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Founders Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

Brewed by:
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 SportsandJorts
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: Founders
Price: $10 for a mixed 4-pack (I got Cerise and RIS)

Appearance: clear pinkish read color. almost no foam whatsoever. pretty nice looking cherry beer

Smell: Cherries a bit sour, but nothing else to apparent.

Taste: Cherries, slightly sour cherries. some wheat that mixes with cherries in a bad way. almost tastes like blood for a second

Mouthfeel: Light in body and pretty pleasant body.

Overall: Not overly impressed but it was worth a try. but probably the best cherry beer i have had.

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Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mikereaser
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours an amber pinkish red with no foam to speak of

S - slight hints of cherry and some light malt

T - strong sour cherry flavor that gets you in the back of your jaw

M/D - nice carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little weird to me, i like the sour cherries but its almost too fruity. Its like drinking a wine cooler

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale ale color with a hint of a pinkish hue, strong lacing and a large head.

S: Light pale ale aromas, a bit of cherry, and sweet.

T: I may have expected a sweeter cherry flavor but it is mostly tart Oregon cherry flavor; the type you can get in cans. Most of the taste is a pale malt base flavor with a bit of grass and a biscuity base.

M: medium in body and in mouthfeel, slightly dry but smooth.

O: Not bad for a Fruit beer, but nothing great.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pink champagne color with lots of bubbles and frothy white head that settles fairly quickly, leaving spritzy off-white / pink lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and both sweet and tart cherries. It's heavier on the spice than I thought it would be, which I do like. Like a spicy cherry pie.

Taste: Initial hints of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and graham cracker, backed by lip-smacking tart and sweet cherries, almost simultaneously, and some interesting herbal earthiness. Finish isn't too long, and could maybe use some more malt backbone to keep the flavors rolling, but I love the lip-smacking nature of it, along with a brew using real fruit, fruit that's not just a compliment, but a huge part of the brew.

Mouthfeel: Thinner with prickly carbonation, as I expected, since this is more of a fruit beer than something like a stout. Good overall, though, as long as you're not expecting to be a chewy beer.

Drinkability: All around solid for me. This one's heavily infused with real cherries, and you can tell, so if that's not your thing, you may want to avoid. I don't know how many I could do in a sitting, as one seems just about right after sipping it out of a tulip, but I like it a lot, and it'd be a good dessert beer after dinner if you don't want all those pie calories.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. "Bottled 3/20/09" lasered on neck of bottle. Was a cloudy reddish orange color. Rare carb bubble and very quick sliding lace. It had a small white head that quickly settled to a collar and some whispy film.

The aroma was cherry pie filling. Good but not as great as NG Belgian Red's aroma. The taste follows the aroma and NG comparison. I'm a big fan of cherry beers and this one definitely hits the spot and is in top tier of those beers. With that said, I'm not gonna sit down and drink a bunch of them so 3.5 on drinkability is more a reflection of how often I'd have one instead of how good it is.

Overall, a great almost excellent fruit beer. Another winner from Founders. Highly recommend if you like cherry beers. Rotation: not available here but would be worth a six pack during season if it was. Wife really liked it so would be a good beer to show friends.


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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of gcamparone
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

A- bright red and slightly cloudy. Very small head, half a finger of that. Some lacing

S- malty and earthy. No sign of cherries though

T- very smooth and light, easy to drink. It's pretty sweet but the cherry flavor is not overwhelming. More fruity than cherry

M- my least favorite part of this beer. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but there was virtually no carbonation. Felt like I was drinking fruit juice

overall refreshing and drinkable. Try it

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Blakaeris
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy red-orange with a slight head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma is lightly sweet with a strong cherry character.

Taste is completely cherry, with a massively tart finish that I was not initially prepared for. Flavorful for what it is, but lacks any malt or hops to give it a definite 'beer' quality. There does remain a subdued yeast funkiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild syrupy quality.

Flavorful, but doesn't taste like beer at all. More like a very well made wine cooler. Worth a try to satisfy my curiosity, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red in color with no head at all on the pour. Plenty of carbonated bubbles around the edges, and racing up the side of the glass. Smell is all cherries. Very sweet and sugary cherries. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, ripe cherries. I kind of like the lack of being highly carbonated. This could be quite possibly the easiest drinking beer I've ever come across. You could really put this away without even thinking about it. I would like a few other flavors to make it a bit more complex, but this is what it is. Decent spring/summer beer.

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Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of VaporDome
1/5  rDev -72.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Domingo
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beejay for this one.
Pours a pinkish rose color with a 1/4" white head. Not too flat or too rocky.
Smells pretty non-distinct at first. I get a typical blonde ale at first, but then there are some maraschino cherry aromas following suit. There are faint bready overtones that make it like a mild cherry pie. No wild yeasts or anything unusual.
Starts off sweet with lots of cherry and gets more tart in the middle. The finish is bready and then clean with a dash of bittering hops that round it out. Not bad. Nothing ground breaking, but a good "normal" American fruit beer.
Not too sweet or too sticky to keep this from being drinkable.
It's not necessarily a session beer, but I could imagine splitting a pitcher of this at a summer BBQ.
Again, nothing amazing - but no real problems either. A pretty solid American fruit beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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