Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 636
Hads: 2,987
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 121
Gots: 477 | 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 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'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'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


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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Photo of rsyberg01
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle with a Sept or Aug notch.

A - Pours a clear ruby with a white slightly pink head that sticks well around the edges, Very soft looking.

S - Raspberries, citrus maybe lime, slightly hoppy. enjoyable, nothing extraordinary.

T - Sweet raspberry, tart, malt on the back end, really nice. Good balance, very refreshing.

M - Nice tannin like dryness with a good malt coat.

D - Very easy to drink, the tart may become a little bit overbearing but overall good.

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

Pours a deep red with a quarter inch head that fades very quickly to a thin ring. The lacing that's left behind is thin and patchy.

Smell; is dominated by raspberries, but that shouldn't be to shocking since this is a raspberry beer. It's also tart, with some touches of cherries.

Taste; once again, dominated by raspberries, but it's not nearly as overpowering as I thought it would be. It starts out pretty sweet, but fades into a decent tartness. Otherwise there's not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with very low carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good.

Fruit beers aren't really my thing, but this one is actually pretty decent. I wouldn't go out of my way to get any more, but I wouldn't turn one down eiher.

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

Small, tight, violet-white head sits atop a dark cherry body. Tart raspberry and cherry, sourish apple skins, sweet candy (cherry pixie stix?). Interesting aroma. Ripe raspberries and cherries at the forefront. Sugary at first then turning tart and juicy. mellow malt backbone provides a nice platform. It tastes like they put a ton of fruit in here! I like that. Tart, acidic finish. Moderate body with a mellow feel. Not as effervescent as other raspberry beers I've had. Nice job on a unique beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top label notch right of center.

Hazy magenta, headless, with particles settling to the bottom.

Earthy sweet tart candy nose with raspberry pancake syrup.

First swigs: Hard candy almost Jolly Rancher. Raspberry flavor is complimented with a floral bouquet. Earthy with a tight tartness. Slightly sour, but not to a fault. Lots of candy sweetness and fruit. There must be a ton of fruit in here.

Feel is undercarbonated and restrained which adds to the drinkability. Almost juice like and clocking in at 7.0% is quite a trick. A well built fruit beer. Thanks SkinnyElvis.

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Photo of CraftAle
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewpub. I'm not a fan of fruit beers, and have found peach and blueberry brews acceptable---not not repeatable. However, this dark pink brew had an exceptional rasberry smell and taste, with the necessary malt and hops, to make it a beer and not a soda pop! I will buy again.

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Photo of adammills
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is like no other beer that I have had. Its rich almost ruby red is georgous and its fresh berry smell is suprising. It is quite sweet, yet dry, with a moderatly light mouthfeel. This is not in my opinion a beer just to tip back one after another, but very very nice.

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Photo of pootz
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Poured a brilliant ruby colored ale in my stein...2 finger frothy pink cap...moderate carbonation..cap laces well signifying a good malt base in this brew.

Aroma was splendid...pungent floral- berry fruits and subtle grass and grain tones...very nice.

Slightly sweet up front but this lasts only a second as the tartness from the fruit and hops rush in to balance...although there is a big dose of bready malt here it rides in the shadow of the fresh berry fruit...and that’s not so bad...this leaves the impression of chewing a fresh warm biscuit smothered in raspberry cloying in the delivery either...finishes wet and slow where the fruity tartness, woody hops and thick bready malts sort themselves out on the palate in a long finish...slightly bready after taste.

This is definately one of the most authoritative, freshest tasting fruit beers I have ever tasted....there is nothing synthetic about the ample berry flavors and it rides on a substantial malt spine to carry the whole thing off....well done!

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Rubaeus is a wonderful bubbly raspberry ale. I've had some bottles that had a foaming problem (maybe my fault from agitating it). Be forewarned. But not this one...its pours nicely into a pint glass. Head retention is excellent.. ..especially for a fruit beer that I have found have thinner heads that dissapate faster than a normal ale. The head forms a solid ring thats sticky.

The nose is of malt with a sweet tart raspberry cover. The flavor is not a citric sour explosion like a lambic, but a slightly tart raspberry layer on top of a solid ale. The fruit flavor blends well with the malty beer. A+ for mouthfeel.

This would be the kind of raspberry beer that I could brew and know that my non-beerheaded friends would drink up.

Founder's makes some awesome beers, and I'm immediately partial to this one because of their reputation for delicious unique beers. Even so, this raspberry brew is a treat. Cheers! :-o

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Photo of beveritt
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but I picked it up from a reputable store that has a high turnover rate.

Appearance: A medium brown with a tint of red/pink color to it. Has very little head to speak of and that that it does dissipates quickly.

Smell: Strange, but this beer doesn't have much of a smell. If you swirl it around enough, you can pick up hints of raspberries. That's about it.

Taste: This is a tart beer, which I think is a good thing. Think of how fresh raspberries taste, that is the pucker factor you get with this beer. Very little malt, no hop flavor, but a good balance of fruit taste, residual sweetenss, and the sour taste of fresh raspberries.

Moutfeel: Carbonation level is high enough to balance out the tartness of the berries. Leaves a slick feeling in the back of your throat.

Drinkability: A good fruit beer. So many taste like sugar water, this preserves the tart/sour flavor of true raspberries. The only detractor is that having several of something this tart might start to build in your mouth after awhile. Overall, I like it. I will definitely grab more next time I see it around.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unquestionably, the best aspect of this beer was its beautiful, deep, dark pink color. It arrived with no head, but instead, just a white ring around the edge of the glass. The nose was unmistakably of raspberry. The mouthfeel was light to medium with lots of raspberry flavor in the mouth. The finish was dry, but not intensely so. Jonathan let me try some of his Blushing Monk to compare, but the tart dryness was too much.

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

Founders Rubaeus
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Pours a hazy light red, almost dark pink color with a fluffy off-white head on top. Spotted trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Intense aroma of freshly picked rasberries and zesty citrus.

Syrupy sweet rasberry bombs attack the palate with a backbone of caramel malt. Flavors of rasberry tart pie, freshly ground rasberry puree and rasberry pez candy meld together to create one hell of an interesting fruit beer. A very nice balance of tart, sweet and malty mold together.

In many ways, this reminded me of the Lindemans Framboise. I think the similarities between these two beers are plentiful, making me even further question if the Lindemans Framboise is a true Lambic or a Fruit Beer. Nevertheless, this brew is original, extremely fruity and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish color, with an interesting light pink foamy head. The head disappears very quick. Raspberry, fruity, and winey aroma. Slightly tart and sweet raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit harsh, as if something is not quite right. It became better as it warmed slightly. Not too sweet, might use a bit of sourness. Light body, but not overly carbonated. Interesting, and refreshing.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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