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Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders RübæusFounders Rübæus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

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Reviews: 682 | Ratings: 3,208
Photo of Catracho5
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a light cherry red with a pink head, head is full and fluffy, beer is clear, average amount of carbonation, slight lacing, looks thin.

A: Raspberries, fresh raspberries, also smells like mineral water, very fruity, no alcohol at all on the nose, just a tart smelling beer.

T: Nice punch of raspberries up front, touch of fruity tartness, finish is all raspberries, semi-sour, semi-tart, very fruity, not bad.

M: Light bodied with lots of carbonation and a juicy finish.

O: It's very enjoyable, definitely get the raspberries, taste natural as well, touch of tart and sourness, very drinkable, I can see myself drinking this during hot southern CA summers, very tasty.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste: raspberry cherry grenadine raspberry tartness taste a lot like a kitty cocktail.
Overall: this is a solid beer light bodied really dry finish. maybe just a little to sweet. Wish it was more tart and less sweet.

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Photo of ferndave
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You'd better like Raspberry. Tons of rich raspberry flavor. Almost two levels of light and dark berry. A little too much on first sip, was sold after a few more. Great occasional drink the right time of year. Agree that it doesn't taste much like beer. It could be used in cocktails or drinks asking for a fizzy berry flavor.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - pours a small white head that dissapates quickly. Body is red
S - raspberry!
T - yeast barley up front but it is over taken by the raspberry. Really sweet
F - super light easy to drink beer that is ideal for the warmer months
O - treaty drinking beer, first of this kind I've ever had. It's supposed to taste like raspberries and it does. It's pretty sweet so I can only handle one at a time

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pink, and settles in the glass a deep purplish color with a thin, pink tinged head. Kind of interesting, but it's also a little off putting to see such a vibrantly colored beer. Smells like a raspberry jelly donut and red wine. The taste is very sweet with a slightly dry finish. Again, lots of raspberry flavor here and a little more like wine than beer, I couldn't really pick up any identifiable beer flavors. Very little bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Feel was medium and sort of syrupy and unpleasant...mine didn't have a lot of carbonation and that combined with the sweetness made it feel like raspberry jam in my mouth. Leaves a kind of cloying aftertaste and coating on the tongue. I might drink one again in the future and see how it pairs with dessert, but overall, it didn't impress me much.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark pink hue with a two inch light pink head. Sweet aroma and taste of raspberry. The raspberry taste is fresh, distinct raspberry, and not too sweet. However, it does taste more like carbonated raspberry juice/cider than beer. Interesting and refreshing but I am not digging it that much.

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Photo of Benjo87
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - light red almost pinkish in a glass. 2 finger white head that dissipates into a lacing.

Smell - Smells like real raspberries, sweet malt, slight white wine like smell.

Taste - you get the raspberries, but it's more like a raspberry spritzer than a beer. Like a fizzy flavoured white wine. If I was blindfolded, I'd have no idea this was a beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Rubaeus, pure raspberry ale. 5.7% ABV.

A: Slightly pink tinted head; about a finger and a half's worth. Dark rose pink in the glass, with a slightly pink tone in the dimple. Decent sheeting. Nice lacing.

S: Similar to the Blushing Monk, it smells like a sweet glazed, raspberry filled donut. Sweet, doughy. Big raspberry jelly aroma!

T/MF: Taste is not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Raspberry seed flavor is present, but light enough. Just a pleasant raspberry flavor for a beer. Light doughy malt character, but the raspberry is the star. Raspberry tartness is mostly noticeable, under the tongue, along the sides. The flavor is light enough that this would go good with a summery salad, or a lighter dessert. Or, some chocolate would be good, too.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Sintech
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, poured into a pint glass. Look is muddled reddish pink. Smell is sweet, muted raspberries. Taste is really good. Easy to drink, little sweet...crushable. Mouthefeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. Overall a really nice beer. Grade (A-)

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell is faint and subtle.
The overall taste is like a fruit tart with a "mini" mix of creamy (nitro) melting and invigorating your mouth!
This is a must get on tap/nitro!!!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a clear red-hued straw body.
The aroma is raspberries.
The taste is mellow raspberry, just sweet enough and some tart. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one brew that seems to get a lot of negative talk but I really enjoy it. Nice ruby red color and excellent flavor. Best enjoyed in the summer but its in my fridge year round. Glad to see Founders has made this a year round beer now, will make my life easier. LOL

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Photo of MattSlem
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I could have like twenty of these. A bit sweet and heavy on the mouthfeel, but damn. I am a huge fan of Alaskan Brewing's raspberry wheat, but I think I've found my new favorite.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: a slightly burnt red color, slightly pinker than it is red. almost no head.

smell: pretty authentic raspberry smell, quite sweet, slightly tart.

taste: pretty much in line with the smell. Authentic raspberry taste, but a little too sweet.

feel: light bodied, tart, nice carbonation.

Good beer, only complaint is that its overly sweet.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard to review as a beer, but pretty tasty nonetheless! Pours ruddy, with no foam. Aroma is definitely raspberry. Very nice, I'll definitely suggest this to my next girlfriend. Taste is a nice balance of sweet and tart, true to the real berry. It's a bit more carbonated than I like and leaves a tart aftertaste. Kinda weird, kinda good.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap on nitro. Initially nice balance of sweetness to tart. As it warmed up it got to be a little too fruity tasting. Not really as refreshing as some of the other fruit beers.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the raspberry taste, anything but artificial. HOWEVER, it didn't taste like a beer, it was a wine cooler with a bit more abv. It gave me a tummy ache it was so sweet and malty. Wouldn't be caught buying it, but I'd drink one if someone tossed it to me.

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

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle on September 14, 2015. Look is pink, thin head and some lacing. Smell is tart berries and biscuity malts. Taste is sweet and lightly tart raspberry. Feel is light in body with a crisp finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a pink wine color from the bottle, but as it fills the glass and settles it sits at more of a brick red color. Opacity is @ 70%. The head is bubble gum pink, with traces of white. Lacing is left in sparse graphics on the sides of the glass.

S : Fresh, tart raspberries, maybe crushed. This is the spotlight. Beyond that I can smell dry jarred barley.

T : Very tart, very fruity. The raspberry is very loud here and has a great mix of tartness and sweetness. Behind that luscious fruitiness it takes on more of a Blonde Ale character : golden and toasted malts, a tiny bit of grassy hop. At the tail end there's a snap of ginger and a squeeze of lime.

F : Pretty creamy while being extremely refreshing. A lively carbonation stays beneath the body to pop it up into excitement. A semi dry finish wraps it up.

O : Apparently raspberry fruit ales are impossible to make, because this is the only solid one I've had thus far. I love raspberries, and I love beer, but it seems like the two can never marry together properly, or at least a multitude of brewers have trouble doing it right. Founders was not one of those. I really enjoy Rubaeus and would have it again!

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Photo of SarahIsKidA
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*Bottled on 6/2/2015, drank on 9/4/2015.

Look: Very pretty, like a ruby red grapefruit. Small head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Not much of anything, actually. A little raspberry, a tiny bit of acidity.

Taste: Overall a pleasant drinking beer, with a Raspberry-with-a-capital-R taste. No notes in the sour/gose/lambic range, just a lot of raspberry sweetness—but not in a syrupy or sickly-sweet way.

Feel: A good bit of effervescence on the tongue.

Overall: A solid drinking on the porch in the summer choice.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Founders Rubæus.

Is this supposed to be a lambic although not by traditional sense orrrr..what exactly is the deal here..?.

Look - Pours what I would say is the most perfectionate amber I have ever seen with a head that never truly forms. Carbonation appears to be pretty low surprisingly. 4

Smell - Not really getting a whole lot here. Almost like some wannabe levels of raspberry that are half artificial with a bit of bread like qualities. 3

Taste - The raspberry aspect is still there and dominates the majority of the flavor but it has neither an inviting tartness nor even a touch of bitter beyond a quick surprise squirm of the mouth. Bread levels are still on medium. Let it warm a bit, then it can show it is legit, although still not too heavy. 3.75.

Feel - Body is pretty well rounded and the tart aspect makes itself known here. Carbonation is about moderate as would fit the style. 4.25.

Overall - Y'know what, after finishing the brew I'd say it isn't a wannabe at all. Actually, a fine way to introduce somebody to the world of lambics and sours. The smell was a bit goofy but the taste had its heart in the right place, though slightly missing the mark. Cannot complain as I paid $1.69 for the bottle FRESH mind you and the guy was obvisouly try to cut losses. Try it out, and come to your own judgement. 3.75.

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Photo of scottwestphall
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - kind of disappointing in that there's no head and no lacing. However I love the rich red hue. Looks like thee could be drops of blood in the coloration.

Smell - sweet and tart (if tart is a smell).

Taste - been loving fruity beers this summer and this one is fantastic. It's well balanced in that it's tart, but not outright sour. The raspberry is very prominent and dominates the flavor, making it greatly refreshing during the summer months. Certainly sweet but there's just enough bitterness to keep it grounded as a beer.

Feel - again very refreshing. Doesn't come off as heavy and goes down with ease. Could put these down all afternoon.

Overall I am not sure hardcore hop heads would like this, but if you're a fan of Weiss Beers, Belgians or fruit beers I think this is some you should give a try. Nice alternate to a summer cocktail or wine. I really like this beer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful salmon pink color, with shreds of sticky lace. Aroma is raspberries, some malty notes (biscuity), a bit of a saccharine sweet note. Flavor more orless follows, slightly tangy but overly sweet. Finishes with a bit of a fake sugar sticky feel.

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Photo of Moose90
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2015 Bottle

A — Pours a bright pinkish red hue into the glass, thin white head forms, but leaves behind only sticky bits of lace.

S — Smells fantastic, lots of bright raspberry and strawberry, lightly tart, really just smells like freshly picked raspberries.

T — Sweet overall, notes of raspberry, light lemon, just dominated by raspberries, exactly as it was billed, just really really sweet.

M — Medium bodied, sticky and lingering finish.

O — A nice enough beer, but this would be over the top if it had some lacto to add some tartness, as it is currently its a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Savan
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured a reddish hue into a pint glass, head disappeared quickly leaving a light paper thin white froth. Had a obvious raspberry taste to it and a malty quality I am unable to place, slight tangy feel but overall refreshing brew!

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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