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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 BlackBelt5112203
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Bright red color with a 1-finger bubbly pink head. Decent retention and lacing. Slightly hazy while still being transparent with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Cherries and a definite wheat malt presence.

T - Sweet, with cherry and wheat malt flavors. At the finish, there may be a very slight presence of earthy, floral hops.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, slightly dry finish. Cherry and wheat sweetness lingers for a little bit.

O - This is a pretty good fruit beer. It’s tasty to be sure, but if the cherry were taken away, the base wheat beer would only be an average beer. The cherry certainly adds to the color, aroma, and taste, but it can only do so much with an average base beer. Still, it’s a pretty good beer, especially if you’re into fruit beers and/or cherries.

BlackBelt5112203, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous and vibrant cherry red color with pink and purple highlights. Half finger of pink tinted head. Smells of peaches, cherries, and a touch of wheatiness. Touch of medicinal funk. Head is extremely clingy.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Feels almost like the consistency of a rich oatmeal stout oddly. Sweet candy like malts up front followed by rich cherry and peach flavor. Not syrupy at all, more like a berliner weiss with cherries. I feel like theres gotta be a touch of wheat in here due to the palate cleansing finish and lingering after taste. Sweet cherry almond cookie like finish. A touch of nuttiness as well. An extremely layered and complex beer. Touches of cereal like grains. The grain bill on this beer must be a nightmare to brew but it works out so well.

One of the deepest fruit beers I've ever had. Insanely delicate, flavorful, and complicated. This is how fruit is supposed to be used. This is a beer with fruit added. Not a fruit beer.

jtierney89, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +10.5%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Hoagie1973, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby/orange color, minimal white head. Good lace and decent retention. Aroma reminds me distinctly of cherry-flavored liquid medicine with a touch of Blushing Monk-esque fruit.

Starts off medicinal, then oddly boozy, finishing with artificial cherry flavors. Lingering bitterness feels out of place. This isn't bad, but it's pretty far from being good. A rare miss from the rock stars at Founders.

brystmar, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of atr2605
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy red color with a strawberry colored head with average retention
S-pretty faint aroma, theres some cherries and a bit of malt
T-honey, wheat, and cherries leaving the cherry flavor in the finish. A bit sweet but the hops take the edge off keeping it balanced enough
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad beer, not anything too fancy or complex but tastes pretty good. Would have again on occasion.

atr2605, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev +10.5%

baybum, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of jk3
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jk3, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby red color. Head is very thin and pink. Retention is poor. Minimal lacing.
S- The smell is quite mild, but I'm picking up tart cherry and a bit of wheatlike aromas.
T- At first it tastes like a pale wheat beer. Some tart cherries and sweet fruityness. Fairly tart throughout the finish.
M- Tart, ever so slightly puckering in the finish. Pretty full bodied for a fruity beer, low carb.
O- A decent fruit beer. Slightly tart, and it's a decent base beer with the right amount of fruit.

jsprain1, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of darkstar12
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20-ounce pilsner glass

A: Dark ruby red color. Poured with a thin head that dissipated after a minute or so. Decent lacing.

S: no big surprise, smells like sour cherries

T: Very sour cherry flavor, with a sharp bite at the end.

M: Pretty thin body. almost champagne-like carbonation.

O: Nice to try as an experiment, may have one now and then.

darkstar12, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of RollBounce
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

RollBounce, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this fermented cherry drink in a shaker pint.

Appearance- Whoa, this one pours a cloudy and ruby red. It is a like a cross between a pink lemonade and grapefruit juice. There is almost no foamy stuff anywhere, just some hanging at the side of the glass. This also has a distinct off-white an pink tinge to it.

Smell- I get some wheat and only the faintest hint of cherries. Cerise almost tips over into wine cooler territory with the generic fruit smell it has. Not bad, but it is not bursting with cherry presence.

Taste- A little easier on the palate. I get a distinct cherry bitterness that washes over the tongue for the length of the drink. And just a splash of bing cherry flavor.

The finish has a huge wheat component where I would have like more cherry. However, this is a beer right? And not cherry juice. It even tastes like there is some crystal malt buried underneath everything. Interesting.

Mouth feel- Cerise is smooth as silk. The body is a little on the sparkling side, but it I like that the tingle does not come on until after the drink has been finished. Imagine those huge punch bowls with sherbert in them. It is kind of like that.

Overall- I was not overly impressed nor tunred off by this beer. If you are looking for a generally fruity offering then this will suffice. However, don't think that just because there is a cherry on the bottle that that is what you are going to get.

Pintofbrown, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark purple color with moderate clarity. The head is a one finger light lavender color with average retention and good lacing near the glass.

S: Loaded with cherries, and there's even an underlying bready malt note, too, which mildly surprised me. Let's just call it different and leave it at that.

T: It's not a total cherry bomb - but it's almost a total cherry bomb. Mild bread notes linger throughout the sip, but this is pretty much cherries, cherries, and cherries. The finish is crisp and tart, with a light cream soda note building up slightly. Better than I expected, to be honest.

M: Spritzy, but not as light as it could be. Still, it comes close to drinking like water, which is always great on a hot (make that pleasantly warm) summer day.

O: It's always good to have your expectations exceeded. There's enough of a non-cherry character to make it a worthwhile summer staple. Founders does it again? I think so.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of kynap55
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kynap55, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of keenan41
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

keenan41, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a weird one. pours majorly cloudy pink color, like pepto bismol almost. small lacey white head. not totally appetizing in appearance, but most certainly intriguing. smells like cherries and an overdoese of yeast. not a sour beer, but soe definite tartness going on. flavor isnt bad at all, lots of fresh cherries, which is the dominant flavor by far, but some interesting yeast character and a crisp finish. mouthfeel is weird, this is a heavy beer in a lighter genre, its almost too much to drink a glass of this, let alone several. good carbonation but kind of chalky. overall i am glad i tried this, but this assuredly isnt the brew that made founders famous. not bad, very out there.

StonedTrippin, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TimoP, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of gdrydenc
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks very cool, pink with light pink/white head. Not a typical color for a beer, which is very unique.

S - Light smell of cherries, but sweet cherries, not tart like I was hoping. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot to the smell of this beer.

T - Sickly sweet with no tartness to balance this out. If this had the nice tartness of a typical cherry, I wouldn't be nearly as disappointed. I don't like the taste of this.

M - The mouthfeel might be the one redeeming quality of this beer, it finishes clean and crisp.

Overall, this beer is a disappointment. I can confidently say that this is the first time I've ever been disappointed by a Founders beer. Unfortunately, this is a drain pour, which is a first for Founders.

gdrydenc, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of yamar68
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright cherry juice color with a silly looking pink head. Whole bunch of beading. I'm immediately skeptical.

Smells fresh... light fruits, mild honey, table sugar, cherries of course.

My mom sampled some and said "It tastes like something that... isn't beer." And I sort of tend to agree. Tastes like some kind of wine spritzer. Fizzy fruit.

Very drinkable. But not my bag. What to do with the other three?

yamar68, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

xdefeatsy, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rumorsofsurf, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of BCFrog
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BCFrog, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Rob315
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Rob315, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jwat, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a wine taster. There is a nice ruby color. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma has a little bit of cherry, with a good dose of typical malt and yeast sprinkled in. The aroma isn't super strong, but well balanced.

The taste is mostly sweet medicinal flavor. There is a sweet aftertaste. This isn't super sweet, but there isn't anything to balance out the sweetness. I thought the look was good and the nose didn't turn me off. But I won't finish drinking this.

I'll pass, but for those who like sweeter fruit beers, I could see the appeal for this one.

andrewinski1, Jun 14, 2012
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.