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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 89 | 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 tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
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
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Mcculler
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour builds a pretty head that quickly dissipates. Clear amber beer with a slightly pink head.

On the nose, solidly honey and cherries. Nothing else.

Tastes beautiful, partly because it nails a complex natural Michigan tart cherry flavor, but also mainly because of the progression of the flavors, from dry cherry to sweet and honeyed to sour and slightly, pleasantly vinegary. The progression works, especially at a cold to cool temperature, to build to sweet but just before becoming too sweet it quickly turn sour to clean the palate. Perhaps it is - slightly - too sweet at room temperature.

Nice mouthfeel for a beer between a desert beer and a quaffable fruit beer.

Highly drinkable for over 6 percent and as fruity as this is.

Not sure why this beer is rated B. I think this is a very good fruit beer.

Photo of redsonja
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A/ red cherry like

S/ a strange cherry smell cant please it

T/ like cherrys but it taste like its smells strange cherry taste sweet but strange not like european kriek or cherrybeers i tasted.

M/ the sweetness hangs in your mouth

D/good beer for the summer chilled on the beach or with fruitsalad.
good beer i liked it

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/pink color with a small pinking head.

S: Very faint amount of tart cherries.

T: Mostly a tart cherry taste with some sweetness to it. There is some bready malt presence.

M: Seems a bit thin. Leaves a little bitterness on the tongue and palate.

D: Not my style of beer, for me, one is enough, but it is an interesting beer, worthy of a try.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a mix and match for 2.50. I wish I could find a case (or at least in a variety case) because this has become one of my favorite cherry ale's!

A - Hazy pinkish in color.
S - Tart cherry's
T - It was exactly the tartness I wanted with an almost candy tasting cherry flavor! Good beer hoppy flavor in the finish but mostly malty.
M - Coats the mouth well and every sip was a treat
D- Most would say a few but I could drink the entire 4 pack in a row with no problems.

Overall a great ale from founders next to the pale ale and Scottish ale respectively. I could drink this every week!

Photo of neorunner
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass, cloudy rosy red hue with a very thin head that dissipated almost instantly.

S- Not very aromatic, hint of fruit but otherwise very dull.

T- Tart cherry taste in the corners of my mouth. Great berry taste and some spice but that is about where it ends.

M- Light body with no noticeable carbonation.

D- Not a bad cherry beer, could have used a bit more sourness and something to fill out the body after the initial taste.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into wine glass. Lots of carbonation after the pour but the head disappears seconds later. This beer is not horrible it is just different. Not much of a scent at all. The taste is overly sweet and honey like in nature. The aftertaste has a somewhat small tart cherry like flavor. Mouthfeel is very light and the alcohol is well hidden. I do not really have desire to drink another one of these right now or anytime in the near future.

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

A: A golden reddish hue with no haze. Must be well filtered. 1 finger white head.
S: Cherries. Sweet Cherries. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: Pie cherries with a light allspice aftertaste. There are some biscuit like malts in there. Very nice.
M: Semi-dry (or semi-sweet) and slightly tart. Lots of carbonation.
D: I love this beer, but one glass is enough. Just a tad too sweet to be an easy drinker. The cherry flavors pair well with mild cheeses and fruity desserts. Founders really doesn't make a bad beer, and this is proof. The fruitiest and strangest brew still tastes great.

Photo of jera1350
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling pinkish hue with a thin layer of suds.

Smell is of cherry pie filling with some grainy malt.

Moderate tart cherry pie filling with some very light bitterness to follow. A little grain peeks out. Not much else happening.

Some active carbonation which helps release the fruit. A little heavier than light bodied.

A nicely done fruit beer. Pretty drinkable, but one or two would be enough for most people. If you like cherry in your beer, you'll enjoy this.

Photo of endincolorado
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale pink color that reminds me of white zinfandel with a light, pinkish-white head and some pretty decent lace. Carbonation is visible.

Sour fruitiness comes forth initially in the nose, which then sort of transforms into a more inviting tart cherry. There's also an interesting dry, crispness that reminds me of champagne.

Tart cherries are most prevalent in flavor, followed by a crisp sweetness and a somewhat dry finish. Body is, thankfully medium which helps the flavor- with lots of carbonation.

A tasty fruit beer, but a fruit beer nonetheless. One of these with some cherry pie or black forest cake would be nice, but beyond that, I'm not sure I could down anymore.

Photo of mwa423
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby red with two fingers of head. The beer is clear enough to see through, which if you do then you will get a rose colored view of the world.

S - Strong fruity/berry smell, with hints of malt and caramel.

T - Strong fruit taste that is really all there is to this beer, but it is a complex and rich fruit flavor. This is what almost every fruit berry wants to be.

M/D - The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, but the only thing keeping both of these categories is that the sweetness will get to you quickly.

Photo of goblue3509
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a ruby red color that is slightly hazy and has some visible chunks in it. There is a frothy head that is fizzy and gives way to minimal lacing. The smell is of sweet and sour cherries and sweet malt. The taste is of cherries over a sweet malt backbone. The cherry taste is very unique and very good. The mouthfeel is a moderately carbonated and slightly fizzy. Overall though the drinkability on this is very high. If you dont like cherries i would stay away. If you like cherries or are looking for something different you could drink these all nite.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Ruby red grapefruit in color. Its slightly hazed but mostly big floaty chucks are visible. There is a small amount of effervescence. The head is loud and fizzy like 7-up. It is very short lived but the collar that's left sticks to the glass in spots.

S- The nose is a sour and crisp fermented smell. Its what you would expect to find in a champagne. Its big on cherry and bready yeast. The aroma is pretty muted and seems like its lacking some detailed nuances.

T- Tart and sour. Obviously the cherries dominate. No hops or bitterness. A faint malt bill underlies the tart and sour cherries imparting a faint earthy funk.

M- Light, fizzy crisp and dry.

D- Good drinkability. Not too sweet or cloying. This is a thirst quenching, light, crisp and refreshing beer.

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 3/20/09. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy pink over amber color with a thin, soda-like head that disappears immediately, receding to a a thin collar of pinkish white around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet and sour...lots of cherry aroma, some tartness,and some sweet sugary smells. No hop character in the aroma at all. Overall the aroma level is on the light side - would be even nicer if it was a little bit stronger.

T - Nice sour flavor and tons of cherry...very reminiscent of a liquid cherry pie filling. Quite tasty. Seems like a perfect pairing with some dark chocolate. If you like cherry, this is a beer for you. No hops...very cherry!

M - Thin in body, almost soda-like. Medium to low carbonation - thought there would be more. Very smooth feeling...not particularly prickly.

D - This is quite an enjoyable fruit beer. Very nice overall cherry flavor. Seems perfect for desert. Really think this would be great with some chocolate cake, a brownie sundae, or such...Good by itself...not one I could have a few of in one session, but with chocolate deserts, outstanding.

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

Husky dulled body of medium crimson orange with a slimmed cherry kool aid pinked bubbly capping. A few thin strings of lacing get stretched across the glass.

Muted aroma of tart earthy cherry and a bit of sweet malt underneath.

Taste has a nice sweetened tang of dulled tart cherry thats semi sharp with a light smack on the lips, then the tongue, but drops off quickly to a light finish that drys just a titch earthy. Tiny touches of cinnamon and brown sugar emerge as it goes along.

Tangy, sweet, nearly medium body with a muted tartness and a second half that's a bit empty but is plenty likeable as it stays just clean and sharp enough as to bend the palate just right into an acceptable tone.

A well balanced and toned down tartened sweet cherry beer that may be a good starter fruit beer for those not quite ready for the big sour brews out there.

Photo of capra12
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/7/09 with Speedwayjim and steph from notes served out of a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Semi cloudy pinkish amber, 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet pink fruit (cherry) and wheat.

Taste: Opens with a distinct fruity cherry as it becomes more tangy and cider like. There are definite sour notes in the finish which carry over into the aftertaste and is mildly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and bubbly and slightly dry.

Drinkability: I would have this again on the same night and recommend this to those who enjoy cider and want a fruity twist.

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.