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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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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 TheDudeRules


1.73/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into my Founder's snifter.

Pours a dark red with a mountain of pillowy pink foam. Is this Nestle Quick? Lacing remains. Incredibly sweet on the nose. Raspberry puree. Taste is of strong raspberries. Syrup-like in the mouth with a heavy dose of carbonation. Followed by an alcohol burn. It sits deep in my chest. Nauseating and painful. Almost like my chest has a cramp in it.

Sickeningly sweet followed by a god awful throat/chest burn. Gee can I buy some more of this? Worst beer I've had from Founders hands down.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:26:44 | More by TheDudeRules
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2.2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark red color with a handful of pinkish colored bubbles. I knew I was in trouble right there. Pretty much no head retention or lacing.

S- There it is a ton and I mean a ton of raspberries. Smells very sweet, yeast, and a light touch of bread. Don't get me wrong I like berries, especially when I run into one of the berry trees while I'm out hunting. I just don't really like them in my beer.

T- I thought I was ready to get smashed on fruit here, but nope I wasn't ready by any means. HUGE amounts of raspberries, with a bit of booze to it and a touch of malts. Way too sweet.

M- Light in body and carbonation.

O- I'm not digging this one at all. Tastes more like a wine cooler than a beer, but to each their own.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 07:17:14 | More by nrbw23
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2.35/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have had this several times. A generous friend shared a bottle with me a few weeks ago. Review from notes...

A: Pours dark with a pink/reddish hue. A small head forms and recedes to nothing. Not much lace to speak of.
S: The aroma is raspberry syrup, puree and brown sugar.
T: Wow, that is raspberry syrup and puree all the way. Cough syrup and bubble gum Tasts artificial. Cloying sweetness and brown sugar. This is bad.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though this needs to be way more crisp and dry for my liking. Plenty of alcohol, mixed with artificial fruit and cloying sweetness makes this hard for me to drink.

This is pretty bad. The fruit flavor seems very artificial to me. To much like childerens cough syrup. I love Founders, but this is crap. Not something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:40:07 | More by champ103
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2.53/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really disappointed in this beer. It was glowingly sweet and the fruit flavor was overpowering. The mouthfeel was syrupy and I just could not enjoy it at all. There was little to no head on this beer and the carbonation was severely lacking. I'm not sure what the hype is about. I like Founders but this one was a miss.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 03:42:49 | More by GRBrew
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2.58/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks hoppymeal for this one.
Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

The appaearance is very nice, a deep pink, with a light pink head. From here, it is all downhill.
The aroma has a faint yeastiness, and raspberries; lots of raspberries.
The body is medium, and the flavor - raspberries. Excessive raspberries, which do not allow any other flavors to come through.
This one is a miss. The New Glarus version is vastly superior.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 14:26:08 | More by brdc
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2.6/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love Founders' beers and, despite the cost for them out here (I have to buy them in the Philly area), have never had any reason to complain once I tasted the product. The Blushing Monk was expensive (to say the least), but as it was from Founders, I figured it would be more then worth the price. To say I was surprised and disappointed would be an understatement.

The beer pours a very red raspberry color with very little head and pretty much no lacing. On the nose the beer is very sweet smelling, reminding me of Hawaiian punch spiked with alcohol. On the palate this beer is nothing short of a disaster and I just don't get it. It sort of reminds me of a fruit flavored lambic, but it's much sweeter. The beer finishes with some sourness, but it's not enough to offset the sweet cool aide/fruit punch flavor up front.

On the bottle I have, the abv. was listed at 12.3%. I only wish it were the 9.5% listed on this site as 12.3% was clearly too high for a beer like this. The combination of fruit punch sweetness, coupled with the alcohol, made this beer nearly undrinkable.

A very poor effort from this otherwise outstanding brewery. A beer to avoid IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 14:37:12 | More by johnmichaelsen
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 21:47:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
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2.65/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Eau Benite flute on 11/18/11; shared with PDXHops

2011 vintage

"Whoa. Whoa. Holy mackerel. Whoa."

Deep ruby hue while poured. in the glass it's darker, but still has a glow about it. Nearly grape juice hued. One finger head - the color is that of strawberry ice cream. Soapy layer of retention.

Even raspberries don't smell this much like raspberries. If the aroma wasn't sweet enough, well, just take a sip old bean. Painfully sugary - the raspberry is simply out of control. The only redeeming quality is that it finishes sort of toasty and dry. I don't know how it manages that. Full, sticky, sugary feel. Moderate carbonation situated underneath the sugar tones.

Blushing Monk is amusing for three sips - anything beyond that is overkill.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 00:16:34 | More by Ryan011235
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Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a purplish red color, with a short pink head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all sweet and tart raspberries. I really couldn't detect much else.

T: The taste hits with a tangy blast of raspberry flavor and a little bit of sweetness and creaminess in the background. The malt character is thin there's very little hops presence. The after-taste is tart and sour.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: A little tasty especially if you're into the raspberry flavor, goes down ok, not very filling, strong kick, this just is not my type of beer, particularly since I could see too much in the way of beer characteristics through the intense raspberry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 04:38:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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District of Columbia

2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet fruitiness numbs the palate.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Lazy label with Founders branding in soft faded scarlet hue with the name of the brew and a cut out of a raspberry and faint images of the fruit in the white background. Shows vintage 2001, and 9.2% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep crimson pour, short pinkish head with moderate to low retention, and little lacing.

S - Intense raspberry nose, heavy and sweet. Quite mono-chord, faint yeasty touch in the background.

T - Ouch, the nose was actually a shy advanced of the things to come… Brutally sweet raspberry. Hefty sweetness destroying any nuances that this brew might be riding on. Imaginary yeasty touch in the distance, cloying sweetness screaming raspberry, and screaming annoyingly loud.

M - Medium-full body specially after the intense sense of the brew, moderate if fair carbonation that does not entertain much the brew beyond its hammering identity.

O - Not a horrible brew but the overwhelming and mono-chord fruitiness seriously compromises the drinkability. Two or three ounces as a curious taste are actually more than enough.

Notes: Founder's brews some of my all time favorite brews, and then stuff like this… It is not as bad as their Cerise but the experience with their fruit brews… This one lacks the complex boozy punch of say DFH's Fort, or the tart nuances of a good lambic. Quite surprised by the hype generated by this brew, and that this one was selected as the first release in big bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 13:59:30 | More by Daniellobo
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New York

2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/1/08. Bottle. Wow, I expected a lot more from this beer based on the ratings. Pours a dark red with no real head. Aroma is quite pungent, of sweet raspberry (juice-like). Aroma of slightly tart raspberry sweetness (still juice-like), also some cranberry. Quite sweet and fruity. This is a little stronger than juice but it's practically the same. I was hoping that such a renown fruit beer would have a stronger malt background, but this is not the case. It's alright to drink but it's more like juice than beer. Are people rating this based on reputation?? All I know is that there are tons of fruit beers with quite low ratings that are more delicious than this beer. Another point of interest is that a full glass of this beer is a little hard to take (in comparison to those that rated off of a 2-4 oz. sample). I'd pass on this in the future...
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 14:47:25 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.05/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage. 9.2% ABV per the label. 750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very deep purple color. Looks almost black in the glass with lighter purple hues on the edges and bottom. If I didn't pour it myself I might have a debate as to the color. A thin, fizzy pink head develops and fizzles out almost immediately leaving as close to zero head as possible. No lacing to speak of.

The nose is extremely sweet and that is apparent as soon as the beer leaves the bottle and heads to the glass. Raspberries are present in copious amounts. It bounces back and forth between sickly sweet and overwhelming and pleasant, juicy raspberry aromas. At times it really isn't appealing at all and at others it seems to be an enticing array of fruity aromas.

The taste follows along with the nose fairly closely. The first sip brings a great rush of slight tart raspberries. Really not much else, just huge, juicy raspberry flavor. At other times the sweetness is overwhelming and overpowering. The tartness isn't too much, in fact, it's not really that tart. It's the sweetness that gets to you after a bit. There really isn't much complexity with this beer, just a huge rush of sweet raspberry flavor.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with prickly carbonation that numbs the tongue a bit. A slight tartness is present, but it's not mouth puckering.

I'm torn on this beer. At times it can be a great, sweet rush of raspberry juiciness. At others it's a sickly sweet mouth full of carbonated raspberry juice. There isn't much depth or complexity to it. No sign of the Belgian yeast and none of the ABV shows it's face at all. Probably best enjoyed in small samples rather than full pours.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:08:45 | More by ms11781
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a crimson red with two fingers of frothy pink head that recedes into a thin pink cap with a little lacing.

S: Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries.

T: Raspberries dominate yet again--maybe a slight yeast flavor? Or maybe just wishful thinking.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sweet and has a juice-like consistency.

O: It pains me to have such a meh beer from my favorite brewery, but such is life. It's not a bad beer, but it's so completely one-dimensional and lacking in complexity that I could never call it good. Add onto that the fact that it's very expensive ($15 for my bottle) and you have an all-around disappointing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 05:10:33 | More by n2185
Photo of Arbitrator


3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by beddachedda, I believe. Thanks, Evan!

A: Short-lived pink head caps a slightly hazy, raspberry red body. Some curtains, but no lace.

S: Fresh raspberries drizzled with raspberry sauce and wrapped in raspberry jam after being knocked unconscious by a marauding gang of raspberry preserves. There's some sort of fruit in this beer, but I'm having a hard time placing it.

T: A pure manifestation of raspberry juice and just the lightest hint of drying spice in the finish, which I mistake for tannins on some sips. The flavor is tart, but not sour. Very, very fruity with an underlying sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. A moderate tartness, accompanied by fruit residue and sweetness, makes for an unpleasant buildup after a few sips. This beer is fantastic for a little pour, but in larger quantities it gets troubling.

O: This is an amazingly jammy, one-dimensional fruit beer, and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 07:20:42 | More by Arbitrator
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3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a cloudy dark ruby red color with a light pink head.

S-lots of vanilla and berries, not exactly raspberry but overly sweet. There are some light notes of oak and some christmas spice in the back.

T-the taste is pretty sharp, the fruit is somewhat artificial and the vanilla is very strong. the oak is light with some off putting medicinal notes in this towards the back. the flavor is slightly water and has a bit of acidity in the back.

M-creamy body to this, rather big especially in comparison to other sours at the tasting. slightly heavy, decent bit of carbonation and a light to semi dry finish.

D-this is very artificial and syrupy in the flavor, it is straight forward and simple, sweet and slightly bitter in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 19:22:53 | More by cpetrone84
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3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dense opaque looking liquied for a fruit beer, and a touch lighter then the color of pomegranite juice.
Aroma is sweet and fruity, booze is hidden well here.

So i am drinking this room temp now, and the alcohol is coming out a bit more, well by that i mean it is perceptable, still impressed by how little it is there given the fact this is 12+%. Raspberry, raspberry, sweet sticky raspberry. This one is like a spiked fruit juice, even the viscosity matches closely to a fruit juice.

I have to say, it's good, but not something i'd buy a bunch of, it's honestly too much like juice for me. So since i think it is about average, i will give it a C-ish score.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 02:19:48 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of OnThenIn


3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The color of the body is a dark red and there is almost no head on it.

S: The dominant aroma is pure raspberries.

T: The raspberries flavor is rather heavy upfront, but it is closely followed with malt sweetness and slightly bready. Cloying sweetness, which really inhibits everything.

M: Kind of thick with significantly less carbonation than I would like in the beer.

D: The cloying sweetness and heavy mouthfeel massively damages the overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:56:01 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of Vancer


3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What can one say about this brew? The raspberry’s come through in every aspect – sight, aroma and taste. You can almost feel them.

The taste is sweet, a bit more of a Belgium aspect would help this brew moderate from the overly sweet raspberry beer to a drinkable brew.

This is almost like drinking raspberry Kool-Aid, but with a touch of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 21:27:44 | More by Vancer
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3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark blood red. Modest amount of pink head. No surprise it's full on raspberries here. Slightly tart and very earthy. Flavor is loaded with raspberry puree. Very vinous. As if they threw all the branches and leaves in the slurry. Dry finish. Mild carbonation. Not even in the same class as Raspberry tart.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 15:14:40 | More by beerwolf77
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3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a big fan of Founders, Belgian styles and raspberry-flavored beers, I opened this with much anticipation. I really wanted to like this beer, but, in the end, just could not fully appreciate it. Poured a deep purple, like grape juice, with a tight, bright pink head. First sip was pronounced raspberry, almost cloyingly sweet at first, and then rapidly shifting gear to moderate tartness. Belgian character of beer was largely overshadowed by the fruit flavor, with candy sugar being the most noteworthy contribution. The fruit flavor was simply overwhelming - the sort where a little bit goes a long way. Perhaps as an after dinner digestif this would be good, but no quaffer here.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 16:42:49 | More by Brent


3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a 6oz flute for $4.50. Sampled 9/6/11.

A: A rose colored cap is 1 finger thick. Respectable staying power with a sizable collar remaining. The body is deep garnet in color, very radiating when backlit. Gorgeous brew, particularly the color. Also, while we're talking about the appearance, can we take a second to think about the style listed here? BSPA. Really?

S: An endless aroma of pure raspberry. But while the smell is pleasing to the olfactory system, there is very little to contemplate. Definitely one dimensional.

T: The taste is similar, straight syruppy sweet raspberry. And grenadine. But what can really be expected from a 9% fruit beer with a comedic amount of raspberries?

M: The mouthfeel is less cloying than I predicted after my first whiff, and there is just enough carbonation to keep things from being *too* messy. That said, I definitely appreciate the small pour.

O: I'm hoping the fruit fades with extended cellaring. And while I'm wishing, wouldn't it have been nice if this beer saw some barrels and bugs? I see some potential there.

I brought this beer and a bottle of champagne to a NYE party for mimosas. No one seemed interested. I thought it was a good idea.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 09:25:27 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at none of your damn business, poured into a flute.

A: Pours deep ruby with coppery tinting. Basically no head, retention, or lacing.

S: Raspberries, plain and simple. Highly sweet with light wheaty notes.

T/M: Pleasantly tart reaspberries with a good sweetness level. A touch of peppery hops. Tartness bumps up as it warms. Carbonation is healthy. and body is a syrupy medium full.

D: Pretty low. Not extremely sweet for the style but it becomes too much. ABV is pretty damn high, too.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 21:47:16 | More by pwoods
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Blushing Monk pours an impossibly deep plum. It's almost solid when held to light, with only very faint ruby highlights shining through. The first pour yielded barely two fingers of foam, while the second pour manages to churn up a full three fingers worth. Retention is alright, and there's a fair amount of lacing, but the color of the head is what really grabs attention. It's the offspring of lavender and a dark pink/light red shade, and it's much more vivid than the head from any other fruit beer I've ever seen. The nose is quite potent, and it screams raspberries, with just a little bit of sugary sweetness present as well. The flavor is just as one note as the aroma, and it really gets old as I make my way through the bottle. The flavor is exclusively of sugared up raspberries, and people referring to to the beer as alcoholic raspberry soda aren't off base at all. The body is a little flabby, especially for a Belgian brew, but the sparkling carbonation is perfectly suited to the beer. This is one that would be much better served by a smaller serving size, as the all out raspberry assault quickly gets old.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:34:58 | More by axeman9182
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3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep cherry red pour. Nose is heavy, sweet honey, berries, vanilla. Tons of vanilla in the mouth, with a full raspberry but not really all that enjoyable. Sort of cloying and heavily sweet, maybe a touch of sourness or acid. Difficult. Bottle is a couple years old at least, I'm not really sure this has improved or will improve more. Heavy, sticky berry sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:19:20 | More by JAXSON
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3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay this is a 100 percent fruit beer. Kinda iffy on the taste but here goes my opinion:

Appearance: Dark dark grape color with a pink redish head of maybe 1 finger thickness that goes away pretty quickly. Lacing all around.

Smell: Like raspberries. Seriously thuogh its the only thing I could really smell.

Taste: Again raspberries. And here's where I have a personal problem with the beer. I haven't tried many fruit beers but I have had maybe like 10 or so and none of them have been SO fruity as this one. I mean you could have honestly put Welch's juice in there and I wouldn't have tasted the difference. Okay I would have but you get what I'm saying. It's very experimental I definitely did not down the entire bottle shared it with a couple of buddies and I'm glad I did, didn't really feel like having more than one cup of this. There's a tiny little hint of bready malt at the end but it makes a very very ephimeral appearance. Poof gone and back to raspberries.

Mouthfeel is great lots of carbonation, a little sticky, and very easy to drink. You can chug this stuff...wait nvm its 9 percent lol

Definitely surprised me in a very confusing way. I really don't know how I really feel about this beer other than I would never every pay for it again. I'd have a glass if offered to me or something, but seriously if you're going to sip on this just make yourself a raspberry screwdriver and safe yourself some money. Glad I tried it for the novelty but I immediately reached over for some surly furious after this one to get my taste buds out of the raspberry funk they were in. Too much raspberries, could have made it a much more interesting beer. Who knows with so much sugar maybe leaving this one in the cellar might do some kwirky ol things to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 07:44:39 | More by alf212
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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.