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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: 649 | 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%

pirmannt1, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

EmilySanders, Mar 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

duceswild, Mar 08, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +1%

Bottle date appears to be 4-8-11.

Into a tulip glass settles a reddish deep amber under a well sustained head. Deep candy sweet toasted malt busts through in the nose with a hefty blend of syrupy cherries, mild citrus and caramel. Enjoyed at a cool temperature, the flavors here take on a rich, well pronounced, and warming character that reminds me of a post meal cordial. A powdery dry and complex flavored finish echoes the blend of boozy fruit, caramel, and cocoa that just waltzed on the palate.

albertjr21, Mar 07, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Had on tap at Rattle n Hum- poured a hazy reddish brown with a thin, light brown head. No retention, no lacing. It's a heavy one.

Smells very malty, slightly boozy, and to ME a bit like mint and anise.

I definitely tast mint and anise- its strange but good. Lots and lots if malt and a little twinge of booze.

Mouthfeel is similar to gulden draak- too syrupy but it's a little more carbonated. Definitely an interesting one to try.

Hopdaemon39, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

neckbracesub, Mar 06, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -7%

Bottling date seems to have disappeared...but if I can remember correctly, this is about 8 months old.

A - a deep ruby body with hints of orange. A nice thing. A small white head and thick ring top it off.

S - pretty heavy on sweet caramel malts. some dark fruits and roast. Very sweet and malty.

T - a lot more roasted character than in the nose. biscuity, dry, earthy, fruity. Not so bad.

M - big and full and thick. Really good feel.

O - this is a pretty good beer, i think. It might do better with a bit more age, but it tastes pretty good and has a lot going on.

ColdPoncho, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/15/12
*From notes

-- Vintage 2010 / Consumed side by side with Curmudgeon's Better Half --

A: Cider brownish-crimson in color. A generous pour yields a 2.5 finger off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Stodgy sweetness. Hints of caramel and candied sugar own the nose, though it's not overly complex.

T: Mellow. In fact it's much more mellow then I prefer in an Old Ale. The alcohol has really toned down in the last eighteen months. There's a rather large gap missing on the mid where the hops used to be. A mild woodiness literally hits the fore and rolls right on to the finish, where a drying molasses and light char round this out.

M: No complaints here. Low key yet balanced carbonation and texture.

O: Founders Curmudgeon isn't quite the beer I remember when fresh, when I feel it drinks a bit better. It's a good beer, but not a great beer, as there are better in-style that I'd recommend before this. An above average offering in general, though it's a middle of the road entry in Founders world class portfolio.

Rhettroactive, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

deapokid, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

tdmccarthy, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

brez8791, Feb 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Petrofessor, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

JustinMatthew, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

joshtrich, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

PorterBoy14, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

tweenDhedges, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

dav, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

McCafferty, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

hefehead12, Feb 20, 2012
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,527 ratings.