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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,271 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,271
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 67
Gots: 231 | 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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

09-04-2009 23:07:00 | More by corby112
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-06-2013 03:31:53 | More by oriolesfan4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -8%

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.

04-27-2008 20:38:48 | More by yourefragile
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

09-07-2006 01:57:58 | More by woodychandler
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

03-27-2008 02:39:46 | More by tempest
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-03-2013 18:53:42 | More by InspectorBob
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-18-2008 21:04:22 | More by Billolick
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

04-03-2007 01:12:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

07-10-2013 13:06:54 | More by stakem
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

08-11-2007 17:48:07 | More by akorsak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-17-2013 13:33:00 | More by dbrauneis
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

( 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.

06-22-2005 02:45:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-05-2013 22:43:35 | More by drewone
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

02-04-2006 00:23:39 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-01-2013 06:04:53 | More by DoubleJ
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-17-2013 03:35:12 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

07-25-2013 22:29:34 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-27-2013 10:42:58 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

04-16-2009 04:36:04 | More by BARFLYB
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 5" blush-hued head over the 1/2" of raspberry-tinged amber brew. Head fades very slowly, I had dinner while it receded, with heavy, frothy lacing as expected with such a head. Aroma is something to behold, effervescent raspberries dominant. Taste is the same berries upfront, mellows with some malt body, and then closes with a bit of a sour tinge. Mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as I had hoped/expected, and seemed a bit over-carbonated, but still not bad. Drinkability was somewhat limited by how long it took to get in the glass. Not a bad fruit brew, but I've had better.

09-13-2005 22:51:31 | More by ppoitras
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/6/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge tart raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry skin, floral, and light bread. Fantastic aromas with big authentic raspberry notes; and big strength. Exactly what was expected. Taste of big tart raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry skin, floral, bread, grass, and light floral earthiness. Lingering notes of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, floral bread, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of raspberry and malt flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent fruit beer! Great balance and robustness of authentic raspberry flavor; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

07-17-2013 04:38:58 | More by superspak
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

08-03-2013 21:10:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-03-2013 23:31:04 | More by Gonzoillini
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2013 14:55:28 | More by BillRoth
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-19-2011 04:23:20 | More by brandoman63
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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