Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

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Reviews: 674 | Ratings: 3,186
Photo of MACrist
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A very clear red, with a small amount of tiny bubbles rising. About a half finger of strawberry head that dissipates quickly down to a ring. Very slight lacing left down glass.
AROMA: Prominent raspberry, and an underlying funk or tart quality.
TASTE: Big sweet and tart rasberries. Get a nice funky thing happening underneath...the yeast, IDK?
FEEL: Mild carbonation, slick feel up front, then drying on finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: Would be berry refreshing on a hot day, pun intended. Easy to drink, too.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown with a pink hued head. The aroma is fresh raspberry followed by a toasty malt The flavor is lights, but extremely pleasant, with the promised raspberry taking the lead. While I may not reach for fruit beers with regularity, this is one of the best I have had. Direct, simple, and very tasty.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/07/08- Purcahsed at Chuck's Wines and Spirtis in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Raspberry puree in color. 1/4 inch head at most forms and quickly evaporates. No real lace traces to speak of.

Smell- Reminds me of a nice fresh raspberry field. Not to sugary in the nose.

Taste- Not like the lambic style I was thinking it would be. This one has a quick dash of sweetness followed by a very slight tartness that comes in after the swallow. This one also has a nice malt base and even some hops that jump in the mix. Raspberry flavor is very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, not a huge lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Worth trying for sure. Don't expect Lindemann's, but it's still got enough sweetness to almost be considered a lambic. Quite good.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Raspberries, so I give most Raspberry beers I find at least a shot.

Red, Raspberry colored body with a head that is a different shade of the same color. A little bit of retention, but no lacing.

As soon as I open the bottle I notice a nice Raspberry aroma, very appealing.

Tasty beer too. Real Raspberry flavor throughout. Sweetness in the beginning finishing nice and tart. A malt backbone is noticeable also, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel here is just medium bodied.

Pretty drinkable beer, nice for some raspberry craving.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Threw down $11 for a four-pack due to a heat-of-the-moment decision at a liquor store because I hadn't seen this at my bottle shop yet. Bottled 6/17/13, so... not even two weeks old. Poured into a simple clear glass, since there weren't any clean pint glasses.

Appearance: Purple. Maybe a dark ruby. Slight pink, silky head that yields some pretty nice lacing. You can tell right from the start that this is a fruit beer just by looking at it.

Smell: Raspberries. Cotton candy. Some sourness. The sour note I wasn't really expecting, but I liked it... it just reminded me of raspberry candy. Maybe that'd bother some people, but if it would, why the hell are you drinking a fruit beer!?

Taste/feel: That sweet raspberry flavor is there on the start, then sour in the middle, and then there are some bready sorts of malts to remind you that what you are drinking is a beer at the finish. The mouth feel is excellent... there's a nice body that suits this sour/sweet raspberry beer very nicely, but it's just short of being cloying.

I could never sit back and have a bunch of a fruit beer, but if I were going to, this would be my choice. The amount of sweetness with that sour note and then the mouthfeel all works for me very well. Now what I might do is buy a Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout or 2X Stout by Southern Tier and make a dessert beer for champions...

Rubaeus is worth trying... even at the $1 mark-up that I threw down for this four pack, it's a good buy -- as most anything from Founders is.

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Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear ruby red color with a half a fingers worth of pinkish head. Almost no head retention with a light amount of lacing.

Smell- Raspberries and nothing else.

Taste- Both sweet and tart raspberry with just a hint of bread and grain flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slightly below average amount of fizzy carbonation. Sticky aftertaste.

Overall- If you like raspberries, then you'll like this. Good beer, it just needs a little more carbonation.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Founders has fruit beer looks down to be sure. Blushing Monk was gorgeous and this ain't bad. Nice hazy raspberry. If a wine turned into a brew it would look like this.
smell: Raspberry (no kiddin right?). Some tartness, a bit of sweetness. Not a complex nose but just like I'd like a raspberry ale to smell.
taste: Much like the nose. Not complex and not as wow to me as Blushing Monk, but tastes like a raspberry ale should.
overall: If I can get it this'll be a mainstay for the summer. Nice job.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good but the balance was a little off. There was a weird boozy flavor on the backend that needs to even out after some aging. Otherwise this was still really tasty.

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Photo of SebD
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear ruby red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves really nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of raspberries, slight bready malts and some tartness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet raspberries upfront, a slight tartness, some breadiness and wheat malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Simple and delicious.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Probably the best Raspberry Ale I've ever had the opportunity to try. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ferndave
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You'd better like Raspberry. Tons of rich raspberry flavor. Almost two levels of light and dark berry. A little too much on first sip, was sold after a few more. Great occasional drink the right time of year. Agree that it doesn't taste much like beer. It could be used in cocktails or drinks asking for a fizzy berry flavor.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Beer served chilled in a Cabernet glass.

A: This beer pours a sexy and distinctly pink hue with a huge puffy white pillow of head.

S: Big puff of raspberry with a bit of malt.

T&M: A middle weight beer with a pleasing crisp taste and mouthfeel. Very sour and heavily prickly on the tongue. Raspberry flavors dominate the palate. The sourness from the fruit provides the balance in this beer with little discernible hop flavor.

D: An enjoyable beer. Best served cold.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: A cranberry colored hue. Pinkish head is thin, practically not there. Opaque.

S: Wow. A really nice balanced aroma. Fresh raspberries is only a nice compliment to the aroma that includes a nice earthy hoppiness as well as some caramel malt character.

T: Tartness from raspberries finishes out the end. Raspberry flavor is noticeable but not overpowering. Malt base stand up well and provides needed sweetness to strong bitterness.

MF: Medium heavy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. For a higher ABV no alcohol warming.

D, notes: Not overly sweet or cloying, which makes this drinkable. Fruit derived bitterness adds to drinkability.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last bottle of Rubaeus from the cellar. I hear this one's going on hiatus and being replaced by Cherise. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Appears a beautiful shade of maroon with about two fingers of fluffy pink foam. Smell and taste is dominated by, what else, raspberries. The flavor is tart and refreshing with a pleasant bitterness. Moderate body and carbonation. This is a unique fruit beer. One that I believe was made for people that are not keen on the usual fruit beers. This is akin to a raspberry IPA. So, if that sounds like something you'd dig, seek this one out and give it a try before it goes on vacation.

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Photo of malcontent
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into heineken half pint - bottle is undated by legible means, but the notch is far to the right side of the label if that means anything to you...

A - Pours with a tremendous head that lasts and lasts, reveling in its bubbly thickness. Head is a nice light candy pink color. Lacing is as you might expect with such a strong head. Color is a slightly cloudy deep red (basically what Killian's might look like if it were craft-made and actually good). Lots of carbo bubbles.

S - Smell is all tart & sweet raspberries. The malt/hop underpining of this beer is overshadowed by the fruit

T - Again, raspberries completely dominate, but it is a much more natural and pleasing taste than I've gotten from some other fruit beers. The tart sensation and the fruit sweetness complement each other nicely. The Founder's website claims that they use "fresh raspberries" which I might conclude to mean that they don't use a syrup. I think the difference is noticable.

M - Highly carbonated yet light with a nice tart aftertaste/finish.

D - As with many fruit beers, I could see this working nicely as a dessert beer and pairing nicely with a variety of desserts, from chocolate to ice cream. Alcohol is fairly high for a non-stout fruit beer, but it is well hidden.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6/6/13
Victory tulip

A: Pours a deep ruby color. White leading to light pinkish head. Tight bubbled. Leaves some lacing. Nice carbonation.

S: Fresh raspberries. Light ale yeast. Mostly getting the fruit coming through. There is some malt backing. Finish is slightly dry with lingering fruit.

T: Really full on raspberry. Very low on the IBUs is right. This is just full on fruit. Damn tasty. Nice slightly dry finish.

M: It's a light medium.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 sleazo
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a hazy brown which reveals magenta when held to the light. Zero head, zero lacing.

S_The aroma is farily strong with a raspberry jam type aroma. There is also a nice lightly toasted malt aroma which reminds you that you are drinking a beer.

T_Runs the gamut of the flavours of the raspberry. Starts out with a good fruit sweetness followed by a bit of the seed. The finish is nicely done as it mimics the tartness of the actual fruit. There is also a nice biscutiy malt component as in the smell to keep thigns grounded. Not much in the way of hops, but that really isn't the point.

M_Slightly syrupy with a mild carbonation.

D_A very nice fruit beer that doesn't become cloying. Makes for a good dessert. I could use a bit more head, but who couldn't?

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This summer offering from Founder's really surprised me. Fruit beers are usually not too great and they are usually either super sweet or super tart, balance is not what I think of when I think of fruit beers. But this had it. Pours an amberish, pinkish girly looking color. A few bubbles to the top with a fizzy pink head. Lots of lacing though. Aroma is all raspberries, I can't get past the raspberries, they smell really fresh though. Taste starts out a little sweet, too sweet but it's not all raspberry sweetness. There's a malty sweetness in there that pushes the envelope a little too much. Right when I'm ready to write this one off though a nice super tart flavor hits me which is most definitely the raspberries in their full effect. A yeasty, alcohol dryness finishes this beer off. Great complexity and balance but I still liked their Raspberry Pale Ale on tap a little better.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife just gave me a mixed case of Founders for Christmas. Happy holidays indeed.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Rubaeus is a beautiful pinkish, reddish, orange color. Sort of a cherry copper hue. Light pinkish white head on top; little to no lace. A pretty color here, created, I presume, by the raspberries. The nose is tart and filled with berries. A bit sweet as well, with some malty notes, but mostly consumed by raspberries. The taste is tart and tangy as well, with strong raspberry content and a syrupy sweet flavor that fades in and out. Mouthfeel is a tad bit watery at times, with a dry finish.

A fine beer, the Rubaeus. One of the best fruit beers on the market, in my opinion. Rivals the New Glarus Belgian Red and the DFH Aprihop for quality and production. A delicious beer that I am glad to have more than one of in the fridge.

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try Founders Rubaeus at Pranca in Minneapolis. I was pleasantly surprised that they had four tap offerings from Founders. Served in a snifter, the - beer is ruby red with a skim of white head.

It has a big nose of raspberries and grains in the background.

Taste is berries, berries and berries. Not artificial and not overpowering but they rule the roost. Some malts in the background add a touch of balance.

Once in a while beer for me, but it is well executed and pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to orbitalr0x for this treat

clear.. or maybe cloudy.. essential red pour. two finger soapy foam of an off white coloration.. perhaps a light sprinkling of pinkness to it. what i suspect might be raspberry esters wafting from the glass, upon further inspection, seems to be more of a berry-flavored 7-UP thing happening. light botanical hops masquerade as berry stem, or something, in the aroma. unique fruit beer aromawise. initial sip is lindeman's sucrose-laden fruit sweetness with a burst of booze. this beer is a sipper that wants to be a thirst quencher, making for dangerous possibilities at nearly 7%. fruit soda meets sparkling wine with a beery nuttiness. crazy. despite my lack of ability to nail the style, it seems well balanced. a guilty panty-dropping pleasure.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark red, with a mild, slight pinkish white head that fades to a short 1/8" that lingers and laces.

S - This is straight raspberry - the sense memory is triggering so hard in me I can almost feel raspberry seeds in my teeth. Some sourness present that suggests lambics, but none of the funky notes I've had in a framboise.

T - The powerful raspberry nose delivers on flavor, too. The fruit flavor is the star, center stage. Surprisingly, even though the fruit has occasional funky notes itself (I pick this up sometimes with the fresh fruit, as well as when I have high end raspberry jams), this is very clean. We have a close of sourness, but that, too, would be pretty typical of raspberries. What is not typical is the slight chalky minerality that comes on the backend. Still, what lingers is the sour-sweet flavor of fresh raspberries.

M - Strong carbonation and very high acidity, which is a key reason why this is not heavier on the tongue.

O - I enjoy fruit beers, and this one offers many of the things I enjoy most without being too sweet or too tart. Delivers nearly 6% ABV with barely a hint of the alcohol involved. Held together surprisingly well even though we are several months past the beer's release season. Very happy to try this, and will seek it out again next summer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep ruby red in color. Great clarity. Pinkish white head retains at a modest quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Raspberry juice with a light tartness. The malt base smells of pie crust with perhaps just a suggestion of cocoa.

T: Fresh and bold raspberry taste up front. A modest level of tartness and good attenuation do a nice job of making sure that this beer never feels too sweet. The malt base is more subdued than on the nose, but some crust and cocoa do come through. Semi-sweet finish of raspberry and hints of a tootsie roll-type chocolate flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. A slight suggestion of weight is whisked away by a fluffy texture and modest carbonation.

O: Is this a straightforward fruit beer? Yes and no. The raspberry is definitely the main attraction, but there’s enough contrast thrown in to add complexity and enhance drinkability. Fresh and authentic fruit flavor is the driving force, but a balancing tartness and supporting malt base make this one of the best fruit beers on the market. I don’t think I’ve ever been this pleased with a fruit-forward beer that wasn’t a lambic.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.