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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 cnjohn19
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

very up and down with this one...pours a strong pale red with a contrasting white head...but it disappears right away...i'm getting no strong smells...malts are there but not like i thought they would be in this malt beverage...but, very delicious...malt smoothness and sweet cherries dominate...if you just were judging by taste, this beer would do'll see what i'm talking about...

i really wish this brew was more dry and finished with a dry spumante-type finish...but, see what you think...i'd buy a single and stay away from the 4-pack unless you have friends who might enjoy...

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Photo of Jenkster4
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Founders Snifter.
Look: Sort of a ruby red. Pretty translucent, and a fingers worth of head on the topside.

Nose: Nothing that really smacks you in the face. Some grainy notes along with some faint sourness from the cherry.

Taste: You get some tart from the cherries, and a sweet malt taste. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries.

Mouth: This is a smooth easy- drinking beer. Rather refreshing.

Overall: Not a bad offering. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't think I would seek out for it, however.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good color and average retention and lacing. Smells very strongly of cherries with lots of background sweetness. Taste is way on the sweet side with a bit of sourness to it as well. Too sweet for me. Body is appropriately medium, but drinkability is low for me because of that overpowering sweetness.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a glass this brew was a rose color with a quickly evaporating head leaving no lacing
S-Sour cherries and malt aromas that are not distint but present
T-Tart cherry. It almost doesn't taste like a beer but rather a cherry hard cider drink. The malts and bitterness of the hops are present as afternotes.
M-Thin and no carbonation. This brew feels like it is stale or flat.
D-There is just not enough going on with this brew to get too excited about it. Just average for this style.

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Photo of Lothar666
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle I grabbed in a mixed six at Nikki's Liquors.

Appearance - Poured a rosy or garnet red body with a frothy white head that left some pretty light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A faint fruity or floral aroma. Nothing spectacular but not awful.

Taste - Hints of sweet malt overpowered by tart cherries; the sourness is off putting to me but might be appreciated by someone who enjoys wine.

Mouthfeel - It drinks almost like a lambic or a goze, but the body is very thin.

Overall not a horrible example of the style, and definitely one that would appeal to those who enjoy fruit / vegetable beers or lambics. I think I had higher expectations for this one simply because everything else I have ever had from this brewery has been so phenomenal, but this one is definitely still worth a try.

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

Poured into a 9 oz plastic tumbler- (number 8 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday).

A- No head, even after a vigorous pour. Hazy golden color with slight amber hue (very slight). Almost no lacing.

S- Hard to get strong aromas from this ale- slight notes of hop and sweet hard candy- definate notes of the cherry presence.

T- Tart up front (hint of sour), followed by notes of the cherry with an twinge of sweet on the finish (interesting combination!) Feels like the kind of flavor you either like or you don't- as my tasting partner was firmly in the "don't" camp. I however liked it for it's diversity and differing character.

M- Good on the tongue- slight fizz, medium body, refreshing.

D- This is more of a warm weather brew- and interesting mix between a fuller, medium body amber ale with tart fruit notes.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this really a beer? Who cares is what I say. It's pretty darn good and definetly something to search out if you want a different experience. It looks like cherry 7-up and smells like a bowl full of cherries. The taste is wine-cooler, but refined, expertly crafted wine cooler. I don't know if I would want more then one, but on a hot day as your first drink for the evening this will do you quite nicely. If you want to rip it because it doesn't really seem like a beer, I suppose I can understand. To me, it was a fun and refreshing experience.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured slightly hazy and coppery in color with a thin white head

S - Tart dark cherries

T - Slight sweetness from the grain bill, with a noticeable tart cherry profile.

M - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation with a clean tart aftertaste

O - As others have noted, I felt this was slightly one dimensional. It's an easy drinking fruit beer that doesn't have the fake or overdone fruit flavors that many do.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed In a tulip glass. 

A: pours a nice golden orange color with about a finger head that is a large bubbled white color. That leaves light lacing when dissipates. 

S: has a very fruity aroma to it, mostly cherry scent but a slight citrusy nose as well. 

T: Slightly tart flavor, mostly a nice cherry taste 

M: strong carbonation. nice light body. Tart after taste. 

Overall, for a fruity beer, very well done. Easily drinkable, fruity but very good balance. Not incredible, but pretty good, might be priced a bit high. 

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Photo of viverlee
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The dreaded fruit beer, it’s like smoking or sex with a six. I know I shouldn’t but I do.

STYLE: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: All it needs is a lemon twist. It has more of a ladies’ night cosmo vibe than any beer I’ve had before. Full cherry and raspberry red, lightly carbonated, and a well-shaken cloudiness. What surprises me the most is the stickiness. This isn’t #9.

NOSE: Um? No cherries? Well, that’s maybe not fair, but really no cherries? I’ll be blunt, it smells mostly like poster board. The kind you present your science fair project with. There is a captive cherry in there somewhere dying to get out, lost, I believe, in the successful desire to balance the maltiness with the tartness.

MOUTH: Soft cherry, red apple peel, and grape skins. Not overwhelming at all, I dig it. It needs a bit more acidity, however. Some lemon hoppiness could do this brew a world of good. I was expecting a shock-and-awe cherry bomb and am happy to report it’s actually quite mild, quite balanced … from a flavor profile. It is, unfortunately, a bit flat on the tongue, again missing some kind of pop. Try it, yes. Love it, eh.

Beeradvocate Rating: 83

Hayward Abbey Rating: 79

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Photo of rugerj
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a slightly dark red color with a nice 1 finger pink head. Head dissipates quickly but nice lacing is left in glass. Smell is of semi sweet cherries and sweet malt. Taste is of cherry and sweet malt, very similar to the crust of a cherry pie, good balance or sweet and tart cherries. Carbonation was good, nothing over the top.

For a fruit beer, this is one of the better ones I have had. If you are going to make one, make sure the fruit is the showcase. In the case of this beer, it certainly is.

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Photo of darkstar12
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20-ounce pilsner glass

A: Dark ruby red color. Poured with a thin head that dissipated after a minute or so. Decent lacing.

S: no big surprise, smells like sour cherries

T: Very sour cherry flavor, with a sharp bite at the end.

M: Pretty thin body. almost champagne-like carbonation.

O: Nice to try as an experiment, may have one now and then.

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Photo of EGledhill
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 2 of these to get the 6pk price break on my 4pk of KBS... Yeah i got no shame for a discount.

A. Kinda looks like Killians... Red body, thin white head...Nothing impressive

S. like funky fruit juice with malt...Again, nothing impressive.

T. Fuckin A! It's like a sour cherry pop with a bit of maltiness... I'm diggin it

M. good feel to it. goes with the beer.

D. easy drinker. I could probably toss back a few of these with ease. The tartness may be a problem but we'll cross that bridge when we get there

Overall, I'll have another

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Photo of chrisgn
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly as it claims to be. It is a great combo of tart and sweet. Both of those characteristics come through from the cherries. It is thin in body and light in carbonation head, but fits as Founders Spring/Summer Seasonal. This is an excellent example of a fruit beer.

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Photo of milliCAN
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Violently poured into a tulip.

This beer looks like dessert. A nice red tint to the foamy head.

It smells of wet lumber to me but in the best way possible, like walking outside after a rain to go back to splitting logs.

The taste is a pleasant tart and a dry finish like a Malbec. As it warms up I have a hard time not downing it in large gulps.

Overall I like this beer a lot.I wish I had more.

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

A: Pours a cloudy rose color with a light pink head that diminishes to a ring that doesn't lace.

S: Even at the right temperature the aromas are somewhat muted. Cherries are the obvious and expected tones but it has both sweet and tart. Not much else in there except a little spice.

T: Follows the nose. Tart and sweet cherries with a little... cinnamon that dances in the back of the throat. Nothing overbearing with is typical of some fruit beers.

M: On the lighter side of medium body. Not overly carbonated. Not harsh on the palette at all.

D: This is easy to drink. I would only drink one per session. It might go well if pared with something. This is something I'm finding with sweeter beers. Worth the experience.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy pink with even carbonation. It almost looks like a pink cider. The head quickly dissapates from the middle. The lacing is average at best. This has an earthy smell with just a hint of cherry. It's real nice because it's not overpowering, but just sort of teases you. God I love cherry beers! This one has a cherry taste that sneaks up on you. For the first two seconds after you sip there's nothing....and then it just explodes in your mouth (Sounds like a Tobias Funke line....). There's just enough sour at the end to cause a slight pucker (Maybe I should carry a tape recorder around and listen to myself....). This is great! Super light mouthfeel, which is a bit of a downfall. If it was a bit heartier, it'd be a top 5 for me. Really high drinkability on this due to tasting like real cherry and not that sweet fake cherry flavor. I want another all ready!

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Photo of GregoryVII
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber/very light red color, with a decent, 1/4 inch white head. The aroma is sweet, cherry juice and malt with no real hop aroma to speak of. The malt is formidable with some caramel, along with some biscuit flavors. There is quite a bit of cherry presence, sharp, a little acidic and sweet. And then it closes back in on the biscuit, like a cherry-biscuit (I don't know if any bakers make that, but they should). The body is medium to medium full with good carbonation. On the whole, the malt bill is intriguing for a fruit beer, but there is an acidity to this beer that grows towards the finish and works against it for me.

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Photo of downeyj4
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For a Fruit Beer, this is good. At the end of the day, it is still a fruit beer. It has a red hue to it and it tastes like cherries. If you want a beer, look for something else. If you love cherries, then you will love this. I'd definitely get it again, but I would have to be in the right mood (and also I would have to make sure that none of my friends would see me drinking it).

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Photo of indesertum
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pinkish red. what little head that appears dissipates quickly. aroma is mild, but pleasant. soft cherries. nice citrusy notes. very pleasant taste. mild cherry flavor. tart. maybe some grapefruit. little hops. great carbonation. incredibly refreshing to drink. i could drink this all day

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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 Dhren1979
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on July 22nd, 2011

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very transparents pinkish color, which reminds me of a "Blush" (wine). Head is light and airy.

S: A sour cherry aroma. No presence of alcohol at all. Nothing else to note.

T: Tart cherries, not sweet; which is what my mouth craves in this style. Sweet would be no good.

M: Medium body brew with a medium amount of carbonation. My mouth wants to pucker with the 1st taste of this beer.

O: Very easy drinker! Avni (GF) even loves this beer. I find this very refreshing for the summer months! Outstanding? No, but a very solid example from Founders.

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

normally not a huge fruit-added beer fan (outside of lambics, and even then...), but my local shop allows you to build your own 6-pack, and i was feeling adventurous.

A: the color is surreal. red / orange / amber, but not really a blend, if that makes any sense. it's almost as if each color exists in the beer in parallel with the others. almost no head, despite a reasonably vigorous pour.

S: i don't smell the cherry until a little later -- the initial aroma is subtle malt. crisp and clean. the cherry is evident, but smells like real cherries, unlike other cherry beers out there (which are more like cherry soda).

T: the cherry flavor--like biting into a fresh one--is much more evident in the taste than in the smell. Little bitterness in the finish, otherwise smooth. Malt is masked by the cherry.

M: a little more carbonation than was evident in the head (or lack thereof). medium body, crisp. finish leaves your mouth puckering slightly.

O: i'm not a convert (wouldn't buy a 6-pack) but i'm glad i tried this. certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered one. for the style, nice work, Founders.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear, bubbly pink champagne-like appearance. Thin head that dissipates right quick.

S- Is cherry limeade-ish. Big smell of sweetness with a pronounced malt profile. Smells somewhat like a macro lager on the end of the nose.

T- Is good, not exciting, but good. Tart and sweet cherry flavor, doesn't seem artificial and follows with a smooth malt flavor.

M- Thin and watered down, nothin really exciting

D- easily drinkable and I enoyed it much more than the first time I had it. The price per 4 pack is alot more than I plan on spending again, but that has nothing to do w/ my score.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Founders Brewing Company

Appearance: Medium raspberry amber, minimal white head.

Scent: Mild raspberry with a background of toasty semi-dark malt

Taste: Tart berry tempered by a yeasty ale taste. There is an interesting thing that happens with this beer. first you get lemon/berry, then you get hops. Then it goes back and forth again. It's a beer that gives you a little bit of a ride if you're paying attention. If you're paying too *much* attention, the crosschatter may be too much.

Finishes very clean with a hint of dry berry.

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