Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Huge thanks goes out to Benanomyces for sending me a bottle of this. This was and always will be a huge want of mine so it was great to try a bottle. Thanks a ton, Ben!
Pours a clear ruby-violet on the first pour, the last pour has a light haze to it. A small, pink tinted head is produced on the pour but doesn't have great retention. Despite the lack of head, there is some minimal lacing left behind.
The nose is pure, unadultured raspberries, seed and all. It's literally like I shoved my face in fresh, mashed raspberries. If you like raspberries, this is heaven. No alcohol on the nose.
The taste is a little more subdued than the nose. Definitely dominated by the raspberries, but biscuity malts come out in the background. An unfortunate ethanol taste kicks in at the end, sort of ruining the perfection. No alcohol burn, just the taste. Not really sour or sweet, sort of a combination of both.
Mouthfeel is medium, with a pretty crisp carbonation, sort of sour and dry. Literally no alcohol presence or burn. Drinkability is dangerous. It was insanely easy to polish off this bomber by my lonesome, and probably wouldn't be a chore to finish another.
Overall, a great beer. I have a feeling it is slightly past it's prime. I would have liked a tarter character in the taste, but the alcohol has all but disappeared completely, which is a plus. Great stuff, can't wait to try it again.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2010 02:05:22 | More by Mistofminn
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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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