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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Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Winston3737
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has perhaps the most beautiful color I have ever seen from a beer. It's crystal-clear medium amber with a hint of ruby. My beer glass looked like a precious gem with this beer inside of it. It had a nice white head that seemed to have just a slight bit of pink. I didn't detect much of a nose, just a whiff of flowers.

Very nice flavor that strikes a wonderful balance between malty-sweetness and fruity tartness. As the flavors develop across your palate, the tartness tends to dominate a little, but it's still nicely balanced. Tastes include cookies, toast, and cherries.

Very nicely done. Very flavorful without being overly sweet. Not the kind of think I would want to drink regularly, but something to reach for every once in a while.

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Photo of mscudder
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe. Dated 5/15/12.

A - Pours a crystal-like red, perhaps a tint of pint. A pale pink head with average lacing.

S - I am getting a large amount of bready malts on the nose. A bit of sweetness/tartness but nothing that identifies directly to cherries.

T- Wow a fantastic blend of tart and sweet. Not to harsh on either side and well balanced. I really enjoy how the bready malts give some depth to the beer, rather than being a pure-fruit/vegetable brew. Drinkable and would be happy to have another.

M - Rich, smooth and a bit of a syrupy/chewy finish. This catagory seems to be locked down by Founders, for almost all of there beers are worthy of a 4+. Well done.

O - A fine cherry beer to be concise but I must mention that this reminds me of the Blushing monk in many ways. That said, it reminds me of all the things that the Blushing Monk did better with raspberries. Ergo, worthy of having but not the best!

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Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of HRamz3
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Blakaeris
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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 +3.9%
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 +10.2%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Domingo
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of jkball01
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RKing44
3/5  rDev -17.4%

1.61/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled on 5/19/10, reviewed on 7/10/10.

A: One and a half foamy fingers accumulates on a vigorous pour. Cumulus cloud white in color. Diminishes quickly but the film is long lasting and so is the collar. The body is vibrantly clear, light orange with a hint of crimson red. Pretty. Spare splatters of would-be lacing try to stick but can't. Small, dark particles have settled at the bottom of the glass.

S: Toasted malts of indistinguishable variety with a light grassy hop contribution. The nose is dominated by sour cherries. Fermented fruit funkiness as well.

T: Fresh Michigan tart cherries were added at 5 different stages throughout the brewing process, which was about 4 stages too many. The flavor is overwhelmingly cherry dominant. I expected more subtlety from Founders. Barely recognizable flavors of grenadine, strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry and cinnamon flavored candy come in to play.

M: Medium-light body with a thin, slick, syruppy, cloying texture. Not good. At all. Fine fizzy carbonation is of average intensity. Heavy sweetness is only withstandable because the tartness begins to cut through it.

D: My first drainpour. I'll put a bucket next to my bed tonight. Just in case.

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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 Spider889
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerise is a deep red color, very beautiful. Mild white foam and minimal lacing.

It definitely smells like cerries, but the main profile is all sweet. I was initially worried it'd be overly sweet like a Lindemans Framboise or something.

The taste is sweet, but more tart than the smell let on. The flavor reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head Fort (without all the booze).

Mouthfeel is tart cherries prickling the tongue, a little sour pucker in the glands, and the beer finishes very dry.

Drinkability suffers due to the sweetness and pucker factor. While I really enjoyed this glass I wouldn't ask for two in a row.

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Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a glass and got little head that fades quick. color goes from a light see thru red on the bottom (almost like a cherry 7up) to a darker red on top (think dessert wine).

S: sweet malts lead the charge and are followed up by what appears to be real cherries.

T: nice cherry taste thru out.

M: smooth and easy. a nice tartness to tickle your tongue on the finish.

O: founders hits another outta da park. great cherry beer, one of the best i've had. highly recommend and will buy more before it's gone.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found. twist cap.

tasted in early june 2009

pinkish red w faintly orange, amber tint. light pink, 1-finger head, soon fades to wisps and ring. some thin half-rings of lace.

aroma: cherries, almost artificial at times, but interesting. perhaps some skins too. whiffs of leafy hop and possible trace of malt?

taste: fruity light acidity, cherries a little more fresh, lightly sweet, but with a watered down character. some medicinal notes too, especially in finish. maybe a faint bitterness?

slightly thin and watery, w/ acidic texture, especially in finish. somewhat fizzy carbonation, giving some lift and fliuffiness, but overall just makes it all just taste like soda.

drinkable, but why bother? just drink a cherry soda and add vodka.

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Photo of POTABLE83
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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