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 mcann2pu
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours from the bottle an appealing hue of rose/amber, extremely fine patchy, almost tiger pattern head, minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: a light fruity cherry aroma dominates the nose on this brew, although some sweetness from the grains is detectable.

Taste: good light refreshing taste, the tart cherry comes through as the main flavor.

Mouthfeel: very fine bubbles for the carbonation, sparkling almost like a champagne, very light bodied and refreshing.

Drinkability: very drinkable.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice random score after stopping at a hole in the wall bottle shop on my way home from a wedding in Jersey.

Poured a pleasant on the eyes Garnet color with a light pink head. Head was medium sized and left some nice sticky lacing behind as it was consumed.

Aroma is mostly cherry dominated, with malts in the background. Nothing easily discernible going on here.

Tastes pretty much follows the nose. A nice balance of tart cherry and a sweet malt backbone.

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Can't wait to crack open the others in the 4-pack.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a fleeting off white head. This beer is amber colored. The aroma is cherries and malt. The taste is tart cherries. This is definitely a cherry beer. The mouthfeel is medium. It is good if you like cherries. I could drink this occasionally, but it would be tough to pound a bunch of them.

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Photo of devilben02
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty reddish with a foamy off-white head that also seems to have a slight tinge of red, although neither is as pink as I expected them to be. The aroma is a little grainy, a little candy sweet, and a little herbal. The flavor has a light and dryly sweet malt base with the distinctly cherry flavor adding both more sweetness but also a bit of tartness that really saves this beer from being too syrupy sweet. The texture has a champagne-like carbonation that adds yet another something different.

Overall, this beer tastes as if an old bottle of cherry 7-up got left in a dusty corner of the pantry for a few years only to be discovered by an eleven-year-old boy and his friends while they pretended to be international spies. Still in character, the boy agreed to take a drink from the dusty old bottle because it was the antidote for the neurotoxin he had been given by a double-agent from Algeria. Expecting it to be flat and stale, he was surprised to find that it retained much of its original character, with both a crisp refreshing effervescence and a light sugary sweetness. He also found, however, that the age had done something strange and wonderful by giving it an intriguing tartness and an only barely noticeable fermented kick.

The imaginary antics of a young boy and his friends aside, I found this beer to be a nice change-of-pace that I don't need to have too often but that I would certainly be willing to try again.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cranberry red clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin bubbly wisp of white head. 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. 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. This beer has a light mouthfeel with a little fizz that keeps the finish crisp. 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 dspoonrt
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Founders Cerise pours a light reddish, pink color with very little head. The beer is crystal clear, save for some visible carbonation.

Smell: Subtle, airy nose that smells tart and somewhat champagne-like. Cherries and other sweet fruits come through, but nothing is striking.

Taste: This beer tastes like it smells - somewhat sweet, somewhat tart. There's a noticeable fruitiness, particularly a sweet cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Cerise is smooth and light-bodied. The carbonation adds a little tingle and a building dryness makes it finish a little sticky.

Drinkability: This one is drinkable and the above-average alcohol content doesn't really come into play. However, I just didn't find it to be that tasty or remarkable enough in any other respect. It's a really average beer overall.

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Photo of imn2it
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: On-tap in my home pub (Purchased 15.5 gallons in southern Indiana for $205 + tax) Keg was filled April 2010 and tapped September 2010. Pumping at 14psi, I get a lot of head on every pour....2/3s pint pours.

Appearance: The beer is a beautiful red-amber color with an unusual pink/white head that leaves good lacing. Everyone comments on what a 'pretty' glass of beer this is.

Smell: I can smell sweet cherries several inches from the glass....very inviting aroma.

Taste: This is a sweet cherry beer upfront with a tart cherry finish. Very low hops. It reminds me of a 'watered-down' Kasteel Rouge.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation...the bubbles and cherry flavors combine admirable giving this beer a cider-like quality.

Drink-ability: This is a perfect session beer. Very drinkable. I love the cherry flavor as it fades from sweet to tart. An excellent selection for the home pub.

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Photo of Franz4
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- translucent ruby red color, no head to speak of

S- faint fruity/ peach/pear scents, not as strong as I expected

T- faint hints of sour cherries, also some peachiness that comes through at the end.

M- nondescript mouthfeel, pretty smooth but nothing that strikes me as worthy of noting.

D- this beers drinkable, but it hasn't given me an excuse to want more of it. It's not offensive by any means, but there's just not a whole lot calling me back to this brew.

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

I've tried this one several times before, but this time I'm going zen and digging deep!:

A: Red-orange color, with moderate carbonation, and a slight foamy head.

S: Sour cherry (bing maybe?), yeast, and maybe even a tinge of chocolate. The smell is on the subtle side of the fruit spectrum.

T: Since I am the kind of dude who generally enjoys cobblers (and cherry ones in particular), this is the kind of brew I can tune into. It's definitely on the sour side, but for me that's totally a bonus - it's also light, bubbly, and quite the cherry champagne of a beer!

M: Not too sugary and nothing cough syrupy (we've all had those types of cherry fruit beers right?).

D: Dessert...yummy!...but I've had better fruit beers.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep pink color with a light pink head. In the aroma, a small, faint dry to tart cherry. In the taste, sugary to start, and a dry, tart cherry flavor. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a sugary to tart, dry cherry aftertaste. Good dry to tart cherry flavor, a bit sugar, but not too bad.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Missed out on this one last year so I grabbed one before it disappears this year. 12oz bottle into a Founders pint glass.

Pours a reddish golden color with a healthy couple fingers of white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top.

Aroma is of malt and cherries. The cherries don't come through in the aroma as much as I had expected.

The cherries that were hiding in the aroma take over and steal the show when this one hits my tongue. The cherries deliver some serious tartness that borders on being sour. Finishes with a mild bitterness that seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel is thicker than expected and pretty slick but features some nice prickly carbonation on the tongue. I could probably drink another, but I'm glad I was able to buy a single and don't have to worry about consuming a whole four pack.

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Photo of ebby82
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a robust red into a snifter with very little head. Smells like a tart cherry and little else besides. The cherry odor is rather light and orchard like, however. The taste is of tart cherries. There is definitely a bit of pucker to this drink with a very dry aftertaste, almost like wine. It tastes remarkably like a real cherry, which to my tastes is delightful. The mouthfeel is not too syrupy or sweet. I like this beer a lot, but I wouldn't drink more than one at a time. I would love to try this with some fresh fruit or a suitable dessert.

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

Cerise sits in my glass a deep ruby red color. A light pinkish head of about one finger retains well and leaves light lacing as it recedes down the glass.
This one's all about cherry right up front. There's enough of a pale malt to in the aroma to form a backbone and just the slightest touch of hops to add a bit of balance without throwing it off with the bitterness. Otherwise, a bold splash of fresh cherries on the nose make this one just what I expected.
It is a little tougher to pick up the finer beer qualities underneath the cherry in the flavor. This one's like biting into fresh bing or michigan cherries. The light, pale malt is there, and the hops are even slightly less noticeable than on the nose, but it's more of a real beer backbone than most fruit beers give and it's established in my mind as a beer rather than a fruity something. It's a good balance of both. I can't imagine biting into or chewing a cherry and getting anything different than the initial cherry pop. It's the exact mix of tart, lightly sour and gently sweet I can pick up in one of those little green paper crates.
Initially crisp with ample but not excessive carbonation, the mouthfeel retains the crispness all the way through into a lightly sour finish with a touch of grains. The body is light, almost medium.
I could really drink this all day. This is definitely my go-to fruit beer from now on.

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

Poured 12oz into pint glass

A - Light amber color. Small head to it with little lacing.

S - Sweet aroma to it. Faint cherry smell. Some bready malts to aroma as well.

T - Sweet light cherry flavor. Malts come through a lot throughout the drink. Almost like a syrup taste to it.

M - Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

D - Not really my cup of tea. First thought is not to fruit a beer. Doubt I'll pick any more up. Probably my least favorite founders drink.

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Photo of NODAK
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is pretty straightforward....seems to be some wheat in there along with a pretty obvious, mostly tart, cherry smell.

The taste is definitely an interesting one, but I will definitely say it's quite tasty. It's beers like this one that show the versatility of beer. Not surprisingly, the predominant taste is cherries, however it's the great balance between sweet and tart that make this a very tasty beer. Too sweet and it'd be cloying...too tart and it'd be another style and likely give me heartburn. The way this beer goes down, it starts off fairly sweet and then ends up fading into a more tart closing...but again, not too tart at all. Enough to wrap the beer up nicely. There's also a wheat taste I get on the backend, and I'm not sure if this beer is a wheat beer (I looked it up and couldn't find it)...but I get that taste here in a small way.

Some may look at this as a really weak link for Founders, but I feel that may be because of style bias because this really is a solid entry for a fruit beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Enjoyed this as the St. Paul Beer Fest. Poured a slightly hazy pink color with a matching pinkish hued head. The smell is tart cherry right of the bat along with some other sweet fruit notes. The taste is very refreshing, especially on a hot day in the sun. Tart cherries that slightly pucker your mouth are at the forefront. Light/medium mouthfeel. Overall, I was really surprised by this beer as I have never tried it before. Very smooth and drinkable for 6.5%.

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Photo of BigMike
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5-19-10

Pours slightly orange with a pink tint and some hazyness. About 1/2 finger of thin white head.
I definitely get the cherries on the nose. Also some cinnamon pie crust.
Sweet and tart cherry and some bready pie crust. Not much else going on.
Pretty light bodied but refreshing and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Not bad for a fruit beer which is one of my least liked styles of beer. It's a little sweet to drink more then one of.

*From notes taken on 6-25-10

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bruery tulip. No real head, carbonation low, no lacing. Its kind of red and mostly clear. eh.

Kind of wheaty, mildly cherry. Not very good.

Beer is mildly sweet with a cherry based tartness at the back of the mouth. It finishes cleanly. It tastes better than it smells. Still has a wheaty kind of flavor. Mild bitterness. Eh, it kind of has a medicine cherry flavor to it.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a thin hotel glass. Body is an opaque amber with a reddish hue, no doubt imbued by the cherries. Aroma of sweet cherries and pale malt, with a bit of caramel malt to mellow the sweetness.
Palate is big on the cherry flavor up front, sweet yet slightly tart at the same time. It's a big deal, and an overwhelming local favorite flavor that has been incorporated very well into the beer here. At the same time, this brew is a bit one-dimensional - cherries and that's it. Still, I'm a fan, and it's very enjoyable. A fairly dry finish leaves a nice, sweet fruity aftertaste, something that not many folks are willing to turn down at the end of the day.
Cheers, this is a definite midwest experience, and although it wasn't my favorite, I appreciate those who made it worthwhile.

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

Pours apricot with a finger of cream colored head. Nice viscosity to this, above average head retention & stellar lacing

S: Metallic hops & a bit of orchard fruit

T: Apricot & cherry up front, along with a bit of candi sugar sweetness. Cherry juice & a touch of raisin as this warms, more candi sugar peach juice & dryness too. Finishes with some cherry sweetness & tartness (finally) * some white grapes as well

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & syruppy quality to it

Drinks pretty easy, but not enough going on here to hold me for than a few> Better than most fruit beers, but they aren't in the same league a New Glarus' fruitty beers IMO. Probably one of a few Founders brews that doesn't impress me

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Photo of Patrick999
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lookswise, a bit of a letdown. I guess I was expecting some intense lambic-like red, so I poured it into a goblet. It looks like...generic beer. Maybe a tinge of orange-red.

Aroma is of sour mash and cherry. on the palate this strikes me as a pretty good straightforward refreshing fruit beer. It's pretty one-dimensional, with a generic "beer" underpinning, but at least there's strong real cherry, unlike something like SA Cherry Wheat. In the oft-maligned canon of non-lambic "fruit beer," this stands out as one of the better efforts.

Soft, pleasing carbonation.

Easy to drink, but doesn't necessarily quench as much as you'd think, as this brings the sweet cherry juice pretty hard. I like it, I just don't think I'd crave it.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a light reddish/amber with a slight,pinkish-white,quickly dissipating head.
Lacing was minimal and moderate carbonation was visible.

S-A sour cherry aroma comes first followed by sherry,light vinegar and Meyer lemon.There is also a subtle presence of brown sugar and allspice.

T-Big,fresh cherry upfront with toast,pale malt
and a prosseco-like tart/sweetness.

M-Bright,crisp,sweet and dry.Light and expertly carbonated.

D-A little on the sweet side but still relatively drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

My Cerise amore...sorry. This brew pours a clear amber copper topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, cherry pie, ... I thought there was more in there, but I'm getting nothing now but these bakery items. Odd, kinda, but not really bad at all. The taste, of course, is dominated by the cherries as well, but here they are more sour, more medicinal, almost fake-tasting. Behind the cherries, there's a hint of nutmeg, coriander, and some very soft caramel. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a gooey (read: not really sticky, but not really not, either) feel. Overall, a decent fruit beer, but the complete package just doesn't fully come together here.

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