Founders Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

Founders CeriseFounders Cerise
BA SCORE
3.62/5
1,504 Ratings
Founders CeriseFounders Cerise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by philbe311 on 04-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,137
Reviews:
605
Ratings:
1,504
pDev:
14.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
93
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,504 |  Reviews: 605
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Beer Engine, Cleveland. Finally got around to rating this one. Reddish coloued boy, a little retained head that is soapy. Well malted down only somewhat tart cherry taste. Its OK, and that's all that seems intended.Average mouthfeel carbonation is right there.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: quarter finger rapidly dissipating pink head on a red, clear body.

S: cherries and strawberries with hints of pale malts. light aroma though.

T: tart cherrys and black cherry flavors that taste more like grenadine or syrup than the fruit. This one is borderline too sweet for my liking.

M: medium body, coats the palate, moderate carbonation.

Overall: It definitely is what it says it is and doesnt hold back without being overdone although it approaches that line.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light red with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt and some fruity cherry aromas. Taste is of malt and sour cherry flavors. There is a sour/acidic quality that lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. There is a high level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit beer with a nice sour cherry flavor. A good refreshment for the hot summer months.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a weird one. pours majorly cloudy pink color, like pepto bismol almost. small lacey white head. not totally appetizing in appearance, but most certainly intriguing. smells like cherries and an overdoese of yeast. not a sour beer, but soe definite tartness going on. flavor isnt bad at all, lots of fresh cherries, which is the dominant flavor by far, but some interesting yeast character and a crisp finish. mouthfeel is weird, this is a heavy beer in a lighter genre, its almost too much to drink a glass of this, let alone several. good carbonation but kind of chalky. overall i am glad i tried this, but this assuredly isnt the brew that made founders famous. not bad, very out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had Cerise twice and the first time it was fresh the second time it had a few months of age on it. The beer didn't seem to change a whole lot other than the flavor a little bit. The beer still poured out as an interesting looking golden color. The head was white and lasted for a while. The smell of the beer has some tart cherry aromas coming off of it. The taste is a mix of sweet and tart cherry it seems. It's sweeter when it's fresh but leaves a sharp tart flavor in the aftertaste. When the beer is a little older it tastes more sour I think. The mouthfeel is a well carbonated and fairly drinkable. Overall it's an interesting brew for sure. I still prefer Sam Adams Cherry Wheat over this and NG Belgian Red.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's clear red in color; there's a small bit of pink head and not much visible carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: There is a great balance between sweet and tart flavors; the tartness of the cherries really stands out but isn't overpowering because of the strong presence of sweetness from the malts. The cherries don't taste as sweet as Lindemans Kriek and the fruity flavor seems more natural.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little bubbly.
D: The beer is definitely easy to drink and goes down smoothly. It's a pretty good beer for this particular style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a fruit-forward beer Cerise doesn't offend the non-fruit beer drinker, but gives a bold cherry taste that will appeal to fruit lovers in general.

The pour brings a decisive mauve color of Ruby Red Grapefruit. Hazy pink with some bolder, ruby hues. Ample carbonation delivers a formitable, upfront foamstand that falters with low-lying malt protiens. A pectin haze gives the appearance of mild wheat.

Both the aroma and flavor are soaked in fresh cherry character that straddle the fence of real cherries and confectionates. Still, a background of malt base stands firm and doesn't let the cherry notes dominate completely. The beers light hopping and more subtle pleasantries are difficult to detect because of the full cherry flavor. Still, this is a beer and never confuses itself with wine coolers or overly sugary beverages.

The body is a bit light, some would say thin because of the tartness of the cherries and the weakness of the base beer. Again, the cherry additions do not make the beer cloying, sticky-sweet, or void of texture.

Since fruit and beer has a long and loyal history, Founders' proud summer seasonal celebrates what's best about their popular and local cherry crops.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/13/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

Strangely it glows crimson in indirect light, and is a saturated orange when backlit. The white foam also takes on a pinkish hue, all due to the cherry puree listed on the label. Sticky defined crown of lace inside the glass, three dimensional and dripping downwards.

Aroma is cherry and minerally cider, all natural distinctive fruit characteristics.

Flavor is a touch sweet, which lingers until the aftertaste. Big Michigan pie cherry and faintly malty breadiness that one can't help but associate with flaky pie crust. Dry finish, clean and not cloying at all. Low level astringency, similar to cherry juice. This is very tasty (provided you like cherries) and not just another sweetened fruit beer. Authenticity reigns, leave it to Founders to brew a successful Michigan cherry ale...

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pink lemonade color with a bubbly pink cap that leaves a few splashes here and there

Smell: Tart cherry aroma

Taste: Starts out with a subtle sweet cherry flavor that is joined by the tart fruit and builds in both directions by mid-palate, with just a hint of malt underneath; after the swallow, the tart flavors prevail and linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not something I would drink everyday, but a well-executed fruit beer that blends both sweet and tart flavors nicely together

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish pink color with a small, ivory head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of cherry, a mix of tart and sweet.

T - Obviously there is a tons of cherry taste. A good blend of tart and sweetness.

M - It had a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting fruit beer. However, I couldn't really have more than one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright pink color ale with a large pink bubbly head with minimal retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium sour cherries with some discernable malt. Taste is also dominated by sour cherries though malt bill is present but somewhat neutral. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well done with good balanced and not cloying in any way.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled 5/13/11. Pours slightly hazy light orange amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with very nice retention that reduces to a decent sized lacing cap. Some fairly thick lacing is present on the glass as well. Aromas of tart cherries, peach, breadiness and a bit of funkiness and spiciness. Pretty nice aromas, though a tad weak. Taste of big tart cherries, with breadiness, spices, and big sweetness in the back. Wow, this actually tastes just like cherry pie. Fairly dry finish, but some tart cherries, spiciness, and breadiness does stick around for a bit. Medium carbonation and body. Very drinkable as well, with no alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it is Founders, and they pretty much have never let me down. Excellent stuff, I might have to pick up a 4 pack before they are gone for the season.

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Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a peach pink mixture. Head is hued light pink. Good lace along with some decent retention. Pretty appealing beer.

Aroma is very light. Tart cherries, but that's all I am getting. It is good, but too light for me.

Taste is of very tart cherries and a mixture of berries. Maybe a slight like leines berrywiesse, but way better in quality and taste. Has some raspberries and strawberries here.

Mouthfeel is very tart. Medium bodied and well carbonated. I really like the sour pucker with this beer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It was refreshing and nice for a hot summer day. I could easily drink another. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,504 ratings
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