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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

647 Reviews
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Reviews: 647
Hads: 3,049
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 120
Gots: 510 | FT: 13
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 sinstaineddemon
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - no head to speak of, light barely visible carbonation through the ruddy reddish-brown eliixir

S - raspberry predominates the aroma, it really takes over, there is a discernible malty backbone however

T - as imaginable, raspberry flavors dominate the taongue as well as the nose, very fruity, were not talking frozen mushy raspberries, real, fresh raspberry flavors. once again there is a hop/malt balance in the background providing support. This beer avoids the pitfalls that other fruit beers fall prey too, in that it's not too sweet

M - smooth and easy down, this was stolen by the girlfriend. she very much enjoyed, no offensive qualities to speak of

D - incredible, it really acheives a superb drinkability, would compliment dessert quite well, especially pie ala mode, mmm...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle information. Founders' Rübæus is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale with a focus on Raspberries. Available as a limited summer seasonal release in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft. I am comparing a fresh release alongside a bottle of the previous year's vintage to see how the raspberry character evolves.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a rosy ecru white head of a fizzy, crisp consistency over a burgundy amber body. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Sweet raspberries in a berry syrup amidst a very pale malt background, virtually transparent from the raspberry character. Clean but perceivably sweet and incredibly fruity. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor generates more diversity from the raspberry, notably a pleasing tartness up front which gives the raspberry angle a slightly more natural flavor. Regardless, there's not enough action coming from the malt and hop profiles to comment on how it all falls together in a beer sense. The raspberry comes through just about as much as it possibly could in a beer generating a thorough bodied, acidic and juicy raspberry flavor. Finishes on an everlasting raspberry sweetness dragging through fruit sugar. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, sticky, modestly syrupy and slightly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is fruity and sweet over tartness. Alcohol presence is very low, drinkability high particularly if you like sweet fruity beers. 4

(Overall) It's an experience to behold, as raspberry flavor transfers to beer to a degree unlike any other fruit. Thus, expect Rübæus to be one menacing fruity bomb of a beer. A touch sweet but shy of cloyingly so, tread lightly especially if you are expecting a fruit accented beer, because the fruit is the core of this beer. I consider this a very tasty beer but it's obviously not for everyone, especially the faint of heart. I could see fans of Leinenkugel's fruit-laden beers or wild blue find crossover enjoyment in Rübæus. 3.75

Founders Brewing's
Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale
3.7/5.00

Vertical notes:

1 year aged: Head is slightly less rosy, more gray. Body is noticeably smoggier, otherwise very similar in appearance to fresh. Nose is similar with a creeping sourness and peppery grain character sneaking in to compete with the raspberry. Flavor is much the same, the tartness really not any bolder than the fresh vintage but the spicy, peppery yeast character generates a welcome kick to counteract all that raspberry flavor. The texture is a bit spritely compared to fresh possibly due to excessive carbonation and a slightly lighter body accentuated by a perkier spice character from the yeast. This was a fun experiment although I didn't find the aging to make much of a significant impact on this beer. The raspberry is still front and center in this beer regardless of how old or new it is. You shouldn't be too upset if you forget to drink one of these or decide to stash one in the cellar through the winter.

Recommended vintage: Try one aged, drink three fresh.

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Photo of taez555
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a sweet tart, raspberry or even natural cranberry type smell. The carbonation almost gives it that fruity soda sort of smell.

Medium bodied with a syrupy sweet fruit flavor. A big carbonation gives it a very soda like quality at first. Fresh Raspberries, natural tart fruits and some muted sugar. An interesting overlaying earthy bitterness that adds to the natural fruit flavor.

It is what it is. Sort of the session beer version of Dogfish head's fort. Not quite a lambic, but could be nice paired with chocolate.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-sienna brown. Dark. Has a reddish tent. Just a thin white head

S-smells like tart raspberries! Almost stings the nose. Slight buttercream scent.

T-comes in with a thick flavor or tart raspberry cream. Some cinnamon in there, but not quite enough to make it taste like a candle, thankfully. Definitely has a grainy flavor to remind you this is a beer. It's a thick syrupy taste. There's a slight him of bitterness in the after-taste, but it's mainly the same.

M-thick and syrupy. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish

O-I don't really care for this. I love fruit beers, but this is just so thick and syrupy. It's made for nightmare hangovers. It's not even. Dry drinkable. It just reminds me of a stronger macro fruit beer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this first at the Green River Brewfest in June. Enjoyed then, but they were only serving about a half ounce. So I bought a bottle in a mixed six to try.

Poured into an amber wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A deep clear red. No surprise there. Finger thick white head vanished rather quickly, leaving a very thin partial surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s: Fruity. Still no surprise.

t: Raspberries! Unsweetened, with a bitter aftertaste which lingers forever. Initial reaction was it was like drinking a dry red raspberry-flavored wine.

m: Medium due to the tart raspberry taste. Refreshing but almost mouth-puckering.

o: A most unusual beer. Rubaeus certainly delivers the raspberry flavor. However, at the price point it might be possible to get just as much fruiity flavor (with more than twice the ABV), from a bottle of Wild Vines or Arbor Mist. I'd recommend this only if you LOVE the flavor of unsweetened semi-ripe raspberries, and don't really want to get a big buzz.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass, the liquid is light ruby with ok carbonation. The head is small and pink, fades fast leaving little lace.

The smell is good, I love sweet raspberries and that is what this is.

The taste follow well, lots of sweet raspberries, lots of desert qualities, for the real plus would be as a summer beach brew. This would be the best IMO. I like this brew it tastes great and is refreshing.

The mouthfeel is nice, light body and sparkling like carbonation. Nice.

The drinkability is very good as it is just about gone.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a clear pinkish copper color with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of raspberries and sweet malt.

Tastes of the sweet raspberries. Raspberry notes lead off with some sweetness and a bit of tartness as well. A bit more malt adds in with a touch of bread, but plays off of the sweetness. Not particularly complex, but I feel it is done pretty well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a raspberry beer that well, tastes like rapsberries. I can't complain about it, but it is a touch sweet for me and I would like some more tartness.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%

Pours out a hazy ruddy red. Head is slightly off-white to pink. Nose is raspberry candy. Flavor is raspberry, raspberry, raspberry. That's about it. Pretty sweet overall. The fruit contributes some tartness, but it isn't enough to balance the sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. I love raspberries, but this is a bit much to finish a 12 oz. I would like this in a 4 oz. serving as a digestif much better.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Founders has fruit beer looks down to be sure. Blushing Monk was gorgeous and this ain't bad. Nice hazy raspberry. If a wine turned into a brew it would look like this.
smell: Raspberry (no kiddin right?). Some tartness, a bit of sweetness. Not a complex nose but just like I'd like a raspberry ale to smell.
taste: Much like the nose. Not complex and not as wow to me as Blushing Monk, but tastes like a raspberry ale should.
overall: If I can get it this'll be a mainstay for the summer. Nice job.

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Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one cause I've always been a fan of Founders brews, and I was in the mood for something raspberry-y. This one is basically exactly what I was looking for. Pours a reddish color with a small tan head. Nose is raspberries, sweet malt. Flavor is lightly tart, with a strong sweet raspberry flavor as well, and a light hop background. I'm a fan of good fruit beers, and I think this one qualifies. Very similar to the Blushing Monk (just $10 cheaper), glad I grabbed this one and would again if in a mood.

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Photo of AlexJ
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sloppy pour yields two incehes of pale pink foam resting atop a lightly hazed diluted purple brew. The head falls quickly, leaving light lace.

Nose is soft, sweet and tart berries with a light toffee and husky grain note.

Flavor opens with semisweet fresh raspberry and orchard fruit. Not as sweet as expected, which is a nice thing in this case. It has a decent honey and caramel malt character complimented by earthy and herbal hops in the finish. Unique.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy with a slick texture and good drinkability for a fruity beer. Complex enough to keep you interested and refreshing. Didn't even realize this was almost 7% until I looked here on BA!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Attractive strawberry/raspberry juice color with some chill haze to it. A few streams of bubbles meander to the top of the glass from the bottom. Head is very minimal with a simple film of off white bubbles resting on top.

S: Raspberries, vinous qualities, lemonade and cherries in the high notes.

T: Starts off a little perfumy with a good amount of raspberry flavor. There’s no real surprise what this beer was made with, but the raspberry flavor is a bit on the “fake” side…even if its not. Tastes like some seeds made it into the beer, has that earthy pungent flavor. Good amount of beet and cane sugar leaves some residual syrup in the mouth. Finishes really basic opposed to tart which surprised me.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with a soft texture.

D: I was under whelmed by this beer. I could have used more “snap” as it was fairly complacent and not too memorable.

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Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku
Bottled on date is worn off, but this is from the latest release.

A: Pours a ruby red, thats almost brown when not held to light. 1 fingers width of pink tinged head quickly dissipates down. Leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Raspberry jam, very sweet, some tart fresh raspberry aromas as well. A touch of bready malts. Smells like toast with homemade raspberry jam. Very nice.

T: Very, very sweet, but decently tart as well. Not sour or puckering like a lambic, but definitely tart. Raspberries galore (obviously). In addition I get some pale malts, and a medicinal cherry-cough syrup type of flavor.

M/D: Fuller bodied than I anticipated, and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is appropriate, on the higher end. Drinkability is ok, its surprisingly filling though.

O: Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable change of pace beer. Its no where near as good as Raspberry Tart, but it is something I would drink again in the future. Certainly worth a try if you've never had it and are interested in fruit beers.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at a Founders tap takeover at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small, bulbous tulip glass.

Appearance - Dark pink to magenta colored clear body with a healthy fluffy faded rose quartz head that dissipates after awhile, leaving moderate lacing. Reminds me a bit of a kriek with more head.

Smell - Raspberry all the way, with some sweetness and light acid playing together revealing a promising complexity. The fresh raspberries really shine through--smells like muddled raspberries.

Taste - Delivers on the promise of the smell by being all raspberry, but just the right balance between sweet and dry. Finishes with a tiny bit of tartness to give it some depth.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and light carbonation with a mostly dry finish with just a kiss of sweetness to entice the next sip. Highly drinkable.

Overall a delicious beer for the right occasion. I could also see it as a bit of a stepping stone in multiple ways. Either as a foray for a non-beer drinker into the world of suds or for someone who doesn't really like fruit beers. This one has something for everyone, and is so drinkable that it would be easy to get carried away.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very pink, cloudy, with a thin soapy head.

Smell is Rasberry. No malt or hop detectable.

Taste is artificial sour rasberry flavoring. Once again, there isn't a trace of malt or hop to be found. Hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Founders is a great brewery but this isn't even what I would call beer. Your wine cooler drinking girlfriend might like this.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Red ale with brownish undertones. Single finger head with did not last.

s. Fruity and sweet, almost like a wine cooler smell

t. Raspberry with a hint of malt. The after-taste reminds me of a wine cooler from back in the 80s. - been craving a revisit of this beer.

m. Very smooth going down.

o. A bit sweet and I like sweeter beers. This was very good, would revisit on a summer day.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a little head that fades fast, but some retention remains. Nice amber color.

Smell: Nice raspberry smell with some faint malts underneath.

Holy shit what nice flavor from the fruits, no off tannins just pure nice fruit flavor. The maltiness isn't anything I can pick apart but it's sweetness balances nicely with the raspberries.

Creaminess on the palate with light carbonation. PERFECT!

I could drink this beer all fucking day, oh man.

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Photo of Treebs
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Founders snifter. Bottled 7/2/2013.

A: Pours a solid, slightly hazy, garnet color with a thin white head forming on the pour. it recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some minimal splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Fresh squeezed raspberry with a slight, sugary syrup type of scent.

T: Raspberry, a slight citrus note. Sweet malt, a little bready, with a lingering raspberry syrup presence. A little tangy, raspberry jam presence as well giving it a nice bite.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Jammy and sweet finish.

O: Thirst quenching, sweet and tart with a great freshness to it. Perfect beer to blend with a berliner or a light IPA. I'll have to try this soon.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Port City Belgian style Snifter.

Appearance: Red. 1 Finger of large pink rocky head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Raspberries! Slight breadiness. Yum!

Taste: Raspberries! Tart, with slight alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with medium body.

Overall: I never thought I could like a strictly raspberry beer as much as this one. Nothing about it tastes artificial. Very tasty!

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Photo of Domingo
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on my midwestern summer beer trek to the Chicago area. I like raspberry beers, and Founders can seemingly do no wrong...so it seems like a great buy.
Pours a pinkish color with more carbonation that you might expect, so a white head forms with no issues. No pink head, so which is a really good thing. If you look closely there are a lot of fruit bits suspended in it.
Smells fruity, but it's still clearly a beer. Not overwhelming, but there's no mistaking this is a fruit-based beer...which is the goal, right?
Tastes just like what a fruit beer should be like. It's got the rasberry flavor that you want, but it tastes real (not some syrupy extract) and yet it still has a nice grain flavor and a little hops in the finish to "keep it honest"
At nearly 7% this went down like water. Makes me wish I'd gotten a second 4-pack.
Short of the New Glarus brews (which are great, but even less "beery") this is about as good as a fruit beer can be.

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Photo of byronic
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

I had high hopes for this brew and found a few on the shelf. Quickly grabbed it and put it in the fridge soon after. The pour met my anticipation, a nice clear cranberry red with medium carbonation. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. At first it tastes quite nice there's a definite raspberry presence with a tinge of tartness, however it quickly turns into cough syrup. The flavour is completely dominated by this medicinal quality. This returns after each taste but thankfully does not linger in the finish. The mouth feel is a bit slick and oily and leaves a finish again similar to cough syrup.

After reading a few reviews here it seems that I may have gotten a bottle from the "bad" batch. However I stick by my rating as this inconsistency seems common enough. I'd hesitantly be willing to give this another go.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to orbitalr0x for this treat

clear.. or maybe cloudy.. essential red pour. two finger soapy foam of an off white coloration.. perhaps a light sprinkling of pinkness to it. what i suspect might be raspberry esters wafting from the glass, upon further inspection, seems to be more of a berry-flavored 7-UP thing happening. light botanical hops masquerade as berry stem, or something, in the aroma. unique fruit beer aromawise. initial sip is lindeman's sucrose-laden fruit sweetness with a burst of booze. this beer is a sipper that wants to be a thirst quencher, making for dangerous possibilities at nearly 7%. fruit soda meets sparkling wine with a beery nuttiness. crazy. despite my lack of ability to nail the style, it seems well balanced. a guilty panty-dropping pleasure.

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Threw down $11 for a four-pack due to a heat-of-the-moment decision at a liquor store because I hadn't seen this at my bottle shop yet. Bottled 6/17/13, so... not even two weeks old. Poured into a simple clear glass, since there weren't any clean pint glasses.

Appearance: Purple. Maybe a dark ruby. Slight pink, silky head that yields some pretty nice lacing. You can tell right from the start that this is a fruit beer just by looking at it.

Smell: Raspberries. Cotton candy. Some sourness. The sour note I wasn't really expecting, but I liked it... it just reminded me of raspberry candy. Maybe that'd bother some people, but if it would, why the hell are you drinking a fruit beer!?

Taste/feel: That sweet raspberry flavor is there on the start, then sour in the middle, and then there are some bready sorts of malts to remind you that what you are drinking is a beer at the finish. The mouth feel is excellent... there's a nice body that suits this sour/sweet raspberry beer very nicely, but it's just short of being cloying.

I could never sit back and have a bunch of a fruit beer, but if I were going to, this would be my choice. The amount of sweetness with that sour note and then the mouthfeel all works for me very well. Now what I might do is buy a Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout or 2X Stout by Southern Tier and make a dessert beer for champions...

Rubaeus is worth trying... even at the $1 mark-up that I threw down for this four pack, it's a good buy -- as most anything from Founders is.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.