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Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

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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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Photo of mikereaser
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer comes across like a little less cerise in the appearance versus just like a normal beer, sure there are some running pink highlights through it, and some pinkish white head. Overall, its still pretty. Aroma, eh, more like some cherry kids drink.

The taste is much the same, far from authentic quality cherries here, but its not sugared up water either, there's a decent malt aspect to it, and even minimal hops, but for a Founders product, its pretty disappointing to have to say its unqualified enough and results in an average rating. Mouthfeel, the carbonation is there, but there was nothing heavy taste or flavor wise, so I'm still kind of confounded. Ultimately, this beer neither delivers on the potential of cherries. It doesn't have the awesome cherry flavor of something like New Glarus, and lacks the tartness of some of the more sour cherry beers (Cascade, Allagash, belgians etc. . . ).

So who is this beer for? I dunno. Can't figure that market out. Its not a bad beer, but its far from even average in the Founders lineup.

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Pearly Baker's in Easton, PA. This beer was a disappointment. It came out a clear cherry red with no head. The aroma and flavor are basically of cherry juice while there's also a vaguely nutty malt flavor in the background of the taste. Juicy but flat and not satisfying as a beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a dark blood red with a head that has a pink hue. Nose is cherries, green vegetables, and stale cereal. Taste is a bit stronger cherry, gets a touch medicinal. Finish is slightly tart, a big syrupy body and moderate carbonation. Not the best fruited beer.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cranberry red clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin bubbly wisp of white head. The clean soft fruity cherry note has a light sweet honey note that grows as the beer warms. There is a cherry jam aroma that finishes the sniff as the beer warms. The bright but no tart taste of cherries is just like drinking cherry juice with a slight cherry tart pucker in the finish. This turns to a soft pomegranate like bite in the finish. This beer has a light mouthfeel with a little fizz that keeps the finish crisp. I like cherries and I like beer but this is nothing but cherry juice with some fizz. I'm amazed that they could brew this with out any beer flavor. I would like some malt or hops or yeasty flavors to support the cherry flavor a little bit.

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Photo of redsonja
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A/ red cherry like

S/ a strange cherry smell cant please it

T/ like cherrys but it taste like its smells strange cherry taste sweet but strange not like european kriek or cherrybeers i tasted.

M/ the sweetness hangs in your mouth

D/good beer for the summer chilled on the beach or with fruitsalad.
good beer i liked it

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Photo of jim102864
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why do I listen to people? The guy at the Big Ten liquor store raved about this brew so I felt I had to try it at the source. This is yet another cherry ale, none of which is different from the other. Served on tap at Founders brewery in a nonic glass, this is a mild, boring brew with a reddish hue (pardon the rhyme). Non-craft fan women might like its simpleness and lack of complexity. Some cinnamon in the taste. It kind of grows on you like mold. Sadly, a round waster in an otherwise special visit to Grand Rapids. Probably true to the style, but who cares?

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pair of cmall chalice glasses. Pours a tawny blush color, with a slight white head that reduces to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is muted to the point of being almost non-existent. There's a mild malty smell, with a bit of sour and honey.

Plenty of tart, very little cherry, there's a bit floral notes, honey, and some underlying sour.

Light bodied, with a dry tart feel to finish.

Having tried a few cherry ales, this is one of the weaker I've had. The fruit taste is almost non-existent, dominated instead by tart. I'm already not the biggest fan of this style; but if i had to have one, it wouldn't be this one.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pink color. Head is vague and white, not much lacing, if any.

Tons of sweet cherries, but in a lighter fashion. Not sugary or overly sweet. Smell is slightly tart.

No tartness :( Not sweet. Very smooth cherry, but nothing exciting or fancy.

Great carbonation, not overly cherry or over tired.

An intriguing brew, but not well thought out. It's too light with no defining characteristics. It's relaxed and enjoyable, but not heavy or expansive. Not too recommended if your a lover of more tart fruit brews.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a transparent rose blush hue. some white foamy head forms. Looks rather unique.

S- A fruity pale ale aroma, cherry is present but rather faint. Hay like backbone with a cherry soda twist.

T- Odd. A mix between a diet cherry soda, Rose wine, and an unfiltered pale ale. Interesting. Pretty crisp and kinda refreshing. The cherry flavor is ok, but could be more natural and stronger.

M- Pretty light. crisp, refreshing. The odd mix does linger for a bit. Some sharpness on tip of tongue. Light body.

O- An OK beer. Perhaps a transition beer for those not into craft brews or wine. Not my thing, but worth a try if you like fruit beers.

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Photo of nhindian
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just kind of picked this one up on a whim after walking past my favorite bottle shop in State College. Looked interesting enough and figured I'd try something different.

A - Right after popping off the cap, I got a very strong scent of sweet cherries. It poured a deep orange yellowish color and built about a one-fingered head that stuck around for a bit. Body is a bit cloudy and don't see much carbonation. Not much lacing.

S - Nose is strong cherry up front, with a bit of sugary, grape smell behind. Quite fruity and a little bit spicy. Besides that, not much going on the bouquet.

T - The taste actually really caught me off guard with this one. It's quite a bit more sour than I thought, and is certainly overwhelmingly cherry and fruity. Some malt at the end, but almost no alcohol at bite. It's tasty, but a bit too sugary tasting and kind of reminds me of not-so-good wine.

M - Very light-bodied with almost noticeable carbonation. This lack of carbonation aids in the comparison to a cheap wine.

D - Drinkability isn't very good. It's flavorful and hides the alcohol well, but the sugary and sour combination hurts it. A unique offering but I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of yamar68
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright cherry juice color with a silly looking pink head. Whole bunch of beading. I'm immediately skeptical.

Smells fresh... light fruits, mild honey, table sugar, cherries of course.

My mom sampled some and said "It tastes like something that... isn't beer." And I sort of tend to agree. Tastes like some kind of wine spritzer. Fizzy fruit.

Very drinkable. But not my bag. What to do with the other three?

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a reddish amber hue with a fizzy white head and large bubbles that settle quickly.

S: Smells tart and tinny along with some light raspberry and cherry, not much else.

T/M: Taste is immediately tart, almost sour up front, giving way to a light to medium level of carbonation. It has a fizzy, champagne like consistency and strong raspberry, cherry fruitiness with a little bitterness.

It’s definitely a fruit ale focused on embodying the cherry essence, but it’s a bit too tart for my liking.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Missed out on this one last year so I grabbed one before it disappears this year. 12oz bottle into a Founders pint glass.

Pours a reddish golden color with a healthy couple fingers of white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top.

Aroma is of malt and cherries. The cherries don't come through in the aroma as much as I had expected.

The cherries that were hiding in the aroma take over and steal the show when this one hits my tongue. The cherries deliver some serious tartness that borders on being sour. Finishes with a mild bitterness that seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel is thicker than expected and pretty slick but features some nice prickly carbonation on the tongue. I could probably drink another, but I'm glad I was able to buy a single and don't have to worry about consuming a whole four pack.

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Photo of jegross2
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Cerise from Founders Brewing Company.
Score: 75

2011 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-orange, almost like a fancy iced tea of sorts with a tiny layer of fizzy head that totally disappears. Minimal lacing. 3/5

Smell: Malty, tart cherries. Ripe fruit, a little floral. 3/5

Taste: Cherries up front, then sour raspberry candy. Sweet, sugary and a little tart. Ripe fruit in the center. Very crisp, refreshing and straight forward. No alcohol presence. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation. Finish is crisp and sugar-sweet. 3/5

Overall: Too sugary-sweet for my taste. Not a big fan of beers that taste like candy. I said I'd never find a Founders beer I did not enjoy, and I have tried to avoid this one for years, but it was inevitable that I would have to face it one of these days. Could be worse, I suppose.

Recommendation: A good beer for people who do not particularly care much for beer. Beer geeks can safely avoid. If you must try something in the style, just seek out the Three Sisters from Goose Island (Fleur, Madame Rose and Juliet).

Pairings: Salad.

Cost: $3.19 for a single, $10.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of colt45n
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a reddish-orange body that really glowed...the head was about one finger and white in color...nice retention until it slowly fell to a small ring...decent lacing

S - The first aroma I detect is actually that of sweet malts...the cherry does not come out until the beer settles...the cherries smell sweet and fresh...pretty much like the puree that's described on the label

T - Pretty one dimensional here...cherry flavors are throughout...although the pale malts do add a little bit of depth to the flavor...the cherries are sweet at first but they do present a subtle's almost as if there is a slight hop tingle in the finish

M - Medium bodied...has some lightness to it but the cherry puree gives in some body...the tartness doesn't last long...carbonation

This one was kind of different, the cherries are definitely there but theres somehting that is just different for me, if you like cherries you will probably enjoy this

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Photo of jamie2dope
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders Cerise pours a pink color, with a bit of pink heading that doesn't hang around too long. It sort of looks like cherry flavored ginger ale. Smell is of very sweet cherries, although there is some hint of sourness at the end. A slight medicinal quality also comes through. Taste is of cherries, cream, pie crust, more medicine. A light bodied beer, drinkability loses a few points for the sometimes overbearing sweetness. Not a bad effort from Founders. I like the Rubaeus a little bit more, although they are two totally different beers. Grab a single and pair this with dessert.

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Photo of MattyG85
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright orange and gold with a tint of pink. Lots of bubbles. Good finger and a half of white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and wheat with a decent amount of cherry. Hints of other fruits. Aroma is fairly light and not tart.

Taste: Cherries are a lot stronger in the taste. Very sweet cherry flavor followed by a lot of syrup that lingers throughout the finish. Malts are very subtle and there is no noticeable trace of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth but a little too syrupy.

Overall: An average fruit beer that is too heavy on the sweet syrup. I'm not much of a fan of fruit beers but I've had better cherries.

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Photo of brystmar
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby/orange color, minimal white head. Good lace and decent retention. Aroma reminds me distinctly of cherry-flavored liquid medicine with a touch of Blushing Monk-esque fruit.

Starts off medicinal, then oddly boozy, finishing with artificial cherry flavors. Lingering bitterness feels out of place. This isn't bad, but it's pretty far from being good. A rare miss from the rock stars at Founders.

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Photo of darklordlager
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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 tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a complete ruby red with a slight hint of orange. Pretty good looking beer, and if it weren't for the cloudy chill haze, it would have very nice, ruby clarity, too. The light-pink colored head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much behind in terms of lacing.

The initial nose of this beer, as you may expect, is full of cherries, along with some other common "berry" smells. Almost like wildberry smoothie. Slight chalky and medicinal notes to the smell, a tad off-putting. Slight must in the tail end... Might be attributed to dryness from the grains? It has potential, but the "off" aromas are really bringing things down.

With the first sip, you are greeted by a heavy and tart cherry flavor; sweet, and even borderline sour. Almost makes you pucker, but it isn't *quite* there. A very refreshing flavor reminiscent of cherry sweet-tarts up front. The flavor goes a bit awry, however, from the middle-to-the end. The cherries take on a slightly artificial, medicinal, and chalky flavor. The class "Flintstones Vitamin" aftertaste.

The more you drink, the more that chalky mouth feel and weird, borderline-astringent aftertaste starts to wear on your palate. I mixed the rest of my Cerise with some Breakfast Stout and it wasn't half-bad. More enjoyable than regular Cerise. I know they use Michigan cherries for this brew, so why does it scream "artificial"? Thin bodied with ample carbonation and a crisp, slick, chalky mouth feel.

I don't know why this beer is not good. Rübæus is great - pure, fresh, natural. Cerise should essentially be the same damn beer, only with cherries. Wrong. Something happened and the flavor/aroma is plagued with off-putting components like vitamins and chalk. One of Founders' weakest offerings. Just wait for Rübæus to be released.

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Photo of neorunner
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass, cloudy rosy red hue with a very thin head that dissipated almost instantly.

S- Not very aromatic, hint of fruit but otherwise very dull.

T- Tart cherry taste in the corners of my mouth. Great berry taste and some spice but that is about where it ends.

M- Light body with no noticeable carbonation.

D- Not a bad cherry beer, could have used a bit more sourness and something to fill out the body after the initial taste.

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Photo of PoolhouseRebel
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bought this hoping Founders could turn me on to a Cherry beer.

Pours a very light red, kind of pinkish. Not much of a head with some lacing.

Smell is pungent cherry, not too sweet though.

Light wheat taste at first and right after the swallow theres a huge tart cherry smack in the mouth.

I really liked the mouthfeel on this. Super smooth, thin but not gassy, just the right amount of carbonation and at 6.5% if it werent for the unpleasant tart cherry taste I could pound a sixer or this easily.

I cringed and puckered up a bit after the first sip tried a little more and gave it to my girlfriend who didn't want to drink it either. Disappointed but I guess the style just isn't for me

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Photo of jwinship83
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- this one pours an amber color with a reddish tint. a large head formed after a vigorous pour. it was fluffy and mostly white with a light pink tint. very different, but not that odd considering what this beer is. the head stayed around for a while, and left spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- even at just below room temp, this beer doesnt smell strongly at all. what i can smell is sweet and tart cherries followed by a little bit of grainy malts.

T- again, very weak. but pleasant. almost cherry juice like. very sweet with a little bit of tartness at the end.

M- medium bodied with an almost nonexistent level of carbonation. very juice like. no trace of alcohol in this one.

D- this beer isnt for me. nothing offensive about it, it just doesnt seem like a beer to me. might be enjoyable on a hot summers day, but i doubt ill give it another shot. glad i bought one and not a four pack. not one of founders better offerings.

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle fresh bottle in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a light pink with a one finger pink head.

The first thing that comes to mind is I would not want to be drinking this in a clear glass at some of the rural establishments I'm forced to frequent with my extended family. Defending my honor would most likely be a physical proposition.

The second thing that comes to mind is, this is different and different is good.

I'll make a painful comparison to the appearance of a wine cooler.

The aroma is just not right. It's musty and lacks identity. It has a canned fruit essence to it, but I can't pick up what kind of fruit.

First couple of sips and I get a strong cherry pie filling flavor. I eat a lot of fresh cherries in the summer so I don't automatically associate cherries with pie filling.

Not overly sweet but it does have a tart tang finish.

A unique beer that I appreciate as well done, just not to my tastes.

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