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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 534
Gots: 347 | FT: 15
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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 adnauseam007
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage

Aroma - Raspberries and raspberries. I also get some vanilla and low metallic notes but I think that might actually be part of the raspberry flavor #existentialbeerreview
Appearance - Dirty red--like water, mud, and blood. Thin white bubbles around the glass.
Flavor - Sweet raspberry destruction. I wish I could drop a dark chocolate bar in here and then find a warm fire and bear rug from which to drink it, but neither of those are available for this review, so I'll stick to no malt, no hops, and just lots of raspberries.
Mouthfeel - Leaves a pit of a puckering, low carbonation and just enough body to let you know you're not drinking juice.
Overall - This beer is easily liked if you like raspberries and crave chocolate like I do.

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Brilliant ruby red with a healthy pink head. Great lacing.

Smell - Straight raspberries.

Taste - A little musty at first but delicious raspberry soon follows. Sweet. Finishes a bit tart.

Feel - Smooth. Silky. Feels light bodied. A bit savory.

Overall - Amazing beer. Strange that this is, in fact, a beer. No sign of 9.2% abv anywhere. Very good. Met my expectations. Would recommend, highly.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppyBastard2
1.82/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Not a fan, way too sweet, thick & syrupy, very much like children's cough medicine.

Photo of Jas45678
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwgduke
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingTelephone
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Schlafly33
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pharmboi89
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jonada
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2015 release. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a bright ruby red color with 2 fingers of a light ping head that settle to thick cap and coating. Body is hazy, but translucent, with medium/high visible carbonation.

Smell: Big sweet, fresh raspberries are really what dominate the aroma. Beyond that are more mild notes of grain, Belgian yeast and a hint of booze. Really straight forward, but also really nice.

Taste: No surprise, but it's very similar to the aroma. Fresh raspberries are the prominent flavor. There's some crackery/biscuity malt and a very mild yeast character as well, but the base beer is really just meant a vehicle to showcase the fruit. Overall quite sweet, but not cloying. There's some tartness there as well, but the beer could have benefitted from a bit more of it.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium with a somewhat soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes sweet with but with enough tartness to balance it out. Booze hidden very well.

Overall: Founders describes this as imperial Rübæus and that basically hits the nail right on the head. Not super complex, but it's not supposed to be. It's a big ass raspberry beer and it's done well.

Photo of Orlando
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AaronDz
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bismarksays
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pure raspberry bliss. If you do not like raspberries, do not rate this beer.
Pours raspberry red with a finger and a half of pink head. Retention and lacing are both present.
Nose is fresh raspberries and just the faintest hint of fruity yeast.
Flavor is decadent and luxurious raspberry, layers of fresh raspberry. Tart and sweet perfectly balanced. Tastes is bold, yet natural.
Mouthfeel. If I have a complaint, it is a touch sticky. Listen, that is really nitpicking.
Overall, this beer is a perfect dessert beer. I would take this over raspberry tart from new Glarus, and that is saying something. Interested to see how this ages, but that is just A curiosity. This is perfect now. Share it with people you love

Photo of ZachDow7
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of huntermop
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imyourhero21
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McAndrew
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tlab3
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sdeese21
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of esktime
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRFounder
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dataylor21
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.