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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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82
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1,450 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,450
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Zaphog, May 18, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

DrJay, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being no stranger to Cerise, I was glad to see the most recent release sitting on shelves. $9.99 for a 4-pack, which is not too bad and I do remember enjoying this one. It helps my girlfriend likes fruit beers, too. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Bright ruby colored body with some pink/red hues, topped with a foamy white head. The retention is actually really nice and a lot better than I had remembered or imagined. The lacing is very minor but does show.

S: Cherry candy, strawberry puree, cherry licorice, pitted cherries and a dash of wheat to break up the obviously fruit-centric aroma. It's all about sweetness, fruit and candy. While there does seem to be very natural fruit elements in here, it's more akin to an artificial sweetness but it's still inviting.

T: More candied cherry notes up front, strawberry and cranberry fruits come in mid-palate and finish with a sweet, tart picker in the finish. Lingering around the palate are some very faint dried grains and hay notes. Again, a very sweet and fruity profile, but it's done with a good balance and to me doesn't have a syrupy flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with nice bubbly carbonation that isn't overdone. It's pretty nice and definitely aids in the delivery of the flavor throughout the mouth.

To me, Cerise is a good demonstration of using fruit in a beer to give it a balanced flavor without being sickeningly sweet or unbearable for more than a glass. I could easily do a glass or two in a row without becoming burned out. The cut of the tartness and well carbonated body make this quite drinkable, even with the above average ABV range. A nice fruity, sweet beer for the summer months.

ShanePB, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

rolltide8425, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

harpus, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Amber body with a reddish tint. I expected a significantly redder color, really. It's no Blushing Monk. No head, really, and no lacing at all.

Smell - Sweet malt and a bready aroma that reminds me of Strawberry Short's Cake. The cherry isn't apparent until the end of the smell when the other aromas fade away.

Taste - Much more cherry-centric, but still retains some beer-like flavors. Sweet caramel malt and, again, a bready malt. Cherry tartness builds throughout and finishes with a slight sweetness that reminds of a cherry syrup, unfortunately. Otherwise, the cherry flavor is nice.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation makes it a bit heavy and that syrupy flavor at the end adds to it. Otherwise, it's easy drinking and quite clean.

Overall - Nothing terribly impressive. A simple, sustained cherry flavor. Not my favorite style, so I wouldn't seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn my nose up to it either.

Alieniloquium, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, deep, ruby coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas of a slight roasting and a watered down, subtle cherry tartness. It almost smells like when you make Jell-O, and have to boil water and add it to the mix pack. That initial smell when the water hits the powder, only from a couple of rooms away...that's what this smells like. Flavors are rich and deeply sweet, with a solid cherry flavor, definitely more maracino than black. Only a subtle tartness in the palate, and the beer refrains from getting into the sugary or syrupy realm. This brew has legit fruit flavors. The beer is thin, and with a slight carbonation it has a very crisp feel in mouth. Sweet, moderate aftertaste that has an even fade as the palate clears. Extremely clean finish. This beer is completely different from what I was expecting. Not bad.

GarthDanielson, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Rhettroactive, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy orange-red color with a half-finger light red head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart and mildly sweet cherries with just a hint of malt aromas peeking through. As the beer warms the cherry aromas take over even more than they already had.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The cherry flavors are a bit darker but the same light tartness is still there. Ending is a bit on the sweet side and lingers for a small while.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer is what it is. A solid cherry beer. Worth a shot if you're in the mood.

glid02, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but never disappears completely. Smells of cherries, sour cherries, faint perfume, and a brown sugar malt sweetness. Taste is a puckering tart cherry up front and sweet malt with a syrupy sweet lingering cherry flavor in the finish. Medium body and carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one, I think this is a very well done fruit beer. I love cherries but sometimes fruit beers can be well over-fruited.

johnnnniee, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

tobelerone, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Brad007, May 25, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with minimal head

smell: cherries, malts, sweetness

taste: cherries, sour, tart,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: interesting style of beer. brewed with cherries but not overly fruity like say new glarus cherry. Glad I got to try and quite enjoyed it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap, alchemy

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - rich pink body with a bright pink foam...kind of emasculating but whatever - i had always wanted to try this

smell: medicinal cherry, sweet malts. i've smelt better in a cherry beer

taste: unfortunately any beer brewed with cherry or raspberry will fall flat against their new glarus foes. this was no different - the flavor profile had some mild tartness but also had a grainy aftertaste. The cherry wasnt overwhelming but didnt taste fresh, rather medicinal. no need to consume this again

mouthfeel: light tartness, light sweetness, medium body

drinkability: good enough

dirtylou, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

flagmantho, Sep 08, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

drummermattie02, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 04, 2010
Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

scruffwhor, Jun 14, 2009
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.