Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 514
Gots: 791 | FT: 96
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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:
Beer added by: granger10 on 09-15-2005

Essentially an "Imperial Rübæus," this ale contains four times the amount of raspberries as Rübæus and is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.
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Photo of stickydankhop
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the most outstanding raspberry beer.

Photo of Troy_P
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not shiny of raspberries, definitely a strong raspberry taste. Great summertime beer.

Photo of HobokenJack
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth tasting. Has a good raspberry taste that isn't too overpowering or overly tart. Great to have after a meal or last drink of the night.

Photo of Gear54
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a tulip glass

Beer is rich mahogany with 1/2 finger of off white foam. Foam fades quick leafing whispy lace in the glass

Smell us like a raspberry liquer or raspberry wine. Sweet fruity and floral notes in the nose as well. Belgian yeast is present but it's well masked by the raspberry aroma

Taste is exactly the nose. It's like sweet raspberry soda. Not a whole lot about the flavor profile says this is a beer. No real hops or malt characteristic. Just powerful raspberry sweetness.

Overall very sweet with medium mouth feel. Average carbonation. Close to soda far from beer. No boozyness for a high abv beer. Interesting

Photo of Extol
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is amazing. Raspberry wine feel. Mmm

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Framboise that's 9%. Tastes like cran-ras juice

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

too sweet for my taste

Photo of jopezu
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep violet mahognay, light head. smells of berry fruit sweetness - almost no detectable beer notes, perhaps slight yeast. taste is a raspberry tart dominated affair almost entirely, that becomes a lingering sweet aftertaste. not artificial fruit tasting, but simply overpowering with the berries. this is a dessert beer that's probably best shared. founder's is in my top brewers and makes amazing stuff, so my lackluster score for this brew is simply indicative of my personal preferences. my wife (who isn't a beer drinker) liked it and finished the bottle. =)

Photo of DBosco
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not so much a beer as an alcoholic raspberry sweet soda. If that is what you want, then this is a fine example. I was expecting something not so sweet and with some beer character versus a sweet soda character. So it will be satisfying if it is what you are expecting; would work very well as a dessert drink but not more than one serving at a time.

Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Mahogany with a pinkish head that disappeared pretty fast, no lacing, moderate carbonation, cloudy.

A: Raspberry tartness, Belgian yeast, some alcohol, really pungent raspberry tartness.

T: Raspberries, lots of raspberries, hint of the Belgian yeast, finishes tart, alcohol is noticeable at the end, tastes great.

M: Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation.

O: Outstanding, I like this, raspberry tartness up front, nice Belgian yeast flavor, finishes with a lingering raspberry tart flavor, balanced, the addition of Belgian yeast makes this a little different than other fruit beers I've had.

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Less raspberry than I was anticipating. Seemed like an average fruit beer to me. Not worth the price.

Photo of impending
3.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

weak bsa + sweet, zero offset tart juice

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Red-pink-brown, no head, and no carbonation- strange, but pretty.

S: Truthful, real raspberry, detectable sweetness.

T: Ditto. There isn't even a trace of 'beer' character here- nothing wheaty, hoppy, yeasty, malty, boozy, nothing. If you like fruit juice...

F: Thankfully not syrupy, but still sugary/medium bodied. No gritty teeth either.

O: They wanted it fruity, and they made it fruity- but not artificially, so kudos. Barely recognizable as beer, but thankfully it wasn't cloyingly sweet either. A good test to see if you really like fruity beers- this is the motherload.

Photo of jgido759
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fruity Summer beer. Hides the ABV very well. However, it tasted too much like a raspberry soda (very sweet) to then point that if I didn't know from reading the bottle, I wouldn't know I was drinking a beer.

Photo of emyers
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours Cloudy ruby red color with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, Belgian yeast esters, distinct tartness.

Taste: Very strong tart raspberry flavor up front which lingers throughout. Some hints of yeast and bready malt on the finish, but the raspberries really dominate. Overall very well done, doesn't come off artificial at all, which tends to be the Achilles heel of most fruit beers. Very sweet however, and I would imagine it would be difficult taking down an entire bottle of this alone.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied. Tartness keeps it light enough on the palate despite a lot of sweetness. Well done.

Overall: Well done, a good dessert beer. Again, I wouldn't advise opening a bottle by yourself...very sweet.

Photo of TJRoar
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Way too sweet for my taste.

Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great after dinner beer, provided you have at least a party of four to split the bomber. Sweetness is too cloying to have more than 5 or 6 oz.

Belgian yeast aromas are very much in the background when you've got the quantity of raspberry going on in this beer. Lacks the tartness of rubaeus but that's ok for a beer of this gravity.

This beer is worth trying if nothing else for the novelty of having a high ABV raspberry soda beer. Fruit flavors are legit, no chemical aftertaste of artificial flavorings here.

Photo of mmahanna41
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not my glass of beer.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blushing Monk

Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too sweet, not what I was expecting

Photo of HankSingle
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a delightful beer. This was so much better than I had been hoping for when I ponied up the cash to give it a shot - this stuff is extremely expensive, 17.50!

Totally thrilled by the faint hint of sour that runs throughout - raspberry can be dauntingly sweet, but here it comes in at the edges and the back; this has deep, nourishing flavor all around, but drinks like a light-to-medium belgian - I went *way* too fast, as did my partner, and we got a little messed up. Terrifically serious beer, for all the love raspberry. I highly recommend it, even if the price pretty much relegates it to 'treat yo'self' moments.

Photo of mjpolzin
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice change of pace from especially with the hotter weather coming. I don't normally enjoy Belgians nor fruit beers but this was refreshing without being over the top. Alcohol well hidden for a 9% beer

Photo of MHorridge
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big raspberry flavor without being cloying.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

if you like raspberries and beers > 5% this is the one to snake. Slap a lil bass? Ax man? Is it beer? Is it wine? who cares it's cretzi. grab a case and throw it in your basement. forget about it for a few years. LOVE IT. Drink it with rubaeus, drink it with my dad, drink it and be glad.

Photo of thegerm87
2.72/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, medicinal, unbalanced and sticky. Not good.

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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