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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,155 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,155
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 65
Gots: 200 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005)
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GinDC

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-21-2014 01:47:33 | More by GinDC
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2014 01:07:54 | More by curlybird
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle information. Founders' Rübæus is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale with a focus on Raspberries. Available as a limited summer seasonal release in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft. I am comparing a fresh release alongside a bottle of the previous year's vintage to see how the raspberry character evolves.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a rosy ecru white head of a fizzy, crisp consistency over a burgundy amber body. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Sweet raspberries in a berry syrup amidst a very pale malt background, virtually transparent from the raspberry character. Clean but perceivably sweet and incredibly fruity. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor generates more diversity from the raspberry, notably a pleasing tartness up front which gives the raspberry angle a slightly more natural flavor. Regardless, there's not enough action coming from the malt and hop profiles to comment on how it all falls together in a beer sense. The raspberry comes through just about as much as it possibly could in a beer generating a thorough bodied, acidic and juicy raspberry flavor. Finishes on an everlasting raspberry sweetness dragging through fruit sugar. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, sticky, modestly syrupy and slightly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is fruity and sweet over tartness. Alcohol presence is very low, drinkability high particularly if you like sweet fruity beers. 4

(Overall) It's an experience to behold, as raspberry flavor transfers to beer to a degree unlike any other fruit. Thus, expect Rübæus to be one menacing fruity bomb of a beer. A touch sweet but shy of cloyingly so, tread lightly especially if you are expecting a fruit accented beer, because the fruit is the core of this beer. I consider this a very tasty beer but it's obviously not for everyone, especially the faint of heart. I could see fans of Leinenkugel's fruit-laden beers or wild blue find crossover enjoyment in Rübæus. 3.75

Founders Brewing's
Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale
3.7/5.00

Vertical notes:

1 year aged: Head is slightly less rosy, more gray. Body is noticeably smoggier, otherwise very similar in appearance to fresh. Nose is similar with a creeping sourness and peppery grain character sneaking in to compete with the raspberry. Flavor is much the same, the tartness really not any bolder than the fresh vintage but the spicy, peppery yeast character generates a welcome kick to counteract all that raspberry flavor. The texture is a bit spritely compared to fresh possibly due to excessive carbonation and a slightly lighter body accentuated by a perkier spice character from the yeast. This was a fun experiment although I didn't find the aging to make much of a significant impact on this beer. The raspberry is still front and center in this beer regardless of how old or new it is. You shouldn't be too upset if you forget to drink one of these or decide to stash one in the cellar through the winter.

Recommended vintage: Try one aged, drink three fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 00:59:48 | More by Jadjunk
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ambiguousfigures

Ohio

2/5  rDev -48.2%

07-20-2014 20:01:33 | More by ambiguousfigures
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BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

07-20-2014 14:15:23 | More by BcOneSeven
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-20-2014 06:24:23 | More by Howlader
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GregDuB65

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-20-2014 02:49:16 | More by GregDuB65
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Mikus

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love me some Founders. Took awhile, however, to give this a whirl. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Next to zero head, though a unique deep ruby hue that demanded a longer look than I give most brews. Aroma of clear raspberry (I hope, right?), light citrus, and a hint of malty goodness. Not as much actual raspberry to the taste... quite subtle really. A nice refreshing tart aftertaste. Light carbonation and slightly dry in the mouth (was thinking that it might be too syrupy sweet) and pleased overall. I would not buy this again (even though it was good, not really my thing)... but was happy for the experience. Delicate touch to a beer that could have been a raspberry nightmare.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 20:53:11 | More by Mikus
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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-19-2014 04:59:44 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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target88

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-19-2014 01:50:10 | More by target88
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DerekDudley

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-19-2014 01:23:59 | More by DerekDudley
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Dewback4

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-18-2014 17:58:42 | More by Dewback4
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Phoodcritic

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-18-2014 04:04:53 | More by Phoodcritic
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Diablew

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-17-2014 22:32:03 | More by Diablew
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-17-2014 19:09:54 | More by MattSharpless
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TheFizzinator

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2014 15:46:14 | More by TheFizzinator
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-17-2014 15:35:46 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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just_in

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2014 12:40:57 | More by just_in
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-16-2014 17:40:16 | More by Desimoaj
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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-16-2014 15:20:51 | More by beerme626
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Renniks29

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-16-2014 14:21:10 | More by Renniks29
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-16-2014 04:19:16 | More by Michaeldmanley
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MillerMan16

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +29.5%

07-15-2014 21:21:39 | More by MillerMan16
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Samuel Smith's Organic Wheat Beer Long Pint Glass.

A - Dark almost ruby Red with quite a thick pink head which fades to a cap and stays throughout. Very sticky lacing which almost covers the sides of the glass.

S - A lot of raspberry/jam first of wall with a hint of pale malt and a little wheat. I'd say some Red Grape juice and cranberry too.

T - Big hit of sweet raspberry with a bit of wheat, a touch of hoppy bitterness and tart at the end.

M - Medium carbonation, but not too much for this style. It helps with the tart finish. Very refreshing and goes down very smooth indeed.

Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 14:34:53 | More by Sam-VW
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Margie4986

Virginia

5/5  rDev +29.5%

07-15-2014 13:42:37 | More by Margie4986
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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