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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 EchoCharlieEcho
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy pinkish-copper with about 1/4 inch white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Mix of tart and sweet cherries with a hint of sweet malts.

T: Sweet cherries dominate at first, followed by some caramelized sugar, and ending with tart cherries.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Too sweet and fruit-forward for more than one serving of this. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered as a dessert drink, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of hardy008
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium pink color with one finger of light pink head which vanishes quickly. Smells of sweet and tart cherries, but the aroma is somewhat light.

The taste is a combination of sweet and tart cherries. More tart than sweet, which is as it should be. Not a complex fruit beer, but a solid one.

Light to medium bodied, Low carbonation, with a sweet aftertaste. Nothing about this beer stands out as extraordinary, but it is solid, and worth trying. Nice for the summer months.

Photo of berpwillie
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a transparent copper color with good white head and good lacing that receded quickly. lively fizzy carbonation, and strong fruity cherry smell. taste was much the same very fruity, cherries definitely apparent. light bodied and short flavor duration. very crisp and refreshing. moderately sweet with a thin texture. finish is lightly sour and tart. very good brew.

Photo of Daniellobo
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Completely forgettable fruit ale, while not awful this is nowhere near the reputation typically attributed to Founders.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with Founders branding surrounding a curvilinear font with the name of the brew, light pink background with cherries presiding it. Short description as " Cherry Fermented Ale". Shows date of bottling (06/02/10), IBUs (15), and Alc. (6.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pink/medium amber pour, short head with moderate to low retention, and little but fair lacing.

S - Lightly fruity nose, cherry, sweet with a faint malty sense, a bit medicinal.

T - Cherry character over a medium malt backbone, medicinal syrup touch.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation. A bit hefty in the Alc. by Vol. for what it is without much of a sense of balance.

D - While drinkable, it's lack of remarkable qualities makes it quite boring before one hits half a serving, and it made me wonder what to do with the rest of the four pack...

Notes: Probably the least remarkable brew I've tried so far from Founders. It feels one dimensional without much of an incentive going in any direction to make it worthy, not a refreshing side, or a funky touch, or a rich cherry profile... Boredom on a bottle.

Photo of m1ked
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from WF Bowery beer room. Love that Founders is now available in NY.

A- Pours a brassy peachy yellow. Kind of reminds me of a yellowish white zin. Has a bright white fine cap on it. The beer I slightly hazy.

S- Slight sweetness, grainy, a tart blip at the end. Not really exciting though.

T- the taste is way more flavorful than the nose. I get sweet cherries with very subtle tartness. Reminds me of cherry pie filling at a 4th of July picnic, on a good way. There seems to be a touch of cinnamon in there too. This does not taste like a beer, or a "sour" either, but it is a tasty treat. Glad I bought a pint of vanilla ice cream to go with it too!

M- light to medium with a slight viscosity to it, just shy of feelin cloying. Almost no carbonation noted.

D- definitely a dessert like treat. Kind of excited to try it with the ice cream. This will be my first non-stout beer float. I like the access to a cherry beer that is not some high priced cuvee.

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

A- A somewhat-attractive strawberry blond with a thin head that fades pretty quick

S- Cherries, obviously. Also some strawberries. Then I don't know where this is coming from, but something reminiscent of maple syrup.

T- Very sweet and pleasant cherry flavor. Has a nice roasted malt flavor too to balance the cherries/strawberries. Lacks a certain something though to push it over the top.

M- Has a certain tartness to it. Overall, light and crisp, pretty refreshing

D- I kind of got sick of the flavor by the end. After that initial anticipation of tasting it, the beer got dull. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fruit beers, but there are much better ones out there

Photo of jsanford
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy reddish-gold with a minimal head. Ehh.

S - Umm...cherries. Sugar and honey.

T - Tart cherries, more sugar, more honey. It is a nice cherry flavor, taste authentic and not like a Jolly Rancher.

M - Thin bodied, plenty of carbonation. Sticky and syrupy.

D - Light, crisp, and refreshing but one is definitely good for me. Gets a bit too cloying, but would probably make a great dessert pairing. A rare mis-fire from Founders for me.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A pinkish red color with little pinkish white head. Beer can be seen through as bubbles stick all over the glass.

S- Strong scent of cherries and a sugar sweetness. Malt comes through but the tart cherries dominate the smell.

T- Sweet cherries rush in as it fades to a dominate tart cherry flavors and bits of sour notes. Sugary sweetness and maybe some crystal malt available in the flavor as well.

M- Relatively thin mouthfeel, but moving towards medium thin. Decent carbonation leaves this one refreshing.

D- Sweetness of this beer makes it a little difficult to have more than a couple. That being said, a great dessert beer that pairs great with chocolate covered fruits.

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

Hot night, decided on a little fruity beer to start the weekend.

A - Popped a bottle and poured into a couple of New Glarus flute glasses. Garnett red with a fizzy pour producing a small head that quickly turns into a bubble party.

S - Farily non-descript. Not a cherry blast by any means.

T - Pretty uneventful with a fizzy cherry profile and lots of carbonation. Closest thing in awhile that I have had in a glass that reminded me of the old Pop Rocks candy.

M - Thin, lots of carbonation.

D - Light, crisp, and pretty refreshing.

Not bad for what it is. Does not hold a candle to other cherry fruit beers like Wisc Belg Red.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/19/10, pretty fresh.

A: Was expecting a more reddish color. Pours a light orange, light copper color with very minimal head. Small red hue to it, but it's a bit light looking.

S: The aroma of dry cherries almost makes for a sour smelling beer. Has a bit of funkiness and a bit of spice. Smells like a wet sock with a cinnamon stick in it, with cherries in the forefront. A bit of toasted malts and no hop presence really.

T: Flavor really revives this beer. Tart, sour cherries and a good bit of lively carbonation. I'm reminded of Black Forest Cake, the cherry sweetness/tartness matched with a bit of near chocolate flavors. Good toasted malt quality. The hops certainly play no part in this beer. Good tartness and sour quality from a non-brett beer.

M: A bit thin, but the aftertaste is what wins for this beer. A nice spice ending with a super sweet cherry flavor.

D: This would seem to be a dessert beer or a pre-dinner beer to open the palate. Tartness is nice, but it is also quite sweet. One will do the trick.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to htomsirveaux for the hook-up.

A - Pours an opaque crimson-pink hue; very scant bubbles on top, more like a slightly soapy cap.

S - The cherry is huge, sweet and tart, most similar to dried cherries. All other aromas pale...

T - The taste is ridiculous. Like Belgian Red, but better. Huge cherry flavor both sweet and tart, and reminiscent of dried cherries more so than fresh, maraschino or candied. Again, everything else about this brew is dominated by the qualities of the cherry. And it is not a one-note, either, despite being all cherry; the flavor is quite dynamic and progresses from the initial consumption through the finish of the last sip.

M - Lightly carbonated and very refreshing.

D - Damn. Surprise, surprise. Another winner by Founders. This is an exceptional desert beer, a refreshing summer (or winter) brew, and it would pair nicely with a great many things, not to mention it's capacity to support an ice cream float or serve as a base for a cherry reduction. Outstanding.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a pinkish tinge, and a thin white head that retains OK...looks less pink than last years iteration. The aroma has some tart cherry and raspberry notes, along with some cane sugar sweetness, biscuit, and a little alcohol...underwhelming compared to previous years. The flavor has a lot of tart cherry, raspberry and red apple notes upfront, along with cane sugar, a little biscuity malt, a little lactic acid, cherry cough syrup and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, and drinkability is excellent. This is an intriguing summer beer that achieves a nice balance of sweet and tart and tastes more like fruit than cough syrup unlike some other fruit beers.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Think white-pinkinsh head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy rosy amber color. Aroma is tart, earthy, cherry pits and a touch of cherry pancake syrup. Flavor starts fairly sweet-tart. Lots of juscy cherries. Sweet dark cherry in the middle, almost cherry pie like. Nice light puckering towards the finish. More sweet than tart.

Not too complex but tasty.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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 rye726
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cherry brown with a thin white head. Nose has candied cherries and straebweeires, but not much else. A big fresh cherry presence in the flavor with bit of tartness that keeps a nice balance to the beer. Crisp, refreshing body. Tasty fruit beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with a very light pink head that leaves just traces of lacing.

Smell: Mild cherries that are both tart and sweet, with a very light malt backbone.

Taste: Tart cherries are the centerpiece here, but not too tart, as a nice semi-sweet counterbalance comes forth. The malts are present but hard to identify as they remain in the background. Virtually no bitterness at all.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Slightly drying finish, but due to the tartness rather than what I typically think of as dry.

Drinkability: Refreshing and surprisingly well balanced between tart and sweet. Honestly, it is about time I find a cherry beer that is not shockingly tart or cloyingly sweet. Overall, this may be my least favorite Founders beer, but one of my favorite fruit beers, which I guess shows how much I love Founders but typically dislike fruit beers.

Photo of levifunk
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - see through, but somewhat cloudy. white head.

s - smell is sour and funky. sweet cherries buried deep.

t - same as nose, but in opposite order. sweet cherries on the front, followed by funk and sour.

m - medium body. on the bigger side of carbonation, making it feel lighter and refreshing.

overall - very drinkable. i was expecting something sweeter and fruitier. this is more along the lines of a sour or farmhouse. Its a good beer though. cherry flavor rounds it out well.

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

Picked up a 32oz growler of this yesterday. Poured into Chimay chalice.

A - Poured clear a pinkish reddish color with slick lacing and overall wine cooler visual. The head was pink and frothy when poured into a unibroue tulip for my wife.

S - The nose was very soft. A bit of cherry a bit of vanilla, but not much else. Sweet and sour odor.

T - Cherry is in the front but very soft. Very much like drinking a blush wine.

M - Very juice like. Doesn't feel like beer at all. A bit sour and wine like.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Goes down like a fruit juice without much bite at all. Really enjoyed this one. My wife even went for a glass.

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

Pours a medium hazy peach color with a minimal amount of somewhat white foam that quickly dissipates. Subtle cherry aromas, along with some almond and a little honey. Decent cherry pie flavor, with a nice tart finish. Was expecting more fruit in this one (along the lines of New Glarus) but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Thanks to jnnv4 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale has a cherry look to it, like the sweet sugary brine in a maraschino cherry jar. The darker red color doesn't render the ale opaque though, allowing it to be translucent. A thin band of head is all that ever came out of the bottle.

S: A dash of natural cherry, sweet and sour and all, is all that the ale offers up.

T: The nose is a little light, but the first sip yields a pretty hefty dose of cherry. The flavor is sweet with just a bit of natural sourness. Sugary sweetness laps at the taste buds on every sip. The biscuity malt doesn't stand a chance.

M: A Quelque Chose lite. The sweet cherry lacks the nuance but doesn't skimp on the fruit.

D: My fourth bottle and it hasn't let me down yet. The cherry is full, not in the sickly sweet way, but in the natural, gamey way.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Pours a beautiful cherry red with a very thin bright white head that dissipates almost immediately without any residual lacing.
S. Light malt background with some cinnamon and some tart cherry.
T. Spicy upfront (cinnamon) with acidic cherries as you swallow. The cherry becomes more evident as you continue drinking - it develops into a cherry tart flavor.
M. Wonderful. Thick body with a light level of carbonation.
D. This is a delicious brew. My wife gave it two thumbs up.

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby red, similar to the pink hues on the labeling. Slight, creamy pink head.

Smell: Smells of canned cherries, both sweet and tart. Definitely smells of fermented cherries.

Taste: Tastes of cherry pie filling or cherry cobbler. Is both subtly sweet and tart. Delicious take on cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Typical, smooth mouthfeel of Founders.

Drinkability: Smooth and doesn't taste very alcoholic. Is aromatic and greatly emulates the cherry pie flavor. A four pack would not be difficult to finish off.

I would recommend this beer, especially over Founders Rubaeus. It's cherry pie like taste is very good and intriguing. It makes me wonder what the Rubaeus could've been like if they took the same approach.

Photo of smibroncos
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear amber, ruby red. Slight lacing on glass.

S. Well you guessed it nice cherry fragrance.

T. Sweet malt followed by a nice sour cherry finnish not bitter at all.

M.Light bodied fizzy carbonation. Sweet n sour

D. Verry good for the style, a little on the sour side.

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/27/10.
A- Pours out a pleasant light red with a one finger off-white head that had decent retention. Fine, spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink this one down. A small cloud and ring are left once the head dissipates. Flocks of carbonation bubbles are seen rising to the top of the glass.

S- Sweet sugary cherries are in the forefront. The smell is not all that strong and a bit hard to pick up. Some viney wine notes and light malt comes through as well.

T- The cherries are certainly here. They are of the sweeter variety with a tiny bit of sour tartness. The beer itself is pretty highly sweet between the cherries and the malt. Hops do not make their presence at all in this one, probably used just for the preservative effect. Viney/stemmy/cherry pit notes are also lent from the cherries.

MF- A good level of carbonation in a very light body, feeling appropriate with the flavors. No warmth and a very, very slight bitterness. A coat of sweet cherry stemmy notes left on the palate.

DB- The price was the standard Founders seasonal four pack price. It is a bit too sweet but not overbearing, it makes it a one bottle at a time thing. Their Newaygo County and last year's version of this one had more cherry flavor, fruit varies year by year. Glad I tried it, one of the better fruit beers out there. The fruit tastes like real fruit, not artificial.

Photo of billyzoom666
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy pink with even carbonation. It almost looks like a pink cider. The head quickly dissapates from the middle. The lacing is average at best. This has an earthy smell with just a hint of cherry. It's real nice because it's not overpowering, but just sort of teases you. God I love cherry beers! This one has a cherry taste that sneaks up on you. For the first two seconds after you sip there's nothing....and then it just explodes in your mouth (Sounds like a Tobias Funke line....). There's just enough sour at the end to cause a slight pucker (Maybe I should carry a tape recorder around and listen to myself....). This is great! Super light mouthfeel, which is a bit of a downfall. If it was a bit heartier, it'd be a top 5 for me. Really high drinkability on this due to tasting like real cherry and not that sweet fake cherry flavor. I want another all ready!

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