Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,488
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 46
Gots: 92 | 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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (572 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,771 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +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... (837 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish pink color with a small, ivory head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of cherry, a mix of tart and sweet.

T - Obviously there is a tons of cherry taste. A good blend of tart and sweetness.

M - It had a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting fruit beer. However, I couldn't really have more than one. (374 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light link foam on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The Joan settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Cherrys, dark bread, and light herbal hops.

T - Sweet and sour cherry up front with some candy sugar notes. The fruit becomes more distinctly tart in the middle and things finish with dark fruit, toffee, and a touch of herbal hop character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbon, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is unusually drinkable for a non sour fruit beer. (524 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  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. (744 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It certainly looks good. Pinkish foam over a ruby body with orange highlights. It's hazy but it's obviously intended to be. Small particles of yeast can be seen floating within. Unfortunately, the head retention is a bit limited and it dwindles shortly to a thin collar and whispy surface covering.

The nose is fruit-pulp-like with a hint of watermelon rind, strawberry, cherry, and subtle tartness.

The flavor is sweet and tart, bursting with berry and cherry flavor. Intense! It's almost like a Jolly Racher, there's just too much flavor there! I should note however, that unlike candy, there's absolutely nothing artificial about the fruitiness here. Kudos for that!

Overall, it's loaded with cherry, just the right amount of tartness, and it's somewhat spritzy, light, and refreshing. Nicely done! One of the better straightforward fruit beers I've tasted! (863 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear rose, with a 1/2 finger of tight pinkish-white head. Retains with a thin, yet foamy look, that leaves back some great looking thick lacing that COATS the sides of the glass. The aroma is straight up tart cherry juice that is mixed in with sugary bread and some really spicy and floral hop character. This mix actually gives this a bit of a spicy and fruity cookie feel. This isn't quite full in the nose but what's there is fairly vibrant.

The taste is pretty much exactly the same as the aroma but a little more robust. A flush of juicy tart cherries that's backed by a sugary doughy sweetness and some moderately assertive spicy hop bitterness. Finishes with some residual fruity sweetness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a relatively prickly feel to the carbonation that then mellows out towards the back of the swallow. The sharpness up front really helps the spicy hops pop. This actually drinks pretty good for the size, as I didn't really pick up a whole lot of beef in the body.

All around pleasant new fruit beer here from Founders. I dug the authenic taste of the cherries and this was definitely a steady sipper at 6.5% ABV. I think this one's at least worth checking out. (1,251 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin pink head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of cherry flavor. Then a thin malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence to create a decent balance. I was expecting it to be a bit more tart but the cherry flavor isn’t overdone. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a cherry-flavored beer that has some substance to it. (829 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pinkish red. Pink head. Nose is bland. Cherry and one-dimensional. Flavor is cherry, and it is so-so. Too much fruit juice, not enough beer. Feel is thin on liquid and the carbonation is fairly vibrant. I don't dig this. Too much fruity and not enough beerness. (267 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours apricot with a finger of cream colored head. Nice viscosity to this, above average head retention & stellar lacing

S: Metallic hops & a bit of orchard fruit

T: Apricot & cherry up front, along with a bit of candi sugar sweetness. Cherry juice & a touch of raisin as this warms, more candi sugar peach juice & dryness too. Finishes with some cherry sweetness & tartness (finally) * some white grapes as well

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & syruppy quality to it

Drinks pretty easy, but not enough going on here to hold me for than a few> Better than most fruit beers, but they aren't in the same league a New Glarus' fruitty beers IMO. Probably one of a few Founders brews that doesn't impress me (716 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (535 characters)

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