Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 46
Gots: 91 | FT: 5
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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 srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to Kalamazoo...

A: Beautiful deep copper the color of honey with a small white head that fades super quickly and leaves a small lace atop the brew.

S: Cherry hops unfront blended with boozy oaks in the middle and woody malts on the backend. Hints of honey blended throughout. Good.

T: Sweet sugary cherry upfront blended with hints of port. Honey earthy barley in the middle with hints of raspberry on the backend. Very good.

M: Doesn't leave a whole lot on your palate. Nothing special here.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew is pretty good. Better than I expected as most Fruit beers have disappointed me. Good to try if you like your brews sweet.

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

Received as an extra from Sendbeer.

12oz bottle poured into a Founders Imperial Pint Glass.

Pours an amber red, with about 1 fingers worth of a reddish tinted head. Smell is of cherry, juice, sugar, and a little bit of grain. Taste is cheery, almost cheery juice like. I don't get any sense of alcohol. Some of the reviews mention a sourness, but I don't get much perhaps a slight tartness. Taste is also sweet. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate amount of carbonation. I get some creaminess on the swallow.

For someone who doesn't like cherries by themselves, I surprising enjoyed this beer. Solid offering from Founders.

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

Pours a light amber with a slight red hue. Off-white head with a pink tint.

Smell is cherries, wood, and dank earth reminding me of an actual cherry orchard.

Taste is sour, tart cherries and then more cherries. None of the typical malt or hop flavor.

Light to medium body and creamy. The creaminess keeps the carbonation low preventing it from seeming like a cherry soda.

Taste is one-dimensional, but interesting enough for me to keep wanting more. Good level of cherry flavor--not overpowering and not just a component of the flavor.

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

Had this on tap at the Founders Brewery. Poured into a pint glass. Appears an pinkish amber color with a thin head. Of course the aroma has plenty of cherries - boy this beer smells good. There were aromas of other berries coming in too. Taste starts off quite tart and then the sweetness kicks in mostly of cherries and some raspberry. Wow, I love the way this beer tastes. Very well balanced and a great dessert beer. My lady friend with me enjoyed it quite well too. Founders needs to be in TX soon.

Photo of Tballz420
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby froze and turned to stone.

Copper colored brew, small white head. Good amount of lace. Smells like sweet cherries. Mmm. Tastes like sweet cherries. If you like cherries, and you like beer, i reckon you might like this, cause it tastes like beer soaked in cherries. Not overly sweet. Thin mouth. I like.

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Love this beer!

A great cherry beer. Not strong and syrupy like a kriek, but instead a simple fruit beer, light and smooth, with just the right amount of cherry in there. Pours slightly hazy, orange-brown with a nice white head. Cherries in the nose, but not too pronounced, accompanied by light malts and some caramel sugar. Taste of sweet cherries with a tartness following, and a smooth maltiness to finish off, and just a bit of breadiness. Medium-light mouthfeel, and highly drinkable.

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled 5/13/11. Pours slightly hazy light orange amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with very nice retention that reduces to a decent sized lacing cap. Some fairly thick lacing is present on the glass as well. Aromas of tart cherries, peach, breadiness and a bit of funkiness and spiciness. Pretty nice aromas, though a tad weak. Taste of big tart cherries, with breadiness, spices, and big sweetness in the back. Wow, this actually tastes just like cherry pie. Fairly dry finish, but some tart cherries, spiciness, and breadiness does stick around for a bit. Medium carbonation and body. Very drinkable as well, with no alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it is Founders, and they pretty much have never let me down. Excellent stuff, I might have to pick up a 4 pack before they are gone for the season.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry soda with a kick!
Lovely red color upon pouring, it certainly makes for a conversation starter when amongst company.
This might put of some people that are expecting "a beer" when drinking this down but I don't have any problems with it. Authentic and tasty cherry flavor. Clearly, if one doesn't like cherry flavor then don't bother here.
Aside from cherry there's some nuttiness in the foundation of the flavor that serves to balance this out quite nicely, and helps to remind one that you're not drinking a cherry soda.
Very refreshing and a nice change of pace. Give this to someone who "doesn't like beer" and see what kind of reaction you get.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of this brew today since i haven't seen it on the shelves before and because I have been on a Founders bender lately. So lets give this cherry bastard a go. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 5oz sampling mug.

A- This beer pours a super hazy golden orange color with a thin layer of white head that was gone rather fast.

S- Smells like a sweet mixture of cherry and grapes, pretty fruity. Some yeast can be picked up also.

T- Sweet and sour, I was expecting the sweetness but wasn't expecting the sour, but it works will with this beer and is not overpowering and goes very well with the strong flavors of cherry. Alcohol is barely detectable.

M- A little thin but it works well with this beer, carbonation is spot on.

D- This beer is too sweet too have good drinkability. I am satisfied with just one of these, its good for switching things up a bit.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and it was a nice change of pace from the styles i am used to drinking. For me as of lately it seems that Founders can do no wrong and this beer was no exception. This beer was fun to drink and my brother liked it also.

Photo of NODAK
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is pretty straightforward....seems to be some wheat in there along with a pretty obvious, mostly tart, cherry smell.

The taste is definitely an interesting one, but I will definitely say it's quite tasty. It's beers like this one that show the versatility of beer. Not surprisingly, the predominant taste is cherries, however it's the great balance between sweet and tart that make this a very tasty beer. Too sweet and it'd be cloying...too tart and it'd be another style and likely give me heartburn. The way this beer goes down, it starts off fairly sweet and then ends up fading into a more tart closing...but again, not too tart at all. Enough to wrap the beer up nicely. There's also a wheat taste I get on the backend, and I'm not sure if this beer is a wheat beer (I looked it up and couldn't find it)...but I get that taste here in a small way.

Some may look at this as a really weak link for Founders, but I feel that may be because of style bias because this really is a solid entry for a fruit beer.

Photo of ebby82
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a robust red into a snifter with very little head. Smells like a tart cherry and little else besides. The cherry odor is rather light and orchard like, however. The taste is of tart cherries. There is definitely a bit of pucker to this drink with a very dry aftertaste, almost like wine. It tastes remarkably like a real cherry, which to my tastes is delightful. The mouthfeel is not too syrupy or sweet. I like this beer a lot, but I wouldn't drink more than one at a time. I would love to try this with some fresh fruit or a suitable dessert.

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

Very rose hue with some watermlon meat highlights. Very quick two finger, bright white head that recedes to nothing right after the pour. The aroma is of soft tart cherries and some ripe granny smith apple juice. The taste is super smooth with just a mild cherry tartness. Very fruity, but not too fruity. Sweet, tart, and juicey on the palate. Great cheery ale.

Photo of soze47
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. of this one to give it a whirl. I love cherry beers and Founders, so I hope it lives up to both.

Appearance: Unique color. It is almost a reddish orange color, but it almost glows in the glass. Hazy and not clear at all. Very little head that leaves just a trace of lacing.

Aroma: Not a big nose on this one. You get the cherries and very faint malt, but mostly just tart cherry goodness.

Taste: This is a mostly fruity flavored beer. The cherry hits on many parts of the tongue. It is sweet, tart, slightly sour, but there isn't a shred of bitterness in this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a light, crisp and clean beer. For such a sweet and fruit forward beer, it is still somewhat dry on the finish, especially towards the end of the glass. I could see having more than one of these easily, but more than that and I think the flavor would be too much.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Very cherry forward without being a Belgian, which is unique. The only other beer that I've had with so much unadulterated cherry goodness is NG Belgian Red. Both are great beers.

Photo of pwoody11
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice random score after stopping at a hole in the wall bottle shop on my way home from a wedding in Jersey.

Poured a pleasant on the eyes Garnet color with a light pink head. Head was medium sized and left some nice sticky lacing behind as it was consumed.

Aroma is mostly cherry dominated, with malts in the background. Nothing easily discernible going on here.

Tastes pretty much follows the nose. A nice balance of tart cherry and a sweet malt backbone.

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Can't wait to crack open the others in the 4-pack.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy golden wheat color with a perfect 2 inch white foam head.

Smells - cherries, vinegar, tart, sweetness, and other citrusy fruit.

Taste - tons of cherries. Sweet cherries up front and a follow through of tartness and sour cherries.

I swear I came close to making a beer exactly like this and now I know my bench mark. A very drinkable beer. Ill take another please!

Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pinkish / light red color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of cherry comes through to the nose. Some softer wheat or grass qualities are far in the background.

Taste: cherry is most dominant flavor but it is muted and creates a balanced beer with a mild malt profile, soft bitterness, and grass. For a fruit beer this is well done.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is soft and focuses on the cherry flavor.

Drinkability: for those that are not fans of fruit beers, this one will change your mind. The flavors are well balanced and you may actually want more than one in a session which rarely happens in this style.

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherise has a minimal head that quickly becomes a thin white band around the edges....a strong black cherry aroma...almost smells like cherry pie..you can discern a bit of buttery pastry crust if you try hard enough..or if your imagination fills in the gaps for you!

The taste is sweet, tart, almost like a kriek/lambic. Dry and crisp enough to make it super drinkable. Medium low carbonation. Really like this one...a little drier and less sweet than Kasteel Rouge so it's a little less like a cherry soda than that one.

The smell of this beer is just awesome...probably the best aspect, can't stop smelling it!

Photo of bort11
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 aaronh
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Watermelon hued body topped by an off-white head that quickly fades to a loose and broken collection of foam islands. Cherry aroma is evident without getting too close to the glass. A closer sniff reveals a more balanced cherry and malt aroma. Occasionally I still get the hint of Swedish fish candy. Flavor is predominantly cherry, but there is a nice biscuit malt flavor. Overall, this is a very light tasting beer. Hints of bitterness pop in briefly on the finish. The beer gets more and more refreshing as I continue to quaff. Mouthfeel is thin, but it works well. I think a thick bodied beer would get tiring and cloying with this amount of cherry flavor. Drinkability is very good - I find myself wanting another.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pink champagne color with lots of bubbles and frothy white head that settles fairly quickly, leaving spritzy off-white / pink lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and both sweet and tart cherries. It's heavier on the spice than I thought it would be, which I do like. Like a spicy cherry pie.

Taste: Initial hints of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and graham cracker, backed by lip-smacking tart and sweet cherries, almost simultaneously, and some interesting herbal earthiness. Finish isn't too long, and could maybe use some more malt backbone to keep the flavors rolling, but I love the lip-smacking nature of it, along with a brew using real fruit, fruit that's not just a compliment, but a huge part of the brew.

Mouthfeel: Thinner with prickly carbonation, as I expected, since this is more of a fruit beer than something like a stout. Good overall, though, as long as you're not expecting to be a chewy beer.

Drinkability: All around solid for me. This one's heavily infused with real cherries, and you can tell, so if that's not your thing, you may want to avoid. I don't know how many I could do in a sitting, as one seems just about right after sipping it out of a tulip, but I like it a lot, and it'd be a good dessert beer after dinner if you don't want all those pie calories.

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

Ruby tinted orange body with a white head.

Smells like cranberry apple sauce.

Freaking chuggable, a real porch pounder of a fruit beer. Very cherry-ey, like they used the whole thing, seeds and all. There seems to be some cherry sweetness in a mild, natural, pleasing, non-cloying sort of way. Some cherry tartness for balance, but I would never describe this as a sour beer. I get some spicy cinnamon-esque notes on the finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

I found myself gulping this beer everytime I opened another bottle. Just kept knocking more down. I guess I have the minority opinion here, but I thought this was a great beer. Good fruity, tart, sweet, genuine cherry character. Maybe not much traditional beer flavor, but I didn't mind.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has perhaps the most beautiful color I have ever seen from a beer. It's crystal-clear medium amber with a hint of ruby. My beer glass looked like a precious gem with this beer inside of it. It had a nice white head that seemed to have just a slight bit of pink. I didn't detect much of a nose, just a whiff of flowers.

Very nice flavor that strikes a wonderful balance between malty-sweetness and fruity tartness. As the flavors develop across your palate, the tartness tends to dominate a little, but it's still nicely balanced. Tastes include cookies, toast, and cherries.

Very nicely done. Very flavorful without being overly sweet. Not the kind of think I would want to drink regularly, but something to reach for every once in a while.

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.