Founders Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on July 22nd, 2011

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very transparents pinkish color, which reminds me of a "Blush" (wine). Head is light and airy.

S: A sour cherry aroma. No presence of alcohol at all. Nothing else to note.

T: Tart cherries, not sweet; which is what my mouth craves in this style. Sweet would be no good.

M: Medium body brew with a medium amount of carbonation. My mouth wants to pucker with the 1st taste of this beer.

O: Very easy drinker! Avni (GF) even loves this beer. I find this very refreshing for the summer months! Outstanding? No, but a very solid example from Founders.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ruby-red color, slimmed head, pinkish.

Tart-n-sweet aroma, definite cherries. Nice.

Mmm, sour, gripping the palate, grabbing and playing with the tongue. Sour and sweet, cherry-licious. Full malty mouthfeel, good solid backbone.

Great little cherry ale. Not too much complexity, just loads of cherriness. That has it's place, sure, but in the end I find it a bit blase'...can't do too much of it.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy pink with even carbonation. It almost looks like a pink cider. The head quickly dissapates from the middle. The lacing is average at best. This has an earthy smell with just a hint of cherry. It's real nice because it's not overpowering, but just sort of teases you. God I love cherry beers! This one has a cherry taste that sneaks up on you. For the first two seconds after you sip there's nothing....and then it just explodes in your mouth (Sounds like a Tobias Funke line....). There's just enough sour at the end to cause a slight pucker (Maybe I should carry a tape recorder around and listen to myself....). This is great! Super light mouthfeel, which is a bit of a downfall. If it was a bit heartier, it'd be a top 5 for me. Really high drinkability on this due to tasting like real cherry and not that sweet fake cherry flavor. I want another all ready!

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Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jnnv4 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale has a cherry look to it, like the sweet sugary brine in a maraschino cherry jar. The darker red color doesn't render the ale opaque though, allowing it to be translucent. A thin band of head is all that ever came out of the bottle.

S: A dash of natural cherry, sweet and sour and all, is all that the ale offers up.

T: The nose is a little light, but the first sip yields a pretty hefty dose of cherry. The flavor is sweet with just a bit of natural sourness. Sugary sweetness laps at the taste buds on every sip. The biscuity malt doesn't stand a chance.

M: A Quelque Chose lite. The sweet cherry lacks the nuance but doesn't skimp on the fruit.

D: My fourth bottle and it hasn't let me down yet. The cherry is full, not in the sickly sweet way, but in the natural, gamey way.

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Photo of JimmyShaker1
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarrelO
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light red, almost pink. Not much of a head, which is pretty common among the Founders beers I've had.

S: Sweet bready malt with a generous hint of cherry tartness.

T: All about tart cherries, but more in essence than in flavor. Almost like a red ale in its sourness. Amazingly refreshing.

M: Light and fizzy, kind of like cherry soda.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It's been my experience that as far as beer goes, cherry flavors don't play well with others. They either dominate completely or leave an unpleasant sour sensation that clashes with the main body of the beer. This one, however, has just enough cherry essence to be distinctive without it completely taking over. In all, an excellent summer beer. If you like Duchesse de Bourgogne or Rodenbach Grand Cru, this'll be right up your alley.

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Photo of DuffDadddy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe.

A. Pours 3 fingers of pink head. Color is a vibrant cloudy reddish pink. Decent retention. A little lacing.

S. Smells a little musty. Has a yeasty nose. Get some sour, a little citrus, and a definite earthy belgian yeast aroma. Get some tart cherries as it warms.

T. Pretty sweet. Not overpowering on the cherry flavor. Nice solid pale malt bacbone with the cherry coming out after the fact. Pretty smooth. Not a lot of sourness or tartness, what is there is really on the back of the tongue and works nicely. Very easy drinking. Not a lot of flavor, but it is nice and mellow.

M. Medium/light bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Probably one of the better fruit beers I have had. Not super sweet or super sour. Could probably drink more than a few of these. Might be a good beer to mix with others. One I will seek out again to see what it does to a Stout.

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Photo of berserker256
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 StlHopHead77
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a light reddish/amber with a slight,pinkish-white,quickly dissipating head.
Lacing was minimal and moderate carbonation was visible.

S-A sour cherry aroma comes first followed by sherry,light vinegar and Meyer lemon.There is also a subtle presence of brown sugar and allspice.

T-Big,fresh cherry upfront with toast,pale malt
and a prosseco-like tart/sweetness.

M-Bright,crisp,sweet and dry.Light and expertly carbonated.

D-A little on the sweet side but still relatively drinkable.

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Photo of Contagion
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass. Bottled 05/24/2012, poured 01/11/2013

Appearance: The color is unique right off the bat, a really light red amber (or dark pink) color that is very transparent. Very few bubbles on the body with a subtle head that is a white-pink color maybe 1/4".

Smell: Has a strong fruit scent, disapears quick through. Smells strong of cherries and

Taste: Holy cherries, It's defintely a sweet beer but definitely not like soda more like a champagne. Light bitterness to it with a strong feeling of fruit

Mouth: Like some champagnes comes off a touch dry. Medium body, after taste is a light light sour.

Overall: Definitely exceeded my expectations, I don't normally lean towards fruit beers sometimes because I think it takes the "manliness" away. This brew is feels like a belgian ale with the wrong label. Would I buy it again, of course though now that i found out that it's retired, would be a little harder. Salud!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of cherry syrup notes in it, as well as a hint of tartness. The flavor has a lot of tart cherries, as well as some syrupy sweetness. There is also a little bit of raspberry character and a hint of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/27/10.
A- Pours out a pleasant light red with a one finger off-white head that had decent retention. Fine, spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink this one down. A small cloud and ring are left once the head dissipates. Flocks of carbonation bubbles are seen rising to the top of the glass.

S- Sweet sugary cherries are in the forefront. The smell is not all that strong and a bit hard to pick up. Some viney wine notes and light malt comes through as well.

T- The cherries are certainly here. They are of the sweeter variety with a tiny bit of sour tartness. The beer itself is pretty highly sweet between the cherries and the malt. Hops do not make their presence at all in this one, probably used just for the preservative effect. Viney/stemmy/cherry pit notes are also lent from the cherries.

MF- A good level of carbonation in a very light body, feeling appropriate with the flavors. No warmth and a very, very slight bitterness. A coat of sweet cherry stemmy notes left on the palate.

DB- The price was the standard Founders seasonal four pack price. It is a bit too sweet but not overbearing, it makes it a one bottle at a time thing. Their Newaygo County and last year's version of this one had more cherry flavor, fruit varies year by year. Glad I tried it, one of the better fruit beers out there. The fruit tastes like real fruit, not artificial.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into wine glass. Lots of carbonation after the pour but the head disappears seconds later. This beer is not horrible it is just different. Not much of a scent at all. The taste is overly sweet and honey like in nature. The aftertaste has a somewhat small tart cherry like flavor. Mouthfeel is very light and the alcohol is well hidden. I do not really have desire to drink another one of these right now or anytime in the near future.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an estrella chalice. This beer is very interesting. It has a beautiful pink tinted color to it and a very enticing cherry aroma. The taste is incredibly reminiscent of cherry pie. The Cherry flavor it gives off is akin to that of canned cherries, with its surgery sweetiness and tart almost sour finish. The malt in this beer gives it a nice grainy buttery feel which is really what wraps it all up to be like cherry pie. I have tried quite a few vegetable/fruit beers in my time, and I know many people including myself who don't normally enjoy them. However this is a beer that I would definitely recommend to all beer geeks, it is just executed so very well. The taste isn't nearly overwhelming like in many fruit flavored beers and I'm honestly quite confused as to why founders decided to put this beer in a 4pack rather than a 6 pack. The low alcohol content combined with the balanced and deliciously refreshing flavor would make this beer very sessionalbe to those people such as myself who enjoy it so much. Glad I picked this up.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light tan color with a substantial strawberry tint and a fleeting inch and a half ivory head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a quarter inch layer of foam.

Sweet caramel malt, a bit of toast, and an underpinning of cherry comprise the aroma. There's a bit of graininess.

Sour cherries, reminiscent of cherry pie, are dominant throughout the flavor, with a bit of grain and caramel malt taming the finish. A touch of floral hops closes out the flavor, along with a touch of bitterness.

Body is a touch light, with high carbonation, a touch of astringency, and slight alcohol warmth.

This is cherry pie in a glass.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dazzling copper rose with a slight haze. Small, lacy, eggshell-white head. Nose shows off tart cherries, cherry syrup, fruit punch, light graininess, and a hint of floral hops. Mildly tart cherries start off the palate. Reminds me of cherry pie. Toasted grains and pie crust malt follow, before the sweetness comes in. Fruit punch and cherry sweetness swells, pushing any tartness aside. Finish brings in some cherry pits, and faint bitterness. Lingering tartish cherries. Medium-bodied, with a creamy feel. Not a bad cherry ale, in the vain of New Glarus's Belgian Red. This one is not quite as good, but is decent. I would prefer a little more tartness and a little less sweetness, but that's just me.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Strawberry blonde, reddish hues in this clear body.

S - Tangy fruit, acidity and sweetness. Some spices and tart mild vinegar notes. Medicinal cherry upon deep inhalation.

T - Sugar sweet cherry syrup. Some tart flavors mixed into this light sweet cherry brew. Almost like sweet tarts, but not alot of sour. Good mix of cherry sweet with a hopped blonde background.

M - Slight syrup up front, with a nice clean faintly tart finish. Semi dry and crisp.

O - A nice cherry brew. Not in the league of some krieks, sours, or flanders reds, but a good pick here. Easy to drink and find.

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Photo of Mgrad92
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imagine the color smack dab between an amber ale and a pink wine cooler and you have the color of this beer. It had a very thin head.
The smell doesn't lead you to beleive there is too much cherry action going on. In fact it smells reminicent of an american pilsner.
However the taste is dominated by tart cheries. This tartness combined with light effervescence makes this brew taste very lively. Yes you can taste the malt and hops, but it was hard for me to really identify them because this brew is all about the cheries.
A nice offering of a fruit beer.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red in color with no head at all on the pour. Plenty of carbonated bubbles around the edges, and racing up the side of the glass. Smell is all cherries. Very sweet and sugary cherries. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, ripe cherries. I kind of like the lack of being highly carbonated. This could be quite possibly the easiest drinking beer I've ever come across. You could really put this away without even thinking about it. I would like a few other flavors to make it a bit more complex, but this is what it is. Decent spring/summer beer.

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Photo of engagechad
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA after a tasting of the beer - poured into stone pairing glass

Pours a pink color with soda like head. Looks like cherry 7up. Not much head. Smells vaguely of cherries, very nice though. Tastes good, very light and refreshing and the cherry taste on the back end is nice and very real, not artificial.

Overall this is an interesting beer and unexpected coming from Founders. I like it and would consider buying it again, I bet this would make a great beer-mosa

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Photo of rtepiak
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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 wyattshotmaker
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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