Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by denjen:
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Dennis: After having Devil Dancer, both of our opinions of Founders have been pretty high. That's part of why we were willing to pay so much for this beer, and I'm happy to say that it's pretty darn impressive. The beer itself pours a deep red that almost makes it look like a dye, with a quickly dissipating head...the beer almost appears flat to the eye. Taste however, shows that the carbonation was just hiding as tiny bubbles really make their presence known. Of course the real star here is Raspberry....strong, tart, alcohol hiding raspberries. You'd never know this has 12.3% at all, you'd just think it's a pretty tangy wine cooler. Before you know it, you'll be done and wishing there was more.
Jen: Do we usually pay this much for a beer? No! Would I buy this again...without even blinking!. It pours out a nice deep magenta color with little foam. All I can smell is raspberries. First taste is quite amazing. It has a nice medium body with small bubbles. The ending is of tart raspberries that makes the alcohol virtually disappear. I wouldn't even think there was alcohol in it, except that equivalent to a wine cooler. I both want to savour this and drink it in one big gulp...can't wait to have it again. I would recommend this to anyone, even non-beer drinkers!
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2007 23:31:39 | More by denjen
More User Reviews:
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
94 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.