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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,262 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,262
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 223 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-31-2014 03:21:13 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 6/28/13.

Pours a clear red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raspberries, and raspberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of seed-like earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid raspberry presence but nothing too memorable for a fruit beer in my opinion.

09-30-2013 22:53:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-22-2011 22:19:59 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-10-2013 15:03:01 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-31-2013 22:52:50 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light pink colored head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry sorbet are present in the nose.
T: This beer is filled with flavors of raspberries, but these aren't really of the sweet variety and the taste is more like a raspberry sorbet.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount
O: This beer achieves an excellent balance between sweetness and tartness as neither of them stand out in particular. As this tastes like a sorbet, I could almost see this beer being used as a palate cleanser between courses during a beer dinner.

07-17-2013 01:22:00 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ripe raspberry red with rose colored trim and hyperkinetic carbonation. The loud pffft! upon opening led me to pour slowly. I'm glad I did. The glass filled instantly with pink foam that's still a space hog several minutes later. The beer and head combination looks a little frou-frou, but given the ingredients, I suppose that can't be helped. Good cap persistence with several large splotches of chunky lace.

Rubaeus has a wonderful nose of crushed fresh raspberries, yet is still easily recognizable as beer. Thankfully, it doesn't smell like one of those sweet, syrupy fruit beers (although I don't mind them in small doses). There's an undercurrent of earthy hoppiness that gives an added dimension and a certain seriousness.

This is one complex fruit beer, at least more so than most of its peers. The dominant flavor of juicy, sun-ripened raspberries isn't complex, it's just damn good and is as reminiscent of the actual fruit as any fruit beer that I've ever had. The thing that makes each mouthful a treat is the interplay among sweet, sour and bitter.

Like most beer that possess all of those qualities, it starts out favoring sweet. At the midway point, sour comes on with a rush, only to be nearly overtaken by bitter on the back end. Sweet never goes away, however, and is still (barely) noticeable on the finish. It's quite the interesting whirlwind of ever changing flavor sensations.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and isn't nearly as carbonated as the appearance would suggest. I take back what I said above. The final version of the kaleidoscopic flavor profile is devoid of sugar. It's an amazingly dry, puckery finish that would be better if it contained the slightest bit of countering sweetness. The 6.9% ABV, which seems high for a summer fruit beer, is nowhere to be found on the palate.

Rubaeus is another quality offering from a brewery that makes a habit of brewing quality offerings. It's an excellent fruit beer that would be even better if it contained a tad more sweetness. Other brewers take note: this is how it's done.

08-11-2005 13:41:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Now this was a rather unique looking beer to be honest. When I originally got it I really did not know what to think of it, so the best way to find out is just go ahead and try it, which is exactly what I planned on doing. Poured a very light bright red, almost a pink with very little in the way of a head on top and just the slightest touch of side glass lace. The carbonation coming through was very full and left for chains of bubbles streaming up through the bottom. The aroma was very light and sweet, not really deep raspberries like you see in some others, like Raspberry Tart for example, but a light sugary raspberry, akin to a wine cooler. The taste was very light and crisp with a refreshing nature to the feel. Ample carbonation kept it lively throughout and a decent fruity aftertaste followed. Overall this was pretty decent, nothing spectacular, but still pretty decent. It was a nice novelty one off selection, though I don’t think I would go this way again. I am starting to like the fruit beers; I just like them a little heavier then this one.

11-22-2007 00:20:38 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-29-2013 19:37:08 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

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!

06-24-2008 17:30:48 | More by BEERchitect
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle: Poured a dark pink color ale with a nice bubbly pink head with average retention. Aroma of pure raspberry is of pure enjoyment (I was a bit scare at first that this would be another chemically induced fruit beer). Taste is refreshing and raspberry totally dominate by bringing a balance between sweetness and tart. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well done for a style that comport to many misses.

11-08-2005 20:56:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

The pour is amber in color with a finger of white head. A very sweet fruit aroma to this, as expected. Lots of raspberry with maybe a touch of cherry to it as well. Not much else going on. The flavor is sweet with notes of sugar and raspberry. Maybe just a little bit of lemon in there, too.

07-17-2012 15:57:04 | More by womencantsail
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

09-24-2013 04:22:40 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-11-2013 00:17:38 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-11-2013 00:25:45 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-12-2013 22:45:47 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-22-2013 00:18:47 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-20-2013 06:43:37 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-11-2013 23:05:33 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured out as a very nice looking red color with a soft pinkish purple head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this. The smell of the beer is fruity, plenty of sweet fresh raspberry on the nose. The taste of the beer is also packed with raspberry flavors with a subtle wheat malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little syrupy with a gentle carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty tasty, I enjoy it but I wouldn't wanna drink a lot of it in one session.

07-03-2013 00:51:54 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

I passes on this beer a few times when home last year but this year I grabbed a couple up and actually I am glad I did.A nice deep red pour with a tight thinner but well formed pink head leaving spotty lace around the pint glass,tart "real" raspberry aromas along with an underlying toastiness, very appetizing.The use of all natural fruit makes this beer its sweet and tart and very juicy,what can you say its just damn good.Iam the first to say I shy away from these beers but this is a gem of a fruit beer no doubt.

07-03-2007 23:38:41 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Served in a tumbler.

Considering how long Cerise malingered the past few years, how can this one be put behind the counter? Whatever, this stuff pours a clear ruby topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose is a simple wave of slightly-dank, fresh raspberries. The taste echoes this simple sentiment, the berries coming through a bit on the sweet side, but not so much as to trigger a diabetic reaction or anything. Moreover, things taste pretty damn natural, not very medicinal or artificial. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a very tasty and highly enjoyable fruit beer. No wonder this one is behind the counter...

08-27-2013 17:08:25 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-01-2013 14:02:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle served at the Handlebar with a snifter.

Dark red overlayed against a brown body. A flurry of foam settles to a compact head. Some visible carbonation under the surface. Clean, fresh raspberry aroma that definitely comes across as authentic. It's fairly light, and the malt underneath is tangible.

Berry flavor comes through in a fairly understated way, a touch sweet, not all that tart. Malt flavors are a little bready, giving this a suprisingly full body for what might be expected for a "fruit beer". There's some slickness on the palate, and a touch of bitterness after the swallow. It's thirst quenching due to the fruit element. The full body would limit me to one or two, although it's not overbearing, just a little filling.

09-16-2008 18:46:15 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-29-2012 15:14:00 | More by JAHMUR
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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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