Frootwood | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy stint, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 10-23-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
670
Reviews:
219
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
157
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 670 |  Reviews: 219
Photo of HawkeyeJosh
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a beautiful red with a small white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is cherry and a little bourbon, not much. the cherry smell reminds of that medicinal cherry flavor that I hate with a passion, which is a little worrisome. There may be a little maple smell in there as well, but only after it warms a little. And as it warms, the cherry smell gets less medicinal. Taste is almost all cherry, but not medicinal at all (whew!). There is some bourbon, vanilla, oak, and the slight maple and cherry together almost make it too sweet for me. Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied. Overall, the flavors don't mesh well in this one. It's almost like someone took a sweet cherry ale and added a shot of maple-flavored bourbon to it. Not bad, glad I tried it, but would not buy it again.

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Photo of charrel
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sicilian
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hanyuu
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Foley67
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMZBrew
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rare disappointment from Founders for me. I was a fan at cherry, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Maple takes this one step to far. It has a cloying sweetness that clashes with every other flavor in this beer. Doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Frudel
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled. Reddish liquid with a small white head.

Nose is very cherry forward, wood, bourbon, slight vanilla and maple.

Taste is tart cherries, residual sugar, wood notes, sweet malt, maple syrup, with some subtle vanilla. Maple is much more noticeable in taste than nose.

8%? Really? Doesn’t feel like it! Medium body, syrupy texture.

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Photo of AMCPhD
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/10/17 bottling date

A: Pours a clear dark red. Tall frothy light pink head adorns it. Head is light and fizzy but sticks around quite well. Thin wispy bits of lacing everywhere.

S: Interesting aroma. Cherries for sure, not unlike cherry cough syrup. Sweet bourbon and maple makes for an interesting combined aroma.

T: More of the same. Cherries immediately up front but it's quite sweet now and less medicinal. There is a light backing of bourbon and a sweet maple overlay to everything. Cherries DO turn a bit medicinal on the back end. Light oak and maple mix in for the finish and lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sweet and sticky.

O: An interesting brew that I don't think quite lives up to its potential. The maple bourbon barrels are a great idea to add some complexity but they are so subtle you can barely tell they're there. At the end of the day it's 90% a very sweet cherry ale and that's about it. Not that there's anything wrong with that but it could have been more, in my opinion. Still tasty and enjoyable, can't complain.

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Photo of bostonbrand65
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am really up on this beer. I dont like fruit beers, though I am a HUGE fan of Founders Bourbon Barrel series. This is an outstanding beer. I drink my bourbon barrels non-chilled, though after 2 of these, its clear they are going down chilled next time. The tart cherries jump to the front, followed by notes of maple and bourbon. The pour is nice, great carbonation and color - light amber. Really enjoying this one, a light-weight bourbon barrel release. Grab one if you see it -

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Photo of basaywhat
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear medium pinkish light amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is cherries, red berry fruit, yeast. The flavor is moderate sweet with a smooth rich sugary syrupy sweet malt, vanilla and a light alcohol palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of FFFjunkie
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look is a reddish brown not quite translucent with 1.5 fingers of pink tinted head.

Aroma is cherry, maple and bourbon. Aroma is rather nice.

Taste is where this beer falls apart. Over sweet and the cherry flavor comes across as super artificial. Taste reminds me of robitusson.

Overall an interesting concept it just didn't execute in my opinion. I'm just not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single at Happy Valley BevMo 3-18-17 for $3.29. Bottled on 12-20-17.

Beer poured crimson with a nice white head that left a little lacing behind with each sip.

Nose was cherry forward with a light waft of maple, oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

First sip was very cherry forward with a mild presence of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. All topped off my a decent touch of maple syrup. No hopping was evident and the beer was cough syrup sweet.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall it is pretty rare i pan a beer but this was not a good beer from my palette's perspective. Buyer beware if you still see it on the shelves.

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Photo of DiggerDahl
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon cherries and the right amount of Carbonation. on Tap

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy strawberry color with very thin, white, dense lacing.

S - Cherry, bourbon, maple, oak, and booze.

T - Tart cherries with some mild zesty/zing, light maple syrup in the background, some mild oak and delicate bourbon on the back end.

M - Big medium body, gentle carbonation, partially wet on the finish because of the tart cherries but bone dry on the back of the tongue.

O - A unique but enjoyable beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Watching House of Cards 1x11 + playing Grim Legends 3. Odd mix that suprisingly works well, with all elements (cherries, bourbon, wood, maple) perfectly assembled to provide an original experience

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brenn79
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle- Pours lightly hazy with a medium off white head. Aroma is maple syrup, fermented cherries, vanilla, toffee. The taste is maple, cherry, vanilla, toffee, caramel in there somewhere. Odd mixture, different, not for everyone, i like it, but i can see it getting to be too much having a 750 bottle to drink. Otherwise share with friends on this one.

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Photo of hermit990
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 670 ratings.
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