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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 33
Gots: 79 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Photo of drbenderdo


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-03-2013 02:58:46 | More by drbenderdo
Photo of ToasterChef


4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is translucent and ruby colored. A thn head of pink foam rests on top.

Black cherry aroma with some musty yeast.

The beer has a very nice fruit flavor. Cherries are a bunny and provide a robust sweetness that canned cherry pie filling wishes it had. I detect no sourness, so Kirk fans be warned. A subtle black cherry flavor lingers after I swallow.

The beer has plenty of carbonation. The tiny bubbles play on my tongue. A coat is left behind, but it isn't a very sticky beer.

I like this one a lot. It is a well made fruit beer that doesn't feel gimmicky or overly sweet. I'll definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 02:26:42 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-16-2013 05:38:34 | More by megamass
Photo of HopDerek


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Drafting Room Exton.

Poured a clear ruby red with 1 finger of white head with some pinkish edges into a goblet. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of sweet cherry syrup like in a pie, along with some brown sugar and grain. Tastes of tart cherries and cherry syrup followed by some honey, brown sugar, and doughy bread notes. A slight earthy hop finish as well. Medium in body with some prickly carbonation. Sweet with a touch of tartness, like a liquid cherry pie. Very easy to drink, definitely could see myself enjoying many of these while lounging by the poolside in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 23:20:19 | More by HopDerek
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very interesting looking stuff here! Rose-colored with quite a bit of haze, with a finger of pink head. Retention is fairly short but surprisingly some lacing is left behind.

S - I'm not sure if there's actual cinnamon in Cerise, but cinnamon is the first aroma to hit and very distinct. Underneath is a simple cherry tartness with trace of candylike or artificial notes. Nothing "beer-y" that I can find, just simple, clean, and upfront fruit.

T - For something called a "beer" this tastes very little of any sort of grain, and I can't find a trace of hops. That being said, it still tastes great. Moderately sweet cherry comes in immediately bringing with it a pleasant tartness that grows throughout the sip. Late palate with the sweetness at it's lowest and the tartness at its peak, vague notions of grain bounce around, but it's not a flavor I can pinpoint in every sip. The finish and aftertaste yeild more of the cinnamon from the nose.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Curiously, other reviewers have described this brew as "spritzy;" I don't know if my bottle is off or what but the low carbonation suits it well, maintaining the sweet/sour balance.

D - As has been the case during this review, it's really hard to think of Cerise as a beer. The whole time I've been thinking of a sort of sparkling wine with some obviously lowered ABV. At any rate this stuff tastes great which is almost unheard of when brewers start throwing fruit in their beer. Although you won't find the seamlessness or pure synergy of fruit and beer as in the case of Bell's Cherry Stout, you will get a very clean beverage showcasing natural tasting fruit rather than a sort of fruit "esscence" superimposed on a weak, off-tasting American wheat. Cerise wouldn't be a bad choice to have a couple of, it certainly goes down without a fight. I can also pleasurably imagine finishing off a night with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 05:41:11 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Patrick999


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lookswise, a bit of a letdown. I guess I was expecting some intense lambic-like red, so I poured it into a goblet. It looks like...generic beer. Maybe a tinge of orange-red.

Aroma is of sour mash and cherry.

Hmm....now on the palate this strikes me as a pretty good straightforward refreshing fruit beer. It's pretty one-dimensional, with a generic "beer" underpinning, but at least there's strong real cherry, unlike something like SA Cherry Wheat. In the oft-maligned canon of non-lambic "fruit beer," this stands out as one of the better efforts.

Soft, pleasing carbonation.

Easy to drink, but doesn't necessarily quench as much as you'd think, as this brings the sweet cherry juice pretty hard. I like it, I just don't think I'd crave it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 21:26:56 | More by Patrick999
Photo of bnes09


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright strawberry red color. Descent, sudsy head with poor retention and no lacing. Typical for the style.

Sweet and tart aroma, lots of cherries. Mild floral spice for the hops.

Smooth and sweet flavor of cherries, no surprise here. Shortbread malt character blends well with the fruit. Hops are very light with leafy notes. Finish is mildly tart with lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and slick feel without a syrupy texture.

As far as fruity beers go, this is one of the best. Sweetness is satisfying but not overdone. Just the right amount of tart character. Great balance as well. Not a style I will usually drink but exceptional for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 14:53:42 | More by bnes09
Photo of BigMike


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5-19-10

Pours slightly orange with a pink tint and some hazyness. About 1/2 finger of thin white head.
I definitely get the cherries on the nose. Also some cinnamon pie crust.
Sweet and tart cherry and some bready pie crust. Not much else going on.
Pretty light bodied but refreshing and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Not bad for a fruit beer which is one of my least liked styles of beer. It's a little sweet to drink more then one of.

*From notes taken on 6-25-10

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:25:55 | More by BigMike
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy copper color, and also has a hint of red to it. It has a small white head, that left decent lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sour cherries and sweet malt. There is no hop presence to be found here.

T - I can taste the sour cherries immediately, then some malt and spices come in. The finish is of sour cherry tartness. There is also just a touch of alcohol present.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. There is a bit of a puckering cherry sourness to it.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. I think this is a pretty good beer for the style, but its really just not my thing. I would drink it again, but only once in a while and I could only handle 1 per sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 07:20:29 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Hophead717


3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-29-2012 04:40:04 | More by Hophead717
Photo of jamie2dope


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders Cerise pours a pink color, with a bit of pink heading that doesn't hang around too long. It sort of looks like cherry flavored ginger ale. Smell is of very sweet cherries, although there is some hint of sourness at the end. A slight medicinal quality also comes through. Taste is of cherries, cream, pie crust, more medicine. A light bodied beer, drinkability loses a few points for the sometimes overbearing sweetness. Not a bad effort from Founders. I like the Rubaeus a little bit more, although they are two totally different beers. Grab a single and pair this with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 21:33:49 | More by jamie2dope


2/5  rDev -44.9%

12-02-2011 05:20:27 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
Photo of stealth


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-02-2012 19:23:23 | More by stealth
Photo of davey101


3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date is smudged, but appears to be 05/10/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark red body that almost borders on purple. Looks like a fruit soda. A small messy cap of light tan foam dissipated quickly. Thin lacing with moderate lacing and retention.

S - Strong cherries. Yaaaa...I don't know. That is it really. Its tart and smells natural, but that is all there is to the aroma.

T - Tart cherries with a sweet and syrupy finish. Again, very natural tasting. It does capture some of that spiciness that a real cherry has, almost cinnamon like but very subtle.

M - Medium bodied, almost syrup like but a moderate level of carbonation cuts through.

O - I won't miss this beer. Its a step up over the faux-fruit lambics, but at the end of the day its just a solid cherry ladened beverage. Bring on the Rubaeus!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:50:42 | More by davey101
Photo of GennyCreamAle

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-21-2012 03:37:45 | More by GennyCreamAle
Photo of scottwurst


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-08-2013 22:14:34 | More by scottwurst
Photo of vandemonian


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Cerise is a very nice sourish fruit beer.

A: Lovely red/orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing around the edge of the glass. 4.5

S: Sweet cherry aroma. Quite nice. 4

T: Acidic cherry flavour with some sourness. There is no bitterness. 4

M: Not heavily carbonated. 3.5

O: A nice, fresh tasting fruit beer. 4

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:24:51 | More by vandemonian
Photo of BYOFB


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2012 06:35:06 | More by BYOFB
Photo of Rihup


4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-03-2013 02:27:01 | More by Rihup
Photo of Strix


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured pink, with some floaties.

Definite cherry smell.

Cherries in the taste, then sort of flattens out. A bit of spices, a bit of malt, sort of fades away with a dry flavor.

Mouthfeel bubbly.

Sort of a chick beer I guess. I felt it was worth a try, but nothing that really connected for me. If you don't like overly sweet beers, maybe you'd like this, but I thought it could have used more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:55:41 | More by Strix
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: inert; no head; bright salmon red
S: a strong dose of tart apple/cherry smell
T: zoomy tart cherry flavor; very syrupy; sweet, not bitter; the cherry dominates; it is something like a dry Kerik
M: a bit too viscuous for my taste
D: too exotic to be returned to

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:40:43 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-13-2013 13:51:18 | More by JMS1512
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: a hazy pinkish, reddish with a decent pinkish head.
smell: tart, sweet, fruity...yep, there's the cherries.
taste: Wow, I didn't think I was going to like this so much. Tart, and sweet but not too much of either. Balanced with an unexpected malt heft.
mouthfeel: Nice and full.
drinkability: Great. I thought this would be a one and done experience, but I'm ready for another and I don't even like cherries.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 21:10:39 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pair of cmall chalice glasses. Pours a tawny blush color, with a slight white head that reduces to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is muted to the point of being almost non-existent. There's a mild malty smell, with a bit of sour and honey.

Plenty of tart, very little cherry, there's a bit floral notes, honey, and some underlying sour.

Light bodied, with a dry tart feel to finish.

Having tried a few cherry ales, this is one of the weaker I've had. The fruit taste is almost non-existent, dominated instead by tart. I'm already not the biggest fan of this style; but if i had to have one, it wouldn't be this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:19:35 | More by TheHoppiest


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type :12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance : dark pink in color. A white fizzy head quickly fades to a white ring

Smell : this beer has a mild cherry aroma also a very mild hop and malt aroma

Fast : this is a great beer. Not overly sweet at all. Some mild tartness and very pleasant cherry flavor. There is also a strong malt backbone . It beer finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel : light body beer with alot if carbonation almost like champagne

Overall : this is a great beer very easy to enjoy. This beer is great to pair with a good desert or enjoy all by it self. I like the dry finish.


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:26:14 | More by BUNZILLA
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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