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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cdizinno
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - bright reddish amber with a thin layer of soft, white head

S - thick, syrupy cherries; almost juice-like

T - cherries, syrup, red wine, juice, very sweet

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, sticky, thick, syrupy

I'm not a huge fruit beer fan. I thought this was a bit sweet at times. All things considered, it was a very tasty, drinkable beer. The cherries were forward and delicious. My only real complaint is that this beer is a bit thick. It comes across at times more like juice than beer. Nonetheless, it's worth a try especially if you're a cherry fan.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 06/02/10

pours clear bright golden orange with a small head that left no lacing

smells of cherries and light carmel malts

taste is not overly sweet and sugary like i thought it would be - cherrys are both sweet and tart perfect amount of malt to balance the tartness of the cherries

mouthfeel is medium body but very refreshing with good carbonation

drinkability is good - not a beer i could drink more then one of in a sitting but a nice way to end a meal

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid offering here. I had heard this one was out for a while now, but I had never gotten around to actually trying it. After a month or so, I was delighted to be able to receive one if the mail. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one while cooking out on 05/31/2009.
The pour was nice, light pink in color with a light fizzy head of white on top. Nice amounts of carbonation were tossed in as well and the overall look of it was very very, and very light. Smooth, mellow aroma of cherries here with a very nice balance struck between the tartness and light sweet notes that permeated throughout. Lightly dry on the finish here and the fruit flavor was done in such a way as to not take overall offense to it. Rather this was not a big, fruit heavy flavored beer, it was nice and clean, crisp, refreshing. Very solidly done with a light, easy drinkable nature to it that made the day go by quick.
Overall an easy drinking, smooth, clean and very seasonable light fruit beer. I would have no issue at all with having this again any day, In fact I think it would be well worth it.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious looking beverage. Bubbles rising through a reddish/orange semi-transparent brew. The head is small but it hangs around and leaves lacing.

The aroma is of cherry but not over-powering. It smells "real" to me, not artificial. The taste is delicious, almost like a well made lemonade or lime-aid, but cherry, of course. The carbonation seems about right to me for a fruit beer, a little on the high side for a beer.

I like these, but if you are adverse to flavored beers I would not recommend them to you. I had a 4-pack last year. At first I wasn't so sure about such a concoction, but this is the second year in a row I have come to appreciate fruit beer. The other really good cherry beer I had was from Smuttynose, the Hanami Ale.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cherry flavor is well managed. Too often in cherry-flavored beers you get something more like a Jolly Rancher or cough drop, but here the cherry is very mild, almost more of a background flavor. Not too sweet, with a some tartness to balance. Finish was a little dry, with cherry pit bitterness.

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Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being no stranger to Cerise, I was glad to see the most recent release sitting on shelves. $9.99 for a 4-pack, which is not too bad and I do remember enjoying this one. It helps my girlfriend likes fruit beers, too. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Bright ruby colored body with some pink/red hues, topped with a foamy white head. The retention is actually really nice and a lot better than I had remembered or imagined. The lacing is very minor but does show.

S: Cherry candy, strawberry puree, cherry licorice, pitted cherries and a dash of wheat to break up the obviously fruit-centric aroma. It's all about sweetness, fruit and candy. While there does seem to be very natural fruit elements in here, it's more akin to an artificial sweetness but it's still inviting.

T: More candied cherry notes up front, strawberry and cranberry fruits come in mid-palate and finish with a sweet, tart picker in the finish. Lingering around the palate are some very faint dried grains and hay notes. Again, a very sweet and fruity profile, but it's done with a good balance and to me doesn't have a syrupy flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with nice bubbly carbonation that isn't overdone. It's pretty nice and definitely aids in the delivery of the flavor throughout the mouth.

To me, Cerise is a good demonstration of using fruit in a beer to give it a balanced flavor without being sickeningly sweet or unbearable for more than a glass. I could easily do a glass or two in a row without becoming burned out. The cut of the tartness and well carbonated body make this quite drinkable, even with the above average ABV range. A nice fruity, sweet beer for the summer months.

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Photo of EGledhill
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 aasher
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby red, similar to the pink hues on the labeling. Slight, creamy pink head.

Smell: Smells of canned cherries, both sweet and tart. Definitely smells of fermented cherries.

Taste: Tastes of cherry pie filling or cherry cobbler. Is both subtly sweet and tart. Delicious take on cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Typical, smooth mouthfeel of Founders.

Drinkability: Smooth and doesn't taste very alcoholic. Is aromatic and greatly emulates the cherry pie flavor. A four pack would not be difficult to finish off.

I would recommend this beer, especially over Founders Rubaeus. It's cherry pie like taste is very good and intriguing. It makes me wonder what the Rubaeus could've been like if they took the same approach.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here’s a Founders beer that’s been on the shelves for months: Cerise. Don’t know why it took me so long to try it out, but now’s a good a time as any, right? Cheers!

Brewed over 8 months ago (Brewed “06/11/11” or possibly “06/19/11” on the neck of the bottle).

A: Thick head, a silky off-white full finger of tiny bubbles; a blanket of lacing wraps tightly around the glass, all the way from where the head was to where the head settles (nothing but a slightly-larger-than-paper-thin cream). Body’s not as red as I expected; more of a light amber-orange mixed with white grape juice. Quite impressive foam, here.

S: Tart cherry syrup and a bit of fresh citrus; fruity on the front. Pale malts, sweet breadiness, and a bit of cornbread scents – they mix with the fruit character like the aroma of sweet cherry pie. And are those…phenolic yeasts? At any rate, it’s a bit of sour muskiness, with crusty residual sugars still hanging on for the end.

T: Cherry pie! The sugary fruit filling is tarter than usual, but just as syrupy-sweet. You can almost taste those thick sugary sprinkles like you’d find on a store-bought sugar cookie (or on a mini-fruit pie). Delicious pie crust-breads, doughy yet palpably buttery. It tastes just like cherry pie – just perfect. Finishes pulpy, lightly dry, caramel-malty, and a metallic alcohol hint.

M: Light and refreshing, no other way to put it. It goes across the tongue slick and astringent, drying up with a moderate saltiness.

O: Not surprising for a brewery that brought Blushing Monk onto the scene: Cerise is rich, tart, and complex. I could see myself drinking this before dinner as an appetizer, during a big, meaty meal, or after dinner as a sweet dessert beer. Drinkable and highly versatile.

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Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pink with a small light pink head that was gone fairly quickly with no lacing. Aroma is tart cherries and a little musty, slightly yeasty. Taste is puckering with lots of tart cherries, sweet, almost has melted cherry popsicle-like flavor to it. I really do like this cherry flavor and the tartness, but it's not as fully consuming as something like Wisconsin Belgian Red. Prickly carbonation, pretty easy to drink actually. Very nice on a warm and sunny day. I can dig this. Not something I would drink all the time, but this 4 pack will do nicely for now.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark and light orange with some pink hue. Light head with little lacing.

Nose is mild cherry with orange zest and grain.

Taste has a surprisingly tart cherry, which contrasts with a sweet candy and cherry pie; mild oak finish.

Mouthfeel has light carbonation; very mellow and smooth.

Overall, a unique combination of sweet and tart that is sugary, but never cloying.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12oz,bottled on date 04/01/09. A pretty light Mars red color body with a thin soapy head that fades rather quickly,leaving some spotty lacing,lots of soft carbonation. Aroma is of ripe cherries and a wheaty malt,and a very subtle funk type yeast note. Flavor is slightly sweet up front with a bit of carbonation wash and then a some nice wheat flavors, followed by the tart cherries,leaving a nice sweet cherry Jolly Rancher type flavor on your lips,cherry in the finish ,not super complex but has layers of flavors that fit togeather nicely.Fruit Beer is not my favorite style,especially if too tart, but this stuff is very good,very drinkable .

Thank You Founders

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Photo of becktone
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 4-9-09

Eye: This one pours a clear light red in color with hues of orange and yellow in there as well. This one is clear enough to make out the inscription and logo on this Ommegang glass. Looks quite nice in the glass, almost like an amber or red ale. I think if you saw this at a bar you might not be able to tell that its a fruit beer. Head is poor, just a sickly looking algae-like film that covers the top of the beer becoming thicker as it nears the sides of the glass. Color and clarity are great, but the head needs some work.

Edit: Its kinda funny, I've got my hand about an inch behind the glass where ambient light is passing through it....it creates a red circle on my hand...like the head piece to the staff of Ra in Raiders of the Lost Ark...Hahah, as soon as I saw that I instantly though of Raiders. End tangent.

Nose: Sweet cherry aroma is evident, like maraschino cherries, or like the sweet ones you find atop your icecream (not sure if those are marischino or not). Its weird, I've had this beer before, but never detected the following aroma. I'm getting a strong sweet malt aroma, it smells like the mash, very sweet and caramel like...this is, however, in the background. It doesn't smell bready or grainy like the mash just that sweetness, and it melds nicely with the cherry. Also a nice pie crust-like aroma...reminds me of the crust of a strawberry dessert my mom used to make, pretzels and butter cooked and allowed to settle to form the crust. You could just call it diacetyl but with the cherries here it turns it into something quite different, something that fits and helps the beer out. Its not right out front but its there. Its taken me about six of these (not all at onc sitting, or even this sitting) to be able to get all this, I knew that there was more to this beer than what I perceived when I first tasted it. This is quite different from other cherried beers, most others use sour cherries, this one is quite the opposite though and that makes it unique. I'd say they got just what they were going for.

Tongue: Sweet cherry right up front, tastes like you've just eaten that cherry from the top of the banana split. Finish is dry and fairly weak, it leaves me wanting. There may even be some slight metallic tang that comes out in tin the finish. It doesn't really hurt it but it definitely doesn't help it. The diacetyl and sweet maltiness are in here, but they are far behind the cherry character and are hard to divine, very very subtle. They come out briefly in the finish and are then usurped by cherry. Diacetyl character in this beer is actually very nice, in my opinion I think that it adds to it, I won't say helps it, but it gives it depth and a pleasing character that wouldn't be there were it absent. Without it this beer wouldn't be as subtle and complex as it is and would be much less interesting. The more I drink of it the less I get of the aforementioned metallic tang and the stronger the finish becomes, still dry but cherry character lingers. I think what I was perceiving as metallic is actually tannin from the cherry skin.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is light and finish is dry. Carbonation is actually pretty light, you'd think that for something like this it would be spritzy, yet it is not. Its just right, not spritzy and not so low as to give this one a thick and medicinal cough syrup quality. This one is easy to drink and is quite quaffable, though if quaffed it becomes less interesting and its much more difficult if not impossible to pick up the diacetyl in here that really adds to the beer. This is one that I'd buy again. Not a bad deal at $9.99 a four-pack, hey the abv is 6.5% and its an easy drinker. Great for the summer and spring, fall and winter....no. Not going to lie, this is one of the better fruit beers out there, sure its no Kasteel Rouge and it doesn't stand up to Founders Rubaes, but its still one of the best out there.

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Photo of Stunner97
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pink to red in color with a very thin white head that fades to light lacing, small bubbles slowly stream the glass,

Smell- faint cherry, malt, slight amount of hop, not a bad nose but not that powerful as i expected it to be

Taste- good amount of malt and grain, cherry is there though not extremely as dominate or as in your face as you would think, it imparts a slight tartness on the finish but really pretty balance between being sweet, I enjoy the balance of sweetness and tartness in the mid palate which fades out to a balanced finish, very unique taste compared to anything ive ever had before to be honest, the only fault i find is at one point almost slight metallic flavor,i do though very much enjoy the sweet and sour flavor going on in the mid palate from the cherries, pretty good grew on me, i think alot of people even non beer drinkers would like this flavor profile,

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, very light and refreshing, smooth,

Drinkability- pretty easy drinking though could not tell you yet how many of these I would want or have in sitting but i do think do to the great balance of sweet and sour I could have quite a few of these, its not very super sweet which is certainly a good thing for drinkability purposes, the cherries are certainly noticeable but more for the sweet and sour then really pure cherry to me anyway, a nice interesting beer thats got more abv then you would think drinking and certainly goes down fast, worth a shot for sure

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: dark red complexion and looked liked a cherry fruit beer as expected

smell: tart cherries

taste: low bitterness, sublt sour and nice cherry flavor. A well done cherry beer. No tmuch of a sour as expected though.

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: well done fruit beer.

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Photo of mwa423
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby red with two fingers of head. The beer is clear enough to see through, which if you do then you will get a rose colored view of the world.

S - Strong fruity/berry smell, with hints of malt and caramel.

T - Strong fruit taste that is really all there is to this beer, but it is a complex and rich fruit flavor. This is what almost every fruit berry wants to be.

M/D - The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, but the only thing keeping both of these categories is that the sweetness will get to you quickly.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this really a beer? Who cares is what I say. It's pretty darn good and definetly something to search out if you want a different experience. It looks like cherry 7-up and smells like a bowl full of cherries. The taste is wine-cooler, but refined, expertly crafted wine cooler. I don't know if I would want more then one, but on a hot day as your first drink for the evening this will do you quite nicely. If you want to rip it because it doesn't really seem like a beer, I suppose I can understand. To me, it was a fun and refreshing experience.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/13/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

Strangely it glows crimson in indirect light, and is a saturated orange when backlit. The white foam also takes on a pinkish hue, all due to the cherry puree listed on the label. Sticky defined crown of lace inside the glass, three dimensional and dripping downwards.

Aroma is cherry and minerally cider, all natural distinctive fruit characteristics.

Flavor is a touch sweet, which lingers until the aftertaste. Big Michigan pie cherry and faintly malty breadiness that one can't help but associate with flaky pie crust. Dry finish, clean and not cloying at all. Low level astringency, similar to cherry juice. This is very tasty (provided you like cherries) and not just another sweetened fruit beer. Authenticity reigns, leave it to Founders to brew a successful Michigan cherry ale...

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Photo of vandemonian
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Cerise is a very nice sourish fruit beer.

A: Lovely red/orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing around the edge of the glass. 4.5

S: Sweet cherry aroma. Quite nice. 4

T: Acidic cherry flavour with some sourness. There is no bitterness. 4

M: Not heavily carbonated. 3.5

O: A nice, fresh tasting fruit beer. 4

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Badbobx
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was from a bottle into a pint glass. The color was a rich reddish copper. The foam was about 1/3 inch with modest lacing as the session progressed. The aroma was nice with cherry and malt overtones as expected. The flavor was rich with the sour cherry flavor, not a cloying sweetness. The tart edge evident and pronounced. The mouthfeel was appropriate, not too full. The overall experience was very good. I do not regret buying this beer and may buy more.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear amber, ruby red. Slight lacing on glass.

S. Well you guessed it nice cherry fragrance.

T. Sweet malt followed by a nice sour cherry finnish not bitter at all.

M.Light bodied fizzy carbonation. Sweet n sour

D. Verry good for the style, a little on the sour side.

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Ruby amber color, light pink head, that dissipated quickly with little to no lacing

Smell: Tart, yeasty with a little malt

Taste: Up Front: Nice tart, cherry flavor. Finish: Same, with a touch of cinnamon - YUM

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly easy to drink - tartness drops off fast.

Overall Impression: Probably the best fruit beer I've had to date. I always wanted to try it, but I didn't want to buy a 4-pack. I put together a mixed 6-pack, and this was one of them. I'm glad I tried it. You should too if you're looking for something different

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Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,503 ratings.
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