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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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1,451 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 36
Gots: 83 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Photo of alcstradamus
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

alcstradamus, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of theminutemen
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

theminutemen, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Budinetz, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Hophead717
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Hophead717, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

BedetheVenerable, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Lanstrum
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Lanstrum, May 27, 2013
Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Reaper16, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

baklo, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of BUNZILLA
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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BUNZILLA, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

stealth, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of e30todamax
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

e30todamax, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into Fullers goblet. Given to me by a friend who didn't care for the style. bottled on 6/6/12.

poured aggressively, nice head initially which dissipated to ring of foam. nice medium claret coloring. Clear

Smell was faintly cherry, no too strong at all.

Taste was initially tart, but finished on the sweet side. Goes down well in the warm weather.

Mouthful was fruity, medium. not cloying at all.

Overall, a nice beer on a hot day. Would wonder how it would taste fresh, but pleasant after a year in the bottle.

MikeWard, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

kodt, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Blanco
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Blanco, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

VncentLIFE, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of yamar68
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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?

yamar68, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BrownAleMale, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CloudStrife, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Cerise is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale based on cherry. Previously available in summer seasonal 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft, this beer has been retired in lieu of Rubæus, and unavailable since 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Founders snifter. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy ecru-champagne head of a frothy consistency over a murky, dense maple body. Retention is below average, lacing is light and spotty. 2.75

(Smell) The cherry aroma is upfront, slightly syrupy and tart over a moderate syrupy body. The aroma is very sweet. Potency is moderate. There isn't a lot going on with the aroma of this beer, but as far as cherry ales go, the aroma of this one is perhaps as inviting as it gets, with a decent blend of cherry syrup and tart cherry juice. 3.25

(Taste) Sweet, syrupy cherry flavor with an underlying tartness. The malt profile is a bit mushy and faded by this point, but the cherry flavor pushes on boldly. Finishes slightly dry and metallic. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry, acidic, slightly syrupy. Carbonation generates a soft fizz for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over tart. Alcohol presence is moderate, some mild oxidation properties of cardboard and medicine are creeping in at this point. 3.5

(Drinkability) It's no more nor less fruity than Rubæus, boldly fruity nonetheless. Expect a lot of sweet and tart cherry character over a lighter malt body. Expect the worst if you find a bottle of this at any store, as it has been discontinued for over two years as I write this, and is almost certainly a shell of its former self. 3.5

Founders Brewing Co.'s
Cerise Cherry Fermented Ale
3.41/5.00

Jadjunk, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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

BigMike, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass. Bottled 05/24/2012, poured 01/11/2013

Appearance: The color is unique right off the bat, a really light red amber (or dark pink) color that is very transparent. Very few bubbles on the body with a subtle head that is a white-pink color maybe 1/4".

Smell: Has a strong fruit scent, disapears quick through. Smells strong of cherries and

Taste: Holy cherries, It's defintely a sweet beer but definitely not like soda more like a champagne. Light bitterness to it with a strong feeling of fruit

Mouth: Like some champagnes comes off a touch dry. Medium body, after taste is a light light sour.

Overall: Definitely exceeded my expectations, I don't normally lean towards fruit beers sometimes because I think it takes the "manliness" away. This brew is feels like a belgian ale with the wrong label. Would I buy it again, of course though now that i found out that it's retired, would be a little harder. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of scottwurst
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.