Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton. 10oz pour served to me in a heavy chalice.
A: As usual, it's a bit too dark in the bar for me to see the beer as well as I would like. It looks to be a deep maroon in color. The head is very attractive. It stands about an inch high, and is a lovely shade of pink. I have never seen a head this color before. Very aesthetically pleasing. Looks to be moderately cloudy, but I really can't tell for sure. The head has only moderate staying power, and there really isn't much lacing left behind.
S: Black cherries, chocolate covered cherries, raspberry candy. Earthy Belgian yeast. Hints of anise and dark chocolate. Highly aromatic. Not overly complex, but very good.
T: Juicy cherry taste with a nice tart kick. Lots of raspberry. Puckering sourness. Flash of green apple candy. Rich tastes of dark chocolate and chocolate covered black cherries are punctuated by an earthy Belgian yeast. Mild anise taste surfaces only briefly. Dark chocolate, sour cherries, and raspberries linger in a long, sweet finish.
M: Medium bodied. Full and fluffy in the mouth. Effervescent carbonation plays up the sourness a little. Deceptively smooth. Not a trace of alcohol, though this is a very strong beer.
O: A treat to drink. It would pair wonderfully with chocolate covered fruits.
Notes: I wasn't expecting the sourness, but it turned out to be a welcome addition. One of the best fruit beers on the market. A tad one-dimensional maybe, and not very complex, but I love it for what it is. Comparable in some ways to Troegs Mad Elf, though I like this better.
Serving type: on-tap
08-07-2011 16:46:28 | More by ryan1788a5
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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.