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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 523
Gots: 599 | FT: 58
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.
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Ratings: 1,496 | Reviews: 533
Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale red, semi-opaque. Looks pretty much the same, color-wise, as Rübæus, only much more effervescent.

Smells delectable. Th-that's not a word I use too often, but it fits here: the aroma is a combination of fresh, processed, and candied berries, drawing the tartness of the first, the earthen sweetness of the second, and the mellowed sugar of the third. An excellent aroma that rivals Raspberry Tart and Serendipity.

Unfortunately, the taste falls a bit flat. Not at first, however--served cold and drank quickly, it seems almost parallel New Glarus' offerings: tart yeasty raspberries up front, mellow Fruit Roll Ups in the middle, and chewy yeast finishing it off.

But then a few sips later, in creeps the alcohol. The yeast becomes astringent and sharp, and this throws the balance off so much that the front gets too sweet, begins tasting ersatz. What starts off as a world-class fruit beer becomes almost hard to get through.

Served as a cordial, this would be divine. As a beer, it's uneven--perhaps it was foolish of me to try to drink so much all by myself.

Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. (750 ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red color, capped with a couple fingers of pink foam. Head retention is pretty good, while lacing is limited and spotty. Aroma is dominated by the fruit. Hints of Belgian yeast character come through. Bright, malty, and fruity - it smells pretty tasty.

And tasty it is, though the flavor doesn't "pop" like the aroma does. It's sweet, but there's a nice tartness that keeps it from becoming cloyingly sweet. The fruit and malt notes blend into each other. Finish is a bit dull and uneventful. Probably the best aspect is the mouthfeel, which is silky smooth yet still well-carbonated.

"Imperial Rubaeus" sums up Blushing Monk pretty nicely. A really great fruit beer - there's no style that Founders doesn't do well.

Photo of huevos-de-oro
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeBeers
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JFresh21
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Found this to be overly sweet and one dimensional. Its a raspberry bomb. I would like some more complexity. I won't be buying again at 16.99 a bot.

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yoitsarch
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farinag16447
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ldhughes3
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benesi88
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a Belgium or a fruit guy, but thought this was awesome..but too expensive. Going to try yhe rubeus.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rojapa
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spark3148857
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgrunin
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Meyers1023
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BHansen214
2/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Raspberry wine with more raspberries than one can imagine. Not my thing, I don't care for wine and hated this. Luckily my wife loved it. No false advertising here, tastes exactly like what they describe.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from draft at Firkin on March 27, 2015.

Photo of kwm5067
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.