Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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...
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2011 02:25:01 | More by kkipple
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