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 u2carew
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a thin head. Lacing is thin and sticky. Decent clarity. Ruby in color.
S) Cherries. Oak. Woodsy. Cinnamon. Sour citrus.
T) Cherries. Cinnamon. Oranges. Almond.
M) Sharp but mellows out over time. Medium sourness. The body is medium as well. Tannin feel.
D) A very delicious beer. Well crafted. A nice session beer.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a Kool-aid red color with a small ring of white foam. No lacing.

S- Tons of malt sweetness and tart cherries. Not much else going on.

T- Big rush of dark Michigan cherry flavor. A bit sour initially with a tiny amount of caramel sweetness in the finish. The sour/tart cherry taste lingers for a while.

M- A bit thin with ok carbonation.

D- I should have known that this style wasn't really for me. It tasted more like spiked punch at the prom than anything else. Not bad, just won't be getting it again.

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pink in color

S - A typical ale smell with perhaps a hint of cherry.

T - cherries are very tart. But no taste of alcohol whatsoever.

M - Bitter but pleasant aftertaste.

D - Kind fo like eating a cherry dessert. A nice change of pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a stemless wine glass,this beer is almost pink,looks similar to a rose.overall looks nice.

smell is of tart cherries,cinnamon,a little bit of pie crust.palate is tart cherries and biscuity malt.reminds me of drinking cherry pie.

mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate.overall this is a really good fruit beer.

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

A - Poured into a clear pint glass from the brown bottle. I found it interesting that Founders listed the IBU's on the label (15). This offering is a clear pinkish red color that poured with a half finger of frothy white head that dissipated somewhat quickly leaving an average lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Smells weakly of cherries, also slightly wheaty...not much else to note here.

T - Tastes like fresh tart unsweetened cherries. The 6.5% ABV is well hidden...I can't detect it at all. Rather one dimensional but still pretty tasty nonetheless.

M & D - Thin mouthfeel that leaves a bit of bitter cherry aftertaste. Compared to other fruit beers I've had, this doesn't quite stack up (but I am spoiled by New Glarus, being from WI...and they have perfected the fruit beer). However, I'm a big fan of the style and could find myself sitting down with a few of these.

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Photo of jmalex
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Celebrating today's acquisition of Cliff Lee with an appropriately colored brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a fairly hazy pinkish-red-amber. The head is quite small, only topping out at a medium color with some splotchy bubblage.

SMELL: The aroma is definitely of tart, real fruit though I'm not sure I would have picked out cherry unprovoked. There is a slight extracty fruit component lying over everything which hints at the cherry much more so than the actual fruit does. The base beer is unobtrusive and gives off a hint of crisp, pale wheat and not much else.

TASTE: Now there's some cherry. It's an equal mix of slightly tart actual fruit, sweet maraschino-type flavor, and cough syrup. It dominates the flavor and doesn't let much of the pale, clean base beer through. The cherry flavor lasts well until the finish, carrying more of the sweet and syrupy flavors through than the tart variety.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation with a little bit of a slickness to the body. It's not very full in the mouth at all though, which seems good for a simple base beer meant to carry other flavor.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad, but the artificial cherry flavors are kind of off-putting. I was surprised to see 6.5% because alcohol with furthest from my mind when drinking this, so it definitely has that going for it.

Meh, a bit of a disappointment, but today is a day to paint the town red. So for that purpose alone, Cerise was a rousing success.

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

I am typically not a big fruit beer fan, but cherry seems to be one of the best varieties of the style. I definetly prefer cherry to rapsberry or apricot ales. Here is my review of Founders new summer seasonal:

A: Pours a hazy pinkish-red. Head disspates to a nice film over the top of the beer. Lacing is pretty mininal.

S: Not a lot on the nose. There is definetly cherry present. Smells like real cherry, not some artificial syrup or anything like that.

T: This is as cherry as they come. Probably one of the best tasting fruit beers I have had. Flavor is fresh, tart cherry. Somewhat sweet with a nice sourness in the finish. Can also taste cherry pits and a bit of spice. Maybe some cinnamon in there.

M: Light bodied and finishes very clean. Extremely refreshing. A little lingering tartness in the finish.

D: Probably the best thing about this beer. One of the easiest drinking beers around. This beer can be drunk in large gulps or even chugged. Very refreshing and just a pleasure to drink.

Underrated is the best way to sum this beer up. I personally feel it is getting marginal marks just because it is a fruit beer. However, this is probably one of the best fruit beers available, period. A nice complex flavor with an excellent drinkability make this a summer seasonal that will constantly be in the fridge during the hot months. Highly sessionable and a nice treat, especially if you enjoy cherry flavored beers and ales.

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

Founders Cerise
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light red, dark pink color with an off-white head that leaves little spots of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Pleasant aroma, but nothing that leaves a lasting impression. Whiffs of fruit.

Cherry sweetness with a mouth puckering tartness on the finish. Reminds me of liquid Ludens cherry cough drops with a solid malt backbone. The hop presence is extremely limited, but the flavor of the beer is very enjoyable.

I found this beer to have a really good drinkability level. Yet another positive offering from Founders.

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

A: Ruby red grapefruit in color. Fairly hazy and very active carbonation.

S: Sour and tart cherry's, slight hints of ginger. Reminds me of a cherry ginger ale. Little bits of malt.

T: Black Cherry taste, nice balance of tart and sweet cherry. Little bit of malt backbone.

M: Medium bodies, fizzy carbonation. Little bit of an after taste and feel.

D: Decent cherry beer. Wouldnt drink more then a bottle in a session though.

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Photo of MDekker
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Like an amber ale, but with rose-hued tinges to it. A little on the pink side, but not offensively so. Not much head, but I may have poured it too gently. A little hazy.

S: Clear fruit character in the nose, but typical malty notes as well. A little citrus and pine from the hops.

T: Fruit beers are not my favorite, but as they go, this one is pretty well done. Again, the cranberry is the most notable flavor, but it is complemented well by "beer-like" undertones. The aftertaste doesn't linger, and it's not glorifed Kool-aid, so I guess I'm saying that it's not bad.

M: A little watery, but properly carbonated.

D: It goes down quite well, although the fruitiness, as well done as it is, might get old after awhile.

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Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cerise may be made with cherries but it looks just like grapefruit juice, with a little extra rose blush. It is a very pretty colour which, despite its soft pinkish hues, is dense enough to obstruct most light from passing through it. Instead, it absorbs the light and its unusual pastel-like tone illuminates brilliantly. Its surface is skirted by a white shoestring; more head would have been appreciated but I'm so distracted by the colour that I hardly notice.

I'm finding this fruit beer to smell a little more like beer than fruit. Toasty notes of pale malts were first to be remarked; tart cherries came only later. More fruit would have been welcomed, as it stands now there isn't much to sniff at, although I do take pleasure in knowing that the beer that awaits drinking will not be loaded up with synthetic juices or syrups and thus unlikely to be cloyingly sweet.

Although it actually is quite sweet after all - but in a very natural, sugary way. Whether it's the yeast that have yet to eat their way up to the 6.5% alcohol (it certainly doesn't seem that strong) or it is simply a natural product of the fruit, who knows? I can say it adds a redeeming mouthfeel to a beer that otherwise would have little else to offer the palate.

Cerise is an odd beer to describe because it doesn't fit the molds of other fruit beers. It is not intensely sweetened and thus in no way resembles a cocktail or alco-pop cooler; it is unlikely to appeal to those who seek that kind of artificial gratification. The carbonation is perfect but what takes me is that the nutty, pithy taste that emerges alongside the cherry skins (only after the air has a chance to get at it) is so genuinely authentic. It's a rare find.

But still, considering cherries were added at five different stages during the beer's production it's a wonder the end result doesn't reflect that more. Like aroma, the flavour also slightly understates the fruity element; that this is meant to be a fruit beer is more evident on the bottle's label than in its contents. I don't wish to caste this as a bad thing, however. A little bit of authentic fruit is much better than a lot of artificial syrup.

Considering the wounded condition of Michigan's economy and the fact that 75% of all the tart cherries sold in the U.S. are grown within a few hours of the brewery, it's a very amicable thing for Founders to switch production from the Rübæus (raspberry) to Cerise. It's a fantastic example of the social responsibility - in the true sense of the word - that microbreweries are capable of providing within a community; I'll gladly support that.

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Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into apilsener glass.

Very lovely to look at, hazy dusky rose with amber highlights...light pinkish head and copious lacing left down the sides of the glass. Very nice look that immediately says fruit.
Nose is muted hops with very fresh natural cherry aroma...not especially strong. Mouthfeel is crisp fresh and light, a refreshing brew, nice effervescence. The flavor is quite tart with very natural cooked cherry flavor. The fruit is well-integrated into this brew, not at all an added-on flavor effect. Bitter cherry plays well with mild hoppy bitterness, but the balance is quite well done. The finish is long and in that is where sweetness makes itself apparent...a nice effect, balanceing the prominent bitterness. One of the better fruit beers.

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Photo of slyke
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Cerise pours a pink-red color with a pink-white head that sticks pretty well and laces nicely.

The smell has faint notes of sweetness, tartness, and alcohol.

The taste is tart at first with a little sweetness and warming alcohol near the end.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, but slightly coating with a lingering tartness.

Drinkability is alright with this beer. Despite its lightness, the warming alcohol would make this a decent beer on a cool day.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish pink color with a small, ivory head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of cherry, a mix of tart and sweet.

T - Obviously there is a tons of cherry taste. A good blend of tart and sweetness.

M - It had a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting fruit beer. However, I couldn't really have more than one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a red/pink color with about a half inch light pink head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries. Neither the sweetness or tartness overpowers the other, there's a good balance between the 2. Taste is similar to the aroma. It's all cherries, but I think there's more sweet than tart in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit rich and is well carbonated. Drinkability is OK, I could have a couple of these every once in a while if in the mood for a fruit beer. It's a decent enough brew, but this isn't something I could drink all the time.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- This beer pours a very light semi-hazy reddish color. Almost a pink color I think but not quite. 1 finger head that is a shade of red as well fades quite quickly but leaves traces of lacing the entire beer.

S- This beer has a one sided nose to it. All I really smell off the bat is cherry. It smells to be a little tart...I don't know how to explain it but once you smell it yourself you'll know what I mean. No hint of the ABV at all in this. Kind of expecting it to shine through for some reason.

T- Tart cherries right off the bat. This made my mouth pucker a little bit from the first sip. A pleasant suprise to say the least. I can really get into this summer beer. I feel kind of weird calling it a beer when it almost has no qualities of one. The alcohol in this is not detectable at all and could make for a dangerous clash if you start to slam it.

M- Light mouthfeel to it. The tartness of the cherry slides across the palate with this beer. The carbonation helps it move along. The taste of cherries on your tounge after makes this beer a little less enjoyable in the mouthfeel catagory since I'm not the biggest cherry fan.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. Nice beer to sip on with friends who don't like craft beers because doesn't really taste or drink like one. Overall not a bad beer at all and I plan on picking some more up for my friends who don't drink.

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

Pink and red grapefruit colour, spritzy head fizzes and shrinks away, not much head remains. Lots of sediment, I avoided most but there is still a hazy suspension of flakes, most fall to the bottom of the glass in due course. Smell is cherry, rhubarb. Tastes like a cherry juice spritzer, some bitterness, muted sweetness of strawberry, cleansing mouthfeel. I like that the fruity taste is not too sweet, no syrupy texture, crisp green apple at times, rhubarb. Body is a bit thin, aftertaste not bad, berry fruit mainly, alcohol not a factor. Well worth trying.

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Photo of adamette
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured into my Samuel Smith clean, clear pint glass. $2.84 as a single at Heinen's near Cleveland.

A Light pink body, kind of basic with a minimal and short lived very light pink head. Slight lacing. Nothing special.

S Nice gentle and sweet cherry nose with possibly an authentic tartness. Interesting and different.

T Very nice...this is the nice tart cherry taste that you get sometimes in a good cherry pie...I always appreciate when a beer (or any drink really) accurately reflects the taste of the fruit that is included. This beer delivers on an accurate (and delicious) cherry taste in a nice ale.

M Fair. There is a hint of a smoothness.

D Very good, and judging from the ABV this is a dangerous beer. I cannot taste the alcohol very much at all and I could see that it would sneak up on you and you might be three sheets to the wind.

Notes: Another good beer from Founders which I am beginning to doubt has ever made anything but a bad beer.

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

A- Pours an odd red color with smallish light lavender head (yes, lavender). Laces nicely.

S- Strange, at first I thought it was a Miller Light with some cherry syrup in it. It moves into a nice sweet cherry smell though. Not too strong.

T- Tastes like cherry cobbler. What the hell, is this a beer? Some cinnamon, cherry syrup, more cherries. Tasty, but I don't know what to think of it. I didn't know there were beers that tasted like this. Tastes good I guess, just not like a beer. Sweet, light on the tart.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight dry finish.

D- Not bad, the sweetness makes this hard to drink too many.

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

Founders Cerise is an odd, although not unappealing, shade of bright reddish orange. The whipped creamy crown is cherry blossom pink and is starting to leave sudsy patches of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. Much more sticks once the beer falls with drinking. It's a good look and is perfectly in keeping with the style.

After a single sniff, it's obvious that tart (Michigan) cherries are the centerpiece of this beer. That doesn't mean the nose is aromatic enough, because it isn't. Rubaeus was bursting with raspberries, so I'm not sure why this one isn't bursting with cherries.

Fruit beers don't need to hit the drinker over the head, but they do need to be more bold than this. The total amount of flavor is roughly half of what it is in the Sam Smith Organic Fruit Beers. If you think that's okay because you don't love cherries, then what the hell are you doing drinking a cherry fruit beer?

Founders did a better job with Cerise than with Rubaeus in one way (and only one way). This offering has a moderate sweetness, which is a nice complement to the fruity tartness. Bitterness is virtually absent (15 IBUs), as it should be in most beer of this style. The finish lingers for a bit, and is where the fruit flavor makes its biggest splash.

It looks like appearance and mouthfeel are the highlights. The sugars are on the high side (let's go with moderately to significantly sweet), which lends a lightly syrupy quality. The bubbles are fine and dandy, being neither too prominent nor too scarce.

Word is, Cerise is a replacement for Rubaeus, presumably due to the relative costs of the fruit. That's a shame because the raspberry beer is better than the cherry beer. Oh well, there's plenty of other stuff from Founders to love. Like most all of it.

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Photo of Contagion
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

We have the standard 12 fl oz brown bottle. The label is a pinkish label with a picture of cherries on it. The name of the beer is in a fancy handwritten looking script under it. In a red banner it states Cherry Fermented ale.

When poured into a glass, there is a pink, ruby grapefruit like color to it. The beer is clear, with no signs of floaters or cloudiness to it at all. You can see right through it, albeit with a pink tint. The head that forms is a light cotton candy like pink color that fades to a film on the top. There is some lacing on the side of the glass. Did I mention it's pink?

The scent is a strong tart cherry scent. There is a mild malt scent to the background that gives the beer a slight musty smell. The taste is much like the smell, cherries and malts. The cherries have both the tartness of real cherries and a bit of a sweetness of cocktail cherries. The flavor is very mild with almost no bitterness to it at all. The aftertaste is barely noticeable. At 6.5% ABV you couldn't taste the alcohol.

This is a light bodied beer, with a mild carbonation. There is no coating to the mouth.

Fruit beers are not normally my forte, yet this one I actually found pleasant to drink. The cherry flavor wasn't overpowering like in some other cherry flavored drinks I've had. Also for 6.5% ABV, this was very easy to drink, almost too easy. In fact I could see myself accidently drinking a six pack of this way too fast.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark pink, with a pinkish head that seems rather fizzy and fades quickly.

S: Cherry, tart and sour.

T: Sweet, very good fruit flavor.

M: Spritzy is a good word to describe it. It works well for the style. Keeps it light, refreshing, doesn't wear on your palate too much.

D: Pretty solid, I found it enjoyable.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark pink, almost red, color with a light pink fluffy head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Tart cherries and a hint of malts.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, very tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well carbonated

Drinkability: Couldn't have probably more than 2 of these due to the tartness. My wife likes them, so I will probably keep some on hand.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnished copper color with some decent head ad cice lacing. Excellent cherry scent, with just a hit of malts in there with it. Nice tart flavor, wonderful cherry attributes that don't overwhelm, with just a hint of hops and a nice malty hit going through it. Goes down fairly smooth, but does have an odd mixture of after tastes.

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

Pours a hazy ruby color with a one inch light pink foamy head. The beer has decent head retention, and as it receeds it leaves a full curtain of lace behind.

The aroma is decent. The cherry tone is obvious, and is quickly followed by a lightly grainy malt, more of a bready profile. It's slightly sweet as well. Nothing to write home about really, but decent.

The taste is ok. It has a big cherry presence, which I really enjoy. It's slightly tart, and full of fruit flavor which many fruit beers lack. It finishes with a decent amount of pale malt, which I would like to see played down even a bit more than it is. Overall not too bad though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a very fine yet crisp and tingley bubble.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The beer is definitely easy to drink as it has good flavor. The ABV is well incorporated, and I would have never guessed it to be at 6.5%. I can see this beer wearing on the drinker though. The fruit flavor is a bit much to enjoy more than one of these. A pleasant experience nonetheless.

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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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