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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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Ratings: 3,527
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 136
Gots: 648 | FT: 48
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mattreitz49, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Horbar, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of kirok1999
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a very light copper, nice white head that quickly fades.
Smells of nice sweet malts, vanilla, oak.
Tastes even better than the smell. Super nice carbonation makes this very smooth. Nice dark fruits, raisins, caramel, vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden, hardly noticed it at all in the taste.
Exactly what an old ale should be. Thick, creamy and sweet. One of the best out there.

kirok1999, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: A cloudy amber with a 1/4" tan head. Steady bubbles settles quick within a minute or so.

Smell: Weak property of this beer I do mean weak. You smell it then it's gone. I do smell molasses but quickly disappear from the your nose.

Taste: Well in all honesty you have a steady serving of molasses maybe a hint of honey and slight vanilla. Nothing but greatness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation not too bubbly not flat at all. Goes down smoothly but the alcohol is sticky. I am not complaining at all just giving you the warning I was drinking this beer and didn't bother look at the abv level till now 9.8, NICE!

Overall: Smelling this beer might mess up your initial judgement but this beer makes up for it in every other category. It is your "Wee Heavy" type of beer...little sweet but great blend and balance of flavor.

BlurryVisi0n, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Hophead717
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Hophead717, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of ToddHolder
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

ToddHolder, May 11, 2013
Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Reviewed from notes as I enjoyed this on-tap at La cave Du Vin several weeks ago now. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a dark amber/copper color with a tan head that was about 1/2 inch thick when served. It eventually sets to a medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Has a malty caramel aroma with strong hints of some dark fruit and oak. Has a caramel malt flavor along with the oaked flavor and some dark fruit which is a bit tart and maybe a hint of spice and a bit of alcohol. Has a very crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink.


neenerzig, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of projectflam86
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

A- Pours a deep murky orange/toffee color with a thin white foam head that leaves some scattered lacing.

S- Coconut, alcohol, and dark fruit are by far the easiest scents to pick out. Fairly musty.

T- A nice caramel/toffee flavor initially that gives way to fruit and coconut tastes in the finish. The alcohol is quite prominent and the aftertaste is similar to a coconut rum.

M- Decent carbonation and a medium/full body.

D- A decent brew that didn't quite live up to expectations.

projectflam86, Sep 20, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

FreshZ, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of cyrushire
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

cyrushire, May 22, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a very dark amber and I got a very big frothy off-white head. The aroma is mainly fruity (cherry???) with some medicinal notes (like a dentist's office).

The first thing I taste is sweetness from the malt, then in mid-palate it gives way to alcohol. I can definitely taste the alcohol here. It produces a taste that's more suited to Cisco or some other ``bum wine'' than a beer of this calibre. To be fair, the description of Old Ale on this website describes it as having sharp alcohol characteristics, so perhaps I should be giving it high marks for this instead of criticizing. Still, it's making it difficult for my (lousy) tongue to detect bitterness from the hops or any other elusive flavors that may be present.

Curmudgeon may well be the best representation of this style available on the market today, and I wouldn't know it because I have little experience with Old Ales. Would I buy this again? Probably not. Would I buy any other beers of this style? Possibly, but there are other styles I prefer much more. Still, given Founders' reputation and the quality of their other beers, I'm very glad I tried this one.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of MikeWard
4.25/5  rDev +6%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

kodt, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

BrownAleMale, Mar 17, 2013
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Budinetz, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jul 05, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

hazed slightly murky dark brown beer with very little head. pretty much what one expects from an old ale.
the aroma contains tangy vanilla, caramel, something like a roasted coconut, soft bourbon, toffee, a little booze, that nice "aged" aroma (don't know how better to describe it, but it's not oxidation), oak and some fruity vinous characteristics maybe like raisins... in no particular order.
the taste moves in about exactly the direction i want it to judging form the smell. vanilla bourbon oak, but not in the overdone, masking way that it seems to be used sometimes. caramel and toffee make their appearance spiced raisin flavors here to,but pretty minimal taking a back seat to a lot of maltyness.
soft, slick coating mouthfeel, medium bodied, with minimal carbonation.
good drinkability the alcohol is present, but never burns or becomes abrasive, it just stays pleasant and warming.

kmo1030, Jun 06, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

wiltznucs, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Zetcha7x, May 09, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

appearance: Dark amber with a slight creamy head.
smell: Very nice malty, buttery, port like nose. Aged in oak? That's obvious in the nose.
taste: Oh man, the taste delivers what the nose projects and then some. Smooth oh yeah. I'm puttin a few of these back. What will a little time do to this beauty?
mouthfeel: full, creamy, silky.
drinkability: This one is dangerous. Almost too drinkable.
Is Founders great or what?

cindyjeffsmith, May 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BKBassist, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Hendrick24, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 2014
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,527 ratings.