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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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87
very good

647 Reviews
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Reviews: 647
Hads: 3,051
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 120
Gots: 510 | 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 jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, here's my thing with Fruit/Vegetable Beers...from my experiences so far this year, its...."am i going to finish this or is it going to be a pour".

If that doesn't put you in my hemisphere then don't bother reading on.
Pours a slightly hazy blushing deep raspberry color with a thin delicate pink head that fades quickly. Surprise! ...it has a rich sweet raspberry aroma, maybe a little syrupy, with a hint of alcohol and an underlying earthy character. Here goes...wow! a keeper. It has a surprisingly heavy body. It's adequately carbonated and there is a tart feel thats well within my tolerance that complements the sweet raspberry flavor nicely. It finishes dry, but the wonderful lingering berry taste causes involuntary 'lapping' urges.

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

A sloppy pour yields two incehes of pale pink foam resting atop a lightly hazed diluted purple brew. The head falls quickly, leaving light lace.

Nose is soft, sweet and tart berries with a light toffee and husky grain note.

Flavor opens with semisweet fresh raspberry and orchard fruit. Not as sweet as expected, which is a nice thing in this case. It has a decent honey and caramel malt character complimented by earthy and herbal hops in the finish. Unique.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy with a slick texture and good drinkability for a fruity beer. Complex enough to keep you interested and refreshing. Didn't even realize this was almost 7% until I looked here on BA!

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

Definitely one of the best Fruit Beers I have tried. Bright red color with a thick and lasting pink head. Nice coating of lace too. The sweetness that makes a lot of fruit beers too cloying for me seems to be tempered by the higher-than-usual ABV. Super tart raspberry flavoring with a bit of spice and hops. The finish is fruity and bubbly, with a lingering aftertaste of raspberry. I don’t say this often about Fruit Beers but I will surely have this one again.

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

Ripe raspberry red with rose colored trim and hyperkinetic carbonation. The loud pffft! upon opening led me to pour slowly. I'm glad I did. The glass filled instantly with pink foam that's still a space hog several minutes later. The beer and head combination looks a little frou-frou, but given the ingredients, I suppose that can't be helped. Good cap persistence with several large splotches of chunky lace.

Rubaeus has a wonderful nose of crushed fresh raspberries, yet is still easily recognizable as beer. Thankfully, it doesn't smell like one of those sweet, syrupy fruit beers (although I don't mind them in small doses). There's an undercurrent of earthy hoppiness that gives an added dimension and a certain seriousness.

This is one complex fruit beer, at least more so than most of its peers. The dominant flavor of juicy, sun-ripened raspberries isn't complex, it's just damn good and is as reminiscent of the actual fruit as any fruit beer that I've ever had. The thing that makes each mouthful a treat is the interplay among sweet, sour and bitter.

Like most beer that possess all of those qualities, it starts out favoring sweet. At the midway point, sour comes on with a rush, only to be nearly overtaken by bitter on the back end. Sweet never goes away, however, and is still (barely) noticeable on the finish. It's quite the interesting whirlwind of ever changing flavor sensations.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and isn't nearly as carbonated as the appearance would suggest. I take back what I said above. The final version of the kaleidoscopic flavor profile is devoid of sugar. It's an amazingly dry, puckery finish that would be better if it contained the slightest bit of countering sweetness. The 6.9% ABV, which seems high for a summer fruit beer, is nowhere to be found on the palate.

Rubaeus is another quality offering from a brewery that makes a habit of brewing quality offerings. It's an excellent fruit beer that would be even better if it contained a tad more sweetness. Other brewers take note: this is how it's done.

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Photo of Mgrad92
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured almost flat, but tasting revealed a light carbonation upon drinking. The color was a very nice raspberry tinted amber. Just what you might expect from this kind of brew.
The taste was much better than most fruit beers I've experienced. The hop profile actually made itself known, but the raspberries were not hiding behind them. Overall it was a nice balance between fruit and beer.
The body was light, but since I don't know the underlying beer for this brew, it's hard to say if they hit the mark here. All I will say is that it was very refreshing and drinkable. I could have a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (2008 release). Figured I'd better get it now before you can't anymore. Poured a cloudy reddish-pink; loses color saturation at the edges of the glass. Small raspberry and yeast particles float throughout - rather nice to look at actually. Rigorous pour produced a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly. Aromas were tart raspberries - that's it. Tastes were also tart raspberries with a nice biscuity malt backbone providing excellent balance and drinkability. Had this back-to-back with Cerise and I prefer this one, although they are similar. Refreshing with the alcohol well-concealed.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
Pours a light-purple, reddish hue with a minimal head and minor lacing...
The aroma was replete with fresh raspberries literally bursting out of the bottle...
Taste was very crisp, clean, and smooth for a fruit beer... The raspberry flavor was obvious and pronounced, yet still very tasty and drinkable, even though I personally am not a fan of raspberries...
Good mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability... The nearly 7% ABV is nowhere to be found...
Worth a try...

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken straight from the fridge so served around 38F. This may have affected the amount of carbonation I saw.

Pours out dark red/maroon in color with a TINY white head with almost no retention.

Smell is really pretty one-dimensional although it is great raspberries which I love. This smells like heaven.

Taste is much like the nose. Hard to get anything other than raspberries. It is a little tart which I love.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin as I would expect for this kind of beer. Right on par.

Overall, although this a pretty one-dimensional beer it tastes great and has tons of raspberries in here. This is a raspberry bomb that I am very happy they decided to brew this again as it was harder to get last year. I was really excited to hear it was being released again and will definitely be buying lots of these 4-packs. That being said the one-dimensional taste and the tiny head that's disappears right away take a little from this beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks AutumnBeerLover!

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany that looks similar to cranberry juice. A thin white head surfaced that had just a shade of pink to it. Wispy lace.
S: Sweet and syrupy smelling with huge notes of raspberries and nothing much else. Smells enticing.
T: Follows the nose, as expected, with very sweet flavors of raspberry. Sweeter than blushing monk and more syrupy. Sugary finish, faint crackery malt aftertaste.
M: Medium-thick body, viscous mouthfeel, smooth carbonation. A fine sipper.
O: A very delicious raspberry beer. Definitely sweet, borderline syrupy, but the fruit has a natural (non-synthetic) taste and the mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Definitely worth seeking if you have a sweet tooth. Thanks you, Kevin.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/17/13

A: Pours a deep ruby/pink color with a fingers worth of pink head that fades to nothing after a few minutes

S: Huge notes of raspberry with a light malty and bready background. Most definitely raspberry forward

T: Starts off with a big rush of raspberries and sweetness, followed by a nice malt backbone and some breadiness. Actually tastes like real raspberries

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely happy that this is back (at least for the time being) in Founders rotational line-up. A very nice fruit beer that actually tastes like real fruit and not artificial sweetener. Absolutely one of the better fruit beers on the market

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy purple ruby with a foamy quarter inch lightly pink head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Sweet raspberry, light grain and raspberry seed, and soft floral notes form the aroma.

Flavor is intensely raspberry throughout. Sweet initially, the profile turns tart mid palate and finishes almost with a cobbler-esque biscuit malt character, which is slightly dry. The more I drink of it, it does seem somewhat cloying. Herbal hop notes linger in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with zesty carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. More beery than a new glarus or blushing monk, but the fruit is clearly dominant. I need to buy more of these!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From twelve ounce bottle, freshness date is illegible.

Very strong raspberry aroma! Pours deep ruby brown with red highlights, pale off white/pink head. Head dissipates immediately. Taste is sweet , raspberry absolutely forward. Lambic like. Very drinkable, not for the person who loves hops!!

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Photo of DrRambis
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from fridge and allowed to warm up. Served in oversized weissbeer glass.

Appearance - Auburn, cherry-orange, slight haze. Two finger light pink colored head with good retention, leaves some lacing

Smell - Sweet over-ripe raspberries, some acidic vinegar notes, orangey fruity hoppy aroma, some bread grain malt

Taste - Strong acidic raspberry dominates immediately, acetic sourness, pineapple, orange and tropical fruit hoppiness, very light bready malt, finishes with sweet raspberries and medium-light hoppy bitterness with some herbal notes that play off the rasberries very well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation, not reaching soda like levels but in the vicinity, medium body, slightly sticky

Overall - In short enjoyable and refreshing. A fine raspberry beer with a pale ale base, some balance although the raspberry flavors (sour and sweet) definitely dominate the palate; very authentic berry taste, does not feel medicinal or artificial in the least. Does not approach the sourness of a lambic. Super drinkable if you don't mind the sweetness on the finish. I find myself looking at an empty glass all too quickly and wishing I savored this brew more, but alas it drinks so so easy.

Cheers!

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Photo of thickerfreakness
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful ruby red with a pinkish white head. It smells very strongly yet also very pleasantly of sweet raspberries. The taste is just extremely strong of raspberries and sweet malts. No real hops to speak of. A very bubbly mouthfeel almost champagne like and its very drinkable for a fruit beer. This is one of my favorite regular fruit beers to date.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, hazy, pink/red pour. Huge frothy white head, rose up very quickly too.

Tart, snappy nose. Raspberry scent dominates, some yeast, malt too.

Great tart raspberry flavor. Crisp and tangy with a clean finish. In character, it's much like my favorite lambics. Maltiness is present in a significant portion as well. I don't get any real sense of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is zippy, must be greatly refreshing on a hot summer day. Still, it tastes pretty good even on a rainy October evening.

Overall, very good. Drinkability is high, for the style. I would be happy with just 1 or 2, especially in the summer season. My wife, however, loving fruit beers, would probably drink these all night.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #100.

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The bottling date has been rubbed off, but it must be at least four months old. I got this in a hop-box from vande for winning his recent "Help a School out LIF..What can I say - vote, and get a chance at free beer?" Thanks again!

A - nice looking beer, at least color-wise. Held up to the light, I get nice reds and browns. Points off for the lack of head though. I like to see a big foam from beers like this, but alas. Some carbonation bubbles present.

S - eh. There's a nice sweetness here, but also an empty bitterness. I don't like the malt that Founders uses for some of their beers, because it lacks in substance. Of course, I don't know the specific recipe for Rubaeus, but I know that the base here is rather empty.

T - dear god, a raspberry explosion. This beer is all flavor and no spine, but what a sweet, wonderful flavor it is. Objectively, I know that this brew doesn't have a ton going on besides its fruit flavor, but subjectively, I love sweet brews.

M - bitter and empty, suggested in the smell, but still pretty yummy. This is a very sessionable beer. No alcohol present, beautiful.

O - Rubaeus is a decent beer, very sessionable, and a nice substitute for more expensive sours.

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Photo of predikit
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep ruby red with some copper hints. Leaves a small white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells very much like raspberry, not getting much else in the scent, but it is an attractive aroma.

This is a fruit beer through and through, dominates the presence,malt and hops take a backseat. Raspberry notes, sweet upfront, takes on a tart tone through the middle and the finish, where the malt peeks from behind the curtain a bit.

Crisp, refreshing, light bodied, sitting down with one of these after being out in the sun for a time would be very nice indeed.

A very solid fruit beer with an appealing mix of sweet and tart with refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark red with a one inch light pink head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hello raspberry. Raspberry, raspberry, and more raspberry. It's pretty one-note, but luckily I happen to love raspberries. Still, it does come off just a touch artificial.

Taste: Aaaaand, surprise! It tastes like a boatload of raspberries. Unlike the smell, flavor-wise this is not artificial in the least. Very slight tartness. Similar raspberry intensity as New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but not as tart. This is definitely sweet, to the point where I don't think I could handle drinking more than 12 oz. in a night. However, in limited quantities, this is pretty damn delicious (assuming you like raspberries. If not, bail now).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-to-low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: If you love raspberries, this is the beer for you. It'sone-dimensional, but it nails that dimension very well.

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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 stephenjmoore
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored body with lots of ruby red and pink colors coming through. Head sits on top as a fizzy pale pink color. Light comes through somewhat, but it's not completely transparent.

S- Raspberries come through very nicely, creating a berry jam aroma. Not much else going on, but it smells pleasant.

T- Lots of sweet berry flavor. Fresh raspberries come through in full force.

M- Fizzy, almost soda-like carbonation. Lingering sticky-sweet aftertaste.

O- Just as advertised, huge raspberry flavor. A very fruity beer, but does what it tries to do.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish copper hue with a small offwhite head that quickly falls into a small ring. Some patchy lacing. Aroma is malty caramel and fresh raspberry. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and light medium bodied. Taste is tart raspberries and malty caramel and toffee. Not hint of the 6.9 % abv here. No hops presence. The raspberry tastes a bit artificial, but is much better than most of its ilk. A refreshing and tasty fruit beer that is much better than most American efforts.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist top, no freshness/brewing date info. Pours quite low carbonation , next to no head sticking around and then zip lace. Lovely raspberry nose, fresh and fruity. Fine quality fruit beer, raspberries up front, middle and through the long tasty finish. Tart/sour/sweet all going on and dancing with each other. Nice summer refresher. I'd like to try it with a fruity light dessert, would make a nice beer to do a before meal toast with, instead of champagne.

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Photo of cfrivera1
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle to go with a 4 pack of Founders Old Curmudgeon at my local liq. store, just to try out. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised with this fruit ale! Very drinkable and refreshing - perfect on a hot summer day after a long bike ride. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very lambic-like in appearance. Pours a deep red, like a fruit juice. Nose will knock you out, heavy wafts of fresh raspberries. Very sweet and succulent. Initial taste was quite sour, but is backed up by a very nice fresh fruit sweetness. There is a faint beer like character, but mostly it is lots of fruit and fizziness. This is a very nice brew, a distinct change from the usual summer wheat beer schtick.

Makes a very nice after dinner treat on a warm summer evening.

Släinte!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Refreshing, not overwhelming with the raspberry, or syrupy like some sweet beers. Feels like a lambic, a little tart and sharp but you still get some malt and hops underneath the raspberry. Easy to drink if not a mindblower.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.