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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of LittleDon


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Beer Kitchen in Kansas City on 10/15/11.

Light red-orange with no head or lace. Clear. Aroma is grain and cherries, though not overpowering. Light hopping with most of the flavor coming from the grains with noticeable cherry in background. Very distinct cherry flavor, different from other similar brews, possibly because of the lower than expected acidity. Light body and high carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 19:22:52 | More by LittleDon
Photo of WoodBrew


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders Cerise was on tap at out local watering hole. The beer came in a pint glass. The color was a ruby red with decent white head that did not lace....I have noticed fruity/sweeter beers do not lace. The smell....HELLO....cherry malt. The taste to me was like a grenadine infusion that really made the beer like JCM song title...."Cherry Bomb". The sweetness and overpowering cherry flavor made the mouthfeel a bit tricky....I drank half then switched it with someone else. Overall a great beer that hit its mark.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 12:25:53 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of BeerBean


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at The Beer Store in Southampton - an excellent establishment with an incredible selection and very helpful staff!

Appearance was orange, amber, transparent; what you’d if you combined grapefruit and cherry juice. 2 finger head with little bit of retention.

Smell was the weakest part here, as it was not particularly strong, but the cherries and fruits were evident.

Taste: Cherries, not too sweet, good tartness. The sweetness is reminiscent of pear, the tartness is all cherries and grapefruit. So drinkable, and the tartness just flows with an incredible Lambic-like refreshment. Sweetness increases with temperature, but never dominates. Personal preference: drink it before it gets too sweet.

Medium bodied feel with light carbonation, very pleasant.

Very happy to have a whole growler of this. Not comparable to an unfiltered Belgian kriek as far as my taste for cherry beers, but a very drinkable cherry. Founders wins again!

Serving type: growler

08-25-2011 21:23:25 | More by BeerBean
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 Retail1LO


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, this surprised me. Had this in tap at The Beer Store in Southampton. Pours a very light pink with a little head. Nose us nice and sweet cherry side. Taste? Winning. This is a perfect light sour. The fruit element isn't at all overpowering either. A masterful combination. This is how you beat the heat. Can't wait to have anoter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 19:42:33 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of woosterbill


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

On-tap at the Brewster DeCicco's. Gotta drink something while waiting for CBS to come on.

A: Clear ping grapefruit body with a thin, fleeting white head. Uninspiring, but a nice color.

S: Cherries, cherry skin, and some toasty malt. Expected, and kind of boring.

T: Husky malt starts things off rather disappointingly, with the pure cherry juice following close behind. Sweet, sticky finish. Meh.

M: Light, frothy, and sticky. Ok.

O: This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it's definitely on the low end of the Founders scale. I enjoyed the cherry component, but the graininess of the base beer was just too distracting, and not enjoyable. There are far better fruit beers out there, but there are also plenty that are worse.


Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 02:37:04 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Gtreid


2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery on 7/9.

A: Light pink color. A small fizzy head appeared and quickly faded to nothing. No lace.

A: not much going on here, some cherry aroma and that's about it. Not really impressed at all

T: tart cherry and some sweet malt. Not much hop presence. Really reminds me of a not so flavorful Chablis or something.

M: light, again not much to it.

O: Really let down by this. Was hoping to get something along the lines of Belgian red, and got something that fell way short of that. Would not have again. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 01:07:18 | More by Gtreid
Photo of smakawhat


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass.

Cherry red body, giving way to pink/orange hues as body subsides. Head is soupy a little picking up the body with some subtle pink hues even some orange matching the off white color. Body contains some slow rising carbonation bubbles, and while drinking is some fantastic looking spider web like lacing. Very good looking drink here.

First note of the bouquet is an obvious cinnamon. Red hots candy also with muted cherry. Minimal sweetness, not much tart or sourness either. However, after a few snips the nose seems to vanish or make it's presence known.

Taste is brought from the nose. Minor sour light cherries with a sweet finish bringing a mild cinnamon red hot candy. Very light bodied and seems lighter than the abv would depict, but also a little bit of fizzyness though.

Overall though this is a very solid beer and a great tasty fruity beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 01:40:52 | More by smakawhat
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a reddish amber hue with a fizzy white head and large bubbles that settle quickly.

S: Smells tart and tinny along with some light raspberry and cherry, not much else.

T/M: Taste is immediately tart, almost sour up front, giving way to a light to medium level of carbonation. It has a fizzy, champagne like consistency and strong raspberry, cherry fruitiness with a little bitterness.

It’s definitely a fruit ale focused on embodying the cherry essence, but it’s a bit too tart for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 02:03:53 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Beer Engine, Cleveland. Finally got around to rating this one. Reddish coloued boy, a little retained head that is soapy. Well malted down only somewhat tart cherry taste. Its OK, and that's all that seems intended.Average mouthfeel carbonation is right there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 14:20:35 | More by Sammy
Photo of ElizabethCraig


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Founders Brewing Company

Appearance: Medium raspberry amber, minimal white head.

Scent: Mild raspberry with a background of toasty semi-dark malt

Taste: Tart berry tempered by a yeasty ale taste. There is an interesting thing that happens with this beer. first you get lemon/berry, then you get hops. Then it goes back and forth again. It's a beer that gives you a little bit of a ride if you're paying attention. If you're paying too *much* attention, the crosschatter may be too much.

Finishes very clean with a hint of dry berry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 11:47:19 | More by ElizabethCraig
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Deagan's Kitchen into a shaker glass

A- Poured a clear amber reddish looking color with some lacing, not a whole lot.

S- Tart cherries mainly, not much else, but it does smell quite good

T- Pretty sour, tart cherry taste that dominates, like a fresh cherry juice,, it does taste more natural than most cherry infused beers I have had. Some bitterness, but overall a pretty sweet beer but nowhere near the point of being too sweet or cloying. A light citrus hop flavor appears to be present.

M- Nice high prickly carbonation, goes down smooth, very refreshing

O- I am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this is one of the better ones I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 02:18:47 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of bbkd3b


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You know, I couldn't help but wonder when I saw this brew. Cherry brews have never - and I mean that - agreed with me. When I got a free one on draft, though, I couldn't turn it down. Cerise ahoy!

The color is astonishing pretty, for starters. A clear amber shining in the glass, though there's a pretty thin at the top of the glass that makes look a bit flat. Smell of cherries is absolutely maxed out. I can smell it from a mile away. A nice strain of sweetness lies underneath, but unless I'm really pushing to get to it, I'm just going to have to settle with a cherry-pie esque brew without much else going on.

Taste isn't too much either, but there's a kicker for me: it tastes like real cherries. Not cough syrup, but cherries. A nice medium body with a smooth character makes it all the easier to take in. Clean finish doesn't linger on the tongue, but rather stops as soon as its down the throat. Easy drinking for its style, and given the flavor, I must say that I'm fully satisfied by it. Cherries, cherries... heck, this is the epitome of a fruit beer.

Overall/notes - Certainly one of the best fruit beers I've had, though my experience is limited. While this wouldn't go on my list of favorite brews in general, it would provide a nice alternative when I'm in the mood for something different. I can only imagine what eating a cherry pie with this would be like... probably would cause some sort of overload.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 05:14:56 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of Rifugium


4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:39:17 | More by Rifugium
Photo of DCon


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

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Stable in Saint Louis, MO, during the Founder's Beer Dinner Event. This was the first beer of the night and started off this "Beer Reception". Poured into my 10 oz. Glass and drank 2 back to back.

Appearance- Bright orange body with less then a fourth of a finger of head. Retention died fast and had minimal lacing.

Smell- There are cherries in the background but not bold... Very dull.

Taste- Huge upfront cherry taste but not what I imagined. Extremely tart.

Mouthfeel- Sour mouthfeel, Light bodied, and has a Medium carbonation.

Overall- Has a great drinkability but too tart for my palate. Also, not my favorite fruit beer but have to respect founders brewery for their brews.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 00:06:19 | More by DCon
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy copper color, and also has a hint of red to it. It has a small white head, that left decent lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sour cherries and sweet malt. There is no hop presence to be found here.

T - I can taste the sour cherries immediately, then some malt and spices come in. The finish is of sour cherry tartness. There is also just a touch of alcohol present.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. There is a bit of a puckering cherry sourness to it.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. I think this is a pretty good beer for the style, but its really just not my thing. I would drink it again, but only once in a while and I could only handle 1 per sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 07:20:29 | More by JizackFH
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

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

Good color and average retention and lacing. Smells very strongly of cherries with lots of background sweetness. Taste is way on the sweet side with a bit of sourness to it as well. Too sweet for me. Body is appropriately medium, but drinkability is low for me because of that overpowering sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 23:30:45 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of Gehrig


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Urbana's wonderful The Crane Alley, right after Troubadour's Magma Belgian IPA.

It might have been serendipitous that I enjoyed this distinct beer right after another, contrastingly distinct beer named above, for I had long avoided this. I am admittedly not a big fan of fruit beer, even with "Founders" emblazoned atop the case or, in this case, tap. However, somewhat on a whim, I tried and loved this.

A lush finger of white foam tops a clear bright ruby body in a 10 oz. tulip glass. The amount of lacing impresses me; good-looking beer, no doubt. Indeed, this is loaded with cherry, and I also detect a big of cranberry; very fruity nose.

The taste strikes an ideal balance between sweet and tart, remarkable for its delicate approach. The start is more sweet, the finish is a bit more tart, perhaps drawing in the wary with an overt appeal to one's sweet tooth. As good as anything, and unlike a good many fruit beers, this is so NOT like a wine cooler in taste. Nor is it cloying, with the tart quality nailed just right.

Terrific effervescence, with a little caramel malt balancing out Cerise. Wow. This is like liquid sorbet.

It isn't so much that I didn't want to like this. Rather, my wariness about the style led me to even doubt that Founders could pull a gem out of this. Yet this brilliant brewery did. There seems to be nothing that Founders cannot do well, and this sweet and somewhat tart brew is no exception. It isn't quite my style, but I won't hesitate to grab a four-pack of these if the mood strikes me; a wonderful surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 22:51:55 | More by Gehrig
Photo of AleWatcher


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

09 vintage served on tap. Poured into a tulip.

This is what I'm talking about. The 2010 batch isn't nearly as good as this. I'm not sure if it is the aging or the crop of cherries-- the variety between 09 and 10 is incredible.
The 2010 is boring; it's one note,
The 2009 is incredible; it's complex and tart, with a light funk to it. This is delicious.

The smell and taste have sweet cherries, some boozy funk with light airy fruit notes.

The body is medium-full with good carbonation... A slightly oily feel is acceptable.

This is tasty and easy to drink. I will have another! Just delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 00:13:31 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Pentastar

New York

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange with a little red tinge to it. This beer is topped with an off white head.

Aroma: Only a little hint of tart cherries.

Taste: A little sour with delicious sweet and tart cherry flavor. Like a cherry pie. The sourness and cherries cover up most of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation, almost champagne like.

Drinkability: Nice and light for such a beer, good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 19:20:53 | More by Pentastar
Photo of imn2it


4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: On-tap in my home pub (Purchased 15.5 gallons in southern Indiana for $205 + tax) Keg was filled April 2010 and tapped September 2010. Pumping at 14psi, I get a lot of head on every pour....2/3s pint pours.

Appearance: The beer is a beautiful red-amber color with an unusual pink/white head that leaves good lacing. Everyone comments on what a 'pretty' glass of beer this is.

Smell: I can smell sweet cherries several inches from the glass....very inviting aroma.

Taste: This is a sweet cherry beer upfront with a tart cherry finish. Very low hops. It reminds me of a 'watered-down' Kasteel Rouge.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation...the bubbles and cherry flavors combine admirable giving this beer a cider-like quality.

Drink-ability: This is a perfect session beer. Very drinkable. I love the cherry flavor as it fades from sweet to tart. An excellent selection for the home pub.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 18:29:01 | More by imn2it
Photo of kbutler1


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Enjoyed this as the St. Paul Beer Fest. Poured a slightly hazy pink color with a matching pinkish hued head. The smell is tart cherry right of the bat along with some other sweet fruit notes. The taste is very refreshing, especially on a hot day in the sun. Tart cherries that slightly pucker your mouth are at the forefront. Light/medium mouthfeel. Overall, I was really surprised by this beer as I have never tried it before. Very smooth and drinkable for 6.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 13:48:46 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Spider889


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerise is a deep red color, very beautiful. Mild white foam and minimal lacing.

It definitely smells like cerries, but the main profile is all sweet. I was initially worried it'd be overly sweet like a Lindemans Framboise or something.

The taste is sweet, but more tart than the smell let on. The flavor reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head Fort (without all the booze).

Mouthfeel is tart cherries prickling the tongue, a little sour pucker in the glands, and the beer finishes very dry.

Drinkability suffers due to the sweetness and pucker factor. While I really enjoyed this glass I wouldn't ask for two in a row.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 00:13:12 | More by Spider889
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of an in person trade with CooperEllis. Thanks! Split this with a friend while watching the Red Sox game. Poured directly into a nice pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange to light brown in color. Very nice two finger white head. No sediment in this brew at all.

Aroma: Tart cherries dominate. Some wheat in there as well. Slightly astrigent as well.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and tart cherries here. Not overpowering at all either. There's also some astrigency and some wheat, but they are definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel" Medium to light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Me and my friend killed off a growler of this. The 6.5% ABV is barely noticable and the crisp mouthfeel and light flavors make this very drinkable.

Overall, a nice surprise. Really enjoyed how crisp and refreshing this was for the summer. Certainly not the best beer I;ve had from Founders, but still really good.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2010 23:56:07 | More by Gosox8787
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at hulmeville inn.

A- pink orange in color with two fingers of white head that leaves some nice lace.

S- semi sweet candied cherries and a bit of bread.

T- lundens cough drops and tartness. Kinda wheaty and sweet.

M- medium body and above that in carb.

D- tasty and enjoyable just not that great. Kind of artificial in the cherry department. Rubeaus was better but this year is better then last year. An amazing intro beer and a great one for I the picky lady.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 05:38:09 | More by oglmcdgl
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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