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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 636
Hads: 2,988
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 121
Gots: 479 | FT: 15
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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:
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 GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby coloring with no head. Aromas of rich, darkly sweet raspberry, like when you boil the fruit when you are making jelly/jam. Flavors are rich and sweet, heavy in legit raspberry fruit flavors. It does a very good job avoiding the sugary or syrupy sweet characteristics. Tart and slightly bitter notes at the end of the palate. The body is smooth and slick. Rich, sweet, and tart aftertaste that starts to pucker a bit as you continue to drink. Slick, slightly cloying finish with a decent tart linger. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/6/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge tart raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry skin, floral, and light bread. Fantastic aromas with big authentic raspberry notes; and big strength. Exactly what was expected. Taste of big tart raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry skin, floral, bread, grass, and light floral earthiness. Lingering notes of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, floral bread, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of raspberry and malt flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent fruit beer! Great balance and robustness of authentic raspberry flavor; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date of 06/26/2013, so this is about as fresh as I could possibly hope for. Landed the 4 pack from the local beer store for $11.99. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour straight down the center yields about two fingers of light pinkish white head on top of a bright ruby red colored body. Looks like straight up cranberry juice in the glass, more than it does a beer. No lacing.

S - Smell is of fresh juicy tart raspberries, with perhaps the slightest hint of malt and yeast in the background.

T - Taste follows the nose: tart juicy raspberries, with the faintest distinguishable yeast & malts lingering in the background. Crisp carbonation and light-bodied.

M - Feel is sweet and tart with some raspberry juice lingering. Smooth, wet, sticky, and fruity.

Overall, a delicious refreshing summer beer from Founders. Smooth & easy drinking, nicely built, delicious authentic raspberry flavor, and a moderate 5.70% abv make this beer a sure winner. Probably just a bit overpriced at about twelve dollars a four pack, but I can overlook that fact being that this beer was pretty damn tasty. I look forward to more fruit beers from Founders in the future.

Founders Rübæus ---4/5.

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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 greenmtn1111
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet.

Pours a vibrant red with a finger’s worth of light pink head. Fresh raspberries on the nose, almost like raspberry pie. First sip is thick and sweet, covering the entire inside of my mouth and ending with a slight tartness that cuts the sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. It want to take really big gulps of this. The raspberries don’t seem as fresh and bright on the tongue as they did in the aroma, but the flavours are well-balanced with just the right amount of malty backbone. There’s some bitterness, slight booze and sugary pastry. It’s a little too sweet for me to be really refreshing, but it’s extremely drinkable and pretty delicious nevertheless.

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Photo of harrymel
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light pink colored head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry sorbet are present in the nose.
T: This beer is filled with flavors of raspberries, but these aren't really of the sweet variety and the taste is more like a raspberry sorbet.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount
O: This beer achieves an excellent balance between sweetness and tartness as neither of them stand out in particular. As this tastes like a sorbet, I could almost see this beer being used as a palate cleanser between courses during a beer dinner.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Surly Darkness glass

A- pours a white one finger head that dissipates very slowly. Very nice lacing that coats the side of the glass. Color is dark brown/red/copper. Hard to see through it. Attractive beer.
S- The aroma is sweet raspberry jam upfront, sugar, very rich and fruity.
T- Very refreshing, slight tartness, but the sweet raspberry jam flavor takes over the beer, very rich.
M- Light mouthfeel, clean finish, well carbonated, very refreshing
O- Not too bad, very New Glarus like, reminds me of there Raspberry Tart, but not as good. This beer is perfect for a hot summer day like today, i feel very satisfied. Well done Founders.

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

A- pours a dark ruby-red color with a small fizzy white head that has a purple tint. The head reduces, leaving no lace behind.

S- tart raspberry juice with some sugary raspberry reduction. There's some grainy malt in there, but raspberries take center stage

T- tart and crisp fresh raspberry juice with authentic raspberry flavors, after the fruity flavors settle, there's a nice malty backbone that comes through to provide a crisp and dry finish

M- light bodied, but not watery. Spritzy carbonation leads to a light and foamy mouthfeel, dry and astringent finish

O- the tartness of this beer makes it a sipper, but the raspberry flavors are among the most authentic that I've had. It even has a malty backbone to finish like a real beer. This one stands above most of the style

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

Bottle into glass. Found it at Wegman's at Dick Road & George Urban in Cheektowaga, NY.

a: dark clear ruby, with a thin pinkish head that goes away fast.

s: this is one of the best drinkable things I've ever smelled. It's got all the best things about raspberries AND all the best things about malty ale. (I said "whoa raspberries!" and my husband said, "yeah, it's like you stepped in one!" I assume he meant stepped in a raspberry patch.)

t: beery enough to be more than just raspberry wine. Really lovely. Could do with being a bit less sweet, although it's not a sugary sweet, it's a malty fruitiness.

m: a liiittle too fizzy, and lighter than I expected.

o: fabulous stuff, will definitely buy again at least once a summer. It's not cheap, but it's a step up from what I was buying for the same price back home in Toronto.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: On the pour you can see the beer is a light red color, and it becomes a dark red when completely in the glass. Not much of a head forms, but it seems to be a light shade of purple.

S: More of a grainy, beery smell than a fruit aroma, although the fruit is present.

T: Tart raspberry, then "beer" flavor, followed by sweeter raspberry.

M: Fairly light, but not watery.

O: A decent beer overall, and pretty good for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sexy garnet with a thin head into my glass. Love the color. Love the idea that it's a break from the usual hoppy beers.

Aroma is full of raspberries and precious little else. In other words, it's not one of those fake fruit beers that are atypical of the season.

The taste backs up my assertion there. Luscious raspberry flavor that grabs your taste buds by the throat (ok, that was cliche). Pretty damn tasty regardless.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Nothing but raspberries all around.

This beer was made for mixing with other beers. I have seen examples of it being mixed with imperial stouts, etc. You could drink it straight but it might bore your taste buds over time. Either way, it's definitely worth a purchase!

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Photo of gcamparone
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA

A- Pours a dark ruby body with a small, light red head that reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Heavy raspberry juice and not much else.. maybe some caramel and malt in the background but the overwhelming berry aroma is hard to get past.

T- Extremely sweet raspberry juice, maybe some red grapes, and a hint of malt on the follow through. The finish is slightly tart.

M- Somewhat thick with medium-low carbonation. Kinda syrupy.

This just isn't my kind of beer.. there was way too much sweet raspberry flavor and not much balance at all. It's pretty one-dimensional.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured Rubaeus into a pint glass.

A - The beer pours cloudy strawberry red color with a half finger of cream light reddish head.

S - Yeah its red raspberries in there I must say. Smells nice for a fruit beer.

T - Getting a raspberry bomb. Some light malt if any at all. This is a really flavorful raspberry beer. Not bad at all.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent on this fruit beer. I have to admit it's much smoother and richer than expected. Medium on the mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. A real nice summer beer. Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of robwestcott
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cold from the bottle to a dogfish head signature glass, deep raspberry pink with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

Aroma of - well - of raspberries. Super ripe raspberries or a super sweet raspberry reduction. This beer is raspberries !

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice sweet and sour balance, with a dry finish.

Drinkable on this hot day out on the porch

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish, "framboise like" body with pink head and minimal lace. I mostly smelled raspberries with my beer, possibly some hops and grainy malt but to be honest nothing but razzies for me. I will say that thankfully this beer isn't thick or sticky, and by that I mean the dominant taste profile is raspberry but it's not like drinking raspberry flavored smoothies with alcohol. It is a balanced beer, as there are some hop bites that add crisp, bitter backbite, there is some tart and sweetness, and there is a good amount of raspberry but everything is balanced and it feels more like a beer with raspberries, not raspberry beer. Also, I appreciated the balance because it never gets too sugary/sweet but nor does it get so tart it borders on puckering/sourness. I still gave it a "low" overall score because personally I couldn't drink more than 12 ounces and the pint I had started to wear on me. Pretty good beer that probably is best served as a dessert beer because it is a little bit of meal in a bottle.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red color. Head of about a finger, not as much as I expected though. Active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: An artificial sugary scent hits the nose right away. Some semi sweet malt is mixed in as well. The raspberry accents are pretty well done here, noticeable but not overpowering.

Taste: Some caramel malt accents hits the palate first. Then there comes the artificial sugary sweetness which goes hand and hand with an average raspberry presence. There is a tart presence, but does not really play a major part here. The raspberry come through more sugary then anything else. The finish fades away with some decent character.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry finish from the strong sugary accents.

Overall: Maybe I'm spoiled from having New Glarus Raspberry Tart easily obtainable, but Rubaeus definitely falls short of that masterpiece. The raspberry accents seem to get slightly lost in a sugary blast. A solid brew, but I wouldn't call it much more then that.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruby red in color. Head quickly dissipates. Just a few wisps of foam remain. Fresh,sweet raspberry aroma. Very different from a lambic in that both the aroma and flavor is on the sweeter side side. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth. This is clearly an ale flavored with fresh raspberry flavoring and not some alcopop malt beverage. Aftertaste pulls back the sweetness just prior to it being a bit much.

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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 TwelveOunces
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A very hazy beer. A brownish amber color. A two finger light pink head.

S- Smells like raspberries. Sweet and somewhat sugary. Smells like a belgian brew. A dry smelling beer.

T- Wow, raspberries. A very intense flavor profile. A tart beer but a very strong sweetness. The raspberries taste very fresh. A plain, but sweet and breaddy malt profile that really help highlight the raspberries. A strong and intense flavor to the beer. A sipping beer spite the ABV. May be difficult to drink more then one of these.

M- A sweeter beer, thick in feel.

O- An awesome fruit beer. A bit tiring on the palate but still a good beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark red color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a fruity raspberry aroma. Nice raspberry taste. Mild amount of bitterness. Not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one is very good and refreshing.

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Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an attractive raspberry color with less than a 1/2 finger head in a stein.

Strong raspberry aroma.

The beer was lightly carbonated.

There was little alcoholic presence in the beer. It tastes more like a fruit soda, or a fruit drink.
Refreshing, but not my style of beer. A times it almost tasted like cough syrup.

Even though I am not partial to this style of beer, it seems well brewed. There is balance in the beer.

It would work well at barbecues on hot sunny afternoons.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super effervescent garnet/purple with a sliver of purple head. No lacing or head retention

S: Raspberry not much else

T: Raspberry, rhubarb & sweet cherries up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes dry with much cherry/berry sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Fairly easy to drink, not very complicated, if you like raspberries, you'll most likely enjoy this. Was happy to try this, but will not buy it again

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, ruby red to almost brown color. Hazy and ruddy looking in the body with about a 1.5 finger, pink head. Retention is pretty good down to a thinner film on the top, which also laces pretty well.

S- Fruity and sweet with only the slightest bit of tart flavor detectable. This scent is fairly one dimensional all the way through the smell, with no malts to be found by the nose.

T- Wow! Holy fruit bomb! Starts with a slight hit of tart raspberry flavor before moving towards a much sweeter berry flavor. The tart to sweet progression would be ideal for a hot, humid summer day. Towards the back end of the drink, the sweetness intensifies then fades slightly to reveal just a few hints of a solid, malty backbone. Sweetness lingers a bit on the tongue after each sip.

M- Light in body and high in carbonation would lend this to feeling like your typical summer beer, but a high amount of sweetness makes this feel somewhat syrupy. The sweetness is intense across the palate, giving a slick feel.

Overall, this was much sweeter than I expected, but a good change of pace for a summer seasonal. I would recommend that anyone looking at trying this wait until it's hot as hell out, then go for it.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard tulip glass.

A- Appears a dark purplish red in the glass with some light translucency through the fairly dark liquid, about a finger and half of pinkish off-white head forms on the top that dissipates at a moderate rate leaving the glass coated in a thin foamy layering.

S- Very sweet raspberry purée, very juice like, thin malt background, overpowering sweetness and puree qualities makes this not overly pleasant to smell.

T- Lots of puréed raspberries lend a very sweet lightly tart taste with a light malt background, finishes with a fairly crisp almost lager-like finish followed with a long aftertaste of sweet raspberries.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the thin side, crisp finish, a hint of syrupiness especially on the finish.

O- This was a decent fruit beer that reminded me a little bit of the New Glarus fruit beers. It was very sweet with a light tartness and in your face fruitiness. The downfall was the overpowering sweetness and the purée quality of the fruit which definitely makes this beer something I couldn't palate drinking a lot of. Definitely an upgrade over Cerise, but still not a beer that I'll likely come back to in the near future.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.