Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Think classic seafaring ports, local pubs and weathered old fishermen. This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill. Then Oak-Aged. The result is a rich, malty delight that's deceptively smooth and drinkable.

50 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,712
Reviews:
1,308
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
216
Gots:
1,165
For Trade:
53
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Photo of lundqu23
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge light tan head that settles into a very high density, the beer is very clear and a nice bare color, nice head retention. Amber malt, nuttiness, pretty faint under that head Light malt sweetness, has an alcohol warmth to it, bread, some spice, caramel, hints of grain Palate: soft carbonation, very heavy and thick mouthfeel, alcohol on the aftertaste. The taste hides the ABV very well and you can tell it is well made when you drink it due to the seriousness of the beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of belljt33
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice burnt orange / golden brown with about a finger of head. This recedes into a nice ring of foam around the edges with some lingering toward the center of the glass.

S: I get a dark fruits up front. Similar to the way a quad would smell. Also, some oak, and vanilla.

T: Tastes good. I get a slight oaky/vanilla. Again, some dark fruits with a malty / bread backbone. I also get some slight chocolate notes which become more apparent as the beer warms. Did not initially taste any alcohol, but again, as the beer warms, I very slightly feel the burn. A bit of dryness in the finish from the oak and the chocolate lingers. Raisins are present too. Though, not strongly; between low and medium.

M: Good mouth feel. Not overly carbonated. I am not overly familiar with the style, nor have I had many examples, but I like it. A slight dryness from the oak lingers.

O: This is a very good beer. I plan on drinking maybe one every 6 months to see how it changes. I don't know that it is worth the 12.99 I paid for the 4 pack.

Overall a delicious beer.

Still a good beer 4/14/17
Lots of caramel, toffee, subtle dark fruits, light oak, tannins, subtle cherry. Delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Crumudgeon Old Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, a clear, brilliant, apricot-orange appearance, some bubble streams, no sediment, and very sparse, spider web lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, malt, vanilla/oak, and light rum. Taste is all that, with some good, balancing bitterness and apparent wood. Mouthfeel is rather light and watery, and Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale finishes alcohilic, sweet, and contemplative. The worst one could say about this beer is that it is delicious.

RJT

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,712 ratings.
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