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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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630 Reviews
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Reviews: 630
Hads: 2,957
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 118
Gots: 467 | FT: 15
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.
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Photo of sjones5045
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this definitely isn't my style of beers however since its a Founders I'll give it a try. It pours a purple brown, with a purple lace. Very strange looking for a beer. The smell is extremely sweet with an absolute ton of raspberry hitting you right in the face. The taste is more of a raspberry soda than beer, very sweet and a nice tart end. It's actually put together rather nice, which shouldn't come as a surprise from Founders. The feel is a bit syrupy but it does fit with the sweetness. Overall I have to say it has a place. A dessert beer perhaps? Or a summer party. For what this beer is, it's pretty good and will have place in the fridge at he right place and time. (678 characters)

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

a: looks like opaque cranberry juice, a true rose color.

s: wow, raspberries! in my face, yum.

t: this is delicious, light carbonation ushers in a smooth and pleasant raspberry flavor, slightly tart, a little too sweet. There is a hint of malt in there somewhere midway through which prevents it from being a soda rather than a quality brew that it is.

m: light, crisp, and smooth all at once.

d: could drink this all night, though due to it's sweetness its more of a desert beer. A good one to get the ladyfriend who "hates beer" to try and thats a good thing.

cant wait to pick it up again. (635 characters)

Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good fruit beer. I've had the blushing monk. This is essentially the watered down version of that (not a bad thing, just reality).

Overall, a nice raspberry beer. Tastes way better than it smells.

Cheers. (215 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of BA's who sent me this
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that left fast followed by the lightest of lace. The body was a light raspberry color.

Aromas of raspberries dominate this one and overwhelm your nose in a pleasant way

Flavor is raspberry and a good representation at that. It starts of sweet and finishes a little tart in the end. The only thing I might change would be the mouthfeel; it is a tad light for me.

A good desert brew, treat it as such. One of the better fruit beers I have tried (557 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle. No best before date but a sample I'm sure has been slightly aged.

A delightful appearance showcasing flashes of different colours. Rübæus resembles a ripening pomegranate; some parts ruby red, others a pale pink, and still yet in other spots, a distinct tinge of orange. No head less a thin sudsy collar.

The aroma is wonderfully fruit filled, with raspberry easily overlooked among the cherry, cranberry, passion fruit, pomegranate, honey dew, and strawberry that ALL seem present (though aren't part of the recipe). The aroma doesn't merely give 'hints of' or the 'impression of' ... I damn well believe I am smelling strawberry, cranberry, passion fruit, and pomegranate.

The mouthfeel is thin and flat but refreshingly sweet. Both bitterness and alcohol are non-factors, as sweet, sugary fruits take over all aspects of this beer. It is flat and sweet like juice. This sweetness drowns out any presence of hops or malts.

To no surprise it taste purely of ripe fruits. Mandarin, cherry, strawberry, passion fruit, melon, honey dew, tangerine, and especially pomegranate and (of course) raspberries. All of them! A hint of honey too, maybe?

This is no Lambic but it certainly doesn't seem to be your standard fruit beer either. The sheer amount of fruit (both in number and in depth) that they've extracted is unbelievable. I know this beer was fermented with only raspberries, but I swear I am a tasting whole fields, whole orchards, whole fruit stands and produce sections ... and I am very impressed.

A big thanks to Viggo and ThatWineGuy !!! (1,583 characters)

Photo of damienblack
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light red, almost pink in color. Minimal head and lacing. Huge fresh raspberry smell, sweet and tart. In short, the beer both looks and smells like raspberry.

True to trend, the beer overwhelmingly tastes like raspberry, too. Sweet raspberry, only slightly tart. Infinitely drinkable and refreshing. There isn't much depth here at all, it's a one trick pony. But it doesn't really need anything else, it does that one trick very well. A little thin in mouth, but that's really it. If you want something sweet and fruity, without being artificially cloying or oversweetened, this is it here. I've had Blushing Monk a while ago, and this is basically a less potent, less complex, slightly less awesome version of it. But now that I know this is being discontinued, I might grab a bunch to keep around for the summer months. I just can't stop drinking it. (861 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Deep reddish, fairly clear(some chill haze), light pink head that fell quick

Aroma- A blast of raspberry, fresh, juicy, sweet but tart, some bready malt in the background. It really smells like fresh raspberries.

Flavor- Very good amount of raspberries, great balance of sweet and tart, its juicy and refreshing, sort of bready malt in the background as well.

Mouthfeel- medium, moderate carbonation

Overall- i'm not big on fruit beers as they usually seem artificial or medicinal to me, but this has a very fresh natural feel to it. This has changed my idea of what a fruit beer can be. Recommend trying (645 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

How does the umlauts help with the pronunciation? Pours a more pink hue that is mostly clear. There is a light amber hue that makes it similar to a beer in sorts, but the pink is the stronger color. A fizzy pinkish white head was ample with the pour but limited retention and no lacing.

The nose is limited on the berry aspect. The beer comes out a bit more with some grainy and light caramel notes. The raspberries come out a bit with a light fruity and tart undertone. Some minor metallic and minerally note but limited. There is a light hop note with a herbal and earthy hop. There is a slight yeast note in the finish.

The taste is a bit more complex compared to the taste. A sweet caramel up front but is quickly replaced by some malty and fruity notes. This is more of a citrus meets raspberry flavor that is not really distinct but does lingering into the finish. The malt has some minor bready and biscuit notes. Some bitterness that is a bit off setting and hides some of the fruit notes. Some metallic notes in the finish and the yeast comes out more than the nose.

The body is a bit over carbonated and leaves a slight carbonic bite. This, with the bitterness, is a bit of a distraction. The fruit is light but does linger into the finish. Overall a easy drinking beer that brings out more beer than fruity. The fruit is subtle and not too girly but I think that is the appeal for beer geeks. (1,406 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very nice looking red color with a soft pinkish purple head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this. The smell of the beer is fruity, plenty of sweet fresh raspberry on the nose. The taste of the beer is also packed with raspberry flavors with a subtle wheat malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little syrupy with a gentle carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty tasty, I enjoy it but I wouldn't wanna drink a lot of it in one session. (489 characters)

Photo of chimney
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: with a hint of amber it has a very "berry red" almost dark pink look to it with a very light pink foamy head.

S: very strong raspberry immediately upon opening and after pouring

T: starts sweet and very fruity and ends with a nice lingering tartness.

M: lots of small bubbles, but not effervescent (flat champagne, is the best i can think of) by no means flat, kind of thick and syrupy.

D: wonderful to try, but too sweet for me to have multiples of. something i could have every once and a while, especially with a good vanilla or chocolate ice cream. (559 characters)

Photo of thinkinflicka
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark red with a thin pink head.

Smells like raspberry juice very fruity and sweet.

Taste is strait raspberry little hops and malts, pure fruit taste
extremly drinkable slighty sweet with a small tart finish.

Mouth feel is balanced for a fruit beer.

The ulimate panty-dropper, tastes like juice.So many brewries use fruit extracts and other flavorings you can tell lots of real raspberries are used in this. All in all one of the better fruit beers i've had. (527 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rubaeus is...dare I say it?...raspberry red in color. It really is, though, darker than the typical mauve/dark pink/light red, more of a medium red even with a light violet hue. The off-white head develops nicely up to between one and two fingers tall. As it recedes, it leaves creamy rings, several, in fact, that all interconnect through legging and webbing. There's some really nice structure here.
Not too sweet but certainly not devoid of natural sweetness, the juiciness and balance of sweet and tart that are evident make this a refreshing beer from the get-go, even smelling it. Malt is evident but doesn't overtake the fruit. There's even just a faint hint of some earthy and almost floral notes. All in all, it's not quite as big and juicy as the very best, but it is in a higher league than most.
The mouthfeel is a little fluffy, a bit more than effervescent in a light body. It's pretty crisp, generally, and the carbonation that continues to rise through the session somehow isn't too overdone. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a recent present from the 80's bif.

pours amberish without any head. a slim ring of white film surrounds the edge of my glass. no lacing.

smells like raspberry jam. obviously a strong point in the beer. hints of faint malt that are mostly masked by the raspberry goodness. almost smells like a soda. but it is a good smelling beer.

tastes sweet up front but ends dry. obvious raspberry notes. a very interesting beer. not what i was expecting but that is probably a good thing.

mouth is thin and dry. crisp. but not quite refreshing. a slight pucker near the end.

easy to drink. not sure i would actively hunt this down but if it was an extra i would gladly down another one. well done founders. (703 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on my midwestern summer beer trek to the Chicago area. I like raspberry beers, and Founders can seemingly do no wrong...so it seems like a great buy.
Pours a pinkish color with more carbonation that you might expect, so a white head forms with no issues. No pink head, so which is a really good thing. If you look closely there are a lot of fruit bits suspended in it.
Smells fruity, but it's still clearly a beer. Not overwhelming, but there's no mistaking this is a fruit-based beer...which is the goal, right?
Tastes just like what a fruit beer should be like. It's got the rasberry flavor that you want, but it tastes real (not some syrupy extract) and yet it still has a nice grain flavor and a little hops in the finish to "keep it honest"
At nearly 7% this went down like water. Makes me wish I'd gotten a second 4-pack.
Short of the New Glarus brews (which are great, but even less "beery") this is about as good as a fruit beer can be. (958 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/26/13
Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: Reddish-purple color with two fingers of light pink head. Lacing is noticed as the head settles. Lacing is all over the glass with each sip as this beer nears the end.

Smell: Well yes raspberries albeit not over powering. Sweet smelling like honey with a slight touch of malt. I'm picking up what I find to be a metallic type smell also.

Taste: A very refreshing sweet raspberry upfront with a nice tartness quickly following. It is a sweet beer for sure but I do like how the sweet and sour notes complement each other.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium with a sticky feel. Carbonation is rather high creating a refreshing feel.

Overall: Though one or two is more than enough for me in a sitting, I can see this one being a very drinkable beer on a hot day. (816 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured a clear ruby red body with a thin ring of pinkish head. A good looking fruit beer, very bright and inviting. Scents of sweet and slightly tart raspberries, raspberry tart and indeterminate red berry flavors. Overall impression of aroma is of a very fruity, raspberry dominated profile that is pleasant, but a bit one note. Still very nice for a fruity beer. Flavor begins very sweet, with strong notes of sweet raspberries and lesser, though still moderate flavors of strawberries and blackberries. A slight sweet malt is in the background. These flavors continue into the middle. Finish is sweet with the same flavors on display, with a bit of an apple flavor also present and a slight acidity. Aftertaste is raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and sweet and grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a sweet and very fruity beer. Those flavors dominate and make this a pleasant and refreshing, but a bit one note. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly tart and juicy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice, light, refreshing beer that is very pleasant. Overall this is a good fruit beer. It is light, fruity and very refreshing with a wonderfully pleasant aroma and nicely sweet flavor profile. This is further enhanced by the mouthfeel. It is a bit one note, like many fruit beers, but it is still good for the style. (1,386 characters)

Photo of scott
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

V.06

Pleasant pour with a light head, and ruby colored density underneath.
Smells of subdued raspberry and ale.
Doesn't have the carbonated finesse of a lambic, but very similar. Mouth is light, tastes of medium tart fruit, and is easy to slug.
Would pair well with a dessert. The women will like this as well, even though this is more a manly fruit beer than most. (371 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's $2.99

appearance: pours from the stubby founders bottle into a chalice...body is a bright pink-ruby. light beige head with decent lacing. its interesting as it pours a bright pink but but establishes a richer ruby colour in the glass

smell: juicy and sweet fresh raspberries, syrupy, quite tart aroma with a noticeable malt presence, nutty, fruity an complex

taste: fresh sweet raspberries, a tart sourness, syrupy and sweet...toasted malt noticeable, vinous alcohol slightly apparent...Tasty fruit beer if you are a raspberry lover like myself

mouthfeel: tart, medium bodied and syrupy, light vinous alcohol presence

drinkability: pretty high (679 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served at the Handlebar with a snifter.

Dark red overlayed against a brown body. A flurry of foam settles to a compact head. Some visible carbonation under the surface. Clean, fresh raspberry aroma that definitely comes across as authentic. It's fairly light, and the malt underneath is tangible.

Berry flavor comes through in a fairly understated way, a touch sweet, not all that tart. Malt flavors are a little bready, giving this a suprisingly full body for what might be expected for a "fruit beer". There's some slickness on the palate, and a touch of bitterness after the swallow. It's thirst quenching due to the fruit element. The full body would limit me to one or two, although it's not overbearing, just a little filling. (743 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark pink color ale with a nice bubbly pink head with average retention. Aroma of pure raspberry is of pure enjoyment (I was a bit scare at first that this would be another chemically induced fruit beer). Taste is refreshing and raspberry totally dominate by bringing a balance between sweetness and tart. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well done for a style that comport to many misses. (402 characters)

Photo of LittleBreeze
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the red. The smell is of course raspberry with a little malt in the background. Balance is good. Raspberry without being heavy sweet sticky mess. It also seems to need a few months to enhance. The bottles I drank in late April and May were nice, but not as developed as the bottles I've have this month.

Drinkability is high for those liking the style. Full flavor and moderate ABV. I've enjoyed this one. Sad to see the case coming to an end. (452 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- dark ruby. Full pink head.

Aroma- crisp raspberries.

Taste- Starts tart with some sourness then quickly progresses to a sweeter body with an Asti Spumante like finish. An excellent summertime fruit beer. The sour beginning might not sit well with the average rouge but we like this one.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/31/2013. (423 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this and blushing monk next to each other.

a - rich red color. cloudy white head.

s - smell is of sweet raspberry candy and a bit of tartness.

t - sour tartness on the sides, but sweet down the middle. its got afunky flavor I can't place. Much more fruity than Cerise. some slight bitterness.

m - medium body. good carbonation. somewhat of a syrupy feel.

overall - very tasty and way better than cerise. (412 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one cause I've always been a fan of Founders brews, and I was in the mood for something raspberry-y. This one is basically exactly what I was looking for. Pours a reddish color with a small tan head. Nose is raspberries, sweet malt. Flavor is lightly tart, with a strong sweet raspberry flavor as well, and a light hop background. I'm a fan of good fruit beers, and I think this one qualifies. Very similar to the Blushing Monk (just $10 cheaper), glad I grabbed this one and would again if in a mood. (510 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish amber with a fizzy white head that fades rather quickly.
S-tons of raspberries with some maltiness in the background
T-raspberries up front followed by some caramel and more raspberries in the finish. Hops providing balance but does not lend any flavor
M-medium bodied, a bit smooth and slightly above average carbonation
O-a nice flavorful fruit beer that isn't sickly sweet. Wouldn't drink it all the time but definitely worth trying (454 characters)

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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