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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 34
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Photo of Zaphog


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-18-2012 03:07:45 | More by Zaphog
Photo of glid02


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

09-03-2009 02:53:52 | More by glid02
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

02-20-2013 01:53:32 | More by liamt07
Photo of DrBier


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2014 23:09:37 | More by DrBier
Photo of rolltide8425


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-29-2013 00:35:32 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

09-30-2012 03:38:32 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

08-08-2011 06:13:47 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Brad007


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

05-25-2012 03:59:24 | More by Brad007
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

10-29-2009 23:02:19 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of THECPJ


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.


06-03-2011 20:19:57 | More by THECPJ
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

04-04-2009 21:36:16 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dirtylou


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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

08-11-2009 16:03:54 | More by dirtylou
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-23-2013 17:40:33 | More by harpus
Photo of tobelerone


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

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!

09-12-2011 16:50:19 | More by tobelerone
Photo of drummermattie02


1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

01-05-2012 23:11:26 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of ShanePB


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

07-11-2011 13:10:38 | More by ShanePB
Photo of scruffwhor


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

06-14-2009 17:49:16 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of xnicknj


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-06-2011 01:16:56 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

12-01-2011 00:52:36 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of flagmantho


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

09-08-2011 20:32:24 | More by flagmantho
Photo of ccrida


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter (thx northyorksammy!), Cerise is pale, orange/pink tinged amber, with a creamy sand colored head that leaves nice foamy lace.

Smell is strong cherries, like cherry pie, nice.

Taste is pretty strong cherry, a bit like cherry pepto though, something about it just not quite working for me. I guess I prefer sour fruit beers, although this is a very solid effort for a style I admittedly don't care for.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy. However, there is an oily, solvent feel, and it is medium bodied.

Drinkability is average. There are some nice aspects, but overall, it's just a bit too much, and a slow sipper for me. One and done for sure, but nevertheless, I'm glad I got to try it.

08-31-2009 00:46:50 | More by ccrida
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

08-04-2011 21:40:58 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Bottled on 04/01/09. 15 IBUs, 6.5% ABV. Thanks to Sweemzander for this one!

A - A light pink/red colored beer pours into the tulip with a full haze to it. An incredibly light pink, almost white head floats on top gently while leaving delicate lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is very light overall but I can easily smell fresh cherries. Not a fruity overwhelming aroma but a low, charming one. A slightly grainy malt aroma peeks out a touch. No hops on the nose.

T - The aroma is very deceiving. The cherries come out full-force in the flavor with a very freshly-picked trait. Lack of syrupyness in here is a real winner. Sweet but tart that balances nicely and finishes with a light pale malt flavor.

M - Sweet but tart and smooth but crisp and refreshing! Medium-bodied with a dry finish and just a little zing.

D - You definitely won't like it if you have an aversion to cherries but it's not syrup-like at all. A good desert beer or fruity summer drink. Well balanced and brewed.

09-16-2009 21:35:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of jrallen34


2.78/5  rDev -23.2%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a clear bright pink with little head and lacing.

The aroma is light very sweet, a little bit of cherry, but I wish it was more balaned and provided a little tartness.

The taste is like the aroma, very sweet, cherry flavored, but its somehow just plain and boring. No complexity here at all.

The feel is very bad, worse than water if that's possible.

Drinkability is low.

Overall, this is a horrible fruit beer. It should not be consumed.

01-30-2010 20:41:39 | More by jrallen34
Photo of iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-12-2013 16:11:13 | More by iL0VEbeer
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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