Frootwood | Founders Brewing Company

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646 Ratings
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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:
646
Reviews:
208
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.83%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
153
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 646 |  Reviews: 208
Photo of Masters
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip, 2017 edition, apparently a one and done.

looks nice reddish amber body, large foamy white head tinged with pink. light carbonation, decent lacing.

aroma is faintly wine like.

taste is very sweet, but also a tartness from the cherries. faint alcohol burn.

slightly over medium on the mouth. a certain sweet/tart slickness on the tongue

overall, an interesting drink. enjoyable, could be a little less sweet and could do without the slick coating

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Photo of crbnfbr
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of msscott1973
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional bourbon barrel aged fruit beer. Nicely balanced with layers of excellent flavor.

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Photo of Duff27
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of videofrog
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

on tap at Whole Foods Glen Mills
pours a dark red, because cherries
getting some barrel, LOTS of sweetness
so... I do not love cherry beers. this is a cherry beer. but sweeter.
like I said, this is not my wheelhouse. I hate when people rate sours, and give them low scores because sours are not their thing. I am trying to be objective. but I also wouldn't seek this out again....

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/22/16. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells mostly like cherries, along with some maple, vanilla and oak. It tastes like sweet cherries, vanilla, maple, molasses, oak, and some bready/grainy malt. Don't really pick up too much bourbon at all. I can tell the vanilla and oak from the barrel but I just don't get much of that boozy bourbon flavor in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink. I liked this beer but I wish there was more bourbon noticeable. But with that being said, it was still pretty good! $4.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a clear mahogany color with a white head, lots of carbonation, nice looking color. Bourbon barrel aromas up front with a touch of toasted coconut, hint of tart cherries, not getting any of the maple or alcohol, smells promising. Like the nose there are subtle notes of bourbon barrels and toasted coconut, hit of cherry tartness that lingers throughout the taste, touch of maple sweetness, getting mostly barrel and cherry, very dry tart finish, leaves a sticky feel on the palate.

Overall, it's a quality beer but the bourbon, barrels, and cherries don't really mix well, I like beers with cherries but this one just doesn't do it for me. Enjoy the bourbon barrel and cherry notes but then it feels like its lacking something, maybe the maple sweetness is present when the beer is fresher.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rab53
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick778
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of cherry and very sweet notes. Nice cherry flavor, a hint of oak and a touch of maple.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of degueulasse
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has the sweetness of cherry and maple and a soft kick due to its barrel-aged nature, and the flavors mesh rather well, the tart notes fitting with the more sugary ones to make a rather complex beer. Drank this one straight from the bottle (didn't have a glass).

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

The beer pours a very nice looking white with a little reddish hue. The beer itself is a pretty good looking reddish amber that is clear. The overall appearance is definitely a looker when the reddish amber and white head are next to each other.

The smell and taste are both good. Both a delicious sweet cherry note and maple syrup note that go extremely well together to create a nice sweet note with a slight tart and molasses like bitterness. The wood is very, very fain and subtle compared to the other notes in the smell and comes out a little more in the taste, where it takes the edge off of the sweetness. The vanilla is there and sweet but gets lost in all of the other notes.

The feel is good. It's a medium bodied beer that is on the border of being heavy bodied, which may be because of the syrupy note from the maple syrup. The beer has a light carbonation that is fairly sharp.

Overall, this is a weird beer with weird notes and a weird name. It's still worth it try. Personally, I think Founders did a good job with this beer.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Clear and dark amber color, great look. No head on this, but since the wife poured it, that might have something to do with it.
S: I get oak and cherry and some vanilla.
T: Sweet cherry flavor with a lot of oak and maybe a hint of vanilla. Super sweet, but as like the only one who liked Lizard of Koz, I enjoy this.
F: Light to medium for something barrel aged.
O: I like this, if I could find it in 4 packs here I would probably indulged a time or 2.

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