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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

Founders RübæusFounders Rübæus

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,673 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1673
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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engisch

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I usually really enjoy drinking Founder's brews. This is the first exception. I have seen this in 4-packs all over the place, and I have been meaning to pick one up, but this was the first time I have seen it on tap (at the Tally Ho in Bethlehem, PA). So I order one.

Watching the bartender pour I immediately notice this beer has an almost unnatural red tint to it. It holds almost no head, but it still looks a little promising. As he places it down in front of me I am overloaded with raspberry smells. It is nice as an air freshener, but I am now concerned. I take a sip and immediately identify the "fake" taste of sour raspberries. It is missing much of the character that Founder's usually has from its selection of hops and malts. I couldn't finish this, as it reminded me of raspberry pucker. Somewhere someone probably really likes this brew, but it was way too sweet for me.

Sorry Founder's, but this seems like you tried too hard and failed. I will never have this again. I'll still have other Founder's brews because of there fairly good track record with me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 14:45:54 | More by engisch
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful cranberry color with a foamy head. The nose is dominated by raspberries and a hint of funk. The taste is a gush of raspberries with a twang and a bit of tartness. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both highly informed by the thirst quenching tartness and acidity. A really wonderful beer. Could have drank several.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2008 01:15:26 | More by Chinon01
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daftafne

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter having a red/orange color and no head. Smelled completely of raspberries. Tasted lightly of raspberries and finishes tart. Not very strong flavor. Kind of a watered-down mouthfeel and light alcohol warmth. It was nice on a summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 00:16:16 | More by daftafne
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a basic brownish amber, but in the light, it takes a a pink rose blush. A finger of lavender tinged head sustains with a little life. Thin spritzes of lacing sprinkle the inside of the glass.

The aroma is, above and beyond all else, raspberry sprinkled with powdered sugar. A hint of yeast lurks underneath, but this is about the berries.

Upon tasting, again, it's the raspberries taking up the space, and it's a nicely sweet, fresh from the bush berry sweetness, with no sign of extract or concentrate. A mild tartness mitigates and leads into an underlayer of bready yeast with distantly crisp esters. Malt comes through slightly near the close with a residual, more earthy sweetness that is crisped by a general spiciness. The finish lingers with a mild crisp bite. This is what berries can do when done well.

Between light and medium bodied, the carbonation is more pronounced on the palate, lending a pop character to the fresh feel.

Once again, I find another beer that undermines my stale "no fruit in my beer" stance. This is like a peppy, well played berry beer soda, which in this case, is all good. The aroma didn't deliver full announcement of what was to come, so it was a bit surprising, and in the end, it drinks smooth, with a little sugar to the tooth, and with a refreshing finish. So from now on, all beer, even those with fruit, are fair game. Except maybe for apricot. We'll see.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 18:09:14 | More by Foxman
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With summer in full swing, no other brewer takes better advantage of what the season gives us. Founders sets Cerise aside for a moment and returns to a revamped Rubaeus. One taste celebrates everything about what's great with raspberries.

Its mauve and ruby pour lets the fruity secrets out of the bag- it simply looks like fruit juice, except for the light creamy-white froth that rises to cap the beer. Hazy in its appearance, the beer shows off its unfiltered and unadulterated translucency.

Incredible raspberry aromas leap from the glass and fill the olfactory senses with mouthwatering fruit sweetness and a pleasantly tart and acidic scent. The slimmest note of wheat sits in the shadows and hardly brings attention. Similarly, the taste is dedicated and squarely focused on the glorious raspberry fruit. Bright, zesty, ripe, sweet and with a hint of tangy cherry and concord grape- its not too hard to read a mild red wine taste. Its sweet and tart upstart remains consistent until deep into finish.

And on the palate, its sweet and tart balance is moderately sugary and playfully acidic- again, it begins with the initial taste and extends well into aftertaste with little variance. A tinge of hops and alcohol warmth are noticeable in finish, but the beer remains sweet and fruity throughout.

Reminding me of a lighter bodied Blushing Monk, the beer is all about the raspberry. I would like to see a bit drier and "beery" character to show me that this is a serious ale and not wine cooler or soda pop. But hey, chicks should dig it!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 17:30:48 | More by BEERchitect
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Dilly Deli.
Pours a light, soft, red in color with no head forming. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing up the glass. Smell is indeed raspberries. Taste is much the same, of course. Not dominating, overpowering, raspberries, but an almost perfect dose. Another warm weather beer, that's perfect for sitting outside and enjoying. This one went down way too fast to even notice the near 7% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2008 14:00:46 | More by FtownThrowDown
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a nice bright red color with a pinkish colored head that fell quickly leaving just a bubbly layer and little lacing.

S- Very very fruity. Raspberries raspberries and more raspberries.

T- Again very fruity and that's about all I could pick up. Not over powering just follow your nose.

M- Light to medium. Not too bad at all maybe a little dry to the finish

D- I suppose for the style its pretty nice just not me type of thing. Too fruity for me glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 09:06:35 | More by nrbw23
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Reddish amber with a pink tinged thin white head. Left nice lacing down the glass.

S-Very pleasant twang of sour, tart raspberries.Nothing crazy but it gives you the impression of real fruit and not fake extract garbage.

T-I have always been a sucker for this beer. No annoying cloying sweetness only the sharp, tart tang raspberries. A wee bit of hop bite in the finish...and nicely supported by the pale malt...and not the typical wheat bill!

M-Medium body with a lovely sharp crisp feel. This is a great summer brew.

D-IMHO one of the best sessionable fruit beers out there. Others are surely better but you aren't able to have one after another. I applaud Founder's on making such an outstanding fruit beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 18:56:06 | More by Deuane
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CameronCosby

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer drinks really easy and isn't very filling, which is what I liked the most about it. Have it on tap at my bar (Old Chicago in Okemos Michigan). Nothing to complain about with this beer except the price. Founders makes great
beers, holding it down in the Midwest market.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 01:23:12 | More by CameronCosby
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Rubaeus is a basic raspberry ale but without any extract flavor and not too much wheatiness. It pours the typical very hazy golden body beneath a short-lived head of dark white froth that quickly subsides to an average collar. The nose is fruity and malty, and malty and fruity... with a decidedly raspberry-tinged character - but it's not slap you in the face, it's much softer than that. The flavor follows suit, and it's malt and fruit up-front, with the most dominant sweet-fruitiness at that point. The malt then steps in and mellows it. A tinge of tarness passes quickly, and then it becomes sweetly malty across the middle and into the finish as it warms in the mouth. Surprisingly, it's not sticky in the finish at all. The balance is very good, keeping the bitterness well heeled, and letting the natural tart sweet fruitness of the raspberry ride and bob across the surface of the slightly honeyish malt base. I'd personally prefer a beer that had a little more of an edge to it, but I can't fault it as it's very nicely balanced for what it is. Worth trying? If you like the style, absolutely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 00:37:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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SierraGS

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap at the brewery, and from the bottle. Both are good, but tap fresh is best.

This fruit beer pours a beautiful deep, dark ruby red with a light pink cap. The nose is unmistakably raspberry. The fruit flavor is intense and tart, and not sticky-sweet. The malt and hops balance the fruit so that it finishes more like a beer than a fruit drink. The alcohol is nearly completely masked by the intense blend of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 05:24:26 | More by SierraGS
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dave1822

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a great red/pinkish color. The smell is very sweet and filled with raspberries. It has a great taste and is perfect for a summer night. My only complaint is that it is almost too overwhelming with fruit but only after the first few. Great beer give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2008 23:34:12 | More by dave1822
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CraftAle

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewpub. I'm not a fan of fruit beers, and have found peach and blueberry brews acceptable---not not repeatable. However, this dark pink brew had an exceptional rasberry smell and taste, with the necessary malt and hops, to make it a beer and not a soda pop! I will buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2006 21:54:49 | More by CraftAle
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2006 01:57:58 | More by woodychandler
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wingman14

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 02:58:03 | More by wingman14
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nmyers

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a light ruby color to it with a nice pink head on it. Raspberries with a hint of hops is the best way I can describe the aroma of this beer.

The taste of this beer starts out sweet raspberry and the quickly turns into a tart raspberry taste. The taste of this one lingers on long afterward.

Almost champagne like feel in your mouth, really felt like and reminded me of a Lambic style beer.

Other than this beer being on the sweet side, I found it rather enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2006 23:18:13 | More by nmyers
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francisweizen

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the tap room in Grand Rapids. This one is a dark ruby red colour with an off-white pink-tinged head of foam that held up pretty nicely. Aromas of artificial raspberries and booze as well as some earthy/musty hints way in the background. Taste is cookie malts with a nice boozy raspberry syrup sort of taste. Drinkability is good, although the mouthfeel is a little coating and overcarbonated. A decent enough, higher abv fruit beer. Scarily many of the regulars were mixing this in half and halfs with the breakfast stout, imperial stout, and even devil dancer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2006 15:43:25 | More by francisweizen
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rteis

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great fruit beer. I typically prefer a little more carbonation, but still very good. Rasberry flavor was very balanced with the beer. Comparable to some of the Belgian Lambics. If you've never been to Founders, it's definitely worth the trip. Come thirsty, but not hungry because they don't serve any food.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2005 02:43:27 | More by rteis
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Despite the pure, bleeding raspberry fruit, Rubaeus is never cloying. It shows the transporting balance of an aged Flanders Red. Tart and austere, yet nearly filling in body and flavor, this beer is in a league with New Glarus' Belgian Red--though, Rubaeus is perhaps a bit more drinkable. Dry, but never painful. Acidic, but never caustic. The finish lingers for minutes.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2005 12:18:04 | More by ngandhi
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 07:32:36 | More by Neorebel
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HardTarget

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:14:59 | More by HardTarget
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:15:56 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.04/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:34:55 | More by Tsar_Riga
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:02:26 | More by thegodfather1076
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rawfish

California

3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:03:03 | More by rawfish
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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