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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 492
Gots: 279 | FT: 8
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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Holy pink head! The head on this brew grows very slowly and is super pink!!! Soapy-foam in texture. Brew is a vibrant purple-pink. There may be a few raspberries in this one.

S - Fruity, but not overly raspberry. Lots of subtle hops characteristics. Lots of deeps sugars on the back end. Yum!

T - WHOA! Amazing raspberry flavor. By no means overwhelming. Smooth, and delivered. Some slight belgian yeasty funk going on with this one.

M - I feel like my mouth will turn pink drinking this brew... Zero heat. Very slight (Belgian) bitterness. Slight funk.

O - I don't have the heat to give this brew a poor rating just because it misses the style so poorly... This is without a doubt a fruit brew. Please don't be deceived. Not too much belgian going on with this brew. Highly recommended! I would be interesting to see what happens to this brew with a little age...

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep garnet body is topped by a rosy , two finger raspberry stained head. The head works its way back in short order leaving a ring around the snifter. A moderate amount of lacing is left elegantly clinging to the walls of the glass.

The aroma is bright and lively, as macerated raspberries flood the nose. Brewing with fruit can present a challenge to many brewers, even when using fresh product the aroma can appear rather artificial. Founders excels with their use of fruit, pulling out every ounce of fresh berry aroma available. Buried beneath the fruit lies subtle Belgian yeast notes. Slightly peppery, soft phenols meld perfectly into the fruit.

The Flavor displays intensity and restraint. The first sip tastes like a spoonful of homemade raspberry preserves. Strong berry sweetness with an underlying tart finish. The flavor opens up more with warmth, a darker berry sweetness develops and a warming alcohol presence can be felt. While the fruit flavor is dominant the sweetness is held in check, never approaching a cloying level.

Full bodied Belgian ale is very smooth and luscious on the tongue. The carbonation is low allowing the beer to roll elegantly across the tongue. The finish is long and lingering, the succulent raspberry flavor digs deep into the tongue.

Blushing Monk is a damn good beer, I am very happy to see once again. Certainly not an every day drinker, this is one you want to keep on hand for a special occasion. The flavor is rich and decadent, certainly a sipper. Founders delivers far more than a simple fruit beer, even if you are not normally a fan of the style you owe it to yourself to try this one out.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jonvan04
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.