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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 456
Gots: 280 | FT: 9
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

sliks96, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jonvan04
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark rose color with a thin white head. The aroma is very tart, like unripe rasberries. The taste is very fruity but with enough malt and carbonation that you still know that you're drinking beer. I didn't pick up much of a belgian yeast flavor or aroma. The mouthfeel was light and I definitely wouldn't have known this was a 9.2%abv beer if it didn't say so on the bottle. This was proably the most enjoyable fruit beer I've ever had, although for the price ($26 in Philly) I don't know if this is something I'd consistently purchase were it not a seasonal release.

jonvan04, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

jak, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

danielnovak3, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

ThirstyHerf, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ixodus, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

JimmyW, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

uziangis, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

hippityhops85, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

EROCK75, Dec 10, 2011
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.