Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 46
Gots: 91 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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Reviews by Gobzilla:
Photo of Gobzilla
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark ruby red in color with fucia highlights and a thin bubbly pink head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass. Big on the grains upfront on the nose with hints of cherry fruit, slight citrus and a little malty sweetness presence. Like the nose suggested it was filled with a variety of grains in the flavor alongside muted cherry fruit character, malty sweetness, hints of citrus and a touch of juice. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, grainy, slightly fruity and thin crisp finish. Just a decent fruit beer and nothing more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a complete ruby red with a slight hint of orange. Pretty good looking beer, and if it weren't for the cloudy chill haze, it would have very nice, ruby clarity, too. The light-pink colored head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much behind in terms of lacing.

The initial nose of this beer, as you may expect, is full of cherries, along with some other common "berry" smells. Almost like wildberry smoothie. Slight chalky and medicinal notes to the smell, a tad off-putting. Slight must in the tail end... Might be attributed to dryness from the grains? It has potential, but the "off" aromas are really bringing things down.

With the first sip, you are greeted by a heavy and tart cherry flavor; sweet, and even borderline sour. Almost makes you pucker, but it isn't *quite* there. A very refreshing flavor reminiscent of cherry sweet-tarts up front. The flavor goes a bit awry, however, from the middle-to-the end. The cherries take on a slightly artificial, medicinal, and chalky flavor. The class "Flintstones Vitamin" aftertaste.

The more you drink, the more that chalky mouth feel and weird, borderline-astringent aftertaste starts to wear on your palate. I mixed the rest of my Cerise with some Breakfast Stout and it wasn't half-bad. More enjoyable than regular Cerise. I know they use Michigan cherries for this brew, so why does it scream "artificial"? Thin bodied with ample carbonation and a crisp, slick, chalky mouth feel.

I don't know why this beer is not good. Rübæus is great - pure, fresh, natural. Cerise should essentially be the same damn beer, only with cherries. Wrong. Something happened and the flavor/aroma is plagued with off-putting components like vitamins and chalk. One of Founders' weakest offerings. Just wait for Rübæus to be released.

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

Bottled on 5/8/12

a: This is a beautiful orange tinged, red ale with fairly good clarity. The long lasting off-white head picks up a slight pink hue.

s: The nose is fairly subtle on this beer with an initial moderately-low tartness in the aroma followed by moderate cherry aroma. There is a light malt sweetness and barely any hops aroma with just a hint of alcohol.

t: There is moderately cherry flavor with a moderately-high cherry tartness. The tartness is offset by a malty sweetness with the the balance slightly in favor of the tartness. There is just enough malt character and hops bitterness to let you know you're drinking a beer. Although it is somewhat sweet to start it ends with a dry finish.

m: This beer has a medium-high body with a moderately-low carbonation.

o: This is good beer with a pleasing cherry flavor and tartness with just the right balance of sweetness. The cherry flavor is spot on but I would like a stronger cherry presence in the nose.

Photo of brownbeer
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice, pinkish-red rose color.

Cherry in the nose blends well with the crackerish malt and a hint of caramel and lavender.

Tastes quite a bit better than it smells with a blast of tart cherries up front and pleasant, sweet malt combining to make a nice experience. It has plenty of cherry without being medicinal and a hint of vanilla for a dessert like feel.

While it's not New Glarus or Cantillon, it's still a fine fruit/dessert beer.

Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: split in 6oz sampler glasses with hu5om. a gorgeous translucent golden amber with no head but plenty of little bubbles.

S: a VERY faint aroma of bitter cherries, however smells more like an average champagne.

T: the bubblyness overwhelms the slight cherry and cinnamon flavors, though it is hard to compare when NG Belgian Red is your staple cherry beer.

MF/D: overly carbonated the minute it hits the tongue, dissipating the flavor rather quickly. founders should probably stick with their excellent stouts.

Photo of warnerry
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/20/10; 2010 bottling

Pours with minimal head; translucent brown with reddish tint.

The smell is tart cherries, though more subtle than I would have thought.

Taste is tart cherries and more tart cherries initially; some hints of malt; tartness turns to sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with nice carbonation.

Almost no alcohol presence; pretty easy drinking, and I'd return to this occasionally in the summer, but wouldn't want more than one at a time.

Photo of Beaver13
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours glowing hazy reddish orange with a small head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is some bready malts, a little spice and slightly tart sweet pie cherries.

The flavor is sweet pie cherries with a little tartness and a little wood. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's all about the sweet cherries. Too sweet and one-dimensional for me. A poor man's New Glarus Belgian Red.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pommegranette color with a small, light pink head. Smells of lightly tart cranberries. Tastes of light tartness, cherries, kind of like a wine cooler actually. Mouthfeel is light medium, decent carbonation, semi dry finish. Fairly drinkable if your into this type of stuff, it's crisp anyhow. Pretty refreshing.

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a cloudy, pink grapefruit juice shaded body with a skimpy pinkish head that quickly drops to a film.

Aroma is muted, with only some hints of musty yeast and cherries.

Light medium body has subdued carbonation.

Taste has a nice tart and sweet cherry base. Notes of malt and yeast are also present, but that's about it.

Decent, but I doubt I would buy it again. I've never been a fan of Founders fruit beers and this one doesn't change my opinion.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours half a finger of a tight white bubbled head. Clear reddish pink body. Very good lacing clings to the glass. A small cap and ring of lacing remain.

Smells of tart cheery and cranberries. Bready yeast and sweet malts are there as well.

Tastes like a tart cherry-cranberry champagne. Again some bready yeast and sweet clean malts mix in nicely. Fairly dry and puckering on the finish.

Medium thin bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat coating as it goes down with a lingering tart cherry finish.

Overall this is a solid malt beverage. Fairly simple flavors, tart cherry and malty sweetness. I'd get this again on a hot summer day if I had access to this regularly.

$2 a single.

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of cherry syrup notes in it, as well as a hint of tartness. The flavor has a lot of tart cherries, as well as some syrupy sweetness. There is also a little bit of raspberry character and a hint of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, alongside a few other Founders brews. )First brew back after a bit of a stomach bug, so I wanted something easy drinking to wean me back in!)

Poured into a Founders glass. Bright cherry red, a half inch of head that recedes into a fluffy ring.

Nose is tart cherries, a bit of bready malt and citrus.

Tastes like sweet cherry juice and not much else. I'm really not getting the tartness of the cherries that others are getting. I know it's not supposed to be a kriek, but man this could have used some sour, muskiness to balance the sweet cherries. It's tasty, went down way to fast, but offered no resistance.

Tasty, but not something I'd get again. There's other cherry brews out there that offer more of a diverse palate than this one. Though to their credit, I don't think I've drank a faster 6.5% bottle of beer before.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with a very light pink head that leaves just traces of lacing.

Smell: Mild cherries that are both tart and sweet, with a very light malt backbone.

Taste: Tart cherries are the centerpiece here, but not too tart, as a nice semi-sweet counterbalance comes forth. The malts are present but hard to identify as they remain in the background. Virtually no bitterness at all.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Slightly drying finish, but due to the tartness rather than what I typically think of as dry.

Drinkability: Refreshing and surprisingly well balanced between tart and sweet. Honestly, it is about time I find a cherry beer that is not shockingly tart or cloyingly sweet. Overall, this may be my least favorite Founders beer, but one of my favorite fruit beers, which I guess shows how much I love Founders but typically dislike fruit beers.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled 6/6/12.

pours out a deep pinkish red color with a small slightly off white head that faded to a thin ring rather quickly. slightly cloudy, no lace.

not much aroma, exspecially when its still pretty cold. as it warms, some sweet cherries are noticable, a bit cough syrup like, some grains noticable as well.

sweet cherries with a little bit of tartness towards the finish. some grains noticable. hints of cough syrup and sugar.

medium to light in body, good, refreshing feeling carbonation.

a decent summer brew, but i maybe expected more from founders. easy drinking.

Photo of MattyG85
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright orange and gold with a tint of pink. Lots of bubbles. Good finger and a half of white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and wheat with a decent amount of cherry. Hints of other fruits. Aroma is fairly light and not tart.

Taste: Cherries are a lot stronger in the taste. Very sweet cherry flavor followed by a lot of syrup that lingers throughout the finish. Malts are very subtle and there is no noticeable trace of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth but a little too syrupy.

Overall: An average fruit beer that is too heavy on the sweet syrup. I'm not much of a fan of fruit beers but I've had better cherries.

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

Pours a very clear pinkish red, with a pink-tinted head. Globs and threads of lacing show up. This beer has good retention.

Smells like cherries. No surprises here, but it's a very nice aroma.

Tastes like tart cherries and cherry pie.

Cerise is medium-bodied and feels slippery. Nice amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

I much prefer Rübæus over this, but Cerise is leagues better than most fruit beers I've had.

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

Picked up a growler of this at The Beer Store in Southampton - an excellent establishment with an incredible selection and very helpful staff!

Appearance was orange, amber, transparent; what you’d if you combined grapefruit and cherry juice. 2 finger head with little bit of retention.

Smell was the weakest part here, as it was not particularly strong, but the cherries and fruits were evident.

Taste: Cherries, not too sweet, good tartness. The sweetness is reminiscent of pear, the tartness is all cherries and grapefruit. So drinkable, and the tartness just flows with an incredible Lambic-like refreshment. Sweetness increases with temperature, but never dominates. Personal preference: drink it before it gets too sweet.

Medium bodied feel with light carbonation, very pleasant.

Very happy to have a whole growler of this. Not comparable to an unfiltered Belgian kriek as far as my taste for cherry beers, but a very drinkable cherry. Founders wins again!

Photo of Soonami
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle form 05/11/10

I'm surprised I haven't had this before, but Cerise is pretty tasty. It's like Wisconsin Belgian Red-lite. It's glowing orange, hazy amber with almost no head. The beer smells clove-y and spicy with a lot of yeast character and a little bit of bruised cherries. The beer is malt-forward with a slightly tart, bing cherry flavor that permeates throughout the finish is a little sweet with a fruitiness that lasts. It tastes much better than it could've been and I really enjoyed having as a before bed treat. It's sometimes tough to find just the right beer to end the night. This was a pretty good choice, I'll definitely be seeking this out again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of mondegreen
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Thin head on a hard pour. Head disappears before I can even rinse out the bottle. Color is a hazy golden with maybe the slightest tint of red.

S: A thin sweetness creeps up from the malts. A touch of cherry, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Light cherries up front, followed by a sweet maltiness. Not an awful combo, but not a great one either.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

D: The flavor profile is a bit thin for my liking. It would seem a cherry beer could be more... interesting? Drinkable, but for now, this is the weakest Founders offering I've tried.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear rose with 2,finger gorgeous white bubbly head with good retention and excellent sticky lacing

S - candied cherries, cherry pie, um yeah cheeries

T - sweet semi tart fresh cherry flavor with hints of oak wood an nice wheat background. Very refreshing. No booze. Light flavor overall

M - light body, mod-high carbonation, crisp

O - a nice light cherry beer, white a good touch of wheat. Doesn't touch the greatness of a new glarus fruit beer, but I would drink this one in the summer after cutting the lawn.

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

What's amazing is this isn't a lambic, tart cherries carry the flavor. Appearance is like ruby red grapefruit juice with a light pink tinted head, fine bubbly carbonation forms evenly with lacing down the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up tart cherries more so the peels bringing alcohol and sweetness together along with the smell of evident grain infused within potent tart cherries. Flavor is excellent it lands some where between a sour ale and some cherry flavor jam. Reluctantly sweet and sour is thrown my way, but in the mix I find cherry peels carrying some booziness and some light cereal grains blending so well with the juices of mother nature. What an excellent blend touch of vinegar like acidity in the lightest vinegarette imaginable. Sweet syrupy layers of cherry sweetness quickly fade to dry tartness excellent creation very interesting like cherry cider. Great stuff I remember Rubaeus, right up there with that fruit ale. Founders doesn't offend I detect real fruit with a balanced profile mouthfeel is light at times with a reduced simple syrup border at times. Carbonation is perfect that's where everything carries out so well, quite the experience here. Girls will dig it and beergeeks will try and figure out how they did it. Drinkability is nice I don't get tired of the tartness or the cherry sweetness a great yin and yang offered up in a glass this one is good for your chee.

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.

Photo of brow1901
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- An interesting ruby red copper color with a slightly pink head sitting on top. Retention is nil but has good pretty lacing.

S- Can't really smell the cherries like I expected to. You can tell it is slightly tart from the smell. Otherwise the thing that stands out is the yeast smell, kinda reminds me of a saison, or slightly like a lager yeast.

T- Sweet cherries with a tart aftertaste. Malt backbone is pronounced, I'm not sure if it really works well with the cherry though. The malt keeps it from being a soda.

M- I like the mouth feel, tiny bubbles keep it very light bodied. Yet it has a nice slick coating in the finish.

D- It's easy to finish a beer, but more than one is too much cherry for me. Overall a decent brew, it was cheap, interesting flavor you don't have every day. Not a super complex taste though. It's worth a try. Not my favorite fruit beer but I'm still just scratching the surface with this style.

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.