Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 636
Hads: 2,987
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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 barczar
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy purple ruby with a foamy quarter inch lightly pink head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Sweet raspberry, light grain and raspberry seed, and soft floral notes form the aroma.

Flavor is intensely raspberry throughout. Sweet initially, the profile turns tart mid palate and finishes almost with a cobbler-esque biscuit malt character, which is slightly dry. The more I drink of it, it does seem somewhat cloying. Herbal hop notes linger in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with zesty carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. More beery than a new glarus or blushing monk, but the fruit is clearly dominant. I need to buy more of these!

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (2008 release). Figured I'd better get it now before you can't anymore. Poured a cloudy reddish-pink; loses color saturation at the edges of the glass. Small raspberry and yeast particles float throughout - rather nice to look at actually. Rigorous pour produced a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly. Aromas were tart raspberries - that's it. Tastes were also tart raspberries with a nice biscuity malt backbone providing excellent balance and drinkability. Had this back-to-back with Cerise and I prefer this one, although they are similar. Refreshing with the alcohol well-concealed.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rübæus pours a blood-red cranberry color, accented with some deeper crimson in the center. Exceptional clarity - very clean and sharp looking as it sits in the glass. It's capped with a pink-tinted cumulonimbus layer of foam that leaves back some chunky pieces of lacing and is very slow to digress into a skin. A very elegant looking beer.

Raspberry explosion. Very vibrant, this smells like freshly crushed raspberries, reduced and puréed. Aside from a faint, dry malt undertone in the finish, the aroma is all raspberries... It isn't exactly "complex", but the fruit is done pretty well. Unfortunately, there's a mild chalkiness that makes its way in as the beer warms up, but it's nowhere near as potent as, say, Cerise.

"Raspberry juice" is the first thing to come to mind when I take a sip. Soft and sweet with a light residual sweetness backing up the explosion of raspberry flavors. A mild tartness just tingles the back of the tongue but stays far from the realm of "sour". The sweetness is very controlled and apparent all at once - very juicy and jam like in the finish. Raspberries as far as the palate can taste.

The only other things I can possibly identify other than raspberry spin-offs would be some very light, dry grassy notes, but even then, I may just be reaching for something else. Otherwise, this beer is dominated by raspberries, up and down. Again, not the most complex or revealing beer out there, but who needs complexity when you've got raspberries like this? The mouth feel is thin-medium and kind of slick and oily with medium-high carbonation and a nice snap.

Very good fruit beer. Much, much better than its "sister" beer, Cerise. Luckily, the taste didn't include many of the chalky notes I was eventually getting in the aroma, so that's a big plus. Refreshing and easy-going, drinks more like a wine cooler than a beer, but it tastes great and I love raspberries, so I don't care. I'd love to see Founders make this an "every year" specialty.

EDIT: 7/7/2013

After having had quite a few more bottles of this beer this summer, I've come a cross a few that have a slight chalkiness and medicinal character to them. Nothing like Cerise, just a twinge in the background at times. Other bottles seem to be completely void of this, however, so I'm not sure what the deal is. Still a great beer, but maybe not as perfect as I thought it was at first.

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

From a deleted review from the great crash of '09

Pours a purpley brown color, moderate khaki/pink head and decent lacing. Smell is of tart raspberries with a cereal grain background. Taste follows scent with delicious tart raspberries and a nice cereal grain backbone. Medium bodied, sligltly syrupy but not overly coating and no major aftertaste. Good carbonation for an older bottle. Great fruit beer from Founders, one of the best. Would love to taste a fresh one if ever produced again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear crimson red color. Produced a lovely pink frothy head that really stuck around for awhile. Some good lacing too.

(S)- A vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness behind it.

(T)- Again, a vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness. What is nice is on the finish with just a touch of a light citrusy dry hop character from what I can tell.

(M)- Crisp carbonation level and a smooth velvety mouthfeel overall. It does get a touch sweet as it warms, but the subtle tartness helps out alot in that sense. Not overly complex, but a refreshing fruit beer.

(O)- There is no mistaking this is a great fruit beer. Are there better ones? yes, but this is really good. This is like Blushing Monk's younger brother.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours one of the most stunning color of any beer I have ever seen - clear as hell and a gorgeous ruby red. Head is small, fluffy and off-white.

Nose is raspberries...galore. Some supporting toffee malt shows as well as a bit of boysenberry syrup. Definitely sweet.

Tastes like the raspberry syrup in the syrup carousel at IHOP. Diabeetus? Possibly. Its not as good as some of the New Glarus fruit beers, but neither is it unappealing. Id have to say it is a good fruit beer, but I am more curious to see how this can compliment another beer in a blend than drink my remaining 2 by themselves

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark garnet with a large pink head.
Aroma of raspberry confectionery and little else.
Simlar flavours, very sweet. Raspberry lollies again sums it up perfectly. Very little to it really.
Could use more carbonation.
Much too sweet. Nothing apparent behind the raspberry.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear pink/red, with a small fizzy head, and some good lacing near the top of the glass.

Smells like raspberry, and not much else. Smells good, but smells more like raspberry juice than beer. It is nice that it smells like the real thing, though.

The taste tells a similar story. Starts quite sweet and cloying, but is then saved by a small amount of tartness on the back end. Again, this tastes more like really tasty alcoholic fruit juice. I just wish it had a bit more beeriness to it.

Light to medium bodied, sweet, but smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

A nice fruit beer with a big emphasis on fruit and less emphasis on beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A four pack purchased from Whole Foods. This just hit the Houston market.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A two finger pink head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Sweet and jammy raspberry. A hard candy like sweetness, and that is about it. Simple, and to the point.
T: Up front the only thing here is raspberry jam and sweet hard candy. The sweetness lingers on for a while. Though at the very end of the finish is some toasted malt and bread crust.
M/D: A medium body with high carbonation. A bit sticky and syrupy from all the fruit additions. Fairly easy to drink. Once I adjust to the big sweetness, I can take deep gulps. The reasonable ABV helps as well.

Overall not bad at all. I have had other fruit beers I liked better. This is an easy drinking and fairly simple version, and pretty refreshing in this Texas heat. I will enjoy the rest of my four pack.

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Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a ruby red color with hints of darker mahogany mixed within. Upon serving there is a pink tinted head floating atop the brew. The head fades over a moderate amount of time, leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and fruity with tons of raspberry aroma filling the nose. Along with the raspberry are some other lighter blueberry notes as well as some tart cherry smells. Overall it is very sweet and tart, smelling very much like a Lambic.

Taste – The taste begins with a big raspberry sweetness mixed with just a hint of tart cherry. As the flavor advances the souress increases with it taking on a little bit of a lactic acid taste. While the sourness increases, so too does the raspberry flavor largely overpowering any cherry that was present upfront. In the end some candy sweetness comes to the tongue balancing out the sour just enough to leave a very pleasant, sweet and raspberry fruit sour candy taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation and thinner body are great for the combination of sweet and sour making it very easy to drink.

Overall – A rather tasty fruit beer with a decent sour characteristics. It is very much like a more affordable slightly less tart Lindeman’s framboise. Overall, quite tasty.

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

Definitely one of the best Fruit Beers I have tried. Bright red color with a thick and lasting pink head. Nice coating of lace too. The sweetness that makes a lot of fruit beers too cloying for me seems to be tempered by the higher-than-usual ABV. Super tart raspberry flavoring with a bit of spice and hops. The finish is fruity and bubbly, with a lingering aftertaste of raspberry. I don’t say this often about Fruit Beers but I will surely have this one again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean reddih/ orange color with a light pinkish head. In the aroma, a small tart raspberry fruitiness. In the taste, small tart, and small raspberry fruitiness, yet quite clean. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small raspberry aftertaste. Kind of faint flavors, and a nice small tartness, ok, but expecting more flavor.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a St Bernardus chalice. Bottles 2 June 2015.
Murky-clear auburn.
It smells super-raspberry-y. Very much so. A mild beeriness underlies it.
It's magnificent. A little on the sweet and syrupy side, but there's juust enough redeeming tartness to keep it enjoyable. Very little carbonation, and the aftertaste is mostly sticky fruit preserves.
Overall, a really enjoyable beer...IF you like raspberries. Which I do. :)

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Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mini snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 04/23/14.

A- Pours a crab apple red color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before dissipating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind

S- Aroma is of raspberry soda, similar to the Lindeman's Raspberry. The fruit follows through all the way with not much trace of an actual beer smell.

T- Big rush of raspberry that transitions into the base beer flavor I was looking for in the nose. There's a cough syrup quality in the aftertaste that doesn't agree with me.

M- Syrupy which doesn't help the bit of cough syrup I found in the flavor. Medium carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Nice to take a couple sips of but I probably couldn't finish an entire glass of this.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gained this bottle as an extra in one of my early trades, now lost in the mists of time & dozens of other trades, with beerisheaven. Only now rescued from the back of the fridge as my annual lust for a fruit beer has mysteriously struck.

Not surprisingly, this beer looks & smells like a raspberry.

Holy Bartles & James wine coolers. I'm having unholy flashbacks to Colorado, circa 1989, & being the only guy "grandfathered" into the liquor laws & thus being able to buy alcohol with extremely low ABVs, the primary purpose of which was to make you pee, a lot. We used to ride our bikes into Castle Rock, 25 mile round trip (yes I just looked on Mapquest), just to put a bunch of beer & wine coolers in our tents for the weekend. Damn, we were hard back then.

Oh, yeah, the beer at hand. Seriously. Wine cooler. If this wasn't Founder's, I do believe they'd be roundly mocked for making an updated version of the wine cooler. Tastes light & springy & fruity, without a hint of alcohol or beer on the tonuge.

And that can't be bad. Thanks Brian for the trip down memory lane!

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Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that fades away, clear dark pink

Smell: sour raspberries

Taste: sour raspberries

Mouthfeel: I can feel the carbonation of this one dancing on my tongue. A very sweet and light body with a sour finish

Drinkability: Another stellar beer from Founders. The alcohol is barely noticable and this almost drinks like a sour due to the tartness of the raspberry. I could easily drink a four pack of this and am disappointed that it is going away. It is a nice change from the typical wheat fruit beers.

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Photo of dar482
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear deep ruby color with a 2-3 finger white tiny bubbled head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma has tons of raspberries, almost like a pie, but also that sugary flavor that comes from candies or cough syrup. Along with the punch of tart, there’s also a grainy malt in the back.

The flavor follows with a gentle raspberry, cherry tartness in the front. It’s not like a sour with the tartness. The sweetness is syrupy, but still also a bit of that fake medicinal sweetness. But then it turns into sugary, which is lovely. Then on the middle, you get some of that bready malt with a bit of graininess in there too.

It’s quite easy drinking, but I really wish the sweetness tasted more fresh and real (despite the fact they already use fresh raspberries). It lacks tartness and the sweetness is also a bit too strong for me. However, a good summer beer and definitely a very good introduction for those who prefer fruit flavors and sweet beers.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter this beer was the color of grape juice. There was a very small white head.

Very sweet fruit aroma.

A pronounced raspberry taste.

Very, very sweet.

I'm not much for fruit beers; generally they're too sweet for my taste. This one was really sweet, and not that enjoyable. Like drinking a non-carbonated soda.

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Photo of cbutova
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how I missed the memo on this one's release, never get blindsided by Founders brews. Reviewed from notes last week after having this a few times.

A- Dark red body with a fizzy off-white head that gets some pink from the beer beneath it. The cap dies down pretty quickly after making it to about one finger high. Very spotty lacing. Head retention not utterly surprising but still mediocre in such a fruity beer.

S- Pure raspberry jam and preserves. Really not much going on besides that, like a sweet jelly of raspberries. Some very light malts and yeast hints.

T- Fairly sweet raspberry bomb hits the palate. Some slight tartness is quite welcoming considering the sweetness and how fruit forward this is. Slightly grassy hops and very light malts.

MF- Creamy light end body with a higher-end foamy carbonated feel. Sweetness remains on the palate with some tartness, but not much. Feels a bit thin.

Kind of in the same vein as Cerise but for some reason the raspberry doesn't come through as pure as the cherries did in certain batches. At least the fruit feel is authentic.

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

12 ounce bottle, part of a 4 pack purchased at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.

Pours like a lightly carbonated Juicy Juice. This may seem like an insult but remember that Juicy Juice was the juice that was 100% juice and so wasn't all unnaturally fluorescent. Still it's kind of dull.

Smells like fresh, juicy raspberries. Nice. Everyone likes those. But that's all it smells like. There's nothing else there. Just big, firm raspberries. Is this juice? I mean, it's pleasant but there should be at least a little beeriness, right?

Tastes like a really firm and juicy raspberry lambic only with none of the yeast funk (and none of the yeast). It's very creamy and smooth. Tastes more like a raspberry smoothy than anything else. Big, big fruit, the teeniest bit of an ambiguous middle that tastes like neither malt nor yeast but is probably beer or else something resembling beer. Then more raspberries. This is still a wonderful taste and still pretty complex, but it's not quite up to the level of the New Glarus beers I assume it's trying to imitate.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from my CBS snifter. beer poured a fairly watery pink. thin foamy head fizzed away as quick as it appeared. streaky spotty lacing left traces of where the beer was on the glass as i sipped it. smell is raspberry. taste matches the nose but is rather thick. a face full of fresh berries. feel is on the thick side. beer is fresh fruit. new glarus has nothiung to worry about, but this is far from the worse veggie beer i've tried. a nice break from cerise, but a bit on the syrupy side...enjoyable though. glad to have a 4 pack and might need to seek out another.

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Photo of Pencible
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a translucent cherry red with almost no head.
S: It smelled like sweet raspberry jam, with a slight bit of bready malt.
T: It tasted like sweet raspberry jam. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a fantastic raspberry ale. The scent and taste were delicious. The body was ok, but the finish was really smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Better than Raspberry Tart. Impressive dessert beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours ruby red with a small pinkish head that doesn't stick around very long and leaves no lacing. Smell is, not surprisingly, raspberries, mostly sweet but with a hint of sourness at the end. The taste is also dominated by raspberries but there is definitely a beer backbone in there - malts and a faint hop taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good on this one especially since the sweetness is toned down a little in the taste.

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

On-tap at the tap room in Grand Rapids. This one is a dark ruby red colour with an off-white pink-tinged head of foam that held up pretty nicely. Aromas of artificial raspberries and booze as well as some earthy/musty hints way in the background. Taste is cookie malts with a nice boozy raspberry syrup sort of taste. Drinkability is good, although the mouthfeel is a little coating and overcarbonated. A decent enough, higher abv fruit beer. Scarily many of the regulars were mixing this in half and halfs with the breakfast stout, imperial stout, and even devil dancer!

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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