Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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Photo of steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to Kalamazoo...

A: Beautiful deep copper the color of honey with a small white head that fades super quickly and leaves a small lace atop the brew.

S: Cherry hops unfront blended with boozy oaks in the middle and woody malts on the backend. Hints of honey blended throughout. Good.

T: Sweet sugary cherry upfront blended with hints of port. Honey earthy barley in the middle with hints of raspberry on the backend. Very good.

M: Doesn't leave a whole lot on your palate. Nothing special here.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew is pretty good. Better than I expected as most Fruit beers have disappointed me. Good to try if you like your brews sweet.

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Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Domingo
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beejay for this one.
Pours a pinkish rose color with a 1/4" white head. Not too flat or too rocky.
Smells pretty non-distinct at first. I get a typical blonde ale at first, but then there are some maraschino cherry aromas following suit. There are faint bready overtones that make it like a mild cherry pie. No wild yeasts or anything unusual.
Starts off sweet with lots of cherry and gets more tart in the middle. The finish is bready and then clean with a dash of bittering hops that round it out. Not bad. Nothing ground breaking, but a good "normal" American fruit beer.
Not too sweet or too sticky to keep this from being drinkable.
It's not necessarily a session beer, but I could imagine splitting a pitcher of this at a summer BBQ.
Again, nothing amazing - but no real problems either. A pretty solid American fruit beer.

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Photo of SharkNado
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkball01
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RKing44
3/5  rDev -17.1%

1.61/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled on 5/19/10, reviewed on 7/10/10.

A: One and a half foamy fingers accumulates on a vigorous pour. Cumulus cloud white in color. Diminishes quickly but the film is long lasting and so is the collar. The body is vibrantly clear, light orange with a hint of crimson red. Pretty. Spare splatters of would-be lacing try to stick but can't. Small, dark particles have settled at the bottom of the glass.

S: Toasted malts of indistinguishable variety with a light grassy hop contribution. The nose is dominated by sour cherries. Fermented fruit funkiness as well.

T: Fresh Michigan tart cherries were added at 5 different stages throughout the brewing process, which was about 4 stages too many. The flavor is overwhelmingly cherry dominant. I expected more subtlety from Founders. Barely recognizable flavors of grenadine, strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry and cinnamon flavored candy come in to play.

M: Medium-light body with a thin, slick, syruppy, cloying texture. Not good. At all. Fine fizzy carbonation is of average intensity. Heavy sweetness is only withstandable because the tartness begins to cut through it.

D: My first drainpour. I'll put a bucket next to my bed tonight. Just in case.

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Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this brew from Dobby's in Palatine. I love Founders and I love fruit in my beer even more. Hopefully both my loves are fulfilled. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light pink with excellent clarity and a small half finger creamy bright white head. Almost no cap is left on the beer with a very thin collar and a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Nicely scented cherries and berries with a very fresh clean sort of scent. Semi sweet with some mild malted wheat. Not a whole lot going but this is a cherry beer and the cherry is front and center.
Taste- Mild cherry that has almost the exact taste of Hostess Cherry Pie filling. A touch spicy with an almost light cinnamon like background. Maybe a light bit of wheaty grain and a touch of bitterness in the finish with a tinge of citrusy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Light body with a sticky feel and light carbonation that is fairly prickly.
Drinkability- Not bad. The cherry isn't overpowering in the least and very simple. Not much going on other than the cherry and that's something I really enjoy. I can see how some people really wouldn't like that. Either way, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a glass and got little head that fades quick. color goes from a light see thru red on the bottom (almost like a cherry 7up) to a darker red on top (think dessert wine).

S: sweet malts lead the charge and are followed up by what appears to be real cherries.

T: nice cherry taste thru out.

M: smooth and easy. a nice tartness to tickle your tongue on the finish.

O: founders hits another outta da park. great cherry beer, one of the best i've had. highly recommend and will buy more before it's gone.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found. twist cap.

tasted in early june 2009

pinkish red w faintly orange, amber tint. light pink, 1-finger head, soon fades to wisps and ring. some thin half-rings of lace.

aroma: cherries, almost artificial at times, but interesting. perhaps some skins too. whiffs of leafy hop and possible trace of malt?

taste: fruity light acidity, cherries a little more fresh, lightly sweet, but with a watered down character. some medicinal notes too, especially in finish. maybe a faint bitterness?

slightly thin and watery, w/ acidic texture, especially in finish. somewhat fizzy carbonation, giving some lift and fliuffiness, but overall just makes it all just taste like soda.

drinkable, but why bother? just drink a cherry soda and add vodka.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appears a bright red color, lightly hazy, with a one inch whitish pink hued head. It falls down to a cap and retains nicely with a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is very weak overall. Almost nonexistent. There's cherries, but they are extremely weak. Slightly tart, but again very weak.

Taste is much stronger. A good amount of cherry flavor, sweet initially but it quickly becomes more tart and leaves a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice creamy texture to it. Quite drinkable.

Decent fruit beer overall but compared to some Belgian cherry beers it just doesn't hold up. I wish they still had the Rubaeus.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of stevec32
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of POTABLE83
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Mojo
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm gonna state upfront that I hated this, but I try to review objectively and fairly. This beer poured up a bright ruby red with a small white head. The smell was mainly cherries. Mouthfeel was just about average with not a whole lot of carbonation. Taste - well - it didn't taste at all like beer to me. It tasted more like a cherry Sundrop or weak wine. But once you get used to the taste, it is drinkable. Not my favorite, as I stated upfront, but I think Founders succeeded in what they were trying to accomplish.

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Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to jlindros for sending this one my way!

This may be the perfect glass to use for this brew. It looks and smells absolutely wonderful.
It pours a very pretty, clear, light pink color. When held to a light, it has a tinting of golden orange. The head, just over one-fingers worth, is creamy looking foam that is a light, almost creamy, pink color. Remeniscent of cotton candy, color-wise. The retention is great and the lacing is thick and quite sticky.

I get notes of cherries, both sweet and tangy. There is a nice wheatiness to it and a good hint of yeast.
As good as it smells, it is a very simple nose. Sometimes less can be more, I guess.

This is great! You get a nice little hint of cherry sweetness, right on the tip of your tongue. This is followed by a very mild maltiness. Then the tanginess hits you, mid-palate. There are mild wheat notes below the surface and a light hint of caramels. The cherry sweetness returns in the end, to combine with the tartness, and create an almost perfect finish.
The best part of it all is that the cherry flavor is very natural and doesn't taste artificial at all.

This has an excellent medium body. I say this because, while it is medium, it manages to have a crispness, that I generally associate with lighter bodies. It also has a nice level of creaminess, though not overpowering, that I associate with fuller-bodied brews. The carbonation is just about perfect, filled with little zesty/lively bubbles that just dance across your palate.

This is a very tasty and highly drinkable brew. The low-ish abv would help to keep it quite a session beer. I know that fruit beers aren't for everyone, but for those of us who like to have them every now and then, this is a winner.
It's almost like a better version of Lindemans Kriek. It has the flavor, but hasn't been artficially sweetened, like the Kriek has. It still has a nice tart/sour presence to it.
Founders proves to me, once again, that they are worthy of being one of my top favorite breweries.

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

Bright ruby red in color with large bubbly head that leaves lacing down the glass like sticky sugar. Subtle notes of cherry yogurt, candied sugar, bubble gum, and candied apples in the nose. Forceful flavors coat the tongue: light cherry puree and then sour candied sugar zest breaks through; conquers, burns, pillages the palate and leaves behind a sweet-sour note that sticks around. Light and a bit dull in mouthfeel; a light body strawberry daiquiri. Wise choice to sell in 4 packs, the fruit zest can overwhelm a palate if drank over a long period of time. All in all a very pleasant cherry sensation worth a dive into.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours watermelon pink, crystal clear, very thin pink-white head despite the aggressive pour. Almost clear at the edges, which is odd - I've seen my share of Kriek, Framboise, and cherry/rasberry fruit beer pours, and this one seems to lack the depth of color most of them have.

Nose is sweet, smells like an apple cherry turnover. Seriously. Straight from MacDonalds.

Taste is quite sweet. Almost soda-like. Cherry shows up loud and clear, though I get a lot of apple-juice like sweetness as well. Biscuity malt note is hinted at towards the finish. My grandmother in law makes homemade apple and strawberry wine, and this kind of reminds me of that. It's not bad, doesn't taste artificial, etc., but to me this tastes more like a sparkling apple-cherry juice than anything I would call beer. It just doesn't really distinguish itself from the fruit sweetness in a way that, say, the New Glarus fruit beers do. They taste like fruit beers. This tastes like fruit soda. Still, not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light, light carbonation, a bit syrupy.

Drinkability is ok; would be able to drink more if I didn't feel like I was getting a sugar high.

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Photo of Spider889
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerise is a deep red color, very beautiful. Mild white foam and minimal lacing.

It definitely smells like cerries, but the main profile is all sweet. I was initially worried it'd be overly sweet like a Lindemans Framboise or something.

The taste is sweet, but more tart than the smell let on. The flavor reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head Fort (without all the booze).

Mouthfeel is tart cherries prickling the tongue, a little sour pucker in the glands, and the beer finishes very dry.

Drinkability suffers due to the sweetness and pucker factor. While I really enjoyed this glass I wouldn't ask for two in a row.

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Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep red in color. Off white/pinkish head on top. Yup, definitely a fruit beer!

S - A nose full of cherries and some bready characteristics.

T - Sweet cherries followed by some tartness, has a lingering fruit finish.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation.

O - I'm not sure if it is trying to be a fruit beer or a sour. It does have some nice sour qualities. I'm torn and shall rate it middle of the pack.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pink color. Head is vague and white, not much lacing, if any.

Tons of sweet cherries, but in a lighter fashion. Not sugary or overly sweet. Smell is slightly tart.

No tartness :( Not sweet. Very smooth cherry, but nothing exciting or fancy.

Great carbonation, not overly cherry or over tired.

An intriguing brew, but not well thought out. It's too light with no defining characteristics. It's relaxed and enjoyable, but not heavy or expansive. Not too recommended if your a lover of more tart fruit brews.

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Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,506 ratings