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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1389
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%

Brewed by:
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 tavernjef


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

Husky dulled body of medium crimson orange with a slimmed cherry kool aid pinked bubbly capping. A few thin strings of lacing get stretched across the glass.

Muted aroma of tart earthy cherry and a bit of sweet malt underneath.

Taste has a nice sweetened tang of dulled tart cherry thats semi sharp with a light smack on the lips, then the tongue, but drops off quickly to a light finish that drys just a titch earthy. Tiny touches of cinnamon and brown sugar emerge as it goes along.

Tangy, sweet, nearly medium body with a muted tartness and a second half that's a bit empty but is plenty likeable as it stays just clean and sharp enough as to bend the palate just right into an acceptable tone.

A well balanced and toned down tartened sweet cherry beer that may be a good starter fruit beer for those not quite ready for the big sour brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:33:07 | More by tavernjef
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull red color and a cloudy consistency. There was no head to speak of, but some OK lacing.

S: The cherries and malt dominated the taste.

T: Surprisingly, the cherries weren't as overwhelming as I would've thought. Had an almost sour quality to it. Somewhat malty. Not as well defined as others of the style.

M: Highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but I figured I'd give this one a shot if Founders made it. It's not bad, and definitely drinkable, but didn't wow me.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 12:57:08 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger head of foam, very good lacing.

Very sweet cherries in the smell, some of the sweet very sugar like.

Lots of cherry sweet in the taste with very mild sour notes, lots of sugary sweetness and a cough syrup kind of taste that takes over after a few sips. Maybe some cinnamon. Weird but not off putting to where I'd say this is disgusting.

Close to full bodied, medium carbonation, and fairly drinkable. An interesting experiment by Founders. Some work really well, some don't.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:57:54 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Bottled on 04/01/09. 15 IBUs, 6.5% ABV. Thanks to Sweemzander for this one!

A - A light pink/red colored beer pours into the tulip with a full haze to it. An incredibly light pink, almost white head floats on top gently while leaving delicate lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is very light overall but I can easily smell fresh cherries. Not a fruity overwhelming aroma but a low, charming one. A slightly grainy malt aroma peeks out a touch. No hops on the nose.

T - The aroma is very deceiving. The cherries come out full-force in the flavor with a very freshly-picked trait. Lack of syrupyness in here is a real winner. Sweet but tart that balances nicely and finishes with a light pale malt flavor.

M - Sweet but tart and smooth but crisp and refreshing! Medium-bodied with a dry finish and just a little zing.

D - You definitely won't like it if you have an aversion to cherries but it's not syrup-like at all. A good desert beer or fruity summer drink. Well balanced and brewed.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 21:35:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, deep, ruby coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of a slight roasting and a watered down, subtle cherry tartness. It almost smells like when you make Jell-O, and have to boil water and add it to the mix pack. That initial smell when the water hits the powder, only from a couple of rooms away...that's what this smells like. Flavors are rich and deeply sweet, with a solid cherry flavor, definitely more maracino than black. Only a subtle tartness in the palate, and the beer refrains from getting into the sugary or syrupy realm. This brew has legit fruit flavors. The beer is thin, and with a slight carbonation it has a very crisp feel in mouth. Sweet, moderate aftertaste that has an even fade as the palate clears. Extremely clean finish. This beer is completely different from what I was expecting. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:38:32 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a mix and match for 2.50. I wish I could find a case (or at least in a variety case) because this has become one of my favorite cherry ale's!

A - Hazy pinkish in color.
S - Tart cherry's
T - It was exactly the tartness I wanted with an almost candy tasting cherry flavor! Good beer hoppy flavor in the finish but mostly malty.
M - Coats the mouth well and every sip was a treat
D- Most would say a few but I could drink the entire 4 pack in a row with no problems.

Overall a great ale from founders next to the pale ale and Scottish ale respectively. I could drink this every week!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 07:50:06 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of bluejacket74


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

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a red/pink color with about a half inch light pink head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries. Neither the sweetness or tartness overpowers the other, there's a good balance between the 2. Taste is similar to the aroma. It's all cherries, but I think there's more sweet than tart in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit rich and is well carbonated. Drinkability is OK, I could have a couple of these every once in a while if in the mood for a fruit beer. It's a decent enough brew, but this isn't something I could drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 23:03:36 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of DefenCorps


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

Thanks for tossing one my way, Devin! Bottled 1st April

A: A resplendent reddish pink with a thin pinkish head with decent retention and fine carbonation.

S: Slightly medicinal cherry character with a brown malt sweetness.

T: A very refreshing combination of cherry sweetness and tartness, this one is all cherries. There's a mild biscuity malt backbone to this, but this really is like a gourmet cherry soda. Awesome

M: Light and crisp with a very clean finish, the tartness mid palate contrasts the dryness on the finish really well. I'm a fan

D: I'm drinking mine in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 05:12:01 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rose color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cherries, sweet and tart. Taste like it smells, more tart than sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:52:11 | More by tone77
Photo of scruffwhor


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rose hue with some watermlon meat highlights. Very quick two finger, bright white head that recedes to nothing right after the pour. The aroma is of soft tart cherries and some ripe granny smith apple juice. The taste is super smooth with just a mild cherry tartness. Very fruity, but not too fruity. Sweet, tart, and juicey on the palate. Great cheery ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 17:49:16 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of flagmantho


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. I tend to love cherry things, so I have high expectations!

Appearance: reddish-gold hue; sort of like pink champagne with a touch of haze. Head poured thin and nearly disappeared fairly quickly, but there is a lot of effervescence in the body. Interesting.

Smell: mild fruity aroma not instantly identifiable as cherries. The pink champagne theme continues from the visual down to the aroma, as well; kind of surprising.

Taste: flavor follows from the aroma. There's a little bit of fruitiness up front followed by a tartness, although malt character doesn't really stick out. If you like rosé wine, this is the beer for you.

Mouthfeel: light body with relatively little carbonation. There's not much interesting here.

Overall: I like how weird this beer is. It completely reminds me of pink champagne in just about every way. If you're into that, then you will like this beer too.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 20:32:24 | More by flagmantho
Photo of jrallen34


2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a clear bright pink with little head and lacing.

The aroma is light very sweet, a little bit of cherry, but I wish it was more balaned and provided a little tartness.

The taste is like the aroma, very sweet, cherry flavored, but its somehow just plain and boring. No complexity here at all.

The feel is very bad, worse than water if that's possible.

Drinkability is low.

Overall, this is a horrible fruit beer. It should not be consumed.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:41:39 | More by jrallen34
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:53:00 | More by nickfl
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus, first time I've seen it. In retrospect this seems a bit too pricy for this beer, but I do like most things from Founders so it seemed like good odds. The beer is reddish-orange color, very clear, with a thin sticky white head. The beer smells a little like cherry pie, I get some cinnamon and cherries and maybe a little fresh bread out of this. I think the taste is OK for what it is, but fruit beers are usually not my thing. Sweet upfront and a little tart in the aftertaste. Medium body and easy drinking (so long as you like cherry pie). Not to be purchased again by me, unlike other Founders beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 21:36:16 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Amber body with a reddish tint. I expected a significantly redder color, really. It's no Blushing Monk. No head, really, and no lacing at all.

Smell - Sweet malt and a bready aroma that reminds me of Strawberry Short's Cake. The cherry isn't apparent until the end of the smell when the other aromas fade away.

Taste - Much more cherry-centric, but still retains some beer-like flavors. Sweet caramel malt and, again, a bready malt. Cherry tartness builds throughout and finishes with a slight sweetness that reminds of a cherry syrup, unfortunately. Otherwise, the cherry flavor is nice.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation makes it a bit heavy and that syrupy flavor at the end adds to it. Otherwise, it's easy drinking and quite clean.

Overall - Nothing terribly impressive. A simple, sustained cherry flavor. Not my favorite style, so I wouldn't seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn my nose up to it either.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:52:36 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but never disappears completely. Smells of cherries, sour cherries, faint perfume, and a brown sugar malt sweetness. Taste is a puckering tart cherry up front and sweet malt with a syrupy sweet lingering cherry flavor in the finish. Medium body and carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one, I think this is a very well done fruit beer. I love cherries but sometimes fruit beers can be well over-fruited.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 23:02:19 | More by johnnnniee
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 chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Some sediment in bottom of bottle added to last 1/3 of sample - sediment improved flavor.

Pours a clear golden tone with a tinge of pink/red and a modeast off-white head.

Very nice fruity (cherry) aroma. Smells like real cherry juice; not artificial. Malt backbone in background.

Nice sweet/tart balance with a low level (IBU = 15) bitterness. Excellent flavor but too mild and not quite as tart as I'd like. On the other hand, the aftertaste is mainly a fruity (generic) sourness. Borderline 3.5/4 on taste.

M - medium/light body with little carbonation

Good with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:10:31 | More by chinchill
Photo of FosterJM


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

896th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz bottle


Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one!

App- It's like the color of mixing grenadine and oj, just very light. A little see through with a one finger head that leaves some good stick behind.

Smell- A good bit of aromatics but thick on the nose. Cherries, wheat, nutmeg and some thick sugar

Taste- This has the taste of Wisconsin Belgian red mixed with Lindemans Framboise. A bit thicker and syrupy but good. A damp cherry mixed with a tinge of booze and wheaty malt on the end.

Mouth- A lighter medium body and a good medium carbonation level. A little bubbly on the finish but mostly a syrupy cherry.

Drink- A good fruit beer. A bit thick but still well balanced and tasteful. I've been happy with all the Founders I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:53:04 | More by FosterJM
Photo of tpd975


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

Thanks to seabass for this one.

A: Pours a light amberish pink hue with a rather small white head.

S: Aromas of light cherry and lots of grain.

T: Sweet cherry with a subtle tartness. There is some light vanilla and light malt. Hints of caramel, and candy sugar.

M: On the lighter side of medium, nice carbonation.

D: Pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 16:02:08 | More by tpd975
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle - thanks to pushkinwow for this one

Appearance – Hazy dark pink colour with a small size fizzy pinkish white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 1 minute before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, cherries, lemon juice - not a whole lot of smell

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed cherries and some lemon juice. There are also some faint spice flavours, perhaps pepper or clove. The beer finishes with a cherry slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall – The flavour wasn't too over the top, so it was drinkable.. but not something that I would want more than 1 bottle of. Happy I gave it a shot, but wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 19:02:50 | More by spinrsx
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Bottle. Pours a light reddish pink with a thick light pink head. Aroma of cinnamon, sweet cherry, and apple pie. Wow, this tastes like a fresh apple pie (crust, fruit, and spices)! Yum! I don't know why this tastes more like apple than cherry but I don't care! A little on the sweet side. I'm glad I decided to try a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 19:04:10 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 3/20/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy strawberry color with a loose quarter inch, off-white head that immediately dispersed into a skim and some clusters of ringlets around the edges of the glass. Some spots of lacing, but fairly weak legs. Mild nose - slightly tart cherries and a wheat character towards the back. Taste consistent with nose - sweet up front and tart towards the back, as well as some artificial sweetener in the mix; wheat character come out much less in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was light/medium with a consistent background effervescence, some astringency in the mix and a fairly dry finish. Interesting beer, but one was sufficient.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 21:48:34 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dazzling copper rose with a slight haze. Small, lacy, eggshell-white head. Nose shows off tart cherries, cherry syrup, fruit punch, light graininess, and a hint of floral hops. Mildly tart cherries start off the palate. Reminds me of cherry pie. Toasted grains and pie crust malt follow, before the sweetness comes in. Fruit punch and cherry sweetness swells, pushing any tartness aside. Finish brings in some cherry pits, and faint bitterness. Lingering tartish cherries. Medium-bodied, with a creamy feel. Not a bad cherry ale, in the vain of New Glarus's Belgian Red. This one is not quite as good, but is decent. I would prefer a little more tartness and a little less sweetness, but that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 22:18:49 | More by alexgash
Photo of hopdog


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium reddish/pinkish color with an average sized, frothy, pinkish head. Aromas of cherries. Tastes of cherries, cherry pie, pie crust, and bready. On the sweeter side with a lighter tart, cherry finish (but definitely leans towards the sweeter side). Pinkish lacing left on the glasss.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 17:12:05 | More by hopdog
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.