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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Essentially an "Imperial Rübæus," this ale contains four times the amount of raspberries as Rübæus and is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.

(Beer added by: granger10 on 09-15-2005)
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this may not seem like a normal review, but here it is...





O. It isn't bad, I didn't think I would like it, but got it for my gf. the smell and taste are tart then sweet raspberries the whole time. I tried to find another scent or flavor but couldn't. for what it is, its great, but it would be hard to drink more then one bottle of this in a row. I will say it is better then some raspberry stouts and other flavored beer I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:26:45 | More by BruceBruce
Photo of Ryan011235


2.65/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Eau Benite flute on 11/18/11; shared with PDXHops

2011 vintage

"Whoa. Whoa. Holy mackerel. Whoa."

Deep ruby hue while poured. in the glass it's darker, but still has a glow about it. Nearly grape juice hued. One finger head - the color is that of strawberry ice cream. Soapy layer of retention.

Even raspberries don't smell this much like raspberries. If the aroma wasn't sweet enough, well, just take a sip old bean. Painfully sugary - the raspberry is simply out of control. The only redeeming quality is that it finishes sort of toasty and dry. I don't know how it manages that. Full, sticky, sugary feel. Moderate carbonation situated underneath the sugar tones.

Blushing Monk is amusing for three sips - anything beyond that is overkill.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 00:16:34 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of warnerry


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep red/purple with one finger of pink head. Head doesn't last too long and leaves only spotty lacing.

S - Smell is mostly raspberries, but in a few different forms. some Some fresh puree, a bit of raspberry jam and faint raspberry liqueur. Also a very faint earthy yeast aroma.

T - Tart raspberry up from, with sweet raspberry coming in quickly behind. Does maintain a nice tartness throughout to help cut the sweetness. Certainly not an intense sourness, but a nice acidity.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, but not syrupy. Again, the tartness helps to cut the sweetness a bit and slightly dry out the finish.

O - While it is a touch too sweet, it is nowhere near Lindeman's Framboise sweet, and is a very nice raspberry beer. Good on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 19:12:01 | More by warnerry
Photo of julian89


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So yeah, I went to Brick Store Pub's annual breakfast before work and had KBS 2010, CBS 2010, and Blushing monk to make an awesome 8-10 oz per cup beer flight, all on draft. Yes It was a great start to my work day. I had the CBS from bottle last year, from what I remember it's just as fantastic.

Appearance: Pours a dark purple, opaque, and syrupy body with a foamy off-white head.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberries, and a little more raspberries. Not much else, and I love it.

Taste: Once again, the ABV is masked so well. It's like a spicy boozy raspberry smoothie in consistency. It's fruity mix is very good. It's been the best fruit beer I've had and better than some fruit lambics for sure.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Quite good, never thought I would rank a fruit beer so high.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 17:21:07 | More by julian89
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml 2011 vintage bottle into tulip glass. Pours a slightly viscous, deep blood red with a creamy, pink head. Nose is raspberries, raspberries, and raspberries along with some sweet tarts and strawberry funk. Flavor is again, all raspberries, very sweet, juicy, puckering sweet and tarty. Finishes medium bodied and only lightly sweet. Really enjoyed this fruit beer from Founders - have to say the appearance took me by surprise. Would've loved to do a side by side with Wisconsin's New Glarus Raspberry Tart even though I am not big on sours or fruit/vegetable beers (except pumpkin).

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 14:40:58 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this the night I got back to Pittsburgh to start my last semester of law school. 750ml bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Deep, luscious looking, dark ruby colored body. A one finger thick, fizzy head forms a really vivid pink hue. There is a really nice contrast between the body color and the color of the head. Really nice.

S - As expected, this is all raspberries up front and all over and every which way. Fresh, juicy raspberries that don't come across as too sweet or too tart. There's a bit of a raspberry liquor aroma as well. There is a bit of Belgian yeast and candy sugar trying to poke through, but this one is all raspberries all day long.

T - Obviously fresh raspberry puree right out front. Nothing too tart which is nice. There is a large sweetness present that I get with raspberry liquor or grenadine. Quite sweet after a while to be honest. A bit of Belgian yeast comes through with some spice and slight esters. Still pretty sweet.

M - Medium bodied beer with pretty moderate carbonation adding a nice fizz onthe tongue. Slighly brighter and light like a spritzer, while still feeling a little heavy and sticky from the sweetness.

O - I really wanted to give this a 3.75, but I rounded up. It is a really nice beer. BUT, it is awfully sweet once you start drinking enough of it. I think splitting this bottle would have been a wise choice. The sweetness just got to me after a while, and I have quite the sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:01:26 | More by KAP1356
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: Clear deep crimson body under a thin head of purple bubbles. Good retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Pure raspberry puree. Simple, direct fruitiness. Good and to the point.

T: Follows the nose. Liquid raspberry, pure and simple. Sweet and sticky on the finish.

M: Creamy, thick, sticky. Expected and pleasant.

O: This beer was definitely a one-note wonder, but it did a nice job delivering that one note. Give me the complexity of a New Glarus Raspberry Tart or a traditional Belgian Framboise any day, though. Oh, and my wife actually liked this beer, so that's something.


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 15:36:49 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Holland


3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to alefish for this bottle.

A: thick, dark red color that is almost purple in the middle and pink on the outsides, with a strong, light pink head.

S: smell is raspberry with some sweetness some yeast spiciness. The smell is fine, but it could be a lot more aromatic (if it were fresh).

T: taste is raspberry dominant, but is not overly sweet like I expected. Its tartness balances it out, and the raspberry taste even lets some belgian flavor come through.

M: medium-heavy body with a good amount of carbonation that lifts the body and gives it a bit of fluff.

O: solid beer, but it was better when I had it on tap at Founders. I started off thinking that my glass was not enough, but the drinkability diminishes as I have more than 8 ounces. It's trite, but this is now a different beer as the raspberry diminishes. Still awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:47:52 | More by Holland
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - dark red with a pink head that thinned to a ring leaving a few spots behind.

S - tart raspberries, it's a nice aroma.

T - tart raspberry flavor from start to finish, no hint at over 9% abv here.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - I'm glad I have one more bottle to enjoy with my sister-in-law for Easter 2012.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:03:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. The one "special" Founders release I just happened upon at the bottle shop, no ridiculous effort to obtain. Already gets extra points just for that.

A dark red pour, I mean no light really gets through. Pretty thick looking. Founders has such nice looking big beers.

Aroma, raspberry and tart cherry. That's about it.

Taste, not too sweet like I was expecting. Raspberry and a plethora of other red fruits. Light hay and lighter yet yeast funk. Still the raspberry and currant are the stars.

About in the middle body wise. A healthy amount of carbonation keeps this from being too fruit juicy. Still pretty coating.
An interesting high fruit American style Belgian.
4.5 overall is from ease of obtainment.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:18:19 | More by Bung
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark purple color with deep red highlights. an interesting pink/violet color foam caps the dark liquid.

S - the aroma is very fruit forward. notes of currants and berries are dominate along with an aroma reminiscent of sorbet.

T - the flavors are very similar to the nose. fruit forward. mostly currants and berries but there is a medicinal cherry note possibly from alcohol. drier than expected.

M - slick mouth feel. medium bodied. medium carbonation.

O - an interesting beer. I was surprised as how easy it was to drink, and the unique aromas. but not something I would crave constantly especially at this price point.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:19:00 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A very dark ruby black opaque color with a medium pink head. A thin head stays with the beer throughout.

Smell – Raspberries. A bit more sour than sweet. And some toasted malt.

Taste – Taste is mostly raspberries, slightly tart, with a touch of red wine.

Mouthfeel – A tingly carbonation, medium body. A bit tart. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Drinkability – Highly drinkable. The only hint of alcohol at all is the touch of red wine.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 05:44:58 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
Photo of tobelerone


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best fruit beer I've ever had. Pop the top and the room is flooded with fresh raspberry aromas. The beer pours deep, vivid raspberry red, with a fluffy pink head that sinks down slowly. Lots of pink lace.

The nose is basically all raspberries as is the taste. It's very fresh flavored and real, no artificial fruitiness here, lots of sweet and lightly tart berry flavor. The fairly high alcohol content is marvelously hidden until you get to the bottom of the bottle and stand up and walk around. Hints of the Belgian yeast at the edges of the flavor but they're subtle. This is all about in-your-face fresh fruit.

Body is medium/full, bigger than I expected, with good carbonation. Somewhat creamy, not too fizzy, feels just about right, with a bit of heft to it. Here's hoping they bring this one back again soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 18:05:44 | More by tobelerone
Photo of MDDMD


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark ruby red color with little head and no lacing

S-rich berry aroma with hints of yeast

T-lots of berry flavor with some sweetness balanced by a light tartness and hints of yeast. While appealing, this beer had very little of what I would consider flavor reminiscent of a beer

F-medium body with light carbonation and smooth feel

O-an interesting and flavorful beer which I enjoyed for dessert, but would not drink much on a regular basis

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 19:14:52 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Soonami


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pinocchio's

This beer is a beautiful deep ruby color, slightly hazy, with little head. it smells and tastes like fresh raspberries. There is not much beer flavor here, but there is a fair bit of Belgian yeast that contributes an identifiable spicy ester and phenolic profile one gets from pale Belgian ales. The beer is very sweet (at least the perception of sweetness is there from the berries), but there is a nice tartness to balance it out. It has a fresher fruit taste than New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but I find it sweeter more aggressive than that beer, which I enjoy a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:50:26 | More by Soonami
Photo of Scotchboy


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottling, a capped 750 from an awesome BA (thanks Steve). Split into wine glasses with the wife on Valentines night.

A: Pours a dark blood red with hints of darker ruby...pretty opaque...a fingers worth of pink head fizzles away but does leave some lacing behind...attractive.

S: Raspberries dominate upfront, with Belgian notes finding their way through as well. Smells authentic too, and not artificial. The raspberries are sweet and tart, and there is a definite layer of bready malts underneath. Some other fruits pop here and there as well, banana and grape come to mind. Really nice stuff.

T: Raspberry puree and Welch's grape juice...wow, incredible flavors, not too sweet or tart...hints of red velvet and raspberry cheese cake too. Light Belgian yeast notes wiggle through the fruit onslaught to provide some semblance of balance.

MF: Medium body, good carbonation, velvety smooth with a lightly tart finish.

O: So darn good, not cloying or overly tart, not artificial at all. Really drinkable as well. Would love to find another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 15:54:28 | More by Scotchboy
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from this past summer's release. Been sitting on this one a while, and decided to split with my wife for the Super Bowl as she loved it this summer when we drank the other one I'd bought. Poured into my Lost Abbey snifter.

A: Pours a really pretty deep pink ruby color. Finger of fluffy pink head bubblegum-like head. It's like pink marshmallow. Swirl causes of lacing sheets. Pretty good carbonation.

S: Smells like tart raspberries, all over it. Maybe a touch of funk, even though this isn't a funky beer. And you get a little bit of that Belgian yeast spice behind it all.

T: Nice tart fruit on the tip of the tongue. Not that fake raspberry flavor either, but really fresh fruit purée. In the middle of the mouth you get full on assault from the fruit. It's very sweet raspberry flavor. You also taste a little bit of that Belgian yeast spice and brightness. It's a nice dry close almost like a crisp white wine actually. Leaves you wanting more.

M: Medium bodied. Full mouth of fruit.

O: I have to go with an A grade on this one. I can't believe that I am rating it that high, but for the style and the amount of clean flavor that I got...I really liked it. Backed the wife's review up.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 14:24:03 | More by inlimbo77
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Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/21/12

Appearance: Somewhat ridiculous - dark purple, with a light pink head - nice lacing

Smell: Raspberries everywhere - juicy, glorious raspberries - not overly sweet, not particularly tart - just straight-up raspberries - the malt profile works great with this - light and lightly biscuity, sweet in a dry way - with the raspberries, this aroma profile is kind of like a raspberry Danish

Taste: Raspberries and apparently magic - a ton of raspberries, in a great way - sweet, not cloying - like fresh raspberries, not tart - and a nice malt profile, too - light, pale, sweet - slightly toasted - this is certainly not balanced, but for what it's worth, the malts add some balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little sticky due to the epic levels of fruit, nicely carbonated

Overall: Raspberries for the win

The only raspberry beer that I've encountered that tops this is New Glarus Raspberry Tart. However, this is a little hard to compare. It's very unique. It's very sweet, but it also has a nice malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:46:45 | More by angrybabboon
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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a small tasting glass.

Deep, clear purple. One finger head of fuzzy light urple head quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

Tons of fruit and not much else in the nose. Sweet, smooth raspberries, simple white crackers.

BAM! The flavor dumps on the raspberries — it’s like tart, sweet raspberry puree. Not much else to it; just pure raspberry goodness.

A shade under medium-light in body. Mild carbonation breaks the beer into a good amount of fizz. Bright and spritzy, almost like champagne.

Blushing Monk looks, smells and tastes like pure raspberry syrup. It’s very sweet — I definitely wouldn’t be able to drink the whole bottle by myself. Maybe I’ll put the rest on some waffles or ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:45:27 | More by Phelps
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District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous dark reddish-purple with a thin pink head. Smell is sugary raspberries with some Belgian yeast lurking in the background. The taste doesn't live up to my expectations however. The raspberry flavor is excellent, but it's a little too sweet, heavy and boozy for my taste. The more I drink the more I think it tastes more like a raspberry liqueur than a beer. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, heavier than I would have imagined and fairly sticky. It's a nice fruit beer, but I would prefer something a little lighter and not quite as sweet. Maybe drinking fruit lambic over the last few years has spoiled me, but this is so opposite of that style that my palate is somewhat jarred.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:31:22 | More by starrdogg
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and paired with some local funky cheeses

secret santa 2011

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, deep ruby body, thick luscious pink foam - bright and vivid.

smell: raspberry candy, sugar, grenadine, vinegar

taste: Instantly have to draw comparison to NG Rasp Tart, even thought the Founders effort is over double the ABV and a slightly different approach. Raspberry syrup is prevalent, a bit sugary, raspberry vinaigrette, a touch tart. Fairly one dimensional - lots of great fruit flavor, but could benefit from a touch of wood and tarter body.

mouthfeel: a touch syrupy, more sweet than tart

overall: good, but nothing too particularly special

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 17:45:17 | More by dirtylou
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a goregous dark ruby color with a small purple pink head. Kinda looks like a weird red wine. This smells like raspberry candy and raspberry syrup. This tastes amazing! Tastes like sweet candy and rasperrby. Other dark fruity flavors are there too. Slightly drying but also sweet. Feel is lightly tingly. Yum. So drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:55:56 | More by kbnooshay
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a lovely rose-pink head that settles to a slight haze and ring.
S - Amazing raspberry aromas, TONS of raspberry jam with a though of honey and Belgian yeast.
T - More huge raspberry flavors with a nice Belgian fruitiness. One-dimensional, sure, but absolutely delicious and decadent.
M - Slightly sticky, with a touch-over-medium bodied and good, crisp carbonation that keeps this from getting cloying.
O - Such an amazing, crowd-pleasing beer that pairs phenomenally well with desserts. Founders should get rid of Cerise and add this to their full-time lineup!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 15:45:00 | More by jsanford


3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a 6oz flute for $4.50. Sampled 9/6/11.

A: A rose colored cap is 1 finger thick. Respectable staying power with a sizable collar remaining. The body is deep garnet in color, very radiating when backlit. Gorgeous brew, particularly the color. Also, while we're talking about the appearance, can we take a second to think about the style listed here? BSPA. Really?

S: An endless aroma of pure raspberry. But while the smell is pleasing to the olfactory system, there is very little to contemplate. Definitely one dimensional.

T: The taste is similar, straight syruppy sweet raspberry. And grenadine. But what can really be expected from a 9% fruit beer with a comedic amount of raspberries?

M: The mouthfeel is less cloying than I predicted after my first whiff, and there is just enough carbonation to keep things from being *too* messy. That said, I definitely appreciate the small pour.

O: I'm hoping the fruit fades with extended cellaring. And while I'm wishing, wouldn't it have been nice if this beer saw some barrels and bugs? I see some potential there.

I brought this beer and a bottle of champagne to a NYE party for mimosas. No one seemed interested. I thought it was a good idea.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 09:25:27 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.
750ml. bottle poured into my newly acquired Bell's Tulip:

A: Pours a deep murky red with light pink hues. There is about one finger of pure pink head that settles in a decent amount of time.

S: This beer smells like straight up raspberries. There is a little bit of yeastiness to this brew, but no earthy funk notes. It’s very pleasant.

T: The taste is exceptional. The initial blast is huge raspberry, with only the slightest bit of yeasty funk. But mainly, it’s all raspberry.

M: Medium bodied beer. The raspberry flavors envelop the palate and linger for a bit. This beer finishes a bit dry.

O: An amazing fruit beer. Hands down, this is the most raspberry forward beer I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 19:04:38 | More by trxxpaxxs
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.