Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 618
Hads: 2,912
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 443 | 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 DrainBamage
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Boverhof3
1.8/5  rDev -53.6%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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!!! (456 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of techfed87
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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 (402 characters)

Photo of do_ob
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear pink/red with virtually no head. Looks like cherry or raspberry juice you'd buy your kid. Straight raspberries on the nose. Maybe a little spice and booze in there, too. Medium weight, clean yet dry mouthfeel. Raspberries dominate any and all other ingredients in this beer. Has a bit of a champaign-like drinkability to it, only with a heavier body. Finishes tart and dry. Residual sweetness on the aftertaste.

This is an okay beer if you're a fruit beer fan. I liked Blushing Monk better than this, probably because of the higher abv (for what it's worth, Blushing Monk is pretty much just an "imperial" version of this beer). (676 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a remarkable, clear, deep pink/red much akin to a rose wine. 1/2" fizzy white head that recedes very quickly. Not very much retention. No lacing.

S: Sweetish raspberry, hints of tartness, an overall juicy characteristic on the nose.

T: Very natural semi-sweet raspberry notes lead in. Mid palate features a bit more a of saccharine quality with just a faint hint of malt underneath. Finish is sharp & short.

M: Moderate carb & just enough body to remind you that you're drinking a beer. Quite refreshing.

O: Very enjoyable, not artificial tasting at all. (605 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (307 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of Duster72
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

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. (1,619 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's like a sweet, slightly tangy raspberry juice, but carbonated and alcoholic. It's a pinkish / purplish color, and very refreshing on a hotter day. I can foresee me drinking many of these during the summer months. One of my new favorite summertime beers! (257 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i kinda steer away from most sweet beers since i got into flander's and guezze's but this one is worth checking out

first off my grandmother used to grow rasberries in her backyard, so growing up we always had jam and fresh raspberries

so needless to say i like rasberries

this one is very good
in my opinion much better than a popula belgian rasberry lambic(which shall remain namelss)

good work founders

this is good, kinda too sweet to drink more than a few , but def nice and im very happy i can get it sometimes

ps they also make an imperial version (blushing monk) I have yet to try this but really want to (618 characters)

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

A- Pours a reddish-pink with a light, frothy, but quickly disspiating head.

S- Smells like a raspberry lambic. Lots of raspberries, and slight floral and yeasty aromas.

T- Surprisingly tart compared to the sweetness of the smell. Although it's very good, not much comes through beyond the flavor of raspberries, maybe a little crisp citrus.

M- Light, crisp, pretty heavily carbonated.

D- A little heavy on the carbonation, but not too sour or too sweet. (457 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown to redish color with a small pinkish head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing down a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty good. There is a lot of raspberry and sweet malts.

Taste is very berry and sweet. I get an almost syrupy sweet berry taste that fades to a little bit of tartness of a berry and a little bit of maltyness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. I get that syrupy feel to it with a nice bit of carbonation.

Overall, it is what it is. Very sweet almost too sweet. I like it but I would like to see a little more malt presence to balance out the berryness. (594 characters)

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

V.06

Pleasant pour with a light head, and ruby colored density underneath.
Smells of subdued raspberry and ale.
Doesn't have the carbonated finesse of a lambic, but very similar. Mouth is light, tastes of medium tart fruit, and is easy to slug.
Would pair well with a dessert. The women will like this as well, even though this is more a manly fruit beer than most. (371 characters)

Photo of beertooth
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the last bottle of this I'll ever drink. Not because I don't like it, but because they haven't made it in a long time and won't brew it ever again.

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

This beer is the color of overly ripe watermelon with a thin layer of white head that forms an even thinner collar around the glass.

The nose is raspberries, a little hay, oxidized malts, and some grassy elements. This beer has been aged for quite some time and it had a much more juicy raspberry nose when fresh.

The first sip follows the nose, but much less tart than I thought. Very sweet, sort of dusty malts and mild berries. Hay, grass, a little bit of alcohol hits me as well. The finish is a little tart and last until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is sort of thin with mild carbonation.

I'm sad to see it go, but this beer has seen better days. (852 characters)

Photo of froggyfrog
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Beer served chilled in a Cabernet glass.

A: This beer pours a sexy and distinctly pink hue with a huge puffy white pillow of head.

S: Big puff of raspberry with a bit of malt.

T&M: A middle weight beer with a pleasing crisp taste and mouthfeel. Very sour and heavily prickly on the tongue. Raspberry flavors dominate the palate. The sourness from the fruit provides the balance in this beer with little discernible hop flavor.

D: An enjoyable beer. Best served cold. (493 characters)

Photo of Gryphon69
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle

A- very dark sparkly pink....pretty? like a dark pink champagne

S- Something in it I just didn't like the smell, like old raspberry and dirty socks

T- The taste was much better than the smell, raspberry really shines through.

M- Light, crisp, and bubbly

O- My wife picked this one out, she thinks it smells like old dirty water, she loves Lambics. I thought the taste was ok for a fruit beer but the smell left me not wanting to put my nose near the glass. We both tested it but in the end dumped it.

Second Review:

After the glass sat on the counter all night, the funky odor was completely gone and it smelled wonderful like a sweet raspberry sauce that would go on ice cream. 2.0 up to a 3.5

The flavor was also improved, even though it was pretty good the first time. 3.0 up to a 3.5

Not sure we will buy it again, but if we do we will defiantly let it breath a few hours because it really improved the bottle we had... (940 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright ruby with a couple fingers of pinkish-white head that settles quickly into a foam
Smell: mmm...raspberry
Taste: mmm... raspberry. Nice balance of sweetness and tartness. Not much hops to speak of.
Feel: Light-medium body, nicely carbonated

Overall: If you like raspberries and beer, it's hard to imagine you'll dislike this one. Very flavorful with great balance. Despite the relatively low ABV I wouldn't want to have more than one at a time due to the intensity of flavor. (492 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle with a Sept or Aug notch.

A - Pours a clear ruby with a white slightly pink head that sticks well around the edges, Very soft looking.

S - Raspberries, citrus maybe lime, slightly hoppy. enjoyable, nothing extraordinary.

T - Sweet raspberry, tart, malt on the back end, really nice. Good balance, very refreshing.

M - Nice tannin like dryness with a good malt coat.

D - Very easy to drink, the tart may become a little bit overbearing but overall good. (484 characters)

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.