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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,474
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 43
Gots: 88 | FT: 4
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of an in person trade with CooperEllis. Thanks! Split this with a friend while watching the Red Sox game. Poured directly into a nice pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange to light brown in color. Very nice two finger white head. No sediment in this brew at all.

Aroma: Tart cherries dominate. Some wheat in there as well. Slightly astrigent as well.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and tart cherries here. Not overpowering at all either. There's also some astrigency and some wheat, but they are definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel" Medium to light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Me and my friend killed off a growler of this. The 6.5% ABV is barely noticable and the crisp mouthfeel and light flavors make this very drinkable.

Overall, a nice surprise. Really enjoyed how crisp and refreshing this was for the summer. Certainly not the best beer I;ve had from Founders, but still really good.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a zinfandel like color with a finger of pinkish colored foam that leaves lacing.

S-Smells primarily of cherry and wheat with some sweet caramel malt notes.

T-Light cherry notes with some caramel malt backing and a slight bitterness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a slick and drying feel and moderate carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable and the most beery fruit beer I've ever had. Pretty well-rounded and drinkable beer.

Photo of CWhite
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: Founders
Price: $10 for a mixed 4-pack (I got Cerise and RIS)

Appearance: clear pinkish read color. almost no foam whatsoever. pretty nice looking cherry beer

Smell: Cherries a bit sour, but nothing else to apparent.

Taste: Cherries, slightly sour cherries. some wheat that mixes with cherries in a bad way. almost tastes like blood for a second

Mouthfeel: Light in body and pretty pleasant body.

Overall: Not overly impressed but it was worth a try. but probably the best cherry beer i have had.

Photo of korguy123
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 0?/23/11
Into tulip

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.

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled on 5/24/12. Pours a candy apple red, with a half inch of bright white head, that leaves some lace. Smell is cherry and vanilla, not complaining. Taste is very cherry, but not over the top. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and perfect on a hot day. This is a cherry beer and a very good one. Not for everyone, but Founders does it again.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of theminutemen
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Photo of Reaper16
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of chefhatt
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a growler of this at mari's 6 pack.
I poured it from the growler it has a nice dark rose color body wiht no head or lace to it. The smell is of light cherries and sugar with some grain coming through.
The taste is up front sweet like cherries with the malt character coming on the back of the tonge. The sweetness stays the whole way through. The mouth feel is good, nice and smooth, carbonation is good. Overall a sweet and drinkable beer. I would want to session this but one once in a while for a change is good for me.

Photo of Blanco
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of e30todamax
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of bschinelli
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.