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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1388
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%

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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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 megahurts4


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

Founders Cerise
On draft at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

Appearance: rose red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: grain and light cherry.

Taste: nice malt, pleasant cherry, and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a very pleasant brew. It is very smooth and the flavors mesh very well. It is a perfect summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 03:42:25 | More by megahurts4
Photo of downeyj4


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For a Fruit Beer, this is good. At the end of the day, it is still a fruit beer. It has a red hue to it and it tastes like cherries. If you want a beer, look for something else. If you love cherries, then you will love this. I'd definitely get it again, but I would have to be in the right mood (and also I would have to make sure that none of my friends would see me drinking it).

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 03:42:11 | More by downeyj4
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - bright reddish amber with a thin layer of soft, white head

S - thick, syrupy cherries; almost juice-like

T - cherries, syrup, red wine, juice, very sweet

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, sticky, thick, syrupy

I'm not a huge fruit beer fan. I thought this was a bit sweet at times. All things considered, it was a very tasty, drinkable beer. The cherries were forward and delicious. My only real complaint is that this beer is a bit thick. It comes across at times more like juice than beer. Nonetheless, it's worth a try especially if you're a cherry fan.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 09:12:38 | More by tdm168
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 00:37:46 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a weird one. pours majorly cloudy pink color, like pepto bismol almost. small lacey white head. not totally appetizing in appearance, but most certainly intriguing. smells like cherries and an overdoese of yeast. not a sour beer, but soe definite tartness going on. flavor isnt bad at all, lots of fresh cherries, which is the dominant flavor by far, but some interesting yeast character and a crisp finish. mouthfeel is weird, this is a heavy beer in a lighter genre, its almost too much to drink a glass of this, let alone several. good carbonation but kind of chalky. overall i am glad i tried this, but this assuredly isnt the brew that made founders famous. not bad, very out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 15:11:51 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at gulu gulu cafe in Salem ma... Poured into Cisco pt glass

A: served a hazy lightly pinkish red. With about a finger of pink foam that recedes nicley and leavs excellent lacing... A nice looking cherry beer.

S: a little tough to smell with all the other aromas around me at the moment. Deffinatly getting a light tussin like cherry cough syrup aroma... Mixed with cherry skin, does not smell very tart or sour to me. But again being in the gulu there are other aromas interfering with my smell.

T: loads of cherry flavor... Flesh and skin, a touch of earthyness in there as well... Deffinatly more of a fruit beer them a sour... There is a touch of tart cherry. But if your lookin for a good cherry fruit beer here yah go.

M: medium bodies with medium carbonation, a little heavy for the style? I think? But still nice and drinkable.... Fluffy mouthfeel.

O: a good beer if you like fruit beers or cherries, or both.... Give this a whirl.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 00:24:51 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of LittleDon


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Beer Kitchen in Kansas City on 10/15/11.

Light red-orange with no head or lace. Clear. Aroma is grain and cherries, though not overpowering. Light hopping with most of the flavor coming from the grains with noticeable cherry in background. Very distinct cherry flavor, different from other similar brews, possibly because of the lower than expected acidity. Light body and high carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 19:22:52 | More by LittleDon
Photo of WoodBrew


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Cerise was on tap at out local watering hole. The beer came in a pint glass. The color was a ruby red with decent white head that did not lace....I have noticed fruity/sweeter beers do not lace. The smell....HELLO....cherry malt. The taste to me was like a grenadine infusion that really made the beer like JCM song title...."Cherry Bomb". The sweetness and overpowering cherry flavor made the mouthfeel a bit tricky....I drank half then switched it with someone else. Overall a great beer that hit its mark.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 12:25:53 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Retail1LO


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, this surprised me. Had this in tap at The Beer Store in Southampton. Pours a very light pink with a little head. Nose us nice and sweet cherry side. Taste? Winning. This is a perfect light sour. The fruit element isn't at all overpowering either. A masterful combination. This is how you beat the heat. Can't wait to have anoter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 19:42:33 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of woosterbill


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

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's. Gotta drink something while waiting for CBS to come on.

A: Clear ping grapefruit body with a thin, fleeting white head. Uninspiring, but a nice color.

S: Cherries, cherry skin, and some toasty malt. Expected, and kind of boring.

T: Husky malt starts things off rather disappointingly, with the pure cherry juice following close behind. Sweet, sticky finish. Meh.

M: Light, frothy, and sticky. Ok.

O: This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it's definitely on the low end of the Founders scale. I enjoyed the cherry component, but the graininess of the base beer was just too distracting, and not enjoyable. There are far better fruit beers out there, but there are also plenty that are worse.


Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 02:37:04 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Gtreid


2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery on 7/9.

A: Light pink color. A small fizzy head appeared and quickly faded to nothing. No lace.

A: not much going on here, some cherry aroma and that's about it. Not really impressed at all

T: tart cherry and some sweet malt. Not much hop presence. Really reminds me of a not so flavorful Chablis or something.

M: light, again not much to it.

O: Really let down by this. Was hoping to get something along the lines of Belgian red, and got something that fell way short of that. Would not have again. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 01:07:18 | More by Gtreid
Photo of smakawhat


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass.

Cherry red body, giving way to pink/orange hues as body subsides. Head is soupy a little picking up the body with some subtle pink hues even some orange matching the off white color. Body contains some slow rising carbonation bubbles, and while drinking is some fantastic looking spider web like lacing. Very good looking drink here.

First note of the bouquet is an obvious cinnamon. Red hots candy also with muted cherry. Minimal sweetness, not much tart or sourness either. However, after a few snips the nose seems to vanish or make it's presence known.

Taste is brought from the nose. Minor sour light cherries with a sweet finish bringing a mild cinnamon red hot candy. Very light bodied and seems lighter than the abv would depict, but also a little bit of fizzyness though.

Overall though this is a very solid beer and a great tasty fruity beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 01:40:52 | More by smakawhat
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a reddish amber hue with a fizzy white head and large bubbles that settle quickly.

S: Smells tart and tinny along with some light raspberry and cherry, not much else.

T/M: Taste is immediately tart, almost sour up front, giving way to a light to medium level of carbonation. It has a fizzy, champagne like consistency and strong raspberry, cherry fruitiness with a little bitterness.

It’s definitely a fruit ale focused on embodying the cherry essence, but it’s a bit too tart for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 02:03:53 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Beer Engine, Cleveland. Finally got around to rating this one. Reddish coloued boy, a little retained head that is soapy. Well malted down only somewhat tart cherry taste. Its OK, and that's all that seems intended.Average mouthfeel carbonation is right there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 14:20:35 | More by Sammy
Photo of ElizabethCraig


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Founders Brewing Company

Appearance: Medium raspberry amber, minimal white head.

Scent: Mild raspberry with a background of toasty semi-dark malt

Taste: Tart berry tempered by a yeasty ale taste. There is an interesting thing that happens with this beer. first you get lemon/berry, then you get hops. Then it goes back and forth again. It's a beer that gives you a little bit of a ride if you're paying attention. If you're paying too *much* attention, the crosschatter may be too much.

Finishes very clean with a hint of dry berry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 11:47:19 | More by ElizabethCraig
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 02:18:47 | More by Hoptometrist
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You know, I couldn't help but wonder when I saw this brew. Cherry brews have never - and I mean that - agreed with me. When I got a free one on draft, though, I couldn't turn it down. Cerise ahoy!

The color is astonishing pretty, for starters. A clear amber shining in the glass, though there's a pretty thin at the top of the glass that makes look a bit flat. Smell of cherries is absolutely maxed out. I can smell it from a mile away. A nice strain of sweetness lies underneath, but unless I'm really pushing to get to it, I'm just going to have to settle with a cherry-pie esque brew without much else going on.

Taste isn't too much either, but there's a kicker for me: it tastes like real cherries. Not cough syrup, but cherries. A nice medium body with a smooth character makes it all the easier to take in. Clean finish doesn't linger on the tongue, but rather stops as soon as its down the throat. Easy drinking for its style, and given the flavor, I must say that I'm fully satisfied by it. Cherries, cherries... heck, this is the epitome of a fruit beer.

Overall/notes - Certainly one of the best fruit beers I've had, though my experience is limited. While this wouldn't go on my list of favorite brews in general, it would provide a nice alternative when I'm in the mood for something different. I can only imagine what eating a cherry pie with this would be like... probably would cause some sort of overload.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 05:14:56 | More by bbkd3b
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4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Love this beer!

A great cherry beer. Not strong and syrupy like a kriek, but instead a simple fruit beer, light and smooth, with just the right amount of cherry in there. Pours slightly hazy, orange-brown with a nice white head. Cherries in the nose, but not too pronounced, accompanied by light malts and some caramel sugar. Taste of sweet cherries with a tartness following, and a smooth maltiness to finish off, and just a bit of breadiness. Medium-light mouthfeel, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:39:17 | More by Rifugium
Photo of DCon


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Stable in Saint Louis, MO, during the Founder's Beer Dinner Event. This was the first beer of the night and started off this "Beer Reception". Poured into my 10 oz. Glass and drank 2 back to back.

Appearance- Bright orange body with less then a fourth of a finger of head. Retention died fast and had minimal lacing.

Smell- There are cherries in the background but not bold... Very dull.

Taste- Huge upfront cherry taste but not what I imagined. Extremely tart.

Mouthfeel- Sour mouthfeel, Light bodied, and has a Medium carbonation.

Overall- Has a great drinkability but too tart for my palate. Also, not my favorite fruit beer but have to respect founders brewery for their brews.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 00:06:19 | More by DCon
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

A - This beer pours a hazy copper color, and also has a hint of red to it. It has a small white head, that left decent lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sour cherries and sweet malt. There is no hop presence to be found here.

T - I can taste the sour cherries immediately, then some malt and spices come in. The finish is of sour cherry tartness. There is also just a touch of alcohol present.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. There is a bit of a puckering cherry sourness to it.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. I think this is a pretty good beer for the style, but its really just not my thing. I would drink it again, but only once in a while and I could only handle 1 per sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 07:20:29 | More by JizackFH
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good color and average retention and lacing. Smells very strongly of cherries with lots of background sweetness. Taste is way on the sweet side with a bit of sourness to it as well. Too sweet for me. Body is appropriately medium, but drinkability is low for me because of that overpowering sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 23:30:45 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of Gehrig


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 22:51:55 | More by Gehrig
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4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 00:13:31 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Pentastar

New York

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 19:20:53 | More by Pentastar
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 18:29:01 | More by imn2it
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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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