Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
2011 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Appearance: A great fluffy off-white sea foam froth rests on top of a full hazy raspberry or cherry colored beer.
Smell: The aroma is a huge blast of sweet raspberries. A bit of the tart side of raspberry makes it way across my nose as well, but it is tough to find much else.
Taste: Juicy, sweet raspberries come across my tongue right away, and wave after wave of raspberry comes throughout the whole sip. The flavor stops being entirely sweet toward the back, with a slightly acidic tartness providing a little balance. This also prevents it from becoming too cloying. Overall, a one dimensional, but delicious beer.
Mouthfeel: Overall, this is a fairly sweet beer, and it does have a light syrupy quality. The tartness on the back end creates a bit of salivation and puckering of the lips. Light vinegar acidity. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, and the beer itself is creamy but a bit grainy as well. The body is on the full side, compared to other fruit beers I have had.
Overall: I was intrigued by this beer from the moment I heard about it, so I was thrilled that they decided to remake it and bottle it. At this point, in terms of raspberry beers it only comes short of the great raspberry sours in my mind.
12-11-2011 07:12:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Poured from an awesome 750ml bottle into my Russian River -tion glass.
Pours a DEEP purple that pulls to a gradient of purples and pinks towards the bottom of the glass. Pours with a pink head that quickly dissipates to leave an oil slick-like head and a ring around the glass. Leaves some nice lacing.
The nose is fresh raspberries. That's it. Just fresh raspberries. Awesome.
Ok, so I tasted this when it initially came out and it has lost a lot of the "fresh" fruit BUT it's picked up some really nice sourness and carbonation that really brings a lot to the table. It's almost like a sweet, fresh fruited lambic.
The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with prickly carbonation. A lot more carbonation than I remember which is cool to see.
I have one more bottle that I'll open in a year just to see what happens.
Totally different than when it was fresh.
12-10-2011 23:44:10 | More by hippityhops85
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.