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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 85 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Some sediment in bottom of bottle added to last 1/3 of sample - sediment improved flavor.

Pours a clear golden tone with a tinge of pink/red and a modeast off-white head.

Very nice fruity (cherry) aroma. Smells like real cherry juice; not artificial. Malt backbone in background.

Nice sweet/tart balance with a low level (IBU = 15) bitterness. Excellent flavor but too mild and not quite as tart as I'd like. On the other hand, the aftertaste is mainly a fruity (generic) sourness.

M - medium/light body with little carbonation

Good with spicy food.

Photo of Domokaru
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The overall appearance of this brew is an amber/pink. This is what you would expect of a drink based on cherries. It is a good session drink. However, as it warms up, the aftertaste and mouth feel is degraded by the sourness of the brew. In my opinion fruit flavored beers are either hit or miss. But, I would recommend this beer.

Photo of rajendra82
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body of the beer was pink-orange and cloudy, and there was no head to speak of. The smell was mild with only a hint of cherries, and some floral aromas as well. The taste was far better than I was expecting, with a sour sweet taste somewhat evoking a lambic or a Flanders red, but without any funkiness like those styles. The beer was light in the mouth and easy to drink with a dry finish. The sourness made this much more interesting than other fruit beers.

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what I expected, but better.

A- Pinkish clear hue with thin white head, nice retention and seafoam lace.

S- Tart cherries, sour apple, very fruity with caramel undertones and sweet malt backbone.

T- Tart on the front followed with a sweet wine cooler taste. Tart cherries are dominant but has a nice malty backbone.

M- Well balanced, not overcarbonated, smooth

D- Very easy to drink.

Photo of shivtim
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried a bottle from a four-pack.
Deep red/amber, clear and looks viscous. Small off-white head settles quickly.

Nose is malt and cherry candy. Grainy.

Taste is like sweet cherry extract, with lingering sour apple/cherry notes. Some gentle malt. Some funky/barny undertones. Maybe some corn, too.

Average mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An orange color with tinges of red. Slight haze. Even with a rough pour this didn't leave much head. Some lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smelled of heavy caramel malts with light cherries and not a whole lot else.

The flavor is slightly sour and plenty sweet, with the cherry flavor dominating the caramel malt background. Little else is really detectable. Lacks complexity but is fairly nice.

Feels slick, slightly coating and leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied and not very carbonated.

Drinks low for a fruit beer. Would make a nice after dinner dessert beer, but I'd prefer to split a bottle rather than drink it all to myself.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger head of foam, very good lacing.

Very sweet cherries in the smell, some of the sweet very sugar like.

Lots of cherry sweet in the taste with very mild sour notes, lots of sugary sweetness and a cough syrup kind of taste that takes over after a few sips. Maybe some cinnamon. Weird but not off putting to where I'd say this is disgusting.

Close to full bodied, medium carbonation, and fairly drinkable. An interesting experiment by Founders. Some work really well, some don't.

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

A-thick colored reddish brown, thing light tan head

S-i smell candied cherries along with belgian sugars and some molasses.

T-hits with a decent amount of candied cherries and cinnamon. it enters and leaves with this taste. its very decent

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

D-i enjoyed this beer all the way through and it kept its taste very well. it was unique but it wasn't unique enough that i'll be buying it again any time soon.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I will attempt to try every Founders beer available in VA over the next week. Here we go..
what happens when you mix gold and rubies? This beer. Very little head, ring stays around the edge of the snifter. Smells like sweet caramel malts and cherries. Not much complexity, but it's nice. Cherries are bigger in the mouth, but not overwhelmingly cloying/syrupy. Almost there, though. Bordering on new glarus territory, but within the realm.. I'd've liked a little more tart cherry flavor, there is a bit, but most of it is drowned out in the excess of maltiness. Pretty good, split a bottle 2 ways and probably won't need another for a while. I bet it would make a great dessert companion, though. Maybe with some tiramasu or chocolate.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 9 oz plastic tumbler- (number 8 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday).

A- No head, even after a vigorous pour. Hazy golden color with slight amber hue (very slight). Almost no lacing.

S- Hard to get strong aromas from this ale- slight notes of hop and sweet hard candy- definate notes of the cherry presence.

T- Tart up front (hint of sour), followed by notes of the cherry with an twinge of sweet on the finish (interesting combination!) Feels like the kind of flavor you either like or you don't- as my tasting partner was firmly in the "don't" camp. I however liked it for it's diversity and differing character.

M- Good on the tongue- slight fizz, medium body, refreshing.

D- This is more of a warm weather brew- and interesting mix between a fuller, medium body amber ale with tart fruit notes.

Photo of cetherid
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


pours a hazy golden straw color. About 1 fingers worth of white head the dissipates rather quickly.


I'm getting cherries, but actually a little more apple than cherry. A slight funky smell, not sure if its the yeast or grainy malts.


A combo of sweet and tart cherries. perhaps a touch of spice in there too. An ok tasting fruit beer, but still far behind a NG Wisconsin Red. Just doesn't have the right combo of sweetness, tartness, biterness, etc.


medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Leaves a slight syrupy aftertaste, as well as a lingering tartness. The cherry seems a little too artificial to me.


It's decent, but I doubt I'd be grabbing me another 6 pack of this. Be interested to try it on tap however. Readily available here but I'd pick other fruit beers (and other founder's brews) over this one.

Photo of ryantaussig
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good color and average retention and lacing. Smells very strongly of cherries with lots of background sweetness. Taste is way on the sweet side with a bit of sourness to it as well. Too sweet for me. Body is appropriately medium, but drinkability is low for me because of that overpowering sweetness.

Photo of DaveHS
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light amber with straw yellow highlights and a thin ring of eggshell white head around the rim of the glass.

S-Cherries, cereal grains, light, fruity sweetness.

T/M-Very light and subtle. The bready malts create a nice base for a delicate cherry sweetness, with just a touch of tart acidity that lingers through the finish. A very friendly fruit beer that has mass appeal. Light bodied with moderate, spritzy carbonation.

D-Nice enough for what it is. I don't need to try it again.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-orange hue with a very faint pink foamy head. Bubbles are quickly rising to the top giving the foam cap some lasting power. Lacing left all over the glass.

S - Tart cherries and a lot fo fruity sweetness. Just a hint of sour citus fruit underneath. Sweetness becomes even stronger as the beer warms.

T - Very sweet initially, almost syrupy. Taste of cherries is present, but certainly not overwhelming. Just a faint tartness. All in all, a very sweet fruit beer without much else going on.

M/D - Bordering on sticky but the lively carbonation carries it through. A very pleasnt mouthfeel and certainly drinkable. A touch to sweet for me in the end withou having quite enough real cherry flavor, but certainly not a bad beer.

Rubaeus was one of my favorite, if not my favorite, American fruit beers. This beer isnt bad, but it isnt even close to the same league.

Photo of Charlotte09
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poors a cloudy Redish/Orange color with a thin white head.

S: Has a light fruity smell of some hops, apples and cherries.

T: Has a variety of apple, cherry, and white grape flavor. Beer is tart, sweet and almost bitter all at the same time.

M: First notice a fair amount of carbonation, leaves a bitter sensation that lingures in your mouth for some time. Has a lighty bubbly body, dry and crisp.

D: Very easy to drink and enjoy. Would make a great summer beer crisp and refreshing.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a tangerine color, hazy, with a short white head. Decent retention and bit of decorative lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tart cherries. Wow, the smell is just dead on. White grapes and green apple skin add more to the tart aroma.

Taste: Barely any malt here, just tart fruits. Cherries, white grapes, green apples, in that order. With only 15 IBU's, I wouldn't expect much hops, but I would guess there are some light floral notes here, even though they get washed out by the stronger flavors. Finishes tart, with a bit of a kick.

Mouthfeel: It feels like champagne - dry, crisp, and fully carbonated, with a surprisingly light feeling body.

Drinkability: I just had a reviewable sized pour of this, but I was greatly impressed. Delightfully sour, slightly sweet, this is a great one .

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up via the single bottle from Gary's in Wayne since I never tried this and have enjoyed the Founders beers that are available in this neck of the woods. I'm not the biggest fan of fruit and vegetable beers but with the colder weather here now, I figured that this would be appropriate for the season!

Sure enough, this smelled like cherries when I poured it out but it wasn't an overwhelming aroma. The hue was a ruddy brown with not a lot of head and a nice amount of lacing. The taste was malty and fairly sweet with some tartness thrown in for good measure. I felt a bit of rye in the mouthfeel and this was certainly fuller than I expected it to be, even in the aftertaste!

This isn't a session beer but it's not the alcohol that's the deal breaker. Rather, it's the sweetness and pie-like mouthfeel of this beer. Is this great after dinner. Sure, and it's not a Stout either. I could easily see myself having another one of these on a holiday night after dinner and this is certainly one of the better beers in this category that I've tried - a nice surprise indeed.

Photo of HardTarget
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice lacing on the glass, tinge of pink in the yellow amber color. Kept a thin collar most the way down the glass.

S: Cherry blossom, light and airy, some sweetness, light green apple and raisin.

T: Sweet, but a sour cherry skin tartness cuts it back to leave a clean finish. The beer base is a little light, leaving this almost malternative.

M: Surprisingly heavy given the fairly light and airy taste. Low carbonation helps give it a silky texture.

D: A nice fruit beer. Think I'm happy with the half glass, but wouldn't mind another. Too sweet to make a session out of, but a nice treat now and again.

Many thanks to IlludiumQ36 for the generous trade!

Photo of Gehrig
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Urbana's wonderful The Crane Alley, right after Troubadour's Magma Belgian IPA.

It might have been serendipitous that I enjoyed this distinct beer right after another, contrastingly distinct beer named above, for I had long avoided this. I am admittedly not a big fan of fruit beer, even with "Founders" emblazoned atop the case or, in this case, tap. However, somewhat on a whim, I tried and loved this.

A lush finger of white foam tops a clear bright ruby body in a 10 oz. tulip glass. The amount of lacing impresses me; good-looking beer, no doubt. Indeed, this is loaded with cherry, and I also detect a big of cranberry; very fruity nose.

The taste strikes an ideal balance between sweet and tart, remarkable for its delicate approach. The start is more sweet, the finish is a bit more tart, perhaps drawing in the wary with an overt appeal to one's sweet tooth. As good as anything, and unlike a good many fruit beers, this is so NOT like a wine cooler in taste. Nor is it cloying, with the tart quality nailed just right.

Terrific effervescence, with a little caramel malt balancing out Cerise. Wow. This is like liquid sorbet.

It isn't so much that I didn't want to like this. Rather, my wariness about the style led me to even doubt that Founders could pull a gem out of this. Yet this brilliant brewery did. There seems to be nothing that Founders cannot do well, and this sweet and somewhat tart brew is no exception. It isn't quite my style, but I won't hesitate to grab a four-pack of these if the mood strikes me; a wonderful surprise.

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours to a reddish chestnut body with a creamy white head. The aroma is cherry juice and malts. The flavor starts off with sweet and tart cherries. With a smooth malt body. Almost tastes like Cherry Pie with that malt. The palate is sweet and Tart at the same time. Mouth watering. Texture really works. probably my favorite Fruit beer so far. Time to expand my taste profile.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

09 vintage served on tap. Poured into a tulip.

This is what I'm talking about. The 2010 batch isn't nearly as good as this. I'm not sure if it is the aging or the crop of cherries-- the variety between 09 and 10 is incredible.
The 2010 is boring; it's one note,
The 2009 is incredible; it's complex and tart, with a light funk to it. This is delicious.

The smell and taste have sweet cherries, some boozy funk with light airy fruit notes.

The body is medium-full with good carbonation... A slightly oily feel is acceptable.

This is tasty and easy to drink. I will have another! Just delicious.

Photo of soze47
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. of this one to give it a whirl. I love cherry beers and Founders, so I hope it lives up to both.

Appearance: Unique color. It is almost a reddish orange color, but it almost glows in the glass. Hazy and not clear at all. Very little head that leaves just a trace of lacing.

Aroma: Not a big nose on this one. You get the cherries and very faint malt, but mostly just tart cherry goodness.

Taste: This is a mostly fruity flavored beer. The cherry hits on many parts of the tongue. It is sweet, tart, slightly sour, but there isn't a shred of bitterness in this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a light, crisp and clean beer. For such a sweet and fruit forward beer, it is still somewhat dry on the finish, especially towards the end of the glass. I could see having more than one of these easily, but more than that and I think the flavor would be too much.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Very cherry forward without being a Belgian, which is unique. The only other beer that I've had with so much unadulterated cherry goodness is NG Belgian Red. Both are great beers.

Photo of Agold
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with an orange color with a reddish tint. It had very little head, and no lacing. It smells like you would expect of a cherry beer, with nice cherry notes and a bit of malt character. The taste is much more cherry forward, with dried cherries, maybe dried apples and oddly enough a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is really nice and light and effervescent. Very refreshing and a joy to drink.

Photo of jlandis
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazy orange with a distinct red / amber hue. Thin white head that slowly fades into a small ring.

Mild cherries and sweet malt. I was expecting a bit more from the aroma, but it was very subtle. Nothing all that interesting - I sure hope the flavor is a bit more exciting.

The taste blows the aroma out of the water. Delicious tart ripe cherries! There is a great mingling of sweet malt and tart cherries. What impressed me most was the fact that the cherries tasted authentic.

Slightly thin with solid carbonation.

When I was first hit with the aroma I was expecting the taste to be a let down, but I was blown out of the water with the flavor. The malts were rich and sweet while the cherries were mouth puckeringly tart! It almost felt like a lambic. I wasn't expecting to be as impressed as I was.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

$3.49 / ea.

A: Hazy copper body that tends toward red with an enormous light peach head that slowly recedes leaving generous foamy lace and a thick rocky cover.

S: Sour cherries and sweet bready malt. No hop aroma. Smells like desert!

T: Sour cherry flavors dominate over a sweet malt backbone. No bitterness, and very little aftertaste. Very one dimensional, but that dimension is worth the cost of admission. Very well executed.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation. Viscous sugar feel on the tongue and a strong carbonic bite that goes well with the tart flavors.

D: The style itself doesn't generally lend itself to sessioning, but it is flavorful without being overpowering. Great on a warm summer evening, or as an after dinner drink.

O: I only had one to try, but I will be sure to pick up several packs of this next season to share with friends and family.

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.