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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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637 Reviews
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Reviews: 637
Hads: 3,007
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 121
Gots: 489 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews: 637 | Hads: 3,007
Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep violet amber. Funky head of purplish carbonation. Lace is pleasant but not outstanding.

Nose is definitely raspberries. I admit, I like it. Maybe I'm a sucker for Founders, but this isn't bad.

Taste is rich and very very raspberry. I get a trickle of sour, but plenty of sweet to round it all up. A well-tasty and enjoyable fruit ale, though definitely not a favorite from this brewery's outstanding canon.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Considering how long Cerise malingered the past few years, how can this one be put behind the counter? Whatever, this stuff pours a clear ruby topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose is a simple wave of slightly-dank, fresh raspberries. The taste echoes this simple sentiment, the berries coming through a bit on the sweet side, but not so much as to trigger a diabetic reaction or anything. Moreover, things taste pretty damn natural, not very medicinal or artificial. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a very tasty and highly enjoyable fruit beer. No wonder this one is behind the counter...

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Photo of rajendra82
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pink color was unlike most other beers, but obviously the raspberries were responsible for this hue. The head was fizzy and one finger thick at most. The beer looked more like a rosé wine except with carbonation. The smell also was clearly indicative of the fruit used in making the beer, with strong raspberry scent dominating all else. Taste was dominated by tart-sweet raspberries, some malt sweetness, and showed no hops. The mouthfeel was crisp and simple. This is clearly a fruit dominated drink, and barely a beer at all, but it was good on its own terms.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright, crystal clear cranberry juice body. Light pink hue in an otherwise white head. Low retention and lace.

S - Sparkling raspberry juice, touch of sour cherry jello powder, sprite soda,

T - Sweet white sugar, tart lemon, raspberry juice, and Sweet Tarts candy.

M - Flat, but full frame with little to no carbonation.

O - Good but not great. The flavors come off as slightly artificial, and the mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky reddish brown with active but wispy carbonation.

The smell is one dimensional, but it's distinct and strong. Sugary raspberry puree. Raspberry jam. Sweet, sweet raspberry.

To no surprise, the flavor is entirely sweet raspberry. It's wine cooler-esque and sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation. A sweet sensation is left on the tongue.

It's entirely one dimensional, but still enjoyable. A good summer beer and if you like raspberries, it's certain you'll like this.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/6/12.

Appearance: Ruby red and opaque. Light pink frothy head which is quite possibly the strangest color I've seen on top of a beer.

Aroma: Sweet raspberry, almost in a candy-like way. Hard to get much past that besides a touch of bready malt.

Taste: Starts of incredibly sweet with a raspberry jam character. The flavor gets slightly tart near the finish which is nice but sort of falls off after that leaving an odd aftertaste of pale malt and dank raspberry. Quite a lot of flavor for a 5.7% ABV beer but it does get repetitive.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with a good level of carbonation to accent the sweet and tart flavor. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Yet another interesting, if not quite solid, beer from Founders. I tend to think beers with added fruit should be more tart like a Lambic but not a bad effort here. Definitely one for those with a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? I suppose.

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Photo of carlborch
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful off-pink/mahogany red with a pink 1/4 inch collar of foam. The head dissipates rather quickly. Crisp raspberry nose. Bright fruity, raspberry notes on the palate. Dry-to-offf-dry: Less sweet than the typical fruit ale. Delicate lingering. Some Belgian lace. Highly refreshing. Great balance. The ABV is moderate and not noticeable. I'll definitely look for it again. Perfect on a warm or hot day. Excellent accompaniment for lighter fare,

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Photo of BurkeBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only downside on this beer is that I find myself drinking it too quickly, because it's so freaking delicious. Full blast of raspberry, in both smell and taste, but not too sweet. I don't think I could ever drink two in an evening, but it's a great one-beer beer for a summer night.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks! Pours a deep almost neon pinkish red with a very small slightly pink head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sour berries and funk, with more malt presence than I expected (silly me for expecting a Blushing Monk type of brew). Flavor is big bold raspberry with some other flavors mixing in that I can’t put my finger on. A definite malt presence in the finish. Dry finish and plenty of carbonation. More like Cerise than Blushing Monk. Solid overall, but not spectacular.

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Photo of LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, illegible bottled on date other than 2013. Poured into tulip

Hazy, deep red, virtually no head other than a few wispy traces of bubbles.

Smelled of raspberry. Period.

Taste is a very nice raspberry flavor, sweetness, and acidic. The acid taste is nice, overbalanced the sweet, but in the end, sweetness wins out. Somewhat jam like, but the raspberry flavor is huge. Very nice tea-like characteristics on the finish that I have experienced before with high quality raspberry.

Very bright mouthfeel. Feels more carbonated than it is. There is a lingering sweetness along with a bit of sourness. Some stickiness, yet at he same time a little drying. Refreshing.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer for the raspberry lover (and I am one). Not complicated, very straightforward. Doesn't pull any punches...it is all about the raspberry. Will have gain.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids this month and served in a snifter.

Deep red, lightly hazy, with a thin head that barely covers the top despite a fairly vigorous pour.

Raspberries!!! This brew is all about the raspberries and they are there in spades, both in the powerful aroma and in tasting. In both, the rasperries have a very natural tasting presence. The aroma is largely a cross between fresh raspberries and raspberry jam. Excellent tart/sweet balance shades to the tart side.

O: Founders’ answer to New Glarus Serendipity (or is it the other way around?). Close in quality to that world-class brew although notably lower carbonation, if memory serves. I’d love to compare them in a simulataneous tasting. Highly recommended (unless you do not care for fresh raspberries).

{revisited with bottle of same vintage in Feb. 2014: remains at least as impressive}.

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Photo of jimbuck
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

not much of a head..about a 1/4 in.reddish/amber color,rather clear..the aroma is fantastic,due to the fresh raspberries.evidently the raspberries are fermented,rather than strictly added.the taste is a little sweet,which wanes a little as you drink it.mouthfeel is light to medium,great for a refreshing summer drink.i highly recommend for being what it is.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was magenta in color with some white bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Big surprise, it smelled like raspberry. The aroma was not overwhelming or particularly sweet. It was almost like a wine.

Taste - Anybody remember the Sundance sparking waters of the late 1980's. This is the raspberry flavor. It is a little tart with a diet soda like note in the aftertaste. The raspberry really does not stay potent for long.

Mouthfeel - This is an easy drinking fruit beer. Lightly carbonated, not too thick.

Overall - The closet comparison would be New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Rubaeus loses that contest in a first round knock out. The fruit is not as potent as I would like, and the aftertaste in this one is a detriment.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark pink, somewhat red. Almost no head.

Nose contains raspberry and a bit of a yeasty scent.

Taste is all raspberry, which I happen to love. Tastes very real, and not artificial as fruit-flavoured beers often do. Fairly sweet, but not extremely so. A little bit of tartness. Finish is a bit fry. Simple but quite nice.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Sweet, dries the mouth a bit,

Overall, simple but tasty, and very refreshing. Nice on a hot day. If you like raspberry, this is a well done raspberry focused (dominated) beer.

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Photo of JRed
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby in body with white head that stays around. Smells of big, juicy, mouthwatering, raspberries. Tastes of smooth raspberry juice. Smoothie-like in body. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Does any other American brewery do fruit beers like Founders?

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Photo of roger617
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into tulip

A: 4.0 deep red maroon color with 1 finger of head
S: 4.25 strong rasberry. Very sweet
T: 4.5 rasberry up front and lingering. Love it.
M: 4.25 carbed very well. Smooth and silky.
O: 4.25 I don't typically go for fruit beers, but this one hits the mark on so many levels. Not too sweet, not bitter at all, just an extremely enjoyable brew.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice violet color body with a small white head that didn't hang around long. The smell is like fresh raspberries. The taste is sweet very good raspberry flavor, not fake. The mouthfeel is great, not over carbonated, smooth its not like syrup. Overall a darn good beer.

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Photo of NODAK
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is unsurprisingly of fresh raspberries. Not too strong or too sweet. Pretty pleasant. I get a whiff of wheat as well. I wonder if this is a wheat beer.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. The taste is pleasantly sweet with fresh raspberries. It doesn't cross over to cloying or syrupy in the least. Better yet, it doesn't taste like a raspberry soda would. On the closing, I get some wheat there again so perhaps the nose wasn't a fluke.

Pretty good summertime brew here although its still sweet enough to where I probably won't have more than one at a time.

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Photo of Vogie
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Ruby red, decent amount of bubbly carbonation. Small white head that leaves some lacing. Looks very inviting!

S: Fresh sweet raspberry's. Not getting much else...

T: Follows the nose with a large fizzy sweet raspberry flavor. I am also picking up a slight tart/sour taste on the back end.

M.F. Smooth, Chewy, Bubbly, Light feel.

O: Definitely a solid beer for the warm summer months. Fresh raspberry taste and great carbonation throughout. Perhaps a touch too sweet but it wouldn't prevent me from having more. I've heard that people mix this beer. It would be really amazing if Founders blended this with...say...Breakfast Stout. Yum!


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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founders Brewing Co. branded pint glass

Pours a deep crimson with violet and maroon accents capped by a violet-tinged one and a half finger head. A blast of raspberry on the nose combined with semi-sweet malt. Opens with big fresh raspberry, combined with general berry jam notes, smooth malt, and even hints of vanilla. Very crisp light body, smooth with a hint of syrup and stickiness on the edges. Rubaeus succeeds in staying very balanced and is never overly sweet; one of the most common failings among some fruit beers. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of dowen17
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep raspberry red with a very small pinkish head that recedes to a few large patches.

Smell is raspberries. Raspberries and more raspberries. Very fresh and tart. A hint of wheat and maybe some strawberries.

Taste mirrors the smell. Fresh raspberries and strawberry jam. Delightful. Very refreshing. A hint of wheat in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Perfectly carbonated. Tingles on the tongue.

Overall this is a really great fruit beer. Love the smell and taste. If I was looking to get fruit beer again I would absolutely buy this if it was in season.

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Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep but vibrant crimson, head has a slightly pink tinge to it. Full on raspberry onslaught, nothing artificial about it, just pure raspberry like homemade raspberry jam. There's a definite sugar cookie malt sweetness going on underneath which further enhances the fruit, but other than that it's all raspberry. A slight natural tartness lingers on the finish. Just a step behind the New Glarus fruit beers in terms of fruit intensity. There aren't many "clean" fruit beers I enjoy but this is certainly one of them. That said, it's not a beer to drink in quantity but as a nice aperitif or as something fun to pair with sweets.

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Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark red with a one inch light pink head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hello raspberry. Raspberry, raspberry, and more raspberry. It's pretty one-note, but luckily I happen to love raspberries. Still, it does come off just a touch artificial.

Taste: Aaaaand, surprise! It tastes like a boatload of raspberries. Unlike the smell, flavor-wise this is not artificial in the least. Very slight tartness. Similar raspberry intensity as New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but not as tart. This is definitely sweet, to the point where I don't think I could handle drinking more than 12 oz. in a night. However, in limited quantities, this is pretty damn delicious (assuming you like raspberries. If not, bail now).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-to-low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: If you love raspberries, this is the beer for you. It'sone-dimensional, but it nails that dimension very well.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chalice. The color is deep mahogany. There are a few bubbles but not much of a head otherwise.

The aroma has sweet cherry and that's about it.

This tastes very sweet. There is rich cherry. This makes for a great dessert sipper. Hints of vanilla are noted after a few sips.

This is full bodied and slightly syrupy.

I would say this belongs on pancakes if I wasn't so loyal to maple syrup. This is very sweet so a little goes a long way. The flavor is good and the quality high; this might just not be for me.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 20 July 2013. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice deep pink with brownish shades behind it. Clear, with half-finger of pinkish-white head. Okay retention and lacing.

Smell is a balance of raspberry and malts.

Taste is similar, combining sweet caramel malts with raspberry. It's just sweet sweet sweet, with nothing to balance it. Also has a funny mouth-smacking buttery back-end.

Feel is light-bodied, kinda prickly.

A relatively weak raspberry beer, in my opinion. Not bad, but I just find it dull, and that buttery character doesn't blend well at all with the raspberry. Lastly, the raspberry is not as potent as it is in the best fruit beers. Comes nowhere close to the quality of New Glarus's Raspberry Tart, so I'll stick to that.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.