Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Added by philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a peach pink mixture. Head is hued light pink. Good lace along with some decent retention. Pretty appealing beer.

Aroma is very light. Tart cherries, but that's all I am getting. It is good, but too light for me.

Taste is of very tart cherries and a mixture of berries. Maybe a slight like leines berrywiesse, but way better in quality and taste. Has some raspberries and strawberries here.

Mouthfeel is very tart. Medium bodied and well carbonated. I really like the sour pucker with this beer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It was refreshing and nice for a hot summer day. I could easily drink another. I will be getting more of this.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear rose, with a 1/2 finger of tight pinkish-white head. Retains with a thin, yet foamy look, that leaves back some great looking thick lacing that COATS the sides of the glass. The aroma is straight up tart cherry juice that is mixed in with sugary bread and some really spicy and floral hop character. This mix actually gives this a bit of a spicy and fruity cookie feel. This isn't quite full in the nose but what's there is fairly vibrant.

The taste is pretty much exactly the same as the aroma but a little more robust. A flush of juicy tart cherries that's backed by a sugary doughy sweetness and some moderately assertive spicy hop bitterness. Finishes with some residual fruity sweetness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a relatively prickly feel to the carbonation that then mellows out towards the back of the swallow. The sharpness up front really helps the spicy hops pop. This actually drinks pretty good for the size, as I didn't really pick up a whole lot of beef in the body.

All around pleasant new fruit beer here from Founders. I dug the authenic taste of the cherries and this was definitely a steady sipper at 6.5% ABV. I think this one's at least worth checking out.

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Photo of Pencible
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy pinkish copper with a bit of white head. It smelled like refined wheat and bready yeast with lemon and a bit of cherry. It tasted like sour cherry and refined wheat and bready yeast, with some lemon and copper hops. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a tart aftertaste. Overall this was an interesting beer. The smell was subdued and misleading, while the flavor was very puckering cherry. It tasted clean but was more like a witbier or hefeweizen than expected. It had good body, but the sourness made this more of a sipping beer. I suppose this accomplished what the brewers intended, but it wasn't right for my tastes.

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

Poured from the bottle a clean red color with a thin white cap.

Bright aroma of Michigan cherries and a hint of some spice.

My grandmother used to serve us large bowls of dark cherries sprinkled with sugar as a kid. That is the taste. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Any other flavors? I don't know and don't really care. This is good.

Medium bodied, rich and smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I'm not really a fan of fruity beers but this is one I really enjoy. Perfect for a hot St. Louis summer and a must try.

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't been real impressed with fruit and vegetable beers (except for Unibroue Ephemere Apple), but this one falls into the "not too bad" category.

Pours an orangey iced tea color when held up to the light, on the table it looks more reddish. Head starts out big and white but faces quickly to a covering of the glass. Leaves some lacing.

Smell is malty with a fruity/perfumey character as well. Fairly mild smell.

Taste is ok. Light, fruity but not too sweet or overpowering like some of the blueberry beers. Kind of a cherry soda type flavor ending with a bit of sourness at the end. Some malt presence as well. Mouthfeel is rich enough. Drinkability is ok. I'm not a big fan of this style. but this beer is more enjoyable than most of the fruit and vegetable beers I have tried.

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

Picked up 2 of these to get the 6pk price break on my 4pk of KBS... Yeah i got no shame for a discount.

A. Kinda looks like Killians... Red body, thin white head...Nothing impressive

S. like funky fruit juice with malt...Again, nothing impressive.

T. Fuckin A! It's like a sour cherry pop with a bit of maltiness... I'm diggin it

M. good feel to it. goes with the beer.

D. easy drinker. I could probably toss back a few of these with ease. The tartness may be a problem but we'll cross that bridge when we get there

Overall, I'll have another

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Photo of berserker256
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this four pack for my wife for $9.99 because she loved it at the Winter Beerfest in Comstock Park, MI this past year. But her positive pregnancy test this morning now makes the beer mine! It looks like Cherry 7 UP. Rose colored body with a nice pink/white head. Sour tart cherry smell. Not much else. Faint malt, maybe. This beer tastes very much like those cans of tart cherry pie filling. Sweet and sour. Lacing rings are left behind with every sip I take. Well carbonated and medium body. Pretty easy drinker. Good novelty beer. Probably a good choice for girls who don't like beer.

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Photo of albern
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm becoming less enamored with fruit and vegetable type beers, but the Cerise by Founders is the exception. I really enjoyed this spritzy little beer.

It pours a very carbonated and fizzy reddish color from the cherries of course, with not much white head or lacing. The nose was not overly fruity, a bit more subdued with vague hints of sweet malts, sweet florals, maybe a hint of yeastiness. The taste was just spritzy on the tongue, very cherry in flavor, lots of sweet seltzery cherry soda like flavors, with some solid malt underneath that gave it some body. This was just an enjoyable, not overly sour, not overly light, refreshing cherry seltzer like beer. It's worth seeking out.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a glass.

Appearance: Poured a light red, almost pink with a very small head that fizzled out quickly. In truth, it looked almost like a soda.

Smell: It has the cherry smell as it would be expected, however it wasn't as overpowering as I expected it to be.

Taste: Much sweeter than expected. To me, it almost tasted more like strawberries than cherries as it is so sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty thin beer, but it had a bit of character in some kind of thickness that was unexpected quite frankly.

Drinkability: Although this beer tastes pretty good, it's just too sweet for me. One or two at most for me.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very interesting looking stuff here! Rose-colored with quite a bit of haze, with a finger of pink head. Retention is fairly short but surprisingly some lacing is left behind.

S - I'm not sure if there's actual cinnamon in Cerise, but cinnamon is the first aroma to hit and very distinct. Underneath is a simple cherry tartness with trace of candylike or artificial notes. Nothing "beer-y" that I can find, just simple, clean, and upfront fruit.

T - For something called a "beer" this tastes very little of any sort of grain, and I can't find a trace of hops. That being said, it still tastes great. Moderately sweet cherry comes in immediately bringing with it a pleasant tartness that grows throughout the sip. Late palate with the sweetness at it's lowest and the tartness at its peak, vague notions of grain bounce around, but it's not a flavor I can pinpoint in every sip. The finish and aftertaste yeild more of the cinnamon from the nose.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Curiously, other reviewers have described this brew as "spritzy;" I don't know if my bottle is off or what but the low carbonation suits it well, maintaining the sweet/sour balance.

D - As has been the case during this review, it's really hard to think of Cerise as a beer. The whole time I've been thinking of a sort of sparkling wine with some obviously lowered ABV. At any rate this stuff tastes great which is almost unheard of when brewers start throwing fruit in their beer. Although you won't find the seamlessness or pure synergy of fruit and beer as in the case of Bell's Cherry Stout, you will get a very clean beverage showcasing natural tasting fruit rather than a sort of fruit "esscence" superimposed on a weak, off-tasting American wheat. Cerise wouldn't be a bad choice to have a couple of, it certainly goes down without a fight. I can also pleasurably imagine finishing off a night with this brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pink beer? Yup. Translucent pink grapefruit color with a thin pink tinted white head. Clearly this would not be approved by the Miller Lite "Men of the Square Table" beer panel. Weak lace and think retention that can be swirled up on demand. I think pink beer is kinda nifty.

Smells like cherry and nutmeg with mild, stale yeast.

Cherry seltzer with a delightful nutmeg and cinnamon finish. Mouthfeel is slightly beery and though not as obnoxiously fizzy as I had firt anticipated, it's still pretty soda-like. One of the better fruit beers I've had but as with all of them, one is plenty.

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Photo of darklordlager
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light rose colour with a small pink head that recedes to nothing within a minute.

S-crisp smell of a light macro beer. A light hint of frutiness, but not much noticeable cherry scent besides a grenadine sweetness lingering in the background.

T-Sweet maraschino cherry flavour moving along for a crisp finish. Lingering cherry sweetness.

M-A little syrupy, but finishing crisp.

Not one of Founder's better offerings.

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

Had this on tap at the Founders Brewery. Poured into a pint glass. Appears an pinkish amber color with a thin head. Of course the aroma has plenty of cherries - boy this beer smells good. There were aromas of other berries coming in too. Taste starts off quite tart and then the sweetness kicks in mostly of cherries and some raspberry. Wow, I love the way this beer tastes. Very well balanced and a great dessert beer. My lady friend with me enjoyed it quite well too. Founders needs to be in TX soon.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red coloring with a white head that has just a tint of red. Head is less than one finger and soon gone, but there is active carbonation and a little lacing. Beer is dark and a little hazy, not at all crisp looking.

S: Smells of sour cherries and more malt than hops. The sour cherry smell is really the dominant note.

T: Tart and fruity, makes the lips pucker a little. Not sour in the funky Belgian way though, just sour. No boozy or hops taste, but a slight maltyness comes eventually. Maybe a more sweet, black cherry taste on the back of the mouth can be found

M: Great, has a nice consistency, refreshing and slightly fizzy, compliments the taste well.

D: Pretty good, not something I would want to get drunk off of, but something I could happily have a few of.

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Photo of malcontent
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip, Cerise pours a dark pink with just a thin layer of fizzy head. Appearance is somewhat cloudy although sediment isn't readily visible.

While there is a bit of tart cherry up front the prevailing scent is one of damp, dank basement. Kind of off-putting to say the least.

Not as bad as the smell would indicate but it seems an awkward marriage of flavors. The malt body is vaguely biscuity making me think Founders used an ESB or pale ale recipe for the base. The cherries kind of clash with this producing a beer slightly medicinal in nature. Still, the initial cherry flavor is fresh and tart. I just think a more traditional wheat base may have worked better.

Mouthfeel is actually nice and spritzy without being overcarbonated, a welcome attribute in fruit beers. I still don't think I'd want more than one of these, however.

EDIT: as it warms the cherry flavor really shines through nicely making for a much more drinkable and pleasant brew.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a dark ruby brown color with cherry tints. Shows a smallish white (but slightly pink) head that rests at 1/4 inch. Laces well when tipped.

S - Some sweet tart cherry, but in general the scent is underwhelming and almost vacant.

T - Starts with some sugary sweetness that is quickly overtaken by a strong tart cherry flavor. The tartness stays strong, but fades just a bit at the finish to expose some pure cherry flavor that is rather rewarding. Fairly one-dimensional.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium body and a very nice tart, slightly puckering finish.

D - A one-dimensional fruit beer that fails to provide much excitement. Would be good for tipping back on a nice summer day, but its lack of complexity means you don't need to seek this one out.

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Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a cloudy, pink grapefruit juice shaded body with a skimpy pinkish head that quickly drops to a film.

Aroma is muted, with only some hints of musty yeast and cherries.

Light medium body has subdued carbonation.

Taste has a nice tart and sweet cherry base. Notes of malt and yeast are also present, but that's about it.

Decent, but I doubt I would buy it again. I've never been a fan of Founders fruit beers and this one doesn't change my opinion.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rose hue with some watermlon meat highlights. Very quick two finger, bright white head that recedes to nothing right after the pour. The aroma is of soft tart cherries and some ripe granny smith apple juice. The taste is super smooth with just a mild cherry tartness. Very fruity, but not too fruity. Sweet, tart, and juicey on the palate. Great cheery ale.

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

A bottle enjoyed at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours the color of a light cherry juice with a thin foamy head that fades to lacing. The smell is very nice; cherries, wood and some maltiness. Medium-light body, it is adequately carbonated and refreshing. Moderately flavored cherry apple cinnamon. The entire package is quite drinkable.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried to pour this one into a Duvel glass but broke it when it slip out of my wet hands - already a mark against this one! Then poured into a Piraat glass (no sense in risking my other two Duvel glasses). The color is a cloudy pink grapefruit color with a light head despite the hearty carbonation. I really had to pour it with vigor to form a head on this one.

The smell is grainy with absolutely no fruit aroma whatsoever. I was expecting to be knocked down by fruit esters but alas nothing. I think Founders should have added some cherries to the final boil and maybe even add some crushed fruit to the bottle to add a little more cherry essence.

The flavors are amazing. You obviously get cherry but you also get tart citrus, dry pinot grigio notes, oaky chardonay, and dried fruit. If this were wild fermented it would be a major hype beer - something to think about Founders.

Mouthfeel is light but a touch undercarbonated for me. I would also like a more creamy consistency with the fruit beers - Boone does this nicely. I would imagine this would be fantastic on tap with nitrogen.

Drinkability is high because it's fruity, cold, and light in the mouth. On a hot day this is a great summer beer.

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

Bottle. Pours a light reddish pink with a thick light pink head. Aroma of cinnamon, sweet cherry, and apple pie. Wow, this tastes like a fresh apple pie (crust, fruit, and spices)! Yum! I don't know why this tastes more like apple than cherry but I don't care! A little on the sweet side. I'm glad I decided to try a bottle of this.

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

Poured into a goblet

A: Moderate pour yields thin layer of white head which fades to a ring. More head please. Liquid is mostly pink with golden highlights. Kind of like beer with pink grapefruit juice. Very reminiscent of juice in fact.
S: Cherry is intense, but is cut by malt smell which keeps it honest.
T: Tart and strong cherry at the open which fades to a biscuity malt backbone. Not cloying surprisingly, and I'm psyched about that! Tasty. Nice acidity from the cherry balances the sweetness well. Reminds me a lot of NG Belgian Red, but I remember that one being sweeter.
M: Foams up at first like toothpaste - that stops shy of being a negative. Good carbonation with great acidity.
D: Very nice to drink, but I don't want more than one. I would buy a four pack again, but i wouldn't enjoy two of these in a row.

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

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this one.

Pours a nice hazy reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, cherries. The taste is malty, with some yeast note, sour, cherries/raspberries. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Risser09
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red grapefruit color with a tiny white head. No retention and no lacing at all. No apparent carbonation activity.

Smell: Mostly barley malt and generally vacant otherwise. Cherry isn't apparent at all.

Taste: Tart cherry is the majority for flavor. Underlying base malt is earthy. Tart & sweet beer, sort of Jolly Rancher like.

Mouthfeel: Tart, tannins and no carbonation. No noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew. A little too one-dimensional for me. Some brettanomyces might develop flavor complexity. A decent brew though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a fruit-forward beer Cerise doesn't offend the non-fruit beer drinker, but gives a bold cherry taste that will appeal to fruit lovers in general.

The pour brings a decisive mauve color of Ruby Red Grapefruit. Hazy pink with some bolder, ruby hues. Ample carbonation delivers a formitable, upfront foamstand that falters with low-lying malt protiens. A pectin haze gives the appearance of mild wheat.

Both the aroma and flavor are soaked in fresh cherry character that straddle the fence of real cherries and confectionates. Still, a background of malt base stands firm and doesn't let the cherry notes dominate completely. The beers light hopping and more subtle pleasantries are difficult to detect because of the full cherry flavor. Still, this is a beer and never confuses itself with wine coolers or overly sugary beverages.

The body is a bit light, some would say thin because of the tartness of the cherries and the weakness of the base beer. Again, the cherry additions do not make the beer cloying, sticky-sweet, or void of texture.

Since fruit and beer has a long and loyal history, Founders' proud summer seasonal celebrates what's best about their popular and local cherry crops.

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