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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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94
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964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 452
Gots: 281 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews by QuentinCall:
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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.

QuentinCall, Sep 07, 2012
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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.

oberon, Sep 12, 2007
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2.65/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 18, 2007
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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.

warnerry, May 19, 2012
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

1Adam12, Jul 15, 2011
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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.