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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 Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Reddish tinged copper with a thin pinkish white ring that left spotty lace.

S-Light sour cherry aroma with a bit of sweetness. Certainly nothing overwhelming.

T-BAM! Like liquid cherry pie filling--that is something else. A small amount of tartness and residual sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium-light quite sharp and effervescent with a pleasant lingering tartness.

D-You had best like tart cherries or this beer will fail you! The Rubaeus of cherry brews. Tart, lightly sweet, crisp and refreshing. Nicely done Founder's.

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy orange-red color with a half-finger light red head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart and mildly sweet cherries with just a hint of malt aromas peeking through. As the beer warms the cherry aromas take over even more than they already had.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The cherry flavors are a bit darker but the same light tartness is still there. Ending is a bit on the sweet side and lingers for a small while.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer is what it is. A solid cherry beer. Worth a shot if you're in the mood.

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

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. The label is shows a few cherries.
Translucent hazy ruby body with low carbonation and a short lived off-white head of all bubbles. Very little lace.
Mild cherry sauce scent and faint hops.
Pleasantly sweet cherry flavor with a nice tart and hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body with a tart finish.
Good drinkability.


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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter (thx northyorksammy!), Cerise is pale, orange/pink tinged amber, with a creamy sand colored head that leaves nice foamy lace.

Smell is strong cherries, like cherry pie, nice.

Taste is pretty strong cherry, a bit like cherry pepto though, something about it just not quite working for me. I guess I prefer sour fruit beers, although this is a very solid effort for a style I admittedly don't care for.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy. However, there is an oily, solvent feel, and it is medium bodied.

Drinkability is average. There are some nice aspects, but overall, it's just a bit too much, and a slow sipper for me. One and done for sure, but nevertheless, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rose color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cherries, sweet and tart. Taste like it smells, more tart than sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good effort.

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Photo of cupcakequeenie
4.92/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- The beer pours a deep rose with a nice pale pink head that lasts well.
S- The smell is tart, fresh cherry, no artificial sweetness
T- As with the aroma, the taste is crisp, tart and fresh cherry. True and not overly sweet, just like eating the real thing.
M- Well-carbonated, not too light mouthfeel. No heavy syrup accent.
D- Easy to drink and enjoy each sip

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Photo of bort11
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang fluted tulip. Thin fizzy head that recedes quickly. Color is very interesting. It is pinkish with an amber body. It doesn't look so much murky as just dense. It refracts light nicely and creates a glow.

Smell is a nice tart cherry, and surprisingly very mild sweetness. I don't smell sugar, I smell cherries. So many other cherry beers smell like maraschino cherries and syrupy. It seems there is a pretty good amount of wheat in the grain bill. Taste has a pleasant pucker from the tart cherries. I think there is more tartness from the cherries than from any hops. And I'm still getting some wheat malt character.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean. The tartness is very refreshing and I love it that it's not syrupy. I think that's where a lot of fruit beers go wrong.

Blipped "Cherry Bomb" by the Runaways.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 3/20/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy strawberry color with a loose quarter inch, off-white head that immediately dispersed into a skim and some clusters of ringlets around the edges of the glass. Some spots of lacing, but fairly weak legs. Mild nose - slightly tart cherries and a wheat character towards the back. Taste consistent with nose - sweet up front and tart towards the back, as well as some artificial sweetener in the mix; wheat character come out much less in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was light/medium with a consistent background effervescence, some astringency in the mix and a fairly dry finish. Interesting beer, but one was sufficient.

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

Presentation: Stubby 12oz brown screw cap bottle

Appearance: Rose colored beer with light orange tints...good clarity, and a fluffy pale pink cap with good retention

Smell: Sweet and tart cherries, not nearly as tart as a fruit lambic, but not fake and artificial like many fruit beers either; something almost floral and kinda odd is in here too

Taste: Kind of like cherry pie...begins medium sweet but ends short and tart...it's not a bad flavor at all, but it seems quite muted; there could be so much more here it seems. Maybe I'm unfairly comparing it to New Glarus' Belgian Red which is the same style but absolutely blows this away

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Good flavor, but not enough of it...better than the average fruit beer for sure, but doesn't approach a good Kriek or New Glarus' offering...paired nicely with a chocolate bourbon mousse cake

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

very up and down with this one...pours a strong pale red with a contrasting white head...but it disappears right away...i'm getting no strong smells...malts are there but not like i thought they would be in this malt beverage...but, very delicious...malt smoothness and sweet cherries dominate...if you just were judging by taste, this beer would do alright...you'll see what i'm talking about...

i really wish this brew was more dry and finished with a dry spumante-type finish...but, see what you think...i'd buy a single and stay away from the 4-pack unless you have friends who might enjoy...

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Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, paying $4.50 for a single, I said "this better be good". Then I saw average reviews and lowered my expectations. good thing, because this beer isn't bad at all. I know I have not tried Wisconsin Belgian Red, but this is what i would expect. Nice sour notes and enough cheery flavor to hit the spot. Not sure of any realy flaws. Founders always does it right.

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Photo of Wildman
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy orange/copper color and formed a small white head that left trace lace as is quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and sour cherries. The flavor was of malt, and sour cherries. It had a medium light body and the finish was sweet and sour.

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Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange brew from the folks at Founders, poured a clear copper red into the Bitburger glass, just a thin white head appears and dies quickly.

Aroma is subtle sour cherry, and in fact, this is just about the flavor I sense in the quaff - except for this taste of pumpkin pie in the finish. Smooth and refreshing in the summer months, easy to drink.

But not easy on the pocketbook with the $2.50 a bottle pop, and for a "low" alcohol brew. I'll probably pass on this in the future.

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

A: Pours a cloudy rose color with a light pink head that diminishes to a ring that doesn't lace.

S: Even at the right temperature the aromas are somewhat muted. Cherries are the obvious and expected tones but it has both sweet and tart. Not much else in there except a little spice.

T: Follows the nose. Tart and sweet cherries with a little... cinnamon that dances in the back of the throat. Nothing overbearing with is typical of some fruit beers.

M: On the lighter side of medium body. Not overly carbonated. Not harsh on the palette at all.

D: This is easy to drink. I would only drink one per session. It might go well if pared with something. This is something I'm finding with sweeter beers. Worth the experience.

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

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium reddish/pinkish color with an average sized, frothy, pinkish head. Aromas of cherries. Tastes of cherries, cherry pie, pie crust, and bready. On the sweeter side with a lighter tart, cherry finish (but definitely leans towards the sweeter side). Pinkish lacing left on the glasss.

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

A - Pours amber with an ounce of marichino juice. One half inch head, also red tainted, dissipates fast to ring. Some cling lace.

S - Funky barnyard. Expect to be raking this in instead of drinking. Some acidity with tartness there.

T - The meat of the matter. Cooked, completely cooked, cherry pie. Spices assist, but that is the predominate flavor.

M - Medium body, fair carb, pretty good balance considering the strangeness of the beer.

D - Easy enough to drink, fun and not all that tiring.

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Photo of Strix
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured pink, with some floaties.

Definite cherry smell.

Cherries in the taste, then sort of flattens out. A bit of spices, a bit of malt, sort of fades away with a dry flavor.

Mouthfeel bubbly.

Sort of a chick beer I guess. I felt it was worth a try, but nothing that really connected for me. If you don't like overly sweet beers, maybe you'd like this, but I thought it could have used more flavor.

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Photo of jeremyd365
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a reddish amber and you could smell the strong cherry-ness easily. It had a decent-bodied mouthfeel but at the end of the day, the cherry flavor was just too much. It tasted as if it was half grenadine and was just entirely too sweet for me. As for the poster than referred to it as a "chick drink", my girlfriend said it was way too sweet for her too. I supposed it would be an interesting one to try a shot-sized sample of during a fruity beer tasting festival or something of the like, but the entire bottle was just too much for me. Possibly the first founders I didn't love. I guess it was bound to happen sometime!

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Photo of maximum12
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Sampled on tap at the Founders taphouse.

Light strawberry-looking thing. Smells sweet enough to make my nose hair pucker up.

Yup. Too sweet to drink more than a swallow or two. Cherry, with cheery overtones, backed by some cherry with cherry highlights. My wife asked if this was Founder's "chick drink" & the bartender agreed.

I'm sure this isn't a bad beer, just not my thing. I'd stick to Mike's Hard if I wanted something this sweet & summery.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a ommagang dokel

Light strawberry red with a very light flim over the hop, very nice color

Suble dry cherry smells with some slight alcohol notes and just a hint of sweetness

Very dry cherry flavor at first with a bitter dry wine like middle. Cherry flavors are very dominate in both these areas. I think the biggest suprise is the hops and the fruit flavor that comes in the finish very good finishing beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and wine like tbh the beer has more wine qualities than beer, carbonation is also a bit high.

Easy to drink if you are in the mood for it but I cant see as I would drink it very often although for the style I have to say its one of my favorites in my limited exp.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap, alchemy

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - rich pink body with a bright pink foam...kind of emasculating but whatever - i had always wanted to try this

smell: medicinal cherry, sweet malts. i've smelt better in a cherry beer

taste: unfortunately any beer brewed with cherry or raspberry will fall flat against their new glarus foes. this was no different - the flavor profile had some mild tartness but also had a grainy aftertaste. The cherry wasnt overwhelming but didnt taste fresh, rather medicinal. no need to consume this again

mouthfeel: light tartness, light sweetness, medium body

drinkability: good enough

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

P- My buddy joe gave thise brew to me.

A- a cherry red that is clear. not much head and quickly goes away.

S- a tart cherry smell. not much more

T- light cherry and a metallic back end as well.

M- metal and cherry,not a good combo. It tastes like an over ripe cherry covered in metal flakes.

D- not overly bad but not in the good stage either. Its something to try but not worth purchasing.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: poured pinkish red, thin head that did not last, kinda like champagne.

S: a bit more like a wine than beer. tart cherry with sweet spice

T: tart and slight sweet cherries. very slight malt flavor and cinnamon.

M: slightly dry, especially on the after-taste

D: would be great to pair with ice cream, or cheese cake, or even as dessert itself. if anything its worth a try

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ruby-red color, slimmed head, pinkish.

Tart-n-sweet aroma, definite cherries. Nice.

Mmm, sour, gripping the palate, grabbing and playing with the tongue. Sour and sweet, cherry-licious. Full malty mouthfeel, good solid backbone.

Great little cherry ale. Not too much complexity, just loads of cherriness. That has it's place, sure, but in the end I find it a bit blase'...can't do too much of it.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. "Bottled 3/20/09" lasered on neck of bottle. Was a cloudy reddish orange color. Rare carb bubble and very quick sliding lace. It had a small white head that quickly settled to a collar and some whispy film.

The aroma was cherry pie filling. Good but not as great as NG Belgian Red's aroma. The taste follows the aroma and NG comparison. I'm a big fan of cherry beers and this one definitely hits the spot and is in top tier of those beers. With that said, I'm not gonna sit down and drink a bunch of them so 3.5 on drinkability is more a reflection of how often I'd have one instead of how good it is.

Overall, a great almost excellent fruit beer. Another winner from Founders. Highly recommend if you like cherry beers. Rotation: not available here but would be worth a six pack during season if it was. Wife really liked it so would be a good beer to show friends.


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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,505 ratings
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