Beer: Founder’s Frootwood
Type: Cherry ale aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels
Brewery: New Holland Brewing Co
Price: $18.99 (4-pk)
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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.
Notes & Review
Nose: You get a distinctive note of proofing yeast on the nose, followed by undertones of dried cherrywood and molasses.
Palate: Intense cherry bomb with a supporting sweet cream note, followed by baking spices, maple syrup, and semi-sweet chocolate flavors.
Finish: The sweetness continues, but with a more muted dried cherry flavor followed by dried cherry wood, maple candy, and ripe apple.
This is a beer that’s much sweeter than what I would typically drink. But, that being said, it’s a damn good pour.
The intense sweetness of the cherry ale was surprising given its relatively unassuming nose. But, it definitely is an absolute sweet-toothed flavor bomb that could instantly demolish even the most ravenous candy craving.
This one really leans into its flavors by giving the cherry the stage and allowing the maple to support the fruit flavor without the flavors getting too jumbled.
Overall, I could definitely down one of these easily, but I don’t know if I could personally have more than one. But, it would be a great beer to kick off hanging with some friends, after a meal, or, if you are a sweets person, this could be one of your next favorites.
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