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Founders Nemesis 2009 - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Nemesis 2009Founders Nemesis 2009

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

677 Ratings
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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 185
Gots: 129 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Maple bourbon barrel aged wheat wine.

(Beer added by: WYVYRN527 on 02-06-2010)
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JayQue

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. A lot of flavors going on here. Pours a hazy, very pronounced orange color with a medium sized off-white head. Retention is not that good, but this is a 12% abv beer.

Lacing is basically one thick ring at the top of the glass at the level where the beer was first poured, spotty lacing everywhere else.

Smell is good - caramel malts, wheat, spices and evidence of woodiness (my nose and palate cant distinguish between maple and oak). It was obviously barrel aged- I can smell and taste the wood.

Taste is very good. A little wheat bitterness, a lot of caramel malt sweetness, barleywine-type richness/spiciness (vanilla too) and definitely woodiness from the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is good. This is a rich beer, smoothness from the wheat up to the end and a slight alcohol burn at the finish

Drinkability is pretty good but the high abv and the alcohol finish make it more of a one beer event. This one isn't going to creep up on you. It is a sipper and you know what you have here. If Founders makes this again, this would be a "once a year-one bottle purchase" for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 02:01:50 | More by JayQue
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12oz bottle poured into Founders tulip.

A- Cap comes off with a decent hiss, pours a slightly hazy with a little bit of translucency, orange brown in color with a very thin white head that quickly recedes to a still top, carbonation appears to be fairly low and there's a ton of white sediment chunks floating around even though it's been resting in my cellar for >6 months and I didn't pour the bottom of the beer in. By far not the most physically attractive beer.

S- Maple definitely still comes out fairly strong with a nice oak presence, malty with some underlying dark fruits, a slight bit of citrus that conflicts with the maple a tiny bit, a little bit of acetone. Oxidation is definitely present but overall the nose is holding up with still a strong aroma, decent barrel presence, and complexity.

T- Sweet maple balanced with a nice oak presence, fairly malty, slight bit of citrus, dark fruits come out on the finish with a nice plum presence balancing nicely with the maple. Not as much acetone or oxidation as the nose indicates, nice subtle complexities.

M- Slick, definitely on the flat side, goes down pretty easy without too much alcohol burn.

O- Besides the appearance Nemesis is a pretty good beer that is definitely still holding it's own. Once you get past the insane amount of sediment it's actually quite tasty. The maple barrel adds a nice presence balanced with malty dark fruits. I wouldn't age this much longer as I think it's already falling off but it's still definitely worth drinking.

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O-A tad too sweet. I can only imagine how good this would have been fresh. But I am soo glad to be able to have tried it.

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Founders Nemesis 2009 from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.