Frootwood | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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.

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

Photo of fitrock2112
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured Frootwood into Teku glass
A - Pours a light strawberry color with a quarter finger of white foam.
S - On first sniff, vanilla, toffee, some light whiskey and berry flavors. The vanilla from the barrel is exquisite.
T -Cherry icee on first taste. Vanilla, richness of smooth whiskey (toffee, butter, rum ) YUM. On the aftertaste I'm getting more cherry vanilla goodness.
M -Medium to heavy carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel.
O - A nice barrel aged beer. Cheers!

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Photo of smcolw
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two finger initial bar poured head. The liquid is a reddish copper. Although a bit dark, it appears clear. Some streaks for lace.

Unusual mild smell of vanilla, cream and far back on the horizon, sour cherry. Very mellow and attractive.

Similar to a combination of Rodenbach and a sweet Kriek, this is interesting and a bit candy-like (very sweet). The body is rich with a carbonation level low enough to overextentuate the body. The finish and aftertaste were sugary, a bit too much so. I get a little too little sourness throughout.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _Adam_
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gbw5009
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jpd026
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Reminds me of Rubaeus with some bourbon and maple. It's a good change-of-pace beer to have once or twice a year but not an every day drinker. Like other reviewers, the maple syrup is pretty subtle. It comes out more as the beer warms up.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Back label says Bottled On: 12/21/16.

A- Pours a red-amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Nice bourbony aroma with some sweet cherry surrounding.

T- Cherry is the predominant flavor and it tastes pretty natural for the most part. There's a hint of that cough syrup quality but it's easily overlooked since the bourbon and maple round things out nicely and add some depth to the flavor profile. ABV is decently masked. Definitely sweet overall but not cloying.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Much better than expected. Not too cherry forward and the maple/bourbon combo provided enough complexity to keep my interest.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light ruby color with lots of carbonation & a creamy barm that sticks around long after the pour. Reminds of a cyser with more carbonation. Aroma starts with a moderate sweet cherry juice note but underneath there is a warm vanilla blanket with dashes of maple, oak and just very faint bourbon. Taste follows a similar order, big cherry syrup flavor upfront - a bit cloying & artificial - with a blustering pillow of bourbon on the mid-palate. Just tremendous oak, caramel and vanilla throughout the body which meshes well with the sweeter cherry. It is a great combo, and almost a home run, but the cherry is just too manufactured and syrupy, and leaves the palate almost tingling with sweetness. Dial that in and this would be phenomenal. As is I still really enjoyed it for its fun flavor combinations and uniqueness, but the sweetness is a bit much after a glass let alone two. Feel is super velvety and creamy, finishes sooth and treacly.

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Photo of hman43
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a rose color with a pink head with low head retention.

Smell: There is an initial impression of sourness and cherries. The bourbon aromas are moderately low in the background with low notes of maple syrup. There are also background notes of floral and a flowery bouquet. The wood aroma comes out as the overall beer warms. It also has a slight spice flavor as well.

Taste: The cherries and tartness come out strong in the initial flavor. The maple syrup has moderate flavor with low oak and bourbon. There is also a flowery element that compliments the overall flavor profile.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with a tart and moderately bitter finish. It is crisp with a tart bite to it.

Overall, this is a refreshing fruit beer with complex combinations of oak, maple, bourbon, and flowery elements.

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

12 oz bottle

A- A clear, dark red with a small head

S- Maple, maple, cherry, cherry, sugar! Maple syrup, bourbon, tart cherries, vanilla, and oak.

T- Very sweet cherries, with a bit of tartness, very minor barrel comes through, earthy oak, and again, maple cherry sweetness. This needs some time in the cellar.

M- Fine. This beer actually works as-is. However, it will definitely get better with age.

O- Just too sweet. Has all of the flavors there (cherry, malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt) but just needs some time for those flavors to simmer. Will be a great beer by 2018! Wish it was more than 8%. It feels like putting a session IPA in your cellar. Something this light needs to be good off the shelf. There may be a small band of time to enjoy this beer. Kudos to Founders, though, for trying something different.

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

Photo of larryi86
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 1/10/17, poured into a flute

A- A clear ruby red with a two finger pink head

S- Maple syrup, bourbon, tart cherries, vanilla, oak and some herbal/floral notes.

T- Cherries are mainly sweet and slightly tart, some bourbon, earthy oak, some maple and sweet malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Kind of reminds me of a barrel aged wheat wine mixed with a cherry ale

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

Pours into a stemmed glass a clear 'sprtitzy' pinkish color with a thin sticky off white head atop.Vanilla ans slight tartness from cherries in the nose,both the bourbon and maple show thru as well although not in your face.An interesting set of flavors here,starting out with some vanilla and mild tartness from the cherries then comes the bourbon and oakiness in the back end although there is a drying element keeping it from being cloying.An interesting beer form my favorite brewery.

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Photo of colts9016
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass at 42 degrees. A massive 2 finger pinkish tan head with a persistent head. The head is a billowy foamy pillow leaving some lacing the glass. The color of the beer is a copper color with bright ruby hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a few carbonation bubble dancing around the center of the glass.
A very complex and busy nose, lots of aromas, I will try to decipher as best as I can. A nice cherry note, wood, vanilla, bready toasted malt, fruity, citrus, floral, earthy, a heavy sweetness, bourbon, maple, caramel, toffee, and some yeasty notes.
Right off I taste cherries, maple and bourbon, then I get earthy wood, bready toasty malt, yeast citrus, vanilla, toffee, molasses, caramel, and crackers.
The mouthfeel of the beer is medium body as well as body of the beer and carbonation. The finish was full body.
Oh, my wow! This beer is seriously way too sweet for me. The combination of flavors meld very well together and it is not cloying sweet but still too sweet for me. I was expecting a heavy thick beer and was surprised to see that the body was lighter and the carbonation helped with the beer. I am not sure what to think about this beer, on one hand I like the flavors and other I do not care for this beer. I will say this that beer is well made, just not my style.

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderfully complex flavors of cherry, maple syrup, and bourbon.
Rosy red/pink hue with perfect clarity.
Aroma of cherry and bourbon with some bread.
Smooth mouthfeel which hides any alcohol notes.
Couldn't believe its 8%abv.
Great beer for those that like lambics!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lesniak12
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved the sweetness and barrel character of this beer. Not as sweet as some of the cherry beers I have had. Very nice balance in that area. If you like cherry ales, I strongly recommend. Well done Founders.

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

Photo of DavidST
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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