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: Winter

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
Ranking:
#5,541
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
718
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
174
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 718 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of ONUMello
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown with just a slightly red tint; thin head
S: Cherries, bourbon
T: Cherry juice, bourbon... fairly sweet a touch of wheat
M: Sweet, medium-bodied, a hint of alcohol
O: Overall this is a cup of cherry juice mixed with a shot of whisky. Both flavors I enjoy but here they're only okay together. Also far too sweet for my palate

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
2.89/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear strawberry hue with a thin one finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of stale old cherry juice, sticky sweet syrup, light maple, light vanilla. Very vegetative with loads of green bell pepper.

T - Taste is loads of sweet cherry juice, oaky vanilla, faint faint maple. Some decent bourbon flavour and burn. Finish is very bready and yeasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly crisp, alcohol hidden well. The cherry and maple though gives the illusion of a sticky syrupy finish though that is rather unpleasant.

O - Overall, on paper this looked like a a pretty nice idea. Cherries, bourbon, oak, maple syrup. What comes out though is not the sum of it's parts though. Really, really unfortunate.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of mchegash
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light red-orange. Very clear, an average amount of rising carbonation. Minimal head. 3.5

S: Whisky, cherry, vanilla, pepper 4

T: Loads of vanilla, balanced out by some tart cherry and bourbon. I am not really sure if the taste is super coherent though. It kind of tastes like someone just took a tart cherry beer and poured a bit of bourdon in. Certainly an interesting beer. Just not sure if the taste is quite as good as I would like. 3.75

F: Body and carbonation are both average. Taste is perhaps a bit syrupy. 3.5

O: I have to say that I was disappointed with this beer. It was an interesting experiment, however I don’t think it was a successful experiment. To be clear, it’s not a failure either, just a mediocre and a bit strange beer. 3.5

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Photo of tprinzing
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Innovative new one from Founders. I like it (My son loves it). For me, the first few sips have a wonderfully balanced medley of the cherry, maple, and bourbon flavors. Later, (probably due to my somewhat fried tastebuds seasoned by years of crazy hot chili peppers ) I find myself wishing the bourbon was more significant. It's a bit sweet, but that is better than the cherry stouts I've had so far which trend the bitter direction (too far).

This is the best cherry beer I've had to date, but I'm still waiting for the grail of cherry flavor beers (which I feel would be based upon a stout)!

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Photo of jdell15
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wattie83
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/03/2017

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been really turned off by most of their big beer series in the last couple of years, esp with the price they fetch and pretty lame execution on many of them. However, I tried this at a tasting and thought it was pretty good, so got a bottle to try more of it. 2017 vintage.

Pours a decent frothy bubbly fizzy 1/2 finger slight pinkish head that fades at a med pace with some sticky lacing, semi clear fairly hazy slight pinkish light red strawberry juice color.

Nose brings some nice barrel character plenty of maple syrup, some bourbon notes and toasted oak, raw oak, a little candy syrup with a bit of a cherry syrup, a sweet candy malt, Belgian golden malts and a little candi sugar like character, mild fruity esters, a little candy apple, some iced tea herbalness, and some mulling spices.

Taste starts fairly sweet, a bit syrupy but not a ton, some sweet cherry juice and cherry syrup, a little cough syrup, mild maple less than the nose, some toasted and raw oak, very little bourbon, into some fruity esters again I think, a little candied apple like character, sweet candy malt, syrupy golden malt, into that mild herbal iced tea again. Finish is a bit sticky, a hint of warming booze, lingering cherry juice.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, not quite as syrupy or sticky as I expected from the sweetness, decent carb, a hint of warming booze.

Overall I remember it being a lot better when I tried it at the tasting event, but this seems to fall in line with what I originally expected it to be, very sweet, lots of cherry flavor, not much barrel, at least it's not too boozy or sticky on the finish, but it's quite sweet and cherry fruity so hard to drink much, there's no way I'm going to finish the whole bottle.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-line

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice reddish color, very nice carbonation, with a quick/fizzy off-white head, which leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some cherries. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some cherries. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ER527
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of porters4life
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I'd rather drink a Bud...

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 718 ratings