Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 622
Hads: 2,922
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 444 | 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 BradtheGreat7
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken June, 2013 from notes

12 oz brown stubby/stout style Founders bottle with a very sweet and fruity summer time label. Very elegant and nice to look at on this rainy summer evening. Poured this into standard Founders pint glass. Didn't really know what else to pour it into.

A - ruby red body that really illuminates in the late to more of a bright blood red. Head is a light purplish pink that has some stick to it and the ring of lace last nearly the entire way. Some slight haze but still fairly clear.

S - lots of fruit with raspberries, slight cherry and a touch of cranberry juice? Some grain to the malt background with an Founders depth to the malt aroma. This thing smells like sweet, tart and fruity raspberries but it has a Founders brewery aroma as well. Amazing how a fruit beer has this sort of character.

T - tart raspberry up front. Okay very tart, but it soon shifts to a luscious raspberry sweetness with a soft hint of sweet cherry pie. The grain is there as is that Founders malt funk in the backbone. This may be a fruit beer, but it lets you know it is indeed a BEER. It's like sweet liquid nectar with a good balance of malt and grain character.

M - on the lighter side of a medium bodied but no where near thin. This thing carries that good ol Founders thickness and texture. Smooth and easy to drink. Bursting with fruity flavors.

O - okay, I love Belgian sours. Maybe more than most, but its not something I can do everyday like say my wife could. But this thing is much lmuch more than just a fruit beer or a sour. It has some balance and complexity to it. Maybe not a lot, but the Founders imprint of their malt style this thing lets you know you are indeed drinking a brew from the same folks who make the worlds best stouts. This is perfect for summer and a real answer to the somewhat disappointing Cerise, and I liked Cerise. But it was no where near as brilliant as this thing is. Founders may have indeed found the direction they want to go in during the warm months of summer. (2,030 characters)

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

Pours a clear raspberry red color with floaties. One finger of pinkish cream colored head has good retention and leave nice lacing. Smells of tart red raspberries as well as some blackberry and strawberry for good measure, and just enough wheat malt to keep this beer-like. Tastes of tart red raspberries and sweet pale grain with a slight hint of grassy hops in the finish. Medium in body with nice gently fizzy carbonation. Sweet, lightly tart, and malty with a little touch of hops. One of my favorite fruit beers that hides its alcohol well, goes down easily, and is quite sessionable. (589 characters)

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

An awesome brew sent to me from laymansbeerfan, a big want. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint -

A: Red body, slight chill haze, with a head that fades quickly.

S: Fresh raspberry, period. I could half-lie and say I get notes of honey blossom and sweet bready matliness (which, maybe I do?), but mostly this is plain ol' sweet and tart raspberry.

T: Fresh, sweet & tart raspberries. Again, extra-faint hints of other things like malt and random fruit poking through, but pretty much straight-up raspberry puree. Lots of fruitiness.

MF: Feels like a fruit juice, but with a bit more body (light to medium), a bit fizzy with good carbonation. Tart and refreshing.

O: Really pleasant, not quite as earth shattering as Blushing Monk but a darn good substitute in 12's and 4 packs. Good stuff. (795 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle bottled on 7/20/13 poured into a tulip

A: deep red/purple, lots of bubbles

S: smells like a raspberry jam, lots of fruit and very sweet

T: It's like biting into a fresh raspberry.... A lot of the times fruit beers taste artificial, but Founders did well with this. Slight dry finish

M: This is sweet, but not over the top. There is some body to it to make it seem like a beer.

It appears that Founders made a raspberry jam and then put alcohol into it and made it a beer. This is unique and refreshing and Founders nailed what they were going for. This is a great beer on a hot summer day. Reminds me of the New Glarus beers... (648 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a mostly opaque darkish ruby with a one finger light pink head. Quick to dissipate the head leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Fresh raspberry is the biggest part of this beers aroma. Not too fake smelling. Touch of fermented dark fruits as it warms.

T: As anticipated this has loads of raspberry with a complimenting malty finish. A bit sweet of a beer but does have some good tartness. Still has some malt roots to it, hasnt been consumed by fruitiness.

M: Fairly light body with ample carbonation. Not as sticky of a finish as most fruit beers which adds to this ones session-ability.

Overall hits a sweet spot in the summer time. I've always been a fan of raspberries so this one is a no brainer. Certainly can be like by most people. (787 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep raspberry red with a very small pinkish head that recedes to a few large patches.

Smell is raspberries. Raspberries and more raspberries. Very fresh and tart. A hint of wheat and maybe some strawberries.

Taste mirrors the smell. Fresh raspberries and strawberry jam. Delightful. Very refreshing. A hint of wheat in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Perfectly carbonated. Tingles on the tongue.

Overall this is a really great fruit beer. Love the smell and taste. If I was looking to get fruit beer again I would absolutely buy this if it was in season. (581 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A summer offering from a good brewery.
ABV: 5.7%
Glassware: chalice

Smell: Raspberries!

Appearance: Opaque raspberry red with a very thin head that diminishes quickly. Active carbonation in the body.

Taste: Raspberry! The raspberry taste is very effectively supported by the malts. Near perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. No aftertaste. Feels like a soda on the tongue.

Overall: The very best of the fruit beers I've tried. Better than most of all the beers I've tried. Best on warm days. Goes very well with steak and venison. Beautiful beer. (581 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a ruby red color with hints of darker mahogany mixed within. Upon serving there is a pink tinted head floating atop the brew. The head fades over a moderate amount of time, leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and fruity with tons of raspberry aroma filling the nose. Along with the raspberry are some other lighter blueberry notes as well as some tart cherry smells. Overall it is very sweet and tart, smelling very much like a Lambic.

Taste – The taste begins with a big raspberry sweetness mixed with just a hint of tart cherry. As the flavor advances the souress increases with it taking on a little bit of a lactic acid taste. While the sourness increases, so too does the raspberry flavor largely overpowering any cherry that was present upfront. In the end some candy sweetness comes to the tongue balancing out the sour just enough to leave a very pleasant, sweet and raspberry fruit sour candy taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation and thinner body are great for the combination of sweet and sour making it very easy to drink.

Overall – A rather tasty fruit beer with a decent sour characteristics. It is very much like a more affordable slightly less tart Lindeman’s framboise. Overall, quite tasty. (1,476 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance is a deep reddish color with a small amount of white head that recedes quickly.

Smell is a sweet raspberry flavor.

Taste is heavily raspberry, but with a nice crisp, tart finish. Not much in the way of beer flavors.

Mouthfeel is sticky and fairly thick, but is offset by heavy carbonation.

The early spring in 2012 devastated the Michigan cherry crop, and Founders turned to raspberries for their fruit beer. Overall, the result is an excellent summer beer. (519 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/5/14. Poured into a chalice.

For a fruit beer I like this one but not in multiples. A great way to break up the session. If you don’t like raspberries stay away. With the sweetness and carbonation this beer has certain soda characteristics. 4

A – Pours a cloudy pinkish red with a light pink one-finger head. 4.25

S – Raspberries! But also malty. Zero hops detectable. 4

T – Raspberries, sweet but not cloying with a raspberry tartness apparent in the middle and finish. 4

MF – Good carbonation leading to a bite on the palate. Medium-light body. Sweet finish. 4.25 (593 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red in color with a hint of tan and a pink soap foam. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Head has good retention for a fruit beer.

Nose is dominated by a big sweet raspberry note with a subtle grainy malt backbone. Smells fairly balanced for a fruit beer.

The sweetness that was present in the nose is also present in the taste however it's balanced out nicely with tartness from the raspberries. There is also a bready malt smoothness that helps balance the sharp sweet and tart notes.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation, light feel and very refreshing

Overall very good for a fruit ale, one of the better ones for the style. (638 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this every year for the past 3 years but just now have had a chance to review it.

A - Dark amber, red color, like a raspberry soda. Smaller, pink head with good lacing. More soda like than beer with the pink hue but still appetizing.

S - Raspberry ale; imagine that! It's got a fresh raspberry note that is fruity with just a little bit of floral aroma and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Pretty soft on the palate with the sweet raspberry character holding strong. It doesn't have a chemical or overpowering fruit flavor as some tend to have but it is almost syrupy. In the middle the ale character shifts to the top with a sweet grainy, malt character accompanied by the ale yeast tones. The finish is light and still fruity.

M - Light mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Light body makes this beer a refreshing beverage. I do think that either my palate or the batch is different but this beer is much sweeter and more soda-like than I remembered from last year.

Overall, this is still a very good summer brew but on the sweet side. This beer used to be the perfect example of a fruit beer but now I feel it is moving towards the sweeter and more commercial beer genre. I would still recommend this for a nice mix-up from the typical beer styles but at $12 a 4pk I probably won't get this more than once a year.

Glass- Perfect Pint (1,343 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-purple hue, topped off with a fizzy, light-pink colored head. Looks very much like a glass of pop when first poured. Midway through, it takes over the foamy, nice-lacing look of a good brew. The nose is strong of raspberries, as you would imagine, and there is a faint sweet malt scent hidden in the background.

Wow, the taste is powerful. Heavy raspberries, blackberries, and other tart fruits completely take over the taste of this beer. ( It is still a little warm, I couldnt wait for it to get cold, which might have a lot to do with the overwhelming raspberry aftertaste.) Yet it is quite tasty considering the style, I will try this one again, ice cold, to see if it brings out any other flavors.

The mouthfeel ranks a little higher than medium-bodied, which I didnt expect. Very outstanding balanced on the way down. This one is good, but drinking more than one would be too sweet and too much berry overload. Not really my style, but still definitly worth a try. Cheers! (998 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a flute.

Pours a hazy deep rose color with 1/2 finger of fizzy brite-white head. This peters down pretty quickly but then retains around the edges (with thin wisps across the center) and flares up very nicely when swirled, leaving a huge cascade of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is lush with fresh raspberry character as well as some addittional underlying sweetness and floral hops in the back.

The taste is once again a big, fresh, raspberry presence along with another level of backing sweetness, like maybe caramel malts. A solid tingle of hops runs through the backbone of the beer and kicks things up a bit, providing some needed bitterness. Finishes a bit sticky on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation and easy feel. Very drinkable even though there is a touch of alcohol beef to it, comparable to what you would find in a well balanced 7% IPA or something similar.

This was a very well crafted Fruit Beer that mixes fresh raspberry character with a great drinkibility that belies it's higher ABV. I'm sad to hear that this will be going on a hiatus. Drink up while you can! (1,150 characters)

Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful cranberry color with a foamy head. The nose is dominated by raspberries and a hint of funk. The taste is a gush of raspberries with a twang and a bit of tartness. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both highly informed by the thirst quenching tartness and acidity. A really wonderful beer. Could have drank several. (341 characters)

Photo of TomMorris
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant hazy ruby; smells of raspberry (duh) jelly donuts. The initial taste is an explosion of natural raspberries - very little to no cloying syrupy sweetness here. Finishes with some light breadiness, really drinks like a raspberry danish or some other fruity confectionary. Taste lingers well after drinking but does not overstay its welcome.

This is a fruit beer done correctly. Great summer beer. (413 characters)

Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this last night was very good

Appearance looked almost like blood. Small pinkish frothy head

I liked the taste very much ice cold as it warmed it became a little skunky

My first go'round with FOUNDERS. Definitely won't be my last a little pricey 12$/4

But that is the norm for craft beer I have been told

Overall a little sweet but I enjoyed it I can see the ladies liking it (384 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice violet color body with a small white head that didn't hang around long. The smell is like fresh raspberries. The taste is sweet very good raspberry flavor, not fake. The mouthfeel is great, not over carbonated, smooth its not like syrup. Overall a darn good beer. (292 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark Red with black tint, foamy white/redish tint 1/2 head and tons of lacing,

Smell - Raspberries, sour grapes, sweet yeasts, some bready malts, cherries.

Taste - No surprise, upfront load of raspberries, sweet and sour. Some sweet yeasts add some sugary flavor. Has a malt, grainy, toffee backbone. Not a lot else to say.

Mouthfeel - Raspberries coat tongue and palate with sweet and sour notes. Malts come in the finish along with some yeasts.

Overall - Solid for what it is, a fruit beer. If your like anything from Sammy smith, Ithaca apricot wheat, etc then this is for you. My big question is, Is this really worth bottling again in a speciality 4-pack over something like, lets say, o I dunno CBS? Very good, easy to drink and enjoy. (782 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not a lot of carbonation when poured aggressively. Color is a rich reddish pink.

S - Smell is very sweet with lots of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry notes

T - Pleasantly complex. I expected liquid raspberry pie from the overly sweet smell, but taste is balanced with notes of fruit, sweet, tart and a malty finish.

M - Even though carbonation seemed lacking the texture matches up with the taste pretty well.

O - I'm always a little nervous about trying fruit beers. This might be the least favorite Founders beer I've had to date, but it's definitely an above average fruit beer still. Good beer for a warm summer day. (633 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

a: looks like opaque cranberry juice, a true rose color.

s: wow, raspberries! in my face, yum.

t: this is delicious, light carbonation ushers in a smooth and pleasant raspberry flavor, slightly tart, a little too sweet. There is a hint of malt in there somewhere midway through which prevents it from being a soda rather than a quality brew that it is.

m: light, crisp, and smooth all at once.

d: could drink this all night, though due to it's sweetness its more of a desert beer. A good one to get the ladyfriend who "hates beer" to try and thats a good thing.

cant wait to pick it up again. (635 characters)

Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good fruit beer. I've had the blushing monk. This is essentially the watered down version of that (not a bad thing, just reality).

Overall, a nice raspberry beer. Tastes way better than it smells.

Cheers. (215 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of BA's who sent me this
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that left fast followed by the lightest of lace. The body was a light raspberry color.

Aromas of raspberries dominate this one and overwhelm your nose in a pleasant way

Flavor is raspberry and a good representation at that. It starts of sweet and finishes a little tart in the end. The only thing I might change would be the mouthfeel; it is a tad light for me.

A good desert brew, treat it as such. One of the better fruit beers I have tried (557 characters)

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