Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,848 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,848
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 106
Gots: 413 | FT: 14
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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 kmeves
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red with a tiny white head. Aroma is tart raspberries, grass and some dough. Flavor is wonderfully tart and somewhat grainy. Finishes short and tart. Light to medium bodied, sticky texture. One of the better fruit beers I have enjoyed in recent years.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. Served in a pokal glass.

A: That's definitely a red beer, and not in the "looks amber" sense - much like the difference between someone with natural red hair versus someone who grabbed a bottle of Fire Engine hair dye. It's obviously more in the latter category. There was no head to speak of when this arrived, and it was also not much in the lacing department.

S: Tart fruit notes swell out of the glass, all berries and grapes, with no real indication that this is an actual beer. Granted, I was in a bar, so that may have affected my olfactory judgment, but this is a bar with no kitchen.

T: The taste category can be readily summed up in two simple words - "wine soda". This seriously drinks like a carbonated red wine, laden with tart berry and grape notes through the entire tasting process. There are some faints hints of malt beneath, and nothing so much as vaguely resembling the echo of a shadow of a whisper of a ghost of any hop presence (which I appreciate).

M: Light and fairly well carbonated.

O: An interesting experience for a fruit beer. I would likely repeat it at some point, though I doubt this would ever become a regular beer for me.

Photo of hops202
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/5/14 - Consumed 5/15/14 out of pint glass.

A - cloudy ruby look

S - sour berries is there, not overly done though. Malt present.

T - similar taste with more raspberry flavors present.

M - light and crisp finish

O - not a huge fan of the fruit beers, but I will try any founders on the shelf.

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- dark ruby. Full pink head.

Aroma- crisp raspberries.

Taste- Starts tart with some sourness then quickly progresses to a sweeter body with an Asti Spumante like finish. An excellent summertime fruit beer. The sour beginning might not sit well with the average rouge but we like this one.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/31/2013.

Photo of entenduintransit
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious malt beverage fruited very obviously with raspberries. Tastes more like raspberry cider than beer. But really refreshing and tasty.

Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Best Raspberry beer I've ever had. It was also available in Nitro at the brewery. Goes great with Founders oatmeal stout!

Photo of OldSock
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Excessive creamy, light pink head fills much of the glass initially, but the head falls to a moderate level after a few minutes leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. The beer itself is a beautiful ruby-red with rapid carbonation.

Smell – Loads of sweet fresh raspberries as well as some tart notes and some graininess. Not much beer smell going on.

Taste – It’s nice, but nothing spectacular. It is almost exclusively fruit flavored, with both sweet and sour aspects. There are little hints of grain and no hops to speak of. The flavor is vaguely Belgian, in a sour-fruity kind of way, but sweeter. Not my cup of tea, I like fruit to be a supporting player to a beer not the soloist.

Mouthfeel – Pretty medium-light body, pretty refreshing.

Drinkability and Notes – This is an ok fruit beer, too much fruit for my taste and not enough beer flavor. If you have ever had Purple Haze from Abita, this is much better, but a similar beer. All in all not a bad beer if you have been drinking too many beers and want a major flavor change, or if you just plain hate the flavor of beer.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Rubaeus has a beautiful label with gorgeous artwork and great eye-catching colors. Label includes a bit of brewery info and a small description of the beer. Neck label has a Founders logo, web info, and ABV info. Cap has Founders logo.

Appearance: Rubaeus was aggressively poured from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint leading to a 2 finger light airy white-purplish head atop a crystal clear deep ruby red amber beer. Head retention was a solid 2min 31sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of a very sweet deep raspberry aroma that is very fresh. This also has a bit of a white wine aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by a tart yet still sweet raspberry on the front-end. Mid-point is again dominated by tart raspberry with a bit of underlying maltiness. Back-end has a bit of white wine grape flavor with a raspberry aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Rubaeus has an above average amount of carbonation that leads to a more full medium bodied mouthfeel that is crisp and still refreshing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Overall/Comments: Rubaeus is another in a long line of excellent beers produced by Founders. Rubaeus is a bit on the sweet side and maybe could have used a bit of bitterness for balance. I really would like to try this mixed with a nice stout or porter. I recommend trying out Rubaeus if you have the opportunity! Classifed as a Fruit Beer at 5.7% ABV. Consumed 12/12/2013.

Photo of mjohn27603
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pinkish clear in color leaving a head which overfills the glass then quickly calms down to a film. Looks very carbonated. Smell is of raspberries and toilet water(?). Extremely tart with a punch that leaves a very sweet and tart aftertaste. Carbonation is much less than it appears. A smooth creamy mouthfeel that is becoming the trademark of Founders' products. After a sip it just sort of melts in the mouth with no prickly carbonation. Not syrupy or overly sweet. More tart than sweet. Leaves a tart sensation on the tongue and the liquid disappears. Very drinkable for a 6.9% and fruit beer.

Photo of Boverhof3
1.8/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Just too much Fruit and not enough beer qualities. Its kinda gross really. I have no idea who this beer is targeted towards. Its a lousy beer and a lousy wine cooler. If you enjoy drinking dish detergent, then this may be the beer for you. Otherwise, move on. Worst Founder's beer I've ever had. Probably in the top 5 worst beers I have ever had.

Photo of thequeen711
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found out that Raspberries are too expensive and Mr. Founders is retiring Rubaeus...such a sad time in the universe. This extemely drinkable quaff is unique in the right amount of raspberries added to the beer flavour, not too sweet, not too malty or hoppy. Appearance is slighly pink with light lacing, smell the raspberries as your nose nears the glass rim...the light and flavourful mouthfeel makes this truly a brew worth missing!!
Come Back Rubaeus!!!

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bottle.

Appearance: Dark reddish golden.

Smell: Bright and fruity.

Taste: Sweet. It tastes like raspberries (and not "raspberry flavor," real raspberries). Not quite cloying, but definitely sweet.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and heavy. Little carbonation.

Overall: Not exactly my test, but I can see why people like it.

Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark red with a one inch light pink head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hello raspberry. Raspberry, raspberry, and more raspberry. It's pretty one-note, but luckily I happen to love raspberries. Still, it does come off just a touch artificial.

Taste: Aaaaand, surprise! It tastes like a boatload of raspberries. Unlike the smell, flavor-wise this is not artificial in the least. Very slight tartness. Similar raspberry intensity as New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but not as tart. This is definitely sweet, to the point where I don't think I could handle drinking more than 12 oz. in a night. However, in limited quantities, this is pretty damn delicious (assuming you like raspberries. If not, bail now).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-to-low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: If you love raspberries, this is the beer for you. It'sone-dimensional, but it nails that dimension very well.

Photo of DrainBamage
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy red color and extremely carbonation and nice amount of head and but it fades after a minute or two to basically nothing. It almost looks like pop (soda if your not from Michigan :-) ). Smell is quite strong and that of raspberries, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I expected but is pleasing and the taste is a little tart and sour. Drinkability is above average and for fruit beer is pretty good.

Photo of techfed87
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a well sized, rosy head to it.

Smells heavily of sweet, tart raspberries, almost on par with a lambic. However, unlike a lambic, this has a bit more bitterness to the after taste. That being said, this is a sweet, sweet beer. In essence, it is fermented raspberries in a bottle.

It does seem to be somewhat one dimensional in that regard. However as a semi-lambic, I'm more than comfortable with that title.

If you're into a sweeter beer, this one is definitely for you. Double if you're a fan of raspberries.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: rose in color a bit of pink head that dissipates into a film

smell: raspberries amd a bit of nuttiness

taste: a bit of raspberrie juice sweetness and sourness, a bit of light seedy bitterness on the finish.

mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium light body, a bit of astringence on the finish

drinkability: This stuff is not bad, I could drink it every once in a while if it were available. It's special and it's well executed but it's not neccesarily my thing.

Photo of mhatters
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at TND - amazed it was available on-tap

Pours a cranberry ose color, beautiful in the glass

The nose is all raspberries - more than any other beer I have had

Light carbonation, tart, sweet - the raspberry is dominant but not syrupy. The malt is around, enough to balance the flavor out.

Crisp, tart, light. Very nice.

Easy to drink, great in the heat, a real shame this is going away

Photo of Caveworm
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head is 1/16th of a finger thick, with scant lacing, and a dark red body,as protocol for a raspberry brew .

Smells like, yep raspberries, but one can still detect a a slight malt backbone.

I taste raspberries, along with earthy grains.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company a 4.5

Photo of camil1mj
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So glad they brought this one back. Blushing Monk Junior.

A: Deep reddish-purple. Some white head.

S: Explosive fresh raspberries.

T: Sweet raspberry taste. Alcoholic raspberry juice. Better than Raspberry Tart.

M: Medium body. Well carbonated.

O: Hoping to stock up before this one is gone. So great!

Photo of modidia
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great fruity taste but still reminds you that it's beer and not juice...perfect on a warm summer day when you're in the mood for something different

Photo of brewduder
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jammy as fuq. So good!

Photo of Duster72
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a funny pink color with a very small off white head. Aroma is fresh raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries. Not really a beer flavor to it. Some malts. Interesting brew - doesn't taste like a malternative, but doesn't taste like a beer. Overall, it delivers what it advertises - raspberry flavor. My wife really liked it. If you want to buy a raspberry beer, I think that this is the one to get.

Photo of LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, illegible bottled on date other than 2013. Poured into tulip

Hazy, deep red, virtually no head other than a few wispy traces of bubbles.

Smelled of raspberry. Period.

Taste is a very nice raspberry flavor, sweetness, and acidic. The acid taste is nice, overbalanced the sweet, but in the end, sweetness wins out. Somewhat jam like, but the raspberry flavor is huge. Very nice tea-like characteristics on the finish that I have experienced before with high quality raspberry.

Very bright mouthfeel. Feels more carbonated than it is. There is a lingering sweetness along with a bit of sourness. Some stickiness, yet at he same time a little drying. Refreshing.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer for the raspberry lover (and I am one). Not complicated, very straightforward. Doesn't pull any punches...it is all about the raspberry. Will have gain.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with sapphire highlights. Looks tasty!

S: Not much of a nose here. I'm not big into the aroma of beers though so it's not really a big deal. I get some vinegar and cherries.

T: Big raspberries upfront. Some cherries and other fruits, and some raisins too. It's nice. It's got kind of a kick to it, and I can't tell if it's the alcohol (which is very minimal) or just the flavor. I'm getting some cherry soda pop, vinegar, licorice, green apple, citrus, kind of an oaky taste. It's got a slight soapy bitterness to it on the back end.

M: A tad heavier than expected. Not bad though. It has a velvety feel to it, almost kind of a heavy mouth. It's very smooth though.

O: Didn't know what to expect as I've never had a fruit beer other than Shiner's prickly pear. This was overall a good one. I like the taste and the mouth although they aren't necessarily fantastic. Founders never disappoints me.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Serving: 12oz draft served in a goblet at Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

A: A pure, ruby red that shimmers with highlights; small, pinkish head about a finger deep at its height.

S: Seductive, with tart raspberries balanced by some syrupy sweetness on the nose (imagine muddled raspberries with sugar in the bottom of a cocktail glass); reminiscent of homemade jam; slight vinous character, with the berry hints dancing alongside a musty note- that must be a hint of the wheat character underlying this beer.

T: Tart raspberry starts things off, followed by a rush of sugary sweetness (like a simple syrup); the combination of tart and sweet blends nicely with support from the malt backbone, with hints of caramel and a mild bready flavor; just the faintest suggestion of wheat comes through with a grainy flavor that is quickly swallowed by the lingering tartness of the raspberry carries into the short, crisp finish.

M: Crisp, refreshing flavors; sturdy carbonation is prickly on the tongue and cuts through the slickness to keep the proceedings light.

O: Drinkability is high on the charts, as the lower ABV content makes for a nice, easy drinking fruit beer. Not overly sweet but not puckering with tartness; a nice blend of fruity aroma and flavors with just enough of a malt/wheat presence to create a crisp, refreshing beer for all occasions. For a style of beer that is consistently maligned, Founders has concocted quite the pleasant surprise with this raspberry-infused beer. Would recommend for anyone who enjoys wheat beers or lambics – in my mind this seems to cut a middle ground between the two.

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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