Founders Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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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 steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to Kalamazoo...

A: Beautiful deep copper the color of honey with a small white head that fades super quickly and leaves a small lace atop the brew.

S: Cherry hops unfront blended with boozy oaks in the middle and woody malts on the backend. Hints of honey blended throughout. Good.

T: Sweet sugary cherry upfront blended with hints of port. Honey earthy barley in the middle with hints of raspberry on the backend. Very good.

M: Doesn't leave a whole lot on your palate. Nothing special here.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew is pretty good. Better than I expected as most Fruit beers have disappointed me. Good to try if you like your brews sweet.

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

Pours a cloudy cranberry juice color. Head was medium. Not much lacing.

Nose is faintly fruit and yeast.

Taste is as the name suggests. Cherries!! Yeast and sweetness are also featured. Quite nice carbonation. A good one for hot summer days. A little sweet so wouldn't want to make this a session beer.

Well done for a fruit beer. I have had some better though.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours watermelon pink, crystal clear, very thin pink-white head despite the aggressive pour. Almost clear at the edges, which is odd - I've seen my share of Kriek, Framboise, and cherry/rasberry fruit beer pours, and this one seems to lack the depth of color most of them have.

Nose is sweet, smells like an apple cherry turnover. Seriously. Straight from MacDonalds.

Taste is quite sweet. Almost soda-like. Cherry shows up loud and clear, though I get a lot of apple-juice like sweetness as well. Biscuity malt note is hinted at towards the finish. My grandmother in law makes homemade apple and strawberry wine, and this kind of reminds me of that. It's not bad, doesn't taste artificial, etc., but to me this tastes more like a sparkling apple-cherry juice than anything I would call beer. It just doesn't really distinguish itself from the fruit sweetness in a way that, say, the New Glarus fruit beers do. They taste like fruit beers. This tastes like fruit soda. Still, not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light, light carbonation, a bit syrupy.

Drinkability is ok; would be able to drink more if I didn't feel like I was getting a sugar high.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of chugalug06
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pink color. Head is vague and white, not much lacing, if any.

Tons of sweet cherries, but in a lighter fashion. Not sugary or overly sweet. Smell is slightly tart.

No tartness :( Not sweet. Very smooth cherry, but nothing exciting or fancy.

Great carbonation, not overly cherry or over tired.

An intriguing brew, but not well thought out. It's too light with no defining characteristics. It's relaxed and enjoyable, but not heavy or expansive. Not too recommended if your a lover of more tart fruit brews.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellowish-red color with no head to speak of.

S: Smells of cherries and other dark fruits, malty undertones.

T: Sour cherries and grapes. Very tart drink to start off. Malt characters resonate at the close of the drink.

MF: Very light, but bitter. Can't tell if the twang is carbonation or tart cherries.

D: Decent. Wouldn't drink much more than the bottle I had in one sitting.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours a tangerine color, hazy, with a short white head. Decent retention and bit of decorative lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tart cherries. Wow, the smell is just dead on. White grapes and green apple skin add more to the tart aroma.

Taste: Barely any malt here, just tart fruits. Cherries, white grapes, green apples, in that order. With only 15 IBU's, I wouldn't expect much hops, but I would guess there are some light floral notes here, even though they get washed out by the stronger flavors. Finishes tart, with a bit of a kick.

Mouthfeel: It feels like champagne - dry, crisp, and fully carbonated, with a surprisingly light feeling body.

Drinkability: I just had a reviewable sized pour of this, but I was greatly impressed. Delightfully sour, slightly sweet, this is a great one .

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Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep red in color. Off white/pinkish head on top. Yup, definitely a fruit beer!

S - A nose full of cherries and some bready characteristics.

T - Sweet cherries followed by some tartness, has a lingering fruit finish.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation.

O - I'm not sure if it is trying to be a fruit beer or a sour. It does have some nice sour qualities. I'm torn and shall rate it middle of the pack.

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Photo of zrab11
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Enjoyed on tap at Urbana's wonderful The Crane Alley, right after Troubadour's Magma Belgian IPA.

It might have been serendipitous that I enjoyed this distinct beer right after another, contrastingly distinct beer named above, for I had long avoided this. I am admittedly not a big fan of fruit beer, even with "Founders" emblazoned atop the case or, in this case, tap. However, somewhat on a whim, I tried and loved this.

A lush finger of white foam tops a clear bright ruby body in a 10 oz. tulip glass. The amount of lacing impresses me; good-looking beer, no doubt. Indeed, this is loaded with cherry, and I also detect a big of cranberry; very fruity nose.

The taste strikes an ideal balance between sweet and tart, remarkable for its delicate approach. The start is more sweet, the finish is a bit more tart, perhaps drawing in the wary with an overt appeal to one's sweet tooth. As good as anything, and unlike a good many fruit beers, this is so NOT like a wine cooler in taste. Nor is it cloying, with the tart quality nailed just right.

Terrific effervescence, with a little caramel malt balancing out Cerise. Wow. This is like liquid sorbet.

It isn't so much that I didn't want to like this. Rather, my wariness about the style led me to even doubt that Founders could pull a gem out of this. Yet this brilliant brewery did. There seems to be nothing that Founders cannot do well, and this sweet and somewhat tart brew is no exception. It isn't quite my style, but I won't hesitate to grab a four-pack of these if the mood strikes me; a wonderful surprise.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pack of this at Zinke's in Wisconsin Dells, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a clear golden amber color with minimal head on it. There is a weak scent of wheat and some cherry, but nothing too bold or fruity. The taste is a very nice mixture of wheats, malts, and sweet cherries that are again not too bold or sweet. This is one of those cherry beers that has a good cherry flavor but doesn't go overkill on the fruit flavor. A must try for fruit beer lovers!

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Photo of Beerasaurus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, alongside a few other Founders brews. )First brew back after a bit of a stomach bug, so I wanted something easy drinking to wean me back in!)

Poured into a Founders glass. Bright cherry red, a half inch of head that recedes into a fluffy ring.

Nose is tart cherries, a bit of bready malt and citrus.

Tastes like sweet cherry juice and not much else. I'm really not getting the tartness of the cherries that others are getting. I know it's not supposed to be a kriek, but man this could have used some sour, muskiness to balance the sweet cherries. It's tasty, went down way to fast, but offered no resistance.

Tasty, but not something I'd get again. There's other cherry brews out there that offer more of a diverse palate than this one. Though to their credit, I don't think I've drank a faster 6.5% bottle of beer before.

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Photo of Jordy777
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Greasy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of Mojo
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm gonna state upfront that I hated this, but I try to review objectively and fairly. This beer poured up a bright ruby red with a small white head. The smell was mainly cherries. Mouthfeel was just about average with not a whole lot of carbonation. Taste - well - it didn't taste at all like beer to me. It tasted more like a cherry Sundrop or weak wine. But once you get used to the taste, it is drinkable. Not my favorite, as I stated upfront, but I think Founders succeeded in what they were trying to accomplish.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

A bottle enjoyed at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours the color of a light cherry juice with a thin foamy head that fades to lacing. The smell is very nice; cherries, wood and some maltiness. Medium-light body, it is adequately carbonated and refreshing. Moderately flavored cherry apple cinnamon. The entire package is quite drinkable.

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Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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