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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Ratings: 646 |  Reviews: 208
Photo of DavidST
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of aknalley
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stutz
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich multi-lay
red flavorful brew.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5


22oz. Bottle to Snifter.

LOOK: Reddish Brown color. Big Creamy off-white head which lasts.
AROMA: cherry, bourbon. Don't get the maple. The sweetness from t
TASTE: cherry, raspberry, baking soda, brandy, oak.
FEEL: Above average carbonation, but also smooth, creamy and sticky.

Well crafted brew. I don't love the flavor combination (not a cherry fan) and think it's probably a waste of such a valuable barrel, but, it is a nice beer. Excited to get my hand some some CBS later this year if i can.


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Photo of stevehagy
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shockerdan44
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maillard
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

4.25 A: Moderately hazed copper peach color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is very good and two fingers of irregular, but dense lacing is left behind.

4.25 S: Oh, yes! This certainly delivers on the cherry. I dare say it just a hair short of the miracles that New Glarus pulls off. And thought he cherry is the focus here, the barrel and maple come into play bringing complexity with them. Forcefully vanilla, then oak, then more subtle maple syrup. The bourbon lends a leathery front with melon and apple fruits. Very nice.

3.75 T: In the taste, the focus is partially pealed away from the cherry, though it still has no problem holding its own. The barrel opens up, bringing forth more powerful vanilla, leather, oak, supple tannins, and a pleasant earthiness. Fruits in descending strength are cherry (obviously), black currants, dates, apple, and grape. It's very interesting and certainly unique, but perhaps a bit too jarring from competing flavors.

4.0 M: No issues here. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy with a mild warming finish.

3.75 D: It's enjoyable, but perhaps a bit disjointed. Still, this is a beer that cherry lovers must try.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light reddish orange color with 1/2" head.

Smell: cherries and a hint of bourbon comes through to the nose.

Taste: cherries, vanilla, hints of bourbon, a moderate bitterness, and some warming alcohol are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish,

Overall: a mildly refreshing fruit forward beer that is nicely balanced with aging in bourbon barrels, Unfortunately no maple comes through to the flavors, but all in all it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of Grackos
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

dont come at me with some maple syrup bogus poser stuff, not that this is fake, but come on, dont tempt me and pull me in with a maple promise and deliver a sweet and uselessly strong cherry ale, i miss the point of this one, and i dont think its very good overall, and it without a shadow of a doubt fails to deliver on its promise. maple is almost an irrelevant part of this, and i am the wrong guy to tease on that. the cherry is sweet and bland at the same time, the extra strength makes this seem forced, and the bourbon aspect is one of the only angles this has, and for once, especially from founders, the idea is so much better than the beer. residual sugars, a lack of body, and literally no maple syrup at all plague this beer and drag it down, along with what i thought i could always expect from founders. good heavens, this is mediocre, and if it came from joe schmoe brewing on the corner of main street and broadway avenue in small town america, i could tolerate it, find it redeeming, and even order a second one, but please, do not present me a maple anything and under deliver to this offensive degree if you are one of the most reputable operations in the country, you owe me one...

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Photo of Lelampp
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drbenderdo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber with a red tint and a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and the vast majority of the top. There's a light haziness from the barrel aging within. The aroma is primarily cherries, sweet maple syrup, and a touch of bourbon and oak are also in play. The maple syrup is in the forefront of the palate along with the tart cherries. I'm also getting the sweet bourbon and then the sour cherry note again at the back of the palate. The barrel aging provides a dryness to the mouth and cuts back a bit of the stickiness from the maple syrup and the bourbon. This is a fruit beer for people who don't like fruit beers.

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Photo of jbarletto
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours copper colored with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves very little head.

It has an interesting aroma. I smell maple first. Then I get some cherry. Another smell I get caramel and vanilla.

The taste is more cherry-centric. It starts out with mildly tart cherry flavor. Then I get a meld of caramel and vanilla with hints of maple and bourbon.

Syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Sticky

This is an enjoyable beer in moderation. Founders seems to fancy cherries and raspberries. I enjoy their experimentation.

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Photo of Gregf51
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyrushire
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramerican
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 646 ratings.
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