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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 2,050
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.24%
Wants: 523
Gots: 832 | 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.
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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, vintage 2015. "Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries".

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful wine-like ruby red body with three big fluffy fingers of fluffy pinkish-white head. Good sticky strands of lacing. Looks luscious and inviting.

S - Fresh fruity raspberries come through beautifully. Jammy, with a touch of floral alcohol fumes.

T - Just the right amount of juicy fruity berry tartness. Tons of authentic raspberry flavor. Very juicy and fruity, with subtle wine-like notions. Definitely not spicy, with no real traditional 'Belgian style ale' flavors present. No clove, banana, etc.

M - Feel is crisp & tart. Medium-bodied, good carb, and easy-drinking for the moderate 9.20% abv.

Overall, a nice one from Founders. Not very traditional, or 'Belgian' which is fine by me. Very nice, would be curious to see how one of these ages.

Founders Blushing Monk -----4/5.

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Photo of Gear54
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a tulip glass

Beer is rich mahogany with 1/2 finger of off white foam. Foam fades quick leafing whispy lace in the glass

Smell us like a raspberry liquer or raspberry wine. Sweet fruity and floral notes in the nose as well. Belgian yeast is present but it's well masked by the raspberry aroma

Taste is exactly the nose. It's like sweet raspberry soda. Not a whole lot about the flavor profile says this is a beer. No real hops or malt characteristic. Just powerful raspberry sweetness.

Overall very sweet with medium mouth feel. Average carbonation. Close to soda far from beer. No boozyness for a high abv beer. Interesting

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Photo of jopezu
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

deep violet mahognay, light head. smells of berry fruit sweetness - almost no detectable beer notes, perhaps slight yeast. taste is a raspberry tart dominated affair almost entirely, that becomes a lingering sweet aftertaste. not artificial fruit tasting, but simply overpowering with the berries. this is a dessert beer that's probably best shared. founder's is in my top brewers and makes amazing stuff, so my lackluster score for this brew is simply indicative of my personal preferences. my wife (who isn't a beer drinker) liked it and finished the bottle. =)

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Photo of DBosco
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not so much a beer as an alcoholic raspberry sweet soda. If that is what you want, then this is a fine example. I was expecting something not so sweet and with some beer character versus a sweet soda character. So it will be satisfying if it is what you are expecting; would work very well as a dessert drink but not more than one serving at a time.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Mahogany with a pinkish head that disappeared pretty fast, no lacing, moderate carbonation, cloudy.

A: Raspberry tartness, Belgian yeast, some alcohol, really pungent raspberry tartness.

T: Raspberries, lots of raspberries, hint of the Belgian yeast, finishes tart, alcohol is noticeable at the end, tastes great.

M: Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation.

O: Outstanding, I like this, raspberry tartness up front, nice Belgian yeast flavor, finishes with a lingering raspberry tart flavor, balanced, the addition of Belgian yeast makes this a little different than other fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Red-pink-brown, no head, and no carbonation- strange, but pretty.

S: Truthful, real raspberry, detectable sweetness.

T: Ditto. There isn't even a trace of 'beer' character here- nothing wheaty, hoppy, yeasty, malty, boozy, nothing. If you like fruit juice...

F: Thankfully not syrupy, but still sugary/medium bodied. No gritty teeth either.

O: They wanted it fruity, and they made it fruity- but not artificially, so kudos. Barely recognizable as beer, but thankfully it wasn't cloyingly sweet either. A good test to see if you really like fruity beers- this is the motherload.

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Photo of jgido759
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fruity Summer beer. Hides the ABV very well. However, it tasted too much like a raspberry soda (very sweet) to then point that if I didn't know from reading the bottle, I wouldn't know I was drinking a beer.

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Photo of emyers
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours Cloudy ruby red color with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, Belgian yeast esters, distinct tartness.

Taste: Very strong tart raspberry flavor up front which lingers throughout. Some hints of yeast and bready malt on the finish, but the raspberries really dominate. Overall very well done, doesn't come off artificial at all, which tends to be the Achilles heel of most fruit beers. Very sweet however, and I would imagine it would be difficult taking down an entire bottle of this alone.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied. Tartness keeps it light enough on the palate despite a lot of sweetness. Well done.

Overall: Well done, a good dessert beer. Again, I wouldn't advise opening a bottle by yourself...very sweet.

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Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great after dinner beer, provided you have at least a party of four to split the bomber. Sweetness is too cloying to have more than 5 or 6 oz.

Belgian yeast aromas are very much in the background when you've got the quantity of raspberry going on in this beer. Lacks the tartness of rubaeus but that's ok for a beer of this gravity.

This beer is worth trying if nothing else for the novelty of having a high ABV raspberry soda beer. Fruit flavors are legit, no chemical aftertaste of artificial flavorings here.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blushing Monk

Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

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Photo of HankSingle
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a delightful beer. This was so much better than I had been hoping for when I ponied up the cash to give it a shot - this stuff is extremely expensive, 17.50!

Totally thrilled by the faint hint of sour that runs throughout - raspberry can be dauntingly sweet, but here it comes in at the edges and the back; this has deep, nourishing flavor all around, but drinks like a light-to-medium belgian - I went *way* too fast, as did my partner, and we got a little messed up. Terrifically serious beer, for all the love raspberry. I highly recommend it, even if the price pretty much relegates it to 'treat yo'self' moments.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice change of pace from especially with the hotter weather coming. I don't normally enjoy Belgians nor fruit beers but this was refreshing without being over the top. Alcohol well hidden for a 9% beer

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

if you like raspberries and beers > 5% this is the one to snake. Slap a lil bass? Ax man? Is it beer? Is it wine? who cares it's cretzi. grab a case and throw it in your basement. forget about it for a few years. LOVE IT. Drink it with rubaeus, drink it with my dad, drink it and be glad.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this beer ? I guess technically it is beer but it reminds me more of an old Bartles & James wine cooler. I personally didn't enjoy this offering. Too sweet and syrupy for my liking and like most Founders beers in my opinion Blushing Monk is over hyped as well. Pours a gorgeous glowing ruby color with a fantastic raspberry aroma but after that . . . Nothing else appealing to me.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap

A- pours a deep ruby red color with a small sudsy white head that reduces almost completely leaving just a ring behind

S- Aroma of pure raspberry jam, fresh squeezed raspberries, just pure raspberry all around

T- tart raspberry up front eventually gives way to sweet raspberry marmalade, the sweetness continues to the finish with more fresh raspberry on the linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly chewy finish

O- a pure showcase of raspberry, remarkably drinkable for the abv

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Photo of angelmonster
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful dark ruby red body, head is a pale pink and 1/8th of an inch. Head retention was bad and so was lacing.

Smells like sweet tart raspberries, slight medicinal alcohol aroma. No hops present, mostly just sugar and fruit.

Taste is big on sweet, slightly tart raspberries. Syrupy sweet malt is also present, doing a good job of covering up the 9 percent abv. Hops weren't present, and didn't really get much Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation levels are average for a Belgian style beer. Head died immediately, which was a big detractor.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer, just too sweet to really enjoy it. There wasn't much head presence either which was unfortunate. Like the style, Love the brewery but this beer was too one noted.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle. Dark pinkish red body. Sweet fruity aroma. Lots of raspberry taste, but cut with a good amount of sweetness. Similar to New Glarus fruit beers, just sweeter.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Glass Nickel for GCBW 2015. It was a pleasure to have this in the context of the barrel aged CBW event in the buzz of the hot and crowded basement of Glass Nickel for the barrel-aged Founders event. (Had it next to Sweet Repute.) You don't think you ever knew this was barrel aged. Is this really 12%+?

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Photo of RockAZ
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been disappointed by too many raspberry ales lately but this delivers. Pungent berry, nice mouthfeel that is very very refreshing. Brilliant ice cold but warms up to exude even more raspberry notes. Subtle use of yeast and it hides that 9.2% abv well. Excellent all round, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for that raspberry bite - but this is not a sour!

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A little backstory - I opened this on a whim while cooking Bigos (Polish stew consiting of a butt-ton of pork, sausages, and venison) because I needed a cup of "wine or cider", thinking this might do the trick. I poured it into a hefeweizen glass (my others were dirty and I am lazy), and took a sip.

"Holy shit, nectar of the gods" came out of my mouth involuntarily, and I RUSHED to my computer to write a proper review.

Pours a deep, vibrant cherrywood-red with overwhelming and intoxicating aromas of fresh-picked raspberries and toasted butter cookies. The head is thin, and the EXACT same shade of pink as Hello Kitty's dress.

As for flavor, this is a thermonuclear raspberry detonation - followed by soothing, rolling notes of butter, biscuits, cranberry juice, a tiny tinge of herbal hops reminiscent of marjoram, and finished by a high note of creamy, pure alcohol burn much like you'd get in a quality herbal vodka. The aftertaste doesn't linger for long, but tastes like a giant mouthful of cold raspberries and makes me want to almost *chug* this magic potion.

Overall, this is straight up the tastiest beer I have ever had in my life - Period! I'm definitely going to use it in the stew, since I shouldn't kill a whole bomber by myself, and will update this review with a pairing analysis.

UPDATE: In Bigos, this is absolutely incredible - the tart, sugary raspberry notes meld into the charred, gamey meat to hit every single major taste bud note known to man. A bite of the stuff, followed by a sip of this beer straight from the fridge, was better than sex - it makes the stew's gamey notes (especially the fresh pork) surge through my entire face, and the stew brings out the cordial-like alcohol burn that I love so much. Best pairing EVER.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright ruby red with a two-finger pink head. The head leaves a light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberries and maybe a light yeastiness.

T - The taste follows the aroma with juicy tart raspberries throughout. The raspberries produce a nice balance of sweet and tart.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy. Dry finish.

O - I'm really glad Founders brought this back. The flavors are a beautiful balance of sweet and tart. Delicious.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. It really does drink like a beefed-up rubaeus, a bit more tart, the Belgian yeast gives it significantly more body & the carbonation is pretty low. ABV is masked quite well, which adds to the drinkability of this brew. Really nice!

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Photo of SHDoyle
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

World of Beer Easton, draft poured into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

As the description implies, it's sort of an imperial Rubaeus. Light, fruity and full of raspberry flavor. Goes down pretty smoothly and the alcohol is barely noticeable, which could be trouble for 9.2% ABV beer...If you like raspberries or fruit beer then "yes", if not, then "no".

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a reddish color with a bubbly head and only slight lacing. Strong aroma of raspberries and fruits. Taste is of raspberry on steroids and for me that's not a bad thing. Crisp and carbonated with a clean feel. Overall, Blushing Monk was a highly enjoyable fruit beer that hit the spot, though, it may not be liked by all.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Said the same about flying fish exit 3, beautiful blend of fruit and body, hard to taste the high abv. Not overly sweet, but great body and taste. Had it on draft and loved it. Then again, founders always comes through.

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.