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Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders RübæusFounders Rübæus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

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Reviews: 670 | Ratings: 3,176
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Bright red, exactly what I would expect from this one.
S: Sweet raspberries.
T: Big raspberries, the sweetness and tartness go hand and hand. Another very well made beer by Founders. I only dock, because it's just not my style.
F: A lot of carbonation, but it fits the bill perfectly for this one. Obviously thin given it's a fruit beer.
O: Summer time fruit beer. It has it's place about once a year for me.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a remarkable, clear, deep pink/red much akin to a rose wine. 1/2" fizzy white head that recedes very quickly. Not very much retention. No lacing.

S: Sweetish raspberry, hints of tartness, an overall juicy characteristic on the nose.

T: Very natural semi-sweet raspberry notes lead in. Mid palate features a bit more a of saccharine quality with just a faint hint of malt underneath. Finish is sharp & short.

M: Moderate carb & just enough body to remind you that you're drinking a beer. Quite refreshing.

O: Very enjoyable, not artificial tasting at all.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep dark pink color with light head and decreasing light lacing. A valid effort at Abita's Purple Haze flavor with a touch of alcohol.
I enjoyed this refreshing summer change of pace in a 16 oz pint glass poured from the tap.

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Photo of morris786
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours strawberry red with small head and minimal lacing. Smell is earthy herbal raspberries. The fruit flavor in the beer taste very real. You don't get that medicine taste that I've had with other fruit beers I've tried. It's a fresh raspberry with fruit herbal tea flavor and a malty backbone. Very tasty for a fruit beer but I must admit I'm not a fan of the style.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful and rich dark pink hue, with an intense raspberry aroma. Very refreshing flavor, with a bit of a tartness to it. A really solid fruit beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on May 1st for $3.49. Bottled on 3/12/2015.

Beer poured reddish-pink with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is the traditional wheat/malt raspberry ale, very pleasant.

Taste is very sweet but not cloyingly so...yet. It is a refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied which i believe is the intent of the brewer.

Overall this is a pretty good brew, nice and refreshing. Definitely a chick brew for those sweaty July and August days. This was nice to try but likely will not purchase again.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a summer beer. I always drink straight from the bottle. No idea what it looks like.

Aroma is all raspberry. Just got finished picking red raspberries and the aroma isn't artificial or medicinal.

Taste: red raspberries. Nailed it.

Nice carbonated mouthfeel, ,appropriate for a fruit beer.

Overall, nice summertime beer.

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Photo of 98green
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of cloying sweet. I actually had blushing monk a couple months before this one. It is tasty but heavy on the fruit-sweet. One is more than enough

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Photo of T_Hass
2.19/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

While this was a great looking beer, a deep pinkish red, the smell was a bit medicinal and the taste was sickly sweet and tasted artificial. I couldn't take more than two sips of this beer. To each their own but this beer was not for me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rubaeus pours a reddish color with a small pink lacing head. There is a raspberry aroma with hints of a crisp malt. The taste is much the same, nice malty backbone, with big hint of raspberry, which isn't too sweet or overpowering. Overall its a beer flavored beer with some noticeable flavors of raspberry.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this every year for the past 3 years but just now have had a chance to review it.

A - Dark amber, red color, like a raspberry soda. Smaller, pink head with good lacing. More soda like than beer with the pink hue but still appetizing.

S - Raspberry ale; imagine that! It's got a fresh raspberry note that is fruity with just a little bit of floral aroma and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Pretty soft on the palate with the sweet raspberry character holding strong. It doesn't have a chemical or overpowering fruit flavor as some tend to have but it is almost syrupy. In the middle the ale character shifts to the top with a sweet grainy, malt character accompanied by the ale yeast tones. The finish is light and still fruity.

M - Light mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Light body makes this beer a refreshing beverage. I do think that either my palate or the batch is different but this beer is much sweeter and more soda-like than I remembered from last year.

Overall, this is still a very good summer brew but on the sweet side. This beer used to be the perfect example of a fruit beer but now I feel it is moving towards the sweeter and more commercial beer genre. I would still recommend this for a nice mix-up from the typical beer styles but at $12 a 4pk I probably won't get this more than once a year.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of Caveworm
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head is 1/16th of a finger thick, with scant lacing, and a dark red body,as protocol for a raspberry brew .

Smells like, yep raspberries, but one can still detect a a slight malt backbone.

I taste raspberries, along with earthy grains.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company a 4.5

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Photo of DaverCS
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured burgundy color with ½ inch of quickly disappointing head.

Aroma yields exactly what the beer states: raspberry! I also get a blackberry tartness and sweet jam or candy like quality.

The beer tastes quite watery. It is non-descript rather than having a desired crisp raspberry bite. It is rather incongruent with the aroma. One would think that the taste would be much more aggressive, yet the taste is actually very subdued. At the end is a medicinal quality that is not appealing. The raspberry flavor is present, but it isn’t impressive. It almost reminds me of Kool-aide

Overall the beer isn’t all that good. The aroma is fantastic, but the beer itself lacks overall. It lacked the intensity and sourness sought after in a style like this (definitely one boasting raspberries!). This beer would pair well with grilled lamb chops with a cherry and balsamic reduction sauce. It gets a 71/100.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good but the balance was a little off. There was a weird boozy flavor on the backend that needs to even out after some aging. Otherwise this was still really tasty.

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Photo of W_Des
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep garnet red color with the aroma of raspberries. The taste is raspberry forward but the finish is medicine-y and only grows stronger as it warms up. Overall ok.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This retired brew... Found one so I'm going try it.

Rubaeus (DUPLICATE) brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.7% This brew pours out a brown color, with a nice off white head. The smell of Rubaeus is sweet with raspberries, grans , and malts. Now for the taste it is bittersweet with raspberries and malts. I like the taste of this brew, it is different from most ales on the market. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice bittersweetness. You really can't pick up on the 5.7 % in this brew. Overall I'm giving Rubaeus a soild 4.25 out 5. I would but this brew again. Founders Brewing Company did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of AZCheese
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The fruit is pronounced but it maintains a great balance of tart and sweet with a clean finish. It's no Blushing Monk but it's damn drinkable. Will be getting more of this for the dog days of summer here in Scottsdale (107 deg today, I think)...

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not at all a fan of fruit, lambic and sour beers, but this one seemed to pull elements from lambics, Belgian sours and fruits just right to make it not a bad drink. All in all, it's decent.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not all at a fan of fruit beers but I gave this one a try. Great looking, very fruity, slightly sweet, easy drinking. Might give this a shot after a round a golf.

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Photo of denver10
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not do anything for me. Too sweet for my liking, though I did not find it to be an offensively bad beer. I knew what to expect going in, so at least there were no surprises.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 05/23/14

Appearance - Pours a murky auburn brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates, leaving a near barren surface.

Smell - Raspberry aroma with a touch of chocolate.

Taste - Raspberries are the name of the game here, with raspberry sweetness up front and a light malted chocolate undertone. Berry tartness breaks through mid-taste, then peaks in the finish along with a touch of.cereal grain.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to fair carbonation. Sticky texture. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good. Seems to have held up fine with a year of age on it. Not much "Beer" character, but makes for a nice dessert option.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright ruby with a couple fingers of pinkish-white head that settles quickly into a foam
Smell: mmm...raspberry
Taste: mmm... raspberry. Nice balance of sweetness and tartness. Not much hops to speak of.
Feel: Light-medium body, nicely carbonated

Overall: If you like raspberries and beer, it's hard to imagine you'll dislike this one. Very flavorful with great balance. Despite the relatively low ABV I wouldn't want to have more than one at a time due to the intensity of flavor.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A summer offering from a good brewery.
ABV: 5.7%
Glassware: chalice

Smell: Raspberries!

Appearance: Opaque raspberry red with a very thin head that diminishes quickly. Active carbonation in the body.

Taste: Raspberry! The raspberry taste is very effectively supported by the malts. Near perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. No aftertaste. Feels like a soda on the tongue.

Overall: The very best of the fruit beers I've tried. Better than most of all the beers I've tried. Best on warm days. Goes very well with steak and venison. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's pretty darn good, but it's not what I am usually looking for when I reach for a beer. I'd buy it again if were in the right mood. They weren't giving it away however. I think it was over $10 for a four pack.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great raspberry flavor on this one, very authentic. This is a beer non-beer drinkers could really get into. Sweetness is not over powering in any way thanks to the offsetting tartness of the fruit. Mouthfeel is not unlike that of a full flavored high quality raspberry soda. Creamy from the sweetness inherent in the malt bill and the fruit adjuncts, lifted by effervescence to dance across the tongue.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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