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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

939 Ratings
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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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jegross2

Illinois

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.

Score: 94

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
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle generously shared by THANAT0PSIS at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass.

Looks just like NG Raspberry Tart to me (which is pretty much going to be the main comparison here). Pours an opaque-ish, dark red and jammy-looking body with a nice bit of 1cm pink head, with good retention and lacing. Looks very much the part of a raspberry beer.

Smells so jammy. So, so, so much raspberry fruitiness in this, its not funny. At the same time, its not overly sweet. Its not complex, but its incredibly intense in how fruity it is. It smells a little tart, but not incredibly so.. again, very similar to Raspberry Tart. Not particularly complex, but smells great.

Flavour-wise, its straight up raspberries. Its got a gazillion pounds of raspberries here. This is what Rubaeus should taste like. Unlike Rubaeus, it is not artificial-tasting at all. Holds up very well versus NG Raspberry Tart for sure, certainly exceeds the fruity jamminess.

Thick-medium bodied, well-carbonated, incredibly refreshing and comes with a pleasant, cleansing and dry finish. For a fruit beer, this is perfect as it is jammy as hell, mellow and well-carbonated.

As far as raspberry fruit beers go, this is a couple notches above Raspberry Tart. I thought Raspberry Tart was too sweet, but Blushing Monk is ridiculously fruity without that overwhelming sweetness of Raspberry Tart. Its basically a steroidal raspberry fruit beer and I would recommend to anyone who likes raspberries.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:48:38 | More by Stevedore
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color of muddy cherry juice pours into my glass, creating a pink sudsy froth on top, about a fingers worth. The head dissipates at a quick pace but seems to cling a little bit.

Inhaling this beer is like sticking your nose into a blender mixed with plum, apples, and raspberries. There is nothing more to this beer, but that's as good of a place to be as any. Fantastic.

An equally powerful raspberry flavor in the taste as well, and tastes as fresh as the day it was brewed. The flavor is a great mixture of light tartness, sweet raspberry flavor, and a subtle bitterness up front. A little alcohol in the exhale, but very well integrated and in fact adds much to the beers complexity. The body here is a solid medium body, and has a slight heat on the swallow. Very mellow carbonation, and it's appropriate. Almost a bit sticky as well.

This beer has held up unbelievably well. I am very impressed and this certainly exceeded my expectations. Nothing at all like Rubaeus. This beer feels as authentically fruity as New Glarus' fruit beers do. Very much worth seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:45:35 | More by MusicaleMike
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trade from Garry. 2011 Bottle. Thanks! Last Backstage to try that I missed out on. Pours a deep dark red with a dark pink one finger head. Aroma is super sweet raspberry sherbet and just a hint of dry yeast funk, then more raspberries. Beautiful! Flavor follows right on with raspberry sherbet, and somehow super creamy whoah. There might be a hint of yeast in there, but that is stretching. pure raspberry bliss here. Higher carbonation than I expected that really lightens up the sweet raspberry syrup. Otherwise pretty sticky and thick. Not quite NG Rasp Tart but a close second and much more decadent. This is yum!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:39:05 | More by BMMillsy
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this beer long enough. A 2011 vintage, probably was amazing fresh, but hope it stays good with the age. Happy 4th 'Murica! I brought this up to review many times, but never got the nuts to crack it, but alas it's time.

I hesitate to pop the top, but eventually my arm spasms enough to force the slight ppppsssstt sound, no turning back now, so I give it all. The pour comes out like it's had skittles saturating in it for a while, with a bright pink-purple head that gets creamy but stays small and fades semi quickly, like it's afraid of it's own color, but leaves some memories in the light lacing. The color is deep reddish purple, the pour showed the deep cranberry red with maroon hue and nice purple, but in the glass the light can't get through so nothing else shows.

Nose is... yeah, that's raspberry alright. It's got a bit of a creamy presence, and smell like raspberry sherbert blended into a thick drink, almost like a raspberry lime ricky but without the lime. Some sweet candy presents itself with the big raspberry as well, a little syrupy and smells like it's a bit sweet. the fruit juice also has a bit of a cranberry grape juice like smell, which is also interesting. The faint seed like bitter tannin also reminds me of the fresh berry that was and is now inside here, and will soon be in my stomach.

Taste starts just as I expected, raspberry sherbert! This is as much as a desert beer as I've ever had, some sweetness but not a ton, a little candy syrup flavor and syrupy feel even, sitting on my tongue with some weight to it. The final gravity was probably like 1.030 or something crazy high. A nice creamy taste comes out somehow, which adds nicely to the rest of the beer. Juicy fruit is the key though, tons of fresh raspberry, as well as raspberry syrup and candies, but again that hint of a cranberry grape juice like flavor. The bramble like seed and almost stem flavor brings a light tannin and faint bitterness. Belgian beer character? What beer... this is just pure fruit. Finish is sticky syrupy sweet, it almost seems to get sweeter on the finish than in the initial flavor, lingering candy, raspberry sherbert, and fruit juice.

Mouth is thick, heavy, quite syrupy, sticky, booze is hidden well though, and some light fluffy carbonation sneaking in there.

Overall not bad, it's def plenty of awesome raspberry, a bit too sweet and syrupy but not overly, light stem seed like tannins and touch of bitterness, somehow drinkable despite the crazy syrupy sweetness, but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 02:31:43 | More by jlindros
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

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
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

A. Dark ruby with a small off-white head.

S. Fresh raspberry in the nose, sweetish, not much else.

T. Raspberry flesh, slightly syrupy, a bit of tartness to it.

M. Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

O. This is very reminiscent of New Glarus' Raspberry Tart, but slightly less sweet (which is a good thing). There's not really much to the beer besides the raspberry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 16:50:11 | More by Etan
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dcloeren

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a raspberry jam color with no head whatsoever.

The aroma is exactly how it would smell if I had a hand full of fresh raspberries.

Raspberries out the ass! Sweet, slightly tart and very delicious!

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very tart with a tongue stinging acidity.

Founders never disappoints! Absolutely delicious. I'm glad I got to have this at a tasting because it is a very bold beer but my glass was amazing from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 21:31:48 | More by dcloeren
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for sharing this brew with me. Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a dark thick ruby mahogany color with a pinkish colored tan frothy topping. Some spots of lace stick to the glass and a swirl revives the cap.

The smell of this brew is straight up rasperry jam. It is seedy and a little herbal but packed full of as much fresh fruity raspberry as you could ever imagine a brew to have.

The taste is sweet with raspberry jam that turns a little tart in a fresh raspberry way, not bacterial. A bit of a contrasting herbal note is present and it gets medicinal as it warms up.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This amount of fruit craziness is what some might expect all fruit beers to be like but dare I say this reaches a bit beyond the spectrum of even feeling like a beer. Those who enjoy the likes of dessert beer or new glarus or selinsgrove fruit beers will probably go bonkers for this. A real panty dropper per se.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 20:40:27 | More by stakem
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml 2011 bottle (thanks PVA!) poured into a St. Bernardus snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a deep cranberry/garnet color. It starts with a small, mixed-density pink head that fades relatively quickly to a thin partial coat Very dark but clear.

Smell: Tons of ripe raspberries, with some vague sweet fruitiness, rather noticeable alcohol (after warming), and a bit of funky Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aroma there's a strong flavor of ripe raspberries with some vague sweet fruitiness. Unlike the aroma, the yeastiness is quie subtle and there's a nice. light tartness. Only a touch of alcohol that is well masked by the berries.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-full and slightly sticky and syrupy; Light carbonation provides light tingle; enough tartness to feel; pleasant warmth from the acidity and ABV.

Overall: World class for style. Great raspberry flavor with enough tartness and complexity to keep it inviting ... even at 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 23:32:28 | More by chinchill
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Thanks for this and the rest of the great beers, Msquared2!!

Appearance. Pours a really deep purple-red with little light getting through and 1.5 fingers of pink (and very slightly tan) head.

Smell. Just a ton of juicey sweet raspberries. Maybe not perfectly fresh, but like a bowl of thawed frozen ones. There's a slight bit of a sort of dusty smell, but no malt or yeast notes really get through. Smells pretty damn good despite my terrible description here...

Taste. Juicy red raspberries and a little bit of floral yeast ...or is it hops? Maybe both, but something is adding a slight floral, bitter flavour. Mainly those juicy tart and tangy raspberries though. About the same sweetness of the ripe berries as well.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied and slightly sticky which could be expected with the amount of berry juice in this.

Overall. A very enjoyable beer. This almost seems like it should be healthy with all the berry juice, but I doubt that's really the case. Great stuff nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:46:45 | More by Rutager
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ruby-purple color with a finger of frothy pinkish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a full of fresh raspberries with a bit of Belgian yeast, tartness, and the faintest hint of citrus.

T - Starts off with some big sweet fresh raspberries and other berry flavors. Through the middle, some sourness and tartness come through with some Belgian yeast flavors with a touch of citrus and farmhouse flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet and tart raspberries and other fruity sweetness with some sourness and other Belgian yeast flavors and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, tart, and lightly sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big raspberry and fruity flavor, but there is also many other subtle flavors to add some complexity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:34:09 | More by ngeunit1
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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
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, poured into a tulip

A ruby red raspberry color body with a thin, foamy pink cap. Some delicate lacing lines the inside of the glass.

The nose reminds me of a raspberry tart. Fresh raspberries, oak, sugary sweetness, clean biscuit malt. Fairly straightforward, tons of raspberries with a moderate sugary sweetness.

On the palate, fresh raspberry explodes onto the palate with sugary sweetness and clean malts in tow. The malts/sugar mix together to create a sugary dough base for all these raspberries.

Medium feel, creamy, and smooth. Mild carbonation and sweet finish. I have had this fresh and now with over a year on it; what a transformation. The body has much more heft and an overwheliming creaminess. Unreal what happens in a year.

Delicious beer that seems to hit a great stride around the year mark. Loads of fresh raspberries mixing with the malt to create a raspberry tart in a glass. Mildly acidic, bringing a pleasant tartness to help balance all the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 13:27:49 | More by ColForbinBC
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QuentinCall

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blushing Monk - A Synesthetic Review

At this somewhat late juncture, the pour is a vibrant pink with a substantial, foamy ochre head and a significant amount of effusive carbonation. In its gently churning chaos and vivid coloring, it is immediately reminiscent of Jürgen Paape's seminal 2001 track So Weit Wie Noch Nie. Resting on the table, undisturbed and resolutely cascading, the glass seems very much a glimmering embodiment of the shiny/stuttering moments of the song; a sinuous, almost vernal, tableaux casting its iridescent aura into the low light of The Porter Beer Bar.

Fittingly, the nose is demonstrably sweet. It is more than content to approach the realm of cloying but it does this, somehow, naturally and impressively so: the aroma of what must be a truly staggering number of raspberries. Honestly, it's otherworldly (transcontinental, at the very least), far removed from any appropriate comparison. The open bottle and three full glasses have ably perfumed our table and the immediately surrounding space. It is such that in the act of inhaling I cannot help but allow the marimba countermelody and staccato accordion beats of Taken By Trees' My Boys to shudder through my ears. It is a precious and affecting aroma, knitting itself firmly into my heart.

Taste-wise, its raspberries again, all aspects of them: compellingly sweet, dryly tart, subtly bitter. The belgian yeasts have done their work as well - a faint bready quality and a fully realized sourness pervade this beer rather wonderfully. These two aspects combine as beautifully as the disparate qualities of Bootsy Collins' crucial I'd Rather Be With You, forming (in a Voltron like synthesis) a greater total whole that is pleasantly approachable but emboldened enough to be sensually challenging and, perhaps, engender a deserved mythos.

The feel is simple and balanced, hefty, almost pointed in its still very much present carbonation, and nuanced in its admirable resilience. Its a lot of the same very wonderful thing, stretching out in minute ways while prolonging and deepening its singular focus. Much like the infinite and incontrovertible Tortoise track TNT - it lasts a lot longer than you can possibly imagine and thankfully so.

Ultimately, drinking this beer is a bittersweet experience (literally and figuratively). Simply ... it's a wonder. Resplendent , multi-faceted, sweet, dense, slightly sour and impeccably executed. The problem is the looming/crushing doubt that I will ever get the chance to drink it again. I feel as though Sharon Van Etten's crushing ode Heart In The Ground would not be out of place, playing over the stereo as I joyfully and ruefully finish this glass. "Can I live without you?" seems like a nearly applicable sentiment.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:45:30 | More by QuentinCall
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours literally the color of raspberry jam with a 2-3 finger head the color of strawberry Quik milk. Nice stream of lacing.

Smell: Sourish tart, raspberries on the lactic and milky side, raspberry mousse.

Taste: Raspberry mousse with a tart twist, light at 1st but gets sweet & tart with cherries and overripe raspberries. Oak, flavor is long. Has a very milky feel.

Mouthfeel: A strong lactic feel different from other beers in the same vein. It balances the tartness and fills the mouth.

Overall: Compared to other raspberry hybrids, this is vastly different. Like a milky, lactic smoothie more than the refreshing, dry tartness. Maybe the Belgian influence though i didn't get it much in the flavor. Demarcates itself from the pack and very unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 11:31:47 | More by papat444
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a bunch to Bendurgin for sharing this wonderful tick! Poured into a tulip. There is a nice deeb ruby color with a light pink head.

The aroma smells like raspberry and cream.

The taste starts out with sweet raspberry that just hints at raspberry tartness that never fully develops. The finish is sweet with a touch of malt flavor.

This is full bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

This has a great raspberry flavor. It's a little too sweet for my preference, but it's hard to deny the quality that is put into this beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:07:12 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Stupac for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into a tulip. This pours a dark cranberry color with a thick cap of pink head.

This simply smells like raspberry jam. Nice an sweet with a little bit of a tart edge. The pallet mirrors the aroma nicely with lots of rich raspberry flavors. Sweet on the middle with a nice tart edge.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty fantastic. Real enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:02:14 | More by Bendurgin
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Gobzilla

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very bright crimson red in color with a half finger of pinkish head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: tons of raspberry sweetness jumps out on the aroma with hints of citrusy lambic character and some acidic notes as well.

T: like the nose, the raspberry were the main attraction and pretty lead the whole with the exception of slight sweetness, mild acidic, but with a touch of citrus.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet. Reallly fruity, acidic, slight citrusy and tart finish.

O: very well done fruit beer that was solid all around and was glad to try. Good job founders.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 14:44:56 | More by Gobzilla
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Blushing Monk, shared with the girlfriend in two Duchesse de Bourgogne goblets. 750ml bottle, obviously over a year old.

Pours a deep red color with great clarity. Looks like a young wine. Frothy pink head looked nice for a bit, then fell to a solid ring.

Very vinous aroma with pounds and pounds of fresh raspberries, merlot grapes, woody tannins, blackberry, and tobacco leaf. Not as sweet in the nose as past reviews have implicated.

Delicious red wine complexity and flavor with a tart appeal to the raspberry heap. Ripe tannic quality adds to the pucker with some woody bitterness. More tobacco, blackberry, and a faint licorice note. Absolutely delectable in that it is rich and fruity, yet only half-sweet. And, the big question, where oh where is the 9.2% alcoholic content?!?

Medium-thick body with very light carbonation. Alcohol all but completely absent.

It's shocking how much I ended up loving this beer. One of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Thought it would be too sweet or too thick. Blushing Monk exceeds all expectations except mouthfeel, but even then, the lack of booze is all the more inviting.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:43:31 | More by thecheapies
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Raspberries. If one word reviews were allowed, that might be all I would say. I never give a 5 for appearance, but I have to give love to a beer that is movie scene blood-red. While pouring from the bottle, one gets a big nose of raspberries. The initial taste is raspberries. One really get the tart of the raspberries and can almost sense the skin of the fruit on your tongue. If I did not know it was a beer, I might have trouble recognizing it. There really are not many of the elements of beer present. There is not much carbonation or maltiness. One might get a hint of wheat. In this respect, It reminds me of the New Glarus Belgians. However, I still detect beer in the New Glarus line. The tart raspberry continues into the aftertaste. The beer is one-dimensional, but I still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:31:53 | More by JohnnyHopps
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Yulles, thanks!

Very deep and viscous pink with a dark pink head. Lots of sweetness and intense raspberries in the aroma. The raspberries, however, are getting tame with time as evidenced in the taste, but the sweetness is going strong. This beer is also very thick and rather low in carbonation which is why it is rather tough to drink at the moment.

It is my opinion that with time the malts will shine more making it a delightful brew, especially because I am fan of malty beers and raspberries, both. And although I remarked that it is rather syrupy and tough to drink at the moment, it still drinks very easy for its body and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:15:35 | More by tewaris
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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
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BruceBruce

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Raspberries

Raspberries

Raspberries

raspberries

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:26:45 | More by BruceBruce
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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."
-PDXHops

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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