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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,490
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 48
Gots: 93 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cerise may be made with cherries but it looks just like grapefruit juice, with a little extra rose blush. It is a very pretty colour which, despite its soft pinkish hues, is dense enough to obstruct most light from passing through it. Instead, it absorbs the light and its unusual pastel-like tone illuminates brilliantly. Its surface is skirted by a white shoestring; more head would have been appreciated but I'm so distracted by the colour that I hardly notice.

I'm finding this fruit beer to smell a little more like beer than fruit. Toasty notes of pale malts were first to be remarked; tart cherries came only later. More fruit would have been welcomed, as it stands now there isn't much to sniff at, although I do take pleasure in knowing that the beer that awaits drinking will not be loaded up with synthetic juices or syrups and thus unlikely to be cloyingly sweet.

Although it actually is quite sweet after all - but in a very natural, sugary way. Whether it's the yeast that have yet to eat their way up to the 6.5% alcohol (it certainly doesn't seem that strong) or it is simply a natural product of the fruit, who knows? I can say it adds a redeeming mouthfeel to a beer that otherwise would have little else to offer the palate.

Cerise is an odd beer to describe because it doesn't fit the molds of other fruit beers. It is not intensely sweetened and thus in no way resembles a cocktail or alco-pop cooler; it is unlikely to appeal to those who seek that kind of artificial gratification. The carbonation is perfect but what takes me is that the nutty, pithy taste that emerges alongside the cherry skins (only after the air has a chance to get at it) is so genuinely authentic. It's a rare find.

But still, considering cherries were added at five different stages during the beer's production it's a wonder the end result doesn't reflect that more. Like aroma, the flavour also slightly understates the fruity element; that this is meant to be a fruit beer is more evident on the bottle's label than in its contents. I don't wish to caste this as a bad thing, however. A little bit of authentic fruit is much better than a lot of artificial syrup.

Considering the wounded condition of Michigan's economy and the fact that 75% of all the tart cherries sold in the U.S. are grown within a few hours of the brewery, it's a very amicable thing for Founders to switch production from the Rübæus (raspberry) to Cerise. It's a fantastic example of the social responsibility - in the true sense of the word - that microbreweries are capable of providing within a community; I'll gladly support that. (2,620 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a large flute)

A- This beer pours a cranberry red clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin bubbly wisp of white head.

S- The clean soft fruity cherry note has a light sweet honey note that grows as the beer warms. There is a cherry jam aroma that finishes the sniff as the beer warms.

T- The bright but no tart taste of cherries is just like drinking cherry juice with a slight cherry tart pucker in the finish. This turns to a soft pomegranate like bite in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a little fizz that keeps the finish crisp.

D- I like cherries and I like beer but this is nothing but cherry juice with some fizz. I'm amazed that they could brew this with out any beer flavor. I would like some malt or hops or yeasty flavors to support the cherry flavor a little bit. (834 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jnnv4 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale has a cherry look to it, like the sweet sugary brine in a maraschino cherry jar. The darker red color doesn't render the ale opaque though, allowing it to be translucent. A thin band of head is all that ever came out of the bottle.

S: A dash of natural cherry, sweet and sour and all, is all that the ale offers up.

T: The nose is a little light, but the first sip yields a pretty hefty dose of cherry. The flavor is sweet with just a bit of natural sourness. Sugary sweetness laps at the taste buds on every sip. The biscuity malt doesn't stand a chance.

M: A Quelque Chose lite. The sweet cherry lacks the nuance but doesn't skimp on the fruit.

D: My fourth bottle and it hasn't let me down yet. The cherry is full, not in the sickly sweet way, but in the natural, gamey way. (832 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this one.

Pours a nice hazy reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, cherries. The taste is malty, with some yeast note, sour, cherries/raspberries. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. (364 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured a deep amber colour with a little shade of red throughout. Small traces of white head and lacing.

S - Tart cherries and caramel malts.

T - Tart cherry juice. The frist couple of sips almost make you pucker but then the taste bids adjust and there is a nice smooth cherry flavour with some tartness in the aftertaste. The malts aren't noticeable in the palate.

M - Light body with a bit of chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - I wasn't sure if I would even like this beer and it turned out to be a nice buy. I would buy this again. (568 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

A: Glowing and hazy unfiltered red-amber. This beer is simply gorgeous. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and reasonable, yet unspectacular lacing.

S: Dill brine. Hints of tart cherry and other red fruit abound, yet a general funk envelopes the nose.

T: Mouth puckeringly tart. It comes off a bit like a beginner's sour. A touch of funk is apparent from the start to the mid, though a good amount of fruit and low-level residual sugar takes control on the back end.

M: I'd describe this one as frothy. It's creamy, and the carbonation on this feels heavier then most with a funky touch.

O: Founder's Cerise is a love/hate kinda beer. I really dug it, though my drinking buddy most certainly did not. If you can approach this with an open mind, you'll find a strikingly original brew. But I can certainly see where this could end up in the drain. (916 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +17%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Small white head, dark red/amber beer. Poor head retention and lacing.

S- Slight fruity smell (cherries).

T- Cherries, some cinnamon? Keeps it interesting enough to want another sip.

M- Well carbonated. Light on the palate, no complaints.

D/O- Perhaps an above average fruit beer but only by default. Would have again down the road sometimes but wouldn't go out of the way for. Thanks MammothBrew! (404 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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! (615 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – White head doesn’t amount to much, but what’s there stays awhile. Bright copper orange body with pink hues and highlights – a really interesting color.

S – Soft, tart dark cherry and cherry pits. Hint of copper. Wax candles. Lightly bready.

T – Tart raspberry up front. Downshifts a shade darker and earthier in the center with black cherries and pits. Citrus pith and sweet white grape on the finish, especially as it warms.

M – Medium body is silky smooth. Low carbonation, but pleasant for the style.

O – Not overly sweet. I think a little age did this beer well. (590 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby red, similar to the pink hues on the labeling. Slight, creamy pink head.

Smell: Smells of canned cherries, both sweet and tart. Definitely smells of fermented cherries.

Taste: Tastes of cherry pie filling or cherry cobbler. Is both subtly sweet and tart. Delicious take on cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Typical, smooth mouthfeel of Founders.

Drinkability: Smooth and doesn't taste very alcoholic. Is aromatic and greatly emulates the cherry pie flavor. A four pack would not be difficult to finish off.

I would recommend this beer, especially over Founders Rubaeus. It's cherry pie like taste is very good and intriguing. It makes me wonder what the Rubaeus could've been like if they took the same approach. (735 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. I tend to love cherry things, so I have high expectations!

Appearance: reddish-gold hue; sort of like pink champagne with a touch of haze. Head poured thin and nearly disappeared fairly quickly, but there is a lot of effervescence in the body. Interesting.

Smell: mild fruity aroma not instantly identifiable as cherries. The pink champagne theme continues from the visual down to the aroma, as well; kind of surprising.

Taste: flavor follows from the aroma. There's a little bit of fruitiness up front followed by a tartness, although malt character doesn't really stick out. If you like rosé wine, this is the beer for you.

Mouthfeel: light body with relatively little carbonation. There's not much interesting here.

Overall: I like how weird this beer is. It completely reminds me of pink champagne in just about every way. If you're into that, then you will like this beer too. (925 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Strawberry blonde, reddish hues in this clear body.

S - Tangy fruit, acidity and sweetness. Some spices and tart mild vinegar notes. Medicinal cherry upon deep inhalation.

T - Sugar sweet cherry syrup. Some tart flavors mixed into this light sweet cherry brew. Almost like sweet tarts, but not alot of sour. Good mix of cherry sweet with a hopped blonde background.

M - Slight syrup up front, with a nice clean faintly tart finish. Semi dry and crisp.

O - A nice cherry brew. Not in the league of some krieks, sours, or flanders reds, but a good pick here. Easy to drink and find. (589 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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 tone77
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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 DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear, bit of haze, with a definite red hue. Fine whitish bubbles formed a thin ring and a few remained on the surface of the beer, producing some short-lived spotty lacing between sips. Mild aroma, floral hops were up front with a subtle fruity character. Yeah, there some cherry there, but also a bit of earthy berry. Certainly balanced towards sweetness, bitterness was light and really only noticeable up front. Sour cherries and sugar/caramel became prominent mid-palate and sweetness increased into the finish. There was a hint of crackery malt and some tartness towards the end. Medium bodied with carbonation slightly less than average, a bit viscous. Not bad overall. The cherry flavour had a bit of a medicinal quality to it as the beer warmed, but the malt kept it closer to cherry pie territory. (814 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up in Grand Rapids.

Pours a hazy ruby red, really neat fruity colour, almost grapefruit like, thick slightly off white head forms, slowly drops to a thin layer and ring around the glass, nice chunks of lace stick. Smell is nice, cherry juice, straw, lightly funky, barnyard and grass, fresh fruit, light cinnamon spiciness, earthy, pretty neat. Taste is similar, very sweet though, caramel and sugar, cherry juice, cinnamon, earthy, fresh fruit salad, more sugar, honey, lightly tart in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. A little too sweet, kind of like BG Belgian Red without the complexity. (640 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Bottled 6.23.11

A - Pours a hazy orange with a near white head.

S - Mild fruit.

T - Cherry, wheat, and some barley.

D - High carbonation on the tongue.

O - Tastes like a sweet cherry pale ale. At times, that isn't a bad thing. (270 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer comes across like a little less cerise in the appearance versus just like a normal beer, sure there are some running pink highlights through it, and some pinkish white head. Overall, its still pretty. Aroma, eh, more like some cherry kids drink.

The taste is much the same, far from authentic quality cherries here, but its not sugared up water either, there's a decent malt aspect to it, and even minimal hops, but for a Founders product, its pretty disappointing to have to say its unqualified enough and results in an average rating. Mouthfeel, the carbonation is there, but there was nothing heavy taste or flavor wise, so I'm still kind of confounded. Ultimately, this beer neither delivers on the potential of cherries. It doesn't have the awesome cherry flavor of something like New Glarus, and lacks the tartness of some of the more sour cherry beers (Cascade, Allagash, belgians etc. . . ).

So who is this beer for? I dunno. Can't figure that market out. Its not a bad beer, but its far from even average in the Founders lineup. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a color similar to that of cranberry juice with a very thin head into my glass. Looks great for a cherry beverage?

Either my nose is off or there is no aroma. Just a peek of cherry essence.

Tart, luscious cherries bounce off of my taste buds, leaving sweet traces at the back. The tartness is incredible. Not much else here.

Lingering cherry essence that coats the mouth. Ok, so it's not cough syrup-cherry (which is good) but rather fermented cherry.

Easy to drink and offers something different for the palate. Could be thicker but it's good otherwise. (565 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rose hue with some watermlon meat highlights. Very quick two finger, bright white head that recedes to nothing right after the pour. The aroma is of soft tart cherries and some ripe granny smith apple juice. The taste is super smooth with just a mild cherry tartness. Very fruity, but not too fruity. Sweet, tart, and juicey on the palate. Great cheery ale. (362 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a red/pink color with about a half inch light pink head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries. Neither the sweetness or tartness overpowers the other, there's a good balance between the 2. Taste is similar to the aroma. It's all cherries, but I think there's more sweet than tart in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit rich and is well carbonated. Drinkability is OK, I could have a couple of these every once in a while if in the mood for a fruit beer. It's a decent enough brew, but this isn't something I could drink all the time. (643 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus, first time I've seen it. In retrospect this seems a bit too pricy for this beer, but I do like most things from Founders so it seemed like good odds. The beer is reddish-orange color, very clear, with a thin sticky white head. The beer smells a little like cherry pie, I get some cinnamon and cherries and maybe a little fresh bread out of this. I think the taste is OK for what it is, but fruit beers are usually not my thing. Sweet upfront and a little tart in the aftertaste. Medium body and easy drinking (so long as you like cherry pie). Not to be purchased again by me, unlike other Founders beers. (646 characters)

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