Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Cracked into this with the girlfriend on a lazy Friday night. Not sure what to expect from this one. Poured into some Duvel tulips.
A. Okay, this RED. Red reddy red. Frankly, looks like a tremendously rich kriek or thick cranberry juice, with a fantastic deep pink head that doesn't last as long as it should. This is "real" color, not some fake dyed thing. I cannot emphasize just how rich and clear and purple-crimson red this beer is. Amazing color, simply delightful!
S. The nose is somewhat reserved considering - but you still get tons of raspberry tartness here, along with some hop bitterness and a juicy, lightly mineral earthy scent. This lacks the sweet, full nose of Raspberry Tart, which is frankly about the only beer I can reasonably compare it to.
T. Founders isn't messing around here - there must be an incredible amount of berries used in this beer. The flavor is largely variations on a bright, medium tart raspberry concentrate. You can tell the booze is here simply from the fact that you know this beer should be a lot sweeter than it is... thankfully, the yeast has done its thing and made this a palatable, if seriously rich, beverage. Despite the jammy aspect, Blushing Monk is really not too sweet and you can still come away with a small amount of hop bitterness if you look. This is bigger, thicker, tart-er and boozier than my lovely RT, but I think a compelling case could be made for this being the second best non-sour Raspberry beer around. It beats DFH Fort, no question.
M / O. Syrupy, thick, very finely carbonated - extremely good if you like raspberries, which I do If you don't, this may strike you as a gimmick beer. The finish is long lasting and beautifully tart, stretching out into the horizon as the berry parade crosses your palate. Brilliant stuff for the raspberry fiend, but for my money New Glarus is still the champion.
I do think Blushing Monk is going to age nicely. I expect the tartness will fade somewhat and the hops will die, turning this into an even sweeter, dessert like beer. Now I just have to find some bottles for the cellar...
09-10-2011 02:25:01 | More by kkipple
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4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-12-2007 22:22:08 | More by oberon
2.65/5 rDev -37.6%
$13.59 a bottle at Woodmans 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 its one dimensional, not that that is necessarily bad. I think this beer is exactly what the brewers were going for. Its really quite astounding. Personally, however, I am not very happy with it. Its just too big, too strong, and too much of a good thing. I also dont 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.
09-18-2007 21:47:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
05-19-2012 19:12:01 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
09-02-2007 22:44:03 | More by merlin48
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-15-2011 21:07:05 | More by 1Adam12
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. 2011 release - can't find a date but assume it was bottled in June.
Appearance: Gorgeous ruby red with thick pure pink head, leaving nice pink lacing. When there is only a little liquid left in the glass, the beer looks more pink than red.
Smell: Raspberry (of course), pepper and very light clove & banana from the yeast. Manages to smell sweet, dry and tart at the same time.
Taste: Wow - strong sweet and tart raspberry juice. Slightly earthy, but otherwise not getting much Belgian yeast. Ends with a touch of pepper to go along with the lingering raspberry tartness.
Feel: Very thick, chewy and warming. Doesn't really feel like a beer (more like carbonated fruit juice mixed with Port), but it suits it just fine.
Overall: Very impressive, and I like it quite a bit more than Cerise (never tried Rübæus). However, despite the gorgeous look, tantalizing aroma and strong taste, it is ultimately too far outside the realm of beer (even Sour Ales seem more like "beer" to me) to want to seek this out again. So I am "only" giving it a 4 for overall.
07-08-2011 21:30:43 | More by bsp77
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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