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: 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

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Ratings: 728 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber with a half finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of neutral malt, cooked cherries, light wood, vanilla and maple syrup; inviting. Flavor is neutral malt, cherry pie filling cherries (almost eerily perfect flavor match), developing vanilla and mild maple and bourbon, finishing slightly tart with woody light bourbon and residual sweet/tart cherries. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and nice mouthfeel. I'm not a tart beer fan and I put off trying this until I just saw the last bottle at a nearby store and decided to pull the trigger. I'm pleasantly surprised to find this quite a bit better than I had expected. The cherry flavor is so similar to pie filling that this is unlike anything else I've ever had. There is little fresh cherry esters, but that is simlilar to some bottled cherry juices. The best par of this is the flavor progression, from cherry juice to more robust vanilla and pie filling and finishing with revealed wood and mild bourbon notes with the cherry taking on a more tart note. At first I thought I might have been better off with a 12 oz. bottle of this as it is so novel, but I enjoyed finishing the bomber. Well done, exceeded expectations; I'd buy this again if it was offered. Always nice to find a beer that does not fit your preferred styles, but still was enjoyable and keeps your interest.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SargeMcCluck
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light red - different hues in different light. A sticky web of lacing hangs around. All the labels are falling off for some reason.

Smells of cherry skin & juice, plus subdued vanilla. Natural tartness mixes well with some maple undertones, and does not overpower. Barell unfortunately fails to lend much character. One too many things going on here - nothing really shining.

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

Photo of sparx1100
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MurphDog14
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sicilian
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Foley67
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMZBrew
3.2/5  rDev -19%
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 -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Frudel
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +18.5%
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 -2.8%
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 -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of FFFjunkie
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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 -15.7%
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 -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frootwood from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 728 ratings