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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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2,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,472
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 74
Gots: 260 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005)
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Photo of tectactoe
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rübæus pours a blood-red cranberry color, accented with some deeper crimson in the center. Exceptional clarity - very clean and sharp looking as it sits in the glass. It's capped with a pink-tinted cumulonimbus layer of foam that leaves back some chunky pieces of lacing and is very slow to digress into a skin. A very elegant looking beer.

Raspberry explosion. Very vibrant, this smells like freshly crushed raspberries, reduced and puréed. Aside from a faint, dry malt undertone in the finish, the aroma is all raspberries... It isn't exactly "complex", but the fruit is done pretty well. Unfortunately, there's a mild chalkiness that makes its way in as the beer warms up, but it's nowhere near as potent as, say, Cerise.

"Raspberry juice" is the first thing to come to mind when I take a sip. Soft and sweet with a light residual sweetness backing up the explosion of raspberry flavors. A mild tartness just tingles the back of the tongue but stays far from the realm of "sour". The sweetness is very controlled and apparent all at once - very juicy and jam like in the finish. Raspberries as far as the palate can taste.

The only other things I can possibly identify other than raspberry spin-offs would be some very light, dry grassy notes, but even then, I may just be reaching for something else. Otherwise, this beer is dominated by raspberries, up and down. Again, not the most complex or revealing beer out there, but who needs complexity when you've got raspberries like this? The mouth feel is thin-medium and kind of slick and oily with medium-high carbonation and a nice snap.

Very good fruit beer. Much, much better than its "sister" beer, Cerise. Luckily, the taste didn't include many of the chalky notes I was eventually getting in the aroma, so that's a big plus. Refreshing and easy-going, drinks more like a wine cooler than a beer, but it tastes great and I love raspberries, so I don't care. I'd love to see Founders make this an "every year" specialty.

EDIT: 7/7/2013

After having had quite a few more bottles of this beer this summer, I've come a cross a few that have a slight chalkiness and medicinal character to them. Nothing like Cerise, just a twinge in the background at times. Other bottles seem to be completely void of this, however, so I'm not sure what the deal is. Still a great beer, but maybe not as perfect as I thought it was at first.

tectactoe, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

oberon, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of dcall384
4/5  rDev +3.6%

dcall384, Today at 04:55 PM
Photo of JayQue
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good fruit beer. The flavor of the raspberries really comes out without the beer either being too sweet or too tart.

Poured into a True Beer flute, a reddish, amber clear color with a pink tinged bubbly white head. The aromas is fresh raspberries and malt.

Flavor is more of the same, a very nice presentation of the raspberry flavor with a simple malty base. Very tasty, nicely balanced between tartness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Goes down very easy. A good summertime beer.

JayQue, Yesterday at 11:58 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

knicks19947, Yesterday at 02:49 PM
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

glass_house, Wednesday at 06:01 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mayxday, Tuesday at 08:36 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jodybrutal, Tuesday at 03:46 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

goodshiz, Tuesday at 03:34 AM
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

helios7, Monday at 10:45 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Roudy, Monday at 08:44 PM
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

TheBigBoy, Monday at 04:17 AM
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3.9/5  rDev +1%

yancot, Monday at 02:15 AM
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

CorgiDad, Monday at 01:50 AM
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

d5001986, Monday at 12:25 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

geneseohawk, Monday at 12:21 AM
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3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

millerm25, Sunday at 09:41 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

DLSheidy, Sunday at 08:41 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

c-rum, Sunday at 01:42 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TheBrk, Saturday at 10:45 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

kb2250, Saturday at 10:21 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

chewy6935, Oct 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

bark, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a clear pinkish copper color with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of raspberries and sweet malt.

Tastes of the sweet raspberries. Raspberry notes lead off with some sweetness and a bit of tartness as well. A bit more malt adds in with a touch of bread, but plays off of the sweetness. Not particularly complex, but I feel it is done pretty well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a raspberry beer that well, tastes like rapsberries. I can't complain about it, but it is a touch sweet for me and I would like some more tartness.

ocelot2500, Oct 25, 2014
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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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