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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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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Reviews:
604
Ratings:
1,504
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
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48
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95
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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this one.

Pours a nice hazy reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, cherries. The taste is malty, with some yeast note, sour, cherries/raspberries. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Dated June 6, 2012.

Deep pinkish red, transient white head with a ring of retention, no lacing. Nose has cherry/raspberry, light cracker and some yeast character. Taste has some sweeter cherry pie, raspberry and general berry notes. Some grainy notes, and a touch of bitterness. Medium body, and good carbonation. A passable fruit beer, but not something I'd actively search for.

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Pearly Baker's in Easton, PA. This beer was a disappointment. It came out a clear cherry red with no head. The aroma and flavor are basically of cherry juice while there's also a vaguely nutty malt flavor in the background of the taste. Juicy but flat and not satisfying as a beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  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.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a deep amber colour with a little shade of red throughout. Small traces of white head and lacing.

S - Tart cherries and caramel malts.

T - Tart cherry juice. The frist couple of sips almost make you pucker but then the taste bids adjust and there is a nice smooth cherry flavour with some tartness in the aftertaste. The malts aren't noticeable in the palate.

M - Light body with a bit of chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - I wasn't sure if I would even like this beer and it turned out to be a nice buy. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of cherry syrup notes in it, as well as a hint of tartness. The flavor has a lot of tart cherries, as well as some syrupy sweetness. There is also a little bit of raspberry character and a hint of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Pours a reddish orange with just the slightest head. Still, a pretty beer. Smells of cherry pie filling with a hint of spice, and a tad of maltiness. The taste is of sour cherries, sweet malt, spicy cinnamon, and a hint of almond, probably from cherry pits. Perhaps a little too sweet, but I like the sour cherry flavor, which seems real, not at all artificial tasting. Slightly spicy and relatively crisp in the mouth. Pleasant.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's in a Weyerbacher Tulip. I wish I had this glass when I had my Riserva.

A- Cerise is a bright ruby red color. Nothing in terms of head or lacing off of the tap version. A few swirls would bring on some faint white bubbles on the surface which were short lived.

S- A nice mix of tart cherries with a nice malt base off setting any over bitterness. A decent smell but nothing overwelming.

T- Tastes like I expected with tart cherries at the forefront with a nice malt backing. Some bitterness comes through with warming. Some bready qualities as well, a good replacement for rubeaus for the time being.

M- A step above light bodied with a nice crispness to it throughout. Some bitterness on the tounge from the carb that was added. Some tartness with larger gulps. Has a similar but lighter feel than rubeaus.

D- Once I heard it was on tap I had to have it, and im glad I did. Very drinkable and refreshing and a great beer for the upcoming warm weather. Low alcohol and a slighty tart taste and feel makes this one a winner in my senses. I need to find a bottle to compare.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. I tend to love cherry things, so I have high expectations!

Appearance: reddish-gold hue; sort of like pink champagne with a touch of haze. Head poured thin and nearly disappeared fairly quickly, but there is a lot of effervescence in the body. Interesting.

Smell: mild fruity aroma not instantly identifiable as cherries. The pink champagne theme continues from the visual down to the aroma, as well; kind of surprising.

Taste: flavor follows from the aroma. There's a little bit of fruitiness up front followed by a tartness, although malt character doesn't really stick out. If you like rosé wine, this is the beer for you.

Mouthfeel: light body with relatively little carbonation. There's not much interesting here.

Overall: I like how weird this beer is. It completely reminds me of pink champagne in just about every way. If you're into that, then you will like this beer too.

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Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cerise may be made with cherries but it looks just like grapefruit juice, with a little extra rose blush. It is a very pretty colour which, despite its soft pinkish hues, is dense enough to obstruct most light from passing through it. Instead, it absorbs the light and its unusual pastel-like tone illuminates brilliantly. Its surface is skirted by a white shoestring; more head would have been appreciated but I'm so distracted by the colour that I hardly notice.

I'm finding this fruit beer to smell a little more like beer than fruit. Toasty notes of pale malts were first to be remarked; tart cherries came only later. More fruit would have been welcomed, as it stands now there isn't much to sniff at, although I do take pleasure in knowing that the beer that awaits drinking will not be loaded up with synthetic juices or syrups and thus unlikely to be cloyingly sweet.

Although it actually is quite sweet after all - but in a very natural, sugary way. Whether it's the yeast that have yet to eat their way up to the 6.5% alcohol (it certainly doesn't seem that strong) or it is simply a natural product of the fruit, who knows? I can say it adds a redeeming mouthfeel to a beer that otherwise would have little else to offer the palate.

Cerise is an odd beer to describe because it doesn't fit the molds of other fruit beers. It is not intensely sweetened and thus in no way resembles a cocktail or alco-pop cooler; it is unlikely to appeal to those who seek that kind of artificial gratification. The carbonation is perfect but what takes me is that the nutty, pithy taste that emerges alongside the cherry skins (only after the air has a chance to get at it) is so genuinely authentic. It's a rare find.

But still, considering cherries were added at five different stages during the beer's production it's a wonder the end result doesn't reflect that more. Like aroma, the flavour also slightly understates the fruity element; that this is meant to be a fruit beer is more evident on the bottle's label than in its contents. I don't wish to caste this as a bad thing, however. A little bit of authentic fruit is much better than a lot of artificial syrup.

Considering the wounded condition of Michigan's economy and the fact that 75% of all the tart cherries sold in the U.S. are grown within a few hours of the brewery, it's a very amicable thing for Founders to switch production from the Rübæus (raspberry) to Cerise. It's a fantastic example of the social responsibility - in the true sense of the word - that microbreweries are capable of providing within a community; I'll gladly support that.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherise has a minimal head that quickly becomes a thin white band around the edges....a strong black cherry aroma...almost smells like cherry pie..you can discern a bit of buttery pastry crust if you try hard enough..or if your imagination fills in the gaps for you!

The taste is sweet, tart, almost like a kriek/lambic. Dry and crisp enough to make it super drinkable. Medium low carbonation. Really like this one...a little drier and less sweet than Kasteel Rouge so it's a little less like a cherry soda than that one.

The smell of this beer is just awesome...probably the best aspect, can't stop smelling it!

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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 clayrock81
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish hue, hints of brown, with lively carbonation and a lace ring on top of a decent sour/tart fruit smell and hints of malt. Minor hop bitterness and sharp tart/sour fruit tastes that is alright but slightly offbalance. Some sticky malt is in this beer, but it is mostly a tart fruit. A decent ale with minor sweetness but a little too tart for me to drink all the time.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle - thanks to pushkinwow for this one

Appearance – Hazy dark pink colour with a small size fizzy pinkish white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 1 minute before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, cherries, lemon juice - not a whole lot of smell

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed cherries and some lemon juice. There are also some faint spice flavours, perhaps pepper or clove. The beer finishes with a cherry slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall – The flavour wasn't too over the top, so it was drinkable.. but not something that I would want more than 1 bottle of. Happy I gave it a shot, but wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

A: Glowing and hazy unfiltered red-amber. This beer is simply gorgeous. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and reasonable, yet unspectacular lacing.

S: Dill brine. Hints of tart cherry and other red fruit abound, yet a general funk envelopes the nose.

T: Mouth puckeringly tart. It comes off a bit like a beginner's sour. A touch of funk is apparent from the start to the mid, though a good amount of fruit and low-level residual sugar takes control on the back end.

M: I'd describe this one as frothy. It's creamy, and the carbonation on this feels heavier then most with a funky touch.

O: Founder's Cerise is a love/hate kinda beer. I really dug it, though my drinking buddy most certainly did not. If you can approach this with an open mind, you'll find a strikingly original brew. But I can certainly see where this could end up in the drain.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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.

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

(Served in a large flute)

A- This beer pours a cranberry red clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin bubbly wisp of white head.

S- The clean soft fruity cherry note has a light sweet honey note that grows as the beer warms. There is a cherry jam aroma that finishes the sniff as the beer warms.

T- The bright but no tart taste of cherries is just like drinking cherry juice with a slight cherry tart pucker in the finish. This turns to a soft pomegranate like bite in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a little fizz that keeps the finish crisp.

D- I like cherries and I like beer but this is nothing but cherry juice with some fizz. I'm amazed that they could brew this with out any beer flavor. I would like some malt or hops or yeasty flavors to support the cherry flavor a little bit.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jnnv4 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale has a cherry look to it, like the sweet sugary brine in a maraschino cherry jar. The darker red color doesn't render the ale opaque though, allowing it to be translucent. A thin band of head is all that ever came out of the bottle.

S: A dash of natural cherry, sweet and sour and all, is all that the ale offers up.

T: The nose is a little light, but the first sip yields a pretty hefty dose of cherry. The flavor is sweet with just a bit of natural sourness. Sugary sweetness laps at the taste buds on every sip. The biscuity malt doesn't stand a chance.

M: A Quelque Chose lite. The sweet cherry lacks the nuance but doesn't skimp on the fruit.

D: My fourth bottle and it hasn't let me down yet. The cherry is full, not in the sickly sweet way, but in the natural, gamey way.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Could this pour any prettier? Pours the color of ruby red grapefruit flesh. Pleasant pink hue which is incredibly jaded and murky. The color of the head is perhaps even more impressive. The head is literally a shade of pale lavender when it is fully formed. Head dies off and looses its purple hue some. Still, this pours like a fine Lambic.

S-The nose is far from what I expected. Smells almost like an aged cheese in some sniffs. The cherries are clearly approachable but are not intense. Light sourness to the cherry aroma which is nice. Noticeable wheat too.

T-Flavor is quite like a cherry jam. Plenty of rich natural sugar. Maintains a real cherry flavor as opposed to an artificial cherry flavor. Light wheat and an earthen/herbal component too. Hey, if you're into cherries, here you go.

M-Medium bodied and a bit sappy. Sugary slickness. Tickling carbonation. Feel isn't cloying which is hard to do with concentrated fruity beers like this.

O/D-I enjoyed this beer and I appreciate the effort put into making it. One single is enough for me but there is a truly authentic cherry flavor within this beer and I commend that. Far better than most fruity wheat beers, but no Lambic by any means. One of the prettiest beers.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull red color and a cloudy consistency. There was no head to speak of, but some OK lacing.

S: The cherries and malt dominated the taste.

T: Surprisingly, the cherries weren't as overwhelming as I would've thought. Had an almost sour quality to it. Somewhat malty. Not as well defined as others of the style.

M: Highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but I figured I'd give this one a shot if Founders made it. It's not bad, and definitely drinkable, but didn't wow me.

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

Pours a clear light tan color with a substantial strawberry tint and a fleeting inch and a half ivory head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a quarter inch layer of foam.

Sweet caramel malt, a bit of toast, and an underpinning of cherry comprise the aroma. There's a bit of graininess.

Sour cherries, reminiscent of cherry pie, are dominant throughout the flavor, with a bit of grain and caramel malt taming the finish. A touch of floral hops closes out the flavor, along with a touch of bitterness.

Body is a touch light, with high carbonation, a touch of astringency, and slight alcohol warmth.

This is cherry pie in a glass.

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Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, medium head that fades away, clear fruit punch red

Smell: sour cherry

Taste: sour cherries dominate--some malt

Mouthfeel: very smooth, I can feel the carbonation on my tongue. A slightly sweet and sugary aftertaste that is borderline syrupy.

Drinkability: This is an above average fruit beer but nothing I feel is spectacular. I feel Rubeaus is a better drink. I will have this again and could have two in a sitting but will not actively search for it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a red/pink color with about a half inch light pink head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries. Neither the sweetness or tartness overpowers the other, there's a good balance between the 2. Taste is similar to the aroma. It's all cherries, but I think there's more sweet than tart in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit rich and is well carbonated. Drinkability is OK, I could have a couple of these every once in a while if in the mood for a fruit beer. It's a decent enough brew, but this isn't something I could drink all the time.

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,504 ratings.
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