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 Nickls
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Ruby, light red grapefruit juice color (kinda pink almost), with decent spidery lacing.

S - Light tart-sweentess; pretty yeasty/bready; definite cherries

T - Nice snap of tartness up front; only a little sour; fruity as expected with cherries being the dominant flavor, but in a fresh non-fake way. Not overly sweet was very appreciated.

MF - Thinner MF, subtle prickly carbonation...might've have been better if just slightly more body IMO

D - Just OK for me, nice and refreshing and could visit this one on a muggy evening. However, just a little too much fruit for my palate (yes, I know it's the style).

Overall, this was a nice change of pace brew for me but nothing that I would pick up regularly. Nice brew for the style, and definitely worth a look.

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

Pours a pommegranette color with a small, light pink head. Smells of lightly tart cranberries. Tastes of light tartness, cherries, kind of like a wine cooler actually. Mouthfeel is light medium, decent carbonation, semi dry finish. Fairly drinkable if your into this type of stuff, it's crisp anyhow. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.21/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a red color with a pinkish colored head. Right then I knew I was in trouble.

S- A touch of malts and quite a bit of tart cherries.

T- Wow this is a beer. My first thought is that this is some sort of wine cooler. Taste like it smells tart cherries dominant.

M- Light to medium in body and ok carbonation.

D- No thanks I'll pass only the second Founders I didn't like and yes, they were both fruit beers.

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

12oz bottle in my Bell's tulip. Appearance is very nice, light strawberry red with small white head. Not much aroma. Taste is tart cherries with a dry finish. If it had any earthiness, it would be like your run of the mill kriek. Mouthfeel is very light, maybe almost too thin.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

This is wrong on so many levels. To be fair, Founders Cerise should be reviewed for Wine Cooler Advocate; however here we are. It pours a pale red (I can't write "pi**") with some fizz on top, but not anything I'd call a head.

The smell, taste, and after-taste (!) are like cheap cherry wine. The feel is sparkly and refreshing. There is no denying that it's drinkable, it just should not be allowed to call itself "ale."

I can imagine a group of 21 year olds drinking Founders Cerise at a pool party, along with umbrella drinks; however, after finishing one today, I feel like I need to follow it with a beer (and possibly a shot of testosterone).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright pink color ale with a large pink bubbly head with minimal retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium sour cherries with some discernable malt. Taste is also dominated by sour cherries though malt bill is present but somewhat neutral. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well done with good balanced and not cloying in any way.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown twist top bottle with no best by date.
15 IBU's and 6.5% alc. by vol. Malt beverage brewed with cherry puree.

A: Light red, slightly cloudy with light pink head and minimal lacing.

S: Mild dark cherry/bing cherry scent. Not much of anything else.

T&M: Light body with medium to heavy carbonation. Tastes like cherries.... what a surprise. Very good flavor. Not too overpowering with a slightly dry aftertaste. Mild tangy and medicinal flavor, but overall better than average.

I probably still prefer a good batch of Sam's cherry wheat to this, especially for the price. Founder's is a high quality brew though, and this is a very good ale.

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

It certainly looks good. Pinkish foam over a ruby body with orange highlights. It's hazy but it's obviously intended to be. Small particles of yeast can be seen floating within. Unfortunately, the head retention is a bit limited and it dwindles shortly to a thin collar and whispy surface covering.

The nose is fruit-pulp-like with a hint of watermelon rind, strawberry, cherry, and subtle tartness.

The flavor is sweet and tart, bursting with berry and cherry flavor. Intense! It's almost like a Jolly Racher, there's just too much flavor there! I should note however, that unlike candy, there's absolutely nothing artificial about the fruitiness here. Kudos for that!

Overall, it's loaded with cherry, just the right amount of tartness, and it's somewhat spritzy, light, and refreshing. Nicely done! One of the better straightforward fruit beers I've tasted!

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish pink colored beer with a rapidly fading head,Aroma is sour fruit.Taste is cherry and sugar cane.This reminds me of a Tastycake cherry pie.This is something a little different than yout normal beer,but in a good way.I enjoyed it and believe that it should be tried at least once.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rosy orange color. Nearly clear. Moderate head but it leaves some spotty lace.

Sour strawberry. Smells a bit like a milkshake. Strong sweetness, raw sugar?

Sour cherry pie without the chew. Definitely a dessert beer; would go well with cheese. Good body with light carbonation. Sour-sweet aftertaste that is lip-smackingly long.

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Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 03/16/09:

Pours dark pink with pink head that thins. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of cherry, in a cough syrup way, with a musty touch.

Cherry stronger in taste than in aroma. Cherry-pie cherry - I've had ales reminiscent of cherry pie - this is cherry pie cherry. Slight breadiness with a touch of maltiness. Sweet with a touch of tart. Some "Fruit Roll-up" sweetness is there. Sweet finish.

Light-bodied with sticky cherry juice lingering in the aftertaste.

A pretty pricey fruit beer. Not that refreshing either. If I wanted a cherry flavour, I would take a lambic over this, easy. On the other hand, it does have more to it/more tartness than a typical American fruit beer. It's a sweet cherry-pie cherry in a beer (with a hint of breadiness so it's almost like drinking a cherry pie. No problems drinking one for the experience. Don't know that I could keep drinking it though (or would particularly want to have again).

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Photo of HopDerek
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Drafting Room Exton.

Poured a clear ruby red with 1 finger of white head with some pinkish edges into a goblet. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of sweet cherry syrup like in a pie, along with some brown sugar and grain. Tastes of tart cherries and cherry syrup followed by some honey, brown sugar, and doughy bread notes. A slight earthy hop finish as well. Medium in body with some prickly carbonation. Sweet with a touch of tartness, like a liquid cherry pie. Very easy to drink, definitely could see myself enjoying many of these while lounging by the poolside in the summer.

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

pour is pinkish red with a pink/white head. somewhat clear. the head smells doughy to my surprise. mild cherry tart and stale chamomile tea with honey. the taste is a mild sweet with a, not a flemish red, tart. not to complex. this beer was rather herbal though and actually somewhat easy to drink. good body. a lot better than i expected. good with shrimp.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruby pink reddish in color, a relative nice head and no memorable lacing.

S: Fruity tones, sugar.

T: Could easily pass for boones farm in a blind tasting. Sweet, tart, bitter, all in the same shot. The cherry is big and so is all the sugar. Straight up two old guys on the porch rocking in the chairs type of aspect. Beware.

M: Check for cavities. Sweet.

D: Not too much.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft sample at MBGF Winterfest 2009.

Poured a hazy reddish brown color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart cherry and spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable fruit brew.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pink champagne color with lots of bubbles and frothy white head that settles fairly quickly, leaving spritzy off-white / pink lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and both sweet and tart cherries. It's heavier on the spice than I thought it would be, which I do like. Like a spicy cherry pie.

Taste: Initial hints of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and graham cracker, backed by lip-smacking tart and sweet cherries, almost simultaneously, and some interesting herbal earthiness. Finish isn't too long, and could maybe use some more malt backbone to keep the flavors rolling, but I love the lip-smacking nature of it, along with a brew using real fruit, fruit that's not just a compliment, but a huge part of the brew.

Mouthfeel: Thinner with prickly carbonation, as I expected, since this is more of a fruit beer than something like a stout. Good overall, though, as long as you're not expecting to be a chewy beer.

Drinkability: All around solid for me. This one's heavily infused with real cherries, and you can tell, so if that's not your thing, you may want to avoid. I don't know how many I could do in a sitting, as one seems just about right after sipping it out of a tulip, but I like it a lot, and it'd be a good dessert beer after dinner if you don't want all those pie calories.

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 5/2/09.

A - Ruby-tinted amber with a pinkish hue and about a finger of bubbly white head that quickly dispersed into a patchy retention and left spotty lace around the glass.

S - Opens with an obvious sweet and tart cherry presence akin to candy or pie filling. Actually, the aroma pretty much consists of a balanced sweet and tart cherry character. Mission accomplished, Founders!

T - Tart cherry pie filling with a sweet and fruity character to complement. Finishes with a slight grainy malt character, lending to the overall flavor the essence of pie crust, for the proverbial icing on the... well, pie!

M - Medium bodied with a light effervescence and syrupy texture. Nice balance of sweet and tart on the palate. Pretty refreshing overall and not overly sweet.

D - Cerise tastes, quite simply, like liquid cherry pie (much like Southern Tier Pumking captures the essence of a pumpkin pie). This one tastes so good, make a grown man cry. Good God, I can't believe I just quoted Warrant in a beer review. Oh well, there's a first time for everything, I guess.

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

Pours out a bright red, resembling something along the lines of a wine cooler, but a bit deeper. Not usually the look I'd want in my beer, but I'm willing to open my mind.

Sharp, dry wine smell emanates from this one. Not really a cherry aroma, but a nondescript fruit smell, akin to a sangria.

"Malt Beverage with Cherry Puree" is right on the money. This strongly resembles wine coolers in texture and taste, with just a bit more complexity in the dry, slightly bitter finish. Taste would be good for a fruit juice or soda, but really doesn't possess any of the character I expect from a beer.

Mouthfeel possesses the tingle and carbonation of a soft drink, with a bit more character. The fruit flavoring doesn't feel artificial, and there's something to be said for that.

Positively, it's not sickeningly sweet, which increases drinkability and stopped me from dumping it out, which is an unfortunate habit I have when it comes to fruit brews.

This is a respectable stab at a really tough style to master. Founders does an admirable job and it is truly one of the better fruit/vegetable ales I've tried.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with and courtesy of Proteus93 at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA - thanks, Sean! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: A bright, lively-looking reddish auburn brew, nearly pink in places, with a surprising amount of great-looking, foamy, sticky lace. The bright white head has surprisingly good retention, eventually fading into a soapy, large-bubbled collar.

Aroma: Whew, smells like sweet cinnamon bread with hints of cherry - almost like a cherry muffin, really. It's very wholesome, breakfast-esque, with plenty of those sweet cereal-grain backing notes. A pleasant surprise.

Taste: Straight up bready cherries, both tart and sweet, and as a cherry fan I am just fine with that. A few stray spicy notes, some slightly green, earthy, overtones, and the aforementioned sweet, slightly wholesome cereal grain notes. Pretty straight up cherries, really.

Mouthfeel: The fruit beer's downfall in almost every case, and this one's not too different. Bubbly and spritzy, a little too thin, really, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not too bad. At least it's not sticky cloying.

Drinkability: A worthy replacement to the Rubaeus, really. It's not mindblowingly amazing, but the fruit notes are pleasant enough, the beer well enough balanced, and there are enough surprises thrown in to keep it interesting and relatively enjoyable, and at 6.5%, it's certainly not too over the top. Give it a go.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a beautiful maroon red with pinkish-white head.. sure, it look smore like cherry soda than a beer, but it still looks awesome. Has a sort of tart fruit smell to it, obviously smells of tart cherries but also sort of a candy-like smell similar to saw sweet tarts or something.. its a very fresh smell, though.. not inorganic. Taste is obviously fruity, tart cherries again but with a slight hint of bitterness from hops somewhere in there, it tastes a lot like a lambic. Very easy on the mouth with crisp carbonation with a light (not thin) body, a hint of sweetness like youd get from cherry syrup in a shirley temple or something towards the end of the swallow. You could easily drink a ton of these like they were sodas. Obviously, its more like a lambic or fruity soda than a beer, but for a fruit beer its awesome.

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Photo of prototypic
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cerise is crystal clear and a berry stained copper color. It's an interesting color. It's topped with a white head that has a slight pink tint. Carbonation looks very active and the head disappeared quickly. Light, sticky lacing lined the glass.

The nose is not very good at all. It predominantly smells sour and yeasty. I'm not liking it. There's a faint cherry or berry fruit scent to it. It doesn't smell sweet at all. I was expecting otherwise. Grain and earthy notes are present. Malts are noted on the back end, but still don't add much in terms of sweetness. No alcohol is noted. This one isn't working very well thus far.

The flavor does start out a little sweet interestingly enough. Sour cherries quickly follow and resonate throughout. Grain and earthy flavors are secondary and add quite a bit in terms of beer flavor. Generally, I'm not a big fan of fruit/vegetable beers simply because they don't have enough of a "beer" flavor. There's enough here to drive it above average. The sour flavor amplifies and has an interesting effect. It really lends some lambic-like qualities to it overall. It is malty and sweet throughout. Sweeter than I expected. It's above average for the style.

Cerise has a light medium body that's pretty smooth. Carbonation is active, but somehow doesn't interfere with the feel too much. Drinkability is pretty average for me personally. The flavor's alright, but it's a little sour and has too strong of a cherry flavor for me. One 12 ounce is way more than enough in a sitting.

Cerise is an above average fruit/vegetable beer. Overall, it's okay and has enough beer-like qualities to pass the laugh test. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of cherry and this was a little over the top for me. At the end of the day, it's a little better than I expected. While I'll never be a big fan of either, I prefer Rübæus to this. I guess I'm just more of a raspberry than a cherry fan. Meh. It's worth a try.

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

A: Reddish pink.. With slightly pinkish White head, that dissipates quickly.. Interesting..

S: Cherry. Obviously.

T: Tart, kinda like cherry pie filling.

M: A bit of carbonation, coats the mouth.. Not a lot to saY..

D: This might be awesome as a half and half, but I don't think I'll be drinking a lot of these solo.. Good, but not great.

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Photo of mhatters
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Drafting room in Exton

Pours a pinkish-red with a fair amount of carbonation

Interesting nose, the cherry is apparent but not overpowering, the malt is a nice balance

The cherry comes out in the flavor, but again, strong but not overpowering. Refreshing, not overly sour but heading that way

Easy to drink - fizzy like a soda but so much better, a great summer beer.

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Photo of phisig137
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy dark pink color, with virtually no head. No lacing, minimal foam cap.

S- Little to speak of... a hint of sour cherry, and wisps of dry malt husk. A little bit of christmas spices work their way in the back as well, but only just barely.

F- I will say without a doubt, that this improves as it warms. Sour cherry is the dominant flavor, but doesn't quite taste natural. Cherry flavor is very generic, sourness feels fake... acidulated malt or citric acid perhaps? There is still that ethereal sense of christmas spice that may or may not be there. Medicinal finish.

M- Thin, heavily carbonated, yet smooth.

D- decent at best...

Overall, a huge disappointment from Founders. They are MUCH better than this. Granted, fruit beers are very difficult to do well, especially cherry, but this just doesn't make the mark. I wouldn't buy it again....

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Photo of mikereaser
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours an amber pinkish red with no foam to speak of

S - slight hints of cherry and some light malt

T - strong sour cherry flavor that gets you in the back of your jaw

M/D - nice carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little weird to me, i like the sour cherries but its almost too fruity. Its like drinking a wine cooler

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