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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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3,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 125
Gots: 598 | FT: 44
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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rye_so_serious

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-15-2013 23:52:32 | More by rye_so_serious
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was almost like a dirty pilsner minus some stock colors. Seriously, the beer had a nice color, not deep, not light, but just really nice.

It had a nice nose, there was a definite feeling of alcohol here, but at the same time a kindred spirit of the seas. As I was drinking my first one, there was no question how soft, round and easy it was to drink this

I never knew what OLD Ale was in terms of a type, but after drinking this, I can understand it a little better. There was a good feel to the oaked barrel aging of this. I did not feel all the sweetness I would have expected from molasses. But, it did play a part at the finish

This Old ale was very deceptive. It presented itself with a nose that seemed brisk and alive, then the taste was so very soft, a bit on the sweet side, then the finish had the taste of oak.

Very interesting to say the least I think this has been one of the more complex beers that I've tasted

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 03:49:00 | More by rdilauro
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-14-2013 20:06:56 | More by samEBC
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-14-2013 13:57:53 | More by HRamz3
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bevoduz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a few 4 packs of this several years and wasn't too impressed, but I held on to them, and am I glad I did! Several months ago I opened up a 2011 and was very happy I did. I actually had to fish the bottle out of the trash to make sure it was the beer I thought I had just opened. Fortunately it was still readily available on the shelves so I picked up a few more, knowing I'd then be able to enjoy them in a few years!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 03:16:29 | More by bevoduz
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a deep amber color that is hazy and impermeable with a light brown middle. Head is thin, but consists of thick, creamy foam. Lotta lacing here.

S-You definitely pick up on the oaked note at first. It mingles nicely with sweet molasses, a slight burnt char, dark fruits and a touch of booze. Well balanced all the way through the nose.

T-Sweet molasses and dark fruit hit the front of the palate as it fades into a slight bitterness at the middle. Finishes with a semi-bitter flavor that rounds out the sweetness well. Lingering booze.

MF-Full-bodied, creamy and thick. Finishes smooth and wet

O-My first Old Ale and I am pleasantly surprised. A lot like a BDA but with a nice oaked nuance. Well balanced on all aspects. Founders did it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:10:38 | More by Jacurdy60
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jackieT

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.2%

10-13-2013 15:03:39 | More by jackieT
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-12-2013 14:44:07 | More by Artjsantos
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Braden

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

10-12-2013 04:12:58 | More by Braden
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parkwood

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-12-2013 04:02:13 | More by parkwood
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burymeinhops

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +24.7%

10-11-2013 22:33:45 | More by burymeinhops
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hogansct

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-11-2013 03:32:21 | More by hogansct
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, Greg Radawich!)., poured into my Ghandi-Bot snifter (again, thanks, Greg Radawich!), 2012 vintage but dates obscured on bottle, drank 10/9-10/13 over several hours while homebrewing.

A: 2/3 - ruby-red-to-brown coloration, solid clarity for such high ABV (but cannot see or read through), poured with a frothy white head that resolved into glass lacing; moderately carbonated with moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - plums, raisins, figs, alcohol...nice!

T: 16/20 -up front, I picked up mostly complex malt flavors that accompanied the nose; in the middle of the mouth, there is some balancing bitterness and alcohol flavors to prevent the beer from venturing into too-cloying land; little aftertaste, invited sip after sip

M: 4/5 - big, chewy old ale character; moderately bodied and carbonated as expected

O: 8/10 - really nice old ale/barleywine from one of the best breweries in the country; will certainly improve with age, as the complex malt character would really start to pop even more at years 2+; recommended and for trade if you cannot get it in your region

TOTAL = 39/50

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 04:20:05 | More by MNishCT77
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Nuggetz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

10-08-2013 19:45:28 | More by Nuggetz
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Jack53

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-08-2013 05:03:47 | More by Jack53
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mikerieder

South Dakota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-08-2013 03:15:56 | More by mikerieder
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lovethebelgians

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-07-2013 17:57:45 | More by lovethebelgians
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-07-2013 00:47:34 | More by KelsoSaaz
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-07-2013 00:24:44 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-06-2013 03:30:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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ezperkins2

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-04-2013 17:48:21 | More by ezperkins2
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-04-2013 02:02:09 | More by KJ2013
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-03-2013 16:39:35 | More by Kmlund
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traviswhillier

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-02-2013 21:54:53 | More by traviswhillier
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ChrisMQ

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-02-2013 19:40:23 | More by ChrisMQ
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,347 ratings.