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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,345 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,345
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 73
Gots: 240 | FT: 11
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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:
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 bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a red/pink/amber color with a very small white head. Aroma is pleasing, but it's pretty much just raspberries and it's both sweet and tart smelling. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's sweet and tart raspberries, very nice. I don't notice any hops or alcohol taste in the beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, although I think this is more of a dessert beer. I don't know if I could drink more than a couple of these at a time. But overall I think this is a good beer. It's not too sweet and not too tart, it's a great example of what a fruit beer should be.

bluejacket74, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a little head that fades fast, but some retention remains. Nice amber color.

Smell: Nice raspberry smell with some faint malts underneath.

Holy shit what nice flavor from the fruits, no off tannins just pure nice fruit flavor. The maltiness isn't anything I can pick apart but it's sweetness balances nicely with the raspberries.

Creaminess on the palate with light carbonation. PERFECT!

I could drink this beer all fucking day, oh man.

jasonjlewis, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

After dispensing the beverage into a pint glass, I read some recent reviews to see if my experience mirrored that of others on this site. However, my experience didnt :( Poured a hazy, amber color with nothing but foam. My first pour evicted one inch of beer and 5 inches of head. After waiting 4 or 5 minutes, the head dissipated slightly and I was able to fit another two ounces in the pint glass. Finally, after about 10 minutes, I was able to fit all of the beer in the glass. I am not sure if this one got infected or what, but there is WAY too much carbonation here.

Aroma was pleasant and sweet. Definitely raspberry in the nose. Smells tart yeat sweet, like a raspberry tart. Other than the raspberry, not much going on. However, I did enjoy the aroma.

Quite tart tasting. Actually, very tart. I enjoy some tartness in a beer every now and again. I enjoy most lambics and this seems like it could fit in that category quite easily. Lots of raspberry. Somewhat sweet as well.

I enjoyed this beer. I had not idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Besides the excessive foam, this was a pretty good beer. Dry in the finish and a little overcarbonated. Certainly a good summertime beer. Very enjoyable.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one from Aprilluvsbeer as part of BC2. thanks april!

12oz bottle.

pours crystal clear red colour with a wisp pinkish white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. raspberry bread. touch of alcohol. light sweetness. it does come across as slightly medicinal, but not overly so.

taste is good. lots of raspberry. big bready malt. bit of alcohol. light sweetness. slightly tart. bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. the raspberry character is strong, but still lets the base beer show through. nice level of sweetness without reaching an undesirable sticky sweet level.

grub, Dec 05, 2007
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 pwoods
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at The Dilly Deli, poured into a pint.

A: Pours an awesome blood red with some hot pink tinting. About one finger of head dies pretty quickly and doesn't help much on the lacing. The color is just awesome.

S: The obviously blast of raspberries and some added sweetness. If it wasn't for the slightest touch of alcohol, you'd think this was a juice.

T/M: What else would you expect besides raspberries? Nicely tart raspberries with just enough sweetness to balance things out. Alcohol isn't really detectable even after a bit of warming. Finish is a bit stronger in the tartness but nothing extreme.

D: Pretty straight forward. Taste isn't anything spectacular but it's better than I expected. Now to decide if I should crack the Blushing Monk open or not.

pwoods, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this was a rather unique looking beer to be honest. When I originally got it I really did not know what to think of it, so the best way to find out is just go ahead and try it, which is exactly what I planned on doing. Poured a very light bright red, almost a pink with very little in the way of a head on top and just the slightest touch of side glass lace. The carbonation coming through was very full and left for chains of bubbles streaming up through the bottom. The aroma was very light and sweet, not really deep raspberries like you see in some others, like Raspberry Tart for example, but a light sugary raspberry, akin to a wine cooler. The taste was very light and crisp with a refreshing nature to the feel. Ample carbonation kept it lively throughout and a decent fruity aftertaste followed. Overall this was pretty decent, nothing spectacular, but still pretty decent. It was a nice novelty one off selection, though I don’t think I would go this way again. I am starting to like the fruit beers; I just like them a little heavier then this one.

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of kenito799
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a glass stein. Thanks to Tizzod--part of my Thanksgiving beerfest in Minnesota.

Pours a clear dark brick red, no head, no lacing. Active carbonation, crisp soda-like mouthfeel. The aroma is full on tart raspberry with some malty beer scents underneath, nice.

Flavor is a very good sweet then tart fresh raspberry taste, crisp, not at all cloying. The finish is bitter as in fruit pith, not hops. Flavorful and good if not terribly interesting...recalls more complex raspberry lambics and makes me want to go find on of those rather than drink more of this. But certainly not bad, as one would expect from this fine brewery.

kenito799, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very rich, deep, dark red with a thin foamy pink-white head that disspates quickly. I wish the head lasted longer and that there wasn't little pieces of sediment floating in it. Probably not yeast, more likely raspberry pieces but im not sure.

The smell is all raspberries, tart and sweet. Taste is similar with a bit of a boozy finish. Fairly well balanced for a fruit beer, a bit too sweet but i guess it has to be to balance out the tartness. Mouthfeel suffers mainly from the little pieces of whatever that make it a bit gritty. Very drinkable, though. my girlfriend loved it which did not surprise me as she likes a lot of fruit beers. Good to try but a bit pricey.

wheelinshirt, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin, foamy white head dissipates within seconds of a hard pour. Beautiful ruby/brown body more than makes up for that shortcoming.

Smells strongly of sweet raspberries and a touch of alcohol on the back end. Straightforward and appetizing.

Very nice. Only mild sweetness accompanies a tart raspberry flavor. A bit of a mouth-puckering finish with equal part tartness and wheat tang. Slight medicinal taste peeks out from an otherwise tasty fruit beer.

Avoids syrupy tendencies with a refreshing acidity throughout. Actually, almost a touch thin but decently carbonated. A way above average fruit beer, just a step below New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Liefmans' Framboise as far as raspberry beers go.

malcontent, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - opaque, rich red color, very minimal white head, little to no retention though bubbles continue to rise to the surface well after the pour

Smell - strong raspberry notes and little else

Taste - raspberries and slight alcoholic finish.
I can detect no hops or malt, just pure raspberries and a bit of tartness

Mouthfeel - though the head is gone and no lacing is present, it still has a light bubbly texture

Drinkability - very easy to consume.
For a raspberry beer, its not too sweet.
If I had another one, I'd drink it

BradLikesBrew, Oct 18, 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 Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Whole Foods in Chicago for $9.99 a 4 pack.

Pours a clear reddish pink, medium white head forms, some lace spots, thin layer forms, disappears to a thin ring. Smell is sweet, lots of raspberries, bready, general fruit, strawberries, not very complex but nice. Taste is similar, sweet malt, some caramel, very fruity, tons of raspberry flavour, nice fruity finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. The raspberries are slightly tart, nicely done fruit beer.

Viggo, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from the “I want THAT BIF: Round 3” thanks to BeerBeing.

The color is a rusty, dull red with virtually no foam or noticeable carbonation. The eye candy is more on the color than anything else.

Aromas of tart, fresh raspberries, almost smells like an alcoholic raspberry juice drink. Hardly any sign that this is beer. A sweet note in the background, reminiscent of raspberry bubblegum.

The taste is surprising. I was expecting more of a tart and sour profile but it’s quite sweet upfront and a little tartness in the back of the throat. Some slight sourness on the edges of the tongue as well. This would be excellent to drink with some dinners or just as a dessert.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is on the low side.

Drinks very easy.

seaoflament, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of umfskibum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red color, about the same as a bottle of cranberry juice. Finger-width white head tinted with a blood-red color. Beautiful lacing, as Rubaeus holds onto the glass until the bitter end.

S: Holy cow, your nostrils get assaulted by the smell of raspberries. The strong scent wouldn't be a surprise in a lambic, but is bracing coming from a beer. This being said, the scent is a nice and authentic raspberry - not a hint of syrup or other artificial odors. Wheat and malt follow at the very end to remind you you did indeed pick up a beer.

T/M: As one would expect, Rubaeus starts with an almost overwhelmingly sweet raspberry taste. About halfway through the sip, a sour fruit flavor kicks in. The nicest surprise comes at the end, with a wonderful (and delicious) bitter cereal malt taste. The mouthfeel is light, with just a bit of the syrupy stickiness you usually find in a fruit beer. Carbonation is moderate. The tart and sour tastes definately give a bit of a pucker at the end of each sip.

D: A bit sweet and bubbly to become a staple for me, but undoubtedly a great summer beer. Also, one of the best examples of a fruit beer I have had - other breweries should take note of the quality that comes with using real fruit rather than artificial flavors.

umfskibum, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I shared this one with my fiance since she loves the fruity stuff...

A - Deep rhubarb red with watermelon highlights. This is a beautiful shade of deep red that has a lot of different hues showing through. The head is a pink and fluffy cap that eventually goes away leaving a ring of bubbles around the collar. A net of fine lace slides down the glass.

S - Smells like a bowl of fresh raspberries with sugar piled on top. Reminds me a bit of Lindemans framboise, but without the acidity. I can detect a small amount of hops pulling through, which I really appreciate in a category that can be all about the fruit and not the beer.

T - Sour apple and tart raspberry are the first flavors to touch the tongue, along with a vague funky sour note. Again, hops show through and make this more of a beer lover's fruit beer than a girly candy treat. This has a neat funky earthy almost moldy mushroomy aspect that makes it a bit of balance, but does add some complexity.

M - Light bodied with some moderate carbonation. A bit slick and sugary.

D - A pretty good fruit beer that has a lot of complex and unique flavors. It's no lambic, but it's a decently drinkable fruit beer.

pmcadamis, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of chimney
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: with a hint of amber it has a very "berry red" almost dark pink look to it with a very light pink foamy head.

S: very strong raspberry immediately upon opening and after pouring

T: starts sweet and very fruity and ends with a nice lingering tartness.

M: lots of small bubbles, but not effervescent (flat champagne, is the best i can think of) by no means flat, kind of thick and syrupy.

D: wonderful to try, but too sweet for me to have multiples of. something i could have every once and a while, especially with a good vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

chimney, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin light pink/white head than fades pretty quick. Sitting a cloudy dark pink/red body.
S- Big raspberry nose but also a nice helping of caramel malts that I wasn't expecting. It is a very interesting aroma. I think the way they brewed it really gives off many different layers of raspberries. I also want to say there is some grass hops in there too.
T- Very interesting taste. Many levels of raspberries blended in with a light alcohol that just tickles your tongue, sugar, a caramel body, and a hint of grass hops. The alcohol warms up back of throat just a touch. It feels like I am missing some flavors but at the same time I think it's just the raspberries. Nice fresh raspberries that blend between a sour and light bitterness.
M- Thin/medium body with a nice dry finish. Low amount of carbonation to really make this a nice finish.
D- I think this is an excellent brew and would get it again if I saw it in stores on vacation. Once again Founders didn't let me down (only on one or two of their brews)

BlindPig, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful raspberry scent that is geniune, not derived from extract. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, raspberry flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity and tart. It does have a dry, earthiness in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a real treat. Raspberry is my favorite fruit to brew with. This beer is a fine example of a brewery not selling out with fake extracts and brewing with the real deal. It makes a difference.

WesWes, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice. Not much head, nice ruby/garnet color. Smells like raspberry jello does - almost manufactured, but not bad. Never yet turned away a raspberry Jolly Rancher.

Compared to the sweetened Lindeman's Framboise, the beer is on the sour side. Both are good, this one may be more refreshing on a hot day.

Mouthfeel is fine, feels light as it should. Carbonation is not apparent in glass but can be felt when drinking.

Drinkability of this beer is good. I have had each of the 4-pack on separate occasions prefacing another beer. Not sure I could drink multiple fruit beers - akin to eating a whole cake vs. one slice.

BelgianAleSlut, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, here's my thing with Fruit/Vegetable Beers...from my experiences so far this year, its...."am i going to finish this or is it going to be a pour".

If that doesn't put you in my hemisphere then don't bother reading on.
Pours a slightly hazy blushing deep raspberry color with a thin delicate pink head that fades quickly. Surprise! ...it has a rich sweet raspberry aroma, maybe a little syrupy, with a hint of alcohol and an underlying earthy character. Here goes...wow! a keeper. It has a surprisingly heavy body. It's adequately carbonated and there is a tart feel thats well within my tolerance that complements the sweet raspberry flavor nicely. It finishes dry, but the wonderful lingering berry taste causes involuntary 'lapping' urges.

jjayjaye, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mac300 for sharing this one. Poured into a pint cold.
A - A medium cranberry color w/ thin white head and good clarity. A little lace is produced that doesn't stick.

S - Big candied raspberry scent, like a raz liquer.

M - Fruity tartness with minimal acidity. Feels like drinking sugary berry juice.

T - A very juicy Raz w/ subtle grain flavor and textures that are wrapped up in the sweetness and mildly dry taste w/ nicely accented fruit. The effervescence is pleasant and complements the deeply intense juicy raspberry taste well.

D - So easy to drink like a Dole juice pop twisted into beer. Very fruit forward raspberry ale. One of the best fruit flavored beers I have had. The berry taste is natural and not overdone, very tasteful and all-around drinkable.

Slatetank, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Beer Depot (Ann Arbor) and hand carried back here to Colorado. Consumed about 2 weeks later. Pours a thin layer of slightly pinked head over a crystal clear raspberry red liquid. Smells of fresh raspberries. Mostly like raspberry jelly (even has some peanut butter hints), but some woody and sour notes. Dash of ginger.

Tastes wonderfully raspberry. This is a raspberry drink rather than a beer with raspberry hints. Strong carb keeps the beer from being sweet and also lifts the flavors off the tongue, so it doesn't possess a persistent aftertaste. Raspberry has some woody and tannic hints which are likely the result of seeds in the brewing process. Touch of orange and some sourish, but not acidic sour like my raspberry homebrew sometimes comes out as. Aftertaste is the place where malt is most present, which isn't saying much. Bit of wheat and a bit of toasted character.

Md-light mouthfeel and strong carbonation. A well done raspberry beer, which can be quite hard to pull off.

mentor, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a funny pink color with a very small off white head. Aroma is fresh raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries. Not really a beer flavor to it. Some malts. Interesting brew - doesn't taste like a malternative, but doesn't taste like a beer. Overall, it delivers what it advertises - raspberry flavor. My wife really liked it. If you want to buy a raspberry beer, I think that this is the one to get.

Duster72, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz stub-nosed bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale pours with an unnatural crimson red color, very similar to the Lindeman's framboise. When held to light, a deeper red-brown color emerges. The head is luxuriously thick, clinging to the sides of the glass as if life itself were in the balance.

S: Sweet raspberry puree dominates the nose, syrupy and thick with a big sugary body.

T: While raspberry is the first and, arguably, the strongest flavor to come out of the beer, the body is nicely stabilized by a grainy malt body that is heavy on the cereal flavors. The raspberry flavors throughout the beer are the syrupy sweet kind, not dry, acidicly tart fruits. The finish of a sip has an element of tartness to spice things up a bit. An interesting, if not overwhelming drink.

M: The big grains stand up nicely against the raspberry flavors, preventing the beer from going too sweet.

D: The sweetness is strong, so this beer is not for everyone. I could probably have another bottle but that would be the extent of it.

akorsak, Aug 11, 2007
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,345 ratings.