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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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87
very good

647 Reviews
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Reviews: 647
Hads: 3,051
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 120
Gots: 510 | FT: 13
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 Dave_in_GR
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance is a deep reddish color with a small amount of white head that recedes quickly.

Smell is a sweet raspberry flavor.

Taste is heavily raspberry, but with a nice crisp, tart finish. Not much in the way of beer flavors.

Mouthfeel is sticky and fairly thick, but is offset by heavy carbonation.

The early spring in 2012 devastated the Michigan cherry crop, and Founders turned to raspberries for their fruit beer. Overall, the result is an excellent summer beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/5/14. Poured into a chalice.

For a fruit beer I like this one but not in multiples. A great way to break up the session. If you don’t like raspberries stay away. With the sweetness and carbonation this beer has certain soda characteristics. 4

A – Pours a cloudy pinkish red with a light pink one-finger head. 4.25

S – Raspberries! But also malty. Zero hops detectable. 4

T – Raspberries, sweet but not cloying with a raspberry tartness apparent in the middle and finish. 4

MF – Good carbonation leading to a bite on the palate. Medium-light body. Sweet finish. 4.25

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red in color with a hint of tan and a pink soap foam. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Head has good retention for a fruit beer.

Nose is dominated by a big sweet raspberry note with a subtle grainy malt backbone. Smells fairly balanced for a fruit beer.

The sweetness that was present in the nose is also present in the taste however it's balanced out nicely with tartness from the raspberries. There is also a bready malt smoothness that helps balance the sharp sweet and tart notes.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation, light feel and very refreshing

Overall very good for a fruit ale, one of the better ones for the style.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this every year for the past 3 years but just now have had a chance to review it.

A - Dark amber, red color, like a raspberry soda. Smaller, pink head with good lacing. More soda like than beer with the pink hue but still appetizing.

S - Raspberry ale; imagine that! It's got a fresh raspberry note that is fruity with just a little bit of floral aroma and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Pretty soft on the palate with the sweet raspberry character holding strong. It doesn't have a chemical or overpowering fruit flavor as some tend to have but it is almost syrupy. In the middle the ale character shifts to the top with a sweet grainy, malt character accompanied by the ale yeast tones. The finish is light and still fruity.

M - Light mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Light body makes this beer a refreshing beverage. I do think that either my palate or the batch is different but this beer is much sweeter and more soda-like than I remembered from last year.

Overall, this is still a very good summer brew but on the sweet side. This beer used to be the perfect example of a fruit beer but now I feel it is moving towards the sweeter and more commercial beer genre. I would still recommend this for a nice mix-up from the typical beer styles but at $12 a 4pk I probably won't get this more than once a year.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-purple hue, topped off with a fizzy, light-pink colored head. Looks very much like a glass of pop when first poured. Midway through, it takes over the foamy, nice-lacing look of a good brew. The nose is strong of raspberries, as you would imagine, and there is a faint sweet malt scent hidden in the background.

Wow, the taste is powerful. Heavy raspberries, blackberries, and other tart fruits completely take over the taste of this beer. ( It is still a little warm, I couldnt wait for it to get cold, which might have a lot to do with the overwhelming raspberry aftertaste.) Yet it is quite tasty considering the style, I will try this one again, ice cold, to see if it brings out any other flavors.

The mouthfeel ranks a little higher than medium-bodied, which I didnt expect. Very outstanding balanced on the way down. This one is good, but drinking more than one would be too sweet and too much berry overload. Not really my style, but still definitly worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Caracole snifter. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a lovely looking hazy pink color with a tiny light pink head that leaves virtually no lace.

S: Faint aroma of the freshest raspberries. Like they were just pulled off the bush and thrown in the beer.

T: Juicy fresh raspberry with a bitter bite to it. Not even a hint of alcohol.

M: Slightly on the thin side. I did notice after letting it sit for 20 minutes, it thickened up a bit. Nice bitey middle and finish.

D: So delicious and refreshing!

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This summer offering from Founder's really surprised me. Fruit beers are usually not too great and they are usually either super sweet or super tart, balance is not what I think of when I think of fruit beers. But this had it. Pours an amberish, pinkish girly looking color. A few bubbles to the top with a fizzy pink head. Lots of lacing though. Aroma is all raspberries, I can't get past the raspberries, they smell really fresh though. Taste starts out a little sweet, too sweet but it's not all raspberry sweetness. There's a malty sweetness in there that pushes the envelope a little too much. Right when I'm ready to write this one off though a nice super tart flavor hits me which is most definitely the raspberries in their full effect. A yeasty, alcohol dryness finishes this beer off. Great complexity and balance but I still liked their Raspberry Pale Ale on tap a little better.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife just gave me a mixed case of Founders for Christmas. Happy holidays indeed.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Rubaeus is a beautiful pinkish, reddish, orange color. Sort of a cherry copper hue. Light pinkish white head on top; little to no lace. A pretty color here, created, I presume, by the raspberries. The nose is tart and filled with berries. A bit sweet as well, with some malty notes, but mostly consumed by raspberries. The taste is tart and tangy as well, with strong raspberry content and a syrupy sweet flavor that fades in and out. Mouthfeel is a tad bit watery at times, with a dry finish.

A fine beer, the Rubaeus. One of the best fruit beers on the market, in my opinion. Rivals the New Glarus Belgian Red and the DFH Aprihop for quality and production. A delicious beer that I am glad to have more than one of in the fridge.

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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 goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to orbitalr0x for this treat

clear.. or maybe cloudy.. essential red pour. two finger soapy foam of an off white coloration.. perhaps a light sprinkling of pinkness to it. what i suspect might be raspberry esters wafting from the glass, upon further inspection, seems to be more of a berry-flavored 7-UP thing happening. light botanical hops masquerade as berry stem, or something, in the aroma. unique fruit beer aromawise. initial sip is lindeman's sucrose-laden fruit sweetness with a burst of booze. this beer is a sipper that wants to be a thirst quencher, making for dangerous possibilities at nearly 7%. fruit soda meets sparkling wine with a beery nuttiness. crazy. despite my lack of ability to nail the style, it seems well balanced. a guilty panty-dropping pleasure.

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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 ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep ruby red in color. Great clarity. Pinkish white head retains at a modest quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Raspberry juice with a light tartness. The malt base smells of pie crust with perhaps just a suggestion of cocoa.

T: Fresh and bold raspberry taste up front. A modest level of tartness and good attenuation do a nice job of making sure that this beer never feels too sweet. The malt base is more subdued than on the nose, but some crust and cocoa do come through. Semi-sweet finish of raspberry and hints of a tootsie roll-type chocolate flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. A slight suggestion of weight is whisked away by a fluffy texture and modest carbonation.

O: Is this a straightforward fruit beer? Yes and no. The raspberry is definitely the main attraction, but there’s enough contrast thrown in to add complexity and enhance drinkability. Fresh and authentic fruit flavor is the driving force, but a balancing tartness and supporting malt base make this one of the best fruit beers on the market. I don’t think I’ve ever been this pleased with a fruit-forward beer that wasn’t a lambic.

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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 ThatWineGuy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a gift from Viggo, given to accompany the Blushing Monk I picked up last October at Merchants in Dearborn, MI, shared with biegaman. I believe this to be well aged. Enjoyed in an Affligem goblet that might have spread the head a little thin. Light red, a few large bubbles at mid-glass, suspended yeast particles from the last half of the bottle. Inviting smell of fresh cranberry, raspberry from which it came but also a lot of melon and pomegranite. Taste, texture and mouthfeel are light but run the gamut of cherry, wild berries, passion fruit with a malty finish. Low acidity was a real treat considering the menagerie of fruit present. The alcohol was very well hidden and the finish smooth and silky despite the relatively thin body. Overall, a nice treat and I can't wait to compare it to the Blushing Monk. Thanks, Viggo!

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Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep but vibrant crimson, head has a slightly pink tinge to it. Full on raspberry onslaught, nothing artificial about it, just pure raspberry like homemade raspberry jam. There's a definite sugar cookie malt sweetness going on underneath which further enhances the fruit, but other than that it's all raspberry. A slight natural tartness lingers on the finish. Just a step behind the New Glarus fruit beers in terms of fruit intensity. There aren't many "clean" fruit beers I enjoy but this is certainly one of them. That said, it's not a beer to drink in quantity but as a nice aperitif or as something fun to pair with sweets.

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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 BradtheGreat7
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken June, 2013 from notes

12 oz brown stubby/stout style Founders bottle with a very sweet and fruity summer time label. Very elegant and nice to look at on this rainy summer evening. Poured this into standard Founders pint glass. Didn't really know what else to pour it into.

A - ruby red body that really illuminates in the late to more of a bright blood red. Head is a light purplish pink that has some stick to it and the ring of lace last nearly the entire way. Some slight haze but still fairly clear.

S - lots of fruit with raspberries, slight cherry and a touch of cranberry juice? Some grain to the malt background with an Founders depth to the malt aroma. This thing smells like sweet, tart and fruity raspberries but it has a Founders brewery aroma as well. Amazing how a fruit beer has this sort of character.

T - tart raspberry up front. Okay very tart, but it soon shifts to a luscious raspberry sweetness with a soft hint of sweet cherry pie. The grain is there as is that Founders malt funk in the backbone. This may be a fruit beer, but it lets you know it is indeed a BEER. It's like sweet liquid nectar with a good balance of malt and grain character.

M - on the lighter side of a medium bodied but no where near thin. This thing carries that good ol Founders thickness and texture. Smooth and easy to drink. Bursting with fruity flavors.

O - okay, I love Belgian sours. Maybe more than most, but its not something I can do everyday like say my wife could. But this thing is much lmuch more than just a fruit beer or a sour. It has some balance and complexity to it. Maybe not a lot, but the Founders imprint of their malt style this thing lets you know you are indeed drinking a brew from the same folks who make the worlds best stouts. This is perfect for summer and a real answer to the somewhat disappointing Cerise, and I liked Cerise. But it was no where near as brilliant as this thing is. Founders may have indeed found the direction they want to go in during the warm months of summer.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear raspberry red color with floaties. One finger of pinkish cream colored head has good retention and leave nice lacing. Smells of tart red raspberries as well as some blackberry and strawberry for good measure, and just enough wheat malt to keep this beer-like. Tastes of tart red raspberries and sweet pale grain with a slight hint of grassy hops in the finish. Medium in body with nice gently fizzy carbonation. Sweet, lightly tart, and malty with a little touch of hops. One of my favorite fruit beers that hides its alcohol well, goes down easily, and is quite sessionable.

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

12 ounce bottle bottled on 7/20/13 poured into a tulip

A: deep red/purple, lots of bubbles

S: smells like a raspberry jam, lots of fruit and very sweet

T: It's like biting into a fresh raspberry.... A lot of the times fruit beers taste artificial, but Founders did well with this. Slight dry finish

M: This is sweet, but not over the top. There is some body to it to make it seem like a beer.

It appears that Founders made a raspberry jam and then put alcohol into it and made it a beer. This is unique and refreshing and Founders nailed what they were going for. This is a great beer on a hot summer day. Reminds me of the New Glarus beers...

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into heineken half pint - bottle is undated by legible means, but the notch is far to the right side of the label if that means anything to you...

A - Pours with a tremendous head that lasts and lasts, reveling in its bubbly thickness. Head is a nice light candy pink color. Lacing is as you might expect with such a strong head. Color is a slightly cloudy deep red (basically what Killian's might look like if it were craft-made and actually good). Lots of carbo bubbles.

S - Smell is all tart & sweet raspberries. The malt/hop underpining of this beer is overshadowed by the fruit

T - Again, raspberries completely dominate, but it is a much more natural and pleasing taste than I've gotten from some other fruit beers. The tart sensation and the fruit sweetness complement each other nicely. The Founder's website claims that they use "fresh raspberries" which I might conclude to mean that they don't use a syrup. I think the difference is noticable.

M - Highly carbonated yet light with a nice tart aftertaste/finish.

D - As with many fruit beers, I could see this working nicely as a dessert beer and pairing nicely with a variety of desserts, from chocolate to ice cream. Alcohol is fairly high for a non-stout fruit beer, but it is well hidden.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6/6/13
Victory tulip

A: Pours a deep ruby color. White leading to light pinkish head. Tight bubbled. Leaves some lacing. Nice carbonation.

S: Fresh raspberries. Light ale yeast. Mostly getting the fruit coming through. There is some malt backing. Finish is slightly dry with lingering fruit.

T: Really full on raspberry. Very low on the IBUs is right. This is just full on fruit. Damn tasty. Nice slightly dry finish.

M: It's a light medium.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark red color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a fruity raspberry aroma. Nice raspberry taste. Mild amount of bitterness. Not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one is very good and refreshing.

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Photo of sleazo
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a hazy brown which reveals magenta when held to the light. Zero head, zero lacing.

S_The aroma is farily strong with a raspberry jam type aroma. There is also a nice lightly toasted malt aroma which reminds you that you are drinking a beer.

T_Runs the gamut of the flavours of the raspberry. Starts out with a good fruit sweetness followed by a bit of the seed. The finish is nicely done as it mimics the tartness of the actual fruit. There is also a nice biscutiy malt component as in the smell to keep thigns grounded. Not much in the way of hops, but that really isn't the point.

M_Slightly syrupy with a mild carbonation.

D_A very nice fruit beer that doesn't become cloying. Makes for a good dessert. I could use a bit more head, but who couldn't?

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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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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.