Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 562
Hads: 1,970
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 514
Gots: 807 | FT: 97
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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 mothmanscott
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear garnet red with effervescence geysering from the goblet stem toward the surface, producing barely a single finger of shortlived, rose hued, foamy head that leaves only a few small motes & wisps of lacing. Aroma is sweet, raspberry, strawberry & faint cranberry (in that order) in a malty background with a hint of plastic. Taste is medicinal, very raspberry (jam like) & other red fruits, caramel malt, reminiscent of mineral water, cherry cola, Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops. Tart, bitter & musty finish with a phenolic, raspberry, black cherry & bitter aftertaste. No hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, wet & drawing with a little prickle. To be truthful I'm disappointed. (723 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite being brewed with raspberries, I get a lot of strawberry sweetness that seems to balance this out nicely. The malt is hidden but it stills gives off a "beer" flavor that's reminds you that this is not a Smirnoff Ice. It's Rubaeus on steroids, for sure, which makes it a better experience. (296 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 version

L - Pink red with 1 finger of head and sticky lace left on the glass. Amazing and original appearance. Tons of raspberries obviously

S - Sugar, sweet, and raspberries!

T - As expected..sweet. Raspberries, belgian yeast strain is an awesome combination.

F - well carbonated and light body

O - An awesome beer. Wife said it tastes like a push-pop. She dug it. Well done! (395 characters)

Photo of Timmy612
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a beautiful pinkish color. It has a great raspberry smell to it. This is a very sweet beer and tastes strongly of rasberries. I was very impressed with the smell and taste. This was a top notch fruit beer in my opinion (232 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is awesome. Lots of raspberries but drinks a little hot for a berliner right now. It needs some age on it, but I think it will be really good once I cellar it for a while. (176 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pink fluffy head of about two fingers. Dark ruby red hue to a clean transparent body. Slight random lacing creeping down the sides of the glass after each sip. Low active carbonation.

Smell: stone fruit, raspberries, soap, and some breadiness pop on the nose. Sparkling white grapes and sweet raspberries with a touch of a pucking note shine on the body. All about the fruitiness with enough presence from the Belgian yeast to be felt.

Taste: waves of sweetness immediately crash over the palate in massives waves. Just enough tartness to keep you interested. Soap and bread build substantially during the later stages. Sweetness reigns throughout though with just a touch of inoffensive artifical twang. Jammy finish left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: jammy mouthfeel with some sprite Belgian fruits shining on the back. Carbonation is well stated.

Overall: a massively tasty brew that having it now, I'd be hard pressed to want to cellar this one for very long. Can't for see present flavor developing more favorable but maybe one day I'll see. Regardless, good to have this one making another appearance. (1,119 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have said (annoyingly I'm sure) that I don't and will never like fruit beers. Well I'm eating my words now. Really liked this one.
Aromas of raspberries and yeast that is sweet above all else.
Raspberry-forward and lightly tart. Nice balance with Belgian yeast. Dry in the mouthfeel from the carbonation and tartness. Sweet in the finish without being cloying. Tastes of crushed raspberries as opposed to some sort of sickening-sweet syrup.
Slightly medicinal in flavor without being off-putting (507 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant garnet with a 2.5” lacy pink foam cap that slowly dissipates. S: Big fresh raspberry nose laced with tartness. T: Raspberry and lemon with light grains M: Medium body and above medium carbonation O: I have had this in the bottle and on tap. The bottle is more carbonated and is an excellent, tart fruit ale and the carbonation helps tame the fruit. The tap version was barely drinkable. (401 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep red to blood red color. a finger or two of an off white head forms with weak retention. leaves behind a small lacing. somewhat opaque do to darkness but very nice red hues when held to the light

Smell: sweet and strong raspberries, Belgian yeast, slightly medicinal

Taste: opens up with big and bold raspberries. comes off strong and sweet. depth comes through with Belgian yeast. some sips come off medicinal and cough syrup like due to the high sweetness.

Mouthfeel: good crisp mouthfeel. warming and strong. a bit on the sweet side of the balance.

Overall: good but not great. I can see this one becoming really nice in a couple of years, but as for now it could use a little something to take the edge off the sweetness. a bit more alcohol in the taste might be nice too. (804 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer on draft. Too much berry juice flavor for me. I wanted to drop an ice cube in it and drink it like a high schooler drinks a wine cooler. Just fruit fruit and more fruit. Not my cup of tea. (209 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale red, semi-opaque. Looks pretty much the same, color-wise, as Rübæus, only much more effervescent.

Smells delectable. Th-that's not a word I use too often, but it fits here: the aroma is a combination of fresh, processed, and candied berries, drawing the tartness of the first, the earthen sweetness of the second, and the mellowed sugar of the third. An excellent aroma that rivals Raspberry Tart and Serendipity.

Unfortunately, the taste falls a bit flat. Not at first, however--served cold and drank quickly, it seems almost parallel New Glarus' offerings: tart yeasty raspberries up front, mellow Fruit Roll Ups in the middle, and chewy yeast finishing it off.

But then a few sips later, in creeps the alcohol. The yeast becomes astringent and sharp, and this throws the balance off so much that the front gets too sweet, begins tasting ersatz. What starts off as a world-class fruit beer becomes almost hard to get through.

Served as a cordial, this would be divine. As a beer, it's uneven--perhaps it was foolish of me to try to drink so much all by myself. (1,088 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. (750 ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Beautiful appearance. The crystal clear, ruby colored liquid was topped by a bubbly, one-finger tall, light pink crown that quickly dropped to a bubbly mass. Patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was somewhat odd. Super sweet, strawberry and raspberry notes dominated. I would probably peg this more for a strawberry flavored beer. Strawberry and raspberry jam-like notes (or possibly hard candies) came to mind. Quite sweet. There was an unusual, plastic-like note as well, but it dissipated as the beer warmed. The raspberry become stronger and more pure as the beer sat.

The flavor was more intense than the nose but not very good. Again, raspberry came through strong. Lots of cherry as well. The fruity notes were cloying and, combined with a bit of earthy hop bitterness, tasted a lot like cherry cough syrup. There was a crisp yeasty quality as well. Tart on the back end and the finish. Hint of lemony sourness. Medicinal notes lingered after the swallow. On a positive note, the alcohol was extremely well buried.

The mouthfeel was super thick and syrupy. Almost sticky. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy, zippy effervescence that gave the beer a nice fluffiness on the palate.

I tend to like sweet and intense, fruit-forward beers, but Blushing Monk came across as a cloyingly and somewhat artificial, mixed berry flavored mess. This beer has nothing on New Glarus's Raspberry Tart. (1,525 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red color, capped with a couple fingers of pink foam. Head retention is pretty good, while lacing is limited and spotty. Aroma is dominated by the fruit. Hints of Belgian yeast character come through. Bright, malty, and fruity - it smells pretty tasty.

And tasty it is, though the flavor doesn't "pop" like the aroma does. It's sweet, but there's a nice tartness that keeps it from becoming cloyingly sweet. The fruit and malt notes blend into each other. Finish is a bit dull and uneventful. Probably the best aspect is the mouthfeel, which is silky smooth yet still well-carbonated.

"Imperial Rubaeus" sums up Blushing Monk pretty nicely. A really great fruit beer - there's no style that Founders doesn't do well. (723 characters)

Photo of BHansen214
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Raspberry wine with more raspberries than one can imagine. Not my thing, I don't care for wine and hated this. Luckily my wife loved it. No false advertising here, tastes exactly like what they describe. (206 characters)

Photo of yinyang5
1.39/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is beyond sweet. Cloying, overwhelming, beyond sweet. Pours decent with nice red color, clarity and head. Smell is strong raspberries, but no surprise there. The Belgian notes are completely lost in the fruit flavor, and the acid overwhelms everything else. Can't even taste the malt. No sense of balance; it's like drinking thick syrup. I would avoid this beer like the plague. (388 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. Poured from the 750 ml into a snifter. Overall not a ridiculous tart flavor hit definitely get a beautiful raspberry base. I'd love to see how this ages over time. Worth a try if your into sweeter raspberry beers. Very much like framboise, but less tart and higher abv... (285 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby coloring with a tall, frothy, pink-tinged head that quickly settles out into a frothy surface coating. Aromas of richly sweet and subtly tart raspberries, almost identical to the smell when you are making Jell-O and add the hot water to the powder. Really all encompassing the nose, but if you dig there are some hints of candi sugar and a bready backbone. Flavors are all raspberry forward, richly sweet and with a subtle tart character that puckers your mouth just a bit. The beer is big, with a dry undertone that makes you want to drink more. Really smooth and tasty. Some subtle bready and sugary notes are mixed in the palate, as well, and work as perfect accent notes. This is an insanely drinkable beer. The ABV is extremely hidden. The aftertaste is a subtle linger of the raspberry fruit notes, leading into a smooth, lingering tart and dry finish. This is a tasty damn beer! (970 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer smacks of raspberries up front. Juicy, jammy, and fresh. Then onto a spicy Belgian base and some alcohol. The beer lacks tart quality as with other beers in the style, but the fruit quality is exceptional.

A huge improvement on Rubaeus. (246 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear deep garnet red in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pink highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy pink head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of raspberries over the top of lighter aromas of pale malts and a very light amount of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts which is quickly overtaken by strong flavors of slightly tart raspberries. There is a light to moderate amount of sweetness and a light amount of spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of alcohol towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the beer is quite enjoyable though it might pair better with a chocolate dessert vs. a main course. (981 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2015 release, poured into a Founders Doom stemmed glass.

The beer pours a deep blood red, garnet and ruby hues, hazy but with light clarity and a thick finger or so of pinkish head, nice retention and webbed lace. The aroma is pleasant, strong raspberry preserve, jammy, seedy, sweet, fresh, light funk, definitely some underlying base beer, spice and pale grain. The flavors echo the nose, huge showing of raspberry, sweet and thick, almost syrupy, not quite cloying, but definitely strong and a little overwhelming, minimal base beer, just a hint of peppercorn and musty grain, light booziness. The mouthfeel is good, thick, full bodied, coating, moderate carbonation, very gentle and smooth, lightly dry at the finish.

Verdict: A nice fruit beer from Founders, imperial rubaeus wouldn't be out of the question, a bit sweet and syrupy, heavy and very one dimensional, just plain raspberry juice. The booze starts to come through a bit which adds to the harshness, but at the end of the day, this is refreshing and enjoyable, great for an afternoon session. (1,075 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful deep burgundy, average head with an aggresive pour. Some foamy lacing. Big raspberry aroma, some spiciness, a hint of pepper. Taste follows the nose with the big raspberry taste. It's pretty sweet, but avoids being cloying. Picking up some cranberry on the back end. Very smooth, good body and feel.

This is a great beer and I hope they don't wait 5 years or whatever, to make it again. Whenever they do make it, I'll be a buyer. (485 characters)

Photo of Northtexan
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful crimson red with a fluffy pink head. Absolutely stunning in appearance. Lovely smell from the glass. The taste is intense raspberry. This would VD heaven on a hot summer day. I will seek out more of this gem. (227 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 750ml. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap.

Acquired: From my sister, who bought it at Founders.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
ABV: 9.2%.
Style: Belgian stale ale (fruited).
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Goblet.
Expectations: Sky high (given the brewery)

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide head of pink colour. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention: ~20 seconds. Not long enough to properly note its characteristics.

BODY: Deep dark red of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks good overall. Not unique or mind-blowing.

AROMA: Fantastic raspberry with bursting fruity notes and a bit of pleasant tartness. Powdered sugar. Neutral Belgian pale malts. Belgian yeast. Maybe some crystal malts?

Aromatic intensity: mild.

A very appealing aroma with definite similarities to rubaeus. Surprisingly, it's not boozy at all.

No overt hop character or off-notes come through.

TASTE: It is a biteen boozy for a fruit beer which seems intended to be refreshing, but the raspberry fruit notes are nice and the tartness is pleasant. More tartness (or even sourness) would be ideal. The neutral Belgian pale malt backbone lets the fruit dominate. Belgian yeast does lend it a Belgian character, but it's not as pronounced as would be ideal.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Decent.

Complexity is reasonable. Not as intricate as great beers in the style. Not a real subtle brew.

TEXTURE: A bit overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, and medium-bodied, with fair thickness and heft (probably too much so).

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This doesn't accentuate the notes of the flavour profile well, nor does this texture elevate the beer. But it suits it decently.

OVERALL: An enjoyable brew from Founders, but far from world-class. Should be more drinkable and refreshing, with a tarter taste. I'll enjoy finishing my glass, but its alcohol presence holds it back. Likable for what it is.

Low B- (2,241 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful sweet raspberry beer. Has enough effervescence to not make it too sweet though. Very enjoyable! (150 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: What a beautiful ruby color with not much head

Smell: This has a raspberry robotussin like aroma to it. It gets better as it warms tho

Taste: Raspberry overload. All i really taste is raspberry with subtle notes of belgian yeast

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body; Goes down amazing for a 9% brew. Prickly carbonation makes it feel like a chpagne. Hardly any bitterness

Overall: This seem more like a champagne than a beer in the aromas and feel. It has a medicinal cough medicone aroma that turned me off at first, but. The raspberry character opened up as it warmed This would be a nice brew to drink on new Years or something. I definitely wouldn't gravitate towards it though since this isnt one of my go to style of beers. I can see the chicks really diggin it. Fun beer to try (810 characters)

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.