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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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1,518 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 523
Gots: 604 | FT: 59
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: 1,518 | Reviews: 535
Photo of TBlightning
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dexterk1
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McNazz
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MrIncognito
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have said (annoyingly I'm sure) that I don't and will never like fruit beers. Well I'm eating my words now. Really liked this one.
Aromas of raspberries and yeast that is sweet above all else.
Raspberry-forward and lightly tart. Nice balance with Belgian yeast. Dry in the mouthfeel from the carbonation and tartness. Sweet in the finish without being cloying. Tastes of crushed raspberries as opposed to some sort of sickening-sweet syrup.
Slightly medicinal in flavor without being off-putting

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant garnet with a 2.5” lacy pink foam cap that slowly dissipates. S: Big fresh raspberry nose laced with tartness. T: Raspberry and lemon with light grains M: Medium body and above medium carbonation O: I have had this in the bottle and on tap. The bottle is more carbonated and is an excellent, tart fruit ale and the carbonation helps tame the fruit. The tap version was barely drinkable.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep red to blood red color. a finger or two of an off white head forms with weak retention. leaves behind a small lacing. somewhat opaque do to darkness but very nice red hues when held to the light

Smell: sweet and strong raspberries, Belgian yeast, slightly medicinal

Taste: opens up with big and bold raspberries. comes off strong and sweet. depth comes through with Belgian yeast. some sips come off medicinal and cough syrup like due to the high sweetness.

Mouthfeel: good crisp mouthfeel. warming and strong. a bit on the sweet side of the balance.

Overall: good but not great. I can see this one becoming really nice in a couple of years, but as for now it could use a little something to take the edge off the sweetness. a bit more alcohol in the taste might be nice too.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbub18
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit sweet but nailed the style--thinking a few years of age will do this some good.

Photo of uvachief
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer on draft. Too much berry juice flavor for me. I wanted to drop an ice cube in it and drink it like a high schooler drinks a wine cooler. Just fruit fruit and more fruit. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fondyball20
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KT123
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bonkers
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.