also a bit of earthy berry. Certainly balanced towards sweetness, bitterness was light and really only noticeable up front. Sour cherries and sugar/caramel became prominent mid-palate and sweetness increased into the finish. There was a hint of crackery malt and some tartness towards the end. Medium bodied with carbonation slightly less than average, a bit viscous. Not bad overall. The cherry flavour had a bit of a medicinal quality to it as the beer warmed, but the malt kept it closer to cherry pie territory.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12oz,bottled on date 04/01/09. A pretty light Mars red color body with a thin soapy head that fades rather quickly,leaving some spotty lacing,lots of soft carbonation. Aroma is of ripe cherries and a wheaty malt,and a very subtle funk type yeast note. Flavor is slightly sweet up front with a bit of carbonation wash and then a some nice wheat flavors, followed by the tart cherries,leaving a nice sweet cherry Jolly Rancher type flavor on your lips,cherry in the finish ,not super complex but has layers of flavors that fit togeather nicely.Fruit Beer is not my favorite style,especially if too tart, but this stuff is very good,very drinkable .

Thank You Founders

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Photo of tburkhart
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Why do I buy cherry beers when I don't like cherries???? Oh yeah, because it's Founders and they make damn good beer. If it wasn't for the fact this beer came from Founders, I probably would have never purchased it. I tried to review the beer objectively. And now onto the review...

Appearance: Light red with excellent carbonation rising throughout the glass. The head sticks around quite nicely for a fruit/vegetable beer. Lacing is minimal.



Mouthfeel: Very smooth across the palate.

Drinkability: Would be very drinkable for someone who enjoys cherries. Since I don't care for cherries, one will be more than enough for me.

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Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Small pinkish head on top of a slightly hazy red body. The small head doesn't last for long. The smell is like maraschino cherries. While I wasn't blown away by the appearance or smell, the taste of this beer is truly great. The four pack was definitely worth the $12.99.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus, first time I've seen it. In retrospect this seems a bit too pricy for this beer, but I do like most things from Founders so it seemed like good odds. The beer is reddish-orange color, very clear, with a thin sticky white head. The beer smells a little like cherry pie, I get some cinnamon and cherries and maybe a little fresh bread out of this. I think the taste is OK for what it is, but fruit beers are usually not my thing. Sweet upfront and a little tart in the aftertaste. Medium body and easy drinking (so long as you like cherry pie). Not to be purchased again by me, unlike other Founders beers.

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