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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,439 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 74
Gots: 259 | FT: 10
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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Photo of scottfrie
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks AutumnBeerLover!

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany that looks similar to cranberry juice. A thin white head surfaced that had just a shade of pink to it. Wispy lace.
S: Sweet and syrupy smelling with huge notes of raspberries and nothing much else. Smells enticing.
T: Follows the nose, as expected, with very sweet flavors of raspberry. Sweeter than blushing monk and more syrupy. Sugary finish, faint crackery malt aftertaste.
M: Medium-thick body, viscous mouthfeel, smooth carbonation. A fine sipper.
O: A very delicious raspberry beer. Definitely sweet, borderline syrupy, but the fruit has a natural (non-synthetic) taste and the mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Definitely worth seeking if you have a sweet tooth. Thanks you, Kevin.

scottfrie, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-purple brew with light haze and some sporadic bubble streams. Light pink head is small and dying.

Smells of raspberry puree, pale and toasty malts, and some herbaceous hops. Lightly grassy, yet vinous. Hints of fresh tobacco.

Sweet raspberry jam with a slight tartness. Tannic qualities tie in with a quiet, but stodgy, hop. Finishes with a mineral note and earthy bitterness. Really feels gripping with tannins in the mouth. Coupled with the light tartness, it's a real tooth-stripper. Medium body weight with a well-placed carbonation level works decently. Nothing gooey about it. A fruity fruit ale with perks.

I'll take this one over Cerise, but it's a ways still from Blushing Monk. Works for what it is. A nice treat after a long hard day's work.

thecheapies, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - massive pink foam on the pour. Look like a purplish cream soda! Very nice. The head recedes pretty quickly, leaving some stray dots of foam around the glass, not even enough to really call it lace.

Aroma - fresh raspberries are about all I'm picking up. It fades in intensity as the head melts down.

Taste - nice raspberry flavor. The beer component is there but relatively neutral, perhaps some very distant hop bitterness at the back of the mouth, or that could be sourness of the fruit. On the whole it starts out sweet like a wine cooler but ends up with the more serious bitter/sour piece at the end, a touch medicinal.

Mouthfeel - very upbeat and refreshing, the sweetness gives it a heavier feel, the carbonation tries to balance that out.

Drinkability - tasty but not one I'd go for generally.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +3.6%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

muskiesman, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +3.6%

smithj4, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 06JUL13

It's a murky pinky red ale with little to no etching on the surface. Smells of grain, some grass, a hint of raspberry, not much on the nose. Flavor is nice and juicy with raspberries, and a light adjunct lager flavor in the background. The syrupy raspberry gives the thin beer a distinct heaviness, but my sense tells me this is the robustness of the fruit, not the beer. Lighter carb and a wet finish. Nice beer. Wish Blushing Monk was the seasonal though, then I'd be hunting for that snack for sure.

harrymel, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Gatordaddy, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

millerbuffoon, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

threedaggers, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jbaker67, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jera1350, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade with Potia99- thanks! Was sad to see this beer retired in favor of Cerise... I wonder how its holding up after a year or so...

A: pours a brilliant reddish pink with a nice bone white head. Leaves very sticky lacing in glass.

S: the raspberry hasn't faded as much as I may have expected. The fruit character is pretty much all I get on the nose with some subtle bready malts coming through on the end

T: the raspberries taste much tarter than the nose would suggest. Flavor no longer lives up to the aroma as I recall from previous tastings of this beer. The mid palate has kind of a funky sourness which seems to be a result of the age on this beer. There is nothing bad or offensive in the flavor, but it seems that this beer has lost the wow factor it once had.

MF: lighter carbonation than I'm used to with fruited beers with a medium body

D: This beer is a nice refreshing fruit beer. I enjoy fruit beers when they are done well, and this is an example of one. I find Rubaeus to be much better than Cerise and wish Founders would brew this one again. It seems to have held up pretty well with age considering its style.

homebrew311, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

04/05/14 bottling date; a month old.

A: Pours a clear deep red. Medium-sized fizzy light pink head. Almost soda like. Looks one step away from raspberry soda but the head is a little fluffier and longer-lasting. Retention is decent but there is sparse lacing.

S: What do you expect? Raspberries and more raspberries. Sweet and lightly pungent. I love raspberries so it's a very inviting smell. Also very one-dimensional of course so I can't rate it TOO highly.

T: Raspberries, raspberries, more raspberries. Sugary sweet up front. Sweetness gradually fades, leaving a nice contrasting tartness and even some dryness in the aftertaste. A little bitter in the aftertaste too, maybe a touch of indistinct hops?

M: Medium bodied, very refreshing.

O: Well, it's pretty much pure raspberry. Alcoholic raspberry soda. The only way you can tell it's not soda is the light bitterness in the aftertaste. Really tasty, crisp and refreshing. Great warm weather beer. It's not the most complex and a it loses a lot of typical beer characteristics but I don't think that's the point here. I enjoyed it a lot. Probably the best raspberry flavor in a beer, short of NG raspberry tart.

Dope, May 06, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

SadMachine, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Caracole snifter. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a lovely looking hazy pink color with a tiny light pink head that leaves virtually no lace.

S: Faint aroma of the freshest raspberries. Like they were just pulled off the bush and thrown in the beer.

T: Juicy fresh raspberry with a bitter bite to it. Not even a hint of alcohol.

M: Slightly on the thin side. I did notice after letting it sit for 20 minutes, it thickened up a bit. Nice bitey middle and finish.

D: So delicious and refreshing!

GbVDave, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Perfectly transparent dark rose body that pours with thin 1/2 finger foamy white head. Head almost instantaneously fades to a collar which holds the whole way down. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The nose is overpowered by a rush of tart raspberries. Sweet and sugary raspberries are present in the background.

T- Dry raspberry upfront with a sweet bready malt backbone. The raspberry becomes quite tart for the finish and the subtle malt backbone disappears for a moment. What lingers is a nice combination of tart raspberry and sweet malt.

M-Medium to high carbonation and light spritzy body-somewhat champagne like.

D- This is a good fruit beer and is surprisingly similar to both Great Divide and Celis Raspberry. Good for one drink but not something I'd like to have more than one of. I might pick this up when I find it again (not available in my area).

PittBeerGirl, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%

wethorseblanket, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +3.6%

IrishColonial, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jspriest, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ADTaber, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.59/bottle at Jack's. I picked up a 6'er as I liked it on tap. "Fermented with Pure Raspberries"...thank heaven's they didn't ferment them with the regular old-fashioned, un-pure kind. Evidently about 24 IBU. 6.9% ABV. Raspberries were added at five different stages throughout the brewing process. Pours out to a semi-hazy deep crimson red, forming a soapy dark-pink head with average retention and scant lacing. The aroma is nice..the tartness of the raspberries really shines through and they smell like fresh raspberries, not some knockoff concentrate like most other fruit brews. The taste is akin to a raspberry champagne without the spritzy dry mouthfeel. It's well balanced and not terribly sweet, with a tart, crisp finish. Medium carbonation, medium-light bodied. Never cloying, but one bottle is a dessert in itself. Burps bring up a nice toasty grain note. Bitterness is mild, but combines nicely with the tartness and sweetness to create a wonderful package. Alcohol isn't tasted, and it's cleanly fermented with some apple and pear characteristics from the ale yeast.

A wonderfully done fruit beer, amongst the best I've had. Despite this it still has that "wine-cooler taste" that may shy some people away, especially when you could buy a raspberry wine-cooler for cheaper. Still, Founder's delivers on their promise of making kick-ass beer. What style haven't they conquered yet? Hrmmm...Imperial Rye Dopplebock. I would drink that!

Mitchster, May 20, 2006
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ncstateplaya, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

KevMo84, May 30, 2014
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.