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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 BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/24/12

A: Pours a ruby red color with a fingers worth of pink head that retains fairly well

S: Tart cherries and some light malts are really the only things that jump out, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a fruit beer. At least the fruit is definitely there

T: Follows the nose, the malts help out the cherries and make it quite balanced between tart and sweet, neither really overpowering. Again though, not much else besides cherries and malt but yet again, not a bad thing for a fruit beer

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Soft

O: A solid, straight on approach to a fruit beer. In this case, it works. Definitely not sickly sweet like some (Lindemans Kriek immediately comes to mind) and not too tart either. Try it out if you like cherries

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at gulu gulu cafe in Salem ma... Poured into Cisco pt glass

A: served a hazy lightly pinkish red. With about a finger of pink foam that recedes nicley and leavs excellent lacing... A nice looking cherry beer.

S: a little tough to smell with all the other aromas around me at the moment. Deffinatly getting a light tussin like cherry cough syrup aroma... Mixed with cherry skin, does not smell very tart or sour to me. But again being in the gulu there are other aromas interfering with my smell.

T: loads of cherry flavor... Flesh and skin, a touch of earthyness in there as well... Deffinatly more of a fruit beer them a sour... There is a touch of tart cherry. But if your lookin for a good cherry fruit beer here yah go.

M: medium bodies with medium carbonation, a little heavy for the style? I think? But still nice and drinkable.... Fluffy mouthfeel.

O: a good beer if you like fruit beers or cherries, or both.... Give this a whirl.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle - dated 05/15/12 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a multifaceted shade of red: like dark red velvet cake towards the top of the body, and almost like a bloody mary towards the bottom and sides. Not opaque, but it has enough (hazy?) darkness to obscure your fingers on the other side of the glass. 1.25 fingers of pale pink head; small bubbles and solid bands of lacing. The best part of this beer's appearance is when you swirl it in the glass - the velvet red of the beer's body splashes into the pink foam to make something beautiful.

There's not much to the nose of this beer, surprisingly. There's some faint cherry notes and some faint spice notes. It's kinda like someone opened up a New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red...from way across the room and you can barely smell it. It's not all fruit, though: the dominant aromas are malty, bready ones. Darker bread.

The very first flavor that comes across is some sort of generic beer flavor. Almost lager-like in its clean, sweet, bready malt flavor. Then the fruit comes in: cherry flavor that sits somewhere in between cherry pie and Ludens Wild Cherry Throat Drops. It's not exactly tart, but the cherry essence goes a bit beyond just sweetness. There's a very small amount of pie spice here; not nearly as much as in Wisconsin Belgian Red. I keep making that comparison because that New Glarus beer is the big gun in the non-Kriek cherry ale category. Does Cerise taste as good as that beer? No. But it's good in its own right.

Overall, this is a easy-drinking and somewhat refreshing cherry beer. I wish it were cheaper, as it is a nice summer heat beer, actually; I'd buy it more often.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled 05/15/12.

A: Pours a bright red with a 1 finger pinkish white head. Fairly opaque but you can still see some carbonation. Head stick around for a while, leaves a hint of lacing.

S: First I get some over-ripened sweet fruits, obviously cherry, but also apple, peach and plum. An earthy aroma as well possibly from the yeast.

T: First taste is slightly sour as my taste buds adjust, cherry is what comes through the most. After my mouth adjusts you can see this certainly has beer like qualities. A nice change from other fruit dominated ales.

M: Medium to full bodied with lower than expected carbonation. A little sticky but overall easy drinking.

Overall good for the summer but not something I would want to drink all day. Even Founders struggles with this difficult style.

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Photo of pisano
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: nice looking deep pinkish red color, slightly hazy, with fleeting pink foamy head. decent lacing.

s: faint sour cherry, lots of sweetness

t: the tartness of the cherries is overwhelmed by the cherry/malt sweetness. also getting a sort of metallic flavor.

m: light to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: not a fan. wish it was more tart than sweet and the metallic flavor was offputting.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founder's Brewing Company. Cerise. Pours a chalky, purple-red, cloudy ale with medium head and extensive linear lacing. Nose is undistinguished, faint, indistinct, maybe some fruit or some bready, maltiness. Taste is sweetish, but not cloying, fruit, but not super-fruit, with fine but not lambic-fine carbonation (I know, this isn't a lambic), but with some nice sourness in the mix. Bready, substantive, meal-like. Can't find a bitter note in the 15 IBU's either (I know, they aren't supposed to be there!). Some funky complexity and fun to try, although, if you want your fruit beer to be a lambic, then you'd better have a lambic, ya know? I liked this, however, to the end.

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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 herman77
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy redish-pink with a light pink tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Not much of a smell to it. Some tart cherries and semi-sweet bready malts.

T: Good mix of sweet and tart cherries. Not too sweet, not too tart. Its got an awesome bready malt backbone that makes it taste like an actual beer. Finishes with a lingering mild cherry tartness.

M: Medium body. Average to lower carbonation. A bit smooth.

O: Really good for drinkability for a fruit beer. I can do a 12oz to myself fairly easily. Well made overall. It's pretty close up there with NG Belgium Red.

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Photo of bnes09
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright strawberry red color. Descent, sudsy head with poor retention and no lacing. Typical for the style.

Sweet and tart aroma, lots of cherries. Mild floral spice for the hops.

Smooth and sweet flavor of cherries, no surprise here. Shortbread malt character blends well with the fruit. Hops are very light with leafy notes. Finish is mildly tart with lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and slick feel without a syrupy texture.

As far as fruity beers go, this is one of the best. Sweetness is satisfying but not overdone. Just the right amount of tart character. Great balance as well. Not a style I will usually drink but exceptional for what it is.

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Photo of WesM63
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Schneider Weisse Flute.

A: Pours a hazy/cloudy cranberry red. Nice little 1-1.5 finger head. Minimal head retention and lacing.

S: The nose is minimal, some malts, alcohol and a hint of sweet cherries.

T: Interesting combination.Tart cherries, sweet malts and cherries with a tart cherry dry finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Not a bad fruit beer on a hot day. I prefer this to others I've had.

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Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy cranberry juice color. Head was medium. Not much lacing.

Nose is faintly fruit and yeast.

Taste is as the name suggests. Cherries!! Yeast and sweetness are also featured. Quite nice carbonation. A good one for hot summer days. A little sweet so wouldn't want to make this a session beer.

Well done for a fruit beer. I have had some better though.

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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a color similar to that of cranberry juice with a very thin head into my glass. Looks great for a cherry beverage?

Either my nose is off or there is no aroma. Just a peek of cherry essence.

Tart, luscious cherries bounce off of my taste buds, leaving sweet traces at the back. The tartness is incredible. Not much else here.

Lingering cherry essence that coats the mouth. Ok, so it's not cough syrup-cherry (which is good) but rather fermented cherry.

Easy to drink and offers something different for the palate. Could be thicker but it's good otherwise.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No Enjoy by date.
Slowly poured into a standard pint glass.

A: The appearance is unique. It poured with a very thin head that quickly disapated. But, while it was there it was very pink with just a touch of a light brown hue. The brew is an opaque wine-like pink with an amber shade.

S: The aroma is of sweet bready malt and some sweet cherry.

M: This brew has a medium to light body and is very smooth and easy drinking with a clean finish.

T: The taste starts out sweet and then some tartness kicks in. It begins with a sweet cherry flavor that is supported by a sweet bready malt backbone. Next, just before it becomes too sweet, some tart tart cherry pushes its way to the forefront to keep things interesting.

O: This is a different take on beer. Maybe cherry-barley wine might be a better description. Lambic drinkers and wine lovers will like this beer, or at least should give it a try. And everyone else might want to try it too, just to experince the broad range of things that can be called beer.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. bottled 04/27/10.

pours a cloudy amber tone with maybe a finger and a half of a creamy white/off-white head that demonstrates modest retention and lacing.

i find the nose to be rather underwhelming... just very subdued. notes of cherry and malt but muted on bother counts, i was expecting more.

intereting flavor profile. tart cherries lead the way up front, followed by a maltiness i get more mid-palate and then some bitterness coming in the finish. not a bad beer, but not doing a lot for me, either; sort of of one-dimesional.

medium bodied/carbed mouthfeel. glad i tried it, and would recommend it to anyone into fruit beers (especially cherry, obviously) but i'm not exactly jonesin' for another.

original review on: 10-14-2010

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Photo of sevenarts
2.37/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy reddish brown, with a slight pink tinge. Not much head or lacing, but a lot of carbonation.

S: Cherries, of course, very tart, and not much else, with just a little malt underneath.

T/M: A mix of sweet and tart cherry flavors dominate, naturally. Not much else going on here, so after a few sips it becomes way too sickly sweet and one-dimensional. Prickly carbonated mouthfeel. I couldn't finish even one bottle.

O: For what it is, this is about as good as expected, but it's just not my thing. The cherries dominate, as of course they should in a cherry beer, but there's not much else to this beer.

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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 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 korguy123
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 0?/23/11
Into tulip

A- In some lights it's dark orange with red highlights. In other lights it's perfectly cherry red. Half finger short lived, tight bubbled white head leaving little lacing.

S- Sweet and tart cherries, slight biscuit from the malts. It's not over the top cherry.

T- Right off the bat a sour blast of cherry, as it moves to the back of your tongue it shifts gears and sweetens up considerably. There is a cookie sweetness that adds a bit of chew to the drink. There really isn't anything more to it than that.

M- Light bodied, slight chew and an onslaught of carbonation.

O- I like cherry beers, I particularly like ones that I don't have to worry to much about heartburn an hour later lol. This is good for what it is, an ale with cherries. Nothing fancy at all but well pulled off. The aroma is a little lacking but the taste takes the reins.

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice hazy medium/pale red pour. Managed to get a medium-sized stark white head with an aggressive pour. Not a lot of lacing but there are specks here and there.

S: Pretty subtle nose. Some tart cherries but not overpowering. A bit of bready malt is about it.

T: Some tart, then sweet cherries. Hints of bready malt in the background, but that's about it.

M: Smooth and crisp.

O: Simple but tasty. Almost pure cherries, but not overpowering or syrupy/sickly sweet. Not like cherry soda either like a lot of fruit beers. I enjoyed it!

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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 Homebrew35
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours half a finger of a tight white bubbled head. Clear reddish pink body. Very good lacing clings to the glass. A small cap and ring of lacing remain.

Smells of tart cheery and cranberries. Bready yeast and sweet malts are there as well.

Tastes like a tart cherry-cranberry champagne. Again some bready yeast and sweet clean malts mix in nicely. Fairly dry and puckering on the finish.

Medium thin bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat coating as it goes down with a lingering tart cherry finish.

Overall this is a solid malt beverage. Fairly simple flavors, tart cherry and malty sweetness. I'd get this again on a hot summer day if I had access to this regularly.

$2 a single.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 6-23-11

A- Pours a lighter golden-yellow with hints of reds hues. Makes it look a little pink. Sizeable head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S- Not tremendously strong or defined. Light grain and possibly cereals coming through with hints of fruitiness. Super-light smelling.

T- Starts off with a tart cherry bang. It really takes you back a little bit. Very tart and somewhat sour. Once the cherry calms down a bit, the blend of flavors really improves. Light grains and little hops bitterness are the base and let the cherry dominate. Needs some balance.

M- Light and refreshing. I can see why this is a summer seasonal. The weight is great for having as many as you want.

Overall, a very different fruit brew. Very natural in fruit flavor, but also somewhat unbalanced. I'll try to have this again fresh so I can get the intended taste profile.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with pink highlights. Develops a thin, pink head that leaves a trace of lacing.

There is subtle cherry with watermelon and strawberry, all rather subdued.

Cerise has a big, tart pucker after the first sip. There are definitely fresh cherries and watermelon to be found in this highly sweet beer. The finish is brief and tart. This is a fine one-note beer.

The body is medium with lively carbonation that quickly cleanses the palate. Alcohol is as expected.

A nice one-off beer that could replace the standard mimosa and is clearly superior to wine coolers. However, this one is far to sweet for a second round.

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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 Beaver13
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours glowing hazy reddish orange with a small head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is some bready malts, a little spice and slightly tart sweet pie cherries.

The flavor is sweet pie cherries with a little tartness and a little wood. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's all about the sweet cherries. Too sweet and one-dimensional for me. A poor man's New Glarus Belgian Red.

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