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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 636
Hads: 2,988
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 121
Gots: 479 | 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 ADZA
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Being a big raspberry fan I bought a four pack of these and already tried it and not liked it but thought I'd review it anyway and not suprisingly it's a raspberry hue with a one finger head and some nice lacing,the smell is raspberry lollies that's it,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated and on taste I have to make sure I'm not drinking cool drink its basically a big sweet mess of raspberries everything else has no chance of getting through the only taste I get is raspberry jam and raspberry lollies and overall if you like lollies and sweet stuff then sure try it but ill never drink this one again cheers.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark garnet with a large pink head.
Aroma of raspberry confectionery and little else.
Simlar flavours, very sweet. Raspberry lollies again sums it up perfectly. Very little to it really.
Could use more carbonation.
Much too sweet. Nothing apparent behind the raspberry.

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

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Enjoyed: 21 November 2013

Appearance: A deep burgundy red with an ever so slightly pink head that builds quickly and fades just as fast, leaving a small ring of bubbles on the edges of the glass.

Smell: A sweet bouquet of raspberries and not much else. This doesn't smell as strong as Lindemann's Framboise.

Taste: This is a sweet fruit beer. The raspberry flavor is especially pronounced, but lacking any sourness whatsoever. Almost tastes like raspberry juice, but there is certainly an amount of beer-like bitterness on the very back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not especially effervescent, and quickly looses carbonation.

Overall: A decent brew, but not one I would search out again. I prefer sour fruit beers over this, and if I want to drink a raspberry beer, I'll go for a raspberry lambic.

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Photo of Jho3325
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a rich ruby red. A pinkish foam does not last and there is virtually no lacing. It is a deep red with plenty of carbonation.

The aroma of this one is all raspberry from start to finish.

It starts with a blast of sweet raspberry, but quickly turns to a more sour taste. While not unpleasant, the taste was disjointed rather than complex.

There was plenty of carbonation and there was a refreshing feel.

This was not my favorite Founders brew, but it was not a bad offering. I didn't think that it separated itself from the pack and would have preferred it stayed sweeter throughout because the back end of the flavor didn't quite meld with the initial fruity sweetness.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely deep, clear, ruby color with a faint pink, soapy head that remains modest despite a vigorous pour. Relatively mild aroma smells of raspberries and beer--not nearly as tart and luxurious as a raspberry lambic. The flavor tastes of raspberry juice blended with a wheat beer. The raspberry comes up front and is superseded by a fog of grain husk. This transition is less than elegant, feeling like the beer is morphing from one thing to another on your tongue. The finish is almost vegetal, akin to trace amounts of dilute herbal hops. Alcohol is also more noticeable than it ought to be considering the entirely pedestrian ABV. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp though, and excellently suited to the style--probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

As an admitted Founders fan-boy, I must confess this brew is something of a disappointment considering their track record. It's not bad, but it feels like a novelty compared to Founders' usual standard of quality. If you're looking for a class fruit-infused beer, you're better off sticking to Lindemans.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cranberry red with a thin layer of head. The nose is tart and the flavor is light and fruity. The raspberry flavor really shines through in this offering.

I enjoyed my small sample and certainly can appreciate the craft that went into making this offering, but it tasted more like a mixed drink to me than a beer. As I was drinking this, I actually thought that I finally found a beer that my wife (who hates beer) would enjoy.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank 11/6/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - deep ruby red coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see or read through), initial whitish one finger carbonation resolved into a subtle glass lacing throughout the drinking; moderate-to-high carbonation, little alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - lots of raspberries and vinous qualities; no off aromas detected

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there a lambic-like fruity-estery slap - raspberries through and through, and, in the middle profile featured, some sweetness continues with a slight sourness; finished dry; little-to-no alcohol flavors, which was appropriate at 6.0%

M: 3/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation makes it tart and refreshing but, even so, it's still too thin for me

O: 6/10 - as much as I love Founders, this, for me, is one of the worst beers in their portfolio; it tastes like a poor man's version of Lindeman's Framboise, which is a decent enough lambic; I was definitely expecting more complexity and not just getting slapped back-and-forth by raspberries; I think that lots of wine and uninitiated beer drinkers could enjoy this beer in moderation but it's just not for me and won't be buying it again if it comes out for 2014

TOTAL = 34/50

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Photo of cjgator3
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish color with an off-white head that turns into a ring of lacing.

S- There is no mistaking the aroma. It is fresh raspberries all the way. What is great about the aroma is it smells like you have your nose to a bowl of fresh raspberries and not an artificial fruit-like aroma.

T- The taste is nothing short of amazing. Tart raspberries up front with a lingering sweetness coming in. At first, I think the sweetness will overpower but the tartness comes back in the finish to balance things out. Even though the taste is 100% raspberry, it does not taste one dimensional because there is so many waves of flavors in the taste.

M- One of the first things I noticed in the taste was the thickness of the mouthfeel. I was expecting a very light body and a high amount of carbonation but this beer is medium bodied with a moderate-average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I am extremely impressed with this beer. It is a must try for anyone who loves raspberries. If you love raspberries, you will love this beer. If you dislike raspberries, you will dislike this beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of phthisis37
2.51/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Very deep ruby red color with small pinkish hue head. No head retention and weak lacing.
S - Smells like raspberry as expected. Smells very good.
T - Taste is off. First you get a hit of just "beer" taste. Then as that fades you get super sweet raspberry juice. The flavors just do not meld together until you drink enough of it but by then it is too late.
M - Light and fizzy not really in a good way. Almost like a sparkling fruit juice.
O - I say it is poor overall. If I am looking for a raspberry flavor like this I will go for a Lambic over this any day. This is similar to the Wild Red beer from AB.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As you'd expect pours a deep red colour with a white foamy head.

The smell is raspberries and a little smokey malt.

The taste is raspberry, a little sour,tart and just little bit of malt.

The mouthfeel is quite light with medium carbonation.

This would be a good summer beer, I'd defiantly recommend if you're a fan of fruit beers.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a tan rose, an obvious blending of the tan of beer with the red of the raspberry. The head is a nice rose color as well and more resembling of a lambic.

The nose is sweet and definitely dominating in the nose. The malt is subtle and the hops are overwhelmed.

The taste is rather nice and tart with the raspberry being in balance with the hoping. There is a definite sweetness that is nicely balanced with dry overtones. I really like the flavors in this. Unique and refreshing is what comes to mind.

The moutfeel is decent and not watery, somewhat effervescent, but not quite enough for my taste.

Overall I really like this and could easily drink a dangerous amount of it on a hot summer day. Add this to my list of summer beers.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish pink, with a half of a finger of pink head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very fruity, like a bowl of fresh raspberries and honey. There are also some slight ester aromas too.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very fruity, like…a bowl of fresh raspberries. It’s sweet, without being cloying, and finished with some good tartness without being puckering. Unfortunately, there’s not much actual beer flavor here, just the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.7%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty beverage. Good raspberry flavor with a great balance between the sweet and the tart, but unfortunately not too much beer flavor. It’s more like a low-alcohol punch. That being said, it’d be a great brunch drink!!

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try Founders Rubaeus at Pranca in Minneapolis. I was pleasantly surprised that they had four tap offerings from Founders. Served in a snifter, the - beer is ruby red with a skim of white head.

It has a big nose of raspberries and grains in the background.

Taste is berries, berries and berries. Not artificial and not overpowering but they rule the roost. Some malts in the background add a touch of balance.

Once in a while beer for me, but it is well executed and pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear ruby red color with a half a fingers worth of pinkish head. Almost no head retention with a light amount of lacing.

Smell- Raspberries and nothing else.

Taste- Both sweet and tart raspberry with just a hint of bread and grain flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with slightly below average amount of fizzy carbonation. Sticky aftertaste.

Overall- If you like raspberries, then you'll like this. Good beer, it just needs a little more carbonation.

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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 SebD
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear ruby red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves really nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of raspberries, slight bready malts and some tartness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet raspberries upfront, a slight tartness, some breadiness and wheat malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Simple and delicious.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Probably the best Raspberry Ale I've ever had the opportunity to try. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Pencible
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a translucent cherry red with almost no head.
S: It smelled like sweet raspberry jam, with a slight bit of bready malt.
T: It tasted like sweet raspberry jam. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a fantastic raspberry ale. The scent and taste were delicious. The body was ok, but the finish was really smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Better than Raspberry Tart. Impressive dessert beer.

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Photo of RickS95
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't care much for the looks, but for what it is, I'm not sure how you get around it. The pour is a deep burgundy, looks like wine, and fortunately, it's not clear like other fruity beers, but rather has a slight haze to it. The head isn't much, a finger thick at best, and it's pink. Little retention so you don't have to look at it long.

The nose is overwhelmingly raspberry. No malt or hop presense whatsoever, just garden picked, fresh raspberries.

It's ok. The first few sips almost resemble beer, but after that, it's more or less and Bartles and James wine cooler...raspberry flavored.

Not awful, just not very beer like. Sweet up front, slight resemblance to an ale midsip, then very tart. The tart is extremely sharp, but never crosses the line to being kriek-like. Carbonation starts to work near the finish with a strong bite to completely scrape the palate clean so you can tolerate the next swallow.

A fruit beer is what a fruit beer is--barely beer like, some not even drinkable. This is drinkable, but only slightly beer like. It's well above average for a fruit beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (couldn't read the bottling date)

A: Deep purple, amethyst color. Slight lacing.

S: Sweet and tart. Lots of raspberry. There is even a bit of funk/yeast in there.

T: Quite sweet and not very tart. This could use a slight balance of those two notes, less sweet and more tart. It tastes a bit like soda. Lots of raspberry comes through, which is rare. Most fruit beers don't have the fruit flavor as prominent. I feel that the sign of a good fruit beer is the prominence of the fruit.

M: Slick but still prickly. Good feeling here with less carb then kombucha.

O: I could drink this all day (or summer). I hope Founders comes to MD by next summer because I would love to have better access to this.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Calypso
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So rating this beer was difficult. I don't have anything to compare it to so I really had to look at it on its own merits. It's a very distinctive beer.

A - A lovely ruby color, cloudy, with one and a half fingers of foamy white head.
S - Raspberries in a big way. It smells a lot like raspberry jam, with maybe a hint of some pine resin (?). I found myself just smelling it, it was that good.
T - Tart raspberry, with maybe a hint of citrus (oranges?). Not as sweet as it smells, but still quite sweet. Unlike other offerings in the fruit beer category, this one doesn't taste like they added fruit syrup, but rather brewed the beer with lots of fruit. It was a surprising taste, but once I got over my initial shock I enjoyed it a lot.
M - Again, wonderfully done. High carbonation (almost fizzy), with medium body. Lingering tartness from the raspberries.
O - This isn't a beer I would normally go for (fruit beers that is), but once again Founders proves that they can make anything awesome. I really, really enjoyed this beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Unique pomegranate color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Just like a raspberry smoothie
T: This has a nice sourness to go along with the fruit, quite tasty
M: Somewhat thin but crisp, noticeable carbonation
O: Not sure I could drink several of these in a row but this is quite tasty & could definitely also have some great uses in the kitchen when cooking in place of Chambord

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Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think they have obviously tweaked this one since I last had it in 2008. I remember it being an orangish color and only tasting faintly of actual raspberry. Well now it is much darker and actually dark red in color, and it actually tastes like an explosion of raspberries! The aroma is nice but slightly faint, all raspberry. The taste is like the aroma only it is stronger. Great beer and I'll be picking up a full 4 pack next time I'm at the store!

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Photo of mverity
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Proof. Great rosy red color. Aroma of sweet berries, some dry straw, a faint bready presence and a touch of citrusy hops as well. Taste is mostly the berry, but I also got some of the hops and dry biscuit along with the berry in the finish. I will definitely drink more of this as the summer winds down.

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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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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.