Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
07-02-2011 02:18:47 | More by Hoptometrist
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
Reddish copper pour with a small layer of head. Tartness present on the nose with fresh cherries and hints of alcohol. Taste is moderately tart and surprisingly subtle. The cherries present are very fresh and ripe tasting, and there is a slight acidity on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. This one has a nice flavor but isn't too bold, a decent fruit beer overall. Not one of my favorite styles, but in this case done well.
09-20-2009 22:03:49 | More by alcstradamus
2.28/5 rDev -37.2%
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Should be fresh; Founders just arrived in CT.
Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch fizzy pink head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy pink. No lacing.
Smell: Faint cherry (indistinct variety). Malt underneath. Best I can say is there's no foul odors.
Taste: Very sweet. Slightest suggestion of sour cherry among the sugar. Decent malt backbone comes out as the beer dries way the hell out.
There's sort of a medicinal flavor up front, along with some coffee (???). Cherry and strawberry donut aftertaste. Weird. Sour cherry again comes out in the finish, sharing the same long-aftertaste flavor as dried tart cherries... it's as if my mouth ate some delicious sour cherries, but didn't tell me about it (in fact, it gave me this story about going to Dunkin Donuts instead).
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Almost no bitterness. Sugary up front, really dry at the end. Low side of moderate carbonation.
Overall: Michigan tart cherries are some of the most delicious things to eat in the world. As a celebration of that ingredient, this beer is a travesty. The people at Founders really ought to have eaten the cherries and used the fermenters for their good beers.
That said, the ridiculous strawberry donut flavor isn't *that* bad. Maybe I'm slightly more forgiving since I can still remember the similar (but several orders of magnitude worse) Ommegang Aphrodite. This beer is cloying and, to get right down to it, bad, but I can probably finish the glass. I like donuts every so often I guess.
07-12-2012 02:27:13 | More by Pahn
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
Presentation: Stubby 12oz brown screw cap bottle
Appearance: Rose colored beer with light orange tints...good clarity, and a fluffy pale pink cap with good retention
Smell: Sweet and tart cherries, not nearly as tart as a fruit lambic, but not fake and artificial like many fruit beers either; something almost floral and kinda odd is in here too
Taste: Kind of like cherry pie...begins medium sweet but ends short and tart...it's not a bad flavor at all, but it seems quite muted; there could be so much more here it seems. Maybe I'm unfairly comparing it to New Glarus' Belgian Red which is the same style but absolutely blows this away
Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied
Drinkability: Fairly high
Conclusion: Good flavor, but not enough of it...better than the average fruit beer for sure, but doesn't approach a good Kriek or New Glarus' offering...paired nicely with a chocolate bourbon mousse cake
08-23-2009 02:37:43 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
12oz. bottle - dated 05/15/12 - served into a tulip glass
Pours a multifaceted shade of red: like dark red velvet cake towards the top of the body, and almost like a bloody mary towards the bottom and sides. Not opaque, but it has enough (hazy?) darkness to obscure your fingers on the other side of the glass. 1.25 fingers of pale pink head; small bubbles and solid bands of lacing. The best part of this beer's appearance is when you swirl it in the glass - the velvet red of the beer's body splashes into the pink foam to make something beautiful.
There's not much to the nose of this beer, surprisingly. There's some faint cherry notes and some faint spice notes. It's kinda like someone opened up a New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red...from way across the room and you can barely smell it. It's not all fruit, though: the dominant aromas are malty, bready ones. Darker bread.
The very first flavor that comes across is some sort of generic beer flavor. Almost lager-like in its clean, sweet, bready malt flavor. Then the fruit comes in: cherry flavor that sits somewhere in between cherry pie and Ludens Wild Cherry Throat Drops. It's not exactly tart, but the cherry essence goes a bit beyond just sweetness. There's a very small amount of pie spice here; not nearly as much as in Wisconsin Belgian Red. I keep making that comparison because that New Glarus beer is the big gun in the non-Kriek cherry ale category. Does Cerise taste as good as that beer? No. But it's good in its own right.
Overall, this is a easy-drinking and somewhat refreshing cherry beer. I wish it were cheaper, as it is a nice summer heat beer, actually; I'd buy it more often.
06-10-2012 05:19:44 | More by Reaper16
3.2/5 rDev -11.8%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. bottled 04/27/10.
pours a cloudy amber tone with maybe a finger and a half of a creamy white/off-white head that demonstrates modest retention and lacing.
i find the nose to be rather underwhelming... just very subdued. notes of cherry and malt but muted on bother counts, i was expecting more.
intereting flavor profile. tart cherries lead the way up front, followed by a maltiness i get more mid-palate and then some bitterness coming in the finish. not a bad beer, but not doing a lot for me, either; sort of of one-dimesional.
medium bodied/carbed mouthfeel. glad i tried it, and would recommend it to anyone into fruit beers (especially cherry, obviously) but i'm not exactly jonesin' for another.
original review on: 10-14-2010
05-16-2012 01:20:36 | More by BostonHops
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
A- In some lights it's dark orange with red highlights. In other lights it's perfectly cherry red. Half finger short lived, tight bubbled white head leaving little lacing.
S- Sweet and tart cherries, slight biscuit from the malts. It's not over the top cherry.
T- Right off the bat a sour blast of cherry, as it moves to the back of your tongue it shifts gears and sweetens up considerably. There is a cookie sweetness that adds a bit of chew to the drink. There really isn't anything more to it than that.
M- Light bodied, slight chew and an onslaught of carbonation.
O- I like cherry beers, I particularly like ones that I don't have to worry to much about heartburn an hour later lol. This is good for what it is, an ale with cherries. Nothing fancy at all but well pulled off. The aroma is a little lacking but the taste takes the reins.
04-11-2012 00:31:47 | More by korguy123
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours a reddish brown color with white head. smell is pretty mute, but the cherries do come through a bit. Taste is mostly tart cherry, with pale malt. Bit of sweetness that becomes much more prevalent as you drink more of the beer and it starts to taste more like juicy juice than beer. Heavier mouthfeel than I would have figured and the carbonation is lower than many other fruit beers.
07-07-2011 01:48:31 | More by Blanco
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into my Christmas Ale snifter.
Pours an orangish-pink. Head was almost non-existent.
Smells sour and tart. Similar to a good sour beer. Notes of cherries and malt are present. Sour Michigan cherries.
The taste is light. Cherries and more cherries with some maltiness mixed in sparingly. A little one dimensional, needs some complexity would make this beer world class. Maybe some dark chocolate malt or caramel malt.
It leaves almost no aftertaste except the lingering bitterness from the cherries.
This one heck of a summer beer, but I've had better Fruity beers. I expected more from Founders, but still a solid choice for a lighty, fruity palate or a cheese pairing.
08-16-2011 19:47:42 | More by VncentLIFE
2.98/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a bright cherry juice color with a silly looking pink head. Whole bunch of beading. I'm immediately skeptical.
Smells fresh... light fruits, mild honey, table sugar, cherries of course.
My mom sampled some and said "It tastes like something that... isn't beer." And I sort of tend to agree. Tastes like some kind of wine spritzer. Fizzy fruit.
Very drinkable. But not my bag. What to do with the other three?
06-16-2012 23:51:24 | More by yamar68
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled 05/15/12.
A: Pours a bright red with a 1 finger pinkish white head. Fairly opaque but you can still see some carbonation. Head stick around for a while, leaves a hint of lacing.
S: First I get some over-ripened sweet fruits, obviously cherry, but also apple, peach and plum. An earthy aroma as well possibly from the yeast.
T: First taste is slightly sour as my taste buds adjust, cherry is what comes through the most. After my mouth adjusts you can see this certainly has beer like qualities. A nice change from other fruit dominated ales.
M: Medium to full bodied with lower than expected carbonation. A little sticky but overall easy drinking.
Overall good for the summer but not something I would want to drink all day. Even Founders struggles with this difficult style.
06-09-2012 19:59:59 | More by CloudStrife
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
Got this from Founders Tap Room. The bottle date is blurred?! Can't be to stale though.
Pours really pink/red and looks beautiful with a nice white head. Really bubbly.
The smell is of cherries, but does not blast out of the gat by any means. A let down.
Cherries are up front on the taste with a sour following. It's pretty refreshing I must admit. It had such a good cherry flavor(not fake-REAL, it's hard to not like. I have had the bourbon barrel version of this and it's much better. This is one dimensional, but Nywego is better.
Carbs are high and mouthfeel is thin.
Refreshing fo sho, but not the beer I'm wanting to settle down with.
07-13-2012 01:25:07 | More by JDizzle
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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