Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 39
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 Yetiman420
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle fresh bottle in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a light pink with a one finger pink head.

The first thing that comes to mind is I would not want to be drinking this in a clear glass at some of the rural establishments I'm forced to frequent with my extended family. Defending my honor would most likely be a physical proposition.

The second thing that comes to mind is, this is different and different is good.

I'll make a painful comparison to the appearance of a wine cooler.

The aroma is just not right. It's musty and lacks identity. It has a canned fruit essence to it, but I can't pick up what kind of fruit.

First couple of sips and I get a strong cherry pie filling flavor. I eat a lot of fresh cherries in the summer so I don't automatically associate cherries with pie filling.

Not overly sweet but it does have a tart tang finish.

A unique beer that I appreciate as well done, just not to my tastes.

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

12 oz bottle

A: Deep, hazy pink under nearly no head to speak of. Some lace, no retention.

S: Mostly a faint malt and tart cherry. Nothing too great.

T: Malty with a decent tart, sour cherry mixed in. A bit grapefruit like at times. Again, nothing too great.

M/D: Light bodied, prickly carbonation but seems appropriate. OK drinkability. A good bit of cherry, but the taste is just too off make this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of marcpal
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got a pack of this because I saw it on the shelves at Wegman's and was something new. I was more than disappointed by Rubeaus and was hoping this would make up for it. Wrong.

12oz bottle poured into Delirium Tremens bubble glass last night.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10.

A: Pinkish light red color with a thin head that lasted pretty long. Carbonation was distant.

S: The smell was not horrible, slightly tart but something unique. The good ended here though. It smelled of true fruit but that did not carry over in the taste. While not a fan of fruit beers, I would rate it high if it was a good version but didn't get it.

T: I just found no real pleasure in the taste of this. It was borderline hard to drink and is up there on the list with Bells Cherry stout. Got some more to share with somebody, I'm positive someone will like this. Being generous, it has a cherry maraschino syrup flavor that is not like real fruit though in any way.

M: I would've expected this to be a bubbly mess but was the opposite, a milky flat mess.

D: Founders is a great brewery, this is not a great beer. This is not a good beer, this was flat out hard to drink.

Photo of ltjska04
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming out of the bottle this ale is pink, but then once in my glass it is the reddest beer I've ever had. There's not much head at all and it smells a bit sour and very reminiscent of Sam Adam's Cranberry Lambic.

Please don't let this be as bad as Cranberry Lambic.

Good news... it's not! It actually tastes somewhat like real fruit. I'm detecting some sour cherries, sort of like a frozen cherry pie filling. That's the dominating flavor and after that I'm not getting much else. The beer coats the mouth with sweetness and goes down smooth and easy. I usually don't like fruit beers and this doesn't really change my opinion, but it's one of the best I've had so far. It actually has some real fruit flavor instead of having some fake syrupy taste. I could see myself drinking this again some day.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $3. Bottled on 3/16/09. Poured into my shaker glass and appears a hazed color akin to blush wine with about a finger of light pink foam. The head fades to a thin layer within a few minutes leaving a slight lace on the inside of my glass. Smells and tastes of bread, cherry pie filling, tart cherries, cherry pie, crust and all. Medium bodied with a notch below medium in carbonation. I could see myself going through a 4-pack or two of this while it's around.

Photo of johnd513
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep rose color with a thin offwhite head. Smells of tart cherries. Simple, but right on for a fruit beer. The taste is cherries and that's it really. The mouthfeel has a light body with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is surprisingly really good. I opened this one (the first one in the 4-pack) after a long day and was worried that a fruit beer like this might not satisfy my fix. I am not usually a fan of fruit beers but this one is top notch. Simple, to the point, does not pretend to be anything its not. This may be my favorite fruit beer to date.

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

12oz bottle into a Founders pint glass a surprisingly rose tinted brew with a thin off-white head that lasts and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma was loads of cherries and slight sweet malts. The taste was a very tart abundance of cherries, almost like Three Philosopher's light. Not quite as tart as some Flemish reds I've had, but close. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence and a bit of carbonation. This is certainly one of the more interesting beers I've had from Founders, a bit of a change of pace for them, but still enjoyable.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep red color with a small pink head.

Scent of cherries and yeast, very simple scent. Nothing to write home about, but pretty good for a fruit beer.

Taste of cherries, cherry syrup, and yeast. Doesn't taste overly artificial, which I like, but I couldn't have too many of these.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a bit of carbonation.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Dazzling copper rose with a slight haze. Small, lacy, eggshell-white head. Nose shows off tart cherries, cherry syrup, fruit punch, light graininess, and a hint of floral hops. Mildly tart cherries start off the palate. Reminds me of cherry pie. Toasted grains and pie crust malt follow, before the sweetness comes in. Fruit punch and cherry sweetness swells, pushing any tartness aside. Finish brings in some cherry pits, and faint bitterness. Lingering tartish cherries. Medium-bodied, with a creamy feel. Not a bad cherry ale, in the vain of New Glarus's Belgian Red. This one is not quite as good, but is decent. I would prefer a little more tartness and a little less sweetness, but that's just me.

Photo of tjwarren
1.43/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

My wife bought this for me because she said the bottle was pretty. Poured into a chalice and she loved the color. It is quite different.

The smell seemed sour to me and less fruity than it looked. I was not expecting good things from the smell.

I am a big Founders fan as most of you are but this was awful. It tasted like the juice from a jar of marachino cherries that had gone bad. I am so glad my wife only bought me one. It was disgusting and horrible. Would have been a drain pour but it was a $3.00 bottle and I didn't want to hurt her feelings.

This was so flat that I could detect no mouthfeel at all. Water has more.

Drinkability is only for the brave. If you can finish one you need a medal pinned on your chest.

Buy anything else from Founders but stay far away from this one. I say this as one of the great lovers of Ephemere and other fruit/vegetable beers. This is not a beer, it is a poison...

Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Reddish amber pour with a bit of white/pink head. Some red fruits, cherry and grassy aromas. Taste is pretty straight forward with the cherries. A little tart at first, gets a little sweeter with some maltiness. Just a faint hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty thin, almost like a kriek type brew. All in all I'd say this is pretty drinkable, but you have to be in the mood. Something a bit different from Founders.

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

Beer pours a slightly dark red color with a nice 1 finger pink head. Head dissipates quickly but nice lacing is left in glass. Smell is of semi sweet cherries and sweet malt. Taste is of cherry and sweet malt, very similar to the crust of a cherry pie, good balance or sweet and tart cherries. Carbonation was good, nothing over the top.

For a fruit beer, this is one of the better ones I have had. If you are going to make one, make sure the fruit is the showcase. In the case of this beer, it certainly is.

Photo of jamie2dope
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders Cerise pours a pink color, with a bit of pink heading that doesn't hang around too long. It sort of looks like cherry flavored ginger ale. Smell is of very sweet cherries, although there is some hint of sourness at the end. A slight medicinal quality also comes through. Taste is of cherries, cream, pie crust, more medicine. A light bodied beer, drinkability loses a few points for the sometimes overbearing sweetness. Not a bad effort from Founders. I like the Rubaeus a little bit more, although they are two totally different beers. Grab a single and pair this with dessert.

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

12oz twist-off bottle into 25oz wine glass.

The large glass allows plenty of light to pour in, which shows a glowing red hue, cloudy, with hot red highlights toward the bottom of the glass. The head starts out thin, then disappears to little bubbly islands.

Overall, very light aromas. There is a bit of a pleasant sour, along with a bit of maraschino cherry. Somewhat peppery.

There is tartness, but it doesn't seem to be too overwhelming, and is actually balanced somewhat well by the sweeter syrupy cherry flavors. Medium bodied with higher carbonatoin.

For a tart beer, very enjoyable, and actually refreshing. The cherry was a nice touch. I'm looking forward to the other three bottles. Recommended.

Photo of charlesw
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Who makes up these categories, anyway? I know, or some similar thing. But, seriously. "This is a fruit beer." Well, so how does it rate as a fruit beer? Well, as what kind of fruit beer - the kind with a lot of alcohol and body or as a light (alcohol and flavor) summer beer? I mean, seriously, give me a break. Ahem. Not that this has anything to do with this beer, but, actually, it does.

So, yeah. It's pretty darned clear and light. Reddish pink amber orange. On the light side of all of that. Small head of tight very white bubbles. Diminish quickly but VERY lasting lace. OK. So we'll have to say that it looks better than the average for the style (even though there isn't really a style).

Smells not so good. Like canned cherries gone bad. Maraschino cherry juice in Everclear. As in, artificial cherry and a lot of alcohol (weird given the low alcohol of the beer).

Tastes like dry bitter cherries. Maybe a bing - but with less sugar and a bit of a bitter bite. Which means that there's plenty of sour going on. It's interesting. Maybe kind of like a dry soda - only with more bitterness. One of those weirdo, cunchy people sodas from the health-food market?

So, yeah. As a beer for a really hot summer's day this rocks. As just a beer, well, not impressed.

Photo of jwinship83
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- this one pours an amber color with a reddish tint. a large head formed after a vigorous pour. it was fluffy and mostly white with a light pink tint. very different, but not that odd considering what this beer is. the head stayed around for a while, and left spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- even at just below room temp, this beer doesnt smell strongly at all. what i can smell is sweet and tart cherries followed by a little bit of grainy malts.

T- again, very weak. but pleasant. almost cherry juice like. very sweet with a little bit of tartness at the end.

M- medium bodied with an almost nonexistent level of carbonation. very juice like. no trace of alcohol in this one.

D- this beer isnt for me. nothing offensive about it, it just doesnt seem like a beer to me. might be enjoyable on a hot summers day, but i doubt ill give it another shot. glad i bought one and not a four pack. not one of founders better offerings.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset, served in a tulip...

Something about Sunset - they know how to pour stuff. A full finger of head with a crazy rose body. Decently carbonated. Looks good. Looks like beer? Well...

The nose is all sweet & sour cherries. Maybe a hint of yeast electricity and spriteliness from carbonation. Hops? Not so much. Smells good - very light and fruity.

Collar matches the cuff on this one; it smells like cherries, it tastes like cherries, and it's quite pleasant. But it's an extremely fruity beer at that and you really don't get much else. Maybe a touch of very light grains and an almost rose champagne quality. Still it's enjoyable.

Aside from all this, palate feel is nice - again, almost a bright champagne feel (what do you call a mimosa with cherry juice instead of orange juice?). Finish is refreshing and clean...and well-carbonated. But there is a hidden level of malt depth. Slightly piney and husky, so that helps out.

Hey, it may not taste like real beer but it tastes good and it's really light. And it goes wicked quickly. Maybe not the beeriest of beers but it's an enjoyable deal.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a bright red color, lightly hazy, with a one inch whitish pink hued head. It falls down to a cap and retains nicely with a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is very weak overall. Almost nonexistent. There's cherries, but they are extremely weak. Slightly tart, but again very weak.

Taste is much stronger. A good amount of cherry flavor, sweet initially but it quickly becomes more tart and leaves a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice creamy texture to it. Quite drinkable.

Decent fruit beer overall but compared to some Belgian cherry beers it just doesn't hold up. I wish they still had the Rubaeus.

Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Thin, clear rose amber color with a pink frothy head with streaky lacing and little retention. Aroma of sweet cherry, like a pie, not much of a hop presence. Moderately thick mouthfeel, little carbonation. Taste is like cherry pie, sweet at first and then a slight tart finish. I don't know, nothing remarkable, certainly not as high quality or complex as the rubaeus its replacing in the lineup. The finish lingers with a slightly stale taste that makes this less drinkable for me.

Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of this brew from Dobby's in Palatine. I love Founders and I love fruit in my beer even more. Hopefully both my loves are fulfilled. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light pink with excellent clarity and a small half finger creamy bright white head. Almost no cap is left on the beer with a very thin collar and a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Nicely scented cherries and berries with a very fresh clean sort of scent. Semi sweet with some mild malted wheat. Not a whole lot going but this is a cherry beer and the cherry is front and center.
Taste- Mild cherry that has almost the exact taste of Hostess Cherry Pie filling. A touch spicy with an almost light cinnamon like background. Maybe a light bit of wheaty grain and a touch of bitterness in the finish with a tinge of citrusy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Light body with a sticky feel and light carbonation that is fairly prickly.
Drinkability- Not bad. The cherry isn't overpowering in the least and very simple. Not much going on other than the cherry and that's something I really enjoy. I can see how some people really wouldn't like that. Either way, definitely worth a try.

Photo of Mgrad92
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imagine the color smack dab between an amber ale and a pink wine cooler and you have the color of this beer. It had a very thin head.
The smell doesn't lead you to beleive there is too much cherry action going on. In fact it smells reminicent of an american pilsner.
However the taste is dominated by tart cheries. This tartness combined with light effervescence makes this brew taste very lively. Yes you can taste the malt and hops, but it was hard for me to really identify them because this brew is all about the cheries.
A nice offering of a fruit beer.

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

Founders- Cerise

A- Pinkish reddish amber with a small soapy head. Spotty lacing.
S- Deep gooey cooked cherries. Cherry pie crust.
T- Thick sweet cherry pie. Both graham cracker crust malt and baked cherries.
M- Thick and sweet with a slight tart sour finish.

Overall- Basically cherry pie in a bottle. Actually quite good. Can drink 1 or 2 at the most.

Photo of david131
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy ruby red with a lot of pink mixed in. The head is slightly pink and creamy and has pretty good retention. There is absolutely no streams of carbonation making their way to the top.

S- Sweet cherries and a nice bready aroma. Oddly similar to Rubaeus. A little bit of cinnamon is noticeable as well.

T- Tastes exactly like a cherry tootsie pop when the chocolate center is just starting to come through. A perfect balance of sweet and tart.

M- Kind of tart. The carbonation level is a bit low, but it works decently.

D- A tasty beer for a change of pace. Not as tart as most other cherry beers. Drinks a bit easier than the ABV would lead you to believe. Well done.

Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-14-09

Pours a very cloudy salmon color, with a wispy white head and clingy rings of white lacing.

Smell is almost non-existent, slightly fruity.

Taste is very different, sweet/sour cherry up front which becomes slightly bitter, followed by a distinct and very enjoyable sugar-coated almond flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, but its fits very well.

Drinkability is good, but the sourness really builds up.

Overall, a very cool beer, that's not too fruity or too cherry, which I expected. Well worth a try.

Photo of PoolhouseRebel
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bought this hoping Founders could turn me on to a Cherry beer.

Pours a very light red, kind of pinkish. Not much of a head with some lacing.

Smell is pungent cherry, not too sweet though.

Light wheat taste at first and right after the swallow theres a huge tart cherry smack in the mouth.

I really liked the mouthfeel on this. Super smooth, thin but not gassy, just the right amount of carbonation and at 6.5% if it werent for the unpleasant tart cherry taste I could pound a sixer or this easily.

I cringed and puckered up a bit after the first sip tried a little more and gave it to my girlfriend who didn't want to drink it either. Disappointed but I guess the style just isn't for me

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