Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Cavery:
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2011 04:00:13 | More by Cavery
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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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