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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1389
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%

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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 18:30:10 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of badboyrsl84


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:25:34 | More by badboyrsl84
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:56:59 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 01:22:48 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of tobelerone


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 16:50:19 | More by tobelerone
Photo of mscudder


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe. Dated 5/15/12.

A - Pours a crystal-like red, perhaps a tint of pint. A pale pink head with average lacing.

S - I am getting a large amount of bready malts on the nose. A bit of sweetness/tartness but nothing that identifies directly to cherries.

T- Wow a fantastic blend of tart and sweet. Not to harsh on either side and well balanced. I really enjoy how the bready malts give some depth to the beer, rather than being a pure-fruit/vegetable brew. Drinkable and would be happy to have another.

M - Rich, smooth and a bit of a syrupy/chewy finish. This catagory seems to be locked down by Founders, for almost all of there beers are worthy of a 4+. Well done.

O - A fine cherry beer to be concise but I must mention that this reminds me of the Blushing monk in many ways. That said, it reminds me of all the things that the Blushing Monk did better with raspberries. Ergo, worthy of having but not the best!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 05:28:39 | More by mscudder
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 18:24:56 | More by BeerSox
Photo of waltonc


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

A: Pink/red color with white head.
S and T: Predominated by tart cherries. Not overly sweet or complex.
M: Light to medium body with significant carbonation. Just right for the style.
D: Pretty high. This is a very refreshing beer to enjoy on a warm day. I enjoyed one while grilling steaks yesterday.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:15:19 | More by waltonc
Photo of EGledhill


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 2 of these to get the 6pk price break on my 4pk of KBS... Yeah i got no shame for a discount.

A. Kinda looks like Killians... Red body, thin white head...Nothing impressive

S. like funky fruit juice with malt...Again, nothing impressive.

T. Fuckin A! It's like a sour cherry pop with a bit of maltiness... I'm diggin it

M. good feel to it. goes with the beer.

D. easy drinker. I could probably toss back a few of these with ease. The tartness may be a problem but we'll cross that bridge when we get there

Overall, I'll have another

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:16:22 | More by EGledhill
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is one of the ugliest looking beers I've seen in awhile. Reminds me of that Bud Chelada crap. A reddish murky funk sitting in this glass. Small pinkish head on top. Little lace sticks to the glass.

Nice crisp body, yet subtly smooth. Flavors of tart cherries, but nothing puckering. Also some honey-kissed biscuits, and the faintest of hops. Bitterness is low. This was quite refreshing and surprisingly drinkable. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:56:44 | More by Onenote81
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Nice true amber red with a nice smallish sized head that doesn't dissipate.
Smell: Nice tangy cherry aroma that almost smells like a real cherry preserve.
Taste: Tangy sour and sweet at first sip. However, the sweetness is not artificial. These taste like true Michigan cherries and the beer has a bold/complex fruit flavor
Drinkability/Mouthfeel: Nice tickling carbonation and very easy on the palate. The main thing I liked was this ran the gambit of not being too sweet while still maintaining 6.5% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 23:08:35 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of JayS2629


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

Not what I expected, but better.

A- Pinkish clear hue with thin white head, nice retention and seafoam lace.

S- Tart cherries, sour apple, very fruity with caramel undertones and sweet malt backbone.

T- Tart on the front followed with a sweet wine cooler taste. Tart cherries are dominant but has a nice malty backbone.

M- Well balanced, not overcarbonated, smooth

D- Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 20:37:21 | More by JayS2629
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


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

A: Bright grapefruit orange, hazy with a slight ring of white foam on top of the beer.

S: Nearly all sour cherry pie smell, although not particularly strong. Sweet, a bit tart, with some spices in the background. I get no real malt or hop smell at all.

T: Sweet and tart cherry pie again. Some medicinal taste takes away some from the cherries, though. Pretty straight forward, but tasty. Really no hint of the relatively high ABV.

M: Good carbonation with a fairly thick mouthfeel that is surprising a bit given the ABV and style.

O: This beer goes down extremely quickly and easily. This is becoming a staple in my fridge and I turn to it often.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 19:15:32 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of JDizzle


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this from Founders Tap Room. The bottle date is blurred?! Can't be to stale though.

Pours really pink/red and looks beautiful with a nice white head. Really bubbly.

The smell is of cherries, but does not blast out of the gat by any means. A let down.

Cherries are up front on the taste with a sour following. It's pretty refreshing I must admit. It had such a good cherry flavor(not fake-REAL, it's hard to not like. I have had the bourbon barrel version of this and it's much better. This is one dimensional, but Nywego is better.

Carbs are high and mouthfeel is thin.

Refreshing fo sho, but not the beer I'm wanting to settle down with.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:25:07 | More by JDizzle
Photo of megahurts4


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

Founders Cerise
On draft at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

Appearance: rose red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: grain and light cherry.

Taste: nice malt, pleasant cherry, and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a very pleasant brew. It is very smooth and the flavors mesh very well. It is a perfect summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 03:42:25 | More by megahurts4
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 01:32:23 | More by johnd513
Photo of CrellMoset


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with and courtesy of Proteus93 at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA - thanks, Sean! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: A bright, lively-looking reddish auburn brew, nearly pink in places, with a surprising amount of great-looking, foamy, sticky lace. The bright white head has surprisingly good retention, eventually fading into a soapy, large-bubbled collar.

Aroma: Whew, smells like sweet cinnamon bread with hints of cherry - almost like a cherry muffin, really. It's very wholesome, breakfast-esque, with plenty of those sweet cereal-grain backing notes. A pleasant surprise.

Taste: Straight up bready cherries, both tart and sweet, and as a cherry fan I am just fine with that. A few stray spicy notes, some slightly green, earthy, overtones, and the aforementioned sweet, slightly wholesome cereal grain notes. Pretty straight up cherries, really.

Mouthfeel: The fruit beer's downfall in almost every case, and this one's not too different. Bubbly and spritzy, a little too thin, really, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not too bad. At least it's not sticky cloying.

Drinkability: A worthy replacement to the Rubaeus, really. It's not mindblowingly amazing, but the fruit notes are pleasant enough, the beer well enough balanced, and there are enough surprises thrown in to keep it interesting and relatively enjoyable, and at 6.5%, it's certainly not too over the top. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 23:25:39 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of JamesS


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnished copper color with some decent head ad cice lacing. Excellent cherry scent, with just a hit of malts in there with it. Nice tart flavor, wonderful cherry attributes that don't overwhelm, with just a hint of hops and a nice malty hit going through it. Goes down fairly smooth, but does have an odd mixture of after tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 00:54:01 | More by JamesS
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a mix and match for 2.50. I wish I could find a case (or at least in a variety case) because this has become one of my favorite cherry ale's!

A - Hazy pinkish in color.
S - Tart cherry's
T - It was exactly the tartness I wanted with an almost candy tasting cherry flavor! Good beer hoppy flavor in the finish but mostly malty.
M - Coats the mouth well and every sip was a treat
D- Most would say a few but I could drink the entire 4 pack in a row with no problems.

Overall a great ale from founders next to the pale ale and Scottish ale respectively. I could drink this every week!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 07:50:06 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pink to red in color with a very thin white head that fades to light lacing, small bubbles slowly stream the glass,

Smell- faint cherry, malt, slight amount of hop, not a bad nose but not that powerful as i expected it to be

Taste- good amount of malt and grain, cherry is there though not extremely as dominate or as in your face as you would think, it imparts a slight tartness on the finish but really pretty balance between being sweet, I enjoy the balance of sweetness and tartness in the mid palate which fades out to a balanced finish, very unique taste compared to anything ive ever had before to be honest, the only fault i find is at one point almost slight metallic flavor,i do though very much enjoy the sweet and sour flavor going on in the mid palate from the cherries, pretty good grew on me, i think alot of people even non beer drinkers would like this flavor profile,

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, very light and refreshing, smooth,

Drinkability- pretty easy drinking though could not tell you yet how many of these I would want or have in sitting but i do think do to the great balance of sweet and sour I could have quite a few of these, its not very super sweet which is certainly a good thing for drinkability purposes, the cherries are certainly noticeable but more for the sweet and sour then really pure cherry to me anyway, a nice interesting beer thats got more abv then you would think drinking and certainly goes down fast, worth a shot for sure

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 22:20:06 | More by Stunner97
Photo of ThePorterSorter


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

Spotted at the FLBC in ithaca.

The beer pours a slightly red-amber with a thin white head. The head falls flat quickly and there is no sediment/haze.

No medicinal cherry flavor, instead there are light cherries and sugar sweetness. This is definitely better than expected. No particular aroma is too pungent and it doesn't become any more aromatic when it warms.

Very well balanced cherries and sugar, I'm glad I consumed most of it for dessert. There is a little ginger spiciness and no gross Nyquill aftertaste.

Medium body that leans more on the syrupy end, but not in a gross way. Very bold sweetness upfront with a hint of tart cherries that mainly act as the beer's dryness-factor after swallowing. Very drinkable and the ethanol is completely hidden.

This is a relatively hard to get beer in CNY, but it's worth trying. For its price this is a sophisticated cherry beer that would impress both your lady and guy friends...However, it's definitely worth waiting until dessert (considering its sweetness).

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:53:48 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of BMMillsy


4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish pink color with fluffy white head. Aroma of lightly tart cherries, sweet sugar, and definite malt presence. Flavor follows suit with the tart cherries highlighting the flavors, and a definite malt presence that I wasn't expecting. For some reason I thought this would be more like a NG fruit beer, but it comes closer to a SA Cherry Wheat (but of course blows it away). Light palate, strong carbonation, easy drinking. Too bad they stopped making this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 21:31:41 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown twist top bottle with no best by date.
15 IBU's and 6.5% alc. by vol. Malt beverage brewed with cherry puree.

A: Light red, slightly cloudy with light pink head and minimal lacing.

S: Mild dark cherry/bing cherry scent. Not much of anything else.

T&M: Light body with medium to heavy carbonation. Tastes like cherries.... what a surprise. Very good flavor. Not too overpowering with a slightly dry aftertaste. Mild tangy and medicinal flavor, but overall better than average.

I probably still prefer a good batch of Sam's cherry wheat to this, especially for the price. Founder's is a high quality brew though, and this is a very good ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:04:57 | More by cdizinno
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into apilsener glass.

Very lovely to look at, hazy dusky rose with amber highlights...light pinkish head and copious lacing left down the sides of the glass. Very nice look that immediately says fruit.
Nose is muted hops with very fresh natural cherry aroma...not especially strong. Mouthfeel is crisp fresh and light, a refreshing brew, nice effervescence. The flavor is quite tart with very natural cooked cherry flavor. The fruit is well-integrated into this brew, not at all an added-on flavor effect. Bitter cherry plays well with mild hoppy bitterness, but the balance is quite well done. The finish is long and in that is where sweetness makes itself apparent...a nice effect, balanceing the prominent bitterness. One of the better fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:26:51 | More by kenito799
Photo of raverjames


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A golden reddish hue with no haze. Must be well filtered. 1 finger white head.
S: Cherries. Sweet Cherries. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: Pie cherries with a light allspice aftertaste. There are some biscuit like malts in there. Very nice.
M: Semi-dry (or semi-sweet) and slightly tart. Lots of carbonation.
D: I love this beer, but one glass is enough. Just a tad too sweet to be an easy drinker. The cherry flavors pair well with mild cheeses and fruity desserts. Founders really doesn't make a bad beer, and this is proof. The fruitiest and strangest brew still tastes great.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 09:06:42 | More by raverjames
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.