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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)

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pDev: 10.97%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
50 IBU
Old ale brewed with molasses and oak-aged.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005)
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Neorebel

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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a ruddy, burnt umber, with light flecks floating about. Seems to be some carbonation - a peach colored head initially appears to be about 1/4" but dissipates shortly thereafter. Aroma is sweet, with figs, toffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and grainy malt apparent. The body is full and rich, with a wine-like acidity. The first hint of the flavor is like dessert of some kind before the hops kick in. Warms nicely without being too astringent. Overall, a great balance between sweet & bitter aspects. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 04:06:33 | More by Neorebel
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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,861 ratings.