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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 530
Gots: 380 | FT: 18
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: granger10 on 09-15-2005

Essentially an "Imperial Rübæus," this ale contains four times the amount of raspberries as Rübæus and is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a somewhat dark garnet red, with a half inch fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells so deeply and richly of raspberry, just insane. There's a bit of yeasty esters, with both raspberry flesh and raspberry juice.

This has one of the biggest raspberry flavors I've ever gotten out of the beer. Seriously heavy duty. The booze shows a little bit, as the taste has a very warming quality. It's not all raspberry, though, as I also get a slightly winey grape juice note as well, along with some vague malt sweetness. I can't really pinpoint what malt was used here. There is a slight cough syrup vibe to this, but it's not so bad.

This has a very sweet and slightly syrupy mouthfeel, with a pretty low level of carbonation. It still goes down pretty easily, though.

I'm really glad I finally got to try this one. It's not the best raspberry beer I've ever had (what up, LPF and Raspberry Tart), but this still one of the most authentically fruit forward beers I've ever had.

Photo of amalburg
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was hoping to taste more Belgian yeasty goodness. This tasted almost only like raspberries to me with no complex flavors that i wanted to get in a belgian fruit beer. Worth trying. Wish i could've got a sample pour before spending 16$ on a bottle. Probably won't buy again.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Possibly the best fruit beer I've had where the fruit is the sole star. This beer is all about jammy raspberries. It's not "funky" or "sour." There's an inherent tartness because fresh raspberries are tart by nature. I'd love to pair this with some vanilla ice cream for dessert. Truly remarkable.

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hotglassmama
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tbryan5
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t8000shx
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of warnerry
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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