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 dvanhandel
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MDDMD
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-clear red and amber coloration with a smallish white head and little lacing

S-malt, sweet cherries, hints of herbal aromas

T-bready malt with sweet cherry flavor with some tartness, light herbal character

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight acidity

O-not bad with some solid cherry flavor, but overall I guess I'm just not a big fan of cherry beers

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Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a complete ruby red with a slight hint of orange. Pretty good looking beer, and if it weren't for the cloudy chill haze, it would have very nice, ruby clarity, too. The light-pink colored head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much behind in terms of lacing.

The initial nose of this beer, as you may expect, is full of cherries, along with some other common "berry" smells. Almost like wildberry smoothie. Slight chalky and medicinal notes to the smell, a tad off-putting. Slight must in the tail end... Might be attributed to dryness from the grains? It has potential, but the "off" aromas are really bringing things down.

With the first sip, you are greeted by a heavy and tart cherry flavor; sweet, and even borderline sour. Almost makes you pucker, but it isn't *quite* there. A very refreshing flavor reminiscent of cherry sweet-tarts up front. The flavor goes a bit awry, however, from the middle-to-the end. The cherries take on a slightly artificial, medicinal, and chalky flavor. The class "Flintstones Vitamin" aftertaste.

The more you drink, the more that chalky mouth feel and weird, borderline-astringent aftertaste starts to wear on your palate. I mixed the rest of my Cerise with some Breakfast Stout and it wasn't half-bad. More enjoyable than regular Cerise. I know they use Michigan cherries for this brew, so why does it scream "artificial"? Thin bodied with ample carbonation and a crisp, slick, chalky mouth feel.

I don't know why this beer is not good. Rübæus is great - pure, fresh, natural. Cerise should essentially be the same damn beer, only with cherries. Wrong. Something happened and the flavor/aroma is plagued with off-putting components like vitamins and chalk. One of Founders' weakest offerings. Just wait for Rübæus to be released.

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Photo of ReeseMax3
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Pours a very cloudy red with just a hint of orange. Small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a little it of alcohol at first, then followed by sweet, red cherries. Some berry-jam-like aromas, along with the smallest amount of tart aroma. Part of it smells like a White Zin...which I find strange. Taste is very fruity at first...with a somewhat off-putting metallic flavor. Slightly tart, but nothing along the lines of a sour beer. Much more sweet. Sweet cherries, with some other berry flavors. This is one damn tasty fruit beer. More cherries in the finish, with a slight, tingly-tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very nice carbonation for this style. Drinkability is high. Overall, fruit beers are not really my thing, so I am trying my best to rate this for what it is. Honestly though, I really enjoy it. I enjoy it a lot more than other fruit beers I have had. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Tenuta's in Kenosha, WI
Date: Bottled 5/24/2012
Glass: Tulip glass

Founders' Cerise is a sweet cherry-infused beer with a slight touch of tartness. While it borders on being overly sweet, it never does so. The flavors are noticeable, but not as explosive as, say, Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart. In general, this is a likable beer that may appeal to those looking for fruity, sweet malt-based beverages.

Pours a 1.5cm head, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, light pink in color. Retention is above average, the head lasts about two minutes in its descent to a thin, wispy film atop the beer and thicker perimeter of foam around the sides of the glass. Copious lacing is left along the sides of the glass. Body is a semi-hazy dark red with a slight brownish tint, light bringing out lighter red and darker magenta tones. Carbonation is visible and modestly active, streaming up from center of glass.

Aroma is light, sweet cherry juice combined with a bit of generic malt sweetness and slightly acidic tartness (at times a bit reminiscent of bile). Pretty standard, and the strange acidity doesn't help.

Taste is prominently of sweetened cherry juice with a mild tartness in the background. Not particularly complex, but tasty, I would not hesitate to recommend this to someone who was interested in fruitier aspects of beer. Tasting opens with very nice tart cherry jam flavors, which become successively inundated with cherry juice and malt sweetness until the mid-palate, which is more sweet than tart. Back of palate notes a return of tartness that overwhelms the sweetness, but it also brings back notes of that strange bile-like acidity. Aftertaste is of slightly sweet, slightly tart cherry-like fruit.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with mid-level carbonation that creates an initially crisp, but then smooth (as the carbonation diminishes) mouthfeel. Closes dryly with some residual sweetness/stickiness around the mouth.

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Photo of PoolFishGolf
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of jrock85
5/5  rDev +38.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of johunnic
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Angryzen
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of brendan4532
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Total Wine Perimeter area, Atl GA

A - A cherry red, with some nice clarity. Not much head or sticky lace

S - Sweet cherries. Very very sweet. It overwhelms everything else

T - Cherries cherries cherries

M - Light bodied, crisp finish

O - An interesting beer. If you love cherries, this beer is for you! I don't think I will buy it again though, not my cup of beer

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: quarter finger rapidly dissipating pink head on a red, clear body.

S: cherries and strawberries with hints of pale malts. light aroma though.

T: tart cherrys and black cherry flavors that taste more like grenadine or syrup than the fruit. This one is borderline too sweet for my liking.

M: medium body, coats the palate, moderate carbonation.

Overall: It definitely is what it says it is and doesnt hold back without being overdone although it approaches that line.

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

A - Pours with one finger of light link foam on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The Joan settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Cherrys, dark bread, and light herbal hops.

T - Sweet and sour cherry up front with some candy sugar notes. The fruit becomes more distinctly tart in the middle and things finish with dark fruit, toffee, and a touch of herbal hop character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbon, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is unusually drinkable for a non sour fruit beer.

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Photo of eveyjo29
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of bman_85
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bunnyhops
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,504 ratings
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