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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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82
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1,443 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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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 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.

jlandis, Nov 16, 2010
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.
45°F

$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.

dpnelson1978, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42* into a Boon Kriek glass.

A: This pours a pink-ruby red color with a foamy and fizzy head that remains as a thin layer throughout.

S: It features aromas of ripe cherries, some faint notes of grain, and not much else.

T: It has slightly sweet and tangy cherries, a mild dose of maltiness, and a cherry-pit aftertaste.

M: It is medium-bodied and leaves some cherry juice stickiness.

D: This isn't very complex but it has a decent taste and is quite refreshing.

bucklemyshoe, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glows an orange-tilting red color, bubbles working themselves up through the liquid extremely slowly. This head isn't huge or anything, but it's pink, if a washed-out looking pink. A pretty, delicate looking beer.

Very little aroma detected, just an extremely faint hint of cherries. Not gonna score it low because there's nothing off or offensive here, it's just hardly there.

Flavor is a really big blast of sour cherries up front, and there's a sweet grainy sort of essence here that for some silly reason reminds me of the subtle flavor of graham crackers or those artificial-colored cream wafers. The sweetness doesn't last too long, while the sourness turns into a tart ghost of flavor in the finish. And, as with many fruit beers of this type, I find that the back of the sip and finish brings on a plastic-y sort of vibe.

Smooth in the mouth, with some tingly bubbles giving it shape, although maybe just a little less aggressive carbonation would be better. For all the tartness, Cerise only puckers the mouth up very mildly, but it's there.

This is a full-flavored fruit beer that I found easy to enjoy; nothing to sneeze at just because it's a "fruit beer." Wouldn't be a daily pick for me, but this is probably better than most in its category because, you know, Founders rules.

Metalmonk, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one!

A: Pours a clear ruby/orange with a very small head that dissipated quickly. Small circles of foam on the sides, but not what I would call lacing.

S: Cherries and some spicyness, and some rye. Slightly alcoholic as well.

T: Sour cherries and then malts and spices. Has a weak finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, with less carbonation than expected. Nice sour component as well. Overall, it is a well made beer, but just not really my thing. I like it, but would never want more than one.

mdaschaf, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellowish-red color with no head to speak of.

S: Smells of cherries and other dark fruits, malty undertones.

T: Sour cherries and grapes. Very tart drink to start off. Malt characters resonate at the close of the drink.

MF: Very light, but bitter. Can't tell if the twang is carbonation or tart cherries.

D: Decent. Wouldn't drink much more than the bottle I had in one sitting.

russwbeck, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Michigan has a strong cherry heritage so it's no surprise that Michigan brewers have incorporated the fruit into their brews. Bells has their Cherry Stout, Shorts has their Black Cherry Porter; even Boston's Sam Adams claims to use Michigan cherries in their cherry wheat. I have for the most part enjoyed all of these brews. How I'm just now trying Founder's Cerise for the first time is beyond me. Let's check it out.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A pink one finger thick head forms atop a light amber beer that is mildly hazy. The head fizzles to nothing within a minute leaving some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The color is very unique. It almost looks like peach-tea.

Scents are all over the board. Oddly enough, the first thing that hits the nose is yeast. Behind that are some fruity alcohol odors, not unlike cherry wine. Wheat is present but well hidden.

Cherry hits hard on the tongue. It's like a tart cherry concentrate but with the added benefit of fizzy carbonation. It's sweet, but not too sweet. Wheat is also present. The finish is incredibly light with a little bit of lingering fruity tang. This comes across closer to a wine for me than a beer, but that's just fine. If I had to classify this, the closest style that comes to mind is Pale Wheat Ale, but with cherry instead of citrus.

This is a lot of fun in the mouth. It's medium bodied with the aforementioned fizzy carbonation but it never feels like a cherry soda. It's very refreshing.

6.5% makes it a touch strong for a session beer (though a bit weak for a wine). However the flavor hides all of the alcohol. This is dangerously easy to drink. I'm glad that I only grabbed a single of this because I'd be tempted to drink these one after another. I think I have a new favorite cherry beer.

weizenbob, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Arithmeticus, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of this brew today since i haven't seen it on the shelves before and because I have been on a Founders bender lately. So lets give this cherry bastard a go. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 5oz sampling mug.

A- This beer pours a super hazy golden orange color with a thin layer of white head that was gone rather fast.

S- Smells like a sweet mixture of cherry and grapes, pretty fruity. Some yeast can be picked up also.

T- Sweet and sour, I was expecting the sweetness but wasn't expecting the sour, but it works will with this beer and is not overpowering and goes very well with the strong flavors of cherry. Alcohol is barely detectable.

M- A little thin but it works well with this beer, carbonation is spot on.

D- This beer is too sweet too have good drinkability. I am satisfied with just one of these, its good for switching things up a bit.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and it was a nice change of pace from the styles i am used to drinking. For me as of lately it seems that Founders can do no wrong and this beer was no exception. This beer was fun to drink and my brother liked it also.

StoutHunter, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just kind of picked this one up on a whim after walking past my favorite bottle shop in State College. Looked interesting enough and figured I'd try something different.

A - Right after popping off the cap, I got a very strong scent of sweet cherries. It poured a deep orange yellowish color and built about a one-fingered head that stuck around for a bit. Body is a bit cloudy and don't see much carbonation. Not much lacing.

S - Nose is strong cherry up front, with a bit of sugary, grape smell behind. Quite fruity and a little bit spicy. Besides that, not much going on the bouquet.

T - The taste actually really caught me off guard with this one. It's quite a bit more sour than I thought, and is certainly overwhelmingly cherry and fruity. Some malt at the end, but almost no alcohol at bite. It's tasty, but a bit too sugary tasting and kind of reminds me of not-so-good wine.

M - Very light-bodied with almost noticeable carbonation. This lack of carbonation aids in the comparison to a cheap wine.

D - Drinkability isn't very good. It's flavorful and hides the alcohol well, but the sugary and sour combination hurts it. A unique offering but I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again.

nhindian, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Pentastar
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange with a little red tinge to it. This beer is topped with an off white head.

Aroma: Only a little hint of tart cherries.

Taste: A little sour with delicious sweet and tart cherry flavor. Like a cherry pie. The sourness and cherries cover up most of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation, almost champagne like.

Drinkability: Nice and light for such a beer, good drinkability.

Pentastar, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange, brown, looks like a rye for sure

Smell - Cherries, malts, hops, barley. Has a nice rye and spice smell

Taste - Very bittey cherry flavor hits you first. I get grapes and lemon also. Really strong on the fruits, dont get much hop taste, but the malts and spices are there

Mouthfeel - Sweet, bitter, like drinking a wine really. Tounge gets that sour kick then palette gets the sweetness. After the sour dies down, very tastey in the mouth

Drinkabilty - For a hophead, or stout fan, not something i would drink regularly. A nice change, for sure a dessert beer. Id pick up a 6-pack annually and leave it at that. Wine fans, not-beer fans would enjoy this. Pretty cool and different but im 1 and done.

wvsabbath, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. bottled 04/27/10.

pours a cloudy amber tone with maybe a finger and a half of a creamy white/off-white head that demonstrates decent retention and lacing.

i find the nose to be rather underwhelming... just very subdued. notes of cherry and malt but muted on bother counts, i was expecting more.

intereting flavor profile. tart cherries lead the way up front, followed by a maltiness i get more mid-palate and then some bitterness coming in the finish. not a bad beer, but not doing a lot for me, either.

medium bodied/carbed mouthfeel. glad i tried it, and would recommend it to anyone into fruit beers (especially cherry, obviously) but i'm not exactly jonesin' for another.

perrymarcus, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It a very nice dark cherry like aroma that is not overly sweet. There are some malt and hops tones to the aroma as well. The head disappears quickly down to a thin line with minimal lace. The body has dark red hue. The flavor is well balanced. The beer has a good cherry flavor without the fruitiness being overly present. There is a fruity bitterness with some grain esters. The body has a medium and smooth mouthfeel.

MTNboy, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours from the bottle an appealing hue of rose/amber, extremely fine patchy, almost tiger pattern head, minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: a light fruity cherry aroma dominates the nose on this brew, although some sweetness from the grains is detectable.

Taste: good light refreshing taste, the tart cherry comes through as the main flavor.

Mouthfeel: very fine bubbles for the carbonation, sparkling almost like a champagne, very light bodied and refreshing.

Drinkability: very drinkable.

mcann2pu, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice random score after stopping at a hole in the wall bottle shop on my way home from a wedding in Jersey.

Poured a pleasant on the eyes Garnet color with a light pink head. Head was medium sized and left some nice sticky lacing behind as it was consumed.

Aroma is mostly cherry dominated, with malts in the background. Nothing easily discernible going on here.

Tastes pretty much follows the nose. A nice balance of tart cherry and a sweet malt backbone.

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Can't wait to crack open the others in the 4-pack.

pwoody11, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a fleeting off white head. This beer is amber colored. The aroma is cherries and malt. The taste is tart cherries. This is definitely a cherry beer. The mouthfeel is medium. It is good if you like cherries. I could drink this occasionally, but it would be tough to pound a bunch of them.

buschbeer, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty reddish with a foamy off-white head that also seems to have a slight tinge of red, although neither is as pink as I expected them to be. The aroma is a little grainy, a little candy sweet, and a little herbal. The flavor has a light and dryly sweet malt base with the distinctly cherry flavor adding both more sweetness but also a bit of tartness that really saves this beer from being too syrupy sweet. The texture has a champagne-like carbonation that adds yet another something different.

Overall, this beer tastes as if an old bottle of cherry 7-up got left in a dusty corner of the pantry for a few years only to be discovered by an eleven-year-old boy and his friends while they pretended to be international spies. Still in character, the boy agreed to take a drink from the dusty old bottle because it was the antidote for the neurotoxin he had been given by a double-agent from Algeria. Expecting it to be flat and stale, he was surprised to find that it retained much of its original character, with both a crisp refreshing effervescence and a light sugary sweetness. He also found, however, that the age had done something strange and wonderful by giving it an intriguing tartness and an only barely noticeable fermented kick.

The imaginary antics of a young boy and his friends aside, I found this beer to be a nice change-of-pace that I don't need to have too often but that I would certainly be willing to try again.

devilben02, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cranberry red clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin bubbly wisp of white head. The clean soft fruity cherry note has a light sweet honey note that grows as the beer warms. There is a cherry jam aroma that finishes the sniff as the beer warms. The bright but no tart taste of cherries is just like drinking cherry juice with a slight cherry tart pucker in the finish. This turns to a soft pomegranate like bite in the finish. This beer has a light mouthfeel with a little fizz that keeps the finish crisp. I like cherries and I like beer but this is nothing but cherry juice with some fizz. I'm amazed that they could brew this with out any beer flavor. I would like some malt or hops or yeasty flavors to support the cherry flavor a little bit.

Anthony1, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of dspoonrt
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Founders Cerise pours a light reddish, pink color with very little head. The beer is crystal clear, save for some visible carbonation.

Smell: Subtle, airy nose that smells tart and somewhat champagne-like. Cherries and other sweet fruits come through, but nothing is striking.

Taste: This beer tastes like it smells - somewhat sweet, somewhat tart. There's a noticeable fruitiness, particularly a sweet cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Cerise is smooth and light-bodied. The carbonation adds a little tingle and a building dryness makes it finish a little sticky.

Drinkability: This one is drinkable and the above-average alcohol content doesn't really come into play. However, I just didn't find it to be that tasty or remarkable enough in any other respect. It's a really average beer overall.

dspoonrt, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of imn2it
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: On-tap in my home pub (Purchased 15.5 gallons in southern Indiana for $205 + tax) Keg was filled April 2010 and tapped September 2010. Pumping at 14psi, I get a lot of head on every pour....2/3s pint pours.

Appearance: The beer is a beautiful red-amber color with an unusual pink/white head that leaves good lacing. Everyone comments on what a 'pretty' glass of beer this is.

Smell: I can smell sweet cherries several inches from the glass....very inviting aroma.

Taste: This is a sweet cherry beer upfront with a tart cherry finish. Very low hops. It reminds me of a 'watered-down' Kasteel Rouge.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation...the bubbles and cherry flavors combine admirable giving this beer a cider-like quality.

Drink-ability: This is a perfect session beer. Very drinkable. I love the cherry flavor as it fades from sweet to tart. An excellent selection for the home pub.

imn2it, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Franz4
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- translucent ruby red color, no head to speak of

S- faint fruity/ peach/pear scents, not as strong as I expected

T- faint hints of sour cherries, also some peachiness that comes through at the end.

M- nondescript mouthfeel, pretty smooth but nothing that strikes me as worthy of noting.

D- this beers drinkable, but it hasn't given me an excuse to want more of it. It's not offensive by any means, but there's just not a whole lot calling me back to this brew.

Franz4, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this one several times before, but this time I'm going zen and digging deep!:

A: Red-orange color, with moderate carbonation, and a slight foamy head.

S: Sour cherry (bing maybe?), yeast, and maybe even a tinge of chocolate. The smell is on the subtle side of the fruit spectrum.

T: Since I am the kind of dude who generally enjoys cobblers (and cherry ones in particular), this is the kind of brew I can tune into. It's definitely on the sour side, but for me that's totally a bonus - it's also light, bubbly, and quite the cherry champagne of a beer!

M: Not too sugary and nothing cough syrupy (we've all had those types of cherry fruit beers right?).

D: Dessert...yummy!...but I've had better fruit beers.

Chaney, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep pink color with a light pink head. In the aroma, a small, faint dry to tart cherry. In the taste, sugary to start, and a dry, tart cherry flavor. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a sugary to tart, dry cherry aftertaste. Good dry to tart cherry flavor, a bit sugar, but not too bad.

OWSLEY069, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of 321jeff
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Missed out on this one last year so I grabbed one before it disappears this year. 12oz bottle into a Founders pint glass.

Pours a reddish golden color with a healthy couple fingers of white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top.

Aroma is of malt and cherries. The cherries don't come through in the aroma as much as I had expected.

The cherries that were hiding in the aroma take over and steal the show when this one hits my tongue. The cherries deliver some serious tartness that borders on being sour. Finishes with a mild bitterness that seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel is thicker than expected and pretty slick but features some nice prickly carbonation on the tongue. I could probably drink another, but I'm glad I was able to buy a single and don't have to worry about consuming a whole four pack.

321jeff, Sep 07, 2010
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.