Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,485
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cerise pours a reddish color with a small pink lacy head. The smell has a dry malty undertone, like a pils, with strong sweet tarty cherry aroma. The taste has a mixture of sweet and, with a mellow cherry flavor ontop of a dry pilsner like flavor. Very easy to drink, the fruit isnt over powering, but present. Overall a very nice fruit beer, blended well and great in the summer.

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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: a hazy pinkish, reddish with a decent pinkish head.
smell: tart, sweet, fruity...yep, there's the cherries.
taste: Wow, I didn't think I was going to like this so much. Tart, and sweet but not too much of either. Balanced with an unexpected malt heft.
mouthfeel: Nice and full.
drinkability: Great. I thought this would be a one and done experience, but I'm ready for another and I don't even like cherries.

Photo of ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this beer. Decanted into a pint glass. It's a hazy deep red with a white head. Good retention. Aromas are a little bready, emphasized with tart cherries. Flavors are fantastic. Starts with a sweet and tart cherry flavor, then moves into a bready center. Tastes like real cherries - not an overly-sweetened syrup. The flavors are well balanced, too - this still definitely is a beer, not kool aid. Medium mouthfeel. A very drinkable fruit beer - I will gladly return to this one!

Photo of rootbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: poured pinkish red, thin head that did not last, kinda like champagne.

S: a bit more like a wine than beer. tart cherry with sweet spice

T: tart and slight sweet cherries. very slight malt flavor and cinnamon.

M: slightly dry, especially on the after-taste

D: would be great to pair with ice cream, or cheese cake, or even as dessert itself. if anything its worth a try

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this beer w/ tenderbranson69, thanks for the chance -served chilled in a double walled tumbler.

A - A beautiful red w/ an orange accent lightly hazed from chill w/ a quickly dissipating faint pink head. Bubbles stream lazily up and the lace appears like confetti on the glass.

S - A sweet juice-like cherry scent. The subtle stone fruit essence is there like the scent of liquid cherry pie.

M - The texture is mild and moderately light in body for the strength w/ a gentle malt feel and acid of cherry w/ med light carbonation. The carbonation carries a mild sweetness to the tip of the tongue

T - A slightly creamy sweet malt flavor is quickly enveloped by a tart yet sweet red cherry taste. The flavor has a sweet dry push/pull w/ a tasty malt echo and hint of spice from hops as it finishes w/ more cherry juice as it leaves the teeth feeling softer. The flavor is very natural and has flavor of soda in places. Very tasty and nice balance of sweet and tart cherry w/ malt.

D - Like drinking natural cherry soda, you forget it is beer. It really is one of the best fruit beers out there since it is so light and refreshing and incorporates the fruit so well.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-red with a half-finger of fizzy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some decent lacing.

S - Aroma is full of tart cherries with some light wheat and a touch of citrus.

T - Starts off with sweet and tart cherry flavor with some grains and wheat and a touch of lemon. Through the middle, more bold cherry flavor and tartness comes through with a touch of vanilla and sourness. The finish is a mix of tart cherries with some wheat and a touch of lemon zest.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The tartness and boldness of the cherry flavor is really nice. Very crisp and refreshing.

Photo of chrisgn
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 5/2/09.

A - Ruby-tinted amber with a pinkish hue and about a finger of bubbly white head that quickly dispersed into a patchy retention and left spotty lace around the glass.

S - Opens with an obvious sweet and tart cherry presence akin to candy or pie filling. Actually, the aroma pretty much consists of a balanced sweet and tart cherry character. Mission accomplished, Founders!

T - Tart cherry pie filling with a sweet and fruity character to complement. Finishes with a slight grainy malt character, lending to the overall flavor the essence of pie crust, for the proverbial icing on the... well, pie!

M - Medium bodied with a light effervescence and syrupy texture. Nice balance of sweet and tart on the palate. Pretty refreshing overall and not overly sweet.

D - Cerise tastes, quite simply, like liquid cherry pie (much like Southern Tier Pumking captures the essence of a pumpkin pie). This one tastes so good, make a grown man cry. Good God, I can't believe I just quoted Warrant in a beer review. Oh well, there's a first time for everything, I guess.

Photo of Pentastar
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange with a little red tinge to it. This beer is topped with an off white head.

Aroma: Only a little hint of tart cherries.

Taste: A little sour with delicious sweet and tart cherry flavor. Like a cherry pie. The sourness and cherries cover up most of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation, almost champagne like.

Drinkability: Nice and light for such a beer, good drinkability.

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.

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

Poured from the bottle a clean red color with a thin white cap.

Bright aroma of Michigan cherries and a hint of some spice.

My grandmother used to serve us large bowls of dark cherries sprinkled with sugar as a kid. That is the taste. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Any other flavors? I don't know and don't really care. This is good.

Medium bodied, rich and smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I'm not really a fan of fruity beers but this is one I really enjoy. Perfect for a hot St. Louis summer and a must try.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Deagan's Kitchen into a shaker glass

A- Poured a clear amber reddish looking color with some lacing, not a whole lot.

S- Tart cherries mainly, not much else, but it does smell quite good

T- Pretty sour, tart cherry taste that dominates, like a fresh cherry juice,, it does taste more natural than most cherry infused beers I have had. Some bitterness, but overall a pretty sweet beer but nowhere near the point of being too sweet or cloying. A light citrus hop flavor appears to be present.

M- Nice high prickly carbonation, goes down smooth, very refreshing

O- I am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this is one of the better ones I have had.

Photo of weizenbob
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Michigan has a strong cherry heritage so it's no surprise that Michigan brewers have incorporated the fruit into their brews. Bells has their Cherry Stout, Shorts has their Black Cherry Porter; even Boston's Sam Adams claims to use Michigan cherries in their cherry wheat. I have for the most part enjoyed all of these brews. How I'm just now trying Founder's Cerise for the first time is beyond me. Let's check it out.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A pink one finger thick head forms atop a light amber beer that is mildly hazy. The head fizzles to nothing within a minute leaving some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The color is very unique. It almost looks like peach-tea.

Scents are all over the board. Oddly enough, the first thing that hits the nose is yeast. Behind that are some fruity alcohol odors, not unlike cherry wine. Wheat is present but well hidden.

Cherry hits hard on the tongue. It's like a tart cherry concentrate but with the added benefit of fizzy carbonation. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Wheat is also present. The finish is incredibly light with a little bit of lingering fruity tang. This comes across closer to a wine for me than a beer, but that's just fine. If I had to classify this, the closest style that comes to mind is Pale Wheat Ale, but with cherry instead of citrus.

This is a lot of fun in the mouth. It's medium bodied with the aforementioned fizzy carbonation but it never feels like a cherry soda. It's very refreshing.

6.5% makes it a touch strong for a session beer (though a bit weak for a wine). However the flavor hides all of the alcohol. This is dangerously easy to drink. I'm glad that I only grabbed a single of this because I'd be tempted to drink these one after another. I think I have a new favorite cherry beer.

Photo of rye726
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cherry brown with a thin white head. Nose has candied cherries and straebweeires, but not much else. A big fresh cherry presence in the flavor with bit of tartness that keeps a nice balance to the beer. Crisp, refreshing body. Tasty fruit beer.

Photo of bnes09
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright strawberry red color. Descent, sudsy head with poor retention and no lacing. Typical for the style.

Sweet and tart aroma, lots of cherries. Mild floral spice for the hops.

Smooth and sweet flavor of cherries, no surprise here. Shortbread malt character blends well with the fruit. Hops are very light with leafy notes. Finish is mildly tart with lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and slick feel without a syrupy texture.

As far as fruity beers go, this is one of the best. Sweetness is satisfying but not overdone. Just the right amount of tart character. Great balance as well. Not a style I will usually drink but exceptional for what it is.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

09 vintage served on tap. Poured into a tulip.

This is what I'm talking about. The 2010 batch isn't nearly as good as this. I'm not sure if it is the aging or the crop of cherries-- the variety between 09 and 10 is incredible.
The 2010 is boring; it's one note,
The 2009 is incredible; it's complex and tart, with a light funk to it. This is delicious.

The smell and taste have sweet cherries, some boozy funk with light airy fruit notes.

The body is medium-full with good carbonation... A slightly oily feel is acceptable.

This is tasty and easy to drink. I will have another! Just delicious.

Photo of goblue3509
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a ruby red color that is slightly hazy and has some visible chunks in it. There is a frothy head that is fizzy and gives way to minimal lacing. The smell is of sweet and sour cherries and sweet malt. The taste is of cherries over a sweet malt backbone. The cherry taste is very unique and very good. The mouthfeel is a moderately carbonated and slightly fizzy. Overall though the drinkability on this is very high. If you dont like cherries i would stay away. If you like cherries or are looking for something different you could drink these all nite.

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

Poured into a wine glass
A - Pink and hazy, translucent
S - Tart, definitely can taste the cherry but has some sourness to it
T - Heavy on the cherries throughout, biscuity malt comes through on the finish and with the aftertaste
M - Crisp, not flat, not too much, just right
O - Not the most fruity, sour, or malty beer on the planet, but for the style it is above average. Get it while you can!

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.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Urbana's wonderful The Crane Alley, right after Troubadour's Magma Belgian IPA.

It might have been serendipitous that I enjoyed this distinct beer right after another, contrastingly distinct beer named above, for I had long avoided this. I am admittedly not a big fan of fruit beer, even with "Founders" emblazoned atop the case or, in this case, tap. However, somewhat on a whim, I tried and loved this.

A lush finger of white foam tops a clear bright ruby body in a 10 oz. tulip glass. The amount of lacing impresses me; good-looking beer, no doubt. Indeed, this is loaded with cherry, and I also detect a big of cranberry; very fruity nose.

The taste strikes an ideal balance between sweet and tart, remarkable for its delicate approach. The start is more sweet, the finish is a bit more tart, perhaps drawing in the wary with an overt appeal to one's sweet tooth. As good as anything, and unlike a good many fruit beers, this is so NOT like a wine cooler in taste. Nor is it cloying, with the tart quality nailed just right.

Terrific effervescence, with a little caramel malt balancing out Cerise. Wow. This is like liquid sorbet.

It isn't so much that I didn't want to like this. Rather, my wariness about the style led me to even doubt that Founders could pull a gem out of this. Yet this brilliant brewery did. There seems to be nothing that Founders cannot do well, and this sweet and somewhat tart brew is no exception. It isn't quite my style, but I won't hesitate to grab a four-pack of these if the mood strikes me; a wonderful surprise.

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.

Photo of archiebunkerjr
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer review! I have wanted to do this for a while and I wanted to review one of my favorites for my first review. My wife found a Founder's Cerise deep in the refrigerator that I didn't realize I had. As most of you already know, Founder's did not brew Cerise as a seasonal in 2013 due to the poor Michigan cherry crop in 2012. I hope they bring it back next year.

Appearance - cloudy ruby red. Very little head was produced from the pour and it slowly faded away in about 3 to 5 minutes. Man, I want to drink this beer on appearance alone!

Smell - what else? Nothing but cherries. I barely pick up some bread notes but only because I desperately try to detect anything but the cherries.

Taste - cherry dominates as is expected. I get all sweet cherry on the entry with only minimal sour cherry aftertaste. I couldn't taste that bread note that I smelled.

Mouthfeel - very light and smooth drinker. The sour cherry aftertaste left a tart dryness in my mouth. The dryness make me want that next drink even more.

Very very easy to drink. I could knock down several Founder's Cerise and not think twice about it. It is one of my most refreshing beers to drink during the summer. I can't wait for Founder's to make Cerise once again.

Photo of Jimmys
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: the light pink appearance makes for a watermelon hued brew. very unique. slightly pink ish head only leaves a rim retention.

S: smells like cherry pie. a very aromatic mix between a maltiness that comprises a pastry base and the sweet cherry filling. unlike any fruit beer i have smelled before.

T: the sweetness starts tart and sharp. mmm, moves into a very delicious cherry flavor but still very tart. very much reminds me of the apple pie snacks i used to eat as a kid.

M: medium carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: overall might be the best fruit beer ive had to date. just a delicious play between the fruit and malt. im surprised more people dont find this as enjoyable as i do.

Photo of imn2it
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: On-tap in my home pub (Purchased 15.5 gallons in southern Indiana for $205 + tax) Keg was filled April 2010 and tapped September 2010. Pumping at 14psi, I get a lot of head on every pour....2/3s pint pours.

Appearance: The beer is a beautiful red-amber color with an unusual pink/white head that leaves good lacing. Everyone comments on what a 'pretty' glass of beer this is.

Smell: I can smell sweet cherries several inches from the glass....very inviting aroma.

Taste: This is a sweet cherry beer upfront with a tart cherry finish. Very low hops. It reminds me of a 'watered-down' Kasteel Rouge.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation...the bubbles and cherry flavors combine admirable giving this beer a cider-like quality.

Drink-ability: This is a perfect session beer. Very drinkable. I love the cherry flavor as it fades from sweet to tart. An excellent selection for the home pub.

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.