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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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956 Ratings
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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 447
Gots: 283 | FT: 8
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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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Jade

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

12-25-2012 23:22:14 | More by Jade
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

09-12-2007 22:22:08 | More by oberon
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -37.6%

$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.

09-18-2007 21:47:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-11-2013 01:38:48 | More by DanGeo
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hotglassmama

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-30-2011 03:36:57 | More by hotglassmama
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StevenT562

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

01-18-2012 04:56:23 | More by StevenT562
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-22-2013 12:46:41 | More by SkiBum22
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t8000shx

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-17-2011 19:08:04 | More by t8000shx
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-21-2013 16:03:42 | More by supa0525
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-09-2012 04:31:22 | More by heddar33
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warnerry

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

05-19-2012 19:12:01 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-21-2011 05:19:45 | More by Callmecoon
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Britton

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-30-2011 01:27:48 | More by Britton
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-07-2012 01:00:21 | More by TimoP
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Namarsha82

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-24-2011 01:51:02 | More by Namarsha82
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-16-2013 05:43:23 | More by megamass
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

09-02-2007 22:44:03 | More by merlin48
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codysjb

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-03-2013 12:53:14 | More by codysjb
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locckdown

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-24-2012 22:12:30 | More by locckdown
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Hoops4life511

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-18-2011 18:48:27 | More by Hoops4life511
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-10-2011 08:43:51 | More by Skye1024
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Shankopotamus

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-10-2013 21:08:13 | More by Shankopotamus
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sm0key

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-15-2011 18:32:54 | More by sm0key
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

07-15-2011 21:07:05 | More by 1Adam12
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. 2011 release - can't find a date but assume it was bottled in June.

Appearance: Gorgeous ruby red with thick pure pink head, leaving nice pink lacing. When there is only a little liquid left in the glass, the beer looks more pink than red.

Smell: Raspberry (of course), pepper and very light clove & banana from the yeast. Manages to smell sweet, dry and tart at the same time.

Taste: Wow - strong sweet and tart raspberry juice. Slightly earthy, but otherwise not getting much Belgian yeast. Ends with a touch of pepper to go along with the lingering raspberry tartness.

Feel: Very thick, chewy and warming. Doesn't really feel like a beer (more like carbonated fruit juice mixed with Port), but it suits it just fine.

Overall: Very impressive, and I like it quite a bit more than Cerise (never tried Rübæus). However, despite the gorgeous look, tantalizing aroma and strong taste, it is ultimately too far outside the realm of beer (even Sour Ales seem more like "beer" to me) to want to seek this out again. So I am "only" giving it a 4 for overall.

07-08-2011 21:30:43 | More by bsp77
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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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