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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 88 | FT: 4
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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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Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang fluted tulip. Thin fizzy head that recedes quickly. Color is very interesting. It is pinkish with an amber body. It doesn't look so much murky as just dense. It refracts light nicely and creates a glow.

Smell is a nice tart cherry, and surprisingly very mild sweetness. I don't smell sugar, I smell cherries. So many other cherry beers smell like maraschino cherries and syrupy. It seems there is a pretty good amount of wheat in the grain bill. Taste has a pleasant pucker from the tart cherries. I think there is more tartness from the cherries than from any hops. And I'm still getting some wheat malt character.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean. The tartness is very refreshing and I love it that it's not syrupy. I think that's where a lot of fruit beers go wrong.

Blipped "Cherry Bomb" by the Runaways.

Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to Kalamazoo...

A: Beautiful deep copper the color of honey with a small white head that fades super quickly and leaves a small lace atop the brew.

S: Cherry hops unfront blended with boozy oaks in the middle and woody malts on the backend. Hints of honey blended throughout. Good.

T: Sweet sugary cherry upfront blended with hints of port. Honey earthy barley in the middle with hints of raspberry on the backend. Very good.

M: Doesn't leave a whole lot on your palate. Nothing special here.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew is pretty good. Better than I expected as most Fruit beers have disappointed me. Good to try if you like your brews sweet.

Photo of zoso1967
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerise pours an odd orange/red/pink color that I have always found pretty interesting. It almost looks like the product of artificial coloring, though I am certain they did not use any. The head is beige with a definite pink cast to it as well. It has decent retention and leaves pretty nice lace.

The aroma of this beer is equal parts tart cherry and bready malt. It smells sweet and refreshing, but at the same time not very interesting.

The cherries really come through in the flavor with plenty of tart cherry character mixing with sweet malt and a bit of spice as well. I am trying to figure out if the spice is the result of wheat, hops, or perhaps just comes from the tart cherries, but I am unable to decide. Whatever the case Cerise has a very nice flavor that is enjoyably fruity without being too sweet.

This is a light to medium bodied brew that has fairly effervescent carbonation. It is pretty amazing how cleanly this brew finishes. Honestly it finishes more like a light fruit juice than a beer. I really enjoy all of the tartness in the finish.

Cerise is a very good fruit beer. I am not a huge fan of beers like this, but Founders definitely did an excellent job with it and I am finding myself enjoying it quite a bit. I actually think I like this much better than the last time I had it, though that was years ago. I would think this would pair very well with a creamy dessert.

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear red-purple brew with a pink head. Only a tiny few small flecks of lacing.

S - More than cherries, it smells like cherries and little like red raspberries. On top of that... there is a little grain, but not much else.

T - Initially, some mild sweet red fruits and grain. Aftertaste is of faint cherries over faint grain and a slight medicinal bitterness. In the long aftertaste a medicinal bitterness dominates.

M - Thin, high carbonation, a little drying.

D - This is alright. It's a bit more balanced than most fruit beers, but the bitterness is a killer. I may have again.

Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-14-09

Pours a very cloudy salmon color, with a wispy white head and clingy rings of white lacing.

Smell is almost non-existent, slightly fruity.

Taste is very different, sweet/sour cherry up front which becomes slightly bitter, followed by a distinct and very enjoyable sugar-coated almond flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, but its fits very well.

Drinkability is good, but the sourness really builds up.

Overall, a very cool beer, that's not too fruity or too cherry, which I expected. Well worth a try.

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.

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Small pinkish head on top of a slightly hazy red body. The small head doesn't last for long. The smell is like maraschino cherries. While I wasn't blown away by the appearance or smell, the taste of this beer is truly great. The four pack was definitely worth the $12.99.

Photo of chefduff2
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of pjkelley82
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset, served in a tulip...

Something about Sunset - they know how to pour stuff. A full finger of head with a crazy rose body. Decently carbonated. Looks good. Looks like beer? Well...

The nose is all sweet & sour cherries. Maybe a hint of yeast electricity and spriteliness from carbonation. Hops? Not so much. Smells good - very light and fruity.

Collar matches the cuff on this one; it smells like cherries, it tastes like cherries, and it's quite pleasant. But it's an extremely fruity beer at that and you really don't get much else. Maybe a touch of very light grains and an almost rose champagne quality. Still it's enjoyable.

Aside from all this, palate feel is nice - again, almost a bright champagne feel (what do you call a mimosa with cherry juice instead of orange juice?). Finish is refreshing and clean...and well-carbonated. But there is a hidden level of malt depth. Slightly piney and husky, so that helps out.

Hey, it may not taste like real beer but it tastes good and it's really light. And it goes wicked quickly. Maybe not the beeriest of beers but it's an enjoyable deal.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of HardyA
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of lunarbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5-19-10

Pours slightly orange with a pink tint and some hazyness. About 1/2 finger of thin white head.
I definitely get the cherries on the nose. Also some cinnamon pie crust.
Sweet and tart cherry and some bready pie crust. Not much else going on.
Pretty light bodied but refreshing and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Not bad for a fruit beer which is one of my least liked styles of beer. It's a little sweet to drink more then one of.

*From notes taken on 6-25-10

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.