Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Blushing Monk - A Synesthetic Review
At this somewhat late juncture, the pour is a vibrant pink with a substantial, foamy ochre head and a significant amount of effusive carbonation. In its gently churning chaos and vivid coloring, it is immediately reminiscent of Jürgen Paape's seminal 2001 track So Weit Wie Noch Nie. Resting on the table, undisturbed and resolutely cascading, the glass seems very much a glimmering embodiment of the shiny/stuttering moments of the song; a sinuous, almost vernal, tableaux casting its iridescent aura into the low light of The Porter Beer Bar.
Fittingly, the nose is demonstrably sweet. It is more than content to approach the realm of cloying but it does this, somehow, naturally and impressively so: the aroma of what must be a truly staggering number of raspberries. Honestly, it's otherworldly (transcontinental, at the very least), far removed from any appropriate comparison. The open bottle and three full glasses have ably perfumed our table and the immediately surrounding space. It is such that in the act of inhaling I cannot help but allow the marimba countermelody and staccato accordion beats of Taken By Trees' My Boys to shudder through my ears. It is a precious and affecting aroma, knitting itself firmly into my heart.
Taste-wise, its raspberries again, all aspects of them: compellingly sweet, dryly tart, subtly bitter. The belgian yeasts have done their work as well - a faint bready quality and a fully realized sourness pervade this beer rather wonderfully. These two aspects combine as beautifully as the disparate qualities of Bootsy Collins' crucial I'd Rather Be With You, forming (in a Voltron like synthesis) a greater total whole that is pleasantly approachable but emboldened enough to be sensually challenging and, perhaps, engender a deserved mythos.
The feel is simple and balanced, hefty, almost pointed in its still very much present carbonation, and nuanced in its admirable resilience. Its a lot of the same very wonderful thing, stretching out in minute ways while prolonging and deepening its singular focus. Much like the infinite and incontrovertible Tortoise track TNT - it lasts a lot longer than you can possibly imagine and thankfully so.
Ultimately, drinking this beer is a bittersweet experience (literally and figuratively). Simply ... it's a wonder. Resplendent , multi-faceted, sweet, dense, slightly sour and impeccably executed. The problem is the looming/crushing doubt that I will ever get the chance to drink it again. I feel as though Sharon Van Etten's crushing ode Heart In The Ground would not be out of place, playing over the stereo as I joyfully and ruefully finish this glass. "Can I live without you?" seems like a nearly applicable sentiment.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2012 00:45:30 | More by QuentinCall
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