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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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1,444 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,444
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

nickfl, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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

russpowell, Aug 08, 2010
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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Slatetank, May 12, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ruby-red color, slimmed head, pinkish.

Tart-n-sweet aroma, definite cherries. Nice.

Mmm, sour, gripping the palate, grabbing and playing with the tongue. Sour and sweet, cherry-licious. Full malty mouthfeel, good solid backbone.

Great little cherry ale. Not too much complexity, just loads of cherriness. That has it's place, sure, but in the end I find it a bit blase'...can't do too much of it.

feloniousmonk, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bruery tulip. No real head, carbonation low, no lacing. Its kind of red and mostly clear. eh.

Kind of wheaty, mildly cherry. Not very good.

Beer is mildly sweet with a cherry based tartness at the back of the mouth. It finishes cleanly. It tastes better than it smells. Still has a wheaty kind of flavor. Mild bitterness. Eh, it kind of has a medicine cherry flavor to it.

drabmuh, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -17.1%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, May 06, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

mendvicdog, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Mora2000, May 13, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 03/16/09:

Pours dark pink with pink head that thins. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of cherry, in a cough syrup way, with a musty touch.

Cherry stronger in taste than in aroma. Cherry-pie cherry - I've had ales reminiscent of cherry pie - this is cherry pie cherry. Slight breadiness with a touch of maltiness. Sweet with a touch of tart. Some "Fruit Roll-up" sweetness is there. Sweet finish.

Light-bodied with sticky cherry juice lingering in the aftertaste.

A pretty pricey fruit beer. Not that refreshing either. If I wanted a cherry flavour, I would take a lambic over this, easy. On the other hand, it does have more to it/more tartness than a typical American fruit beer. It's a sweet cherry-pie cherry in a beer (with a hint of breadiness so it's almost like drinking a cherry pie. No problems drinking one for the experience. Don't know that I could keep drinking it though (or would particularly want to have again).

jwc215, May 07, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rosy orange color. Nearly clear. Moderate head but it leaves some spotty lace.

Sour strawberry. Smells a bit like a milkshake. Strong sweetness, raw sugar?

Sour cherry pie without the chew. Definitely a dessert beer; would go well with cheese. Good body with light carbonation. Sour-sweet aftertaste that is lip-smackingly long.

smcolw, May 09, 2009
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

beernads, May 09, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pinkish / light red color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of cherry comes through to the nose. Some softer wheat or grass qualities are far in the background.

Taste: cherry is most dominant flavor but it is muted and creates a balanced beer with a mild malt profile, soft bitterness, and grass. For a fruit beer this is well done.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is soft and focuses on the cherry flavor.

Drinkability: for those that are not fans of fruit beers, this one will change your mind. The flavors are well balanced and you may actually want more than one in a session which rarely happens in this style.

Gavage, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Thin, clear rose amber color with a pink frothy head with streaky lacing and little retention. Aroma of sweet cherry, like a pie, not much of a hop presence. Moderately thick mouthfeel, little carbonation. Taste is like cherry pie, sweet at first and then a slight tart finish. I don't know, nothing remarkable, certainly not as high quality or complex as the rubaeus its replacing in the lineup. The finish lingers with a slightly stale taste that makes this less drinkable for me.

yourefragile, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

orangesol, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby red in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a very mild aroma to this beer with just a little bit of natural cherry (including some tartness and some sweetness).

T: This beer has a moderate to strong flavor of natural cherries that introduces both sweetness and tartness. There is a light amount of malt sweetness but overall this beer is very well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink but not really a flavor profile that is sessionable to me. I enjoyed this beer and would probably have another at some time in the future.

dbrauneis, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Pearly Baker's in Easton, PA. This beer was a disappointment. It came out a clear cherry red with no head. The aroma and flavor are basically of cherry juice while there's also a vaguely nutty malt flavor in the background of the taste. Juicy but flat and not satisfying as a beer.

tempest, Apr 25, 2009
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,444 ratings.