Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 39
Gots: 85 | FT: 4
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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 Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light red with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt and some fruity cherry aromas. Taste is of malt and sour cherry flavors. There is a sour/acidic quality that lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. There is a high level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit beer with a nice sour cherry flavor. A good refreshment for the hot summer months.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed in Spring 2009. Review input from notes.

Pours a reddish-pink mixed with a wee bit of brown. The aroma is that of tart cherries with hints of sweetness. The taste brings out even more cherry flavor, coming full on at your palate. There is a slight tartness to it as well. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, a fantastic fruit beer.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's clear red in color; there's a small bit of pink head and not much visible carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: There is a great balance between sweet and tart flavors; the tartness of the cherries really stands out but isn't overpowering because of the strong presence of sweetness from the malts. The cherries don't taste as sweet as Lindemans Kriek and the fruity flavor seems more natural.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little bubbly.
D: The beer is definitely easy to drink and goes down smoothly. It's a pretty good beer for this particular style.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pink lemonade color with a bubbly pink cap that leaves a few splashes here and there

Smell: Tart cherry aroma

Taste: Starts out with a subtle sweet cherry flavor that is joined by the tart fruit and builds in both directions by mid-palate, with just a hint of malt underneath; after the swallow, the tart flavors prevail and linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not something I would drink everyday, but a well-executed fruit beer that blends both sweet and tart flavors nicely together

Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a fruit-forward beer Cerise doesn't offend the non-fruit beer drinker, but gives a bold cherry taste that will appeal to fruit lovers in general.

The pour brings a decisive mauve color of Ruby Red Grapefruit. Hazy pink with some bolder, ruby hues. Ample carbonation delivers a formitable, upfront foamstand that falters with low-lying malt protiens. A pectin haze gives the appearance of mild wheat.

Both the aroma and flavor are soaked in fresh cherry character that straddle the fence of real cherries and confectionates. Still, a background of malt base stands firm and doesn't let the cherry notes dominate completely. The beers light hopping and more subtle pleasantries are difficult to detect because of the full cherry flavor. Still, this is a beer and never confuses itself with wine coolers or overly sugary beverages.

The body is a bit light, some would say thin because of the tartness of the cherries and the weakness of the base beer. Again, the cherry additions do not make the beer cloying, sticky-sweet, or void of texture.

Since fruit and beer has a long and loyal history, Founders' proud summer seasonal celebrates what's best about their popular and local cherry crops.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright pink color ale with a large pink bubbly head with minimal retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium sour cherries with some discernable malt. Taste is also dominated by sour cherries though malt bill is present but somewhat neutral. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well done with good balanced and not cloying in any way.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: quarter finger rapidly dissipating pink head on a red, clear body.

S: cherries and strawberries with hints of pale malts. light aroma though.

T: tart cherrys and black cherry flavors that taste more like grenadine or syrup than the fruit. This one is borderline too sweet for my liking.

M: medium body, coats the palate, moderate carbonation.

Overall: It definitely is what it says it is and doesnt hold back without being overdone although it approaches that line.

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

Founders Cerise is an odd, although not unappealing, shade of bright reddish orange. The whipped creamy crown is cherry blossom pink and is starting to leave sudsy patches of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. Much more sticks once the beer falls with drinking. It's a good look and is perfectly in keeping with the style.

After a single sniff, it's obvious that tart (Michigan) cherries are the centerpiece of this beer. That doesn't mean the nose is aromatic enough, because it isn't. Rubaeus was bursting with raspberries, so I'm not sure why this one isn't bursting with cherries.

Fruit beers don't need to hit the drinker over the head, but they do need to be more bold than this. The total amount of flavor is roughly half of what it is in the Sam Smith Organic Fruit Beers. If you think that's okay because you don't love cherries, then what the hell are you doing drinking a cherry fruit beer?

Founders did a better job with Cerise than with Rubaeus in one way (and only one way). This offering has a moderate sweetness, which is a nice complement to the fruity tartness. Bitterness is virtually absent (15 IBUs), as it should be in most beer of this style. The finish lingers for a bit, and is where the fruit flavor makes its biggest splash.

It looks like appearance and mouthfeel are the highlights. The sugars are on the high side (let's go with moderately to significantly sweet), which lends a lightly syrupy quality. The bubbles are fine and dandy, being neither too prominent nor too scarce.

Word is, Cerise is a replacement for Rubaeus, presumably due to the relative costs of the fruit. That's a shame because the raspberry beer is better than the cherry beer. Oh well, there's plenty of other stuff from Founders to love. Like most all of it.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Solid offering here. I had heard this one was out for a while now, but I had never gotten around to actually trying it. After a month or so, I was delighted to be able to receive one if the mail. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one while cooking out on 05/31/2009.
 
The pour was nice, light pink in color with a light fizzy head of white on top. Nice amounts of carbonation were tossed in as well and the overall look of it was very very, and very light. Smooth, mellow aroma of cherries here with a very nice balance struck between the tartness and light sweet notes that permeated throughout. Lightly dry on the finish here and the fruit flavor was done in such a way as to not take overall offense to it. Rather this was not a big, fruit heavy flavored beer, it was nice and clean, crisp, refreshing. Very solidly done with a light, easy drinkable nature to it that made the day go by quick.
 
Overall an easy drinking, smooth, clean and very seasonable light fruit beer. I would have no issue at all with having this again any day, In fact I think it would be well worth it.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a hazy reddish orange color with a thin white head.

S: Smells like cherry pie, which is pretty much what I expected. There's a light tartness of cherries to it as well. There really isn't any depth to it in terms of malt aroma, but definitely lots of cherry.

T: Things aren't much different on the palate. Sweet cherries combined with a light tartness of cherries to it as well. Again, really no malt or bread flavor. Maybe a hint of spice.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Sort of like the New Glarus fruit beers in the sense that it's sweet and overly fruity, but it's got a nice flavor.

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had Cerise twice and the first time it was fresh the second time it had a few months of age on it. The beer didn't seem to change a whole lot other than the flavor a little bit. The beer still poured out as an interesting looking golden color. The head was white and lasted for a while. The smell of the beer has some tart cherry aromas coming off of it. The taste is a mix of sweet and tart cherry it seems. It's sweeter when it's fresh but leaves a sharp tart flavor in the aftertaste. When the beer is a little older it tastes more sour I think. The mouthfeel is a well carbonated and fairly drinkable. Overall it's an interesting brew for sure. I still prefer Sam Adams Cherry Wheat over this and NG Belgian Red.

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

Appearance: Pours an appropriately cherry-hued body that's a tad hazy and layered with a small-sized, wispy, white head.

Smell: Juicy, ripe cherries provides some sweet-scented accents, but mostly tart notes come through. Also, some meager hints of spice.

Taste: Cherries! With a well-balanced intermingling of both toothsome sweetness and puckering tartness. There's an apparent maltiness to the beer, but, really, it just seems to serve as a modest base for the added fruit. Pinch of cinnamon in the background. Very subtle hint of bitterness. Still, the beer finishes with final sweet/tart flourishes and that cinnamon note moving to the front.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: An ideally refreshing cherry beer and one I enjoyed. It's no New Glarus Belgian Red, but it's no slouch, either. Give it a try if you're an admitted fan of fruit beers.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/13/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

Strangely it glows crimson in indirect light, and is a saturated orange when backlit. The white foam also takes on a pinkish hue, all due to the cherry puree listed on the label. Sticky defined crown of lace inside the glass, three dimensional and dripping downwards.

Aroma is cherry and minerally cider, all natural distinctive fruit characteristics.

Flavor is a touch sweet, which lingers until the aftertaste. Big Michigan pie cherry and faintly malty breadiness that one can't help but associate with flaky pie crust. Dry finish, clean and not cloying at all. Low level astringency, similar to cherry juice. This is very tasty (provided you like cherries) and not just another sweetened fruit beer. Authenticity reigns, leave it to Founders to brew a successful Michigan cherry ale...

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

My Cerise amore...sorry. This brew pours a clear amber copper topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, cherry pie, ... I thought there was more in there, but I'm getting nothing now but these bakery items. Odd, kinda, but not really bad at all. The taste, of course, is dominated by the cherries as well, but here they are more sour, more medicinal, almost fake-tasting. Behind the cherries, there's a hint of nutmeg, coriander, and some very soft caramel. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation and a gooey (read: not really sticky, but not really not, either) feel. Overall, a decent fruit beer, but the complete package just doesn't fully come together here.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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