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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 447
Gots: 286 | FT: 10
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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

WMEugene, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

GTB, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Well, I almost passed on this one, but my wife convinced me to try it (I had to then split it with her). Pours a very dark purple, almost black, into my tulip glass. Interesting, dark pink head(never seen that one before). Smells strongly of sweet fruit, like rasberry (duh) or strawberry. Tastes a bit like a wine cooler (not that I've ever had one!), but something holds the fruit back from overpowering. Part of that must be the mouthfeel, which is a little thicker and less carbonated that a wine cooler. Geez, the alcohol is well hidden. This is not my favorite style of beer, but it is tasty and refreshing on this extremely hot day (meanwhile, I'm sitting in A/C).

DrStiffington, Jul 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

sliks96, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

We tapped open a 2008 bottle of Blushing Monk...ohhh, don't know why Founders retired this gem...oh yeah, the raspberries $$$. But I believe this is better than their Rubaeus!
Raspberry nose hides the 12.3% ABV. The taste is sweet brewed raspberries. Poured a brownish/red, light lacing. An awesome specialty from Founders, and it was a treat to remember its beauty.

thequeen711, Feb 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

tripledbrew, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

tubbnik, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

shuajw, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

pzymali, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mjaggers, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

NvMyBeer, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a bomber into a Medieval Times (YES!!) pilsner glass.

A: Poured a vigorous half finger creamy whitish pink head with medium retention. Brew itself is a cloudy deep red. Lacing is light and stringy

S: Nose is fresh red fruit with a hint of sour notes

T: Beginning is raspberry and gets sweeter and sweeter towards the middle. Ending is slight tartness with alcoholic finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with an alcoholic bite that finishes clean and dry. Carbonation is apparent.

D: Deliciously drinkable and the ABV is hidden well here. No overwhelming alcoholic nose or taste though you definitely know its there. Enjoyable if you like lindeman's fruit lambics as it is not as sweet but with a similar style, taste.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 11, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

Blushing Monk pours a crazy shade of deep dark red. It resembles red wine but with carbonation. The head is an unreal shade of deep pink that is unlike anything I have ever seen on a beer. The head has pretty decent retention and also leaves pretty very nice lace.

The aroma is bursting with fresh raspberry aromas. It is pretty amazing how intense the berry aroma is. There are also notes of blueberry and even some tart cherry that are coaxed out of the beer.

Berries rule the flavor as well, though the beer is not nearly as sweet as I had expected. It IS sweet, just not overly so. It has a very refreshing tartness that once again calls to mind tart cherries. Deep down it also has a more beer like note that reminds me a bit of Cerise. I think this would be a good point to mention that this beer has absolutely no trace of its sizable ABV in either the flavor or the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium with a pretty subdued amount of carbonation and a very tart and fruity finish. It is a bit sticky on the end, but I am not surprised due to all the fruit sugars.

I found this brew to be a pretty darn good fruit beer and appreciated its balance of sweet to dry. It was full of fresh berry flavors but just a bit too sweet and fruity to be something I would drink a lot of. Interestingly, my wife who really likes sweet fruit lambics found this beer to be too dry. Go figure.

zoso1967, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottled 2011

A: pours insanely dark red, we are talking venous blood red. A two finger vibrantly pink foam falls to a glassy surface. No lace. Can not really tell the clarity provided how dark the beer is.

S: Smells vaguely of belgian yeast, sweet and cloven...but then the raspberries blast me. Strait raspberry puree.

T: The nose told the story...ish. Strait up raspberry nectar. Can't taste the yeast, can't taste the alcohol. The raspberries taste reduced and have the slightest tartness. I'm not a big fruit beer fan, but this is really nice.

M: moderately heavy body with velvety carbonation. Wet finish.

O: really nice beer. A little sweeter than I prefer, but this beer has it's place and it is exceptional in it's place. Great for a warm summer evening.

harrymel, Aug 31, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

A- About a inch pink head on a pure red body (a bit on the darker side).
S- Huge raspberry aroma! Smells like pure fresh raspberries crushed up. Maybe just a hint of caramel.
T- Really strong raspberries. Sweet and tart with some sour ones too. Really all over the board with the different flavors of raspberries. Some fresh raspberry juice comes through. Some warmth from alcohol and alcohol tickles the tongue too. Just a hint of caramel makes it through in this. Other than that it is a concentrated raspberry flavor.
M- Medium/full body with low/medium carbonation. I think a bit lower on the carbonation would be better.
D- It is a great beer if you love strong raspberry flavors. Not a style I would usually spend $15 on but I am glad I tried it. Probably not one I would get again. Nice beer to watch a rugby game with!

BlindPig, Sep 13, 2007
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

Thanks to alefish for this bottle.

A: thick, dark red color that is almost purple in the middle and pink on the outsides, with a strong, light pink head.

S: smell is raspberry with some sweetness some yeast spiciness. The smell is fine, but it could be a lot more aromatic (if it were fresh).

T: taste is raspberry dominant, but is not overly sweet like I expected. Its tartness balances it out, and the raspberry taste even lets some belgian flavor come through.

M: medium-heavy body with a good amount of carbonation that lifts the body and gives it a bit of fluff.

O: solid beer, but it was better when I had it on tap at Founders. I started off thinking that my glass was not enough, but the drinkability diminishes as I have more than 8 ounces. It's trite, but this is now a different beer as the raspberry diminishes. Still awesome.

Holland, Mar 30, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

22 oz. bottle courtesy of czoch74. Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Well, just to get it out of the way, this looks precisely like a 12.3% Belgian fruit-infused beer should look like. That is, it pours out a deep burgundy, thick and still, that a vigorous pour can only coax about a quarter finger of dull white, slightly tinged head that fades in about ten seconds. The lacing is precisely the same - nonexistent, that is, with anything even resembling it running and disappearing as soon as it starts to begin to think about maybe clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Absolutely huge raspberry literally permeates the room. It's evident from the initial opening of the bottle - thick, tart and sweet, natural, estery, slightly boozy with the 12.3%, and intermingling with tons of spice and roasted, sweet malts.

Taste: Enormous amounts of tart raspberry - not quite as much as Raspberry Tart, but certainly close, and probably a little tarter, actually, with some hints of other berry-like notes (strawberry predominantly) - and accompanied by a slew of pleasant dark Belgian notes. Slight fruity esters - bananas, mainly - a few spicy phenolic notes, and tons of moderately sweet roasted malts - brown sugar, caramel, other bready malts - and a faint amount of slightly spicy alcohol. Not terribly complex (or maybe it is, and it's just covered up well by a few strong, overwhelming notes) but very well-integrated, authentic, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Not thick - or at least, cut well by the alcohol and fruit addition - but instead rather quenching and tart, with a faint prickle in the finish. The carbonation is definitely there, loose and free and easily dislodged.

Drinkability: An interesting brew that it's unfortunate to see retired. The Belgian thing almost works well with the raspberries, and the raspberries themselves are fantastic. Oh, and the alcohol is absolutely nonexistent, only poking its head through in very rare instances. Also, my girlfriend absolutely loved it, which is something I can pretty much say about only one other beer we've ever tried together (and I've made her try A LOT). So, definitely recommended.

CrellMoset, Dec 22, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

I was happy to stumble upon this at the Hop Shop in State College, PA well after I though this was sold out everywhere.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark red with half a finger of raspberry coloured head that very quickly receded.

S - Raspberry juice and a very evident tartness. Not much else going on here.

T - Tartness hits the tongue up front that is almost puckering. Lots of raspberry jam and fresh picked raspberry flavours. Not a lot going on here aside from the raspberry. A one dimensional beer but still a very good one. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 22, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

2011 24oz bottle. Found this in Marquette MI, while on vacation. Oh yea!

Pours a ruby beet color with a cap of pink froth. Nose of bready yeast and ripe raspberries. Nice balance in the flavor between ripe fruit and tart. A little fruit seed in the flavor as well as some very light tannin. The more I sip, the more this justs tastes like fermented ripre raspberries. Yum. I have to say, for the style, I prefer New Glarus Raspberry Tart at about half the cost and constant availability. This brew is a bit more fruit heavy and thick in the mouth than the crisp sweet/tart NG RT. Still a great beer all around.

baconsausage, Jul 20, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

On tap at Capone's outside Philadelphia.

Served in a snifter-pours a slightly burnt rose color. Head is minimal and dissipates quickly.

Smells like raspberries. Can't detect any malt aroma. Pleasant but I would have like to smell something other than raspberries.

No surprises in the taste- raspberries dominate. Tart and very thirst quenching. Not hugely complex but pleasant. Reminds me of a Jones Soda (which are tasty).

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and soda like carbonation. Good beer but I would like to have seen some malt presence to counter the fruit.

bosco7, Aug 29, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a dark cloudy ruby color with very little pink head and a fine ring of lacing.

Scent of strong raspberries with a slight tartness. Good and rich, but lacks depth.

Taste of strong raspberry, a hint of blueberry, a hint of oak and a light tartness. Full and heavy flavor, this one has definitely stood up.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a hint of carbonation, very nice.

paco1029384756, Mar 07, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Founders Blushing Monk began a night of beer tasting and drinking, and while I might make mention of what transpired, I honestly forget quite a lot of it. I'm left thinking that the monk isn't blushing, he's just drunk.

The beer is thick as molasses, or raspberry jam even. An onslaught of raspberry with Belgian yeast assails the walls of my glass and threaten to stain it forever. Four ounces of this beer could be mixed with four ounces of water and make Raspberry Tart from New Glarus. Seriously, this thing is the raspberry juice that drips from the carton and sticks to your fridge's shelves, and it looks just like it. This is a dessert beer. And a sipper at that.

The nose is raspberry syrup. Lighter fruits come through too, probably from the yeast, and there's some other dark fruits in
there too. Not overly complex though. The taste is sweet, slightly tart, and then entirely too sweet at the end. It's thick in the mouth, almost too much so, and it drinks so slowly that combined with the taste I have to simultaneously compliment the beer and call it a weird creation.

Blushing monks are probably weird, too. Especially if they're made of raspberries.

One side note: Fantastic when properly proportioned with Cantillon Bruocsella 1900. Experiment at will. You'll have a lot left in your bomber.

afksports, Jul 16, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Tasting with AgentZero.

22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer is dark pink with a light pink head, pretty good lacing...The aroma is really sweet with raspberries and despiting know that they are real the smell comes offs as very generic candied rasperberries. A little tartness to it but not much going on...The taste is lacking a little bit. The raspberries are dominant sweet and tart but it doesn't do a good job of hiding the alcohol, its very prominant, however its still very drinkable. The feel is ok, slightly warm but has a very distracting tart/bitter/alcohol finish.

Overall, this is ok but nothing special. Its not a true fruit beer to me, not enough fruit with too much alcohol. If you want to crush a 12% real quick and get slammed this might do the trick.

jrallen34, Jun 26, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

Ok, this may not seem like a normal review, but here it is...





O. It isn't bad, I didn't think I would like it, but got it for my gf. the smell and taste are tart then sweet raspberries the whole time. I tried to find another scent or flavor but couldn't. for what it is, its great, but it would be hard to drink more then one bottle of this in a row. I will say it is better then some raspberry stouts and other flavored beer I have tried.

BruceBruce, Jun 05, 2012
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.