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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 2,002
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 518
Gots: 823 | FT: 96
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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 VelvetExtract
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have never had the chance to try Rübæus but Raspberries are my favorite fruit and I am very excited to give this giant bottle a go.

A-Wow this looks very impressive. Pours a brilliant Pino Noir color. Looks very much like a wine. Deep, beautiful red liquid. A slight pink frothy head forms and dies down to a small layer that hangs around. Blotchy lacing is pretty to look at.

S-Smells like a glass of smashed raspberries. A natural raspberry scent with a sugary backbone. The raspberry does not smell artificial which is obviously a plus. Tangy belgian yeast in the background too. Alcohol is masked well. The raspberries are blatantly supposed to be the unquestionable headliner in the nose. Yay for me then.

T-A giant sugary, yet natural and also fresh blast of raspberries. Almost like raspberry jam. Not much alcohol. The beer is very sugary sweet, but also displays some very attractive tartness as well. I could drink this for dessert and be very happy and fulfilled. This beer delivers the fruit flavor.

M-Full bodied. Not much carbonation. I would prefer a bit more but am not bothered. Sugars leave the tongue sticky.

O/D-This beer delivered for me. Not only did I really enjoy the flavor, this is one of the more attractive looking brews I have come across so far. I love raspberries. Now I love this beer. Founders is just allergic to making bad beer. Applause. (1,381 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and then poured into my Founder's snifter.

A: Deep reddish purple. It almost looks like a wine. 2 finger pinkish head. Little to no lacing.

S: Fresh, sweet, macerated rasberries. So good!

T: Just like the smell: sweet rasberries followed up by a little bit of boozy tartness.

M: This drinks like a sparkling juice. Very appropriately carbonated for the style.

O: A great example of a fruity beer and the alcohol is hidden very well. This is a good one to share with your lady friend. Founder's does not fail to impress here. (537 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Founders Fest

A: Poured a vigorous half finger creamy whitish pink head with medium retention. Brew itself is a cloudy deep red. Lacing is light and stringy

S: Nose is fresh red fruit with a hint of sour notes

T: Beginning is raspberry and gets sweeter and sweeter towards the middle. Ending is slight tartness with alcoholic finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with an alcoholic bite that finishes clean and dry. Carbonation is apparent.

D: Deliciously drinkable and the ABV is hidden well here. No overwhelming alcoholic nose or taste though you definitely know its there. Very Enjoyable. (598 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this from Downtown Wine and Spirits tonight in Somerville. I passed on this beer the last time it was out because of the high price tag, but now that I can afford it, I am game. Pours out a nice reddish pink, with a finger of white/pink heading. The nose is of fresh raspberries, and that is about it, not artificial smelling either. Flavor is very sweet with raspberries, and again, that is about it for me, but this is not a bad thing by any means. Medium mouthfeel, and the alcohol is not present at all. It appears that they dialed it back a few notches with this batch, which is fine by me. My final thoughts are that this beer is delicious, and needs to be paired with some kind of dark chocolate dessert. (731 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured at Belgique tasting, Hugo MN Thanksgiving 2010.

Dark ruby brew. Fine bubbles. Delicious tangy raspberry aroma, with an earthy leaf must underlying. Tart and extreme raspberry...incredible lack of any alcohol heat given the greater than 12% ABV. Brett provides a mushroomy flavor. A rich maltiness and slick and sticky mouthfeel. Truly a unique and fabulous brew! (383 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another bottle I can't remember who shared - BA fail. Regardless, thanks for sharing.

Appearance -- Pours a vibrant ruby hue with a deep amber heart. Not much in terms of head. Handsome nonetheless, and what one hopes for in a fruit beer.

Smell -- Freshly macerated raspberries - simple, but evocative. Even after all of this time it smells of rich and vibrant raspberries. I can only imagine what this was like fresh.

Taste -- Macerated raspberries, still very bright and fresh-tasting after all of this time. Fairly singular in flavor, though there is also a hint of cracker-like malt and band-aid. Points also awarded for not tasting AT ALL like 12.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-light in body, medium carbonation. Could be better, but still pleasant.

Overall -- A very tasty fruit beer. The obvious comparison is to New Glarus' Raspberry Tart. I feel that this is less cloying but not as rich and vibrant as Tart, at least not now.

I can see this definitely creeping up on a person during the course of an evening. It was probably in the public's best interest to retire this one. (1,094 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a cloudy dark ruby red color with a light pink head.

S-lots of vanilla and berries, not exactly raspberry but overly sweet. There are some light notes of oak and some christmas spice in the back.

T-the taste is pretty sharp, the fruit is somewhat artificial and the vanilla is very strong. the oak is light with some off putting medicinal notes in this towards the back. the flavor is slightly water and has a bit of acidity in the back.

M-creamy body to this, rather big especially in comparison to other sours at the tasting. slightly heavy, decent bit of carbonation and a light to semi dry finish.

D-this is very artificial and syrupy in the flavor, it is straight forward and simple, sweet and slightly bitter in the finish. (741 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i was very lucky to find a bottle of this a few months back at a small wine store

pours dark ruby orange with a very small big bubble pinkish head

smell is of course all raspberries

taste is incredible - this rivals NG raspberry tart - sweet and tart rapsberries - i pick up no booze - one of the best fruit beers period (bring it back founders please)

mouhtfeel is where this beer was lacking something... carbonation - pretty flat (maybe the age of the bottle has something to do with this)

drinkability - even with the beer being a little flat i enjoyed every sip and could have drank a couple bombers of this beer (622 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep cherry red pour. Nose is heavy, sweet honey, berries, vanilla. Tons of vanilla in the mouth, with a full raspberry but not really all that enjoyable. Sort of cloying and heavily sweet, maybe a touch of sourness or acid. Difficult. Bottle is a couple years old at least, I'm not really sure this has improved or will improve more. Heavy, sticky berry sweetness. (365 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. This was a great beer brought by a great Ba, thanks Oreo for sharing this one!

Pours a nice red/pinkish hued color. A pink-tinted white head dissipates quickly, leaving behind some spotty lacing.

Smell is huge on desert like raspberries. A giant amount of fresh raspberries and raspberry puree. Like a raspberry syrup you would put on ice cream-- very sugary. The taste starts out sweet and finishes even sweeter. Very nice raspberry flavor- real thick and sugary that is alledgedly 12%, but it hides it well! I could drink 2 bottles of this before I knew I was in trouble. Not a note of alcohol detectable.

Wow. This is really tasty. Very delicious, great flavor. This is like liquid raspberries with alcohol. Very nice feel with good carbonation and a body that falls just light of medium. The drinkability is insanely high. I would love to drink this whole bottom myself. (944 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears a ruby red color. There is a small head that recedes rapidly, leaving virtually no lacing on the glass. Raspberry jam, raspberry pie, and just about anything raspberry. There is no shortage of raspberries here. The beer tastes very good. The alcohol is hidden very well behind an armada of pungent raspberries. It's a bit too sweet to enjoy more than a few ounces. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. I'd certainly have it again. (453 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured a dark and thick purple/red color. It had a thin pink head to it that clung to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is almost all fresh raspberry puree. It has a sweet, almost candy like raspberry flavor to it. A little alcohol coming through but not bad for the abv%.

The taste is not surprisingly full of fresh raspberry flavor as well. It has a bit of tartness coming through in the finish along with some boozy alcohol. It leans on the sweeter side overall but isn't cloying. Very good taste overall.

The mouthfeel is moderately thick and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is good, it's a great fruit beer that showcases the raspberry flavor beautifully. If you like raspberries chances are you will enjoy this beer a lot. Only criticism is that it was pretty sweet overall. It could have used some tartness to balance it out a bit if it were to challenge NG's Raspberry tart for my favorite raspberry beer. (984 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this and Rübæus in the same night. Rübæus x4 in raspberry and x2 in alcohol? yes please.

a - dark red. can't see through it.

s - sweet raspberry candy. can smell the booze, but at 12.3%, its expected.

t - raspberry is prevolant, but much more sourness. big tartness. 12.3 is amazingly well hidden.

m - medium body, but more syrupy than Rübæus

overall - love this beer, i hope the rumors are correct that it will be re-released in 4packs! (452 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an acbf sampling glass.

Pours a slightly odd red and cloudy brown with no head or bubbles at all. Nose is sweet and full of raspberries.

Taste is amazing, it's sweet and fruity, so tasty and drinkable I love it. The carbonation is very light and drinkable it's totally worth selling out. (313 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved from spycow in a trade and drank at a tasting with jrallen34.

A - Dark, red with purple highlights. A nice, one finger head that dissipated to a ring and with some good chunk lacing on the side.

S - A deep raspberry smell with a lot of phenol on the end. This is pretty much a one trick pony, but there is a very nice raspberry smell on it.

T - A big raspberry taste, but like most fruit beers it tastes slightly artificial. There is a huge phenol presence on the end, and a pretty sharp alcohol taste, which is not surprising as it's a ridiculously high 12.30%.

M - Pretty full bodied with a decent carbonation bite, finishes pretty dry.

D - Hard to say, for 12.30% it's pretty good, but the alcohol does work to kill it at the end as well as the sub-par taste. Not bad, but not great. (801 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting with AgentZero.

22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer is dark pink with a light pink head, pretty good lacing...The aroma is really sweet with raspberries and despiting know that they are real the smell comes offs as very generic candied rasperberries. A little tartness to it but not much going on...The taste is lacking a little bit. The raspberries are dominant sweet and tart but it doesn't do a good job of hiding the alcohol, its very prominant, however its still very drinkable. The feel is ok, slightly warm but has a very distracting tart/bitter/alcohol finish.

Overall, this is ok but nothing special. Its not a true fruit beer to me, not enough fruit with too much alcohol. If you want to crush a 12% real quick and get slammed this might do the trick. (782 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Capone's in East Norristown PA last year.

Appearance: Pours a fairly attractive translucent raspberry red with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Loads of raspberries that are a bit medicinal when the brew is refrigerator temperature, but start to lose this quality somewhat as the brew warms. A tinge of alcohol is nothing more than a whisper at this point and will probably be a mere memory soon.

Taste: Beautiful prominent raspberries and a slight grainy quality. Simple and delicious.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied but with a nice light spritzy carbonation of fine bubbles that help keep the bit of chewiness to a minimum.

Drinkabilty: Extremely good for the 12.30% abv and especially drinkable now that the alcohol heat and booziness have mellowed.

I want more. Please hit me up if you have some to trade. (896 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this awhile back in a trade with Nonstick. Thanks again Chris!

Appearance- Pours a deep ruby/crimson with a slight haze to it, though mostly translucent. I get about a half finger of slightly pink head off a fairly aggressive pour. Dies back in short order to some wisps across the top and a ring around the edges.

Smell- Wow, fresh raspberry jam. Despite its age, this one just pummels you with fresh smell raspberry. Just a slight woodiness as the end as well, along with a little bit of evident alcohol. Very reminiscent of New Glarus Raspberry Tart apart from the alcohol actually.

Taste- Again, lots of fresh raspberry preserves and a slight bit of woody seediness mixed in there as well. Finishes with a mild tartness and just a little bit of warming alcohol as well. Maybe just the slightest yeastiness as well, but I can't quite tell what I'm picking up on there.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decently substantial and adequately carbonated. Perhaps just a touch towards thin. Drinkability is excellent for the ABV as well and it went down quite easy.

Overall, a very good fruit beer. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the New Glarus but definitely worth giving it a try if you can still find it. (1,228 characters)

Photo of phillybeergrl
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very upset when I found out they were no longer brewing this beer. however they assured me that it could come out of retirement at some point.
this beer has a beautiful pink raspberry color, it pours nicely into a wine glass of a tulip glass, the texture is light with good carbonation and a sweet raspberry nose. despite its alcohol content there is no evidence of the abv while drinking it. i have bought this beer at many different places around philadelphia before its extinction, @ eulogy (where i currently work), @ cappones, @ the foodery, @ south philly taproom. if anyone wants to trade this beer for something please let me know. :) (649 characters)

Photo of brdc
2.59/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks hoppymeal for this one.
Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

The appaearance is very nice, a deep pink, with a light pink head. From here, it is all downhill.
The aroma has a faint yeastiness, and raspberries; lots of raspberries.
The body is medium, and the flavor - raspberries. Excessive raspberries, which do not allow any other flavors to come through.
This one is a miss. The New Glarus version is vastly superior. (434 characters)

Photo of Shumista
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to GrueLurks for giving me the drop on where I could find a couple bottles of this, it had been on my wants list for a while. Hefty price tag at $16 a bottle. I hear that the high price of the raspberries was why this beer was retired in the first place. I looked but could not find a bottled on date...probably 2 or 3 years old though. Poured from a 22 oz bottle and split three ways.

Pours deep dark ruby red with a pinkish tinged head. Smells like fresh raspberries, which is surprising given the age of the bottle. The fresh smell and taste really surprised me given how old this is. The taste is more fresh raspberries, very sweet, bready malt as well. Kind of has a belgiany taste. Mouthfeel is a bit warming and medium bodied, comforting. The alcohol is hardly noticeable though. Good drinkability, especially for a high alcohol content fruit beer. I'm glad I got to try this one while a few bottles were still left around (942 characters)

Photo of techfed87
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy rose. Head is also pink in tone and very frothy.

Smell is a concentrated mix of malt and fruit, in a very lambic-like smell.

First sip is a slam of raspberry flavors in what is definitely a lambic style. It's very tart, very a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste. The alcohol content is also very subdued with the raspberry presence.

A shame that its no longer in production, this beer is a real shiner for what a raspberry lambic can be. (450 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finalyl cracked one of the bottles I've been saving for a few years. Poured a dark rugby with a small white head. Moderate carbonation, hazy body and a small ammount of brown sediment.
The nose was wonderful; raspberry and candi sugar played the main role, but a hint tart cherry rounded things out nicely.
Tart cherry and raspberry strong in the taste, with mild sweet malts and yeast secondary. Finally a bit of spice (maybe cinnamon?) to finish things off. Peculiar absence of the (12.3%) alcohol?
Bittersweet and bitting and tanic up front in the feel, with tartness to boot. Thsi faded into a smooth and sweet lingering feeling which was lovely.
Overall this was a fantastic beer, defintiely to be enjoyed (shared) with others. (733 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out to Benanomyces for sending me a bottle of this. This was and always will be a huge want of mine so it was great to try a bottle. Thanks a ton, Ben!

Pours a clear ruby-violet on the first pour, the last pour has a light haze to it. A small, pink tinted head is produced on the pour but doesn't have great retention. Despite the lack of head, there is some minimal lacing left behind.

The nose is pure, unadultured raspberries, seed and all. It's literally like I shoved my face in fresh, mashed raspberries. If you like raspberries, this is heaven. No alcohol on the nose.

The taste is a little more subdued than the nose. Definitely dominated by the raspberries, but biscuity malts come out in the background. An unfortunate ethanol taste kicks in at the end, sort of ruining the perfection. No alcohol burn, just the taste. Not really sour or sweet, sort of a combination of both.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a pretty crisp carbonation, sort of sour and dry. Literally no alcohol presence or burn. Drinkability is dangerous. It was insanely easy to polish off this bomber by my lonesome, and probably wouldn't be a chore to finish another.

Overall, a great beer. I have a feeling it is slightly past it's prime. I would have liked a tarter character in the taste, but the alcohol has all but disappeared completely, which is a plus. Great stuff, can't wait to try it again. (1,398 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We tapped open a 2008 bottle of Blushing Monk...ohhh, don't know why Founders retired this gem...oh yeah, the raspberries $$$. But I believe this is better than their Rubaeus!
Raspberry nose hides the 12.3% ABV. The taste is sweet brewed raspberries. Poured a brownish/red, light lacing. An awesome specialty from Founders, and it was a treat to remember its beauty. (366 characters)

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.