Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
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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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Ratings: 1,922 | Reviews: 610
Photo of jmasher85
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank the Founders Rübæus last night, so this is going to be my point of comparison. It was delicious as a hard beverage, just not what I would put in any beer category (as in, "Young lady, you say you don't like beer? Why don't you try this one?")

This one pours less ruby red and just a bit pinker than their other offering. Similarly thin with a lack of head but decent carbonation. The smell on this one takes the impressions I had of the Rübæus a step further. I mentioned in the other's review that it was sweet, but not quite Jolly Rancher sweet. This one literally smells exactly like a raspberry Jolly Rancher. I mean exactly like one (with a very minor hint of bubble gum from the esters). 'Nuff said.

But the taste, now that's where we start to see some character. Yeah, the raspberry is definitely there, but there's a lot more dimension to this beer than with the Rübæus. The malts are definitely more pronounced, and while it's sweet and quite fruity, it's not soda-level. I can't put a finger on what else I'm tasting in there, but it's less sour, more savory and rich, much like the Belgians who inspired this brew would have wanted it to be. Tastes more like a meal, which is the rubric I hold for all great heavy Belgian beers. A bit of grass, and bit of grain, and a malty thickness that really lasts on the back of the tongue as it goes down, and this is a solid raspberry beer. I would take it over the Rübæus any day, except that I only have one bottle and it probably won't be released again for another several years.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish caramel color. Almost like beet juice was added to an amber. A one finger white head fizzes up on the pour and then settles quickly.

S: I mean, if you're looking for raspberry, it's definitely there. Super sweet and syrupy, almost Otter Pop-like. Getting a sweet Sprite-like soda sweetness in the back as well. Bracing myself...

T: Freaking sweet. Not really getting anything in here besides a cloying raspberry cough syrup flavor. No real Belgian yeast aspect to it at all, just a ton of raspberry syrup. I can't remember if those Welch's fruit juice boxes I used to drink as a kid came in a raspberry-grape flavor, but this is exactly what I would imagine it would taste like.

Photo of Austin32
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing deep red color, incredible smell of raspberries. Flavor of raspberries really shines through and it hides its abv. Just too sweet for my tastes however.

Photo of WckdVbz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great fruit beer. This is nothing like Rübæus.

Photo of Premo88
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(Jan. 7, 2015 bottling date? "005 15" printed high on bottle neck)

L: red ... literally, like Oklahoma Sooners' crimson red with a pink head of foam that is sticking like glue at the top; keeps a tidy collar of offwhite/light pink foam; clarity is very nice and helping showcase the color; man, this son of a gun is crayon red ... what a hue! no lacing

S: ice cold all you get is a generic sour note, maybe some dry white wine/sour grapes; as it warms, the yeast sourness softens a little, but it's still very tart ... much more tart than taste; if dig deep, can pick up a hint of raspberry/sweet

T: that has to be syrup, right? wow, big sweet raspberry flavor packaged around a tight little sour bite ... the tartness is fantastic, very Flemish red-like, but the sugary sweet raspberry is the key note; that tartness is really working hard to punch through the sweet as we get going -- my mouth is puckering pretty hard; can taste a little alcohol in the form of a sour grapes/wine flavor; the raspberry flavor is pervasive; the tart almost hits lemon ... not quite but every now and then it gets close

F: seems about perfect -- light, crisp, well-carbonated for a solid, full effect. in truth, it's hard to get a good read on the feel because the super sweet and puckering tartness is making my mouth do reactionary calisthenics. it's a good problem.

O: i love it ... a fantastic sweet-sour dance of sugar, rasberry and some tart yeast; if it were any sweeter, it wouldn't work, but the tart bite is helping rein in the sugar and giving it balance; fans of wild ales and sours would call this candy, but for those of us still working toward sours, this is a cool little bike ride with training wheels down a raspberry garden. what a fun ride!

Photo of EMV
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at 'Champs' in State College, PA in a snifter glass.

L: Pours a deep maroon, almost merlot in color. A thick pale pink head leaves delicate lacing on the cup.

S: Fruity, raspberry and sweet.

T and F: This is a dessert. A nice mixture of fruity sweets and raspberry tartness, and the raspberry flavor dominates as expected. Nicely carbonated and very smooth.

O: Great fruit beer, one of the best I've had and what I'd expect from Founders. It makes a great sipping dessert, and one glass is enough. Great way to finish a session. The 9.2% ABV is well (too well?) hidden. Very comparable to a Lindemans but somewhat better in my opinion.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is reddish amber in color. There's a fingernail of off white foam covering about a third of the top. Light lacing is present on the glass. I smell tart raspberries and light Belgian candy sugar. The taste is a wallop of tart raspberries that seems to grow more tart at the back of the palate. The mouth is heavily carbonated,crisp,and a bit sticky.

Photo of larryarms847
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep purple-red with a solid finger of airy off-white foam.

Very quaffable bouquet of tart raspberries, not much else in terms of aroma.

Very sweet, slightly tart raspberry flavor. Unfortunately, after recently enjoying New Glarus' Raspberry Tart, this is a far cry from being outstanding. Has a slightly artificialness about it.

Light-bodied, medium-high prickly carbonation, tart, but overly sweet to be as refreshing as I was hoping this would be. There is an artificial feel that leaves me wanting more.

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a seethru pink with light pink one finger head that dies quick and leaves a little lace patch ring aroung glass. Aroma is basically tart raspberries and more tart razzies.
Obviously, the beer has an acidic tartness that is strong and wallops you with raspberries. The sweetness coming through though is just as strong and this beer is well-balanced, smooth, easy to drink, and in no way would I guess over 9% ABV had I not seen label; ABV well-hidden. A classic fruit/dessert beer that is worth trying.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was afraid it would b overly sweet and shallow on the complexity. Turns out to be just dry enough to keep from being a candy bomb and the touch of tart funk helps the balance. Belgian candied body. Creamy but light feel. Tho is a really solid effort

$18 for 750 ml bottle

Photo of hardysf
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In your face raspberries. Too sweet for me. Wife Loves it.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like juice, but it's not too sweet. Nice balance.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of woodchip
3.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Medicinal, and too sweet for my tastes...

Photo of gonzo000
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Reminds me more of a raspberry wine - very good.

Photo of benzalman
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Complete syrup bomb. disappointed by this.

Photo of janey323
4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I could drink this all day, everyday! Deliciously sweet and satisfying.

Photo of JanieClaudia
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious... The slightly sour raspberry taste compliments the smooth sweetness of the beer. Would definitely recommend.

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of Timmy612
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear pink, lots of raspberries, not much else, but the raspberry flavor is spot on. Not artificial at all.

Photo of KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,922 ratings.