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Founders Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by philbe311 on 04-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,672
Reviews:
605
Ratings:
1,505
pDev:
14.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,505 |  Reviews: 605
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It certainly looks good. Pinkish foam over a ruby body with orange highlights. It's hazy but it's obviously intended to be. Small particles of yeast can be seen floating within. Unfortunately, the head retention is a bit limited and it dwindles shortly to a thin collar and whispy surface covering.

The nose is fruit-pulp-like with a hint of watermelon rind, strawberry, cherry, and subtle tartness.

The flavor is sweet and tart, bursting with berry and cherry flavor. Intense! It's almost like a Jolly Racher, there's just too much flavor there! I should note however, that unlike candy, there's absolutely nothing artificial about the fruitiness here. Kudos for that!

Overall, it's loaded with cherry, just the right amount of tartness, and it's somewhat spritzy, light, and refreshing. Nicely done! One of the better straightforward fruit beers I've tasted!

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Some sediment in bottom of bottle added to last 1/3 of sample - sediment improved flavor.

Pours a clear golden tone with a tinge of pink/red and a modeast off-white head.

Very nice fruity (cherry) aroma. Smells like real cherry juice; not artificial. Malt backbone in background.

Nice sweet/tart balance with a low level (IBU = 15) bitterness. Excellent flavor but too mild and not quite as tart as I'd like. On the other hand, the aftertaste is mainly a fruity (generic) sourness.

M - medium/light body with little carbonation

Good with spicy food.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby red in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a very mild aroma to this beer with just a little bit of natural cherry (including some tartness and some sweetness).

T: This beer has a moderate to strong flavor of natural cherries that introduces both sweetness and tartness. There is a light amount of malt sweetness but overall this beer is very well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink but not really a flavor profile that is sessionable to me. I enjoyed this beer and would probably have another at some time in the future.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin pink head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of cherry flavor. Then a thin malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence to create a decent balance. I was expecting it to be a bit more tart but the cherry flavor isn’t overdone. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a cherry-flavored beer that has some substance to it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed in Spring 2009. Review input from notes.

Pours a reddish-pink mixed with a wee bit of brown. The aroma is that of tart cherries with hints of sweetness. The taste brings out even more cherry flavor, coming full on at your palate. There is a slight tartness to it as well. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, a fantastic fruit beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light link foam on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The Joan settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Cherrys, dark bread, and light herbal hops.

T - Sweet and sour cherry up front with some candy sugar notes. The fruit becomes more distinctly tart in the middle and things finish with dark fruit, toffee, and a touch of herbal hop character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbon, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is unusually drinkable for a non sour fruit beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Love this beer!

A great cherry beer. Not strong and syrupy like a kriek, but instead a simple fruit beer, light and smooth, with just the right amount of cherry in there. Pours slightly hazy, orange-brown with a nice white head. Cherries in the nose, but not too pronounced, accompanied by light malts and some caramel sugar. Taste of sweet cherries with a tartness following, and a smooth maltiness to finish off, and just a bit of breadiness. Medium-light mouthfeel, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear rose, with a 1/2 finger of tight pinkish-white head. Retains with a thin, yet foamy look, that leaves back some great looking thick lacing that COATS the sides of the glass. The aroma is straight up tart cherry juice that is mixed in with sugary bread and some really spicy and floral hop character. This mix actually gives this a bit of a spicy and fruity cookie feel. This isn't quite full in the nose but what's there is fairly vibrant.

The taste is pretty much exactly the same as the aroma but a little more robust. A flush of juicy tart cherries that's backed by a sugary doughy sweetness and some moderately assertive spicy hop bitterness. Finishes with some residual fruity sweetness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a relatively prickly feel to the carbonation that then mellows out towards the back of the swallow. The sharpness up front really helps the spicy hops pop. This actually drinks pretty good for the size, as I didn't really pick up a whole lot of beef in the body.

All around pleasant new fruit beer here from Founders. I dug the authenic taste of the cherries and this was definitely a steady sipper at 6.5% ABV. I think this one's at least worth checking out.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – White head doesn’t amount to much, but what’s there stays awhile. Bright copper orange body with pink hues and highlights – a really interesting color.

S – Soft, tart dark cherry and cherry pits. Hint of copper. Wax candles. Lightly bready.

T – Tart raspberry up front. Downshifts a shade darker and earthier in the center with black cherries and pits. Citrus pith and sweet white grape on the finish, especially as it warms.

M – Medium body is silky smooth. Low carbonation, but pleasant for the style.

O – Not overly sweet. I think a little age did this beer well.

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Photo of billab914
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a reddish copper color with a thin and dense white head to it. The head had some decent retention to it and left a bit of lacing.

The aroma is fairly light overall. I'm getting some sweet cherry juice with a little tartness to it but not much else overall.

The taste shows a lot of sweet cherry juice throughout the flavor. It has a little tartness to it but definitely leans heavily on the sweeter side. It's a pretty nice real cherry juice flavor and doesn't taste extracty at all which is a plus. Unfortunately it seems pretty one dimensional with cherry juice the only big flavor that comes through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It felt a little syrupy overall though. Drinkability was OK, it was a little too sweet and a little too reliant on the cherry juice flavor overall. I would have liked a bit more beer flavors to come through though. If someone blindfolded me and told me this was cherry juice instead of a beer I'd definitely believe them.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rosy orange color. Nearly clear. Moderate head but it leaves some spotty lace.

Sour strawberry. Smells a bit like a milkshake. Strong sweetness, raw sugar?

Sour cherry pie without the chew. Definitely a dessert beer; would go well with cheese. Good body with light carbonation. Sour-sweet aftertaste that is lip-smackingly long.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours apricot with a finger of cream colored head. Nice viscosity to this, above average head retention & stellar lacing

S: Metallic hops & a bit of orchard fruit

T: Apricot & cherry up front, along with a bit of candi sugar sweetness. Cherry juice & a touch of raisin as this warms, more candi sugar peach juice & dryness too. Finishes with some cherry sweetness & tartness (finally) * some white grapes as well

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & syruppy quality to it

Drinks pretty easy, but not enough going on here to hold me for than a few> Better than most fruit beers, but they aren't in the same league a New Glarus' fruitty beers IMO. Probably one of a few Founders brews that doesn't impress me

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an appropriately cherry-hued body that's a tad hazy and layered with a small-sized, wispy, white head.

Smell: Juicy, ripe cherries provides some sweet-scented accents, but mostly tart notes come through. Also, some meager hints of spice.

Taste: Cherries! With a well-balanced intermingling of both toothsome sweetness and puckering tartness. There's an apparent maltiness to the beer, but, really, it just seems to serve as a modest base for the added fruit. Pinch of cinnamon in the background. Very subtle hint of bitterness. Still, the beer finishes with final sweet/tart flourishes and that cinnamon note moving to the front.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: An ideally refreshing cherry beer and one I enjoyed. It's no New Glarus Belgian Red, but it's no slouch, either. Give it a try if you're an admitted fan of fruit beers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one!

A: Pours a clear ruby/orange with a very small head that dissipated quickly. Small circles of foam on the sides, but not what I would call lacing.

S: Cherries and some spicyness, and some rye. Slightly alcoholic as well.

T: Sour cherries and then malts and spices. Has a weak finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, with less carbonation than expected. Nice sour component as well. Overall, it is a well made beer, but just not really my thing. I like it, but would never want more than one.

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Photo of duceswild
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Sendbeer.

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Imperial Pint Glass.

Pours an amber red, with about 1 fingers worth of a reddish tinted head. Smell is of cherry, juice, sugar, and a little bit of grain. Taste is cheery, almost cheery juice like. I don't get any sense of alcohol. Some of the reviews mention a sourness, but I don't get much perhaps a slight tartness. Taste is also sweet. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate amount of carbonation. I get some creaminess on the swallow.

For someone who doesn't like cherries by themselves, I surprising enjoyed this beer. Solid offering from Founders.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Cerise is an odd, although not unappealing, shade of bright reddish orange. The whipped creamy crown is cherry blossom pink and is starting to leave sudsy patches of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. Much more sticks once the beer falls with drinking. It's a good look and is perfectly in keeping with the style.

After a single sniff, it's obvious that tart (Michigan) cherries are the centerpiece of this beer. That doesn't mean the nose is aromatic enough, because it isn't. Rubaeus was bursting with raspberries, so I'm not sure why this one isn't bursting with cherries.

Fruit beers don't need to hit the drinker over the head, but they do need to be more bold than this. The total amount of flavor is roughly half of what it is in the Sam Smith Organic Fruit Beers. If you think that's okay because you don't love cherries, then what the hell are you doing drinking a cherry fruit beer?

Founders did a better job with Cerise than with Rubaeus in one way (and only one way). This offering has a moderate sweetness, which is a nice complement to the fruity tartness. Bitterness is virtually absent (15 IBUs), as it should be in most beer of this style. The finish lingers for a bit, and is where the fruit flavor makes its biggest splash.

It looks like appearance and mouthfeel are the highlights. The sugars are on the high side (let's go with moderately to significantly sweet), which lends a lightly syrupy quality. The bubbles are fine and dandy, being neither too prominent nor too scarce.

Word is, Cerise is a replacement for Rubaeus, presumably due to the relative costs of the fruit. That's a shame because the raspberry beer is better than the cherry beer. Oh well, there's plenty of other stuff from Founders to love. Like most all of it.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid offering here. I had heard this one was out for a while now, but I had never gotten around to actually trying it. After a month or so, I was delighted to be able to receive one if the mail. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one while cooking out on 05/31/2009.
 
The pour was nice, light pink in color with a light fizzy head of white on top. Nice amounts of carbonation were tossed in as well and the overall look of it was very very, and very light. Smooth, mellow aroma of cherries here with a very nice balance struck between the tartness and light sweet notes that permeated throughout. Lightly dry on the finish here and the fruit flavor was done in such a way as to not take overall offense to it. Rather this was not a big, fruit heavy flavored beer, it was nice and clean, crisp, refreshing. Very solidly done with a light, easy drinkable nature to it that made the day go by quick.
 
Overall an easy drinking, smooth, clean and very seasonable light fruit beer. I would have no issue at all with having this again any day, In fact I think it would be well worth it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Amber body with a reddish tint. I expected a significantly redder color, really. It's no Blushing Monk. No head, really, and no lacing at all.

Smell - Sweet malt and a bready aroma that reminds me of Strawberry Short's Cake. The cherry isn't apparent until the end of the smell when the other aromas fade away.

Taste - Much more cherry-centric, but still retains some beer-like flavors. Sweet caramel malt and, again, a bready malt. Cherry tartness builds throughout and finishes with a slight sweetness that reminds of a cherry syrup, unfortunately. Otherwise, the cherry flavor is nice.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation makes it a bit heavy and that syrupy flavor at the end adds to it. Otherwise, it's easy drinking and quite clean.

Overall - Nothing terribly impressive. A simple, sustained cherry flavor. Not my favorite style, so I wouldn't seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn my nose up to it either.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this beer w/ tenderbranson69, thanks for the chance -served chilled in a double walled tumbler.

A - A beautiful red w/ an orange accent lightly hazed from chill w/ a quickly dissipating faint pink head. Bubbles stream lazily up and the lace appears like confetti on the glass.

S - A sweet juice-like cherry scent. The subtle stone fruit essence is there like the scent of liquid cherry pie.

M - The texture is mild and moderately light in body for the strength w/ a gentle malt feel and acid of cherry w/ med light carbonation. The carbonation carries a mild sweetness to the tip of the tongue

T - A slightly creamy sweet malt flavor is quickly enveloped by a tart yet sweet red cherry taste. The flavor has a sweet dry push/pull w/ a tasty malt echo and hint of spice from hops as it finishes w/ more cherry juice as it leaves the teeth feeling softer. The flavor is very natural and has flavor of soda in places. Very tasty and nice balance of sweet and tart cherry w/ malt.

D - Like drinking natural cherry soda, you forget it is beer. It really is one of the best fruit beers out there since it is so light and refreshing and incorporates the fruit so well.

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,505 ratings
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