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Founders Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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 OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of u2carew
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a thin head. Lacing is thin and sticky. Decent clarity. Ruby in color.
S) Cherries. Oak. Woodsy. Cinnamon. Sour citrus.
T) Cherries. Cinnamon. Oranges. Almond.
M) Sharp but mellows out over time. Medium sourness. The body is medium as well. Tannin feel.
D) A very delicious beer. Well crafted. A nice session beer.

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Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of webmanspidey
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is a pale pink fizzy color, looking similar to Faygo red pop. Smell is sweet malt and cherry, but neither are particularly overwhelming. Flavor is sour and tart cherries, much more sour than I was expecting. Not much of a hop profile here. Pretty light and easy drinker.

Best way to describe this is tart and sour. Good if you like cherries.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous and vibrant cherry red color with pink and purple highlights. Half finger of pink tinted head. Smells of peaches, cherries, and a touch of wheatiness. Touch of medicinal funk. Head is extremely clingy.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Feels almost like the consistency of a rich oatmeal stout oddly. Sweet candy like malts up front followed by rich cherry and peach flavor. Not syrupy at all, more like a berliner weiss with cherries. I feel like theres gotta be a touch of wheat in here due to the palate cleansing finish and lingering after taste. Sweet cherry almond cookie like finish. A touch of nuttiness as well. An extremely layered and complex beer. Touches of cereal like grains. The grain bill on this beer must be a nightmare to brew but it works out so well.

One of the deepest fruit beers I've ever had. Insanely delicate, flavorful, and complicated. This is how fruit is supposed to be used. This is a beer with fruit added. Not a fruit beer.

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Photo of bort11
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang fluted tulip. Thin fizzy head that recedes quickly. Color is very interesting. It is pinkish with an amber body. It doesn't look so much murky as just dense. It refracts light nicely and creates a glow.

Smell is a nice tart cherry, and surprisingly very mild sweetness. I don't smell sugar, I smell cherries. So many other cherry beers smell like maraschino cherries and syrupy. It seems there is a pretty good amount of wheat in the grain bill. Taste has a pleasant pucker from the tart cherries. I think there is more tartness from the cherries than from any hops. And I'm still getting some wheat malt character.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean. The tartness is very refreshing and I love it that it's not syrupy. I think that's where a lot of fruit beers go wrong.

Blipped "Cherry Bomb" by the Runaways.

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

Pours pink with a small light pink head that was gone fairly quickly with no lacing. Aroma is tart cherries and a little musty, slightly yeasty. Taste is puckering with lots of tart cherries, sweet, almost has melted cherry popsicle-like flavor to it. I really do like this cherry flavor and the tartness, but it's not as fully consuming as something like Wisconsin Belgian Red. Prickly carbonation, pretty easy to drink actually. Very nice on a warm and sunny day. I can dig this. Not something I would drink all the time, but this 4 pack will do nicely for now.

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Photo of Rborre321
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of unclejazz
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is becoming one of my guilty pleasures due to an incredible special on this in a 4-pack. The 12oz. bottle poured into a Goose Island glass, wine glass shaped.

A-reddish-orange color like the turning leaves of autumn. Thin pinish head, carbonation not visible but its there.

S-a malty tone with tart cherry notes along with almonds and melon.

T-tart but not too sweet. There was a faint layer of cream ale kinda fluffiness. There is an undertone of bitters and lemon peel.

M-refreshing, the bitterness brings a mouth-watering reaction which cleans up any aftertaste.

O-this is a great fruit beer. Look out Abita strawberry, because the sour notes of this bring a domestic beer even closer to that elusive and expensive lambic. Good for you Founders!

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Photo of zoso1967
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerise pours an odd orange/red/pink color that I have always found pretty interesting. It almost looks like the product of artificial coloring, though I am certain they did not use any. The head is beige with a definite pink cast to it as well. It has decent retention and leaves pretty nice lace.

The aroma of this beer is equal parts tart cherry and bready malt. It smells sweet and refreshing, but at the same time not very interesting.

The cherries really come through in the flavor with plenty of tart cherry character mixing with sweet malt and a bit of spice as well. I am trying to figure out if the spice is the result of wheat, hops, or perhaps just comes from the tart cherries, but I am unable to decide. Whatever the case Cerise has a very nice flavor that is enjoyably fruity without being too sweet.

This is a light to medium bodied brew that has fairly effervescent carbonation. It is pretty amazing how cleanly this brew finishes. Honestly it finishes more like a light fruit juice than a beer. I really enjoy all of the tartness in the finish.

Cerise is a very good fruit beer. I am not a huge fan of beers like this, but Founders definitely did an excellent job with it and I am finding myself enjoying it quite a bit. I actually think I like this much better than the last time I had it, though that was years ago. I would think this would pair very well with a creamy dessert.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-14-09

Pours a very cloudy salmon color, with a wispy white head and clingy rings of white lacing.

Smell is almost non-existent, slightly fruity.

Taste is very different, sweet/sour cherry up front which becomes slightly bitter, followed by a distinct and very enjoyable sugar-coated almond flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, but its fits very well.

Drinkability is good, but the sourness really builds up.

Overall, a very cool beer, that's not too fruity or too cherry, which I expected. Well worth a try.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear red-purple brew with a pink head. Only a tiny few small flecks of lacing.

S - More than cherries, it smells like cherries and little like red raspberries. On top of that... there is a little grain, but not much else.

T - Initially, some mild sweet red fruits and grain. Aftertaste is of faint cherries over faint grain and a slight medicinal bitterness. In the long aftertaste a medicinal bitterness dominates.

M - Thin, high carbonation, a little drying.

D - This is alright. It's a bit more balanced than most fruit beers, but the bitterness is a killer. I may have again.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Ruby tinted orange body with a white head.

Smells like cranberry apple sauce.

Freaking chuggable, a real porch pounder of a fruit beer. Very cherry-ey, like they used the whole thing, seeds and all. There seems to be some cherry sweetness in a mild, natural, pleasing, non-cloying sort of way. Some cherry tartness for balance, but I would never describe this as a sour beer. I get some spicy cinnamon-esque notes on the finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

I found myself gulping this beer everytime I opened another bottle. Just kept knocking more down. I guess I have the minority opinion here, but I thought this was a great beer. Good fruity, tart, sweet, genuine cherry character. Maybe not much traditional beer flavor, but I didn't mind.

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Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Small pinkish head on top of a slightly hazy red body. The small head doesn't last for long. The smell is like maraschino cherries. While I wasn't blown away by the appearance or smell, the taste of this beer is truly great. The four pack was definitely worth the $12.99.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset, served in a tulip...

Something about Sunset - they know how to pour stuff. A full finger of head with a crazy rose body. Decently carbonated. Looks good. Looks like beer? Well...

The nose is all sweet & sour cherries. Maybe a hint of yeast electricity and spriteliness from carbonation. Hops? Not so much. Smells good - very light and fruity.

Collar matches the cuff on this one; it smells like cherries, it tastes like cherries, and it's quite pleasant. But it's an extremely fruity beer at that and you really don't get much else. Maybe a touch of very light grains and an almost rose champagne quality. Still it's enjoyable.

Aside from all this, palate feel is nice - again, almost a bright champagne feel (what do you call a mimosa with cherry juice instead of orange juice?). Finish is refreshing and clean...and well-carbonated. But there is a hidden level of malt depth. Slightly piney and husky, so that helps out.

Hey, it may not taste like real beer but it tastes good and it's really light. And it goes wicked quickly. Maybe not the beeriest of beers but it's an enjoyable deal.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of sendsilk
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mix 6 pack while on vacation in NC. Basically anything I have tried from FOunders has been nothing but stellar so I figured even though it looked weird I would try it.

Not going to do the normal review as this type of beer is definitely not my style. This was SURPRISINGLY good. Smelled like a porter with cherries and looked like a nice lager. Refreshing and delicious flavor as well. A solid beer with hints of cherry on the palate.

The one thing was worried about was that this beer was going to be a sour, perhaps things like this are what introduces people to the real sours and I can see it being a gateway beer for me. Nicely down Founders!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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