Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

Educational use only; do not reuse.

604 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,495
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 51
Gots: 96 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 604 | Hads: 1,495
Photo of prototypic
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cerise is crystal clear and a berry stained copper color. It's an interesting color. It's topped with a white head that has a slight pink tint. Carbonation looks very active and the head disappeared quickly. Light, sticky lacing lined the glass.

The nose is not very good at all. It predominantly smells sour and yeasty. I'm not liking it. There's a faint cherry or berry fruit scent to it. It doesn't smell sweet at all. I was expecting otherwise. Grain and earthy notes are present. Malts are noted on the back end, but still don't add much in terms of sweetness. No alcohol is noted. This one isn't working very well thus far.

The flavor does start out a little sweet interestingly enough. Sour cherries quickly follow and resonate throughout. Grain and earthy flavors are secondary and add quite a bit in terms of beer flavor. Generally, I'm not a big fan of fruit/vegetable beers simply because they don't have enough of a "beer" flavor. There's enough here to drive it above average. The sour flavor amplifies and has an interesting effect. It really lends some lambic-like qualities to it overall. It is malty and sweet throughout. Sweeter than I expected. It's above average for the style.

Cerise has a light medium body that's pretty smooth. Carbonation is active, but somehow doesn't interfere with the feel too much. Drinkability is pretty average for me personally. The flavor's alright, but it's a little sour and has too strong of a cherry flavor for me. One 12 ounce is way more than enough in a sitting.

Cerise is an above average fruit/vegetable beer. Overall, it's okay and has enough beer-like qualities to pass the laugh test. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of cherry and this was a little over the top for me. At the end of the day, it's a little better than I expected. While I'll never be a big fan of either, I prefer Rübæus to this. I guess I'm just more of a raspberry than a cherry fan. Meh. It's worth a try.

 1,939 characters

Photo of tone77
3.21/5  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.

 255 characters

Photo of mlazzaro
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Interesting orange rose color. Great clarity. Thin layer of white head. Medium carbonation. It smells like yeast and so very lightly of cherries. Very subtle aroma happening. My first impression in the taste is these are incredibly strange flavors. Right off the bat, I kind of don't like drinking this beer. It has a deep cherry flavor, but odd other tastes blended in. A slight syrup-sweetness to it that I'm not fond of. Not much maltiness or hoppiness to speak of, maybe some malted wheat. Very much so a desert beer.

Glad I tested one instead of gambling on the four pack. It did grow on me a little. I did finish the beer. But I would try something else before having again. I feel like as the acidity and carbonation faded, the beer improved in mouthfeel and taste.

 787 characters

Photo of ahalloin
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 12 oz. stubby screw off bottle that Founders likes into a nice tulip sort of glass.
A: A steady pour revealed little in the way of head, but what formed was a reddish tinged wispyness that quickly dissipated to almost nothing. The fluid poured is a cloudy dull "strawberry Starburst" color with bubbles collecting on the glass and then releasing to the top.

S: The aroma has small elements of the added cherry puree but it is fairly subtle. The more dominant smell is the toasty malted backbone. The cherry element is definitely reminiscent of red cherries as opposed to black cherries.

T: Taste is aggressively tart cherry with a slightly sweet finish. The tartness is so present the beer has a pucker factor to it. Somewhere in the middle I am detecting some notes of toasty malt and a slight bit of alcohol.

MF: The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat thin with little carbonation retained.

D: I dunno... I think one is enought for a sitting.

 965 characters

Photo of colefsuwr
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lawnmower beer for you and your wife. She is sure to like it. And if she doesn't, take a trick from founder's themselves and mix it half and half with a lemonade and you two will both have something to sit around the pool with on fourth of july. Not over powering cherry, just enough.

 286 characters

Photo of NCSUdo
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

 426 characters

Photo of viverlee
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The dreaded fruit beer, it’s like smoking or sex with a six. I know I shouldn’t but I do.

STYLE: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: All it needs is a lemon twist. It has more of a ladies’ night cosmo vibe than any beer I’ve had before. Full cherry and raspberry red, lightly carbonated, and a well-shaken cloudiness. What surprises me the most is the stickiness. This isn’t #9.

NOSE: Um? No cherries? Well, that’s maybe not fair, but really no cherries? I’ll be blunt, it smells mostly like poster board. The kind you present your science fair project with. There is a captive cherry in there somewhere dying to get out, lost, I believe, in the successful desire to balance the maltiness with the tartness.

MOUTH: Soft cherry, red apple peel, and grape skins. Not overwhelming at all, I dig it. It needs a bit more acidity, however. Some lemon hoppiness could do this brew a world of good. I was expecting a shock-and-awe cherry bomb and am happy to report it’s actually quite mild, quite balanced … from a flavor profile. It is, unfortunately, a bit flat on the tongue, again missing some kind of pop. Try it, yes. Love it, eh.

Beeradvocate Rating: 83

Hayward Abbey Rating: 79

 1,204 characters

Photo of perrymarcus
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. bottled 04/27/10.

pours a cloudy amber tone with maybe a finger and a half of a creamy white/off-white head that demonstrates decent retention and lacing.

i find the nose to be rather underwhelming... just very subdued. notes of cherry and malt but muted on bother counts, i was expecting more.

intereting flavor profile. tart cherries lead the way up front, followed by a maltiness i get more mid-palate and then some bitterness coming in the finish. not a bad beer, but not doing a lot for me, either.

medium bodied/carbed mouthfeel. glad i tried it, and would recommend it to anyone into fruit beers (especially cherry, obviously) but i'm not exactly jonesin' for another.

 724 characters

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An orange color with tinges of red. Slight haze. Even with a rough pour this didn't leave much head. Some lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smelled of heavy caramel malts with light cherries and not a whole lot else.

The flavor is slightly sour and plenty sweet, with the cherry flavor dominating the caramel malt background. Little else is really detectable. Lacks complexity but is fairly nice.

Feels slick, slightly coating and leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied and not very carbonated.

Drinks low for a fruit beer. Would make a nice after dinner dessert beer, but I'd prefer to split a bottle rather than drink it all to myself.

 659 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pinkish color out of the bottle with good carbonation but once it settled it was deep cranberry color. Nose is all cherries. Very sweet and sugary cherries. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, ripe cherries. Very tart on taste and mouthfeel. One will be enough to drink.

 282 characters

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

This is wrong on so many levels. To be fair, Founders Cerise should be reviewed for Wine Cooler Advocate; however here we are. It pours a pale red (I can't write "pi**") with some fizz on top, but not anything I'd call a head.

The smell, taste, and after-taste (!) are like cheap cherry wine. The feel is sparkly and refreshing. There is no denying that it's drinkable, it just should not be allowed to call itself "ale."

I can imagine a group of 21 year olds drinking Founders Cerise at a pool party, along with umbrella drinks; however, after finishing one today, I feel like I need to follow it with a beer (and possibly a shot of testosterone).

 697 characters

Photo of Risser09
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red grapefruit color with a tiny white head. No retention and no lacing at all. No apparent carbonation activity.

Smell: Mostly barley malt and generally vacant otherwise. Cherry isn't apparent at all.

Taste: Tart cherry is the majority for flavor. Underlying base malt is earthy. Tart & sweet beer, sort of Jolly Rancher like.

Mouthfeel: Tart, tannins and no carbonation. No noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew. A little too one-dimensional for me. Some brettanomyces might develop flavor complexity. A decent brew though.

 619 characters

Photo of BostonHops
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass. bottled 04/27/10.

pours a cloudy amber tone with maybe a finger and a half of a creamy white/off-white head that demonstrates modest retention and lacing.

i find the nose to be rather underwhelming... just very subdued. notes of cherry and malt but muted on bother counts, i was expecting more.

intereting flavor profile. tart cherries lead the way up front, followed by a maltiness i get more mid-palate and then some bitterness coming in the finish. not a bad beer, but not doing a lot for me, either; sort of of one-dimesional.

medium bodied/carbed mouthfeel. glad i tried it, and would recommend it to anyone into fruit beers (especially cherry, obviously) but i'm not exactly jonesin' for another.

original review on: 10-14-2010

 783 characters

Photo of Jenkster4
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Founders Snifter.
Look: Sort of a ruby red. Pretty translucent, and a fingers worth of head on the topside.

Nose: Nothing that really smacks you in the face. Some grainy notes along with some faint sourness from the cherry.

Taste: You get some tart from the cherries, and a sweet malt taste. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries.

Mouth: This is a smooth easy- drinking beer. Rather refreshing.

Overall: Not a bad offering. I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't think I would seek out for it, however.

 520 characters

Photo of Gobzilla
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark ruby red in color with fucia highlights and a thin bubbly pink head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass. Big on the grains upfront on the nose with hints of cherry fruit, slight citrus and a little malty sweetness presence. Like the nose suggested it was filled with a variety of grains in the flavor alongside muted cherry fruit character, malty sweetness, hints of citrus and a touch of juice. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, grainy, slightly fruity and thin crisp finish. Just a decent fruit beer and nothing more.

 593 characters

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found. twist cap.

tasted in early june 2009

pinkish red w faintly orange, amber tint. light pink, 1-finger head, soon fades to wisps and ring. some thin half-rings of lace.

aroma: cherries, almost artificial at times, but interesting. perhaps some skins too. whiffs of leafy hop and possible trace of malt?

taste: fruity light acidity, cherries a little more fresh, lightly sweet, but with a watered down character. some medicinal notes too, especially in finish. maybe a faint bitterness?

slightly thin and watery, w/ acidic texture, especially in finish. somewhat fizzy carbonation, giving some lift and fliuffiness, but overall just makes it all just taste like soda.

drinkable, but why bother? just drink a cherry soda and add vodka.

 764 characters

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruby pink reddish in color, a relative nice head and no memorable lacing.

S: Fruity tones, sugar.

T: Could easily pass for boones farm in a blind tasting. Sweet, tart, bitter, all in the same shot. The cherry is big and so is all the sugar. Straight up two old guys on the porch rocking in the chairs type of aspect. Beware.

M: Check for cavities. Sweet.

D: Not too much.

 378 characters

Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.
Bottled on 05/25/2012.

Dull rose in color beneath a thin, creamy, pink-tinted head. The thin head lasts for a moment before receding to a semi-intact sheet leaving a bit of thin lacing down the tulip's sides.

The primary aroma is a 'clean' must over a surprisingly sweet malt base; mild heavy cream, caramel, and even a touch of toffee. The cherry comes into play only at the very end, adding just an ever so mild tartness.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor from the beginning of this offering is a clean and natural, mouth-puckering tartness. As sharp and surprising as the initial sour quality is, the creamy sweetness is equally pronounced which provides an odd vanilla flavor.The finish is a bit dry followed by a tart, must-filled cherry and raspberry.

Medium bodied; extremely creamy on the palate, which I am having a tough time reconciling with the sour flavor aspects.

A real unique fruit-based beer. Interesting flavors on their own, but not quite harmonious together. I really couldn't imagine having more than one.

 1,067 characters

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know its shocking, but this beer pours cherry red when emptied into a tulip glass, resembling a sparkling red wine. There is a little white head leaving delicate lacing around the edge of the glass.

There is a very subtle aroma of sour Michigan cherry, but little else in the nose.

As far as taste is concerned, the flavors are muted. It has the most pronounced real cherry flavor of any "cherry flavored beer", comparing it to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and the ilk, but there is little else to the taste, apart from a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. The beer is perfectly carbonated for the style and keeps the flavors from getting too intense.

Overall, a decent beer, but one I won't go out of my way for again. I may change my mind once I try to make a beer float out of it.

 822 characters

Photo of BBP
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a copper hue with a hint of red. Full head initially which faded down pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

The smell was far too light to pick much out of. Regardless of how close I put my nose, it was weak. The only thing I picked out after a while was a mild miscellaneous fruit aroma.

The taste was considerably accurate to what you'd expect from cherries. That being said, it was a pretty straightforward beer. The cherry flavor was there, but was fairly mild. A traditional beer base was there to support the cherry flavor, but it wasn't all that much more interesting than the cherries. Complexity aside, the beer was blended quite well, and it was subtle and smooth where the flavors could have been rough and clashed. Cerise offers an alternative for people who may like fruitier drinks more than beer, as it seems to be stretched away from traditional like so many other fruit brews.

The mouthfeel is medium to full with some extra carbonation contributing. The carbonation is soft enough and has a fairly minimal presence. The finish is fairly dry and considerably sticky.

Overall, I came into this thinking that it could be the one brew from Founders that I wouldn't love, and while that ended up being true, I still liked it, but there are other fruity offerings out there that I think are volumes above. I think anybody looking for a fruity brew would get their fix from this though.

 1,409 characters

Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - What can I say, I'm a sucker for red beers. A clearish red color with a minimal pink head. Head didn't stick around long.

S - Well it's malty, but it's a bit heavy on the cherries, so much so it seems slightly artificial, like a sugar fruit drink.

T - Pretty cherryish, slightly artificial, slightly tastes like medicine, but it is hard to get a cherry brew right. Sadly, Wisconsin Belgian Red set the standard for me, and that is pretty hard to live up to.

M - Light, thin, carbonated.

D - Well not hard to drink, but I don't want this again, would rather have a beer that doesn't taste so much like a fruit drink.

 624 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger head of foam, very good lacing.

Very sweet cherries in the smell, some of the sweet very sugar like.

Lots of cherry sweet in the taste with very mild sour notes, lots of sugary sweetness and a cough syrup kind of taste that takes over after a few sips. Maybe some cinnamon. Weird but not off putting to where I'd say this is disgusting.

Close to full bodied, medium carbonation, and fairly drinkable. An interesting experiment by Founders. Some work really well, some don't.

 586 characters

Photo of pisano
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: nice looking deep pinkish red color, slightly hazy, with fleeting pink foamy head. decent lacing.

s: faint sour cherry, lots of sweetness

t: the tartness of the cherries is overwhelmed by the cherry/malt sweetness. also getting a sort of metallic flavor.

m: light to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: not a fan. wish it was more tart than sweet and the metallic flavor was offputting.

 405 characters

Photo of BB1313
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice ruby red, decent white head that fades quickly and not much lacing, but nice color. The aromas are simply fresh cherries and cherry peel. The taste is somewhat intense, very tart, slightly sour. This one's all cherries, almost like cherry juice. There seems to be a lack of malt, and clearly no hop presence, which was expected. The mouthfeel is pretty fizzy and finishes dry. Interesting beer, that is okay to enjoy, but not one I'd want to really drink ALOT of. This kind of reminds me of Juicy Juice.

I'm a huge fan of cherries, and the cherry presence is authentic, but the sweetness bring this one down a tad. It's also one dimensional for the most part, but it's a beer worth trying once.

 755 characters

Photo of bogus564
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Reddish in color, like a rose wine. The head is almost non-existent, and dissapears before you get it to your nose for a smell.

The beer gives off a bit of a fruity smell, but not much, to be honest.

You can tell that this is brewed with cherry puree, as cherry is the dominant taste. It's a bit on the creamy side as well, and you can pick up a little hoppy bitterness under the malty sweetness. Feels like a bit of lemon under the cherry, or perhaps it's just sour cherry masquerading as lemon.

I'd like to give it more for drinkability, but, to tell the truth, I didn't finish the one I had.

I wouldn't have this with more than potato chips or pretzels.

 687 characters

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.