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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 portia99
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 3/20/09. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy pink over amber color with a thin, soda-like head that disappears immediately, receding to a a thin collar of pinkish white around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet and sour...lots of cherry aroma, some tartness,and some sweet sugary smells. No hop character in the aroma at all. Overall the aroma level is on the light side - would be even nicer if it was a little bit stronger.

T - Nice sour flavor and tons of cherry...very reminiscent of a liquid cherry pie filling. Quite tasty. Seems like a perfect pairing with some dark chocolate. If you like cherry, this is a beer for you. No hops...very cherry!

M - Thin in body, almost soda-like. Medium to low carbonation - thought there would be more. Very smooth feeling...not particularly prickly.

D - This is quite an enjoyable fruit beer. Very nice overall cherry flavor. Seems perfect for desert. Really think this would be great with some chocolate cake, a brownie sundae, or such...Good by itself...not one I could have a few of in one session, but with chocolate deserts, outstanding.

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

Husky dulled body of medium crimson orange with a slimmed cherry kool aid pinked bubbly capping. A few thin strings of lacing get stretched across the glass.

Muted aroma of tart earthy cherry and a bit of sweet malt underneath.

Taste has a nice sweetened tang of dulled tart cherry thats semi sharp with a light smack on the lips, then the tongue, but drops off quickly to a light finish that drys just a titch earthy. Tiny touches of cinnamon and brown sugar emerge as it goes along.

Tangy, sweet, nearly medium body with a muted tartness and a second half that's a bit empty but is plenty likeable as it stays just clean and sharp enough as to bend the palate just right into an acceptable tone.

A well balanced and toned down tartened sweet cherry beer that may be a good starter fruit beer for those not quite ready for the big sour brews out there.

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Photo of capra12
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/7/09 with Speedwayjim and steph from notes served out of a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Semi cloudy pinkish amber, 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet pink fruit (cherry) and wheat.

Taste: Opens with a distinct fruity cherry as it becomes more tangy and cider like. There are definite sour notes in the finish which carry over into the aftertaste and is mildly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and bubbly and slightly dry.

Drinkability: I would have this again on the same night and recommend this to those who enjoy cider and want a fruity twist.

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Photo of brow1901
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- An interesting ruby red copper color with a slightly pink head sitting on top. Retention is nil but has good pretty lacing.

S- Can't really smell the cherries like I expected to. You can tell it is slightly tart from the smell. Otherwise the thing that stands out is the yeast smell, kinda reminds me of a saison, or slightly like a lager yeast.

T- Sweet cherries with a tart aftertaste. Malt backbone is pronounced, I'm not sure if it really works well with the cherry though. The malt keeps it from being a soda.

M- I like the mouth feel, tiny bubbles keep it very light bodied. Yet it has a nice slick coating in the finish.

D- It's easy to finish a beer, but more than one is too much cherry for me. Overall a decent brew, it was cheap, interesting flavor you don't have every day. Not a super complex taste though. It's worth a try. Not my favorite fruit beer but I'm still just scratching the surface with this style.

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

Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but never disappears completely. Smells of cherries, sour cherries, faint perfume, and a brown sugar malt sweetness. Taste is a puckering tart cherry up front and sweet malt with a syrupy sweet lingering cherry flavor in the finish. Medium body and carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one, I think this is a very well done fruit beer. I love cherries but sometimes fruit beers can be well over-fruited.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Bright pink-white head, very light and fluffy; retention is not impressive. Beer was a dark-amber hue with a blanket of pink-ruby influence from the cherries, relatively clear.

S-Tart, sour cherry aroma takes hold, with hints of malty sweetness underneath.

T-Tart cherry is the most prominent initial flavor, which slowly fades to allow a sweetness, slightly malty but also with fruit influence, making a nice interplay with the tart cherry.

M-Medium-high carbonation seems appropriate for this fruit beer. Body is medium-light, complimented by the carbonation.

D-Cherries really have an opportunity to shine, making this one interesting, if in only low volumes.

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Photo of aaronh
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Watermelon hued body topped by an off-white head that quickly fades to a loose and broken collection of foam islands. Cherry aroma is evident without getting too close to the glass. A closer sniff reveals a more balanced cherry and malt aroma. Occasionally I still get the hint of Swedish fish candy. Flavor is predominantly cherry, but there is a nice biscuit malt flavor. Overall, this is a very light tasting beer. Hints of bitterness pop in briefly on the finish. The beer gets more and more refreshing as I continue to quaff. Mouthfeel is thin, but it works well. I think a thick bodied beer would get tiring and cloying with this amount of cherry flavor. Drinkability is very good - I find myself wanting another.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish hue, hints of brown, with lively carbonation and a lace ring on top of a decent sour/tart fruit smell and hints of malt. Minor hop bitterness and sharp tart/sour fruit tastes that is alright but slightly offbalance. Some sticky malt is in this beer, but it is mostly a tart fruit. A decent ale with minor sweetness but a little too tart for me to drink all the time.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pinkish color out of the bottle with good carbonation but once it settled it was deep cranberry color. Nose is all cherries. Very sweet and sugary cherries. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, ripe cherries. Very tart on taste and mouthfeel. One will be enough to drink.

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - a reddish orange, almost like the color of Red Rocks Amphitheater.

S - smells of spiced cherries...smells good

T - tastes of spiced cherries...almost like a spiced cider slush with the cider substituted by cherries. This has a really good fruit beer taste to it. Not overly sweet or powerful, and it wasn't a fake cherry taste either. This is a good fruit beer.

M - thin mouthfeel with some good carbonation. Very average mouthfeel.

D - this surprised me in a really good way. I see a lot of similarities to New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red, which is a huge thumbs up from me. I really enjoyed this beer and will most definitely purchased again.

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Photo of KI9A
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy red, little head, lots of sediment. Into a tulip glass.

S: Muted to say the least. Some tart cherries.

T: Tart cherries, grapes. Sour apple. Meh.

M: Fairly high carbonation. Crisp. refreshing. Not overpowering.

D: Well, it isn't even close to New Glarus Belgian Red, which is just about as close to intense as this style gets. Good, refreshing, but, the large amount of sediment about freaked me out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pink lemonade color with a bubbly pink cap that leaves a few splashes here and there

Smell: Tart cherry aroma

Taste: Starts out with a subtle sweet cherry flavor that is joined by the tart fruit and builds in both directions by mid-palate, with just a hint of malt underneath; after the swallow, the tart flavors prevail and linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not something I would drink everyday, but a well-executed fruit beer that blends both sweet and tart flavors nicely together

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed in Spring 2009. Review input from notes.

Pours a reddish-pink mixed with a wee bit of brown. The aroma is that of tart cherries with hints of sweetness. The taste brings out even more cherry flavor, coming full on at your palate. There is a slight tartness to it as well. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, a fantastic fruit beer.

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

On-tap at Sheffield's in Chicago

A: Pinkish-red hue with not much head.

S: Some tartness on the nose, but this beer isn't giving much off in for me to pick up.

T: While drinking this beer, I'm struck by the wonderful balance of tart and sweet cherry. It's not that the taste is directly in the middle of the two, but rather that both sides are present and working together nicely. Cinnamon, and cherry pie spices round out the experience as you exhale.

M: Nice tart tingle, with an overall light feel in the mouth

D: Quite drinkable and quenching. I could easily drink several and be content.

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

Pours a hazy, fruit Roll-up red that is light and sunny near the edges and darker, puplier in the middle.

Smells fruity. Nice but a little tame. Light berries, tart cherries, and little hints of yeast.

Tastes just as nice and tame as it smells. The berry/cherry blend reaches a nice balance between sour and sweet, and like most good fruit beers it starts off juicy and finishes smooth and creamy. Refreshing, but there's not enough going on in the middle and end to make it a really great fruit beer.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brenden for this bottle!

This beer is pink. It looks like a Shirley Temple. The head is a nice white color that leaves some very impressive lacing. And its pink.

Strangely this pink brew smells like beer with a hint of "miscellaneous fruity sweetness". Not bad, but I had higher hopes. At lest the beer portion is nice.

The taste is simultaneously sweet and tart. The cherries are there, but this is still a beer. Nice and refreshing.

Upon entering my mouth I was surprised that this didn't have the consistency of a Shirley Temple. The bubbles were slightly subdued. The beer had a pleasant thickness that did occasionally come off as syrupy. Syrupy of the high fructose variety. Still very pleasant.

Ok, I'm over the fact that I'm drinking a pink beer. The beer is also good enough to comfortably drink in public. ["Yea, it's pink, asshole, but it tastes better than your piss water."] However, I think one bottle at a time will do it. It's too sweet for more than one at a time.

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Photo of Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up in Grand Rapids.

Pours a hazy ruby red, really neat fruity colour, almost grapefruit like, thick slightly off white head forms, slowly drops to a thin layer and ring around the glass, nice chunks of lace stick. Smell is nice, cherry juice, straw, lightly funky, barnyard and grass, fresh fruit, light cinnamon spiciness, earthy, pretty neat. Taste is similar, very sweet though, caramel and sugar, cherry juice, cinnamon, earthy, fresh fruit salad, more sugar, honey, lightly tart in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. A little too sweet, kind of like BG Belgian Red without the complexity.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to jlindros for sending this one my way!

This may be the perfect glass to use for this brew. It looks and smells absolutely wonderful.
It pours a very pretty, clear, light pink color. When held to a light, it has a tinting of golden orange. The head, just over one-fingers worth, is creamy looking foam that is a light, almost creamy, pink color. Remeniscent of cotton candy, color-wise. The retention is great and the lacing is thick and quite sticky.

I get notes of cherries, both sweet and tangy. There is a nice wheatiness to it and a good hint of yeast.
As good as it smells, it is a very simple nose. Sometimes less can be more, I guess.

This is great! You get a nice little hint of cherry sweetness, right on the tip of your tongue. This is followed by a very mild maltiness. Then the tanginess hits you, mid-palate. There are mild wheat notes below the surface and a light hint of caramels. The cherry sweetness returns in the end, to combine with the tartness, and create an almost perfect finish.
The best part of it all is that the cherry flavor is very natural and doesn't taste artificial at all.

This has an excellent medium body. I say this because, while it is medium, it manages to have a crispness, that I generally associate with lighter bodies. It also has a nice level of creaminess, though not overpowering, that I associate with fuller-bodied brews. The carbonation is just about perfect, filled with little zesty/lively bubbles that just dance across your palate.

This is a very tasty and highly drinkable brew. The low-ish abv would help to keep it quite a session beer. I know that fruit beers aren't for everyone, but for those of us who like to have them every now and then, this is a winner.
It's almost like a better version of Lindemans Kriek. It has the flavor, but hasn't been artficially sweetened, like the Kriek has. It still has a nice tart/sour presence to it.
Founders proves to me, once again, that they are worthy of being one of my top favorite breweries.

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Photo of jt31914
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Amber with a pinkish tint - what you would expect from a fruit/cherry style beer.

S: Strong aroma of cherry - fairly tart in the smell. Not amazing but still pleasant.

T: A little too fruity for me; very tart cherry. The downfall of this beer is that it doesn't actually taste like beer at all; it is more like a cherry cider type taste to me. However, the cherry is very natural, and the flavor is not artificial at all.

M: A little to tart in the mouth; the taste makes you want to swallow fairly quickly.

D: Fairly drinkable brew.

The main downfall of this beer is that you can't taste any form of beer in it (which at 15 IBUs isn't that surprising I guess). I am admittedly biased to start with, considering that fruit beers aren't my favorite to begin with; however, this is not the best of it's style and is my least favorite founder's effort to date.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle copped from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville... Cherry puree-laden aroma combined with authentic fruit flavor imparts a refreshing and subtle brew with a moderate 6.5% ABV... Interesting stuff from Founders... Although not a particular fan of this type of beer, I will give credit where it's due...

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Photo of photomike
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange-pink with a white head and decent lacing. Somewhat weak retention.

This smells strongly jammy, with lots of tart cherry scents exploding from the glass.

The flavor is pretty strange. If I had to compare it to another brew, I would say that this tastes like a slightly less sweet version of Lindeman's Kriek with a lot more tartness and an odd underlying sweaty, minerally, mustiness. Not too bad, but as the glass slowly disappears, I find myself less and less interested in finishing it. Lots of cherry flavor, to be sure, but too sweet and funky for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick consistency. Chewy finish.

One is enough.

Glad I tried it, but would not buy again.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper pour with a small layer of head. Tartness present on the nose with fresh cherries and hints of alcohol. Taste is moderately tart and surprisingly subtle. The cherries present are very fresh and ripe tasting, and there is a slight acidity on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. This one has a nice flavor but isn't too bold, a decent fruit beer overall. Not one of my favorite styles, but in this case done well.

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Photo of qchic
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pink amber. Not quite as strikingly pink as some red fruited beers, but it's rosy. The dissipating head is whitish with hints of pink as well. Aromas of cherry are noticed immediately without bringing the glass to the nose, though it is not overwhelming. Along with the sweet and mildly tart fruit is some malt, but no hops. The tartness is more pronounced in the flavor. It is rather natural tasting and there is a little malt flavor, but it seems to be here mostly for structure. It finishes dry (thankfully) with a little bitterness on the back of the tongue. I don't care to drink more than this one as I am craving more traditional beer flavor. Fine for a fruit beer, but lacks complexity. Perhaps one to offer to those less enthusiastic about beer as a segue into craft offerings...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Bottled on 04/01/09. 15 IBUs, 6.5% ABV. Thanks to Sweemzander for this one!

A - A light pink/red colored beer pours into the tulip with a full haze to it. An incredibly light pink, almost white head floats on top gently while leaving delicate lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is very light overall but I can easily smell fresh cherries. Not a fruity overwhelming aroma but a low, charming one. A slightly grainy malt aroma peeks out a touch. No hops on the nose.

T - The aroma is very deceiving. The cherries come out full-force in the flavor with a very freshly-picked trait. Lack of syrupyness in here is a real winner. Sweet but tart that balances nicely and finishes with a light pale malt flavor.

M - Sweet but tart and smooth but crisp and refreshing! Medium-bodied with a dry finish and just a little zing.

D - You definitely won't like it if you have an aversion to cherries but it's not syrup-like at all. A good desert beer or fruity summer drink. Well balanced and brewed.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/23/09

A - Light pink/rose-colored on the pour, settling to a bright & intense shade of ruby. Dense; all but impossible to see through. Thin layer of bubbles on top settles to almost nothing, though swirling the glass revives a bit of foam. Sparse lacing.

S - Potent whiff of dark cherry upon opening the bottle, though once in the glass the cherry notes are transparent & almost evasive. Hints of wheat, grass & something toasted. Alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

T - Tartness is panoramic as the sour/sweet cherry characteristics envelop the palate. Though the cherries are at the forefront, there is a nice earthy offset in what I would describe as prairie-grown wheat. Hints of bread in there, too.

M - Medium body with ample, prickly carbonation. Sticky & gritty qualities make this linger & move slowly on its journey.

D - I had no idea what to expect, but I like it. Not something I would regularly seek out, but definitely tasty & enjoyable to drink.

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