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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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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-25-2014 01:48:47 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-23-2014 15:57:29 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours like carbonated Kool-Aid. Foggy red, and absolutely no head. Weird. Nose is raspberry toned for sure and not much else. Flavor is overpowering raspberries. In your face, in your mouth, and up in everything else it can get into. Very tangy and distinct. Feel has a lot of carbonation and a decent liquid feel, but it leaves a real sticky feel in the mouth that seems odd. This is a decently well made beer that goes way overboard with the raspberries. It is just too much and creates a one dimensional experience.

01-01-2008 04:17:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-05-2014 19:32:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Appears a clouded yeast ridden suspension tone pink tinged with a large foamy pink head. Looks a bit like Raspberry Jame in color. Thin lace sticks sporadically around my pint glass. Aroma has strong raspberry puree' not overly candy, but it has a nice earthy mix that goes really well tegether, even a bit of raspberry seed. Flavors toss in tart raspberry slurry touch of alcohol presence with realy natural semi swee fruit juice notes, again it's hard to deny the earthy raspberry seed coming through. Mouthfeel is medium bodied crisply carbonated with an assertive sparking raspberry wine dryness left behind on the palate, not syrupy or overly sweet at any time, a killer fruit ale. Drinkability is solid all around strudy alcohol stands up to the earthy fruit sweetness a surprisingly pleasant experience in my glass.

08-03-2010 19:32:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.39/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a super effervescent garnet/purple with a sliver of purple head. No lacing or head retention

S: Raspberry not much else

T: Raspberry, rhubarb & sweet cherries up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes dry with much cherry/berry sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Fairly easy to drink, not very complicated, if you like raspberries, you'll most likely enjoy this. Was happy to try this, but will not buy it again

07-12-2013 03:03:02 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz bottle into a flute.

Pours a hazy deep rose color with 1/2 finger of fizzy brite-white head. This peters down pretty quickly but then retains around the edges (with thin wisps across the center) and flares up very nicely when swirled, leaving a huge cascade of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is lush with fresh raspberry character as well as some addittional underlying sweetness and floral hops in the back.

The taste is once again a big, fresh, raspberry presence along with another level of backing sweetness, like maybe caramel malts. A solid tingle of hops runs through the backbone of the beer and kicks things up a bit, providing some needed bitterness. Finishes a bit sticky on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation and easy feel. Very drinkable even though there is a touch of alcohol beef to it, comparable to what you would find in a well balanced 7% IPA or something similar.

This was a very well crafted Fruit Beer that mixes fresh raspberry character with a great drinkibility that belies it's higher ABV. I'm sad to hear that this will be going on a hiatus. Drink up while you can!

09-12-2008 16:26:09 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Thanks to mac300 for sharing this one. Poured into a pint cold.
A - A medium cranberry color w/ thin white head and good clarity. A little lace is produced that doesn't stick.

S - Big candied raspberry scent, like a raz liquer.

M - Fruity tartness with minimal acidity. Feels like drinking sugary berry juice.

T - A very juicy Raz w/ subtle grain flavor and textures that are wrapped up in the sweetness and mildly dry taste w/ nicely accented fruit. The effervescence is pleasant and complements the deeply intense juicy raspberry taste well.

D - So easy to drink like a Dole juice pop twisted into beer. Very fruit forward raspberry ale. One of the best fruit flavored beers I have had. The berry taste is natural and not overdone, very tasteful and all-around drinkable.

08-19-2007 22:28:15 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

I'm a huge fan of Founders, and I even have their t-shirt on thanks to kkipple. I bought this beer though.

A: Light fluffy head that fades quickly like a good sour bottle conditioned beer. Dark and bright rosy reddish pink and hazy color.

N: Nose is raspberry! Some sweet syrup aromas, and the slightest crisp ale aromas, but almost like a raspberry juicy aroma.

T: Starts with a slightly sweet syrup and tons of raspberry. It's got a thick syrup but not too much with sweetness. Again the slightest crisp ale flavor. The raspberry just takes over everything. A slight bitterness. Not much for sour, wild, funky, anything that would give this a beer like taste, or a lambic like beer, instead its just lots of fruit juice.

M: Slight thickness and lots of carbonation.

F: Slightly bitter, and dries off a bit, but mostly still the raspberry juice. This is not a beer, its a fermented raspberry juice. This might be great for some people, especially a feminine beer, but the complete lack of any real beer qualities makes this not reach anywhere near my top beers. I wish I only got 1 instead of a 4 pack.

01-18-2010 02:35:01 | More by jlindros
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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