Founders Cerise | Founders Brewing Company

Founders CeriseFounders Cerise
1,504 Ratings
Founders CeriseFounders Cerise

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by philbe311 on 04-03-2009

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Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pack of this at Zinke's in Wisconsin Dells, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a clear golden amber color with minimal head on it. There is a weak scent of wheat and some cherry, but nothing too bold or fruity. The taste is a very nice mixture of wheats, malts, and sweet cherries that are again not too bold or sweet. This is one of those cherry beers that has a good cherry flavor but doesn't go overkill on the fruit flavor. A must try for fruit beer lovers!

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Photo of DCon
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Stable in Saint Louis, MO, during the Founder's Beer Dinner Event. This was the first beer of the night and started off this "Beer Reception". Poured into my 10 oz. Glass and drank 2 back to back.

Appearance- Bright orange body with less then a fourth of a finger of head. Retention died fast and had minimal lacing.

Smell- There are cherries in the background but not bold... Very dull.

Taste- Huge upfront cherry taste but not what I imagined. Extremely tart.

Mouthfeel- Sour mouthfeel, Light bodied, and has a Medium carbonation.

Overall- Has a great drinkability but too tart for my palate. Also, not my favorite fruit beer but have to respect founders brewery for their brews.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy golden wheat color with a perfect 2 inch white foam head.

Smells - cherries, vinegar, tart, sweetness, and other citrusy fruit.

Taste - tons of cherries. Sweet cherries up front and a follow through of tartness and sour cherries.

I swear I came close to making a beer exactly like this and now I know my bench mark. A very drinkable beer. Ill take another please!

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Photo of PhineasGage
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found at Lundeen's in Sycamore
Poured into New Belgium Globe

A - Orange, light copper hue

S - little bit of cherry, other fruit note...maybe apricot or peach

T - Tart, almost citric. No pronounced Cherry flavor (about 6month old bottle give or take)

M - light, but aggressive carbonation, the acid clings to the teeth.

O - I'd like to try it fresh to get an honest opinion. I expected tons more cherry flavor. All in all, I will try it again.

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Photo of Preismj
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nice redish brown hue. Head pours an attractive redish white with a whipped look to it. Very nice

s: smells of cherry and a touch of grain in the background. very potent cherry scent, but not offputtingly so.

t: cherry hits you hard here. There is a taste of bread and a pastry sweetness to it. not as tart as you would expect, but there is some sourness to this brew.

m: very carbonated. Almost too much, but I am enjoying it at the same time. The pop you get here is very refreshing, though i wish it was a tad more heavy so I could enjoy it longer. Slick in the mouth.

d: I could have many of these in a row. It is a very light and fluffy beer. the combination of all the factors work well enough to enjoy this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange amber color with a reddish tint. A thin white head forms on the top of the pour with no lacing.

S: There is very little aroma to this beer, likely due to a lack of hopping. Some tart cherries and slight sweet apricot aromas in the nose.

T: The beer tastes as one would expect, sweet and tart cherry flavors with apricot in the finish.

M: This is a clean crisp beer. Thin and sweet, it goes down very easily.

D: Overall, this is a pretty good beer. This style is not necessarily my favorite and this beer is rather sweet for prolonged drinking.

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Photo of StLThrash
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

A - reddish orange hue. No head whatsoever, no lacing.

S - Cherry tartness, almost an apricot scent. Didn't get any hops at all.

T & M - This beer is actually a malt liquor according to the bottle, so can't really compare to other beers. It did taste of sour cherries and had a lot of carbonation / fizz to it. Reminded me of a cider.

D - If you like cider or malted beverages like a Mike's Hard Lemonade or something like that, you might like this.

Wasn't my cup of tea. I usally like all Founders beers, but this one let me down a bit. Again, it's completely different than other beers, so keep that in mind. Don't buy this and expect it to taste like a cherry wheat (Sam Adams) or cherry stout (Bells).

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Photo of Geuzedad
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at The Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach and gave it a try. Poured into a goblet. Poured a reddish orange with a minimal head that quickly dissolved.

Smelled of cherries and malt with a bit of sweetness noted.

Tasted like sour cherries and malt. Started off strong, got malty in the middle, and a touch of sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium with carbonation noted but not overwhelmingly so. A bit of a pucker but not as much as I would have liked.

A drinkable beer that I would have again but I would not go out of my way for it.

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Photo of mklinger
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orangie color that comes from contact with fruit skins, I presume. Thin pink head the disappeared almost immediately.

Aroma is of tart cherries with a slight sweetness. Pleasant.

Flavor is even more full of tart cherries. Nice smack of sourness in there with a bit of malt backbone. Both sweet & tart at the same time. No yeast character here & not much for esters or phenols. Pretty clean but tart.
Not my favorite cherry beer at all. Just a bit too one dimensional and not over-the-top great on that dimension like some others (i.e., New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red).

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Photo of warnerry
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/20/10; 2010 bottling

Pours with minimal head; translucent brown with reddish tint.

The smell is tart cherries, though more subtle than I would have thought.

Taste is tart cherries and more tart cherries initially; some hints of malt; tartness turns to sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with nice carbonation.

Almost no alcohol presence; pretty easy drinking, and I'd return to this occasionally in the summer, but wouldn't want more than one at a time.

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit darkish for the type. An orangey-apricot color with a quickly fading white head. Not hazy, but just enough 'stuff' to make it somewhat opaque.

Has a faint hint of a sweet fruit, but it's very subtle and without the bottle I wouldn't have guessed cherries.

Their is more flavor than smell. I was surprised at how loud the cherry taste is. While the smell is subtle, the cherry taste is anything but. Not overpowering, but teetering on the line.

Mouthfeel is complex in that it starts off slightly sweet. In the middle of the tongue it starts to bitter just a bit from the sourness of the cherries. And it finishes with a dry pucker forcing you to take another swig.

Highly drinkable. There is no smell or taste that is offensive, though the flavor and mouthfeel pack a good punch. It hides the 6.5% alcohol well. Good stuff.

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Photo of victory4me
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tumbler.

Pours a clear golden with very little indication this is a cherry beer. Smell on the other hand is nothing but sweet cherries. Cherry pie filling would be the overwhelming aroma. No tartness to be found.

Taste is very much what I expected from the smell, except more grenadine like instead of cherry pie filling. Extremely cloying and difficult to hold in my mouth for very long. Not particularly enjoyable. I have a very difficult time drinking one in a sitting.

Not sure what Founders was going for here. Shirley Temple flavored beer? The only conclusion I am able to.come up with is that this is an intended mixer to go with other beers. Will mix some with an RIS to see if I can enjoy it that way.

4 pack will last me at least a year.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy copper color, and also has a hint of red to it. It has a small white head, that left decent lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sour cherries and sweet malt. There is no hop presence to be found here.

T - I can taste the sour cherries immediately, then some malt and spices come in. The finish is of sour cherry tartness. There is also just a touch of alcohol present.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. There is a bit of a puckering cherry sourness to it.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. I think this is a pretty good beer for the style, but its really just not my thing. I would drink it again, but only once in a while and I could only handle 1 per sitting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Some sediment in bottom of bottle added to last 1/3 of sample - sediment improved flavor.

Pours a clear golden tone with a tinge of pink/red and a modeast off-white head.

Very nice fruity (cherry) aroma. Smells like real cherry juice; not artificial. Malt backbone in background.

Nice sweet/tart balance with a low level (IBU = 15) bitterness. Excellent flavor but too mild and not quite as tart as I'd like. On the other hand, the aftertaste is mainly a fruity (generic) sourness.

M - medium/light body with little carbonation

Good with spicy food.

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Photo of Domokaru
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The overall appearance of this brew is an amber/pink. This is what you would expect of a drink based on cherries. It is a good session drink. However, as it warms up, the aftertaste and mouth feel is degraded by the sourness of the brew. In my opinion fruit flavored beers are either hit or miss. But, I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body of the beer was pink-orange and cloudy, and there was no head to speak of. The smell was mild with only a hint of cherries, and some floral aromas as well. The taste was far better than I was expecting, with a sour sweet taste somewhat evoking a lambic or a Flanders red, but without any funkiness like those styles. The beer was light in the mouth and easy to drink with a dry finish. The sourness made this much more interesting than other fruit beers.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what I expected, but better.

A- Pinkish clear hue with thin white head, nice retention and seafoam lace.

S- Tart cherries, sour apple, very fruity with caramel undertones and sweet malt backbone.

T- Tart on the front followed with a sweet wine cooler taste. Tart cherries are dominant but has a nice malty backbone.

M- Well balanced, not overcarbonated, smooth

D- Very easy to drink.

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Photo of shivtim
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried a bottle from a four-pack.
Deep red/amber, clear and looks viscous. Small off-white head settles quickly.

Nose is malt and cherry candy. Grainy.

Taste is like sweet cherry extract, with lingering sour apple/cherry notes. Some gentle malt. Some funky/barny undertones. Maybe some corn, too.

Average mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An orange color with tinges of red. Slight haze. Even with a rough pour this didn't leave much head. Some lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smelled of heavy caramel malts with light cherries and not a whole lot else.

The flavor is slightly sour and plenty sweet, with the cherry flavor dominating the caramel malt background. Little else is really detectable. Lacks complexity but is fairly nice.

Feels slick, slightly coating and leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied and not very carbonated.

Drinks low for a fruit beer. Would make a nice after dinner dessert beer, but I'd prefer to split a bottle rather than drink it all to myself.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-thick colored reddish brown, thing light tan head

S-i smell candied cherries along with belgian sugars and some molasses.

T-hits with a decent amount of candied cherries and cinnamon. it enters and leaves with this taste. its very decent

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

D-i enjoyed this beer all the way through and it kept its taste very well. it was unique but it wasn't unique enough that i'll be buying it again any time soon.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I will attempt to try every Founders beer available in VA over the next week. Here we go..
what happens when you mix gold and rubies? This beer. Very little head, ring stays around the edge of the snifter. Smells like sweet caramel malts and cherries. Not much complexity, but it's nice. Cherries are bigger in the mouth, but not overwhelmingly cloying/syrupy. Almost there, though. Bordering on new glarus territory, but within the realm.. I'd've liked a little more tart cherry flavor, there is a bit, but most of it is drowned out in the excess of maltiness. Pretty good, split a bottle 2 ways and probably won't need another for a while. I bet it would make a great dessert companion, though. Maybe with some tiramasu or chocolate.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 9 oz plastic tumbler- (number 8 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday).

A- No head, even after a vigorous pour. Hazy golden color with slight amber hue (very slight). Almost no lacing.

S- Hard to get strong aromas from this ale- slight notes of hop and sweet hard candy- definate notes of the cherry presence.

T- Tart up front (hint of sour), followed by notes of the cherry with an twinge of sweet on the finish (interesting combination!) Feels like the kind of flavor you either like or you don't- as my tasting partner was firmly in the "don't" camp. I however liked it for it's diversity and differing character.

M- Good on the tongue- slight fizz, medium body, refreshing.

D- This is more of a warm weather brew- and interesting mix between a fuller, medium body amber ale with tart fruit notes.

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Photo of cetherid
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


pours a hazy golden straw color. About 1 fingers worth of white head the dissipates rather quickly.


I'm getting cherries, but actually a little more apple than cherry. A slight funky smell, not sure if its the yeast or grainy malts.


A combo of sweet and tart cherries. perhaps a touch of spice in there too. An ok tasting fruit beer, but still far behind a NG Wisconsin Red. Just doesn't have the right combo of sweetness, tartness, biterness, etc.


medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Leaves a slight syrupy aftertaste, as well as a lingering tartness. The cherry seems a little too artificial to me.


It's decent, but I doubt I'd be grabbing me another 6 pack of this. Be interested to try it on tap however. Readily available here but I'd pick other fruit beers (and other founder's brews) over this one.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good color and average retention and lacing. Smells very strongly of cherries with lots of background sweetness. Taste is way on the sweet side with a bit of sourness to it as well. Too sweet for me. Body is appropriately medium, but drinkability is low for me because of that overpowering sweetness.

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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,504 ratings
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