Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by AlCaponeJunior:
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Thanks to Hmph for this one received in a nice trade.
Nice looking beer, very dark red almost like concentrated raspberry juice, with a great purple head that left pretty good lacing.
Tons of raspberries in the smell, just a touch of maltiness but mostly extreme fruitiness all the way.
Amazing taste, better than I expected (and my expectations were pretty high). Raspberry heaven, moderate sweetness that perfectly balances sour and sweet flavors.
Body is pretty full, slick and very nicely carbonated. This one reminds me of various other highly fruity beers, and reminds me even more of why fruit beers remain my favorite style. Notably, I can't detect a smidge of alcohol anywhere.
I find it amazing that when it comes to fruit beers, the usual malts and hops are almost irrelevant. I just really love the fruits, but only when it's BEER, not when it's sicky-sweet wines or whatever other beverages feature fruits. Fruit beers rock!
Overall this one is tied between excellent and amazing. Nuff said.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 23:41:10 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.39/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Beer Review: Blushing Monk
Reviewing the Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is the first release is Founders' Backstage Series.
July 2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 01/19/13 in honor of my good friend Adam Kaplan's wedding.
Appearance: Deep claret in color. Two fingers of light pink, strawberry ice cream colored head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Gorgeous lacing and really good cling. 5/5
Smell: Huge, jammy raspberries galore! Also present is sugary citrus, a little bit of floral , and faint yeast. Touch of grainy malt towards end of whiff. More raspberry comes through as it warms and airates 4.5/5
Taste: The Belgian qualities are more prominent on palate than they are in nose. Sweet and tart, jammy raspberry upfront, followed by slightly Belgiany yeast and malt. A touch of funk towards finish. Faint hint of alcohol, but well incorporated into the flavor profile. Gets tarter as warms 4.25/5
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, low-plus carbonation. Juicy on palate and slightly puckering. Lightly dry finish. 4.25/5
Overall: An excellent beer that was enjoyed by all the groomsman in the wedding party during the photography portion of wedding. This would have paired nicely with a donut or, more appropriately for the occasion, vanilla cake.
Pairing: A beignet.
Cost: $12.99 for a 750 ml bottle.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 04:35:15 | More by jegross2
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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