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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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637 Reviews
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Reviews: 637
Hads: 3,007
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 121
Gots: 489 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 637 | Hads: 3,007
Photo of Boverhof3
1.8/5  rDev -53.5%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 sweet and I like sweeter beers. This was very good, would revisit on a summer day.

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Photo of bradenh
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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.


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Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of WillKorn
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of dexterk1
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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 AdamBear
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 thegodfather1076
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for this extra. Pours opaque magenta, very dark with a big wispy two finger high head of strawberries and cream. Retention is pretty good for a fruit beer and leaves good amounts of lacing on the glass.

Alot of husky, raw grains here, some wet paper bag, raspberry juice provides sweetness and the finish has some balancing musty earth in it.

Sweet fresh raspberry juices finally make an appearance balanced with some bready pale malts. Mild tartness on the finish with some yeasty residue helps to cleanse the palate. Very simple and well executed fruit beer.

Medium body that is lightened up the the natural tartness of the raspberries added. Carbonation is pretty muted. Alcohol blends will with the fruit giving it a crisp finish and feel much like a low carbed cider.

A very juicy and nice fruit beer. Raspberry being my favorite helps alot, the balance between the natural tartness of the fruit and sweetness is clinging on the edge of being too sweet but it works.

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Photo of NRo
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Opaque reddish hue. Not as clear as I thought it would be.

Smell: I can really smell the raspberries. Smells like alcohol and raspberry juice.

Taste: Little bit tart right away, from the raspberries, but not as sweet as a lambic.Very refreshing without feeling light.

Mouthfeel: Tingly from the carbonation but not sour.

Overall: This is very different from a lambic or a sour beer! It's heavy for something so fruity, in a good way.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours with no head whatsoever. Carbonation is minimal. The beer itself is a very deep red bordering on a light murky brown.

The nose is also a bit disappointing, it is very subdued. I get a minimal hint of raspberry and that is it, it is very subtle.

The taste is easily the best part of this beer. It is fuity sweet up front with a fair dosage of wet-raspberry, this transitions to a much more muted berry flavor towards the middle and then finishes pretty wet with no hint of bitterness.

This is a pretty good beer, one or two once in awhile would be pretty good. I would buy this again to have around for a nice changeup.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with sapphire highlights. Looks tasty!

S: Not much of a nose here. I'm not big into the aroma of beers though so it's not really a big deal. I get some vinegar and cherries.

T: Big raspberries upfront. Some cherries and other fruits, and some raisins too. It's nice. It's got kind of a kick to it, and I can't tell if it's the alcohol (which is very minimal) or just the flavor. I'm getting some cherry soda pop, vinegar, licorice, green apple, citrus, kind of an oaky taste. It's got a slight soapy bitterness to it on the back end.

M: A tad heavier than expected. Not bad though. It has a velvety feel to it, almost kind of a heavy mouth. It's very smooth though.

O: Didn't know what to expect as I've never had a fruit beer other than Shiner's prickly pear. This was overall a good one. I like the taste and the mouth although they aren't necessarily fantastic. Founders never disappoints me.

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Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass or Flute]

The pour was a murky almost dark cranberry red with a small light pink fizzy head that was fully diminishing and produced no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was all about raspberries, with a light grain malt and a sweet yeast along with notes of candi sugar, a light vinous odor and a moderate tartness.

The taste was boldly sweet with a nice malt undertone and a huge raspberry presence from the start and was present throughout, progressing slightly with a wheaty sour taste latching on towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a fruity tart taste left behind on the taste buds to linger for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and somewhat syrupy in texture with a strong ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a very refreshingly tasty Fruit Beer, it possesses a bold fruit taste along with a mild hint of wheat only to be topped with a decent tartness making it very enjoyable and refreshingly easy to drink...


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Photo of tillmac62
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful dark ruby pour with little head or lacing. The nose is of raspberry overlaying a sweet backbone. Almost medium bodied with a carbonation level set to provide crispness and a flavor explosion. The smooth mouthfeel translates to an expertly well balanced raspberry, tart and sweet flavor profile. Raspberry predominates, then the tartness hits the palate and ends on a sweet note. The finish is crisp with a lingering tartness after the raspberry and sweetness fades. Another masterpiece from Founders.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
06/19/13? Partially rubbed off

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red with a fizzy pink head that fades fast.

S - Sweet raspberry and malty.

T - Super sweet raspberry, hard to get much else.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very sweet and fruity. A bit syrupy. ok.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.