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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 88 | 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 birchstick
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - a reddish orange, almost like the color of Red Rocks Amphitheater.

S - smells of spiced cherries...smells good

T - tastes of spiced cherries...almost like a spiced cider slush with the cider substituted by cherries. This has a really good fruit beer taste to it. Not overly sweet or powerful, and it wasn't a fake cherry taste either. This is a good fruit beer.

M - thin mouthfeel with some good carbonation. Very average mouthfeel.

D - this surprised me in a really good way. I see a lot of similarities to New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red, which is a huge thumbs up from me. I really enjoyed this beer and will most definitely purchased again.

Photo of KI9A
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy red, little head, lots of sediment. Into a tulip glass.

S: Muted to say the least. Some tart cherries.

T: Tart cherries, grapes. Sour apple. Meh.

M: Fairly high carbonation. Crisp. refreshing. Not overpowering.

D: Well, it isn't even close to New Glarus Belgian Red, which is just about as close to intense as this style gets. Good, refreshing, but, the large amount of sediment about freaked me out.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pink lemonade color with a bubbly pink cap that leaves a few splashes here and there

Smell: Tart cherry aroma

Taste: Starts out with a subtle sweet cherry flavor that is joined by the tart fruit and builds in both directions by mid-palate, with just a hint of malt underneath; after the swallow, the tart flavors prevail and linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not something I would drink everyday, but a well-executed fruit beer that blends both sweet and tart flavors nicely together

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed in Spring 2009. Review input from notes.

Pours a reddish-pink mixed with a wee bit of brown. The aroma is that of tart cherries with hints of sweetness. The taste brings out even more cherry flavor, coming full on at your palate. There is a slight tartness to it as well. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, a fantastic fruit beer.

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

On-tap at Sheffield's in Chicago

A: Pinkish-red hue with not much head.

S: Some tartness on the nose, but this beer isn't giving much off in for me to pick up.

T: While drinking this beer, I'm struck by the wonderful balance of tart and sweet cherry. It's not that the taste is directly in the middle of the two, but rather that both sides are present and working together nicely. Cinnamon, and cherry pie spices round out the experience as you exhale.

M: Nice tart tingle, with an overall light feel in the mouth

D: Quite drinkable and quenching. I could easily drink several and be content.

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

Pours a hazy, fruit Roll-up red that is light and sunny near the edges and darker, puplier in the middle.

Smells fruity. Nice but a little tame. Light berries, tart cherries, and little hints of yeast.

Tastes just as nice and tame as it smells. The berry/cherry blend reaches a nice balance between sour and sweet, and like most good fruit beers it starts off juicy and finishes smooth and creamy. Refreshing, but there's not enough going on in the middle and end to make it a really great fruit beer.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brenden for this bottle!

This beer is pink. It looks like a Shirley Temple. The head is a nice white color that leaves some very impressive lacing. And its pink.

Strangely this pink brew smells like beer with a hint of "miscellaneous fruity sweetness". Not bad, but I had higher hopes. At lest the beer portion is nice.

The taste is simultaneously sweet and tart. The cherries are there, but this is still a beer. Nice and refreshing.

Upon entering my mouth I was surprised that this didn't have the consistency of a Shirley Temple. The bubbles were slightly subdued. The beer had a pleasant thickness that did occasionally come off as syrupy. Syrupy of the high fructose variety. Still very pleasant.

Ok, I'm over the fact that I'm drinking a pink beer. The beer is also good enough to comfortably drink in public. ["Yea, it's pink, asshole, but it tastes better than your piss water."] However, I think one bottle at a time will do it. It's too sweet for more than one at a time.

Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up in Grand Rapids.

Pours a hazy ruby red, really neat fruity colour, almost grapefruit like, thick slightly off white head forms, slowly drops to a thin layer and ring around the glass, nice chunks of lace stick. Smell is nice, cherry juice, straw, lightly funky, barnyard and grass, fresh fruit, light cinnamon spiciness, earthy, pretty neat. Taste is similar, very sweet though, caramel and sugar, cherry juice, cinnamon, earthy, fresh fruit salad, more sugar, honey, lightly tart in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. A little too sweet, kind of like BG Belgian Red without the complexity.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to jlindros for sending this one my way!

This may be the perfect glass to use for this brew. It looks and smells absolutely wonderful.
It pours a very pretty, clear, light pink color. When held to a light, it has a tinting of golden orange. The head, just over one-fingers worth, is creamy looking foam that is a light, almost creamy, pink color. Remeniscent of cotton candy, color-wise. The retention is great and the lacing is thick and quite sticky.

I get notes of cherries, both sweet and tangy. There is a nice wheatiness to it and a good hint of yeast.
As good as it smells, it is a very simple nose. Sometimes less can be more, I guess.

This is great! You get a nice little hint of cherry sweetness, right on the tip of your tongue. This is followed by a very mild maltiness. Then the tanginess hits you, mid-palate. There are mild wheat notes below the surface and a light hint of caramels. The cherry sweetness returns in the end, to combine with the tartness, and create an almost perfect finish.
The best part of it all is that the cherry flavor is very natural and doesn't taste artificial at all.

This has an excellent medium body. I say this because, while it is medium, it manages to have a crispness, that I generally associate with lighter bodies. It also has a nice level of creaminess, though not overpowering, that I associate with fuller-bodied brews. The carbonation is just about perfect, filled with little zesty/lively bubbles that just dance across your palate.

This is a very tasty and highly drinkable brew. The low-ish abv would help to keep it quite a session beer. I know that fruit beers aren't for everyone, but for those of us who like to have them every now and then, this is a winner.
It's almost like a better version of Lindemans Kriek. It has the flavor, but hasn't been artficially sweetened, like the Kriek has. It still has a nice tart/sour presence to it.
Founders proves to me, once again, that they are worthy of being one of my top favorite breweries.

Photo of jt31914
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Amber with a pinkish tint - what you would expect from a fruit/cherry style beer.

S: Strong aroma of cherry - fairly tart in the smell. Not amazing but still pleasant.

T: A little too fruity for me; very tart cherry. The downfall of this beer is that it doesn't actually taste like beer at all; it is more like a cherry cider type taste to me. However, the cherry is very natural, and the flavor is not artificial at all.

M: A little to tart in the mouth; the taste makes you want to swallow fairly quickly.

D: Fairly drinkable brew.

The main downfall of this beer is that you can't taste any form of beer in it (which at 15 IBUs isn't that surprising I guess). I am admittedly biased to start with, considering that fruit beers aren't my favorite to begin with; however, this is not the best of it's style and is my least favorite founder's effort to date.

Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle copped from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville... Cherry puree-laden aroma combined with authentic fruit flavor imparts a refreshing and subtle brew with a moderate 6.5% ABV... Interesting stuff from Founders... Although not a particular fan of this type of beer, I will give credit where it's due...

Photo of photomike
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange-pink with a white head and decent lacing. Somewhat weak retention.

This smells strongly jammy, with lots of tart cherry scents exploding from the glass.

The flavor is pretty strange. If I had to compare it to another brew, I would say that this tastes like a slightly less sweet version of Lindeman's Kriek with a lot more tartness and an odd underlying sweaty, minerally, mustiness. Not too bad, but as the glass slowly disappears, I find myself less and less interested in finishing it. Lots of cherry flavor, to be sure, but too sweet and funky for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick consistency. Chewy finish.

One is enough.

Glad I tried it, but would not buy again.

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

Reddish copper pour with a small layer of head. Tartness present on the nose with fresh cherries and hints of alcohol. Taste is moderately tart and surprisingly subtle. The cherries present are very fresh and ripe tasting, and there is a slight acidity on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. This one has a nice flavor but isn't too bold, a decent fruit beer overall. Not one of my favorite styles, but in this case done well.

Photo of qchic
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pink amber. Not quite as strikingly pink as some red fruited beers, but it's rosy. The dissipating head is whitish with hints of pink as well. Aromas of cherry are noticed immediately without bringing the glass to the nose, though it is not overwhelming. Along with the sweet and mildly tart fruit is some malt, but no hops. The tartness is more pronounced in the flavor. It is rather natural tasting and there is a little malt flavor, but it seems to be here mostly for structure. It finishes dry (thankfully) with a little bitterness on the back of the tongue. I don't care to drink more than this one as I am craving more traditional beer flavor. Fine for a fruit beer, but lacks complexity. Perhaps one to offer to those less enthusiastic about beer as a segue into craft offerings...

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Bottled on 04/01/09. 15 IBUs, 6.5% ABV. Thanks to Sweemzander for this one!

A - A light pink/red colored beer pours into the tulip with a full haze to it. An incredibly light pink, almost white head floats on top gently while leaving delicate lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is very light overall but I can easily smell fresh cherries. Not a fruity overwhelming aroma but a low, charming one. A slightly grainy malt aroma peeks out a touch. No hops on the nose.

T - The aroma is very deceiving. The cherries come out full-force in the flavor with a very freshly-picked trait. Lack of syrupyness in here is a real winner. Sweet but tart that balances nicely and finishes with a light pale malt flavor.

M - Sweet but tart and smooth but crisp and refreshing! Medium-bodied with a dry finish and just a little zing.

D - You definitely won't like it if you have an aversion to cherries but it's not syrup-like at all. A good desert beer or fruity summer drink. Well balanced and brewed.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/23/09

A - Light pink/rose-colored on the pour, settling to a bright & intense shade of ruby. Dense; all but impossible to see through. Thin layer of bubbles on top settles to almost nothing, though swirling the glass revives a bit of foam. Sparse lacing.

S - Potent whiff of dark cherry upon opening the bottle, though once in the glass the cherry notes are transparent & almost evasive. Hints of wheat, grass & something toasted. Alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

T - Tartness is panoramic as the sour/sweet cherry characteristics envelop the palate. Though the cherries are at the forefront, there is a nice earthy offset in what I would describe as prairie-grown wheat. Hints of bread in there, too.

M - Medium body with ample, prickly carbonation. Sticky & gritty qualities make this linger & move slowly on its journey.

D - I had no idea what to expect, but I like it. Not something I would regularly seek out, but definitely tasty & enjoyable to drink.

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

A-Reddish tinged copper with a thin pinkish white ring that left spotty lace.

S-Light sour cherry aroma with a bit of sweetness. Certainly nothing overwhelming.

T-BAM! Like liquid cherry pie filling--that is something else. A small amount of tartness and residual sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium-light quite sharp and effervescent with a pleasant lingering tartness.

D-You had best like tart cherries or this beer will fail you! The Rubaeus of cherry brews. Tart, lightly sweet, crisp and refreshing. Nicely done Founder's.

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy orange-red color with a half-finger light red head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart and mildly sweet cherries with just a hint of malt aromas peeking through. As the beer warms the cherry aromas take over even more than they already had.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The cherry flavors are a bit darker but the same light tartness is still there. Ending is a bit on the sweet side and lingers for a small while.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer is what it is. A solid cherry beer. Worth a shot if you're in the mood.

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

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. The label is shows a few cherries.
Translucent hazy ruby body with low carbonation and a short lived off-white head of all bubbles. Very little lace.
Mild cherry sauce scent and faint hops.
Pleasantly sweet cherry flavor with a nice tart and hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body with a tart finish.
Good drinkability.


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

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter (thx northyorksammy!), Cerise is pale, orange/pink tinged amber, with a creamy sand colored head that leaves nice foamy lace.

Smell is strong cherries, like cherry pie, nice.

Taste is pretty strong cherry, a bit like cherry pepto though, something about it just not quite working for me. I guess I prefer sour fruit beers, although this is a very solid effort for a style I admittedly don't care for.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy. However, there is an oily, solvent feel, and it is medium bodied.

Drinkability is average. There are some nice aspects, but overall, it's just a bit too much, and a slow sipper for me. One and done for sure, but nevertheless, I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rose color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cherries, sweet and tart. Taste like it smells, more tart than sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good effort.

Photo of cupcakequeenie
4.93/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- The beer pours a deep rose with a nice pale pink head that lasts well.
S- The smell is tart, fresh cherry, no artificial sweetness
T- As with the aroma, the taste is crisp, tart and fresh cherry. True and not overly sweet, just like eating the real thing.
M- Well-carbonated, not too light mouthfeel. No heavy syrup accent.
D- Easy to drink and enjoy each sip

Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang fluted tulip. Thin fizzy head that recedes quickly. Color is very interesting. It is pinkish with an amber body. It doesn't look so much murky as just dense. It refracts light nicely and creates a glow.

Smell is a nice tart cherry, and surprisingly very mild sweetness. I don't smell sugar, I smell cherries. So many other cherry beers smell like maraschino cherries and syrupy. It seems there is a pretty good amount of wheat in the grain bill. Taste has a pleasant pucker from the tart cherries. I think there is more tartness from the cherries than from any hops. And I'm still getting some wheat malt character.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean. The tartness is very refreshing and I love it that it's not syrupy. I think that's where a lot of fruit beers go wrong.

Blipped "Cherry Bomb" by the Runaways.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 3/20/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy strawberry color with a loose quarter inch, off-white head that immediately dispersed into a skim and some clusters of ringlets around the edges of the glass. Some spots of lacing, but fairly weak legs. Mild nose - slightly tart cherries and a wheat character towards the back. Taste consistent with nose - sweet up front and tart towards the back, as well as some artificial sweetener in the mix; wheat character come out much less in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was light/medium with a consistent background effervescence, some astringency in the mix and a fairly dry finish. Interesting beer, but one was sufficient.

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

Presentation: Stubby 12oz brown screw cap bottle

Appearance: Rose colored beer with light orange tints...good clarity, and a fluffy pale pink cap with good retention

Smell: Sweet and tart cherries, not nearly as tart as a fruit lambic, but not fake and artificial like many fruit beers either; something almost floral and kinda odd is in here too

Taste: Kind of like cherry pie...begins medium sweet but ends short and tart...it's not a bad flavor at all, but it seems quite muted; there could be so much more here it seems. Maybe I'm unfairly comparing it to New Glarus' Belgian Red which is the same style but absolutely blows this away

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Good flavor, but not enough of it...better than the average fruit beer for sure, but doesn't approach a good Kriek or New Glarus' offering...paired nicely with a chocolate bourbon mousse cake

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.