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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 605 | Ratings: 1,503
Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rose hue with some watermlon meat highlights. Very quick two finger, bright white head that recedes to nothing right after the pour. The aroma is of soft tart cherries and some ripe granny smith apple juice. The taste is super smooth with just a mild cherry tartness. Very fruity, but not too fruity. Sweet, tart, and juicey on the palate. Great cheery ale.

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Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, medium head that fades away, clear fruit punch red

Smell: sour cherry

Taste: sour cherries dominate--some malt

Mouthfeel: very smooth, I can feel the carbonation on my tongue. A slightly sweet and sugary aftertaste that is borderline syrupy.

Drinkability: This is an above average fruit beer but nothing I feel is spectacular. I feel Rubeaus is a better drink. I will have this again and could have two in a sitting but will not actively search for it.

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

A: Ruby red grapefruit in color. Fairly hazy and very active carbonation.

S: Sour and tart cherry's, slight hints of ginger. Reminds me of a cherry ginger ale. Little bits of malt.

T: Black Cherry taste, nice balance of tart and sweet cherry. Little bit of malt backbone.

M: Medium bodies, fizzy carbonation. Little bit of an after taste and feel.

D: Decent cherry beer. Wouldnt drink more then a bottle in a session though.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear, bit of haze, with a definite red hue. Fine whitish bubbles formed a thin ring and a few remained on the surface of the beer, producing some short-lived spotty lacing between sips. Mild aroma, floral hops were up front with a subtle fruity character. Yeah, there some cherry there, but also a bit of earthy berry. Certainly balanced towards sweetness, bitterness was light and really only noticeable up front. Sour cherries and sugar/caramel became prominent mid-palate and sweetness increased into the finish. There was a hint of crackery malt and some tartness towards the end. Medium bodied with carbonation slightly less than average, a bit viscous. Not bad overall. The cherry flavour had a bit of a medicinal quality to it as the beer warmed, but the malt kept it closer to cherry pie territory.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for tossing one my way, Devin! Bottled 1st April

A: A resplendent reddish pink with a thin pinkish head with decent retention and fine carbonation.

S: Slightly medicinal cherry character with a brown malt sweetness.

T: A very refreshing combination of cherry sweetness and tartness, this one is all cherries. There's a mild biscuity malt backbone to this, but this really is like a gourmet cherry soda. Awesome

M: Light and crisp with a very clean finish, the tartness mid palate contrasts the dryness on the finish really well. I'm a fan

D: I'm drinking mine in a hurry.

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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a color similar to that of cranberry juice with a very thin head into my glass. Looks great for a cherry beverage?

Either my nose is off or there is no aroma. Just a peek of cherry essence.

Tart, luscious cherries bounce off of my taste buds, leaving sweet traces at the back. The tartness is incredible. Not much else here.

Lingering cherry essence that coats the mouth. Ok, so it's not cough syrup-cherry (which is good) but rather fermented cherry.

Easy to drink and offers something different for the palate. Could be thicker but it's good otherwise.

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Photo of Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up in Grand Rapids.

Pours a hazy ruby red, really neat fruity colour, almost grapefruit like, thick slightly off white head forms, slowly drops to a thin layer and ring around the glass, nice chunks of lace stick. Smell is nice, cherry juice, straw, lightly funky, barnyard and grass, fresh fruit, light cinnamon spiciness, earthy, pretty neat. Taste is similar, very sweet though, caramel and sugar, cherry juice, cinnamon, earthy, fresh fruit salad, more sugar, honey, lightly tart in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. A little too sweet, kind of like BG Belgian Red without the complexity.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Bottled 6.23.11

A - Pours a hazy orange with a near white head.

S - Mild fruit.

T - Cherry, wheat, and some barley.

D - High carbonation on the tongue.

O - Tastes like a sweet cherry pale ale. At times, that isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer comes across like a little less cerise in the appearance versus just like a normal beer, sure there are some running pink highlights through it, and some pinkish white head. Overall, its still pretty. Aroma, eh, more like some cherry kids drink.

The taste is much the same, far from authentic quality cherries here, but its not sugared up water either, there's a decent malt aspect to it, and even minimal hops, but for a Founders product, its pretty disappointing to have to say its unqualified enough and results in an average rating. Mouthfeel, the carbonation is there, but there was nothing heavy taste or flavor wise, so I'm still kind of confounded. Ultimately, this beer neither delivers on the potential of cherries. It doesn't have the awesome cherry flavor of something like New Glarus, and lacks the tartness of some of the more sour cherry beers (Cascade, Allagash, belgians etc. . . ).

So who is this beer for? I dunno. Can't figure that market out. Its not a bad beer, but its far from even average in the Founders lineup.

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Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Reddish amber pour with a bit of white/pink head. Some red fruits, cherry and grassy aromas. Taste is pretty straight forward with the cherries. A little tart at first, gets a little sweeter with some maltiness. Just a faint hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty thin, almost like a kriek type brew. All in all I'd say this is pretty drinkable, but you have to be in the mood. Something a bit different from Founders.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 3/20/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy strawberry color with a loose quarter inch, off-white head that immediately dispersed into a skim and some clusters of ringlets around the edges of the glass. Some spots of lacing, but fairly weak legs. Mild nose - slightly tart cherries and a wheat character towards the back. Taste consistent with nose - sweet up front and tart towards the back, as well as some artificial sweetener in the mix; wheat character come out much less in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was light/medium with a consistent background effervescence, some astringency in the mix and a fairly dry finish. Interesting beer, but one was sufficient.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/27/10.
A- Pours out a pleasant light red with a one finger off-white head that had decent retention. Fine, spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink this one down. A small cloud and ring are left once the head dissipates. Flocks of carbonation bubbles are seen rising to the top of the glass.

S- Sweet sugary cherries are in the forefront. The smell is not all that strong and a bit hard to pick up. Some viney wine notes and light malt comes through as well.

T- The cherries are certainly here. They are of the sweeter variety with a tiny bit of sour tartness. The beer itself is pretty highly sweet between the cherries and the malt. Hops do not make their presence at all in this one, probably used just for the preservative effect. Viney/stemmy/cherry pit notes are also lent from the cherries.

MF- A good level of carbonation in a very light body, feeling appropriate with the flavors. No warmth and a very, very slight bitterness. A coat of sweet cherry stemmy notes left on the palate.

DB- The price was the standard Founders seasonal four pack price. It is a bit too sweet but not overbearing, it makes it a one bottle at a time thing. Their Newaygo County and last year's version of this one had more cherry flavor, fruit varies year by year. Glad I tried it, one of the better fruit beers out there. The fruit tastes like real fruit, not artificial.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a clear bright pink with little head and lacing.

The aroma is light very sweet, a little bit of cherry, but I wish it was more balaned and provided a little tartness.

The taste is like the aroma, very sweet, cherry flavored, but its somehow just plain and boring. No complexity here at all.

The feel is very bad, worse than water if that's possible.

Drinkability is low.

Overall, this is a horrible fruit beer. It should not be consumed.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. I'm a big Founders fan, so why not try them all? Poured a rosé pink with hues of orange when held to the light. Rigorous pour yielded a very thin white head. Aromas are obviously fermented cherries, faint yeast and maybe some wheat or dried grass. Tastes are sweet, ripened cherries; slight carbonation produces a nice mouth-feel. Very refreshing and finishes sweet but tart - good balance. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Reminds me of my grandma's cherry pie. For a fruit beer, this is well made and I think Founders got what they were going for here, therefore it is a good representation of the broad and variable style.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus, first time I've seen it. In retrospect this seems a bit too pricy for this beer, but I do like most things from Founders so it seemed like good odds. The beer is reddish-orange color, very clear, with a thin sticky white head. The beer smells a little like cherry pie, I get some cinnamon and cherries and maybe a little fresh bread out of this. I think the taste is OK for what it is, but fruit beers are usually not my thing. Sweet upfront and a little tart in the aftertaste. Medium body and easy drinking (so long as you like cherry pie). Not to be purchased again by me, unlike other Founders beers.

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Photo of maximum12
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Sampled on tap at the Founders taphouse.

Light strawberry-looking thing. Smells sweet enough to make my nose hair pucker up.

Yup. Too sweet to drink more than a swallow or two. Cherry, with cheery overtones, backed by some cherry with cherry highlights. My wife asked if this was Founder's "chick drink" & the bartender agreed.

I'm sure this isn't a bad beer, just not my thing. I'd stick to Mike's Hard if I wanted something this sweet & summery.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby red, one finger head, some carbonation along with sediment.

S-Cherries, some malt, more cherries. A sweet smelling brew.

T-Sweet cherries, more cherries, no bitterness. One dimensional could use some more flavors.

M-Light, nice carbonation, crisp summer beer.

O-Easily the worst Founders beer I've had. You'd think they'd be able to make something better for the summer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –The beer has a vibrant hazy pinkish-red color with a just off white head. The head fades quite quickly to leave a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is not as heavy in cherry as I would have expected from the look. It has a light cherry aroma with heavier sweet smells of a sugary/candy nature as well as smells of grain.

Taste – The taste begins of a sweet cherry taste mixed with some malt base. As the flavor advances however the sweetness of the cherry begins to fade some and sour and tart notes come to the tongue. The maltiness however at the end seems to be accentuated and balances out the more sour flavors of cherry to leave a mellow candy semi-sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was rather moderate with the carbonation level being very average. Both fitting for the sweet and sour fruit tastes of the beer.

Overall – It is a refreshing and easy drinking beer and although a bit sweet, it is quite nice. If a fruit beer is something you are craving, then I say go for this one, as it is rather nice.

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy orange-red color with a half-finger light red head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart and mildly sweet cherries with just a hint of malt aromas peeking through. As the beer warms the cherry aromas take over even more than they already had.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The cherry flavors are a bit darker but the same light tartness is still there. Ending is a bit on the sweet side and lingers for a small while.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer is what it is. A solid cherry beer. Worth a shot if you're in the mood.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with minimal head

smell: cherries, malts, sweetness

taste: cherries, sour, tart,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: interesting style of beer. brewed with cherries but not overly fruity like say new glarus cherry. Glad I got to try and quite enjoyed it.


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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap, alchemy

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - rich pink body with a bright pink foam...kind of emasculating but whatever - i had always wanted to try this

smell: medicinal cherry, sweet malts. i've smelt better in a cherry beer

taste: unfortunately any beer brewed with cherry or raspberry will fall flat against their new glarus foes. this was no different - the flavor profile had some mild tartness but also had a grainy aftertaste. The cherry wasnt overwhelming but didnt taste fresh, rather medicinal. no need to consume this again

mouthfeel: light tartness, light sweetness, medium body

drinkability: good enough

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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter (thx northyorksammy!), Cerise is pale, orange/pink tinged amber, with a creamy sand colored head that leaves nice foamy lace.

Smell is strong cherries, like cherry pie, nice.

Taste is pretty strong cherry, a bit like cherry pepto though, something about it just not quite working for me. I guess I prefer sour fruit beers, although this is a very solid effort for a style I admittedly don't care for.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy. However, there is an oily, solvent feel, and it is medium bodied.

Drinkability is average. There are some nice aspects, but overall, it's just a bit too much, and a slow sipper for me. One and done for sure, but nevertheless, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Bottled on 04/01/09. 15 IBUs, 6.5% ABV. Thanks to Sweemzander for this one!

A - A light pink/red colored beer pours into the tulip with a full haze to it. An incredibly light pink, almost white head floats on top gently while leaving delicate lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is very light overall but I can easily smell fresh cherries. Not a fruity overwhelming aroma but a low, charming one. A slightly grainy malt aroma peeks out a touch. No hops on the nose.

T - The aroma is very deceiving. The cherries come out full-force in the flavor with a very freshly-picked trait. Lack of syrupyness in here is a real winner. Sweet but tart that balances nicely and finishes with a light pale malt flavor.

M - Sweet but tart and smooth but crisp and refreshing! Medium-bodied with a dry finish and just a little zing.

D - You definitely won't like it if you have an aversion to cherries but it's not syrup-like at all. A good desert beer or fruity summer drink. Well balanced and brewed.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish pink color with fluffy white head. Aroma of lightly tart cherries, sweet sugar, and definite malt presence. Flavor follows suit with the tart cherries highlighting the flavors, and a definite malt presence that I wasn't expecting. For some reason I thought this would be more like a NG fruit beer, but it comes closer to a SA Cherry Wheat (but of course blows it away). Light palate, strong carbonation, easy drinking. Too bad they stopped making this one.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler of this yesterday. Poured into Chimay chalice.

A - Poured clear a pinkish reddish color with slick lacing and overall wine cooler visual. The head was pink and frothy when poured into a unibroue tulip for my wife.

S - The nose was very soft. A bit of cherry a bit of vanilla, but not much else. Sweet and sour odor.

T - Cherry is in the front but very soft. Very much like drinking a blush wine.

M - Very juice like. Doesn't feel like beer at all. A bit sour and wine like.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Goes down like a fruit juice without much bite at all. Really enjoyed this one. My wife even went for a glass.

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,503 ratings.
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