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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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87
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Reviews: 648
Hads: 3,053
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 120
Gots: 511 | FT: 13
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 mentor
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Duster72
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass
Before I start - Let it be known that I love raspberries, and any opinions are biased to my love of the taste this berry carries.

Appearance: Cranberry juice appearance to the beer itself. The head is short and lasts a short while. It is pink in color with small bubbles and what appears to be carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. The beer is a deep magenta and has some opacity to it. What a great change from all these other conventional beers.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Freshly picked raspberries. There are other aromas like strawberry and plum in there but raspberry is clearly the dominat aroma. This could easily be a lambic with some brett added to it.

Taste: Tart and sweet. The raspberry flavor is in full effect. This is a great representation on the flavor of the berry. It's not supposed to be overly sweet like jam but it hold true to the natural sugars that are present in the fruit. No hop flavor to speak of and some maltiness. This is so refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. I was shocked to look up and see the ABV is 6.9%. You could have told me it was 3% and I would have been a believer. Very cunningly crafted!

Drinkability: I believe this is an awesome beer. I would get a case of this if I saw it. I love raspberry and think that the brewers made it authentic to the flavor that the berry holds. The ABV is well-hidden and the beer is sickeningly drinkable and quenching. Very, very nicely done.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a pink, foamy head of about one finger in depth that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and it leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Body is the color of cranberry juice.

Smell - tart raspberries. No real scent of malt or hops, not quite wine-like either, but it also does not smell like fruit juice or pop, just tart raspberries.

Taste - same as the smell. Tart raspberries. No real taste of malt, only the slightest hint of maltbread, just enough of it as a backbone to prevent this from tasting like fruit juice or wine.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and very effervescent.

Drinkability - this is good ale. But I do not think it is sessionable, rather this is something that goes well with dinner.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ClockworkOrange and biegaman for this treat.

12 oz. stubby bottler poured into a nonic.

Pours a ruby red with a pink fluffy one finger head that quickly dies down to a thin, almost non-existant, layer. Stickiness is not there at all. Smell is of tart raspberries, almost wine like, very refreshing. Taste is of what else, raspberries and sour in a way, but not too much. Bitter hop bite starts and finishes on the tongue. Raspberry flavor seems to appear more with warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but NG's Raspberry Tart is a step above.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bold cherry/ruby red with slight amber highlights. The sparse head is bright and white but very fine, fizzy, and fleeting. Transclucent with a lot of perfectly-suspended sediment. The nose is dominated by raspberry, but thankfully real raspberry, overlaid on a clean malt base. The taste is better than expected, given the formidable punch of the raspberry in the nose. The taste of raspberry is omnipresent, of course, but varies between smooth, sweetness in the middle and a pleasantly tart finish. Grains undergird things nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and light without being watery and features a bit of carbonated crispness too. Drinkable for its type, and perhaps the best fruit beer I've had to date.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-16-07

Pours a very cool cloudy pink/red, with a bubbly white head that quickly fades.

Smell is all fruity raspberries, but not in an overly sweet way.

Taste is lots of soda-like raspberry at first, but then a good bready "beeriness" comes in to even it out. Surprisingly non-sweet, its is hugely flavorful and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is great, good carbonation adds to the soda fruitiness.

Drinkability is fantastic, very refreshing and light on the palate.

Overall, a great beer from Founder's. This is exactly what a fruit beer should be. Tons of flavor, but with a good balance.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This fella pours a deep magenta red with a thin red tinted head that recedes very quickly leaving minimal lace.

The aroma is impressive, fresh tart raspberries. Very much so, with a nice undertone of roasted malt. The combination works well. Very pleasant.

The flavor is of ripe juicy raspberries. Tart initially but fading in to some nice sweetness. Again there is a bit of underlying malt that works well on the palate. Much of what I expected, but done very well none-the-less.

Well carbonated and crisply textured. Tangy and a bit acidic. If there is any downside it would be that the flavors are very straight forward, even for a fruit beer. Besides the slight shortcoming in flavor complexity, it is a great selection. The raspberry is very authentic.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that this is a style of beer that I usually do not like but.... I figured that coming from a brewery with the rep of Founders that it would be worth a try.

Ruby red color with a pink tinged head. Smell is a very appetizing raspberry. The smell is sweet but it's not the sticky sickening syrupy sweet that you get in a lot of fruit beers. Somehow the sweet smell portrays a complexity that gives you the impression that you are about to try something special.

The taste dosn't dissapoint, sweet raspberry up front followed by a tart sourness and a dry finish. Notes of cherries and some citrus zest also show themselves. I'm searching for the malt but it really never appears. Faint earthy hops finish at the very end. The dry finish is really the most surprizing part of this beer. The sweetness totally dissapears. 6.9% is completely hidden.

Simply the best fruit beer I've ever had. I've finished this one off without any trouble when it would normally be a struggle. This is what this style should be and a great example of what a quality brewer can do.

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

A: Attractive strawberry/raspberry juice color with some chill haze to it. A few streams of bubbles meander to the top of the glass from the bottom. Head is very minimal with a simple film of off white bubbles resting on top.

S: Raspberries, vinous qualities, lemonade and cherries in the high notes.

T: Starts off a little perfumy with a good amount of raspberry flavor. There’s no real surprise what this beer was made with, but the raspberry flavor is a bit on the “fake” side…even if its not. Tastes like some seeds made it into the beer, has that earthy pungent flavor. Good amount of beet and cane sugar leaves some residual syrup in the mouth. Finishes really basic opposed to tart which surprised me.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with a soft texture.

D: I was under whelmed by this beer. I could have used more “snap” as it was fairly complacent and not too memorable.

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

I passes on this beer a few times when home last year but this year I grabbed a couple up and actually I am glad I did.A nice deep red pour with a tight thinner but well formed pink head leaving spotty lace around the pint glass,tart "real" raspberry aromas along with an underlying toastiness, very appetizing.The use of all natural fruit makes this beer its sweet and tart and very juicy,what can you say its just damn good.Iam the first to say I shy away from these beers but this is a gem of a fruit beer no doubt.

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Photo of david131
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep red/ pink clear liquid. A small spritzy head forms and quickly falls to a small ring of lace around the top of the liquid.

S- Fresh raspberies. Not very heavy smelling, just a light aroma of raspberries.

T- Oh yeah, just how it should be. The raspberry flavor is great, it even has that raspberry tartness. There is just a slight bit of breadiness. Sweet then tart. Balanced very well. Not a lot of depth, but very tasty.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation gives a light, sweet, and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D- I found this to be a very unique, but very tasty beer. I will have this one on my mind for quite awhile I think. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of peabody
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reddish amber with one finger of white suds and slight lacing.
Smell is raspberry. Lots of Raspberry. Hiding behind that is some sugar and malt with a slight yeast burn to the nose.
Taste is very very berry. This is like a sodapop. Not really sour but as it leaves the mouth you feel a dry sourness. I like this beer but I am not too much up on fruit beers that are sweet.
Mouthfeel is sweet at first then a dry and dirty flavor comes through. Like a sweet tart after it has dissapeared from the mouth. A sugary stickiness is left.
Drinkability depends on if you like this sort of drink. I am not that keen on it but it is not a bad drink.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown, red beer with a creamy head.

Smell is very sweet and fruity with some light woody notes. Also a kind of artificial fruit smell.

Taste is slightly tart and fruity with sweet raspberries, which appear to be a little artificial. There is also a light woody taste that makes me think it will be from the seeds of the fruit. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. Aftertaste is sweet, but dry. Nearing the end, this beer is starting to become more like a kriek than an artificial, sweet fruit beer and drinkability improves.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter; received in trade from froggyfrog (Oct 2006), questionable whether this one has held up...it's been refrigerated since receipt, so I'll take my chances. No "best by" date.

A: First pour is ruby red, maybe a touch orange, and very clear. Notable bubbly/fizzy head, huge and pure white - at least 4-fingers high... Second pour was similar though became cloudy with the brackish sediment that had settled on the bottom. Still, a pretty color and good carbonation. Lace is minimal...

S: Of course this smells like raspberries, more tart than sour...it's a nice but singular smell and stays in the pint glass rather than bursting from it...

T: Hmm, raspberries? Again, it's pretty one-dimensional (like the smell) but it's a rich, fresh crushed-type flavor, nothing syrupy sweet or artificial. Nicely tart, vaguely sour.

M: Crisp mouthfeel and quite a bit of carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit tingly. Raspberry flavor thickens as it warms and clings on the front-center of the tongue & cheeks.

D: Fun to try, good berry flavor, almost more fruit drink than beer. Gets to be a little too much towards the end and ABV, at nearly 7%, isn't conducive to having much more than one glass. I'll bet this could be used in some interesting recipes, desserts in particular. Glad to have tried it and worthy picking one up if you see it. Thanks again, Jeremiah.

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Photo of areitz
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer because I was interested in comparing this to Dogfish's Fort and, of course, I enjoy many of Founder's beers. Upon popping the bottle cap, I immediately smelled a rasberry field which was very pleasant. Upon pouring the beer, I noticed the deep rasberry hue. It was very heady, which lead me to believe that it was getting a little old. Mind you, I only bought a bottle from the store and it doesn't have the born on date on the bottle, so I have no idea if it's getting up there in months. The smell was very rasberry and also a little sharp. My first taste was again very heady and somewhat tangy. I didn't get a lot of hops out of this beer and to me it was somewhat wit-like because it had a dryness to it. Predominant taste was rasberries. I also paired it with Ceviche which wasn't a bad pairing. Overall, it wasn't really balanced, it was very heady to the last drop and I'm still tasting it hours later. I may try this again because I have a feeling the beer was a little old and it should have been colder.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick, cloudy garnet, nice lacing from the thin light colored head. Smell is mostly raspberry, slight hops, citrus, maybe pine but the raspberry dominates.
Tastes just the same. The raspberries dominate all. It is quite refereshing, crisp and clean, with a lingering fruity, slightly acidic aftertaste. I can imagine sipping this by a bonfire on a warm night after cutting the grass. Quite refreshing.

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

Pours a brilliant ruby color with a short head that fades quickly to a rim. Smell is of beautiful fresh raspberries and a touch of malt in the finish. taste is very refreshing, but a tad light, and it crys out for some more tartness. Nice ripe raspberries, a touch of astingency, and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light and quite quenching. Very drinkable on a hot day.

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Photo of surlysober
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

SECOND TRIAL: Bottle from Breeze-Thru. This is a very nice fruit beer. Not something I'd want to drink on a regular basis, but definitely nice. It pours a nice rich red with very little head on it. The smell is fresh raspberries, as is the taste. There's not the same sourness that occurs in a lot of raspberry lambics (which makes sense because I'm pretty sure they don't spontaneously ferment this), but there is some nice, light tartness. The finish has a lingering fruitiness that makes this beer easy to sip away at. Despite this, I probably couldn't have more than one at a time (I don't think that finishing a six pack of these would sit well with my stomach). Overall a well done fruit beer that's perfect as an every-so-often brew.

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

V.06

Pleasant pour with a light head, and ruby colored density underneath.
Smells of subdued raspberry and ale.
Doesn't have the carbonated finesse of a lambic, but very similar. Mouth is light, tastes of medium tart fruit, and is easy to slug.
Would pair well with a dessert. The women will like this as well, even though this is more a manly fruit beer than most.

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Photo of nase
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Aug/Sep.

Appearance is 'pretty.' A lovely red/amber with a very white head. Great smell of raspberries. Taste is quite tart/sweet. A little extra malt may have balanced it out a bit. Lowers the drinkability for me.

App - 4.5, Smell - 4.5, Taste - 3, Mouth - 3.5, Drinkability - 3

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Photo of tendermorsel
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed with this beer. I am huge Founders fan and the six pack I bought was quite expensive.

The color of this beer was a very unapealing pink/red. The taste of the beer was very bitter and sour (not in a good way). The aroma was not strong enough for a fruit beer like this. I have had many other rasberry beers that were better than this.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since a six pack of this brew is so damn expensive at my local packy (by the way the only one I have ever seen it at) I decided I'de pick up a single 12 ouncer to see if it was worth picking up the whole thing. Anyway, poured into a Triple Eight Vodka sampler glass (associated with Cisco brewery). Coloration was reddish, with a pink head that faded quickly. Just looking at the head fading made me think that this is one really carbonated beer. Aroma was definitely filled with rasberry, but I could also almost smell the vine that they came off of. The earth factor gave it a more realistic fruit beer characteristic I think. Taste was of tart rasberries, more green earth tastes. It sort of reminded me of rubarb pie in a way (guess that is appropriate considering the title). Mouthfeel was relatively light in body, but very easy to drink. Most of the time when I have Founders beers, I can immediately tell that it is one of theirs. If I was to do a blind sampling of this one however, I would have never guessed it came from Founders. Most of the time when I try fruit beers, they have a generic taste to them, but this one delivered in the end. By no means one of Founders best offerings, but I think i'de try it again.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a ruby red, with a pink tinted head. The head was large dissipated quickly. No real noticeable lacing. Aroma of raspberry, with some lime citrus character and sugar. Flavor of mild raspberry, cane sugar, citrus, with a tart finish. Mouthfeel is effervescent, medium bodied and carbonation. Some dryness lingerings in the finish with the tartness. Overall it is a nice fruit beer. Easy drinking, with a lot of raspberry flavor.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.