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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 449
Gots: 283 | FT: 9
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Essentially an "Imperial Rübæus," this ale contains four times the amount of raspberries as Rübæus and is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.

(Beer added by: granger10 on 09-15-2005)
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Reviews by Cavery:
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml acquired in a trade with SpdKilz; shared with Klym.

Poured into a couple of Lost Abbey tulips. 2011 release.

A: A gradually violent pour yeilded a solid 2 1/2 finger head of pure strawberry milkshake froth. Creamy micro bubbles left a 360 horizon of cloudy lacing. Just a beautiful raspberry blanket smothers the walls of the glass. A deep black cherry body fills the body of the glass.

S: Potent fluffy, creamy, and seedy raspberries go deep into the nose. I think there's some essence of raspberry on my brain. Old strawberries marry the raspberries to the sounds of angelic lyres. Just a dash of yeast helps give the notes of sweetness enough texture to be identifiably raspberries. Cherry slushy sweetness certainly lingers.

T: POW raspberries, sweetness really gushes through the flood gates. This reminds me of that scene in the shining, where the red stuff comes pouring down the hallway. I just imagine that it was blushing monk staining the carpets, and not the blood of innocents. The yeast gives a flavor of age on the berries that makes it taste like a tart mixer. Sherry, raspberries, and strawberries live a harmonious life in this glass. Slightly bittering yeast notes add a tad of complexity. Otherwise pretty simple, but very tasty.

M: Extremely creamy full bodied milkshake mouth. This thing is so thick with ingredients that the alcohol has to fight through the surface in the middle end. There really isn't too much of a syrupy coating in this drink, despite the heavy concentration of ingredients. I really appreciate this, as syrupy mouthfeels aren't my favorite. At the same time this isn't a very dry mouthfeel, which I associate with most raspberry beers. That said, I love the niche that this beer has carved out for itself in the mouth. The mouth mimics the sensation of consuming fresh raspberries. Fuzzy, fluffy, and very berry.

O: I liked this a lot, but it is a bit too simple. At first I was really stoked on this beer, but after a bit I was pretty numbed by the overwhelming hand of raspberries. Half the glass and my palate was numbed, I wasn't pulling anything else of this glass at that point. Normally it's the alcohol that's numbing, but in this case it was the ingredients. That said, if you are a raspberry freak; then my friend, the eagle has landed. Outrageous raspberry fruit beer, but I would have liked some more complexity. An accomplishment in solid execution with an ingredient, but two-tones of complexity at best.

Cavery, Jul 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.3% alc per label.Poured into a oversized wine glass a full rich raspberry red with a hint of brown to it a lacy pink colored head atop,wow big tart raspberry aromas a bit of sweet alcohol and toast as well.Tastes like the raspberries off the bush I used to eat when running around the woods of central MI as a kid very tart with just a bit of sweetness but the tartness really is the show,there is a toasty backbone and a sticky sweet aftertaste and mouthfeel making it more that just tart raspberries on the palate.The best fruit beer of any kind I have had I had Rubeus over the summer and this is a double version of that,kick ass beer.

oberon, Sep 12, 2007
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2.65/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$13.59 a bottle at Woodman’s East. Wowza! 12.3% Pours a crimson lavender with a huge pink tinged white head. Dissipation is rapid despite a lot of visible carbonation. Aroma is boozy and very powerful, consisting mostly of raspberries. Very tart and boozy flavor of raspberries. Full to the point of being heavy. Raspberry flavor is out of this world but it’s one dimensional, not that that is necessarily bad. I think this beer is exactly what the brewers were going for. It’s really quite astounding. Personally, however, I am not very happy with it. It’s just too big, too strong, and too much of a good thing. I also don’t like that the body, at least to me, seems to come more from alcohol then from raspberries. Impressive it is, simply for being so big and so fruity but I really did not enjoy it and had a tough time finishing the bottle, even with a little help.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 18, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DanGeo, Apr 11, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

StevenT562, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

SkiBum22, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

t8000shx, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

supa0525, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep red/purple with one finger of pink head. Head doesn't last too long and leaves only spotty lacing.

S - Smell is mostly raspberries, but in a few different forms. some Some fresh puree, a bit of raspberry jam and faint raspberry liqueur. Also a very faint earthy yeast aroma.

T - Tart raspberry up from, with sweet raspberry coming in quickly behind. Does maintain a nice tartness throughout to help cut the sweetness. Certainly not an intense sourness, but a nice acidity.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, but not syrupy. Again, the tartness helps to cut the sweetness a bit and slightly dry out the finish.

O - While it is a touch too sweet, it is nowhere near Lindeman's Framboise sweet, and is a very nice raspberry beer. Good on a hot day.

warnerry, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Britton, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Namarsha82, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was about $16 at The Keg in Clarksville, Indiana. Pours a slightly hazed garnet body with a small and soapy pink head. A few flecks of lace are left on the goblet. Aroma is earthy yeasty mushrooms and lots of raspberries. Taste mirrors the aroma, with lots of tart raspberries and some earthy yeast. Alcohol is miraculously hidden except for a slight warmth. Very drinkable for such a large fruit beer.

merlin48, Sep 02, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

codysjb, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Skye1024, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours insanely red. I just stared at it for a few minutes admiring the awesome color. Smells of sweet sugary raspberry. The taste was light raspberry, and belgian yeast, followed by HUGE raspberry upon swallowing. Tastes extremely genuine, nothing fake about it. Carbonated, semi heavy, creamy, mouthfeel. Big time sipper, but actually got easier to drink as it warmed. Overall this was an awesome experience. The next bottle I open will be with a nice chocolate ganache. I feel it will pair perfectly with it.

Edit: oct 26 2013. This got amazing. So balanced and smooth. As far as fruit beers go, this could not be any better.

1Adam12, Jul 15, 2011
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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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