Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 623
Hads: 2,923
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 444 | FT: 15
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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 jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pinkish red with a thin pink head that becomes a white creamy cover leaving some trailing lace sliding down the glass.

The smell is of raspberries - real - not "artificial syrup" as many Am. fruit beers have. There is a tartness/sourness, caramelish maltiness and a touch of earthy bitterness. It smells like a nice beer with fresh raspberries.

The taste is of raspberries - again, real - not the artificial syrup-like fruitiness - with light tart/sour and a bitterish dryness in the finish. There's a slight alcohol warmth.

It is on the fuller side of light-bodied. The carbonation is light to begin with but hits towards mild/moderate as it progresses.

It's no "lambic", IMO, but better than the typical syrupy American fruit wheat beers. It comes in a four-pack at the same price as six-packs of other styles from this brewery. While it didn't particularly excite me, it's nice that it held it's true fruitiness. (926 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids this month and served in a snifter.

Deep red, lightly hazy, with a thin head that barely covers the top despite a fairly vigorous pour.

Raspberries!!! This brew is all about the raspberries and they are there in spades, both in the powerful aroma and in tasting. In both, the rasperries have a very natural tasting presence. The aroma is largely a cross between fresh raspberries and raspberry jam. Excellent tart/sweet balance shades to the tart side.

O: Founders’ answer to New Glarus Serendipity (or is it the other way around?). Close in quality to that world-class brew although notably lower carbonation, if memory serves. I’d love to compare them in a simulataneous tasting. Highly recommended (unless you do not care for fresh raspberries).

{revisited with bottle of same vintage in Feb. 2014: remains at least as impressive}. (884 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful raspberry scent that is geniune, not derived from extract. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, raspberry flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity and tart. It does have a dry, earthiness in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a real treat. Raspberry is my favorite fruit to brew with. This beer is a fine example of a brewery not selling out with fake extracts and brewing with the real deal. It makes a difference. (630 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pink head. Color is a dark raspberry purple/pink.

Flavor is dominated by raspberries. Very fruity. A little tart. Very fresh. Some malts show, but not a lot. No hops show. No alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Tart. Light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Very clean.

Overall, an enjoyable raspberry beer. Easy to drink. I wouldn't want more than a bottle however, because it is kind of sweet. (386 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a brilliant clear ruby color with a pink stained frothy head a finger strong. It fades slowly leaving strings of patchy lacework. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is jam-like with fresh raspberry juice and a bit of earthen seedy aspect. When swirled it displays a mild amount of cheese and sulfur with a bready grain element that transitions to more of a green yeastiness.

The flavor is sweet with a taste of cereal grains, bread, biscuit, wheat and plenty of natural raspberry flavoring. The fruity element is caught somewhere between sugar-free candy and luden's cough drops. The aftertaste has more of that previously mentioned earthen to pit or seeded raspberry character somewhat grassy even and mildly medicinal to mineral-like.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is very easy drinking. As far as fruit beers go, this is a pretty solid offering. An abundance of fruit and enough of a wheat grain base to remind you this is beer. As it warms up, a slight tingle of that 5.7% starts to show itself. Admittedly, I purchased a 4-pack of this hoping it was an overloaded fruity concoction that my wife would enjoy. Unfortunately, it is no New Glarus raspberry tart but it isnt bad either. (1,307 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/07/08- Purcahsed at Chuck's Wines and Spirtis in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Raspberry puree in color. 1/4 inch head at most forms and quickly evaporates. No real lace traces to speak of.

Smell- Reminds me of a nice fresh raspberry field. Not to sugary in the nose.

Taste- Not like the lambic style I was thinking it would be. This one has a quick dash of sweetness followed by a very slight tartness that comes in after the swallow. This one also has a nice malt base and even some hops that jump in the mix. Raspberry flavor is very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, not a huge lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Worth trying for sure. Don't expect Lindemann's, but it's still got enough sweetness to almost be considered a lambic. Quite good. (838 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a plain pint glass. Since its going on hiatus I figured it's time to review.

A- Dirty red with dark pink edges. On top lays a off white foam with a pink addition as well. Not much retention with these bubbles. A clean looking brew on the thin side.

S- Sweet raspberry scents with a slight malty background. Very pungent and fruity. This slightly old bottle has no presense of hops.

T- A good fruit beer that focuses on raspberry flavor with malts backing that. The fruit comes through pretty harsh with some bitterness at the end, ever so slight. Any tartness is low while the rasp. taste stays for a bit.

M- Sweet and a bit tart with a medium feel. This goes down real easy though and is even smoother off a tap. A bit of carbonation is on the mouth as well. A raspberry juice taste stays for a bit afterwards.

D- Sad to see it go but loved it while it was here. A decent abv and a good taste, I could drink a 4-pack no problem. Great warm weather beer, to bad it's on hiatus as of now. (1,009 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - ruby with a short, fizzy, pink head that has decent retention

S - tart raspberries, some faint malt, a creamy note similar to cool whip

T - mildly tart, big raspberries, a bit sugary, creamy similar to the nose, faint malt in the finish

M - medium bodied, a tad sticky, crisp but not over carbonated

This is one of the better fruit beers I have ever had. It's full flavored without being overpowering or cloying. It has depth of flavor but showcases the raspberries perfectly. For an fruit beer fan, raspberry fan, or simply someone who likes a well crafted beer, this is definitely one that is worth checking out. (622 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a ruby red color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: raspberries and some soft vanilla tones are easily detectable and enjoyable for the nose.

Taste: loads of raspberries, bits of grass, some red grape sweetness, and some soft vanilla notes. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is bold but short-lived.

Drinkability: very good for the style. This is one of the best fruit beers I have had. The fruit flavor seems fresh, not the usual syrupy or fake flavors most fruit beers have. (561 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist top, no freshness/brewing date info. Pours quite low carbonation , next to no head sticking around and then zip lace. Lovely raspberry nose, fresh and fruity. Fine quality fruit beer, raspberries up front, middle and through the long tasty finish. Tart/sour/sweet all going on and dancing with each other. Nice summer refresher. I'd like to try it with a fruity light dessert, would make a nice beer to do a before meal toast with, instead of champagne. (470 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy rosey amber color with a light pink head that quickly dissipates to a ring with no lacing. A little sediment made it into the glass as well.
S: Relatively strong smell of fresh raspberries and a little grain. Slightly sour with a little alcohol punch.
T: Light body with a lot of carbonation. Very sweet up front with taste of slightly sour, fresh raspeberries. Surprisingly not much of an artificial taste. Strong malt body, however finish has a slightly grainy, cloying taste with a warming alcohol punch. I enjoyed this, but would like to try a fresher sample. (621 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A big four finger head, creamy and soapy, how is that even possible? But there it is with a whipped up soapy pink color, settling slowly. Body is bright red, nearly purple body with some hard to see rising carbonation and nearly opaque. Very impressive.

Nose and bouquet is pure fruit. Raspberry. Jammy. Slightly sweet but not overkill. Really feels like smelling a jam jar. Very little beer like malt/hop/yeast anything coming through but I don't seem to mind.

Palate is rich, and juicy. Thick bodied but without a syrupy feel. Rich density of fruit and mild tartness with a nice balance in sweetness also. Finishes large with a good mix of malt density finally on the end. Raspberry all over, and I can't stop thinking about how jammy this beer tastes, i literally feel like spreading it on toast.

Overall just another impressive solid and fun Founders offering even if it is a bit one dimensional tasting. (960 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours a light brick red color with a pink tinted head. A good amount of lacing is left behind as well. Definitely looks like a well crafted fruit beer.

SMELL: Raspberries and sweet doughy malts. This actually has the aroma of a raspberry muffin. A bit of tart smelling berry notes are coming through as well.

TASTE: Full on raspberry purée flavor that is quite nice. Small bitterness with a citrus hint that is quickly cast aside for more berry. Light berry tartness, pale and biscuity malt character, but mainly fresh raspberry jam here. Bright, fresh and utterly delicious.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated brew with a delicate tartness that lingers with that raspberry presence in the finish. There is a tapering rooty bitterness that adds a layer to the flavor profile and definitely sticks with you.

OVERALL: Rubaeus is a successful brew, that is for sure. With heaps of berry flavor from 5 different stages of berry additions, this is a straight forward, high quality fruit beer. I'd love to pair this with my grandmother's chocolate raspberry cake. (1,071 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink-amber with a thin white head. The aroma immediately reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise for the rich raspberry. The flavor is similar but lighter in body and not quite as strong in flavor. I mean, if you want real raspberries in a glass, you've got it here. There's a mild earthy note that distinguishes this from a raspberry flavored beer and it's almost juicy at times, finishing with a sweet and sour tang. (421 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Bright red body. Almost no head. A few off white bubbles.

Smell - Bright raspberry. Juicy and fresh smelling. Sweet and maybe just the slightest aroma of a beer back there.

Taste - Raspberry juice. Slight tartness, but it's more of a sweet raspberry flavor. Faintest bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Like its New Glarus brethren, it's mostly juice. I think I'd take the lighter versions over this, though. (493 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby color with a short head that fades quickly to a rim. Smell is of beautiful fresh raspberries and a touch of malt in the finish. taste is very refreshing, but a tad light, and it crys out for some more tartness. Nice ripe raspberries, a touch of astingency, and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light and quite quenching. Very drinkable on a hot day. (395 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark cherry red hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger foamy off-white head with a slightly pink tinge. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring with minimal lacing.

Aroma is dominated by raspberries with a bit of an artificial syrupy presence as well as a tart funky note.

Sour and tart but not too puckering that nicely balance out the sweetness of the raspberries and syrupy fruit flavor. This sweetness is still the dominant flavor but without the slight tart feel it would be a bit overbearing. (559 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a deep clear reddish purple color with a smallish pink/white head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells like raspberries. Sweet and tart raspberries is all I can find in the aroma really. Maybe a hint of bread if I think about it really hard. The flavor is sweet and tart raspberries with a hint of malt in there and a touch of earth. The mouthfeel is sticky and a bit syrupy, carbonation is low to moderate and the body is moderate. Wine cooler or beer? I enjoyed this a bit and I could drink it again, maybe not my favorite beer but certainly drinkable. (583 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby coloring with no head. Aromas of rich, darkly sweet raspberry, like when you boil the fruit when you are making jelly/jam. Flavors are rich and sweet, heavy in legit raspberry fruit flavors. It does a very good job avoiding the sugary or syrupy sweet characteristics. Tart and slightly bitter notes at the end of the palate. The body is smooth and slick. Rich, sweet, and tart aftertaste that starts to pucker a bit as you continue to drink. Slick, slightly cloying finish with a decent tart linger. Very tasty brew. (587 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle. No best before date but a sample I'm sure has been slightly aged.

A delightful appearance showcasing flashes of different colours. Rübæus resembles a ripening pomegranate; some parts ruby red, others a pale pink, and still yet in other spots, a distinct tinge of orange. No head less a thin sudsy collar.

The aroma is wonderfully fruit filled, with raspberry easily overlooked among the cherry, cranberry, passion fruit, pomegranate, honey dew, and strawberry that ALL seem present (though aren't part of the recipe). The aroma doesn't merely give 'hints of' or the 'impression of' ... I damn well believe I am smelling strawberry, cranberry, passion fruit, and pomegranate.

The mouthfeel is thin and flat but refreshingly sweet. Both bitterness and alcohol are non-factors, as sweet, sugary fruits take over all aspects of this beer. It is flat and sweet like juice. This sweetness drowns out any presence of hops or malts.

To no surprise it taste purely of ripe fruits. Mandarin, cherry, strawberry, passion fruit, melon, honey dew, tangerine, and especially pomegranate and (of course) raspberries. All of them! A hint of honey too, maybe?

This is no Lambic but it certainly doesn't seem to be your standard fruit beer either. The sheer amount of fruit (both in number and in depth) that they've extracted is unbelievable. I know this beer was fermented with only raspberries, but I swear I am a tasting whole fields, whole orchards, whole fruit stands and produce sections ... and I am very impressed.

A big thanks to Viggo and ThatWineGuy !!! (1,583 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer opened with a big “Pssst” and poured a full glass of light raspberry colored foam. The tiny body is a hazy reddish orange hue with a strong carbonation.

S- The aroma is a big fresh sweet raspberry with a hint of tartness but not a yogurt sourness.

T- The flavor is a big raspberry tartness without the berry flavor and some hoppy floral taste. There is a finish of pale malt in the body.

M- medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizz. There is some astringency or maybe just a big tartness.

D- This beer has the big nose of a great raspberry beer but it is missing the flavor. It was really over-carbonated but I don't think that affected the flavor much. It was missing flavors like fresh berries or malt or hops to balance. It just needs something besides sour. (825 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger+ light pink head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy red/amber color. Strong rasberry nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a strong sweet raspberry flavor that stays right to the finish, hops and malts are way in the background. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (334 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz stub-nosed bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale pours with an unnatural crimson red color, very similar to the Lindeman's framboise. When held to light, a deeper red-brown color emerges. The head is luxuriously thick, clinging to the sides of the glass as if life itself were in the balance.

S: Sweet raspberry puree dominates the nose, syrupy and thick with a big sugary body.

T: While raspberry is the first and, arguably, the strongest flavor to come out of the beer, the body is nicely stabilized by a grainy malt body that is heavy on the cereal flavors. The raspberry flavors throughout the beer are the syrupy sweet kind, not dry, acidicly tart fruits. The finish of a sip has an element of tartness to spice things up a bit. An interesting, if not overwhelming drink.

M: The big grains stand up nicely against the raspberry flavors, preventing the beer from going too sweet.

D: The sweetness is strong, so this beer is not for everyone. I could probably have another bottle but that would be the extent of it. (1,044 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep ruby hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft ripe raspberries, that's it.

The taste consisted of the same raspberry element, but not overly sweet.

The mouthfeel was smooth.

Overall a tasty fruit beer. (327 characters)

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