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 Gosox8787
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of an in person trade with CooperEllis. Thanks! Split this with a friend while watching the Red Sox game. Poured directly into a nice pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange to light brown in color. Very nice two finger white head. No sediment in this brew at all.

Aroma: Tart cherries dominate. Some wheat in there as well. Slightly astrigent as well.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and tart cherries here. Not overpowering at all either. There's also some astrigency and some wheat, but they are definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel" Medium to light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Me and my friend killed off a growler of this. The 6.5% ABV is barely noticable and the crisp mouthfeel and light flavors make this very drinkable.

Overall, a nice surprise. Really enjoyed how crisp and refreshing this was for the summer. Certainly not the best beer I;ve had from Founders, but still really good.

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Photo of billab914
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a reddish copper color with a thin and dense white head to it. The head had some decent retention to it and left a bit of lacing.

The aroma is fairly light overall. I'm getting some sweet cherry juice with a little tartness to it but not much else overall.

The taste shows a lot of sweet cherry juice throughout the flavor. It has a little tartness to it but definitely leans heavily on the sweeter side. It's a pretty nice real cherry juice flavor and doesn't taste extracty at all which is a plus. Unfortunately it seems pretty one dimensional with cherry juice the only big flavor that comes through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It felt a little syrupy overall though. Drinkability was OK, it was a little too sweet and a little too reliant on the cherry juice flavor overall. I would have liked a bit more beer flavors to come through though. If someone blindfolded me and told me this was cherry juice instead of a beer I'd definitely believe them.

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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 donniecuffs
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish-orange with very little head, and modest lacing. The nose was surprisingly subtle; couldn't pick up much besides a distant chocolate and tartness. The flavor however was a different story; big malty caramel initially, giving way to an eventual chocolate/sour cherry finish. Great flavor combo. Not overly carbonated; medium-bodied. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice true amber red with a nice smallish sized head that doesn't dissipate.
Smell: Nice tangy cherry aroma that almost smells like a real cherry preserve.
Taste: Tangy sour and sweet at first sip. However, the sweetness is not artificial. These taste like true Michigan cherries and the beer has a bold/complex fruit flavor
Drinkability/Mouthfeel: Nice tickling carbonation and very easy on the palate. The main thing I liked was this ran the gambit of not being too sweet while still maintaining 6.5% alcohol.

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

Slightly hazed reddish-orange hue with a thick, creamy head that quickly dwindles to a slim, bubbly cap. A moderately subdued aroma of cherries and warm spices improves as it warms up. Loads of flavor compared to the nose...big, full, tart cherry sweetness with some underlying spice and a hint of a malt base. Less spice than the aroma, the flavor still strikes me as "warm"; it's a comforting beer to me. Smooth and medium bodied, yet it remains refreshing. I still like it better on tap though.

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Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: split in 6oz sampler glasses with hu5om. a gorgeous translucent golden amber with no head but plenty of little bubbles.

S: a VERY faint aroma of bitter cherries, however smells more like an average champagne.

T: the bubblyness overwhelms the slight cherry and cinnamon flavors, though it is hard to compare when NG Belgian Red is your staple cherry beer.

MF/D: overly carbonated the minute it hits the tongue, dissipating the flavor rather quickly. founders should probably stick with their excellent stouts.

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Photo of hu5om
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

split 12oz in 2 6oz taster glasses with newk340

a- light red amber with many little bubbles. fairly clear

s- cherry is kinda faint. smells and looks more like champagne than beer.

t- cherries, more sweet than tart. more natural than sam smith's but it can't touch ng belg. red. also, cinnamon taste, kinda strange.

m- medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish, again like champagne. maybe it's the yeast variety. a bit thin.

d- curious, not sure i'm a fan. founder's should probably stick to the uber stouts. how about alaskan breakfast stout? not sure i'll really like any cherry beer when ng belg. red is around...

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 06/02/10

pours clear bright golden orange with a small head that left no lacing

smells of cherries and light carmel malts

taste is not overly sweet and sugary like i thought it would be - cherrys are both sweet and tart perfect amount of malt to balance the tartness of the cherries

mouthfeel is medium body but very refreshing with good carbonation

drinkability is good - not a beer i could drink more then one of in a sitting but a nice way to end a meal

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at hulmeville inn.

A- pink orange in color with two fingers of white head that leaves some nice lace.

S- semi sweet candied cherries and a bit of bread.

T- lundens cough drops and tartness. Kinda wheaty and sweet.

M- medium body and above that in carb.

D- tasty and enjoyable just not that great. Kind of artificial in the cherry department. Rubeaus was better but this year is better then last year. An amazing intro beer and a great one for I the picky lady.

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Photo of bogus564
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Reddish in color, like a rose wine. The head is almost non-existent, and dissapears before you get it to your nose for a smell.

The beer gives off a bit of a fruity smell, but not much, to be honest.

You can tell that this is brewed with cherry puree, as cherry is the dominant taste. It's a bit on the creamy side as well, and you can pick up a little hoppy bitterness under the malty sweetness. Feels like a bit of lemon under the cherry, or perhaps it's just sour cherry masquerading as lemon.

I'd like to give it more for drinkability, but, to tell the truth, I didn't finish the one I had.

I wouldn't have this with more than potato chips or pretzels.

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Photo of techfed87
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fine sized head. Color is a cloudy orange.

Smell is slightly fruity in nature, but still fairly yeasty overall.

First sip is..interesting. The cherry that comes off is a bit more cherry on top of an ice cream Sunday rather than one you'd eat and spit the pits out of. Still, there is enough tartness to it that things stay together quite well.

Overall, I still may favor Rubaeus over it in terms of taste, but I'd still consider this a pretty good beer.

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Photo of GregoryVII
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber/very light red color, with a decent, 1/4 inch white head. The aroma is sweet, cherry juice and malt with no real hop aroma to speak of. The malt is formidable with some caramel, along with some biscuit flavors. There is quite a bit of cherry presence, sharp, a little acidic and sweet. And then it closes back in on the biscuit, like a cherry-biscuit (I don't know if any bakers make that, but they should). The body is medium to medium full with good carbonation. On the whole, the malt bill is intriguing for a fruit beer, but there is an acidity to this beer that grows towards the finish and works against it for me.

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

A: Slightly cloudy pinkish-copper with about 1/4 inch white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Mix of tart and sweet cherries with a hint of sweet malts.

T: Sweet cherries dominate at first, followed by some caramelized sugar, and ending with tart cherries.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Too sweet and fruit-forward for more than one serving of this. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered as a dessert drink, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of hardy008
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium pink color with one finger of light pink head which vanishes quickly. Smells of sweet and tart cherries, but the aroma is somewhat light.

The taste is a combination of sweet and tart cherries. More tart than sweet, which is as it should be. Not a complex fruit beer, but a solid one.

Light to medium bodied, Low carbonation, with a sweet aftertaste. Nothing about this beer stands out as extraordinary, but it is solid, and worth trying. Nice for the summer months.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a transparent copper color with good white head and good lacing that receded quickly. lively fizzy carbonation, and strong fruity cherry smell. taste was much the same very fruity, cherries definitely apparent. light bodied and short flavor duration. very crisp and refreshing. moderately sweet with a thin texture. finish is lightly sour and tart. very good brew.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Completely forgettable fruit ale, while not awful this is nowhere near the reputation typically attributed to Founders.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with Founders branding surrounding a curvilinear font with the name of the brew, light pink background with cherries presiding it. Short description as " Cherry Fermented Ale". Shows date of bottling (06/02/10), IBUs (15), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pink/medium amber pour, short head with moderate to low retention, and little but fair lacing.

S - Lightly fruity nose, cherry, sweet with a faint malty sense, a bit medicinal.

T - Cherry character over a medium malt backbone, medicinal syrup touch.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation. A bit hefty in the Alc. by Vol. for what it is without much of a sense of balance.

D - While drinkable, it's lack of remarkable qualities makes it quite boring before one hits half a serving, and it made me wonder what to do with the rest of the four pack...

Notes: Probably the least remarkable brew I've tried so far from Founders. It feels one dimensional without much of an incentive going in any direction to make it worthy, not a refreshing side, or a funky touch, or a rich cherry profile... Boredom on a bottle.

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Photo of m1ked
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from WF Bowery beer room. Love that Founders is now available in NY.

A- Pours a brassy peachy yellow. Kind of reminds me of a yellowish white zin. Has a bright white fine cap on it. The beer I slightly hazy.

S- Slight sweetness, grainy, a tart blip at the end. Not really exciting though.

T- the taste is way more flavorful than the nose. I get sweet cherries with very subtle tartness. Reminds me of cherry pie filling at a 4th of July picnic, on a good way. There seems to be a touch of cinnamon in there too. This does not taste like a beer, or a "sour" either, but it is a tasty treat. Glad I bought a pint of vanilla ice cream to go with it too!

M- light to medium with a slight viscosity to it, just shy of feelin cloying. Almost no carbonation noted.

D- definitely a dessert like treat. Kind of excited to try it with the ice cream. This will be my first non-stout beer float. I like the access to a cherry beer that is not some high priced cuvee.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A somewhat-attractive strawberry blond with a thin head that fades pretty quick

S- Cherries, obviously. Also some strawberries. Then I don't know where this is coming from, but something reminiscent of maple syrup.

T- Very sweet and pleasant cherry flavor. Has a nice roasted malt flavor too to balance the cherries/strawberries. Lacks a certain something though to push it over the top.

M- Has a certain tartness to it. Overall, light and crisp, pretty refreshing

D- I kind of got sick of the flavor by the end. After that initial anticipation of tasting it, the beer got dull. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fruit beers, but there are much better ones out there

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

A - Pours a hazy reddish-gold with a minimal head. Ehh.

S - Umm...cherries. Sugar and honey.

T - Tart cherries, more sugar, more honey. It is a nice cherry flavor, taste authentic and not like a Jolly Rancher.

M - Thin bodied, plenty of carbonation. Sticky and syrupy.

D - Light, crisp, and refreshing but one is definitely good for me. Gets a bit too cloying, but would probably make a great dessert pairing. A rare mis-fire from Founders for me.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A pinkish red color with little pinkish white head. Beer can be seen through as bubbles stick all over the glass.

S- Strong scent of cherries and a sugar sweetness. Malt comes through but the tart cherries dominate the smell.

T- Sweet cherries rush in as it fades to a dominate tart cherry flavors and bits of sour notes. Sugary sweetness and maybe some crystal malt available in the flavor as well.

M- Relatively thin mouthfeel, but moving towards medium thin. Decent carbonation leaves this one refreshing.

D- Sweetness of this beer makes it a little difficult to have more than a couple. That being said, a great dessert beer that pairs great with chocolate covered fruits.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hot night, decided on a little fruity beer to start the weekend.

A - Popped a bottle and poured into a couple of New Glarus flute glasses. Garnett red with a fizzy pour producing a small head that quickly turns into a bubble party.

S - Farily non-descript. Not a cherry blast by any means.

T - Pretty uneventful with a fizzy cherry profile and lots of carbonation. Closest thing in awhile that I have had in a glass that reminded me of the old Pop Rocks candy.

M - Thin, lots of carbonation.

D - Light, crisp, and pretty refreshing.

Not bad for what it is. Does not hold a candle to other cherry fruit beers like Wisc Belg Red.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/19/10, pretty fresh.

A: Was expecting a more reddish color. Pours a light orange, light copper color with very minimal head. Small red hue to it, but it's a bit light looking.

S: The aroma of dry cherries almost makes for a sour smelling beer. Has a bit of funkiness and a bit of spice. Smells like a wet sock with a cinnamon stick in it, with cherries in the forefront. A bit of toasted malts and no hop presence really.

T: Flavor really revives this beer. Tart, sour cherries and a good bit of lively carbonation. I'm reminded of Black Forest Cake, the cherry sweetness/tartness matched with a bit of near chocolate flavors. Good toasted malt quality. The hops certainly play no part in this beer. Good tartness and sour quality from a non-brett beer.

M: A bit thin, but the aftertaste is what wins for this beer. A nice spice ending with a super sweet cherry flavor.

D: This would seem to be a dessert beer or a pre-dinner beer to open the palate. Tartness is nice, but it is also quite sweet. One will do the trick.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.61/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to htomsirveaux for the hook-up.

A - Pours an opaque crimson-pink hue; very scant bubbles on top, more like a slightly soapy cap.

S - The cherry is huge, sweet and tart, most similar to dried cherries. All other aromas pale...

T - The taste is ridiculous. Like Belgian Red, but better. Huge cherry flavor both sweet and tart, and reminiscent of dried cherries more so than fresh, maraschino or candied. Again, everything else about this brew is dominated by the qualities of the cherry. And it is not a one-note, either, despite being all cherry; the flavor is quite dynamic and progresses from the initial consumption through the finish of the last sip.

M - Lightly carbonated and very refreshing.

D - Damn. Surprise, surprise. Another winner by Founders. This is an exceptional desert beer, a refreshing summer (or winter) brew, and it would pair nicely with a great many things, not to mention it's capacity to support an ice cream float or serve as a base for a cherry reduction. Outstanding.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a pinkish tinge, and a thin white head that retains OK...looks less pink than last years iteration. The aroma has some tart cherry and raspberry notes, along with some cane sugar sweetness, biscuit, and a little alcohol...underwhelming compared to previous years. The flavor has a lot of tart cherry, raspberry and red apple notes upfront, along with cane sugar, a little biscuity malt, a little lactic acid, cherry cough syrup and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, and drinkability is excellent. This is an intriguing summer beer that achieves a nice balance of sweet and tart and tastes more like fruit than cough syrup unlike some other fruit beers.

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