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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,343 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 73
Gots: 241 | FT: 11
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.

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Photo of adammills
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

This is like no other beer that I have had. Its rich almost ruby red is georgous and its fresh berry smell is suprising. It is quite sweet, yet dry, with a moderatly light mouthfeel. This is not in my opinion a beer just to tip back one after another, but very very nice.

adammills, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottle:

Poured a brilliant ruby colored ale in my stein...2 finger frothy pink cap...moderate carbonation..cap laces well signifying a good malt base in this brew.

Aroma was splendid...pungent floral- berry fruits and subtle grass and grain tones...very nice.

Slightly sweet up front but this lasts only a second as the tartness from the fruit and hops rush in to balance...although there is a big dose of bready malt here it rides in the shadow of the fresh berry fruit...and that’s not so bad...this leaves the impression of chewing a fresh warm biscuit smothered in raspberry preserve...no cloying in the delivery either...finishes wet and slow where the fruity tartness, woody hops and thick bready malts sort themselves out on the palate in a long finish...slightly bready after taste.

This is definately one of the most authoritative, freshest tasting fruit beers I have ever tasted....there is nothing synthetic about the ample berry flavors and it rides on a substantial malt spine to carry the whole thing off....well done!

pootz, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

The Rubaeus is a wonderful bubbly raspberry ale. I've had some bottles that had a foaming problem (maybe my fault from agitating it). Be forewarned. But not this one...its pours nicely into a pint glass. Head retention is excellent.. ..especially for a fruit beer that I have found have thinner heads that dissapate faster than a normal ale. The head forms a solid ring thats sticky.

The nose is of malt with a sweet tart raspberry cover. The flavor is not a citric sour explosion like a lambic, but a slightly tart raspberry layer on top of a solid ale. The fruit flavor blends well with the malty beer. A+ for mouthfeel.

This would be the kind of raspberry beer that I could brew and know that my non-beerheaded friends would drink up.

Founder's makes some awesome beers, and I'm immediately partial to this one because of their reputation for delicious unique beers. Even so, this raspberry brew is a treat. Cheers! :-o

ILiveOffHops, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but I picked it up from a reputable store that has a high turnover rate.

Appearance: A medium brown with a tint of red/pink color to it. Has very little head to speak of and that that it does dissipates quickly.

Smell: Strange, but this beer doesn't have much of a smell. If you swirl it around enough, you can pick up hints of raspberries. That's about it.

Taste: This is a tart beer, which I think is a good thing. Think of how fresh raspberries taste, that is the pucker factor you get with this beer. Very little malt, no hop flavor, but a good balance of fruit taste, residual sweetenss, and the sour taste of fresh raspberries.

Moutfeel: Carbonation level is high enough to balance out the tartness of the berries. Leaves a slick feeling in the back of your throat.

Drinkability: A good fruit beer. So many taste like sugar water, this preserves the tart/sour flavor of true raspberries. The only detractor is that having several of something this tart might start to build in your mouth after awhile. Overall, I like it. I will definitely grab more next time I see it around.

beveritt, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Unquestionably, the best aspect of this beer was its beautiful, deep, dark pink color. It arrived with no head, but instead, just a white ring around the edge of the glass. The nose was unmistakably of raspberry. The mouthfeel was light to medium with lots of raspberry flavor in the mouth. The finish was dry, but not intensely so. Jonathan let me try some of his Blushing Monk to compare, but the tart dryness was too much.

woodychandler, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Founders Rubaeus
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Pours a hazy light red, almost dark pink color with a fluffy off-white head on top. Spotted trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Intense aroma of freshly picked rasberries and zesty citrus.

Syrupy sweet rasberry bombs attack the palate with a backbone of caramel malt. Flavors of rasberry tart pie, freshly ground rasberry puree and rasberry pez candy meld together to create one hell of an interesting fruit beer. A very nice balance of tart, sweet and malty mold together.

In many ways, this reminded me of the Lindemans Framboise. I think the similarities between these two beers are plentiful, making me even further question if the Lindemans Framboise is a true Lambic or a Fruit Beer. Nevertheless, this brew is original, extremely fruity and easy to drink.

Hibernator, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a slightly hazy reddish color, with an interesting light pink foamy head. The head disappears very quick. Raspberry, fruity, and winey aroma. Slightly tart and sweet raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit harsh, as if something is not quite right. It became better as it warmed slightly. Not too sweet, might use a bit of sourness. Light body, but not overly carbonated. Interesting, and refreshing.

Bierguy5, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

A: Pours a clear cranberry red with a frothy one-finger head that subsides to a frothy rnig around the glass. Specks of lacing.

S: Sweet-smelling aromas of raspberries and pomegranate

T: Sweet and tart with just the right amount of raspberry flavor.

M: Light-medium in body with a puckering mouthfeel, yet not to the extreme as somethinglike Lindeman's. The carbonation is much less than most fruit beers, giving this one a much smoother texture.

D: Not very "beery" (to use a much disliked term), but this beer is what it is. A very good fruit beer. If you're into that sort of thing, go get some, and you won't be disappointed.

klewis, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of frazbri
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Founder's Rubaeus had a magenta body topped by a dense pink head. Aroma consisted of rasberries with a touch of lemon zest. Flavor was tart rasberries and citric, with just a hint of bready malt as it warmed. Body was light with medium-high carbonation.

This was tart and citric, but not overpowering or vinegar-like. The fruit gives it a wine-like charactor. I don't think Rubaeus was incredibly complex, but I found it quite refreshing.

frazbri, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured this 12 oz. undated bottle into a pint glass. Achieved no head. Body was a flat cranberry red/mauve/brown. Rich and nearly opaque.

Smell was fantastic. Fruity raspberry sweetness.

Taste was tart raspberry. Non-cloying. Malts peeked through but primarily this tasted like a nice alcoholic raspberry soda. Alcohol taste was very minimal but I did feel it's presence. It tasted great, but not really beer-like. This is my first fruit beer so it is a bit difficult to review within the style.

Mouthfeel was solid medium bodied with minimal carbonation. i would not want more than one.

Interesting offering but not one I will likely buy again.

Cresant, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of BlueHammer
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%

I was on a fruit beer kick today! The Rubaeus was my fourth fruit beer of the day and I have to say it was impressive! Poured from the bottle, it was a deep opaque brown with reddish tones. It smells of a strong, sweet rasperry, an almost syrupy smell. It tastes of a strong raspberry flavor but the sourness very nicely balances the fruity sweetness! The flavor was delicious and refreshing. It was smooth through the entire glass. This was a thoroughly enjoyable finish to the day.

BlueHammer, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of benito
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%

Fourteen bucks for a six pack of a fruit beer? I was skeptical, but now I'm a convert, as this is the best fruit beer I've seen available on the American market.

It is a raspberry red with hints of brown and a strong, fruity bouquet...of raspberry. The flavor is equally aggressive--lots of raspberry throughout and a slight alcohol presence in back to remind me that this is a beer. What sets this beer apart from so many other fruit brews is its overall feel. Like New Belgium's Frambozen (and for the record, I believe that this is a far superior beer to Frambozen) it has a strength of body and dry finish that balance out the fruit well. As it should, raspberry dominates almost every aspect of this beer; however, it doesn't go fully unchecked. What's more, it's got tremendous length with a sweet and sour aftertaste that lingers long after each swallow.

This is a top-notch summer brew that, as I understand it, was brewed with the intention of 'dethroning' the American pale wheat ale as the unquestioned king of easy-drinking Summer styles. Rubaeus makes a good case that APWAs should play second fiddle to other, more challenging and equally refreshing summer styles--saisons, kolschs, or, in this case, a full-bodied fruit beer. Highly recommended.

benito, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -47.4%

Pours very pink, cloudy, with a thin soapy head.

Smell is Rasberry. No malt or hop detectable.

Taste is artificial sour rasberry flavoring. Once again, there isn't a trace of malt or hop to be found. Hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Founders is a great brewery but this isn't even what I would call beer. Your wine cooler drinking girlfriend might like this.

Blakaeris, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of bashiba
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%

Poured bright pink with now head at all, lookes more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Smells like fresh tart raspberries.

Taste exactly like the smell, like raspberries, absolutely no standard beer flavors at all, no detectable malt, no hops, no yeast, just sweet and sour raspberries.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly slick

Overall the flavor isn't bad, but has absolutely no beer qualities, taste as much like beer as the Smirnoffs, Bacardi's, and Bartles and James of the world. I will avoid this one. The first let down I have had from founders.

bashiba, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

merlin48, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

This one pours a....well raspberry-like shade of red, really it does. There is a very small white head that quickly becomes a ring around the glass leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is pretty mild, there is some raspberry presence but not much else to speak of.

The flavor is heavy with raspberry flavor and there is little touch of sourness that enhances the raspberry. It tastes like this flavor rides on the back of some pilsner malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, almost on the effervescent side.

The drinkability is pretty good. This is a tasty drink that would go down nice on a hot summer day.

Brian700, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of nflmvp
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Aggressive pour yielded a one inch, coarse foam head which disappated down to a light froth and creamy foam ring around the outside edge of the glass.

Smell was sweet fruit (but almost like soda or kool-aid).

Taste was sweet and tart with strong raspberry qualities, as would be expected. A little alcohol follows on the finish.

Mouth feel was moderate but full with just a slight hint of alcohol.

Drinkability was very nice. This one makes a good summer refresher and could be a nice session beer if you have the extra cash in your wallet.

nflmvp, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz single, Riley's $2.99

appearance: pours from the stubby founders bottle into a chalice...body is a bright pink-ruby. light beige head with decent lacing. its interesting as it pours a bright pink but but establishes a richer ruby colour in the glass

smell: juicy and sweet fresh raspberries, syrupy, quite tart aroma with a noticeable malt presence, nutty, fruity an complex

taste: fresh sweet raspberries, a tart sourness, syrupy and sweet...toasted malt noticeable, vinous alcohol slightly apparent...Tasty fruit beer if you are a raspberry lover like myself

mouthfeel: tart, medium bodied and syrupy, light vinous alcohol presence

drinkability: pretty high

dirtylou, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: Pours brown with hints of pink/ruby highlights and a tan head.

Smell: Aroma of fresh raspberries, with hints of chocolate and caramel as well.

Taste: Incredibly quaffable! This is so easy and approachable I would be hard pressed to find someone who does *not* like it. WOW. Very tasty tart raspberry juicy flavor balanced brilliantly with chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Sheer SILK! The dark fruit flavors just slide right through the palate from beginning to end so easily.

Drinkability: Heavenly. I want cases of this stuff. You would never guess it was nearly 7% ABV! Simply tasty easy drinking, fruit beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%

Pours a ruby red color. Very effervescent with a white soda pop foam that dissapates to nothing. Aromas are mostly filled with raspberries, some biscuit malt, and a little alcohol. Hmm, flavor is super sticky, super sweet and basically an alcoholic raspberry syrup. Hops aren't particularly detected, nor are any malts used. Carbonation is too low; I feel a fruit beer should be crisp and light. This is quite a dissapointment, I expected something better. Alcohol and raspberry Italian soda, move on.

dreadnatty08, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz. bottle. Beer served chilled in a Cabernet glass.

A: This beer pours a sexy and distinctly pink hue with a huge puffy white pillow of head.

S: Big puff of raspberry with a bit of malt.

T&M: A middle weight beer with a pleasing crisp taste and mouthfeel. Very sour and heavily prickly on the tongue. Raspberry flavors dominate the palate. The sourness from the fruit provides the balance in this beer with little discernible hop flavor.

D: An enjoyable beer. Best served cold.

froggyfrog, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a bright Kool-aid red with hardly any head by the time it got to the table. It smelled very sweet, a small hint of hops, but mostly rasberry. Tastes like rasberry Kool-aid, the only reason I knew it was beer was for the alcohol. I was least impressed with this beer although it does have its own merits. Maybe I will try this from a bottle, but after having some of the strongest offerings from Founders, this one just couldn't hold up. A decent beer worth trying if you are into the fruit beers.

wingman14, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of shivtim
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

A beautiful deep rusty red, with a huge foamy head. Nose is super-sweet rasberry. Taste is very tart at first, giving way to a heavily carbonated sweet rasberry flavor, complete with seeds. A very interesting beer (although not very beer-like). Perhaps too sugary-sweet to drink too many in one sitting. It's reminiscent of a sparkling rasberry juice. Alcohol is very well hidden, it's deceptive.

shivtim, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12 oz bottle pours a pinkish-red color with a small white head that doesn't last long, leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity raspberry kool-aid aromas, sweet, tart and sour raspberry flavors. Medium bodied with a spritzy, seltzer like mouthfeel, finishes sour. Unique and flavorful, gets even better as it warms.

maxpower, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of rousee
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%

Beautiful magenta pour. Small head. Smell is vinegar and sugarplums, apples also, and I guess some raspberries. The taste is absolutely amazing !!!

This is one of the finest American examples of taking a Belgian sour/Flemish red and blending it with a sweet lambic like Lindemann's framboise. An excellent combo. The mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent also.This one is really worth seeking out.

Tasting notes:(in addition to sour cherries/raspberries would be some real woody maltiness)

rousee, May 31, 2006
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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