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Founders Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Essentially an "Imperial Rübæus," this ale contains four times the amount of raspberries as Rübæus and is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.

Added by granger10 on 09-15-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
600
Ratings:
2,229
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.87%
 
 
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540
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869
For Trade:
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Reviews: 600 | Ratings: 2,229
Photo of Masonz223
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: sweet raspberry some funkiness
Taste: really sweet raspberry thick raspberry jelly a slight tartness a syrupy sugary sweetness and a slight funkiness.
Feel: this has a medium to full body really nice body semi dry in the finish.
Overall: really nice just to sweet though wish it was more tart. Still not bad.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into glass. Very nice ruby color w modest carbonation and small head. Raspberry notes imminate from the glass w floral notes. Tart yet sweetness w hints of honey. Flavor lingers with some lacing on the palate. If you like raspberry, this ones for you !

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pulled this one out of the cellar to share with my wife and oldest daughter who just returned from spending her junior year of college in Rome. Good experience for her, not so much for the wallet…

Poured into a glass, the beer is a darkish red with just a skim of beige foam and lacing.

It has a big aroma of raspberries, bready malts and floral notes.

It is sweet with lots of raspberries, a hint of honey, flowers, and cracker like malts. I like how it turns a touch sour mid-glass and that adds a nice bit of balance.

The mouth is slick with lower than expected carbonation.

I liked this beer, for me it is a great one to split as I couldn’t finish a whole bomber in one sitting.

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Photo of BWood
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: deep red raspberry color with so so lacing. But I do like the color .

S: definitely raspberry

T: smooth ale with a great raspberry infusion. Really a good combination.

F: super smooth. Great aftertaste.

O: a great beer .Glad I bought. I'm not huge into the fruit beers but this will make me try more.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Cask & Vine.

Pours a deep reddish color with a beautiful pinkish white head. Ridiculous lacing.

The aroma is tart raspberries with a touch of booze.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet and lightly tart raspberries with a solid pale malt backbone.

The feel is full bodied, sticky, with lingering tartness.

Overall an interesting and good beer. A little sweet for my tastes but still good.

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Photo of parris
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red color, small head. Raspberry aroma, smells like it will be tart.
Tastes like jam up front, then fades to a light tart. Sweet then sour, awesome.
Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of jongleich
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honestly surprising at just how much raspberry flavor comes through. Some complain it's too sweet and syrupy. Perhaps on its own, but paired with a dessert, savoury or sweet, this would definitely crush.

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise live up to the hype. The smell the taste the color all excellent. Now I wish I had more than just the one bottle. I hope they release this again in the very near future.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Founders Taproom the other day.

L: deep reddish purple, small amount of white head
S: intense raspberry scent
T: delicious berry flavor, both sweet & sour
F: medium body, lighter carbonation

Pretty similar to Rubaeus, but this one's better in my opinion. I generally don't like fruity beers, but this one (along with Rubaeus) are pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of draheim
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes. 750mL (2015) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pomegranate w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is a blend of sweet raspberry and a touch of stomach acid.

Taste is bright, fruity and sour. Nice balance of elements.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, with a sharp acidic bite on the finish.

Overall a fruity, sweet sour beer. Not sure this one is for me.

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Photo of cherche
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Fruity and enjoyable but nothing I would get too excited about. Worst trying but probably not worth the price. Founders isn't quite up to the rating once again.

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Photo of Beerlover
1.89/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Waaaay too sweet. Ridiculous, if i didnt know any better id say i was drinking a raspberry cider, there is no beer characterists about this one, not to mention belgian style characteristics.It smells like cider, and taste like it too, ick. On the plus side the mouthfeel and appearence are quite nice but i want to drink my beer, not look at it! Drainpour!!

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a stemmed chalice glass.

Appearance: A one finger pink head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Very dominant aroma with bready, pale malts, and slight booze.

Taste: Raspberries dominate the flavor. Nice malt bill, slight booze, tart, and pucker notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little dry, raspberry sweetness, medium carbonation, tart, and pucker.

Overall: This beer is definitely a sipper due to the raspberry dominance and sweetness. Sharing a bottle next time around.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark reddish purple color with a nice off white head. Very little retention and spotted lacing. Smell is raspberry wineish, some booze present. Taste is the same, way too sweet. Feel is light with good carbonation and booze is definitely apparently. Overall not for me at all. Pass.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Brewing tap takeover at Fireworks in Leesburg on 11/17/15. Cherry in color, almost no head. Overpowering raspberry aromas, smooth on the tongue, no tarrness, very sweet. Can't drink a ton at one sitting but great in small pours

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Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark ruby red with a frothy deep magenta pink head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Sweet raspberry juice, faint citrus and spice, maybe a little honey.

T: Tons of sweet raspberry juice, faint spice, a bit tart, maybe a little honey, with a touch of alcohol than can come out as it warms.

M: A bit on the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: The first few sips are fantastic, but after a while it just turns into sneaky dangerous raspberry juice. I wish there was something else there, more malt or Belgian yeast presence to counter all the raspberry. I'm glad I got to try it on tap because I can't say I'd shell out the big $ for a full bomber.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founder's Blushing Monk, Belgian style ale brewed with raspberries. 9.2% ABV.

A: Rich plum in the glass, with pale pink in the dimple, and pinkish cream colored head. Tons of tiny bubbles slowly cascade down the side, until the lacing forms, thinly.

S: Raspberry doughnut filling, with light sweet dough backing.

T/MF: Raspberry, with a deep, dark malt backing. Seems dry at first, compared to the aroma, but it's actually fairly sweet. That seems to be from a strong raspberry seed influence on the beer.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass

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Photo of RickS95
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not the most attractive beer, but for the style it works. It leaves the bottle with a maroon color, but cloudier than I remember Rubaeus being. As it warms and settles a bit, a brownish hue begins to present. The head is white, not large, and fleeting...non-descript.

Smells like what I imagine raspberry wine would smell like. Again, not a fan, but what else should it smell like?

It tastes like tart raspberries mixed with a splash of vinegar. Reminds me of a few krieks I've poured down the drain.

Extreme tartness. There is an initial sweetness before the tart explosion, but mixed with the high carbonation (why is the head so lame with such carbonation), the tartness is almost overpowering. Lurking in the background is that 9.2% ABV creating s bit of heat.

I like raspberries, but this is too much raspberry. I appreciate the high alcohol, hopefully it helps me with all 22 ounces.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My wife likened Blushing Monk to a raspberry soda with some alcohol mixed in. I tend to agree with that description.
I found Blushing Monk to be a little too think and syrupy.

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Photo of brian_monkish
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a beautiful raspberry red, little bit of a white head

Smells- fresh crushed raspberry, little medicinal character

Taste- a little too much "cough medicine" quality for my taste. warm alcohol flavor.

Feel- nice carbonation

Overall- a little too sweet and cough syrupy for me

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Photo of markcp
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gorgeous looking--clear, dark ruby red with minimal white head. Smell is dominated by raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries with some bready malt on the finish and a little alcohol burn. Tastes more like raspberry syrup than fresh raspberries. The sweetness is overwhelming, and, unlike New Glarus's fruit beers, this is kind of heavy and oppressive to boot.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour enjoyed at Founders brewpub in GR. This is a big jammy fruit beer with the Belgian yeast to add some musty backend. Pours an inviting ruby red with little to no carbonation visible. The feel is thick and reminds me of a raspberry coulis. Excellent

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Photo of craftcraver
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: red rose color with a finger width head showing a nice pink hue.

S: Straight raspberries with noticeable sweetness.

T: Wow. The fact that added 4x the amount of raspberries to this beer than the rubaeus is evident. There is no mistaking the taste of fresh raspberries and although its impressive, this beer kind of lacks any further complexity.

F: Thick and syrupy with a minimal amount of carbonation.

O: The first few sips were intriguing and the ability to nail the fresh raspberry taste was impressive, but before I was half way through my 8oz pour I was overwhelmed with the sweetness and was looking for more complexity. If I were to have paired this with a fudge brownie, I think the experience would be fantastic, as I drank it by itself, I found it to be an above average fruit beer.

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Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: The body of this beer has a nice, rich raspberry color. The head is the color of the label, very reactive to the pour, very fine, and almost creamy. After a few minutes, there is a broken film over the top, and a nice halo around the glass. Clingy broken dots for lacing.
Smell: Faint raspberry and sweetness.
Taste: Fluffy, rich taste of raspberry. The Belgian aspect of this beer provides just enough of an influence to make this beer a nice cross-breed. Nice amount of sweetness. Cleaner finish.
Feel: Somewhat sparkly, similar to Champagne, but not quite. A good amount of carbonation, nothing over the top, and not underwhelming. Nice prickly mouth feel up front, smoothness in the middle, and tackiness in the finish.

Overall - This isn't wine or champagne, but I imagine some people would not be able to tell the difference. I would identify this as part Belgian beer, part champagne (bubbly), and some wine. This would be an excellent summer time drink. This could almost replace Strawberry Boone's Farm.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Appears as dark as some brown ales. Half centimeter of head on pouring recedes to an outside ring.
S- Raspberry and more raspberry
T- What you smell is what you get. Raspberries with faint alcohol presence which cuts what would be a cloying sweetness. It's better than Rubaeus on that point alone. It's strong fruit flavor, but no so much it seems artificial.
F- Enough carb to make it drinkable. Not watery I'd call it medium.
O- This beer is a great beer to complement a chocolate desert. It is pricey though so it'll only be an occasional purchase. I will re-buy at some point.

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