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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 MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/8/12

a: This is a beautiful orange tinged, red ale with fairly good clarity. The long lasting off-white head picks up a slight pink hue.

s: The nose is fairly subtle on this beer with an initial moderately-low tartness in the aroma followed by moderate cherry aroma. There is a light malt sweetness and barely any hops aroma with just a hint of alcohol.

t: There is moderately cherry flavor with a moderately-high cherry tartness. The tartness is offset by a malty sweetness with the the balance slightly in favor of the tartness. There is just enough malt character and hops bitterness to let you know you're drinking a beer. Although it is somewhat sweet to start it ends with a dry finish.

m: This beer has a medium-high body with a moderately-low carbonation.

o: This is good beer with a pleasing cherry flavor and tartness with just the right balance of sweetness. The cherry flavor is spot on but I would like a stronger cherry presence in the nose.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mix 6 pack while on vacation in NC. Basically anything I have tried from FOunders has been nothing but stellar so I figured even though it looked weird I would try it.

Not going to do the normal review as this type of beer is definitely not my style. This was SURPRISINGLY good. Smelled like a porter with cherries and looked like a nice lager. Refreshing and delicious flavor as well. A solid beer with hints of cherry on the palate.

The one thing was worried about was that this beer was going to be a sour, perhaps things like this are what introduces people to the real sours and I can see it being a gateway beer for me. Nicely down Founders!

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Photo of waltonc
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pink/red color with white head.
S and T: Predominated by tart cherries. Not overly sweet or complex.
M: Light to medium body with significant carbonation. Just right for the style.
D: Pretty high. This is a very refreshing beer to enjoy on a warm day. I enjoyed one while grilling steaks yesterday.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light red color that fades to pink when held up to light. The head is small and pink, and recedes into almost no lacing within seconds. The aroma balanced between malt and cherries. The cherry character is more like a sweet cherry juice than a tart kriek beer. The taste, however, has the tartness in vast amounts. There is a little malt detectable in the background, but it is really all about the cherries. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, I'm quite impressed with this beer. The aroma could use some tweaking, but everything else is very nice.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Piraat tulip. Two fingers of rose hued foamed formed instantly. The head dissipated rather quickly, leaving behind a bunch of lace. The body is an opaque brick color with orange edges and a center that approaches ruby in color.

The nose is sort of a let down...sort of medicinal and grainy...malts in the background.

Luckily the taste is nothing like the nose. The grassy flavors are there, but very minor. The sour cherries dominate here. They are subtle at first, but come roaring out toward the center and caues your lips to almost pucker at the finish.

Medium bodied...with a bunch of carbonation.

What can you say...everything Founders outs out seems to be great. This is a super good beer for this time of the year!

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Photo of cradke
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light ruby red. Big pink hues when held to light. Really nice fine head. Good lacing and carbonation trails from the bottom.

Smell: Sweet cherries. Sugar, with some tart. Really nice and sweet but not as floral and pronounced as I would have hoped

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries. Nice clear aftertaste. Not a whole lot of depth but very nice and refreshing. I really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin but I tend to enjoy that with this flavor of beer. The carbonation plays really well with the tart flavor of the cherries and create a nice pairing.

Overall: A great summer sipper beer. Tart, refreshing, smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright grapefruit orange, hazy with a slight ring of white foam on top of the beer.

S: Nearly all sour cherry pie smell, although not particularly strong. Sweet, a bit tart, with some spices in the background. I get no real malt or hop smell at all.

T: Sweet and tart cherry pie again. Some medicinal taste takes away some from the cherries, though. Pretty straight forward, but tasty. Really no hint of the relatively high ABV.

M: Good carbonation with a fairly thick mouthfeel that is surprising a bit given the ABV and style.

O: This beer goes down extremely quickly and easily. This is becoming a staple in my fridge and I turn to it often.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very light combination of red and caramel, lending a pink color to the beer overall. With a moderate pour, there is an off-white head of one finger which disappears quickly.

S: The smell of cherries is very upfront here. They contribute a nice fruity sweetness to the beer. This is backed by some light caramel malts and roasted flavors as well as some citrus notes.

T: The taste of cherries is unmistakable but also superbly balanced. Both sweet and tart, the fruit flavor is strong but stops just short of being overpowering. This is still a beer with fruit flavor, not a fruity drink that vaguely resembles a beer. There are some light malt flavors to complement the cherries, giving the beer a fuller, more complex flavor than most fruit beers.

M: Very light and nicely carbonated.

O: Quite possibly my favorite fruit beer I’ve ever had. Tastes strongly of sweet and tart cherries but is pretty balanced. Incredibly light, sweet and drinkable.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off bottle into 25oz wine glass.

The large glass allows plenty of light to pour in, which shows a glowing red hue, cloudy, with hot red highlights toward the bottom of the glass. The head starts out thin, then disappears to little bubbly islands.

Overall, very light aromas. There is a bit of a pleasant sour, along with a bit of maraschino cherry. Somewhat peppery.

There is tartness, but it doesn't seem to be too overwhelming, and is actually balanced somewhat well by the sweeter syrupy cherry flavors. Medium bodied with higher carbonatoin.

For a tart beer, very enjoyable, and actually refreshing. The cherry was a nice touch. I'm looking forward to the other three bottles. Recommended.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a mix and match for 2.50. I wish I could find a case (or at least in a variety case) because this has become one of my favorite cherry ale's!

A - Hazy pinkish in color.
S - Tart cherry's
T - It was exactly the tartness I wanted with an almost candy tasting cherry flavor! Good beer hoppy flavor in the finish but mostly malty.
M - Coats the mouth well and every sip was a treat
D- Most would say a few but I could drink the entire 4 pack in a row with no problems.

Overall a great ale from founders next to the pale ale and Scottish ale respectively. I could drink this every week!

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice true amber red with a nice smallish sized head that doesn't dissipate.
Smell: Nice tangy cherry aroma that almost smells like a real cherry preserve.
Taste: Tangy sour and sweet at first sip. However, the sweetness is not artificial. These taste like true Michigan cherries and the beer has a bold/complex fruit flavor
Drinkability/Mouthfeel: Nice tickling carbonation and very easy on the palate. The main thing I liked was this ran the gambit of not being too sweet while still maintaining 6.5% alcohol.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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 megahurts4
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Cerise
On draft at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

Appearance: rose red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: grain and light cherry.

Taste: nice malt, pleasant cherry, and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a very pleasant brew. It is very smooth and the flavors mesh very well. It is a perfect summer drink.

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Photo of mscudder
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe. Dated 5/15/12.

A - Pours a crystal-like red, perhaps a tint of pint. A pale pink head with average lacing.

S - I am getting a large amount of bready malts on the nose. A bit of sweetness/tartness but nothing that identifies directly to cherries.

T- Wow a fantastic blend of tart and sweet. Not to harsh on either side and well balanced. I really enjoy how the bready malts give some depth to the beer, rather than being a pure-fruit/vegetable brew. Drinkable and would be happy to have another.

M - Rich, smooth and a bit of a syrupy/chewy finish. This catagory seems to be locked down by Founders, for almost all of there beers are worthy of a 4+. Well done.

O - A fine cherry beer to be concise but I must mention that this reminds me of the Blushing monk in many ways. That said, it reminds me of all the things that the Blushing Monk did better with raspberries. Ergo, worthy of having but not the best!

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Photo of raverjames
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A golden reddish hue with no haze. Must be well filtered. 1 finger white head.
S: Cherries. Sweet Cherries. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: Pie cherries with a light allspice aftertaste. There are some biscuit like malts in there. Very nice.
M: Semi-dry (or semi-sweet) and slightly tart. Lots of carbonation.
D: I love this beer, but one glass is enough. Just a tad too sweet to be an easy drinker. The cherry flavors pair well with mild cheeses and fruity desserts. Founders really doesn't make a bad beer, and this is proof. The fruitiest and strangest brew still tastes great.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnished copper color with some decent head ad cice lacing. Excellent cherry scent, with just a hit of malts in there with it. Nice tart flavor, wonderful cherry attributes that don't overwhelm, with just a hint of hops and a nice malty hit going through it. Goes down fairly smooth, but does have an odd mixture of after tastes.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotted at the FLBC in ithaca.

The beer pours a slightly red-amber with a thin white head. The head falls flat quickly and there is no sediment/haze.

No medicinal cherry flavor, instead there are light cherries and sugar sweetness. This is definitely better than expected. No particular aroma is too pungent and it doesn't become any more aromatic when it warms.

Very well balanced cherries and sugar, I'm glad I consumed most of it for dessert. There is a little ginger spiciness and no gross Nyquill aftertaste.

Medium body that leans more on the syrupy end, but not in a gross way. Very bold sweetness upfront with a hint of tart cherries that mainly act as the beer's dryness-factor after swallowing. Very drinkable and the ethanol is completely hidden.

This is a relatively hard to get beer in CNY, but it's worth trying. For its price this is a sophisticated cherry beer that would impress both your lady and guy friends...However, it's definitely worth waiting until dessert (considering its sweetness).

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Photo of johnd513
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep rose color with a thin offwhite head. Smells of tart cherries. Simple, but right on for a fruit beer. The taste is cherries and that's it really. The mouthfeel has a light body with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is surprisingly really good. I opened this one (the first one in the 4-pack) after a long day and was worried that a fruit beer like this might not satisfy my fix. I am not usually a fan of fruit beers but this one is top notch. Simple, to the point, does not pretend to be anything its not. This may be my favorite fruit beer to date.

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Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into apilsener glass.

Very lovely to look at, hazy dusky rose with amber highlights...light pinkish head and copious lacing left down the sides of the glass. Very nice look that immediately says fruit.
Nose is muted hops with very fresh natural cherry aroma...not especially strong. Mouthfeel is crisp fresh and light, a refreshing brew, nice effervescence. The flavor is quite tart with very natural cooked cherry flavor. The fruit is well-integrated into this brew, not at all an added-on flavor effect. Bitter cherry plays well with mild hoppy bitterness, but the balance is quite well done. The finish is long and in that is where sweetness makes itself apparent...a nice effect, balanceing the prominent bitterness. One of the better fruit beers.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

$3.49 / ea.

A: Hazy copper body that tends toward red with an enormous light peach head that slowly recedes leaving generous foamy lace and a thick rocky cover.

S: Sour cherries and sweet bready malt. No hop aroma. Smells like desert!

T: Sour cherry flavors dominate over a sweet malt backbone. No bitterness, and very little aftertaste. Very one dimensional, but that dimension is worth the cost of admission. Very well executed.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation. Viscous sugar feel on the tongue and a strong carbonic bite that goes well with the tart flavors.

D: The style itself doesn't generally lend itself to sessioning, but it is flavorful without being overpowering. Great on a warm summer evening, or as an after dinner drink.

O: I only had one to try, but I will be sure to pick up several packs of this next season to share with friends and family.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this from Founders Tap Room. The bottle date is blurred?! Can't be to stale though.

Pours really pink/red and looks beautiful with a nice white head. Really bubbly.

The smell is of cherries, but does not blast out of the gat by any means. A let down.

Cherries are up front on the taste with a sour following. It's pretty refreshing I must admit. It had such a good cherry flavor(not fake-REAL, it's hard to not like. I have had the bourbon barrel version of this and it's much better. This is one dimensional, but Nywego is better.

Carbs are high and mouthfeel is thin.

Refreshing fo sho, but not the beer I'm wanting to settle down with.

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Photo of zachary80
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/15/12

Light pink head with good retention and lots of lacing. Body is a darker red, slight brown hues. Similar to a lambic.

Aroma is pure cherry - tart and lightly sweet.

Flavor is also dominated by cherry but with a little more complexity on the finish. The cherry is really great in this beer, I just wish there was something else too it.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing notable. Maybe a little on the heavier side, and somewhat smooth.

Overall an enjoyable, super-cherry beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled on 5/24/12. Pours a candy apple red, with a half inch of bright white head, that leaves some lace. Smell is cherry and vanilla, not complaining. Taste is very cherry, but not over the top. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and perfect on a hot day. This is a cherry beer and a very good one. Not for everyone, but Founders does it again.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is one of the ugliest looking beers I've seen in awhile. Reminds me of that Bud Chelada crap. A reddish murky funk sitting in this glass. Small pinkish head on top. Little lace sticks to the glass.

Nice crisp body, yet subtly smooth. Flavors of tart cherries, but nothing puckering. Also some honey-kissed biscuits, and the faintest of hops. Bitterness is low. This was quite refreshing and surprisingly drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice, pinkish-red rose color.

Cherry in the nose blends well with the crackerish malt and a hint of caramel and lavender.

Tastes quite a bit better than it smells with a blast of tart cherries up front and pleasant, sweet malt combining to make a nice experience. It has plenty of cherry without being medicinal and a hint of vanilla for a dessert like feel.

While it's not New Glarus or Cantillon, it's still a fine fruit/dessert beer.

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