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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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94
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961 Ratings
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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 447
Gots: 285 | 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 kkipple:
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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...

kkipple, Sep 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DanGeo, Apr 11, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

StevenT562, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

SkiBum22, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

t8000shx, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

supa0525, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of warnerry
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Britton, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Namarsha82, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of merlin48
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.

merlin48, Sep 02, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

codysjb, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Skye1024, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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