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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 536
Gots: 329 | FT: 14
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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 Loudog1411
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, but way too sweet for my taste

Photo of brismit
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradVern
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mcookrph
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JDJorgenson
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial thoughts... A refined, more sophisticated Rubaeus. Heavy raspberry flavor, but offers a better balance of fruit and yeast. In the world of fruit ales, this is an absolute standout. The alcohol is a bit heavy for the style and certainly creeps up on you quickly though.

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brevbin
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tarheels4life23
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pop the top on our dusty bottle of 2011 stock, pouring into our three-quarter sized snifters. It shows up a rich cranberry coloring, and honestly doesn’t smell much different, but we’ll get to that in a bit. A pillowy, one and a half finger tall head the color of carnations crowns the liquid, but this disappears at a medium pace, leaving jagged spots of lacing around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active at the edges. The nose is a dead ringer for raspberry sorbet. Constituting this is a blend of cold, mashed raspberry jam and seediness, honey, light tartness of independent cranberry and strawberry fruity greenness, tinny metallics, Graham cracker pie crust, dusted ale yeastiness, vegetal rhubarb and celery metallics, arugula and oregano resins, and sourdough breadiness. The flavoring is intensely sugary and cloying, with a much more subdued tartness to match and balance. Notes include the most genuine raspberry flesh fruitiness, flakey German raspberry dessert tarts, chrome, dandelion powder, lavender and honeysuckle florals, iced glass, distant black pepper booziness, dried thyme and oregano bite, sugar cube sweetness, basic barley residuals with mild buttery biscuitiness, simple ale yeast, cranberry and gooseberry skin bitterness, merlot grape pucker, dried oak leaves, and raincoat plastics. The body is full and sugary, and the carbonation is definitively light. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack off the top, with great finishing wetness of pop, but creaminess and frothiness are cut in the process. The beer thins in body, but makes up for it in oiliness, which coats the mouth thoroughly. This then pulls the mouth into a decent pucked astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips amazingly well.

Overall, this is your perfect dessert beer. The usage of raspberry is one of the truest, most genuine efforts we’ve ever encountered. Sweetness comes crushingly across the palate, wiping most other things away. Do NOT expect anything sour or tart out of this guy, aside from the natural bite and pucker of the fruit itself. The only thing that could catapult this to the next level would be if they would barrel aged it, or deepen it with a darker, more chocolatey malt bill. That would be just craziness though, so ignore that. It is superb as is, don’t get us wrong. As a bit of commentary, we find it entertaining that we our only now getting to try the 2011 effort, as they ramp up to rerelease Blushing Monk next month, in March of 2015. We should have waited to do a side-by-side, but something tells me the memory of this beer won’t soon fade from our minds.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nharres
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeattleBoB76
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of sendsilk
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of wpqx
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Possibly the best fruit beer I've had where the fruit is the sole star. This beer is all about jammy raspberries. It's not "funky" or "sour." There's an inherent tartness because fresh raspberries are tart by nature. I'd love to pair this with some vanilla ice cream for dessert. Truly remarkable.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev 0%

Photo of a77cj7
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of AdamP
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of smutty33
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.