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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 36
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

BMMillsy, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

JeffTheJuice, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of rundocrun
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is cloudy with a mix of coppery orange and rose-pink. About 1/2 finger of pink foam forms and dissipates within a minute or two. Just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S - Tart and flowery cherry aroma is most noticeable with undertones of pineapple. Has a bit of a funky brett-like character to it even. Just barely a hint of caramely sweet malt behind the layers of fruit. Not quite as aromatic as I would hope, even with warming.

T - Sweet and smooth up front. Tastes like cherry pie filling. A little more tartness comes in toward the middle. I also get a metallic flavor that hits the back of my tongue with each sip. Not extremely noticeable, but enough to throw things out of whack a little bit. Very mild, smooth pale malt backbone with just a touch of hop bitterness and some herbal/earthy notes.

M - Thin-to-medium body. Very smooth and drinkable despite being so sweet. Surprisingly dry and clean in the finish. Great for the spring and summer time.

rundocrun, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cerise pours a reddish color with a small pink lacy head. The smell has a dry malty undertone, like a pils, with strong sweet tarty cherry aroma. The taste has a mixture of sweet and, with a mellow cherry flavor ontop of a dry pilsner like flavor. Very easy to drink, the fruit isnt over powering, but present. Overall a very nice fruit beer, blended well and great in the summer.

vette2006c5r, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

DMarlinJ, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Yallnumbskulls
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Yallnumbskulls, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of kkmiller76
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

kkmiller76, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

metalgdog, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of jackrodgers77
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jackrodgers77, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Ted, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Bright red color with a 1-finger bubbly pink head. Decent retention and lacing. Slightly hazy while still being transparent with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Cherries and a definite wheat malt presence.

T - Sweet, with cherry and wheat malt flavors. At the finish, there may be a very slight presence of earthy, floral hops.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, slightly dry finish. Cherry and wheat sweetness lingers for a little bit.

O - This is a pretty good fruit beer. It’s tasty to be sure, but if the cherry were taken away, the base wheat beer would only be an average beer. The cherry certainly adds to the color, aroma, and taste, but it can only do so much with an average base beer. Still, it’s a pretty good beer, especially if you’re into fruit beers and/or cherries.

BlackBelt5112203, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous and vibrant cherry red color with pink and purple highlights. Half finger of pink tinted head. Smells of peaches, cherries, and a touch of wheatiness. Touch of medicinal funk. Head is extremely clingy.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Feels almost like the consistency of a rich oatmeal stout oddly. Sweet candy like malts up front followed by rich cherry and peach flavor. Not syrupy at all, more like a berliner weiss with cherries. I feel like theres gotta be a touch of wheat in here due to the palate cleansing finish and lingering after taste. Sweet cherry almond cookie like finish. A touch of nuttiness as well. An extremely layered and complex beer. Touches of cereal like grains. The grain bill on this beer must be a nightmare to brew but it works out so well.

One of the deepest fruit beers I've ever had. Insanely delicate, flavorful, and complicated. This is how fruit is supposed to be used. This is a beer with fruit added. Not a fruit beer.

jtierney89, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +10.5%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Hoagie1973, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby/orange color, minimal white head. Good lace and decent retention. Aroma reminds me distinctly of cherry-flavored liquid medicine with a touch of Blushing Monk-esque fruit.

Starts off medicinal, then oddly boozy, finishing with artificial cherry flavors. Lingering bitterness feels out of place. This isn't bad, but it's pretty far from being good. A rare miss from the rock stars at Founders.

brystmar, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of atr2605
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy red color with a strawberry colored head with average retention
S-pretty faint aroma, theres some cherries and a bit of malt
T-honey, wheat, and cherries leaving the cherry flavor in the finish. A bit sweet but the hops take the edge off keeping it balanced enough
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad beer, not anything too fancy or complex but tastes pretty good. Would have again on occasion.

atr2605, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev +10.5%

baybum, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of jk3
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jk3, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby red color. Head is very thin and pink. Retention is poor. Minimal lacing.
S- The smell is quite mild, but I'm picking up tart cherry and a bit of wheatlike aromas.
T- At first it tastes like a pale wheat beer. Some tart cherries and sweet fruityness. Fairly tart throughout the finish.
M- Tart, ever so slightly puckering in the finish. Pretty full bodied for a fruity beer, low carb.
O- A decent fruit beer. Slightly tart, and it's a decent base beer with the right amount of fruit.

jsprain1, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of darkstar12
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20-ounce pilsner glass

A: Dark ruby red color. Poured with a thin head that dissipated after a minute or so. Decent lacing.

S: no big surprise, smells like sour cherries

T: Very sour cherry flavor, with a sharp bite at the end.

M: Pretty thin body. almost champagne-like carbonation.

O: Nice to try as an experiment, may have one now and then.

darkstar12, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of RollBounce
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

RollBounce, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this fermented cherry drink in a shaker pint.

Appearance- Whoa, this one pours a cloudy and ruby red. It is a like a cross between a pink lemonade and grapefruit juice. There is almost no foamy stuff anywhere, just some hanging at the side of the glass. This also has a distinct off-white an pink tinge to it.

Smell- I get some wheat and only the faintest hint of cherries. Cerise almost tips over into wine cooler territory with the generic fruit smell it has. Not bad, but it is not bursting with cherry presence.

Taste- A little easier on the palate. I get a distinct cherry bitterness that washes over the tongue for the length of the drink. And just a splash of bing cherry flavor.

The finish has a huge wheat component where I would have like more cherry. However, this is a beer right? And not cherry juice. It even tastes like there is some crystal malt buried underneath everything. Interesting.

Mouth feel- Cerise is smooth as silk. The body is a little on the sparkling side, but it I like that the tingle does not come on until after the drink has been finished. Imagine those huge punch bowls with sherbert in them. It is kind of like that.

Overall- I was not overly impressed nor tunred off by this beer. If you are looking for a generally fruity offering then this will suffice. However, don't think that just because there is a cherry on the bottle that that is what you are going to get.

Pintofbrown, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark purple color with moderate clarity. The head is a one finger light lavender color with average retention and good lacing near the glass.

S: Loaded with cherries, and there's even an underlying bready malt note, too, which mildly surprised me. Let's just call it different and leave it at that.

T: It's not a total cherry bomb - but it's almost a total cherry bomb. Mild bread notes linger throughout the sip, but this is pretty much cherries, cherries, and cherries. The finish is crisp and tart, with a light cream soda note building up slightly. Better than I expected, to be honest.

M: Spritzy, but not as light as it could be. Still, it comes close to drinking like water, which is always great on a hot (make that pleasantly warm) summer day.

O: It's always good to have your expectations exceeded. There's enough of a non-cherry character to make it a worthwhile summer staple. Founders does it again? I think so.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of kynap55
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kynap55, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of keenan41
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

keenan41, Jun 17, 2012
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.