Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 3,755
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 145
Gots: 713 | FT: 45
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 -0.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/19/12. Aged 6 months before opening.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced about a quarter-finger of head that was a khaki color. The head dissipated to a collar in a few minutes and left a small amount of lacing. The brew is a reddish/copper color, very cloudy, and just barely translucent.

S: The aroma is very mild. It consists of malt sweetness, some fruitiness of pears and apples, and just a little bit of floral, too.

T: The taste started with malted barley and caramel-like sweetness with roasted grains. Next, just a touch of earthy and floral hops joined in for a touch of balancing bitterness for the sweet malt.

M: The body is very smooth, full, and just to the heavier side of medium.

O: This is a very good old ale style beer. It is bold and smooth. The sweet malt and roasted grain flavor was very strong and soften just enough by the mild hops. This is a good, basic, straight-forward old ale; and, it is this bold simplicity that makes this beer so appealing to a fan of the old ale style. Also, for almost 10% ABV the alcohol is very well hidden. It is a smooth and easy drinking beer. So be careful, and enjoy.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Oak Cafe. Pours a dense copper color with a small-ish, off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing at first but fades away about halfway through the glass. The smell is rather basic and just a tad plain, full of malts, caramels, and roasted toffee. The taste delivers a bit more than the smell would lead on - up front with a nice, malty base, a warm, toasty flavor, heavy oak on the tongue with a slight bourbon taste and burn on the back of the tongue and the sides of the mouth. About halfway through the sip, some intense sweetness arrives, in the form of tart apple, grapes, and ripe raisins. All the while, some subtle cinnamon spices are dangling around in the background. The sip ends with a light splash of floral hops and a lasting bitterness that balances out the sweetness as the flavor slowly fades away. Thick and overall pretty smooth body, medium amount of carbonation.

This beer was pretty good. Not much on the nose, but really quite a complex flavor profile ranging from warm to sweet to spicy to bitter. Not something I'd drink more than one of, but definitely worthy of trying.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Deep copper amber with a 2 finger khaki head with good retention and good lacing.

S - Funk, caramel malt, molasses, biscuit, sour apple

T - Nice sweet start with molasses, caramel malt notes, into a slighty funky, sour bitter apex with a bit of fruit, oak woodiness, and a mellow finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O - Overall I thought this beer was unique, pretty odd, but I would like to try this again and delve into some of those funky notes.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ghengisflan
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As a fan of funky sours, I enjoyed the appearance: a nice opaque orange with a very thin white head.

Smell: The complexity of the aroma ran from sweet malt and caramel to spicy hops and an old ale funk.

Taste and Mouthfeel: What was incredible to me about this beer is that it had three, rather than two, tastes. Up front, I experienced the toffee and caramel that the other reviewers did. The middle was medium fruitiness, malt, and carbonation. The end was a nice finish of alcohol and hops.

Overall: I was expecting something maybe closer to a toned down barley wine based on the Wyeast descriptions of

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,755 ratings.