Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
06-03-2012 14:53:42 | More by bnes09
3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
A- Pours a Kool-aid red color with a small ring of white foam. No lacing.
S- Tons of malt sweetness and tart cherries. Not much else going on.
T- Big rush of dark Michigan cherry flavor. A bit sour initially with a tiny amount of caramel sweetness in the finish. The sour/tart cherry taste lingers for a while.
M- A bit thin with ok carbonation.
D- I should have known that this style wasn't really for me. It tasted more like spiked punch at the prom than anything else. Not bad, just won't be getting it again.
08-02-2009 15:50:25 | More by projectflam86
3.79/5 rDev +4.4%
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!
01-11-2013 05:22:02 | More by BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
This beer has perhaps the most beautiful color I have ever seen from a beer. It's crystal-clear medium amber with a hint of ruby. My beer glass looked like a precious gem with this beer inside of it. It had a nice white head that seemed to have just a slight bit of pink. I didn't detect much of a nose, just a whiff of flowers.
Very nice flavor that strikes a wonderful balance between malty-sweetness and fruity tartness. As the flavors develop across your palate, the tartness tends to dominate a little, but it's still nicely balanced. Tastes include cookies, toast, and cherries.
Very nicely done. Very flavorful without being overly sweet. Not the kind of think I would want to drink regularly, but something to reach for every once in a while.
08-21-2011 01:22:48 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
Smell is pretty straightforward....seems to be some wheat in there along with a pretty obvious, mostly tart, cherry smell.
The taste is definitely an interesting one, but I will definitely say it's quite tasty. It's beers like this one that show the versatility of beer. Not surprisingly, the predominant taste is cherries, however it's the great balance between sweet and tart that make this a very tasty beer. Too sweet and it'd be cloying...too tart and it'd be another style and likely give me heartburn. The way this beer goes down, it starts off fairly sweet and then ends up fading into a more tart closing...but again, not too tart at all. Enough to wrap the beer up nicely. There's also a wheat taste I get on the backend, and I'm not sure if this beer is a wheat beer (I looked it up and couldn't find it)...but I get that taste here in a small way.
Some may look at this as a really weak link for Founders, but I feel that may be because of style bias because this really is a solid entry for a fruit beer.
08-21-2010 01:53:13 | More by NODAK
4/5 rDev +10.2%
From notes 4-9-09
Eye: This one pours a clear light red in color with hues of orange and yellow in there as well. This one is clear enough to make out the inscription and logo on this Ommegang glass. Looks quite nice in the glass, almost like an amber or red ale. I think if you saw this at a bar you might not be able to tell that its a fruit beer. Head is poor, just a sickly looking algae-like film that covers the top of the beer becoming thicker as it nears the sides of the glass. Color and clarity are great, but the head needs some work.
Edit: Its kinda funny, I've got my hand about an inch behind the glass where ambient light is passing through it....it creates a red circle on my hand...like the head piece to the staff of Ra in Raiders of the Lost Ark...Hahah, as soon as I saw that I instantly though of Raiders. End tangent.
Nose: Sweet cherry aroma is evident, like maraschino cherries, or like the sweet ones you find atop your icecream (not sure if those are marischino or not). Its weird, I've had this beer before, but never detected the following aroma. I'm getting a strong sweet malt aroma, it smells like the mash, very sweet and caramel like...this is, however, in the background. It doesn't smell bready or grainy like the mash just that sweetness, and it melds nicely with the cherry. Also a nice pie crust-like aroma...reminds me of the crust of a strawberry dessert my mom used to make, pretzels and butter cooked and allowed to settle to form the crust. You could just call it diacetyl but with the cherries here it turns it into something quite different, something that fits and helps the beer out. Its not right out front but its there. Its taken me about six of these (not all at onc sitting, or even this sitting) to be able to get all this, I knew that there was more to this beer than what I perceived when I first tasted it. This is quite different from other cherried beers, most others use sour cherries, this one is quite the opposite though and that makes it unique. I'd say they got just what they were going for.
Tongue: Sweet cherry right up front, tastes like you've just eaten that cherry from the top of the banana split. Finish is dry and fairly weak, it leaves me wanting. There may even be some slight metallic tang that comes out in tin the finish. It doesn't really hurt it but it definitely doesn't help it. The diacetyl and sweet maltiness are in here, but they are far behind the cherry character and are hard to divine, very very subtle. They come out briefly in the finish and are then usurped by cherry. Diacetyl character in this beer is actually very nice, in my opinion I think that it adds to it, I won't say helps it, but it gives it depth and a pleasing character that wouldn't be there were it absent. Without it this beer wouldn't be as subtle and complex as it is and would be much less interesting. The more I drink of it the less I get of the aforementioned metallic tang and the stronger the finish becomes, still dry but cherry character lingers. I think what I was perceiving as metallic is actually tannin from the cherry skin.
Feel and Drinkability: Feel is light and finish is dry. Carbonation is actually pretty light, you'd think that for something like this it would be spritzy, yet it is not. Its just right, not spritzy and not so low as to give this one a thick and medicinal cough syrup quality. This one is easy to drink and is quite quaffable, though if quaffed it becomes less interesting and its much more difficult if not impossible to pick up the diacetyl in here that really adds to the beer. This is one that I'd buy again. Not a bad deal at $9.99 a four-pack, hey the abv is 6.5% and its an easy drinker. Great for the summer and spring, fall and winter....no. Not going to lie, this is one of the better fruit beers out there, sure its no Kasteel Rouge and it doesn't stand up to Founders Rubaes, but its still one of the best out there.
05-17-2009 18:37:03 | More by becktone
3.63/5 rDev 0%
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
08-18-2010 00:25:55 | More by BigMike
4.23/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
07-08-2012 02:26:42 | More by ToasterChef
4.28/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
05-05-2009 23:20:19 | More by HopDerek
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
07-27-2013 00:19:38 | More by MikeWard
4.22/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
06-23-2009 05:41:11 | More by PatrickJR
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-07-2010 21:26:56 | More by Patrick999
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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