Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 619
Hads: 2,919
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 Pegasus
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy reddish amber body with a moderate, dense pink head. The lacing is thick and Belgian-like in appearance, with slight carbonation.

Aroma: Profound aroma of raspberries, as well as vanilla, orange blossom, cream, and honey.

Taste: The taste begins with a strong wave of raspberries, which seem entirely natural. AS the taste progresses, there is a strong wave of orange rind, from the hops, I suppose. Throughout, there is a character of lingering sweetness, which manages to never be cloying. Finishes with a burst of raspberry,and a slight wave of sweet cream.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, quite gracious.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderfully crafted, one of the best fruit beers I have ever had, indeed, perhaps the best. The raspberries shine without a hint of cheap alco--pop .

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass. (947 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/5/14 - Consumed 5/15/14 out of pint glass.

A - cloudy ruby look

S - sour berries is there, not overly done though. Malt present.

T - similar taste with more raspberry flavors present.

M - light and crisp finish

O - not a huge fan of the fruit beers, but I will try any founders on the shelf. (308 characters)

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

Color- dark ruby. Full pink head.

Aroma- crisp raspberries.

Taste- Starts tart with some sourness then quickly progresses to a sweeter body with an Asti Spumante like finish. An excellent summertime fruit beer. The sour beginning might not sit well with the average rouge but we like this one.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/31/2013. (423 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red color with no head whatsoever.
Predominant raspberries aroma with a caramel backing up. Hints of vinegar.
Flavor full of raspberries with pleasant tartness and salt notes. Although it does not seem like, it is quite malty. Hints of white wine, pear and a bit something like the flowery Indian drink Gulab Sharbat. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Not a heavy sour, it is a friendly Fruit beer, but by no means boring, especially if you like the style once in a while.
I would like to taste it a bolder version, tuning up other than raspberries notes, or unbalancing it a bit. (596 characters)

Photo of hplascencia1024
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. I have to say, the color is probably the best part of this beer for me.

A: Pours a beautiful deep raspberry red color, a little murky but awesome looking.
S: Meh, raspberry is there but faint. smells like any regular ale
T: Not too sweet, nice little tartness from the raspberries, nothing too special
M:clean and light, leaves some nice raspberry on the tongue
O:Not bad, definitely worth trying once or twice, but i definitely wouldn't seek it out all the time, (510 characters)

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = a lovely ruby/amber color, with a respectable but short-lived head and no lacing on the glass (common for a fruit beer/ale in my experience).

S = Malty and Fruity. I can definitely discern the true raspberry fragrance in this ale, but it is delicate and not a "fake" raspberry.

T = Being a raspberry fan and picker of raspberries in season, I can write with certainty that this ale really brings out the fruit's TRUE characteristics. Slightly tart, slightly sweet, with a VERY subtle rose undertone (raspberry is part of that family). The ale is slightly malty, very little hops (but I can taste a slight, pleasant bitterness).

M = Lovely, smooth, a bit of body but true to the delicateness of the fruit. I would not want it any heavier or lighter.

O = I will seek this out in the future. I purchased one bottle as part of a "mix-n-match" six pack the other day, and am sorry I didn't purchase more. This is a perfect summer/early autumn ale choice, and I think it would pair well with a cheese plate or a dessert of chocolate (mousse or cake) or a creme brulee. Suffice to say, I really LOVE this ale! (1,110 characters)

Photo of kylelenk
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed multiple times in the taproom and from bottles.

A - Nice, cloudy almost purple hue. Head comes out flat white with nice sized carbonated bubbles. Can only describe the color is something I've never seen from a beer.

S - Rather flat for a "fruit" beer. You get some hops here and some bitterness from the raspberries.

T - Didn't really enjoy the flavor on this one. Kind of tart but in the end, almost a syrupy, medicinal mess. Not very thirst quenching not the fruity base and leaves you thirsting for some water.

M -One and done for me. Much too sweet. Not much alcohol present. (595 characters)

Photo of Boverhof3
1.8/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Just too much Fruit and not enough beer qualities. Its kinda gross really. I have no idea who this beer is targeted towards. Its a lousy beer and a lousy wine cooler. If you enjoy drinking dish detergent, then this may be the beer for you. Otherwise, move on. Worst Founder's beer I've ever had. Probably in the top 5 worst beers I have ever had. (346 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Red ale with brownish undertones. Single finger head with did not last.

s. Fruity and sweet, almost like a wine cooler smell

t. Raspberry with a hint of malt. The after-taste reminds me of a wine cooler from back in the 80s. - been craving a revisit of this beer.

m. Very smooth going down.

o. A bit too sweet for me, and I like sweeter beers. This was very good, would revisit on a summer day. (402 characters)

Photo of bradenh
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby red color

S- raspberrys (obviously), more perfumey and floral than overpoweringly raspberry like a Lindemans Framoise.

T- raspberry, light to moderate sweetness, malty, slight sugary syrup aftertaste that I don't really care for, but not something that ruins it for me. moderate carbonation that quickly dissipates.

MF- moderate carbonation, moderate body

O- First time trying a fruit beer from Founders. A very nice raspberry fruit beer. Unfortunately I have been spoiled by knowing what a New Glarus Raspberry Tart tastes like, so most everything else will pail in comparison. (597 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

04/05/14 bottling date; a month old.

A: Pours a clear deep red. Medium-sized fizzy light pink head. Almost soda like. Looks one step away from raspberry soda but the head is a little fluffier and longer-lasting. Retention is decent but there is sparse lacing.

S: What do you expect? Raspberries and more raspberries. Sweet and lightly pungent. I love raspberries so it's a very inviting smell. Also very one-dimensional of course so I can't rate it TOO highly.

T: Raspberries, raspberries, more raspberries. Sugary sweet up front. Sweetness gradually fades, leaving a nice contrasting tartness and even some dryness in the aftertaste. A little bitter in the aftertaste too, maybe a touch of indistinct hops?

M: Medium bodied, very refreshing.

O: Well, it's pretty much pure raspberry. Alcoholic raspberry soda. The only way you can tell it's not soda is the light bitterness in the aftertaste. Really tasty, crisp and refreshing. Great warm weather beer. It's not the most complex and a it loses a lot of typical beer characteristics but I don't think that's the point here. I enjoyed it a lot. Probably the best raspberry flavor in a beer, short of NG raspberry tart. (1,176 characters)

Photo of DrRambis
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (1,215 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep ruby red withe a small pick head.

S- Raspberries, mainly sweet, a little tart. Actually smells like a raspberry black tea I had gotten recently.

T- Tart raspberries at first followed by a lot of sweet raspberries, touch of honey, and hints of herbal notes in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- An enjoyable raspberry ale. Very happy I was able to try this. Really hope Founders comes to Maryland soon so next I can pick this up a little closer to home. (506 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep red, almost purple in appearance. Absolutely gorgeous in sunlight.

Raspberries, only raspberries.

Tastes immediately of raspberries, go figure. Not much to say about the taste aside from that this is like drinking raspberry pop with bite.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated which goes very well with the tartness of the raspberries.

Overall this is only a mediocre showing from Founders, but a must try for anyone with a palate for fruity brews. (448 characters)

Photo of WillKorn
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not my favorite beer and I have never been a huge fan of fruity beers like this. I know a ton of people that absolutely love this beer though. For me, I think it is too sweet to really enjoy with any sort of food. I do enjoy this on occasion, but it tends to upset my stomach. (284 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive red shade, somewhere in between burgundy and cardinal. A soft pink covering of foam rests nicely on top. The aroma is sweet and complex. While a trace of hops and grains can be detected, the drinker is overwhelmed with ripe raspberry. A tart aspect mixes well with what is perceived to be the malts. The flavor is quite similar to the qualities in the aroma... it is a bit earthy, a little bitter, and is very wine-like. It's got a nice, crisp finish... similar to a fresh cider. Overall I rather like this one, especially as I am not the biggest fan of fruit beers. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys adult beverages, except perhaps those who might not like something that's moderately tart. (721 characters)

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful cardinal/crimson body with an ivory/pink head.

Aroma: Deep raspberry with, surprisingly, a hint of wine (Muscat, perhaps?)

Taste: I would say 95% raspberry - 5% 'everything else'; while this is a Lambic, it tastes more like sparkling wine - barely any beer flavor, and what is present, is washed-out by the tartness of the raspberries. As for the raspberries - not too sweet, but again, completely overpowered any beer flavor, which I found a bit strange because, as stated above, it has an almost wine-like nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit too tart not only for my linking, but far more than I expected. Aside from that, it goes down very well with a crisp finish.

Overall: I would recommend this for late spring/late summer/fall; a good beer to enjoy outside in the shade on a moderately warm day. (815 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Glows soft red when back lit, holds a thin pinkish head.

Smell: Rich fleshy raspberries, tart and sweet.

Taste: Very fruity, the tartness is kept in check but very little "beer" flavor comes through, what does is a mild English pale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly creamy.

Overall: A great fruity beer, full of flavor but not overwhelming, a bit sweet for a session, best to share.

Cheers to Illudium for the sample! (434 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in NYC. Appearance is dark amber/ reddish.
Odor is of ripe raspberries mostly.
Taste was raspberry front and center. Almost like a fruity sparkling wine. Sweet but not over powering or drying. The fruit is almost all of the flavor profile. Perhaps some other brown sweetness in there but very little.
Mouth feel is carbonated and light. Easy drinking.
Overall, not overly sweet (which I was afraid it would be). Raspberry beginning, middle and end. Nice lambic-like beer. (482 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep ruby hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft ripe raspberries, that's it.

The taste consisted of the same raspberry element, but not overly sweet.

The mouthfeel was smooth.

Overall a tasty fruit beer. (327 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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!! (294 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-sienna brown. Dark. Has a reddish tent. Just a thin white head

S-smells like tart raspberries! Almost stings the nose. Slight buttercream scent.

T-comes in with a thick flavor or tart raspberry cream. Some cinnamon in there, but not quite enough to make it taste like a candle, thankfully. Definitely has a grainy flavor to remind you this is a beer. It's a thick syrupy taste. There's a slight him of bitterness in the after-taste, but it's mainly the same.

M-thick and syrupy. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish

O-I don't really care for this. I love fruit beers, but this is just so thick and syrupy. It's made for nightmare hangovers. It's not even. Dry drinkable. It just reminds me of a stronger macro fruit beer. (725 characters)

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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Rubaeus has a beautiful label with gorgeous artwork and great eye-catching colors. Label includes a bit of brewery info and a small description of the beer. Neck label has a Founders logo, web info, and ABV info. Cap has Founders logo.

Appearance: Rubaeus was aggressively poured from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint leading to a 2 finger light airy white-purplish head atop a crystal clear deep ruby red amber beer. Head retention was a solid 2min 31sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of a very sweet deep raspberry aroma that is very fresh. This also has a bit of a white wine aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by a tart yet still sweet raspberry on the front-end. Mid-point is again dominated by tart raspberry with a bit of underlying maltiness. Back-end has a bit of white wine grape flavor with a raspberry aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Rubaeus has an above average amount of carbonation that leads to a more full medium bodied mouthfeel that is crisp and still refreshing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Overall/Comments: Rubaeus is another in a long line of excellent beers produced by Founders. Rubaeus is a bit on the sweet side and maybe could have used a bit of bitterness for balance. I really would like to try this mixed with a nice stout or porter. I recommend trying out Rubaeus if you have the opportunity! Classifed as a Fruit Beer at 5.7% ABV. Consumed 12/12/2013. (1,497 characters)

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