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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy rose color with a light pink head that diminishes to a ring that doesn't lace.

S: Even at the right temperature the aromas are somewhat muted. Cherries are the obvious and expected tones but it has both sweet and tart. Not much else in there except a little spice.

T: Follows the nose. Tart and sweet cherries with a little... cinnamon that dances in the back of the throat. Nothing overbearing with is typical of some fruit beers.

M: On the lighter side of medium body. Not overly carbonated. Not harsh on the palette at all.

D: This is easy to drink. I would only drink one per session. It might go well if pared with something. This is something I'm finding with sweeter beers. Worth the experience.

BobbyBeerman, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium reddish/pinkish color with an average sized, frothy, pinkish head. Aromas of cherries. Tastes of cherries, cherry pie, pie crust, and bready. On the sweeter side with a lighter tart, cherry finish (but definitely leans towards the sweeter side). Pinkish lacing left on the glasss.

hopdog, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber with an ounce of marichino juice. One half inch head, also red tainted, dissipates fast to ring. Some cling lace.

S - Funky barnyard. Expect to be raking this in instead of drinking. Some acidity with tartness there.

T - The meat of the matter. Cooked, completely cooked, cherry pie. Spices assist, but that is the predominate flavor.

M - Medium body, fair carb, pretty good balance considering the strangeness of the beer.

D - Easy enough to drink, fun and not all that tiring.

srandycarter, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Strix
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured pink, with some floaties.

Definite cherry smell.

Cherries in the taste, then sort of flattens out. A bit of spices, a bit of malt, sort of fades away with a dry flavor.

Mouthfeel bubbly.

Sort of a chick beer I guess. I felt it was worth a try, but nothing that really connected for me. If you don't like overly sweet beers, maybe you'd like this, but I thought it could have used more flavor.

Strix, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jeremyd365
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a reddish amber and you could smell the strong cherry-ness easily. It had a decent-bodied mouthfeel but at the end of the day, the cherry flavor was just too much. It tasted as if it was half grenadine and was just entirely too sweet for me. As for the poster than referred to it as a "chick drink", my girlfriend said it was way too sweet for her too. I supposed it would be an interesting one to try a shot-sized sample of during a fruity beer tasting festival or something of the like, but the entire bottle was just too much for me. Possibly the first founders I didn't love. I guess it was bound to happen sometime!

jeremyd365, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of maximum12
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Sampled on tap at the Founders taphouse.

Light strawberry-looking thing. Smells sweet enough to make my nose hair pucker up.

Yup. Too sweet to drink more than a swallow or two. Cherry, with cheery overtones, backed by some cherry with cherry highlights. My wife asked if this was Founder's "chick drink" & the bartender agreed.

I'm sure this isn't a bad beer, just not my thing. I'd stick to Mike's Hard if I wanted something this sweet & summery.

maximum12, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a ommagang dokel

Light strawberry red with a very light flim over the hop, very nice color

Suble dry cherry smells with some slight alcohol notes and just a hint of sweetness

Very dry cherry flavor at first with a bitter dry wine like middle. Cherry flavors are very dominate in both these areas. I think the biggest suprise is the hops and the fruit flavor that comes in the finish very good finishing beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and wine like tbh the beer has more wine qualities than beer, carbonation is also a bit high.

Easy to drink if you are in the mood for it but I cant see as I would drink it very often although for the style I have to say its one of my favorites in my limited exp.

SpecialK088, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap, alchemy

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - rich pink body with a bright pink foam...kind of emasculating but whatever - i had always wanted to try this

smell: medicinal cherry, sweet malts. i've smelt better in a cherry beer

taste: unfortunately any beer brewed with cherry or raspberry will fall flat against their new glarus foes. this was no different - the flavor profile had some mild tartness but also had a grainy aftertaste. The cherry wasnt overwhelming but didnt taste fresh, rather medicinal. no need to consume this again

mouthfeel: light tartness, light sweetness, medium body

drinkability: good enough

dirtylou, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

P- My buddy joe gave thise brew to me.

A- a cherry red that is clear. not much head and quickly goes away.

S- a tart cherry smell. not much more

T- light cherry and a metallic back end as well.

M- metal and cherry,not a good combo. It tastes like an over ripe cherry covered in metal flakes.

D- not overly bad but not in the good stage either. Its something to try but not worth purchasing.

Dodo2step, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: poured pinkish red, thin head that did not last, kinda like champagne.

S: a bit more like a wine than beer. tart cherry with sweet spice

T: tart and slight sweet cherries. very slight malt flavor and cinnamon.

M: slightly dry, especially on the after-taste

D: would be great to pair with ice cream, or cheese cake, or even as dessert itself. if anything its worth a try

rootbeerman, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ruby-red color, slimmed head, pinkish.

Tart-n-sweet aroma, definite cherries. Nice.

Mmm, sour, gripping the palate, grabbing and playing with the tongue. Sour and sweet, cherry-licious. Full malty mouthfeel, good solid backbone.

Great little cherry ale. Not too much complexity, just loads of cherriness. That has it's place, sure, but in the end I find it a bit blase'...can't do too much of it.

feloniousmonk, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. "Bottled 3/20/09" lasered on neck of bottle. Was a cloudy reddish orange color. Rare carb bubble and very quick sliding lace. It had a small white head that quickly settled to a collar and some whispy film.

The aroma was cherry pie filling. Good but not as great as NG Belgian Red's aroma. The taste follows the aroma and NG comparison. I'm a big fan of cherry beers and this one definitely hits the spot and is in top tier of those beers. With that said, I'm not gonna sit down and drink a bunch of them so 3.5 on drinkability is more a reflection of how often I'd have one instead of how good it is.

Overall, a great almost excellent fruit beer. Another winner from Founders. Highly recommend if you like cherry beers. Rotation: not available here but would be worth a six pack during season if it was. Wife really liked it so would be a good beer to show friends.


TexIndy, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a thin head. Lacing is thin and sticky. Decent clarity. Ruby in color.
S) Cherries. Oak. Woodsy. Cinnamon. Sour citrus.
T) Cherries. Cinnamon. Oranges. Almond.
M) Sharp but mellows out over time. Medium sourness. The body is medium as well. Tannin feel.
D) A very delicious beer. Well crafted. A nice session beer.

u2carew, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a Kool-aid red color with a small ring of white foam. No lacing.

S- Tons of malt sweetness and tart cherries. Not much else going on.

T- Big rush of dark Michigan cherry flavor. A bit sour initially with a tiny amount of caramel sweetness in the finish. The sour/tart cherry taste lingers for a while.

M- A bit thin with ok carbonation.

D- I should have known that this style wasn't really for me. It tasted more like spiked punch at the prom than anything else. Not bad, just won't be getting it again.

projectflam86, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of xfactor9600
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pink in color

S - A typical ale smell with perhaps a hint of cherry.

T - cherries are very tart. But no taste of alcohol whatsoever.

M - Bitter but pleasant aftertaste.

D - Kind fo like eating a cherry dessert. A nice change of pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

xfactor9600, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a stemless wine glass,this beer is almost pink,looks similar to a rose.overall looks nice.

smell is of tart cherries,cinnamon,a little bit of pie crust.palate is tart cherries and biscuity malt.reminds me of drinking cherry pie.

mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate.overall this is a really good fruit beer.

wyattshotmaker, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a clear pint glass from the brown bottle. I found it interesting that Founders listed the IBU's on the label (15). This offering is a clear pinkish red color that poured with a half finger of frothy white head that dissipated somewhat quickly leaving an average lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Smells weakly of cherries, also slightly wheaty...not much else to note here.

T - Tastes like fresh tart unsweetened cherries. The 6.5% ABV is well hidden...I can't detect it at all. Rather one dimensional but still pretty tasty nonetheless.

M & D - Thin mouthfeel that leaves a bit of bitter cherry aftertaste. Compared to other fruit beers I've had, this doesn't quite stack up (but I am spoiled by New Glarus, being from WI...and they have perfected the fruit beer). However, I'm a big fan of the style and could find myself sitting down with a few of these.

drizzam, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of jmalex
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Celebrating today's acquisition of Cliff Lee with an appropriately colored brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a fairly hazy pinkish-red-amber. The head is quite small, only topping out at a medium color with some splotchy bubblage.

SMELL: The aroma is definitely of tart, real fruit though I'm not sure I would have picked out cherry unprovoked. There is a slight extracty fruit component lying over everything which hints at the cherry much more so than the actual fruit does. The base beer is unobtrusive and gives off a hint of crisp, pale wheat and not much else.

TASTE: Now there's some cherry. It's an equal mix of slightly tart actual fruit, sweet maraschino-type flavor, and cough syrup. It dominates the flavor and doesn't let much of the pale, clean base beer through. The cherry flavor lasts well until the finish, carrying more of the sweet and syrupy flavors through than the tart variety.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation with a little bit of a slickness to the body. It's not very full in the mouth at all though, which seems good for a simple base beer meant to carry other flavor.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad, but the artificial cherry flavors are kind of off-putting. I was surprised to see 6.5% because alcohol with furthest from my mind when drinking this, so it definitely has that going for it.

Meh, a bit of a disappointment, but today is a day to paint the town red. So for that purpose alone, Cerise was a rousing success.

jmalex, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am typically not a big fruit beer fan, but cherry seems to be one of the best varieties of the style. I definetly prefer cherry to rapsberry or apricot ales. Here is my review of Founders new summer seasonal:

A: Pours a hazy pinkish-red. Head disspates to a nice film over the top of the beer. Lacing is pretty mininal.

S: Not a lot on the nose. There is definetly cherry present. Smells like real cherry, not some artificial syrup or anything like that.

T: This is as cherry as they come. Probably one of the best tasting fruit beers I have had. Flavor is fresh, tart cherry. Somewhat sweet with a nice sourness in the finish. Can also taste cherry pits and a bit of spice. Maybe some cinnamon in there.

M: Light bodied and finishes very clean. Extremely refreshing. A little lingering tartness in the finish.

D: Probably the best thing about this beer. One of the easiest drinking beers around. This beer can be drunk in large gulps or even chugged. Very refreshing and just a pleasure to drink.

Underrated is the best way to sum this beer up. I personally feel it is getting marginal marks just because it is a fruit beer. However, this is probably one of the best fruit beers available, period. A nice complex flavor with an excellent drinkability make this a summer seasonal that will constantly be in the fridge during the hot months. Highly sessionable and a nice treat, especially if you enjoy cherry flavored beers and ales.

OldSchoolGamer, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Cerise
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light red, dark pink color with an off-white head that leaves little spots of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Pleasant aroma, but nothing that leaves a lasting impression. Whiffs of fruit.

Cherry sweetness with a mouth puckering tartness on the finish. Reminds me of liquid Ludens cherry cough drops with a solid malt backbone. The hop presence is extremely limited, but the flavor of the beer is very enjoyable.

I found this beer to have a really good drinkability level. Yet another positive offering from Founders.

Hibernator, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby red grapefruit in color. Fairly hazy and very active carbonation.

S: Sour and tart cherry's, slight hints of ginger. Reminds me of a cherry ginger ale. Little bits of malt.

T: Black Cherry taste, nice balance of tart and sweet cherry. Little bit of malt backbone.

M: Medium bodies, fizzy carbonation. Little bit of an after taste and feel.

D: Decent cherry beer. Wouldnt drink more then a bottle in a session though.

rfgetz, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of MDekker
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Like an amber ale, but with rose-hued tinges to it. A little on the pink side, but not offensively so. Not much head, but I may have poured it too gently. A little hazy.

S: Clear fruit character in the nose, but typical malty notes as well. A little citrus and pine from the hops.

T: Fruit beers are not my favorite, but as they go, this one is pretty well done. Again, the cranberry is the most notable flavor, but it is complemented well by "beer-like" undertones. The aftertaste doesn't linger, and it's not glorifed Kool-aid, so I guess I'm saying that it's not bad.

M: A little watery, but properly carbonated.

D: It goes down quite well, although the fruitiness, as well done as it is, might get old after awhile.

MDekker, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cerise may be made with cherries but it looks just like grapefruit juice, with a little extra rose blush. It is a very pretty colour which, despite its soft pinkish hues, is dense enough to obstruct most light from passing through it. Instead, it absorbs the light and its unusual pastel-like tone illuminates brilliantly. Its surface is skirted by a white shoestring; more head would have been appreciated but I'm so distracted by the colour that I hardly notice.

I'm finding this fruit beer to smell a little more like beer than fruit. Toasty notes of pale malts were first to be remarked; tart cherries came only later. More fruit would have been welcomed, as it stands now there isn't much to sniff at, although I do take pleasure in knowing that the beer that awaits drinking will not be loaded up with synthetic juices or syrups and thus unlikely to be cloyingly sweet.

Although it actually is quite sweet after all - but in a very natural, sugary way. Whether it's the yeast that have yet to eat their way up to the 6.5% alcohol (it certainly doesn't seem that strong) or it is simply a natural product of the fruit, who knows? I can say it adds a redeeming mouthfeel to a beer that otherwise would have little else to offer the palate.

Cerise is an odd beer to describe because it doesn't fit the molds of other fruit beers. It is not intensely sweetened and thus in no way resembles a cocktail or alco-pop cooler; it is unlikely to appeal to those who seek that kind of artificial gratification. The carbonation is perfect but what takes me is that the nutty, pithy taste that emerges alongside the cherry skins (only after the air has a chance to get at it) is so genuinely authentic. It's a rare find.

But still, considering cherries were added at five different stages during the beer's production it's a wonder the end result doesn't reflect that more. Like aroma, the flavour also slightly understates the fruity element; that this is meant to be a fruit beer is more evident on the bottle's label than in its contents. I don't wish to caste this as a bad thing, however. A little bit of authentic fruit is much better than a lot of artificial syrup.

Considering the wounded condition of Michigan's economy and the fact that 75% of all the tart cherries sold in the U.S. are grown within a few hours of the brewery, it's a very amicable thing for Founders to switch production from the Rübæus (raspberry) to Cerise. It's a fantastic example of the social responsibility - in the true sense of the word - that microbreweries are capable of providing within a community; I'll gladly support that.

biegaman, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into apilsener glass.

Very lovely to look at, hazy dusky rose with amber highlights...light pinkish head and copious lacing left down the sides of the glass. Very nice look that immediately says fruit.
Nose is muted hops with very fresh natural cherry aroma...not especially strong. Mouthfeel is crisp fresh and light, a refreshing brew, nice effervescence. The flavor is quite tart with very natural cooked cherry flavor. The fruit is well-integrated into this brew, not at all an added-on flavor effect. Bitter cherry plays well with mild hoppy bitterness, but the balance is quite well done. The finish is long and in that is where sweetness makes itself apparent...a nice effect, balanceing the prominent bitterness. One of the better fruit beers.

kenito799, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of slyke
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders Cerise pours a pink-red color with a pink-white head that sticks pretty well and laces nicely.

The smell has faint notes of sweetness, tartness, and alcohol.

The taste is tart at first with a little sweetness and warming alcohol near the end.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, but slightly coating with a lingering tartness.

Drinkability is alright with this beer. Despite its lightness, the warming alcohol would make this a decent beer on a cool day.

slyke, Jul 19, 2009
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.