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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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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this beer w/ tenderbranson69, thanks for the chance -served chilled in a double walled tumbler.

A - A beautiful red w/ an orange accent lightly hazed from chill w/ a quickly dissipating faint pink head. Bubbles stream lazily up and the lace appears like confetti on the glass.

S - A sweet juice-like cherry scent. The subtle stone fruit essence is there like the scent of liquid cherry pie.

M - The texture is mild and moderately light in body for the strength w/ a gentle malt feel and acid of cherry w/ med light carbonation. The carbonation carries a mild sweetness to the tip of the tongue

T - A slightly creamy sweet malt flavor is quickly enveloped by a tart yet sweet red cherry taste. The flavor has a sweet dry push/pull w/ a tasty malt echo and hint of spice from hops as it finishes w/ more cherry juice as it leaves the teeth feeling softer. The flavor is very natural and has flavor of soda in places. Very tasty and nice balance of sweet and tart cherry w/ malt.

D - Like drinking natural cherry soda, you forget it is beer. It really is one of the best fruit beers out there since it is so light and refreshing and incorporates the fruit so well.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-red with a half-finger of fizzy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some decent lacing.

S - Aroma is full of tart cherries with some light wheat and a touch of citrus.

T - Starts off with sweet and tart cherry flavor with some grains and wheat and a touch of lemon. Through the middle, more bold cherry flavor and tartness comes through with a touch of vanilla and sourness. The finish is a mix of tart cherries with some wheat and a touch of lemon zest.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The tartness and boldness of the cherry flavor is really nice. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of chrisgn
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly as it claims to be. It is a great combo of tart and sweet. Both of those characteristics come through from the cherries. It is thin in body and light in carbonation head, but fits as Founders Spring/Summer Seasonal. This is an excellent example of a fruit beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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 WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Cerise was on tap at out local watering hole. The beer came in a pint glass. The color was a ruby red with decent white head that did not lace....I have noticed fruity/sweeter beers do not lace. The smell....HELLO....cherry malt. The taste to me was like a grenadine infusion that really made the beer like JCM song title...."Cherry Bomb". The sweetness and overpowering cherry flavor made the mouthfeel a bit tricky....I drank half then switched it with someone else. Overall a great beer that hit its mark.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour builds a pretty head that quickly dissipates. Clear amber beer with a slightly pink head.

On the nose, solidly honey and cherries. Nothing else.

Tastes beautiful, partly because it nails a complex natural Michigan tart cherry flavor, but also mainly because of the progression of the flavors, from dry cherry to sweet and honeyed to sour and slightly, pleasantly vinegary. The progression works, especially at a cold to cool temperature, to build to sweet but just before becoming too sweet it quickly turn sour to clean the palate. Perhaps it is - slightly - too sweet at room temperature.

Nice mouthfeel for a beer between a desert beer and a quaffable fruit beer.

Highly drinkable for over 6 percent and as fruity as this is.

Not sure why this beer is rated B. I think this is a very good fruit beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cerise pours a reddish color with a small pink lacy head. The smell has a dry malty undertone, like a pils, with strong sweet tarty cherry aroma. The taste has a mixture of sweet and, with a mellow cherry flavor ontop of a dry pilsner like flavor. Very easy to drink, the fruit isnt over powering, but present. Overall a very nice fruit beer, blended well and great in the summer.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Pours a beautiful cherry red with a very thin bright white head that dissipates almost immediately without any residual lacing.
S. Light malt background with some cinnamon and some tart cherry.
T. Spicy upfront (cinnamon) with acidic cherries as you swallow. The cherry becomes more evident as you continue drinking - it develops into a cherry tart flavor.
M. Wonderful. Thick body with a light level of carbonation.
D. This is a delicious brew. My wife gave it two thumbs up.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – White head doesn’t amount to much, but what’s there stays awhile. Bright copper orange body with pink hues and highlights – a really interesting color.

S – Soft, tart dark cherry and cherry pits. Hint of copper. Wax candles. Lightly bready.

T – Tart raspberry up front. Downshifts a shade darker and earthier in the center with black cherries and pits. Citrus pith and sweet white grape on the finish, especially as it warms.

M – Medium body is silky smooth. Low carbonation, but pleasant for the style.

O – Not overly sweet. I think a little age did this beer well.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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 htomsirveaux
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Think white-pinkinsh head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy rosy amber color. Aroma is tart, earthy, cherry pits and a touch of cherry pancake syrup. Flavor starts fairly sweet-tart. Lots of juscy cherries. Sweet dark cherry in the middle, almost cherry pie like. Nice light puckering towards the finish. More sweet than tart.

Not too complex but tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass.

Cherry red body, giving way to pink/orange hues as body subsides. Head is soupy a little picking up the body with some subtle pink hues even some orange matching the off white color. Body contains some slow rising carbonation bubbles, and while drinking is some fantastic looking spider web like lacing. Very good looking drink here.

First note of the bouquet is an obvious cinnamon. Red hots candy also with muted cherry. Minimal sweetness, not much tart or sourness either. However, after a few snips the nose seems to vanish or make it's presence known.

Taste is brought from the nose. Minor sour light cherries with a sweet finish bringing a mild cinnamon red hot candy. Very light bodied and seems lighter than the abv would depict, but also a little bit of fizzyness though.

Overall though this is a very solid beer and a great tasty fruity beer.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Founders Brewing Company

Appearance: Medium raspberry amber, minimal white head.

Scent: Mild raspberry with a background of toasty semi-dark malt

Taste: Tart berry tempered by a yeasty ale taste. There is an interesting thing that happens with this beer. first you get lemon/berry, then you get hops. Then it goes back and forth again. It's a beer that gives you a little bit of a ride if you're paying attention. If you're paying too *much* attention, the crosschatter may be too much.

Finishes very clean with a hint of dry berry.

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Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cerise sits in my glass a deep ruby red color. A light pinkish head of about one finger retains well and leaves light lacing as it recedes down the glass.
This one's all about cherry right up front. There's enough of a pale malt to in the aroma to form a backbone and just the slightest touch of hops to add a bit of balance without throwing it off with the bitterness. Otherwise, a bold splash of fresh cherries on the nose make this one just what I expected.
It is a little tougher to pick up the finer beer qualities underneath the cherry in the flavor. This one's like biting into fresh bing or michigan cherries. The light, pale malt is there, and the hops are even slightly less noticeable than on the nose, but it's more of a real beer backbone than most fruit beers give and it's established in my mind as a beer rather than a fruity something. It's a good balance of both. I can't imagine biting into or chewing a cherry and getting anything different than the initial cherry pop. It's the exact mix of tart, lightly sour and gently sweet I can pick up in one of those little green paper crates.
Initially crisp with ample but not excessive carbonation, the mouthfeel retains the crispness all the way through into a lightly sour finish with a touch of grains. The body is light, almost medium.
I could really drink this all day. This is definitely my go-to fruit beer from now on.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a transparent copper color with good white head and good lacing that receded quickly. lively fizzy carbonation, and strong fruity cherry smell. taste was much the same very fruity, cherries definitely apparent. light bodied and short flavor duration. very crisp and refreshing. moderately sweet with a thin texture. finish is lightly sour and tart. very good brew.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a tangerine color, hazy, with a short white head. Decent retention and bit of decorative lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tart cherries. Wow, the smell is just dead on. White grapes and green apple skin add more to the tart aroma.

Taste: Barely any malt here, just tart fruits. Cherries, white grapes, green apples, in that order. With only 15 IBU's, I wouldn't expect much hops, but I would guess there are some light floral notes here, even though they get washed out by the stronger flavors. Finishes tart, with a bit of a kick.

Mouthfeel: It feels like champagne - dry, crisp, and fully carbonated, with a surprisingly light feeling body.

Drinkability: I just had a reviewable sized pour of this, but I was greatly impressed. Delightfully sour, slightly sweet, this is a great one .

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Photo of sarahspat
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear pinkish red, with a pink-tinted head. Globs and threads of lacing show up. This beer has good retention.

Smells like cherries. No surprises here, but it's a very nice aroma.

Tastes like tart cherries and cherry pie.

Cerise is medium-bodied and feels slippery. Nice amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

I much prefer Rübæus over this, but Cerise is leagues better than most fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, with a hint of red in color. Rich, white froth and light lace. Attractive.

Nice aroma of cherry and wood, but understated. Unusual and interesting.

Taste is bold, and well palatable. The cherry isn't weird or artificial (as similar fruit beers can be). It's more of a sour cherry, maybe like a lambic almost. Nice! Registers on my taste buds more akin to a smooth wine, maybe. I get a dry, lingering finish as well, and an ever-so-slight nuttiness.

Quite a balanced brew and an unheralded winner, though not surprising from Founders.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 6/23/11 into snifter.

Aroma: Perfumy honeysuckle, dark cherry, strawberries, and clover honey.

Appearance: Beautiful, crystal-clear golden-copper, 1 finger off-white head slowly dissipates (actually more slowly than anticipated). A thin film of bubbles remains until finished.

Flavor: Candied, dried cherries. Definitely leans more toward the sweet end of the flavor spectrum. Some tartness and light bitterness seek to provide some balance, but can't compete w/ the sweetness. Fortunately, not cloying or syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-light carbonation. Slightly-slick mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd recommend Cerise for someone who loves cherry flavor, but is not into ultra-tart krieks. This one might be too sweet for some, but I say it's just right. It manages to stay just this side of cloying. I could see vanilla notes working extremely well in a barrel-aged version of this!

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Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but never disappears completely. Smells of cherries, sour cherries, faint perfume, and a brown sugar malt sweetness. Taste is a puckering tart cherry up front and sweet malt with a syrupy sweet lingering cherry flavor in the finish. Medium body and carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one, I think this is a very well done fruit beer. I love cherries but sometimes fruit beers can be well over-fruited.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is translucent and ruby colored. A thn head of pink foam rests on top.

Black cherry aroma with some musty yeast.

The beer has a very nice fruit flavor. Cherries are a bunny and provide a robust sweetness that canned cherry pie filling wishes it had. I detect no sourness, so Kirk fans be warned. A subtle black cherry flavor lingers after I swallow.

The beer has plenty of carbonation. The tiny bubbles play on my tongue. A coat is left behind, but it isn't a very sticky beer.

I like this one a lot. It is a well made fruit beer that doesn't feel gimmicky or overly sweet. I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,504 ratings.
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