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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
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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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Ratings: 1,443 | Reviews: 520
Reviews by Treebs:
Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottle split with my father for an early birthday celebration. 2011 Vintage picked up at the local Whole Foods.

A: Pours a perfect crimson with light purple hues around the edges. The creamy pink head is awesome. Pours out to 1 finger then slowly goes down to a mini head. A thicker film if you will. I'm very impressed with the look of this brew. No real impressive lacing going on.

S: Wonderful tart raspberries right up front that gives way to nice mild sweetness. Some cracker malts round it out.

T: Nice mouth puckering tart fruit on the initial sip. Like a dark cherry warhead or something similar. After the initial mouth shock it makes may to a mixture of semi-sweet and tart mixed berries.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel that coats the palate with a nice semi-tart candy fruit flavor.

O: I had NG Raspberry Tart last night and I must say that I enjoy this brew much, much more. I'm not getting any of the medicinal notes I picked up with the NG beer. Fruit beers are growing on me and this is another awesome example.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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 StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Founder's Blushing Monk last week for $16 at The lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time and since I missed out on it when it was the first Backstage series release I made sure to get a few bottles of this release, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a fancy look to it that fits the beer nicely and it's eye catching. It poured a nice ruby red color that takes on more of a bright red color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly light pink head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some a little bit spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Fruit Beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some huge raspberries aromas being the first to show up and it has a nice raspberry preserve like aroma to it that isn't overly sweet, but it's still pretty sweet and those aromas dominate this beer. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a nice Belgian yeast aroma that's pretty light and it's followed by the malts which show up a little more than the yeast and they impart some nice malty. bready, sweet malt and slightly grainy aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, the raspberry dominate this beer but the background aromas are good too.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a pretty low amount of high sweetness with the raspberries still being the first to show up and they are just how they were in the aroma with the big raspberry aspects dominating this beer and imparting a great raspberry preserve flavor. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which is a little lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which are exactly the same as they were in the aroma with those nice bready malts seeming to stick out the most. On the the finish there's a little more sweetness along with a little bit of tartness and a big raspberry preserve aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's just what I want in a raspberry beer.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, alcohol is well hidden, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium a mount of carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, fruit beers can be hit or miss, but this one takes that big fruity flavor that I always look for in the style, and it adds just enough complexity to make it just not a one note beer and in the end it makes for one tasty beer. This beer has nice drinkability, it's smooth, slightly refreshing, the alcohol is hidden well , it's not too filling and the taste does a good job at holding my attention, I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, but I might attempt to drink a whole bottle. What I like the most about this beer is that it showcases the raspberry in all it's glory. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again if they release it again and I got a few bottles in the cellar to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this beer especially if you like raspberry beers. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I though rubaes was pretty damn good, but this one just raised the bar another notch and Founder did everything right with this beer. It's not a favorite founders beer, but it is my favorite non sour raspberry beer. Great job guys, this is one awesome beer, keep it up.

Photo of amalburg
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
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 ONUMello
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark pink with a pink one-finger head
S: Pure, fresh raspberry with a bit of wheat and Belgian yeast
T: Initially this matched the nose with intense fresh raspberry and wheat but then a weird bitter note took over and provided an unpleasant lengthy finish. Not sure if the yeast got weird in the bottle or something else but it definitely turned a very good beer into something rather disappointing
F: Light-bodied, semi-sweet but balanced though again the bitter is out of place
O: Promising but for the price this bottle was a let-down. If that bitter note wasn't there and the fruit/wheat kept the stage I would be scoring this a lot higher. Without the bitter note it would go from very good to perfect if there was a bit of acidity to complement the sweetness

Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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 VTR
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap for the first time. Poured a bright red in a pint glass. Smell was pretty much straight up raspberries with maybe a little bit of yeast. Great nose that let you know what you were going to be in for. Taste was raspberry. Great raspberry taste that was not overly sweet or medicinal. It tasted pretty natural to me. What I found interesting was that with the sweet nose and taste it ended pretty dry which made it a lot more enjoyable to me. There was some carbonation almost fizzy like. I was really impressed by this considering I am not a huge belgian fan. I did not think the alcohol was hot rather I thought it was well masked. I brought a growler of this that night. It was a great beer to sip by the pool yesterday! I will get this again and pair with some chocolate cake or something similar for a desert!

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never thought I'd get to have this beer, and then Founders re-released it, so here goes the review for the 2015 batch.

The dark, ruby red liquid hits the glass and immediately froths up to provide a good sized head. A beautiful color in the body of this beer is just off of brown, with tones a deep red tones. The head that forms is just slightly pink in color and thick and bubbly in texture. Retention and lacing are both very good. On the nose the raspberries unleash their might. Sweet and tart fruit juice scents hit the nostrils right up front and dominate the smell. If you can sniff past the fruit, there is a touch of traditional Belgian ale scents of yeast and a touch of funk.

When this beer hits the tongue, the only thing you can think is raspberry juice. Sweet upfront and then tart after a little bit, the raspberries dominate the taste just like they did in the scent. The raspberry is somewhere between natural, jammy raspberry and slightly medicinal, but very delicious. In the middle of the drink the raspberries fade just a touch and allow a mildly hopped Belgian pale ale base to come through and show off its flavors a little. This provides a good balance to the huge fruit notes. The finish of the drink is a resurgence of raspberries with an intermingling of light hops. As for feel, there is no way to detect the alcohol in this beer and the flavor profile makes you want to gulp it down. It feels a little thicker than expected, but that goes nicely with the jam-like flavors of the beer.

Overall, this beer doesn't disappoint after an almost 5 year hiatus. The raspberries are prominent and delicious, while the Belgian base ale makes its presence known as well. I cannot wait to see where this will go with age, if only I can manage to not drink my other bottles.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 don1481
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark red with an off white head that is fizzy and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: ALL RASPBERRY ALL THE TIME. That's a lot of raspberry. Kind of like raspberry jam.

Taste: Holy raspberry decadence. Floats over a Belgian beer base. Definitely a dessert beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Sticky raspberries linger. I'm not complaining.

Overall: Yes please. I want another bottle to age.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.73/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hotglassmama
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of StevenT562
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of tbryan5
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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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