Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,467
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

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(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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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!

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

Pours a light amber with a slight red hue. Off-white head with a pink tint.

Smell is cherries, wood, and dank earth reminding me of an actual cherry orchard.

Taste is sour, tart cherries and then more cherries. None of the typical malt or hop flavor.

Light to medium body and creamy. The creaminess keeps the carbonation low preventing it from seeming like a cherry soda.

Taste is one-dimensional, but interesting enough for me to keep wanting more. Good level of cherry flavor--not overpowering and not just a component of the flavor.

Photo of Stunner97
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pink to red in color with a very thin white head that fades to light lacing, small bubbles slowly stream the glass,

Smell- faint cherry, malt, slight amount of hop, not a bad nose but not that powerful as i expected it to be

Taste- good amount of malt and grain, cherry is there though not extremely as dominate or as in your face as you would think, it imparts a slight tartness on the finish but really pretty balance between being sweet, I enjoy the balance of sweetness and tartness in the mid palate which fades out to a balanced finish, very unique taste compared to anything ive ever had before to be honest, the only fault i find is at one point almost slight metallic flavor,i do though very much enjoy the sweet and sour flavor going on in the mid palate from the cherries, pretty good grew on me, i think alot of people even non beer drinkers would like this flavor profile,

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, very light and refreshing, smooth,

Drinkability- pretty easy drinking though could not tell you yet how many of these I would want or have in sitting but i do think do to the great balance of sweet and sour I could have quite a few of these, its not very super sweet which is certainly a good thing for drinkability purposes, the cherries are certainly noticeable but more for the sweet and sour then really pure cherry to me anyway, a nice interesting beer thats got more abv then you would think drinking and certainly goes down fast, worth a shot for sure

Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to Kalamazoo...

A: Beautiful deep copper the color of honey with a small white head that fades super quickly and leaves a small lace atop the brew.

S: Cherry hops unfront blended with boozy oaks in the middle and woody malts on the backend. Hints of honey blended throughout. Good.

T: Sweet sugary cherry upfront blended with hints of port. Honey earthy barley in the middle with hints of raspberry on the backend. Very good.

M: Doesn't leave a whole lot on your palate. Nothing special here.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew is pretty good. Better than I expected as most Fruit beers have disappointed me. Good to try if you like your brews sweet.

Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby froze and turned to stone.

Copper colored brew, small white head. Good amount of lace. Smells like sweet cherries. Mmm. Tastes like sweet cherries. If you like cherries, and you like beer, i reckon you might like this, cause it tastes like beer soaked in cherries. Not overly sweet. Thin mouth. I like.

Photo of bierenutz
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a glass this brew was a rose color with a quickly evaporating head leaving no lacing
S-Sour cherries and malt aromas that are not distint but present
T-Tart cherry. It almost doesn't taste like a beer but rather a cherry hard cider drink. The malts and bitterness of the hops are present as afternotes.
M-Thin and no carbonation. This brew feels like it is stale or flat.
D-There is just not enough going on with this brew to get too excited about it. Just average for this style.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Thin head on a hard pour. Head disappears before I can even rinse out the bottle. Color is a hazy golden with maybe the slightest tint of red.

S: A thin sweetness creeps up from the malts. A touch of cherry, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Light cherries up front, followed by a sweet maltiness. Not an awful combo, but not a great one either.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

D: The flavor profile is a bit thin for my liking. It would seem a cherry beer could be more... interesting? Drinkable, but for now, this is the weakest Founders offering I've tried.

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

A - What can I say, I'm a sucker for red beers. A clearish red color with a minimal pink head. Head didn't stick around long.

S - Well it's malty, but it's a bit heavy on the cherries, so much so it seems slightly artificial, like a sugar fruit drink.

T - Pretty cherryish, slightly artificial, slightly tastes like medicine, but it is hard to get a cherry brew right. Sadly, Wisconsin Belgian Red set the standard for me, and that is pretty hard to live up to.

M - Light, thin, carbonated.

D - Well not hard to drink, but I don't want this again, would rather have a beer that doesn't taste so much like a fruit drink.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's clear red in color; there's a small bit of pink head and not much visible carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: There is a great balance between sweet and tart flavors; the tartness of the cherries really stands out but isn't overpowering because of the strong presence of sweetness from the malts. The cherries don't taste as sweet as Lindemans Kriek and the fruity flavor seems more natural.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little bubbly.
D: The beer is definitely easy to drink and goes down smoothly. It's a pretty good beer for this particular style.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a deep amber colour with a little shade of red throughout. Small traces of white head and lacing.

S - Tart cherries and caramel malts.

T - Tart cherry juice. The frist couple of sips almost make you pucker but then the taste bids adjust and there is a nice smooth cherry flavour with some tartness in the aftertaste. The malts aren't noticeable in the palate.

M - Light body with a bit of chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - I wasn't sure if I would even like this beer and it turned out to be a nice buy. I would buy this again.

Photo of Rbald42
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear, bubbly pink champagne-like appearance. Thin head that dissipates right quick.

S- Is cherry limeade-ish. Big smell of sweetness with a pronounced malt profile. Smells somewhat like a macro lager on the end of the nose.

T- Is good, not exciting, but good. Tart and sweet cherry flavor, doesn't seem artificial and follows with a smooth malt flavor.

M- Thin and watered down, nothin really exciting

D- easily drinkable and I enoyed it much more than the first time I had it. The price per 4 pack is alot more than I plan on spending again, but that has nothing to do w/ my score.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle of the 2010 batch poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Even with the aggressive pour there was only about 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that formed atop the chill hazed amber liquid. Some lacing evident throughout. To be honest, it looked a little boring.

The smell reminded me a lot of Bells Oberon. Definitely a malt forward bill here and I suspect at least some wheat was used if not dominantly wheat. A little tartness and sourness is faintly detectable but I'm not sure if I would have identified it as cherries if I didn't know they were there.

Taste is very good. Big puckering sweet & sour cherries dance all over the place on this one. This is what you try this beer for. None of the cherry flavor tastes artificial either. It's just a great vehicle for that Michigan cherry flavor. I docked it half a point because the finish is long and a little gummy and not in a particularly good way.

As stated there is an unpleasant gumminess to the mouthfeel that is unpleasant in the finish. The overall feel initially is medium bodied with full malt roundness.

Drinkability might be a little below average. The flavor is great, but it's lacking in other areas. If the finish was tweaked and improved it would be more sessionable but even then, it is a nice beer to try, just not the kind I want many of. I would buy this again but it will probably be next year before I do. Recommended once every season it's offered.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: dark red complexion and looked liked a cherry fruit beer as expected

smell: tart cherries

taste: low bitterness, sublt sour and nice cherry flavor. A well done cherry beer. No tmuch of a sour as expected though.

mouthfeel: light bodied

drinkability: well done fruit beer.

Photo of semibaked
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy cherry color with a thin ring of foam on top.

S - Cherry juice off the bat which is too be expected, but I don't much else. The cherry smell isn't over powering just the only thing I smell.

T - Wow good strong cherry flavor hits me, has a decent amount of sourness. Also has a medicinal flavor too, but I like it.

M - Thin bodied and a tad oily. A ton of carbonation, pretty sharp at times too.

D - This is pretty decent, it had a good cherry flavor but definitely one dimensional, nice too try though.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found. twist cap.

tasted in early june 2009

pinkish red w faintly orange, amber tint. light pink, 1-finger head, soon fades to wisps and ring. some thin half-rings of lace.

aroma: cherries, almost artificial at times, but interesting. perhaps some skins too. whiffs of leafy hop and possible trace of malt?

taste: fruity light acidity, cherries a little more fresh, lightly sweet, but with a watered down character. some medicinal notes too, especially in finish. maybe a faint bitterness?

slightly thin and watery, w/ acidic texture, especially in finish. somewhat fizzy carbonation, giving some lift and fliuffiness, but overall just makes it all just taste like soda.

drinkable, but why bother? just drink a cherry soda and add vodka.

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seabass for this one.

A: Pours a light amberish pink hue with a rather small white head.

S: Aromas of light cherry and lots of grain.

T: Sweet cherry with a subtle tartness. There is some light vanilla and light malt. Hints of caramel, and candy sugar.

M: On the lighter side of medium, nice carbonation.

D: Pretty solid beer.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Ruby amber color, light pink head, that dissipated quickly with little to no lacing

Smell: Tart, yeasty with a little malt

Taste: Up Front: Nice tart, cherry flavor. Finish: Same, with a touch of cinnamon - YUM

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Surprisingly easy to drink - tartness drops off fast.

Overall Impression: Probably the best fruit beer I've had to date. I always wanted to try it, but I didn't want to buy a 4-pack. I put together a mixed 6-pack, and this was one of them. I'm glad I tried it. You should too if you're looking for something different

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a watered down cranberry juice color with small, fizzy, carnation pink head. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was kind of "beery". What I mean is, it smells like beer, but not much else. There is a hint of cherry but mostly the aroma was slightly sweet with a touch of cranberry.

Decent flavor. A bit of tartness with a bit of sweetness. A solid bit of maltiness with some biscuity flavors as well as a touch of caramel malt. Not overly sweet, not overly tart; a little bit of both.

Tart on the tongue with a lasting tartness in the finish, almost mouth-pucker inducing. Carbonation is high but works well with this beer. VEry easy to drink but this one could grow old after about three or four sessioned consecutively. I enjoyed this one. I took a chance by buying a case for $20, but I think these will go down just fine, especially in the warmer months ahead.

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

a: poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner urquell flute. interesting, hazy off pink color with a light pink head that slowly settles into a thin lacing.

s: interesting aroma. tart cherries are definitely noticible. i'm also picking up some honey. more complex than you're average fruit beer

t: not sickly sweet like i was expecting. a nice balance of tartness and sweetness. the 6.5 abv is very well hidden. i swear there must be honey in this, because i can still notice it. good stuff.

m&d: pretty fizzy mouthfeel. there's a reason these only come in 4 packs. i wouldn't want more than that.

i really good fruit beer-- probably one of the better ones i've had. this would be delicious on a summer day.

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

Has a nice, pinkish-red rose color.

Cherry in the nose blends well with the crackerish malt and a hint of caramel and lavender.

Tastes quite a bit better than it smells with a blast of tart cherries up front and pleasant, sweet malt combining to make a nice experience. It has plenty of cherry without being medicinal and a hint of vanilla for a dessert like feel.

While it's not New Glarus or Cantillon, it's still a fine fruit/dessert beer.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Reddish-pink pour. Small white head disappears quickly, leaving some light rings of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of sweet and lightly tart cherries. There's also a bit of a musty scent that's almost vegetal.

Very, very sweet cherries up front. The sweetness fades a bit, but this beer is obviously all cherry, all the time. One positive is that it certainly doesn't taste artificial, but man, it's sweet.

Very light and tingly on the tongue. The initial burst of sweetness borders on being overwhelming, but stops just shy of that. It may be low on ABV and IBU's, but it's still a slow sipper due to the sweetness.

Photo of jrallen34
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a clear bright pink with little head and lacing.

The aroma is light very sweet, a little bit of cherry, but I wish it was more balaned and provided a little tartness.

The taste is like the aroma, very sweet, cherry flavored, but its somehow just plain and boring. No complexity here at all.

The feel is very bad, worse than water if that's possible.

Drinkability is low.

Overall, this is a horrible fruit beer. It should not be consumed.

Photo of colefsuwr
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lawnmower beer for you and your wife. She is sure to like it. And if she doesn't, take a trick from founder's themselves and mix it half and half with a lemonade and you two will both have something to sit around the pool with on fourth of july. Not over powering cherry, just enough.

Photo of gmfessen
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't had this one before and I HAVE to try anything by Founders. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Cerise is a hazy amber-orange color with a thin, almost non-existent head. The nose is all tart cherry, really not much else going on there. The taste is also mostly all cherries, the tart cherry seems to be a better pick for a beer because it doesn't have that sickeningly sweetness that a sweet cherry would have. This is however a pretty sweet beer but the tartness helps keep that in check. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a mouth puckering finish that leaves you wanting more. Overall a decently done beer, one of the better cherry beers I've had but for a Founders beer - a little disappointing. Worth trying though.

Photo of Onenote81
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is one of the ugliest looking beers I've seen in awhile. Reminds me of that Bud Chelada crap. A reddish murky funk sitting in this glass. Small pinkish head on top. Little lace sticks to the glass.

Nice crisp body, yet subtly smooth. Flavors of tart cherries, but nothing puckering. Also some honey-kissed biscuits, and the faintest of hops. Bitterness is low. This was quite refreshing and surprisingly drinkable. Not bad.

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.