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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 530
Gots: 301 | FT: 10
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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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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle brewed in 2011.

Pours an extremely hazy raspberry red color with a pink head. Head stood one finger tall initially, but it subsided very quickly to almost nothing. Very little lacing or head retention.

Ripe raspberries fill the nose as I take my first sniff. Maybe a bit of a vinegar tartness in there as well. Almost like a raspberry vinegarette.

Taste is fruity (in the way of raspberries of course) up front. A ripple of sweetness follows, but is quickly wiped out by a nice wave of tart/sour flavor. Very nice.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, but the zingy-tartness that makes up for it.

I'm not sure that this beer was placed in the right category, but this is definitely one tasty Belgian overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've been sitting on this for a while now, and decided that today was a good day to crack it open. Very rich and tart raspberry beer. Fun and unique. If you're looking for something different....this is your huckleberry.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blushing Monk

Pours a vibrant red color with a pinkish, short livid head. Aroma of cherry, other assorted berries and Belgian yeast. In the taste, tart raspberry puree, cherry and cranberry juice elements. A mild tartness is noticeable. Alcohol is muted, tastes fruity, semi-sweet but very delicious. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Overall, a tasty brew, almost like a lambic but not quite there, nor is it trying to be.

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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this one for awhile. Bright red pour, turns darker in my glass plenty of white head and sticky lace.

Bright, fresh raspberries in the nose and taste. Fruity sweetness follows, balanced nicely by the tart raspberry presence. Very true to its raspberry roots, much like the New Glarus we opened the other day. This Founders offerin is more tart and sports a rich, full body though. Mild boozy warmth makes for a pleasant finish.

An enjoyable brew, but not one I'd buy again.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep reddish purple. Nice fluffy head, with decent lacing. Head last's through out.

S: Ton's of tart and sweet raspberries. Some creamy notes show up behind the raspberry. A nice whiff of funk as well.

T: Upon first tasting you definetely get the tart raspberry, followed immediatley by sweet raspberries. There is some breadiness and a little funk in the taste. This is a fine tasting beer.

M:Fluffy/Chewy. Smooth and refreshing for a 9.5 abv brew. It really finishes great.

O: For a style that is growing on me this beer is definetely tops. This should be a must try on anyone's list who enjoy's or is looking to explore fruit beers.

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3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark blood red. Modest amount of pink head. No surprise it's full on raspberries here. Slightly tart and very earthy. Flavor is loaded with raspberry puree. Very vinous. As if they threw all the branches and leaves in the slurry. Dry finish. Mild carbonation. Not even in the same class as Raspberry tart.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to N. Ketchum for tracking down a bottle for me. I've been sitting on this one for a bit, and frankly I'm running out of space for my beer. It's nearly Christmas, it was a rough day at work, so what the heck, let's take the edge off.

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A) A nice vibrant red with a big fluffy two finger head that is quite pink. The head dissipates to a dusting. There is some nice sticky lacing left behind.

S) Raspberry, sugar, fresh raspberry, hint of yeast, more raspberry, a little alcohol as it warms.

T) Raspberry, raspberry puree, a kind of leafy earthy flavor in the middle, hint of alcohol on the backend, and a tartness that makes you crave that next sweet sip.

M) Excellent... soft, smooth and creamy. perfect amount of carbonation. Nice aftertaste.

O) Enjoyed this start to finish. Obviously not for anyone who doesn't like raspberry, or fruit beer in general. This is outstanding for the style. I'd love it if Founders made this a yearly release.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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