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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1388
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

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Photo of JustinAniello


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

A - Pours ruby red with minimal head, dissipates very quickly to a webbed cap and small but sticky lacing.

S - Dark cherries and bread take up the majority of the nose, possible spice in the background.

T - Flavor matches the scent well. Dark cherries with a hint of sweetness gives way to the slight tartness you would expect from real cherries. Light breadiness throughout.

M - Light body that goes well but too much carbonation in my opinion.

O - Overall not a bad beer, but a bit too much like a cherry soda. Needs less carbonation and the sourness is a little overpowering in the end. Not on the top of the list for fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:10:36 | More by JustinAniello
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, alongside a few other Founders brews. )First brew back after a bit of a stomach bug, so I wanted something easy drinking to wean me back in!)

Poured into a Founders glass. Bright cherry red, a half inch of head that recedes into a fluffy ring.

Nose is tart cherries, a bit of bready malt and citrus.

Tastes like sweet cherry juice and not much else. I'm really not getting the tartness of the cherries that others are getting. I know it's not supposed to be a kriek, but man this could have used some sour, muskiness to balance the sweet cherries. It's tasty, went down way to fast, but offered no resistance.

Tasty, but not something I'd get again. There's other cherry brews out there that offer more of a diverse palate than this one. Though to their credit, I don't think I've drank a faster 6.5% bottle of beer before.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 19:52:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of milliCAN


3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Violently poured into a tulip.

This beer looks like dessert. A nice red tint to the foamy head.

It smells of wet lumber to me but in the best way possible, like walking outside after a rain to go back to splitting logs.

The taste is a pleasant tart and a dry finish like a Malbec. As it warms up I have a hard time not downing it in large gulps.

Overall I like this beer a lot.I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:34:04 | More by milliCAN
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Dated June 6, 2012.

Deep pinkish red, transient white head with a ring of retention, no lacing. Nose has cherry/raspberry, light cracker and some yeast character. Taste has some sweeter cherry pie, raspberry and general berry notes. Some grainy notes, and a touch of bitterness. Medium body, and good carbonation. A passable fruit beer, but not something I'd actively search for.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:53:32 | More by liamt07
Photo of Gobzilla


3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:54:01 | More by Gobzilla
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3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date is smudged, but appears to be 05/10/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Founders 15th anny glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark red body that almost borders on purple. Looks like a fruit soda. A small messy cap of light tan foam dissipated quickly. Thin lacing with moderate lacing and retention.

S - Strong cherries. Yaaaa...I don't know. That is it really. Its tart and smells natural, but that is all there is to the aroma.

T - Tart cherries with a sweet and syrupy finish. Again, very natural tasting. It does capture some of that spiciness that a real cherry has, almost cinnamon like but very subtle.

M - Medium bodied, almost syrup like but a moderate level of carbonation cuts through.

O - I won't miss this beer. Its a step up over the faux-fruit lambics, but at the end of the day its just a solid cherry ladened beverage. Bring on the Rubaeus!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:50:42 | More by davey101
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: Founders
Price: $10 for a mixed 4-pack (I got Cerise and RIS)

Appearance: clear pinkish read color. almost no foam whatsoever. pretty nice looking cherry beer

Smell: Cherries a bit sour, but nothing else to apparent.

Taste: Cherries, slightly sour cherries. some wheat that mixes with cherries in a bad way. almost tastes like blood for a second

Mouthfeel: Light in body and pretty pleasant body.

Overall: Not overly impressed but it was worth a try. but probably the best cherry beer i have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 18:50:13 | More by SportsandJorts
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New York

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass. Bottled 05/24/2012, poured 01/11/2013

Appearance: The color is unique right off the bat, a really light red amber (or dark pink) color that is very transparent. Very few bubbles on the body with a subtle head that is a white-pink color maybe 1/4".

Smell: Has a strong fruit scent, disapears quick through. Smells strong of cherries and

Taste: Holy cherries, It's defintely a sweet beer but definitely not like soda more like a champagne. Light bitterness to it with a strong feeling of fruit

Mouth: Like some champagnes comes off a touch dry. Medium body, after taste is a light light sour.

Overall: Definitely exceeded my expectations, I don't normally lean towards fruit beers sometimes because I think it takes the "manliness" away. This brew is feels like a belgian ale with the wrong label. Would I buy it again, of course though now that i found out that it's retired, would be a little harder. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:22:02 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured Cerise into snifter. Served chilled.

A - Somewhat cloudy light red with small pinkish head.

S - Tart cherries.

T - Tart cherries. Refreshing and tasty.

M - Decent body, yet good carbonation for a fruity summer ale. Refreshing- not cloying at all.

O - Nice change from my usual dark ales. Not Blushing Monk quality, but a good beer. Similar, but better that a 'cooler.' Nothing bad to say. Worth a try for this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:15:24 | More by Jade
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Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle I grabbed in a mixed six at Nikki's Liquors.

Appearance - Poured a rosy or garnet red body with a frothy white head that left some pretty light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A faint fruity or floral aroma. Nothing spectacular but not awful.

Taste - Hints of sweet malt overpowered by tart cherries; the sourness is off putting to me but might be appreciated by someone who enjoys wine.

Mouthfeel - It drinks almost like a lambic or a goze, but the body is very thin.

Overall not a horrible example of the style, and definitely one that would appeal to those who enjoy fruit / vegetable beers or lambics. I think I had higher expectations for this one simply because everything else I have ever had from this brewery has been so phenomenal, but this one is definitely still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:00:47 | More by Lothar666
Photo of vtisme


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass
A - Pink and hazy, translucent
S - Tart, definitely can taste the cherry but has some sourness to it
T - Heavy on the cherries throughout, biscuity malt comes through on the finish and with the aftertaste
M - Crisp, not flat, not too much, just right
O - Not the most fruity, sour, or malty beer on the planet, but for the style it is above average. Get it while you can!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:12:48 | More by vtisme
Photo of Etan


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Murky brownish red with small pink white head.

S: Syrupy cherry juice, slightly earthy.

T: Sweet pie cherries and some leafy bitterness. A bit tart.

M: Very light, high carbonation.

O: For syrupy cherry beers, New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red is better.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:34:23 | More by Etan
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a reddish amber color; the smaller-than-average head is a light red color. The scent is weak malts, with not much discernible cherry. The cherry really comes through in the taste. It tastes almost like a cherry soda, but some light malts flavors are present. Slightly sweet, but not overly so like other fruit beers. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Not bad at all, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 21:00:17 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
Photo of beagle75


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

A: Hazy, light red-brown color with a fine peripheral ring of medium-sized off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild fruit is dark and earthy. Cherry is deliberate but very honest--it smells like fresh fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark fruit followed by metallic iron. Acidity is mute into the middle with more fruit that changes from something identifiably cherry to more generic-mixed. The finish sees fruit flavors retreat, leaving just an earthy metallic residue on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While this beer presents some authentic evidence of fruit that makes it worthy of consumption, it also has some detracting features. Flavors are a mixed bag of appealing and otherwise, coming across as just a little too dark and metallic. Thus, overall appeal is constrained.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 17:44:52 | More by beagle75
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin pink head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of cherry flavor. Then a thin malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence to create a decent balance. I was expecting it to be a bit more tart but the cherry flavor isn’t overdone. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a cherry-flavored beer that has some substance to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 19:42:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of blackcompg


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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of pink head, body is a lightly hazed red, with red/amber hilights, and I'm getting some nice webbed lacing in my glass.

Smell - Wheat, sweet malt, wheat, ripe fruits, cherry

Taste - Whoah - CHERRIES! Begins with full flavored cherries with natural cherry sweetness, also some nice cherryskin tartness, I also get alot of wheat, but this becomes more prominent halfway through the sip. Longer into the finish i get some nice cherry pit bitterness and floral hops, with sweet cherry juice pockets in the mouth corners.

Mouthfeel - About medium, nice prominent flavors but not syrupy or mouthcoating, carb is medium and creamy smooth, with a few nice edges at the sides of the tongue. A very drinkable ale.

Overall - I'll tell you what - I Really Like This! There truly is a greaqt complexity and balance here - and the cherry truly tastes natural imho, not flavored or like candy at all. I eat cherries fairly often and that's what I traste - natural cherry. I get natural sweetness, and I also get that mouth-watering tartness that cherries have. I also get wheat beer characteristics, and just enough floral hop to really add an unexpected balance and depth. I think this is heads and shoulders above any wine cooler or flavored malt beverage - it'a cherry fermented ale, just like it says on the label. If you like cherries, I think you're going to LOVE this, and I like cherries ;o)

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:13:06 | More by blackcompg
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West Virginia

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

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear rose with 2,finger gorgeous white bubbly head with good retention and excellent sticky lacing

S - candied cherries, cherry pie, um yeah cheeries

T - sweet semi tart fresh cherry flavor with hints of oak wood an nice wheat background. Very refreshing. No booze. Light flavor overall

M - light body, mod-high carbonation, crisp

O - a nice light cherry beer, white a good touch of wheat. Doesn't touch the greatness of a new glarus fruit beer, but I would drink this one in the summer after cutting the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 17:27:59 | More by williamjbauer
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Gordon Biersch 0.4l glass (13.53oz).

Appearance- Beautiful clear red with zero head. This is a very pretty looking beer.

Smell- Honestly, I do not care for the smell that much. Some fake cherry smell. Cherry candy like a lollipop.

Taste- This is where the beer comes through. Very nice cherry flavor. Some apple. Not very beer-like though. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, lightly carbonated. Very light. Doesn't coat the palate.

Overall- This is a nice, refreshing beer from Founders, whom I think make great beers. Totally a summer beer, but I'm still enjoying it in November.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:14:18 | More by Seanniek91
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pink color. Head is vague and white, not much lacing, if any.

Tons of sweet cherries, but in a lighter fashion. Not sugary or overly sweet. Smell is slightly tart.

No tartness :( Not sweet. Very smooth cherry, but nothing exciting or fancy.

Great carbonation, not overly cherry or over tired.

An intriguing brew, but not well thought out. It's too light with no defining characteristics. It's relaxed and enjoyable, but not heavy or expansive. Not too recommended if your a lover of more tart fruit brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:35:58 | More by chugalug06
Photo of MDDMD


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-clear red and amber coloration with a smallish white head and little lacing

S-malt, sweet cherries, hints of herbal aromas

T-bready malt with sweet cherry flavor with some tartness, light herbal character

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight acidity

O-not bad with some solid cherry flavor, but overall I guess I'm just not a big fan of cherry beers

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:58:51 | More by MDDMD
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2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a complete ruby red with a slight hint of orange. Pretty good looking beer, and if it weren't for the cloudy chill haze, it would have very nice, ruby clarity, too. The light-pink colored head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much behind in terms of lacing.

The initial nose of this beer, as you may expect, is full of cherries, along with some other common "berry" smells. Almost like wildberry smoothie. Slight chalky and medicinal notes to the smell, a tad off-putting. Slight must in the tail end... Might be attributed to dryness from the grains? It has potential, but the "off" aromas are really bringing things down.

With the first sip, you are greeted by a heavy and tart cherry flavor; sweet, and even borderline sour. Almost makes you pucker, but it isn't *quite* there. A very refreshing flavor reminiscent of cherry sweet-tarts up front. The flavor goes a bit awry, however, from the middle-to-the end. The cherries take on a slightly artificial, medicinal, and chalky flavor. The class "Flintstones Vitamin" aftertaste.

The more you drink, the more that chalky mouth feel and weird, borderline-astringent aftertaste starts to wear on your palate. I mixed the rest of my Cerise with some Breakfast Stout and it wasn't half-bad. More enjoyable than regular Cerise. I know they use Michigan cherries for this brew, so why does it scream "artificial"? Thin bodied with ample carbonation and a crisp, slick, chalky mouth feel.

I don't know why this beer is not good. Rübæus is great - pure, fresh, natural. Cerise should essentially be the same damn beer, only with cherries. Wrong. Something happened and the flavor/aroma is plagued with off-putting components like vitamins and chalk. One of Founders' weakest offerings. Just wait for Rübæus to be released.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 11:37:58 | More by tectactoe
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy red with just a hint of orange. Small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a little it of alcohol at first, then followed by sweet, red cherries. Some berry-jam-like aromas, along with the smallest amount of tart aroma. Part of it smells like a White Zin...which I find strange. Taste is very fruity at first...with a somewhat off-putting metallic flavor. Slightly tart, but nothing along the lines of a sour beer. Much more sweet. Sweet cherries, with some other berry flavors. This is one damn tasty fruit beer. More cherries in the finish, with a slight, tingly-tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very nice carbonation for this style. Drinkability is high. Overall, fruit beers are not really my thing, so I am trying my best to rate this for what it is. Honestly though, I really enjoy it. I enjoy it a lot more than other fruit beers I have had. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 06:20:27 | More by DovaliHops
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Tenuta's in Kenosha, WI
Date: Bottled 5/24/2012
Glass: Tulip glass

Founders' Cerise is a sweet cherry-infused beer with a slight touch of tartness. While it borders on being overly sweet, it never does so. The flavors are noticeable, but not as explosive as, say, Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart. In general, this is a likable beer that may appeal to those looking for fruity, sweet malt-based beverages.

Pours a 1.5cm head, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, light pink in color. Retention is above average, the head lasts about two minutes in its descent to a thin, wispy film atop the beer and thicker perimeter of foam around the sides of the glass. Copious lacing is left along the sides of the glass. Body is a semi-hazy dark red with a slight brownish tint, light bringing out lighter red and darker magenta tones. Carbonation is visible and modestly active, streaming up from center of glass.

Aroma is light, sweet cherry juice combined with a bit of generic malt sweetness and slightly acidic tartness (at times a bit reminiscent of bile). Pretty standard, and the strange acidity doesn't help.

Taste is prominently of sweetened cherry juice with a mild tartness in the background. Not particularly complex, but tasty, I would not hesitate to recommend this to someone who was interested in fruitier aspects of beer. Tasting opens with very nice tart cherry jam flavors, which become successively inundated with cherry juice and malt sweetness until the mid-palate, which is more sweet than tart. Back of palate notes a return of tartness that overwhelms the sweetness, but it also brings back notes of that strange bile-like acidity. Aftertaste is of slightly sweet, slightly tart cherry-like fruit.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with mid-level carbonation that creates an initially crisp, but then smooth (as the carbonation diminishes) mouthfeel. Closes dryly with some residual sweetness/stickiness around the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 03:14:29 | More by falloutsnow
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Total Wine Perimeter area, Atl GA

A - A cherry red, with some nice clarity. Not much head or sticky lace

S - Sweet cherries. Very very sweet. It overwhelms everything else

T - Cherries cherries cherries

M - Light bodied, crisp finish

O - An interesting beer. If you love cherries, this beer is for you! I don't think I will buy it again though, not my cup of beer

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:09:32 | More by BeerDawgs
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: quarter finger rapidly dissipating pink head on a red, clear body.

S: cherries and strawberries with hints of pale malts. light aroma though.

T: tart cherrys and black cherry flavors that taste more like grenadine or syrup than the fruit. This one is borderline too sweet for my liking.

M: medium body, coats the palate, moderate carbonation.

Overall: It definitely is what it says it is and doesnt hold back without being overdone although it approaches that line.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:53:21 | More by kylehay2004
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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