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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%

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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Photo of scottyg354


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep reddish purple. Nice fluffy head, with decent lacing. Head last's through out.

S: Ton's of tart and sweet raspberries. Some creamy notes show up behind the raspberry. A nice whiff of funk as well.

T: Upon first tasting you definetely get the tart raspberry, followed immediatley by sweet raspberries. There is some breadiness and a little funk in the taste. This is a fine tasting beer.

M:Fluffy/Chewy. Smooth and refreshing for a 9.5 abv brew. It really finishes great.

O: For a style that is growing on me this beer is definetely tops. This should be a must try on anyone's list who enjoy's or is looking to explore fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 05:44:15 | More by scottyg354
Photo of dvmin98

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky to get a free 1/3 bottle with Matty, the owner of the Liberty in Charlotte, NC about 18 months ago. That set me on a quest for this stuff. Let me say, first off, Im not a big fruit beer fan.

The appearance of this stuff is like carbonated blood. Deep hue of purple/pink deliciousness.

The smell is nothing short of amazing. Big raspberry nose.

My first sip and I was hooked. I could not believe you could get that much raspberry flavor in a beer. It hit me right in the salivary gland and stayed there for a good 30 seconds.

The mouthfeel was silky and wonderful.

Overall, this is by far my favorite fruit beer. I got lucky enough to score 4 bottles on my own (still have 3 cellared) and also, when Founders had their event at the Liberty, I drank 4 nice big glasses of this stuff. Spoke with the brewmaster from Founders at the event, and told me to crack it open this fall. Think I will listen!

I bet this is a big panty dropper. Women would definitely love this too. Think I may crack open a bottle with some italian ice and share with my wife. Look out sheets!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 21:51:03 | More by dvmin98
Photo of ahlavato


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At 14.99 per bottle, I can't see picking this one up all too often, though its rarity assures I will not have the opportunity.

Like pretty much everything Founders makes, this beer is worth trying even if its style is not your typical cup of tea. It is a more drinkable raspberry than new glarus's raspberry tart and the considerable alcohol is masked rather well. In fact, the only evidence is a gentle warming after the fruity tartness fades.

Strongly recommended, even if only a rare diversion from the myriad IPA's and stouts that populated my fridge normally.

Note that its alcohol content, according to the label, is 9.2%, not 12.3.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 22:21:59 | More by ahlavato
Photo of samie85


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage; 9.2%.

A-Pours a ridiculously extravagant dark fuchsia color with a half finger reddish head.

S-Huge mouth-watering aromas of ripe raspberry mingle with some light malt and cocoa.

T-Love the complexity with some light chocolate mixed in with huge tart raspberry notes and finishes with a light bitterness.

M-Rich and luxuriously thick feel with low carbonation but a crisp finish.

D-A ridiculously enjoyable beer; way more complex than any other fruit beer I've had; most are one-note fruit bombs. This one has the fruit bomb character but also some nice chocolate with a slight bitter character that keeps me coming back for more. I don't, however, get any of the Belgian yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:34:20 | More by samie85
Photo of mwcullnane


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 750ml 2011 @ Brew Haven craft beer festival to share with everyone at my table
Aug. 6 Trion Tavern

A: Deep red, 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly leaving pink ring with minimal lacing.

S: Raspberries (disclaimer: I love raspberries)

T: Raspberries; masks alcohol wonderfully; not cloyingly sweet

M: Smooth, light bodied. Perfect summer sipper.

O: I'm reluctant to give any beer an overall 5 rating, but if there was ever a beer that I would give such a rating to, this would be my pick. I completely understand if some people really don't like fruit beer, but I do, and this one is the best I've ever had. Thank you Founders for taking such pride in your work.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 16:13:51 | More by mwcullnane
Photo of mattboyer182


4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours deep dark purple. Can't see through it. A thin pinkish purple head with great lacing.

S - raspberry, raspberry, raspberry! I smell a nice funk which I assume is due to a Belgian yeast.

T - loads of fruit obviously. A great tartness and some of that funk you could smell. Slight alcohol taste as well but covered up alot the sweetness.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - very good to drink with the wife. It's sweet but not too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:13:22 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of rudzud


4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received numerous bottles of this in trades and from stores. This one was poured into a Duvel tulip and shared with bpk59. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a deep crimson raspberry hue with a light pink one finger head that leaves a nice thin cloud with light side lacing. Gorgeous.

S - Smells just like a lambic!! TONS of raspberry jam and juice. Fresh tart sour raspberries and yet there are sweet tart cooked qualities. Outstanding.

T - Equally as exceptional as the nose. This is like a lambic framboise that they added raspberry jam to. This stuff is insanely good. Incredibly raspberry rich. Its like drinking raspberry juice.

M - Mouthfeel is really solid. Tart and sour with the finish super inviting and enjoyable. Its a bit thin/syrupy but still wonderful.

O - Overall this is incredibly outstanding. So, so so much raspberry. Its incredible just how much raspberry qualities they've crammed into this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 17:54:48 | More by rudzud
Photo of HopHobo


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just had this beer the other day at the Brewery in Grand Rapids. This is one exceptional beer! Labeled as a Belgian Trippel fermented with raspberries and the ABV is 12.3%. Kind of a champagne type mouth feel with huge amounts of raspberry aroma and taste. You would never know that this beer is as high in ABV as it is indicated because is it is dangerously smooth going down. It would be easy to call this a "chick beer" because of the flavor, but I would venture to guess that even the biggest of beer drinkers would have a short night after a couple of glasses of this beer. That being said this beer is my wifes favorite and it is simply delicious for a fruit beer. I'm still much more of a KBS fan, but this is a nice touch to drink on occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 14:54:11 | More by HopHobo
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: looks like red wine with a head. Purplish red in the light. A fine grape head. This is the perfect look for a blushing monk.
smell: A little sweetness in the raspberry, not too much, just the right hint. A slight tartness. The raspberry makes itself known without being overbearing.
taste: a tingly carbonation in the start, then balanced tart, slightly sweet goodness.
overall: Man, did the news of this brewing turn me into a kid on Christmas Eve. Like KBS it actually lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 22:26:46 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of joefuzz

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle split with a fellow ba and my mother.

Pours a dark red with a hot pink head looks crazy. Smells strongly of raspberries. Taste is sublime...big raspberry sweetness up front with just the right amount of tart. Carbonation is slightly higher than let's say a lambic but not huge. Very drinkable, my mother hates beer all together but loved this. She still doesn't believe its a beer. Overall amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 03:14:15 | More by joefuzz
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock


4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is Raspberry Tart with a lot more alcohol -- but so well hidden.

A perfect balance of sweet, strong and tart.
Smell is raspberries,
Taste is raspberries,
appearance is a bright red raspberry clear.

A superb offering. Certainly didn't taste its ABV. If you love New Glarus Raspberry Tart and high ABV beers (and I do) you will love this beer (and I do).

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 22:59:15 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice raspberry colored red with a small pink colored head and very nice carbonation visible throughout the session. The smell was rich with raspberry essence. Extremely strong so that nothing else could possibly come through. Now the flavor was to die for. I have never been the biggest fan of fruit beers in general, but this has just come to a whole new level. So sweet yet tart and sour at the same time, the flavor was so strong, yet not overpowering and not too sweet as to make you sick, it was in a word, perfect. It had the most perfect taste for this style I could have ever imagined. A great light body and great carbonation made it feel like water and there was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this. This was by far one of the best brews I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:09:32 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of nortmand


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look for "blushing monk" if you are at the brewpub.

Rich ruby red pour with a bit of pink foam.

Incredible raspberry aroma. Complex and winelike, with some sour notes.

Sweet raspberry dominates the flavor, a spreading tartness balances some of the sweet. A bit cloying, expesially after it warms a bit.

Velvety smooth and incredibly drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 01:21:49 | More by nortmand
Photo of Bitterbill


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Brew33. Thanks Josh!


The reddest of reds in colour with the pinkest of pinks foam, about an inch or so. Tons of lacing. A fun brew just to look at.

Ahhh..the raspberry smell is so strong, so vibrant, so fresh. Tart and sweet notes. I'm digging the aroma big time.

Good lord, the taste is as good as the smell, no, even better. Massive raspberry flavour with the tart and sweet tugging at my palate, sending my taste buds to a raspberry nirvana. I love well made beers using raspberries, blueberries, etc and this is a killer good example of a how a fruit beer can turn out if done right.

Medium, richly smooth bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation, the brew glides down to the gullet without a hitch and where, I ask you, where is the +9% alcohol?? No sign of it in the taste and I reckon there's not much evidence of it after the swallow either. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:02:18 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of zrab11


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a Dark crimson red,Looks almost like thick red blood, produced a decent 1 finger pink head

S- Has a super pungent aroma of Raspberries, also getting some strawberry smell as well as a spice of some kind(can't put my finger on it)

T- Has a nice sweet raspberry taste upfront ,followed by some peppery spices and and more raspberry, it finishes with a creamy smooth tart raspberry flavor

M-Has a medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was one of my favorite beers in a long time. I;m so glad i grabbed 5 bottles of this. This goes especially well with Thanksgiving! IF you have not tried this please do try to get it. I just love the intense flavors of raspberry. This is so drinkable and complex at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 21:35:09 | More by zrab11
Photo of Optifron


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 11/18/2012 during Founders night as Crane Alley in Urbana, IL

Appearance: Dark, dark crystal clear red. Very nice looking.

Aroma: Tart raspberries. Really nice tart raspberries.

Taste: And of course, delicious tart raspberry! I’m a fan of tartness, so this does it for me. Normally not big on fruit beers, but this is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Nice, smooth and balanced.

Overall: Fantastic raspberry beer. Good drinkability. Could have a lot of this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 21:30:28 | More by Optifron
Photo of thebigredone


4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle.

Pours a deep purplish red, opaque and heavy looking.

Smell is of raspberry jam with a hint of funk, absolutely fantastic.

Taste is similar to the nose. Overwhelming raspberry, with a hint of underlying Belgian yeast. Great raspberry jam likes flavors, rather than fresh raspberry.

Very thick and heavy in the mouth, though it works well with the flavors.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic beer. Wish I could have tried this fresh so I had a point of comparison, but man was this delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 15:20:08 | More by thebigredone
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful raspberry aroma that is tart and almost lambic like. The taste is perfect. It has a smooth and refreshing raspberry taste that goes down so easy and finishes tart. It's refreshing even at 12.3%. That's quite a feat. This is what I was hoping Fort would taste like. These guys have a winner here. There is such a tremendous raspberry presence. This may be the best fruit beer ever. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I wish I could get my hands on more of this; a kick ass beer and great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:08:26 | More by WesWes
Photo of david131


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very deep, dark purple liquid with some bloody highlights. The pink head is quick to rise and fall and leaves a ring on the surface.

S- A boatload of raspberries with some toasted bread on the finish. Simple but very intriguing.

T- Sweet raspberries... lots of them. A bit tart and bready on the finish. Overall, it is incredibly well balanced.

M- Light carbonation with a nice tartness on the finish. Clean and sweet.

O- Drinks extraordinarily well for the alcohol content. Simple, but really well done. Very sweet and would make for an excellent dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:53:45 | More by david131
Photo of match1112


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours almost purple in color. has a little pinkish foam but no head. smells like fresh raspberries and lots of sweetness, almost like a sweet dessert wine. at first youre hit with a ton of sweetness then it turns to a mouth puckering tartness, yet goes down too smooth, this bottle wont last long. mouthfeel is thick and sticky. this is one hell of a beer, i wish they made this year round. if you get the chance you gotta try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 00:52:03 | More by match1112
Photo of peabody


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really red to pink liquid with lots of bubbles in and on top of the pour.
Smell is very berry. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste is a sweet sour at first then the bitter black fruit skin comes in like a good red wine. Alcohol is not tasted either.
Mouthfeel is very clean and when the mouth is dry there is some stickiness.
Overall , Founders did a great job with this fruit beer. The alcohol is very well hidden. Only problem is I could only get one bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 02:34:25 | More by peabody
Photo of aasher


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Finally, I sit here opening a bottle of my all-time biggest want. This bottle is in celebration of the NFL Lockout being lifted, and the Panthers re-signing Charles Johnson! For what it's worth, I have had this before, on tap.

This beer pours a full bodied dark red, reminiscent of a framboise, with a two finger, Valentine's Day pink head. It smells of Belgian yeast and sweet and tart raspberry puree. The raspberry is overpowering and delicious. It tastes of sweet raspberries, first and foremost, with a moderate tartness and a Belgian yeast finish. It offers complexity in terms of raspberry, offering every aspect of the fruit, but the beer itself is dominated by the raspberry. It is delicious and is like an imperial framboise. It drinks full in body and really is a big beer. I couldn't be more pleased with it. It's an exceptional beer and one of my all-time favorites. I can't wait to open an '07 in the following months!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:51:04 | More by aasher
Photo of brew3crew


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at founders brewpub

A-Ruby red color with a rosey head that quickly dissipates

S-Rasberries. very sweet and inviting

T-Tart rasberries, is there really anything else. This is so very good!

M-medium bodied smooth and sweet

O-had one from 2007 that was better. can you imagine that. better? Anyways. buy 2. one for now and one for later!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 01:17:12 | More by brew3crew
Photo of tat2dhllblly


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby Red with a nice bright head that leaves little tracings along the glass but does not try to pop out the top during the pour.

S: Pure raspberry. Smells like you stuck your nose in a basket full of fresh of the bush raspberries.

T: Raspberry puree. Not cloying but strong sweet raspberry. This is a big flavored beer that yes is one dimensional but what a great dimension!

M: Heavy but not being syrup or jam like from the flavor profile.

O: This is a great beer! I am not one usually into fruit beers but this is one I would go to great lengths for!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 11:10:48 | More by tat2dhllblly
Photo of philbe311


4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red copper... Slight lace dances on top... Coats the glass exceptionally well...

S - Sweet raspberry... Possibly a tad tart as well...

T - Raspberries and more raspberries... Very reminiscent of a flanders oud bruin or flanders red ale... Sweey yet tart... Delightful...

M - Coats well... SLight tartness dances on tongue and excites the palette... Smooth...

D - Epic... Definitely to be sipped and slowly enjoyed... Awesome...

Note - The 2011 bottling is every bit as good as the original

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 12:14:11 | More by philbe311
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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.