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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 silver0rlead
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Think white-pinkinsh head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy rosy amber color. Aroma is tart, earthy, cherry pits and a touch of cherry pancake syrup. Flavor starts fairly sweet-tart. Lots of juscy cherries. Sweet dark cherry in the middle, almost cherry pie like. Nice light puckering towards the finish. More sweet than tart.

Not too complex but tasty.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: a hazy pinkish, reddish with a decent pinkish head.
smell: tart, sweet, fruity...yep, there's the cherries.
taste: Wow, I didn't think I was going to like this so much. Tart, and sweet but not too much of either. Balanced with an unexpected malt heft.
mouthfeel: Nice and full.
drinkability: Great. I thought this would be a one and done experience, but I'm ready for another and I don't even like cherries.

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Photo of rye726
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cherry brown with a thin white head. Nose has candied cherries and straebweeires, but not much else. A big fresh cherry presence in the flavor with bit of tartness that keeps a nice balance to the beer. Crisp, refreshing body. Tasty fruit beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with a very light pink head that leaves just traces of lacing.

Smell: Mild cherries that are both tart and sweet, with a very light malt backbone.

Taste: Tart cherries are the centerpiece here, but not too tart, as a nice semi-sweet counterbalance comes forth. The malts are present but hard to identify as they remain in the background. Virtually no bitterness at all.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Slightly drying finish, but due to the tartness rather than what I typically think of as dry.

Drinkability: Refreshing and surprisingly well balanced between tart and sweet. Honestly, it is about time I find a cherry beer that is not shockingly tart or cloyingly sweet. Overall, this may be my least favorite Founders beer, but one of my favorite fruit beers, which I guess shows how much I love Founders but typically dislike fruit beers.

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Photo of levifunk
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - see through, but somewhat cloudy. white head.

s - smell is sour and funky. sweet cherries buried deep.

t - same as nose, but in opposite order. sweet cherries on the front, followed by funk and sour.

m - medium body. on the bigger side of carbonation, making it feel lighter and refreshing.

overall - very drinkable. i was expecting something sweeter and fruitier. this is more along the lines of a sour or farmhouse. Its a good beer though. cherry flavor rounds it out well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler of this yesterday. Poured into Chimay chalice.

A - Poured clear a pinkish reddish color with slick lacing and overall wine cooler visual. The head was pink and frothy when poured into a unibroue tulip for my wife.

S - The nose was very soft. A bit of cherry a bit of vanilla, but not much else. Sweet and sour odor.

T - Cherry is in the front but very soft. Very much like drinking a blush wine.

M - Very juice like. Doesn't feel like beer at all. A bit sour and wine like.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Goes down like a fruit juice without much bite at all. Really enjoyed this one. My wife even went for a glass.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium hazy peach color with a minimal amount of somewhat white foam that quickly dissipates. Subtle cherry aromas, along with some almond and a little honey. Decent cherry pie flavor, with a nice tart finish. Was expecting more fruit in this one (along the lines of New Glarus) but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jnnv4 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale has a cherry look to it, like the sweet sugary brine in a maraschino cherry jar. The darker red color doesn't render the ale opaque though, allowing it to be translucent. A thin band of head is all that ever came out of the bottle.

S: A dash of natural cherry, sweet and sour and all, is all that the ale offers up.

T: The nose is a little light, but the first sip yields a pretty hefty dose of cherry. The flavor is sweet with just a bit of natural sourness. Sugary sweetness laps at the taste buds on every sip. The biscuity malt doesn't stand a chance.

M: A Quelque Chose lite. The sweet cherry lacks the nuance but doesn't skimp on the fruit.

D: My fourth bottle and it hasn't let me down yet. The cherry is full, not in the sickly sweet way, but in the natural, gamey way.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Pours a beautiful cherry red with a very thin bright white head that dissipates almost immediately without any residual lacing.
S. Light malt background with some cinnamon and some tart cherry.
T. Spicy upfront (cinnamon) with acidic cherries as you swallow. The cherry becomes more evident as you continue drinking - it develops into a cherry tart flavor.
M. Wonderful. Thick body with a light level of carbonation.
D. This is a delicious brew. My wife gave it two thumbs up.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby red, similar to the pink hues on the labeling. Slight, creamy pink head.

Smell: Smells of canned cherries, both sweet and tart. Definitely smells of fermented cherries.

Taste: Tastes of cherry pie filling or cherry cobbler. Is both subtly sweet and tart. Delicious take on cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Typical, smooth mouthfeel of Founders.

Drinkability: Smooth and doesn't taste very alcoholic. Is aromatic and greatly emulates the cherry pie flavor. A four pack would not be difficult to finish off.

I would recommend this beer, especially over Founders Rubaeus. It's cherry pie like taste is very good and intriguing. It makes me wonder what the Rubaeus could've been like if they took the same approach.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear amber, ruby red. Slight lacing on glass.

S. Well you guessed it nice cherry fragrance.

T. Sweet malt followed by a nice sour cherry finnish not bitter at all.

M.Light bodied fizzy carbonation. Sweet n sour

D. Verry good for the style, a little on the sour side.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/27/10.
A- Pours out a pleasant light red with a one finger off-white head that had decent retention. Fine, spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink this one down. A small cloud and ring are left once the head dissipates. Flocks of carbonation bubbles are seen rising to the top of the glass.

S- Sweet sugary cherries are in the forefront. The smell is not all that strong and a bit hard to pick up. Some viney wine notes and light malt comes through as well.

T- The cherries are certainly here. They are of the sweeter variety with a tiny bit of sour tartness. The beer itself is pretty highly sweet between the cherries and the malt. Hops do not make their presence at all in this one, probably used just for the preservative effect. Viney/stemmy/cherry pit notes are also lent from the cherries.

MF- A good level of carbonation in a very light body, feeling appropriate with the flavors. No warmth and a very, very slight bitterness. A coat of sweet cherry stemmy notes left on the palate.

DB- The price was the standard Founders seasonal four pack price. It is a bit too sweet but not overbearing, it makes it a one bottle at a time thing. Their Newaygo County and last year's version of this one had more cherry flavor, fruit varies year by year. Glad I tried it, one of the better fruit beers out there. The fruit tastes like real fruit, not artificial.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy pink with even carbonation. It almost looks like a pink cider. The head quickly dissapates from the middle. The lacing is average at best. This has an earthy smell with just a hint of cherry. It's real nice because it's not overpowering, but just sort of teases you. God I love cherry beers! This one has a cherry taste that sneaks up on you. For the first two seconds after you sip there's nothing....and then it just explodes in your mouth (Sounds like a Tobias Funke line....). There's just enough sour at the end to cause a slight pucker (Maybe I should carry a tape recorder around and listen to myself....). This is great! Super light mouthfeel, which is a bit of a downfall. If it was a bit heartier, it'd be a top 5 for me. Really high drinkability on this due to tasting like real cherry and not that sweet fake cherry flavor. I want another all ready!

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Photo of sidetracked
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a slight red hue. Off-white head with a pink tint.

Smell is cherries, wood, and dank earth reminding me of an actual cherry orchard.

Taste is sour, tart cherries and then more cherries. None of the typical malt or hop flavor.

Light to medium body and creamy. The creaminess keeps the carbonation low preventing it from seeming like a cherry soda.

Taste is one-dimensional, but interesting enough for me to keep wanting more. Good level of cherry flavor--not overpowering and not just a component of the flavor.

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Photo of Stunner97
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pink to red in color with a very thin white head that fades to light lacing, small bubbles slowly stream the glass,

Smell- faint cherry, malt, slight amount of hop, not a bad nose but not that powerful as i expected it to be

Taste- good amount of malt and grain, cherry is there though not extremely as dominate or as in your face as you would think, it imparts a slight tartness on the finish but really pretty balance between being sweet, I enjoy the balance of sweetness and tartness in the mid palate which fades out to a balanced finish, very unique taste compared to anything ive ever had before to be honest, the only fault i find is at one point almost slight metallic flavor,i do though very much enjoy the sweet and sour flavor going on in the mid palate from the cherries, pretty good grew on me, i think alot of people even non beer drinkers would like this flavor profile,

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, very light and refreshing, smooth,

Drinkability- pretty easy drinking though could not tell you yet how many of these I would want or have in sitting but i do think do to the great balance of sweet and sour I could have quite a few of these, its not very super sweet which is certainly a good thing for drinkability purposes, the cherries are certainly noticeable but more for the sweet and sour then really pure cherry to me anyway, a nice interesting beer thats got more abv then you would think drinking and certainly goes down fast, worth a shot for sure

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Photo of steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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 Tballz420
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby froze and turned to stone.

Copper colored brew, small white head. Good amount of lace. Smells like sweet cherries. Mmm. Tastes like sweet cherries. If you like cherries, and you like beer, i reckon you might like this, cause it tastes like beer soaked in cherries. Not overly sweet. Thin mouth. I like.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a glass this brew was a rose color with a quickly evaporating head leaving no lacing
S-Sour cherries and malt aromas that are not distint but present
T-Tart cherry. It almost doesn't taste like a beer but rather a cherry hard cider drink. The malts and bitterness of the hops are present as afternotes.
M-Thin and no carbonation. This brew feels like it is stale or flat.
D-There is just not enough going on with this brew to get too excited about it. Just average for this style.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Thin head on a hard pour. Head disappears before I can even rinse out the bottle. Color is a hazy golden with maybe the slightest tint of red.

S: A thin sweetness creeps up from the malts. A touch of cherry, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Light cherries up front, followed by a sweet maltiness. Not an awful combo, but not a great one either.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

D: The flavor profile is a bit thin for my liking. It would seem a cherry beer could be more... interesting? Drinkable, but for now, this is the weakest Founders offering I've tried.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - What can I say, I'm a sucker for red beers. A clearish red color with a minimal pink head. Head didn't stick around long.

S - Well it's malty, but it's a bit heavy on the cherries, so much so it seems slightly artificial, like a sugar fruit drink.

T - Pretty cherryish, slightly artificial, slightly tastes like medicine, but it is hard to get a cherry brew right. Sadly, Wisconsin Belgian Red set the standard for me, and that is pretty hard to live up to.

M - Light, thin, carbonated.

D - Well not hard to drink, but I don't want this again, would rather have a beer that doesn't taste so much like a fruit drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's clear red in color; there's a small bit of pink head and not much visible carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: There is a great balance between sweet and tart flavors; the tartness of the cherries really stands out but isn't overpowering because of the strong presence of sweetness from the malts. The cherries don't taste as sweet as Lindemans Kriek and the fruity flavor seems more natural.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little bubbly.
D: The beer is definitely easy to drink and goes down smoothly. It's a pretty good beer for this particular style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a deep amber colour with a little shade of red throughout. Small traces of white head and lacing.

S - Tart cherries and caramel malts.

T - Tart cherry juice. The frist couple of sips almost make you pucker but then the taste bids adjust and there is a nice smooth cherry flavour with some tartness in the aftertaste. The malts aren't noticeable in the palate.

M - Light body with a bit of chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - I wasn't sure if I would even like this beer and it turned out to be a nice buy. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear, bubbly pink champagne-like appearance. Thin head that dissipates right quick.

S- Is cherry limeade-ish. Big smell of sweetness with a pronounced malt profile. Smells somewhat like a macro lager on the end of the nose.

T- Is good, not exciting, but good. Tart and sweet cherry flavor, doesn't seem artificial and follows with a smooth malt flavor.

M- Thin and watered down, nothin really exciting

D- easily drinkable and I enoyed it much more than the first time I had it. The price per 4 pack is alot more than I plan on spending again, but that has nothing to do w/ my score.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle of the 2010 batch poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Even with the aggressive pour there was only about 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that formed atop the chill hazed amber liquid. Some lacing evident throughout. To be honest, it looked a little boring.

The smell reminded me a lot of Bells Oberon. Definitely a malt forward bill here and I suspect at least some wheat was used if not dominantly wheat. A little tartness and sourness is faintly detectable but I'm not sure if I would have identified it as cherries if I didn't know they were there.

Taste is very good. Big puckering sweet & sour cherries dance all over the place on this one. This is what you try this beer for. None of the cherry flavor tastes artificial either. It's just a great vehicle for that Michigan cherry flavor. I docked it half a point because the finish is long and a little gummy and not in a particularly good way.

As stated there is an unpleasant gumminess to the mouthfeel that is unpleasant in the finish. The overall feel initially is medium bodied with full malt roundness.

Drinkability might be a little below average. The flavor is great, but it's lacking in other areas. If the finish was tweaked and improved it would be more sessionable but even then, it is a nice beer to try, just not the kind I want many of. I would buy this again but it will probably be next year before I do. Recommended once every season it's offered.

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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,505 ratings
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