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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,597 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,597
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 85
Gots: 286 | 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:
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 deadonhisfeet
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer is a hazy reddish color with a fluffy pinkish head that retains pretty well and laces the glass nicely. I get lots of fresh raspberries on the nose as well as a hint of almond.

The beer has a light body and could definitely use a bit more carbonation to wake up the tastebuds more. I get a mild grainy flavor of cereal and a pleasant hit of fresh raspberries that strangely seems to start out tart and sweeten as the beer moves across the palate. The flavors mellow out in the back of the mouth, rendering the finish unremarkable. It's unfortunate that the raspberry flavor in this beer isn't more intense. If it was, we might be talking about an incredible beer. Still, the beer is quite pleasant and enjoyable with no objectionable characteristics.

Overall, a delightful addition to the Founders stable (and an appropriate substitute for Cerise), yet in my opinion it's a little pricey for the quality. Nevertheless, if the supply at my local bottle shop holds out, I can see myself splurging on another 4-pack of this to get me through the hot summer months.

Photo of SourAddict
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice summer beer. Looks appealing. Deep ruby red with a pinkish head.

Smells of jammy raspberries. Very sugary sweet on the nose but not overpowering.

Tastes of sweet ripe raspberries. Follows the nose on the sweetness. Not something I could have more than one in a sitting. Would like it a bit more tart.

Medium carb and feel.

Worth trying on a warm summer evening.

Photo of JISurfer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Ri0
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Looks great, nice ruby red with a 2 finger salmon colored cap. Minimal lacing, which I expect from this type of beer.

S - Nice fresh, juicy raspberries. Hints of some grape and other fruits, but mostly raspberries.

T - It is very good, but it's hard to rate it high when I am used to Raspberry Tart. This is much more sweet, like a soda compared to Tart. Raspberries for sure, but it almost seems blended with other fruits. I definitely enjoy it.

M - Nice carbonation and very refreshing and wet.

O - Solid fruit beer and well done. I prefer the added dimensions of the New Glarus, but do enjoy Founders efforts.

Photo of Sirwootalot
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a british pint glass, served quite cold (was in the freezer for 20 minutes).

This is hands-down the most beautiful looking beer I have ever seen in my life. It pours a thick, deep pomegranate red with a substantial hello-kitty-pink head that quickly subsists. Held up to a light or the sun, it almost ignites with sparkling color. The smell is pure raspberry, though more muted than a pail or tin full of the real deal.
The taste is profoundly fruity and juicy (but not at all overly sweet); the raspberries are clearly the main attraction, and it fades quickly to a pie-crust-like rich malt. If there are any hops whatsoever, they're impossible to detect against the pleasantly astringent berry notes. The aftertaste is more complex - coppery, earthy, with a small funky hint of something almost like compost or brettanomyces. It's nothing terribly complex, but it's intensely delicious and refreshing. It leaves a bizarre, bitter and astringent mouthfeel, like unwashed fresh vegetable greens - it's not unpleasant, but it's profoundly odd compared to the delicate simplicity that came before.

In short, this is easily the best fruit beer i've had to date, and my only regret is that the case I picked up was the absolute last and I won't be able to get even more!

Photo of Slay40
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of Dracarys
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phillyz
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of PaulMc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Gorgeous scarlet with nice pink head that I wished persisted a little longer.

Smell: Raspberries. Not much else to say, but I like it.

Taste: Raspberry dominated, with a mix of the sweet and tart. There seem to be some deeper fruit and caramel notes as well. The finish is peppery, tart and even a little tannic.

Feel: A little sticky from the amount of juice, leaving a coating on the teeth. The drier, tarter finish does help.

Overall: I am happy that they brought this back, as I prefer it over Cerise, but I am partial to raspberries over cherries.

Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of sjones5045
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this definitely isn't my style of beers however since its a Founders I'll give it a try. It pours a purple brown, with a purple lace. Very strange looking for a beer. The smell is extremely sweet with an absolute ton of raspberry hitting you right in the face. The taste is more of a raspberry soda than beer, very sweet and a nice tart end. It's actually put together rather nice, which shouldn't come as a surprise from Founders. The feel is a bit syrupy but it does fit with the sweetness. Overall I have to say it has a place. A dessert beer perhaps? Or a summer party. For what this beer is, it's pretty good and will have place in the fridge at he right place and time.

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of drebrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of erialbill
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ScottRansom
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Bigtwin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,597 ratings.