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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,390 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 73
Gots: 249 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Bung, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Gatordaddy, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade with Potia99- thanks! Was sad to see this beer retired in favor of Cerise... I wonder how its holding up after a year or so...

A: pours a brilliant reddish pink with a nice bone white head. Leaves very sticky lacing in glass.

S: the raspberry hasn't faded as much as I may have expected. The fruit character is pretty much all I get on the nose with some subtle bready malts coming through on the end

T: the raspberries taste much tarter than the nose would suggest. Flavor no longer lives up to the aroma as I recall from previous tastings of this beer. The mid palate has kind of a funky sourness which seems to be a result of the age on this beer. There is nothing bad or offensive in the flavor, but it seems that this beer has lost the wow factor it once had.

MF: lighter carbonation than I'm used to with fruited beers with a medium body

D: This beer is a nice refreshing fruit beer. I enjoy fruit beers when they are done well, and this is an example of one. I find Rubaeus to be much better than Cerise and wish Founders would brew this one again. It seems to have held up pretty well with age considering its style.

homebrew311, Dec 16, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jera1350, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

millerbuffoon, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

LoveStout, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

GbVDave, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Dope, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

threedaggers, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jbaker67, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

smithj4, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

SadMachine, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

muskiesman, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

akang, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.59/bottle at Jack's. I picked up a 6'er as I liked it on tap. "Fermented with Pure Raspberries"...thank heaven's they didn't ferment them with the regular old-fashioned, un-pure kind. Evidently about 24 IBU. 6.9% ABV. Raspberries were added at five different stages throughout the brewing process. Pours out to a semi-hazy deep crimson red, forming a soapy dark-pink head with average retention and scant lacing. The aroma is nice..the tartness of the raspberries really shines through and they smell like fresh raspberries, not some knockoff concentrate like most other fruit brews. The taste is akin to a raspberry champagne without the spritzy dry mouthfeel. It's well balanced and not terribly sweet, with a tart, crisp finish. Medium carbonation, medium-light bodied. Never cloying, but one bottle is a dessert in itself. Burps bring up a nice toasty grain note. Bitterness is mild, but combines nicely with the tartness and sweetness to create a wonderful package. Alcohol isn't tasted, and it's cleanly fermented with some apple and pear characteristics from the ale yeast.

A wonderfully done fruit beer, amongst the best I've had. Despite this it still has that "wine-cooler taste" that may shy some people away, especially when you could buy a raspberry wine-cooler for cheaper. Still, Founder's delivers on their promise of making kick-ass beer. What style haven't they conquered yet? Hrmmm...Imperial Rye Dopplebock. I would drink that!

Mitchster, May 20, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jspriest, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ADTaber, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ncstateplaya, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

IrishColonial, Jul 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

KevMo84, May 30, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders- Rübaeus

A- Light ruby red with a small filmy head.
S- Raspberries, thats all.
T- Sweet raspberry candy. Sugary sweet with a hint of powdered corn starch?
M- Very sweet and dry with a touch of alc. heat in the end. Very acidic.

Overall- Blah. Sweet fruity beer good to drink with some chocolate cake otherwise pass on this. Overrated!

NJpadreFan, Jun 20, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

aztraz, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep ruby color with a 3 finger pink head that falls slowly, leaving a lot of lace behind. The nose is big with sweet raspberry with a wheaty beer backbone behind it. I'm not a big fan of the strong wheaty notes. The flavor is also very wheaty. The raspberry is less strong. The flavor is really lacking any gusto. The feel is thick and full, slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation. I get a blast of heat in my belly from the alcohol. The beer is pretty drinkable. The flavor is just missing something in my book.

kmpitz2, Jun 12, 2005
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.