Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk

Educational use only; do not reuse.

587 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 587
Hads: 2,099
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 525
Gots: 837 | FT: 97
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 587 | Hads: 2,099
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with Jason,Derek, and a couple of newbies thank you Jason. Is it 9 or is it 13%? Bottle aged for a year says 13.2% and it could very well be. Amaxing fruitbeer. Dark pink with big soapy pink head and pink lace. Aroma of raspberry and some malt. Big mouthfeel, raspberry, tart raspberry. The taste is a beer with very raspberry, she delivers. Good drinkability. Carobonated too. Natural sugars.

 407 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

2011 vintage.

Pours a clear dark crimson with a 1 inch puffy light red head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random chunky streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. A very striking looking beer. Smell is of raspberries, raspberry juice, other berries, and some malt notes. Taste is of raspberries and other berries, berry juices, and a subtle malt flavor that ties everything together. Some tannin-like aspects in the flavors. This beer has a very wine-like mouthfeel with a coating quality in the mouth. The carbonation is nice and the beer is dry on the drink down. Overall, this is a good fruit beer with a nice raspberry/berry presence. I think the smell on this one is better than the taste though.

 771 characters

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high pink colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of raspberries are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of raspberries. Although you can taste some of the alcohol, it isn't very obvious.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice and fruity. It would make for a nice dessert beer to pair with something like chocolate cake. The alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

 716 characters

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out looking like carbonated blood, a really nice looking ruby red brew with a pink colored creamy looking head. No lacing but has some light retention. The smell is of fresh raspberries and more raspberries. The taste is sweet and lightly tart with again with plenty of raspberries. The mouthfeel is smooth, and slick. Overall this brew is a lot like most Framboise brews, very sweet and has a long lasting aftertaste. Definitely somethingto sip and enjoy over a long period of time. Very happy to have tried it finally.

 537 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep vermillion, with a frothy purple head that leaves a web of lace

Smell: Raspberry syrup with just a hint of Belgian yeast

Taste: Rich raspberry purée, starting out sweet and building in tartness by mid-palate, when some yeast complexity enters the picture; after the swallow, the flavors meld together, with a puckering tartness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I might have preferred a bit more tartness or yeasty funk, this is still a very nice example of what can be done with a fruit beer

 569 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crazy strong raspberry ale that's all about the fruit. One dimensional throughout, this beer is every much a showcase for the raspberry in much the same way that hops are for IPA's. ...and wonderfully so.

A pour of blood-red releases a pinkish head of froath and sprite- caught somewhere between a Belgian pale ale and champagne. bright clarity gives a remarkable ruby red glow that reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise except with better clarity. Low on lace, the 12+% abv and dry malt base won't allow more.

Succulent and bright aromas of raspberry juice, freshly squeezed fills the nose. Background aromas of citric acids provide a subtle balance and moderate tart scent that provides roundness to the nose. Fructose sweetness blends well with the malts of soft powdered sugars for a less tart scent. The yeasty spice and fruit all reinforce the raspberry focus without confussion. An absolutely exquisite scent!

Flavors are nearly a mirror description of what's found in the nose: Raspberry on the forefront from the initial sip, through the depth of the gullet. Vine-rippened and freshly picked, the beer preserves all those juicy and vibrant fruit flavors with natural tasting sweetness and a smooth citric acidity that provides a tart balance to the fresh rapberry sweetness. Never sour or bitter, the beer is an flawless display of what raspberries should taste like in a beer. The surpressed malts, yeasty spice and fruitiness, and alcohol provide just enough support to the fruit without bringing attention to themselves.

Medium-full textures to start makes a quick transition towart fruity tartness, light pectin bite and slight astringency in finish as the carbonation proves fleeting and the tartness meshes with alcohol for a warm and dry finish with a memory of raspberry that lingers well into the next sip. Much lighter than New Glarus' Raspberry Tart for increased dryness and less interference from malt.

An insanely intense display of raspberry! Avoiding all the common flaws of typical fruit beers, and with the excessive use of fruit, it's remarkable how vibrant and true that this beer is to nature and the character of the plant.

 2,158 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Picked this bottle up at the Whole Foods on P St NW in DC. Served in a Founders tulip. Reviewed from my tasting sheet.

Pours a bright light purple color that is quite similar to a light grape juice. Really nice head with a slight pinkish hue. Spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings loads of raspberry to the level of Barq's Raspberry Cream Soda. Not much depth, but I don't really care, especially once it gets into the flavor. There is some slight yeastiness on the backend of the flavor, but for the most part this is just a raspberry assault that is absolutely beautiful. Some light earthiness, especially in the feel. Lightly tart and fairly sweet, though not too much. Really outstanding beer.

 721 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep red color ale with a large foamy head with good carbonation and some good lacing. Aroma of freshly pressed raspberry with light sweet note is quite incredible and close to the New Glarus beers in terms of aroma. Taste is also a super good mix dominated by loads of pressed raspberry with light tart notes and a well balanced sweetness level. Malt backbone can be felt though doesn’t’ play a huge role. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I wasn’t expecting this much from a fruit beer and couldn’t understand the hype. I know do.

 613 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, but dark, dark red color with a one-finger, light pink head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of raspberries. Some nice sour and sweet notes.

T - It tasted very sour and tart with a strong raspberry flavor. There was a touch of sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and puckering. A light to medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a great tasting raspberry ale. It was worth the price.

 448 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense."

--Jonathan Swift

Fluorescent raspberry with dark coral edges and a cherry blossom pink head. The lovely looking crown is much larger and much more persistent than expected given the 12.3% ABV. Not only that, but thick-sticky sheets of lace begin to form as the foam begins to melt. This is pretty much how an Imperial raspberry fruit beer should look.

This big ale might have four times the amount of raspberries as Rubaeus, but the aroma isn't four times as powerful. Having said that, I like the raspberry fruitiness because it's made more complex by a certain muskiness and a hint of Belgian yeastiness. Amazingly, there's no hint of alcohol.

Blushing Monk is everything that a bigger Rubaeus should be. It contains much more malt (and probably some candi sugar besides), is sweeter, and is more raspberry-like. It might have double the berry flavor, but not triple... and certainly not quadruple. It's stunning how incredibly well-buried the alcohol is.

The flavor profile is dominated by an explosion of juicy raspberry pulp swimming in liquid sugar and an earthy yeastiness that allows the beer to find another gear at the midway point of each mouthful. Using a neutral ale yeast strain wouldn't have worked nearly as well. It still isn't as complex as an expertly-crafted Belgian ale, but it sure is tasty.

Sweet leads the way, tart-tangy follows close behind, and bitter finishes a distant third. Even though Rubaeus's dry, snappy finish is fine, this finish is more my speed since the flavor is allowed to get comfortable before slowly oozing away. The taste score will be rounded up rather than down because the Monk continues to become deeper and more complex as it warms.

Whenever I can't immediately come up with a way to improve any given beer's mouthfeel, it earns an automatic 4.5. Such is the case here. It's full enough without being too full and is sticky enough without being too sticky. An ideal amount of carbonation (gentle) helps as well.

Founders has every right to be proud of Blushing Monk. They've nailed the essence of a big raspberry fruit beer and they've picked the perfect name (considering the appearance and the ingredients). This isn't a beer that I'd drink often, especially at $15.39 per bomber, but it's a delicious treat that will ease me into the evening with style.

 2,432 characters

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.3% alc per label.Poured into a oversized wine glass a full rich raspberry red with a hint of brown to it a lacy pink colored head atop,wow big tart raspberry aromas a bit of sweet alcohol and toast as well.Tastes like the raspberries off the bush I used to eat when running around the woods of central MI as a kid very tart with just a bit of sweetness but the tartness really is the show,there is a toasty backbone and a sticky sweet aftertaste and mouthfeel making it more that just tart raspberries on the palate.The best fruit beer of any kind I have had I had Rubeus over the summer and this is a double version of that,kick ass beer.

 642 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice raspberry colored red with a small pink colored head and very nice carbonation visible throughout the session. The smell was rich with raspberry essence. Extremely strong so that nothing else could possibly come through. Now the flavor was to die for. I have never been the biggest fan of fruit beers in general, but this has just come to a whole new level. So sweet yet tart and sour at the same time, the flavor was so strong, yet not overpowering and not too sweet as to make you sick, it was in a word, perfect. It had the most perfect taste for this style I could have ever imagined. A great light body and great carbonation made it feel like water and there was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this. This was by far one of the best brews I have ever had.

 777 characters

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color, almost like blood. There is a finger of very pink head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet but very natural raspberries. Just a little tart.

Taste: Sweet but not too overpowering. Lots of tart natural raspberry with lots of fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. The alcohol was well hidden, and the flavor wasn't artificial at all. I would definitely have another if I get the chance.

 551 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek and Lee for sending bottles of this.

A: The pour is a deep dark red color with a tall pink head that dies down after a minute or so.

S: An intense raspberry aroma, sort of as expected. There is a little bit of grass to it and some other fruit notes, perhaps some cherry skins. It's got an almost fruit wine sort of smell to it.

T: Very sweet with lots of raspberry flavor. There's a bit of banana ester in the background and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Lots of berry sweetness, almost like raspberry jam. A tiny bit of grass on the mid-palate.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I'm not always the biggest fan of beers like this, but it isn't quite as cloying as some others.

 707 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, rubyish body with a foamy, fizzy, off-white head with a touch of pink to it.

Smell: Raspberries, baby! A rich, juicy, perfumy, somewhat sweet-smelling aroma of fresh fruit. When it comes to raspberries, Founders doesn't screw around.

Taste: Ahh, juicy, sweet raspberry nectar with a light tartness. Slight cherry character as well. Faint touch of booze. Profound concentrated fruit flavor from beginning to end. Warming, drying, slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent! An impressive, sumptuous brew that delivers tons of great flavors and a punchy alcohol percentage, yet it remains very, very drinkable. It's no Dogfish Head Fort (thankfully). Love me some Blushing Monk!

 759 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

 2,527 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Vintage 2011. Figured since I was seeing a few friends for the first time in a while, I'd bust out a bottle o' something nice. Here goes. It pours a deep, dark ruby topped by plenty o' relatively short-lived dark pink foam. The nose comprises rich raspberry, light black cherry, and red grapes. Damn, now that's a lot o' raspberry, fella! The taste holds notes of straight raspberry (as though you're biting into a bunch o' fresh ones), very light cherry, cranberry, and currant. A light tartness pervades, but doesn't get very strong at any point. At some point, the cranberries seem to take over. I never thought I'd say this, but there might be too much berry-ness in here... The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, I get that this is supposed to be a berry bomb, but I think they went too far this time. There is no semblance of any base beer, or of any Belgian character, for that matter. Just berries, berries, and more berries. I thought I liked berries, but this was nearly too much for my own good. Nearly...

 1,129 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 750ml. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap.

Acquired: From my sister, who bought it at Founders.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
ABV: 9.2%.
Style: Belgian stale ale (fruited).
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Goblet.
Expectations: Sky high (given the brewery)

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide head of pink colour. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention: ~20 seconds. Not long enough to properly note its characteristics.

BODY: Deep dark red of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks good overall. Not unique or mind-blowing.

AROMA: Fantastic raspberry with bursting fruity notes and a bit of pleasant tartness. Powdered sugar. Neutral Belgian pale malts. Belgian yeast. Maybe some crystal malts?

Aromatic intensity: mild.

A very appealing aroma with definite similarities to rubaeus. Surprisingly, it's not boozy at all.

No overt hop character or off-notes come through.

TASTE: It is a biteen boozy for a fruit beer which seems intended to be refreshing, but the raspberry fruit notes are nice and the tartness is pleasant. More tartness (or even sourness) would be ideal. The neutral Belgian pale malt backbone lets the fruit dominate. Belgian yeast does lend it a Belgian character, but it's not as pronounced as would be ideal.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Decent.

Complexity is reasonable. Not as intricate as great beers in the style. Not a real subtle brew.

TEXTURE: A bit overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, and medium-bodied, with fair thickness and heft (probably too much so).

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This doesn't accentuate the notes of the flavour profile well, nor does this texture elevate the beer. But it suits it decently.

OVERALL: An enjoyable brew from Founders, but far from world-class. Should be more drinkable and refreshing, with a tarter taste. I'll enjoy finishing my glass, but its alcohol presence holds it back. Likable for what it is.

Low B-

 2,241 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

 818 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on tap at Warwick Hotel served chilled in a snifter.

The color is beautiful ruby-like shade with translucent clarity and pink head with fine bead. The smell has a strong raspberry scent with lightly sweet aroma with slight tangy fruity juicy odor with light yeast ester and mild malt nose with mild alcohol smell. The feel has medium body with medium high carbonation and lots of tangy juicy fruity texture and light acidity with semi-dry finish and mild alcohol influence.

The taste has great raspberry cordial type flavor with a slight malt sweetness and tanginess of fruit with slight sweetness and gently tart flavor in the finish with semi-sweet but not quite candy-like raspberry taste, very natural in intensity. Overall this is an excellent fruit beer with enough strength that is in the realm of some strong ales -the fruit seems to cloak the alcohol making this a drinkable deceptive beer

 916 characters

Photo of Rifugium
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Six-ounce pour into a flute glass. A lush ruby-colored beer with a thick magenta head, that receded to a thin layer, leaving some nice lacing behind. Aroma thick with raspberries, like Lindeman's Framboise times five, at least. Juicy sweet taste, raspberries aplenty--you can almost feel the grit of the seeds between your teeth--tart sensations on the tongue, grassy, with subtle hints to the malt and yeast at play in the distant background. Medium-bodied and very drinkable for a fruit beer. Founders is definitely my go-to brewer if I'm in the rare mood for a raspberry or cherry (see: Cerise) beer.

 645 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint!

Pours burgundy with an inch of purpley-pink head. Traces of lacing & head retention

S: Raspberries by the bushel

T: Much tartness, dryness & sweet raspberry up front. Dryness & tartness rule the day as this warms & along with more berry & a touch of vinaigrette, plus some oaky dryness. Finishes dry, with a touch of oak & vinaigrette. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, slightly sticky & low carbonation

Drank alright, the tartness & dryness hold me back, this kind of reminds me of of an Imperial version of new Galrus' Raspberry, tart. Sometimes less is more, this would be a fantastic beer to pair with foods. My wife would love this, but she's been asleep for an hour, here loss, will save her some, maybe...

 764 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/pinkish hue with a very small pink head. Nose is definitely raspberries. Nice and full edge. Flavor is definitely fruity and full of raspberries. But this tastes like Kool-Aid with alcohol in it to me. A bit too one sided with not a lot of complexity to it. The feel has a great level of carbonation that just soothes the mouth. Overall though, this leaves a lot to be desired. No complexity and too much kool-aid-ness. I'd pass on this next time I think.

 471 characters

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart raspberry, red grape, plum, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, red grape, plum, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, red grape, plum, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome sweetness/tartness/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial Belgian fruit beer. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

 1,580 characters

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

 939 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.