Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
Tasting with AgentZero.
22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.
The beer is dark pink with a light pink head, pretty good lacing...The aroma is really sweet with raspberries and despiting know that they are real the smell comes offs as very generic candied rasperberries. A little tartness to it but not much going on...The taste is lacking a little bit. The raspberries are dominant sweet and tart but it doesn't do a good job of hiding the alcohol, its very prominant, however its still very drinkable. The feel is ok, slightly warm but has a very distracting tart/bitter/alcohol finish.
Overall, this is ok but nothing special. Its not a true fruit beer to me, not enough fruit with too much alcohol. If you want to crush a 12% real quick and get slammed this might do the trick.
06-26-2010 20:59:56 | More by jrallen34
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
22oz bomber purchased at Capone's in East Norristown PA last year.
Appearance: Pours a fairly attractive translucent raspberry red with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.
Smell: Loads of raspberries that are a bit medicinal when the brew is refrigerator temperature, but start to lose this quality somewhat as the brew warms. A tinge of alcohol is nothing more than a whisper at this point and will probably be a mere memory soon.
Taste: Beautiful prominent raspberries and a slight grainy quality. Simple and delicious.
Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied but with a nice light spritzy carbonation of fine bubbles that help keep the bit of chewiness to a minimum.
Drinkabilty: Extremely good for the 12.30% abv and especially drinkable now that the alcohol heat and booziness have mellowed.
I want more. Please hit me up if you have some to trade.
06-10-2010 18:59:06 | More by koopa
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Received this awhile back in a trade with Nonstick. Thanks again Chris!
Appearance- Pours a deep ruby/crimson with a slight haze to it, though mostly translucent. I get about a half finger of slightly pink head off a fairly aggressive pour. Dies back in short order to some wisps across the top and a ring around the edges.
Smell- Wow, fresh raspberry jam. Despite its age, this one just pummels you with fresh smell raspberry. Just a slight woodiness as the end as well, along with a little bit of evident alcohol. Very reminiscent of New Glarus Raspberry Tart apart from the alcohol actually.
Taste- Again, lots of fresh raspberry preserves and a slight bit of woody seediness mixed in there as well. Finishes with a mild tartness and just a little bit of warming alcohol as well. Maybe just the slightest yeastiness as well, but I can't quite tell what I'm picking up on there.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decently substantial and adequately carbonated. Perhaps just a touch towards thin. Drinkability is excellent for the ABV as well and it went down quite easy.
Overall, a very good fruit beer. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the New Glarus but definitely worth giving it a try if you can still find it.
05-09-2010 22:04:29 | More by boatshoes
4.68/5 rDev +10.1%
I was very upset when I found out they were no longer brewing this beer. however they assured me that it could come out of retirement at some point.
this beer has a beautiful pink raspberry color, it pours nicely into a wine glass of a tulip glass, the texture is light with good carbonation and a sweet raspberry nose. despite its alcohol content there is no evidence of the abv while drinking it. i have bought this beer at many different places around philadelphia before its extinction, @ eulogy (where i currently work), @ cappones, @ the foodery, @ south philly taproom. if anyone wants to trade this beer for something please let me know. :)
04-27-2010 15:28:32 | More by phillybeergrl
2.58/5 rDev -39.3%
Thanks hoppymeal for this one.
Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.
The appaearance is very nice, a deep pink, with a light pink head. From here, it is all downhill.
The aroma has a faint yeastiness, and raspberries; lots of raspberries.
The body is medium, and the flavor - raspberries. Excessive raspberries, which do not allow any other flavors to come through.
This one is a miss. The New Glarus version is vastly superior.
04-10-2010 14:26:08 | More by brdc
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
Big thanks to GrueLurks for giving me the drop on where I could find a couple bottles of this, it had been on my wants list for a while. Hefty price tag at $16 a bottle. I hear that the high price of the raspberries was why this beer was retired in the first place. I looked but could not find a bottled on date...probably 2 or 3 years old though. Poured from a 22 oz bottle and split three ways.
Pours deep dark ruby red with a pinkish tinged head. Smells like fresh raspberries, which is surprising given the age of the bottle. The fresh smell and taste really surprised me given how old this is. The taste is more fresh raspberries, very sweet, bready malt as well. Kind of has a belgiany taste. Mouthfeel is a bit warming and medium bodied, comforting. The alcohol is hardly noticeable though. Good drinkability, especially for a high alcohol content fruit beer. I'm glad I got to try this one while a few bottles were still left around
03-29-2010 05:03:09 | More by Shumista
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
Pours a cloudy rose. Head is also pink in tone and very frothy.
Smell is a concentrated mix of malt and fruit, in a very lambic-like smell.
First sip is a slam of raspberry flavors in what is definitely a lambic style. It's very tart, very a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste. The alcohol content is also very subdued with the raspberry presence.
A shame that its no longer in production, this beer is a real shiner for what a raspberry lambic can be.
03-07-2010 02:25:58 | More by techfed87
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
Finalyl cracked one of the bottles I've been saving for a few years. Poured a dark rugby with a small white head. Moderate carbonation, hazy body and a small ammount of brown sediment.
The nose was wonderful; raspberry and candi sugar played the main role, but a hint tart cherry rounded things out nicely.
Tart cherry and raspberry strong in the taste, with mild sweet malts and yeast secondary. Finally a bit of spice (maybe cinnamon?) to finish things off. Peculiar absence of the (12.3%) alcohol?
Bittersweet and bitting and tanic up front in the feel, with tartness to boot. Thsi faded into a smooth and sweet lingering feeling which was lovely.
Overall this was a fantastic beer, defintiely to be enjoyed (shared) with others.
02-24-2010 19:04:33 | More by sinistrsam
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
Huge thanks goes out to Benanomyces for sending me a bottle of this. This was and always will be a huge want of mine so it was great to try a bottle. Thanks a ton, Ben!
Pours a clear ruby-violet on the first pour, the last pour has a light haze to it. A small, pink tinted head is produced on the pour but doesn't have great retention. Despite the lack of head, there is some minimal lacing left behind.
The nose is pure, unadultured raspberries, seed and all. It's literally like I shoved my face in fresh, mashed raspberries. If you like raspberries, this is heaven. No alcohol on the nose.
The taste is a little more subdued than the nose. Definitely dominated by the raspberries, but biscuity malts come out in the background. An unfortunate ethanol taste kicks in at the end, sort of ruining the perfection. No alcohol burn, just the taste. Not really sour or sweet, sort of a combination of both.
Mouthfeel is medium, with a pretty crisp carbonation, sort of sour and dry. Literally no alcohol presence or burn. Drinkability is dangerous. It was insanely easy to polish off this bomber by my lonesome, and probably wouldn't be a chore to finish another.
Overall, a great beer. I have a feeling it is slightly past it's prime. I would have liked a tarter character in the taste, but the alcohol has all but disappeared completely, which is a plus. Great stuff, can't wait to try it again.
02-05-2010 02:05:22 | More by Mistofminn
4/5 rDev -5.9%
We tapped open a 2008 bottle of Blushing Monk...ohhh, don't know why Founders retired this gem...oh yeah, the raspberries $$$. But I believe this is better than their Rubaeus!
Raspberry nose hides the 12.3% ABV. The taste is sweet brewed raspberries. Poured a brownish/red, light lacing. An awesome specialty from Founders, and it was a treat to remember its beauty.
02-01-2010 02:20:57 | More by thequeen711
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Found a few bombers at Capones. Not sure where they came from, but I'll certainly take advantage of this situation. Poured from the bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: Dark ruby red color with some amber hues. Head is a very light, almost neon pink color. Head only foams up to about a finger or so and then recedes all but completely. Minimal lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Pretty much raspberries. Slightly tart, giving it a very red wine-like aroma. No noticeable hints of any bit of the 12.3% alcohol. But yea, raspberries.
Taste: Raspberries dominate yet again. Some yeast and some chewy, bready malts. Finish seems a bit more fruity than just fresh raspberries but I can't put my finger on it much further than just calling it dark fruits. I poured this fairly warm, and as it warmed further the raspberries picked up more of a sweetness, but they never tasted artificial. Alcohol came through a bit once it was nice and warm too.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. Leaves a nice, sweet raspberry flavor anywhere the beer touches.
Drinkability: Don't think this goes beyond one bomber, unless you REALLY like raspberries. But that is not to say drinking one is a chore, it was a pleasure.
Solid beer, glad I got to try it.
12-28-2009 17:37:36 | More by Ezekiel81923
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
22 oz. bottle courtesy of czoch74. Poured in to a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Well, just to get it out of the way, this looks precisely like a 12.3% Belgian fruit-infused beer should look like. That is, it pours out a deep burgundy, thick and still, that a vigorous pour can only coax about a quarter finger of dull white, slightly tinged head that fades in about ten seconds. The lacing is precisely the same - nonexistent, that is, with anything even resembling it running and disappearing as soon as it starts to begin to think about maybe clinging to the sides of the glass.
Aroma: Absolutely huge raspberry literally permeates the room. It's evident from the initial opening of the bottle - thick, tart and sweet, natural, estery, slightly boozy with the 12.3%, and intermingling with tons of spice and roasted, sweet malts.
Taste: Enormous amounts of tart raspberry - not quite as much as Raspberry Tart, but certainly close, and probably a little tarter, actually, with some hints of other berry-like notes (strawberry predominantly) - and accompanied by a slew of pleasant dark Belgian notes. Slight fruity esters - bananas, mainly - a few spicy phenolic notes, and tons of moderately sweet roasted malts - brown sugar, caramel, other bready malts - and a faint amount of slightly spicy alcohol. Not terribly complex (or maybe it is, and it's just covered up well by a few strong, overwhelming notes) but very well-integrated, authentic, and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Not thick - or at least, cut well by the alcohol and fruit addition - but instead rather quenching and tart, with a faint prickle in the finish. The carbonation is definitely there, loose and free and easily dislodged.
Drinkability: An interesting brew that it's unfortunate to see retired. The Belgian thing almost works well with the raspberries, and the raspberries themselves are fantastic. Oh, and the alcohol is absolutely nonexistent, only poking its head through in very rare instances. Also, my girlfriend absolutely loved it, which is something I can pretty much say about only one other beer we've ever tried together (and I've made her try A LOT). So, definitely recommended.
12-22-2009 04:28:54 | More by CrellMoset
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 12.3%. No bottling info is given.
A-Pours a very dark red that has a great glow when held to the light. It has a one finger slightly purple colored head that dissipated quickly to a small ring surrounding some film. There is some visible sediment and not many bubbles can be seen rising. Some decent lace is left in between sips.
S-Raspberries dominate the nose. It has a tartness to it. The 12.3% is not noticeable.
T-Lots of raspberry flavor, both sweet and tart, is prevalent from the beginning to the end of each sip. There is a touch of yeast and some graininess in between sips.
M-Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. It leaves a very dry mouthfeel.
D-The abv is extremely well hidden. A 22 is too much for one person.
A pretty good fruit beer. It did not taste artificial. I found the sweet and tart raspberry flavors to be a nice change of pace from my usual picks.
11-28-2009 16:44:34 | More by mjl21
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from a bomber into a Medieval Times (YES!!) pilsner glass.
A: Poured a vigorous half finger creamy whitish pink head with medium retention. Brew itself is a cloudy deep red. Lacing is light and stringy
S: Nose is fresh red fruit with a hint of sour notes
T: Beginning is raspberry and gets sweeter and sweeter towards the middle. Ending is slight tartness with alcoholic finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with an alcoholic bite that finishes clean and dry. Carbonation is apparent.
D: Deliciously drinkable and the ABV is hidden well here. No overwhelming alcoholic nose or taste though you definitely know its there. Enjoyable if you like lindeman's fruit lambics as it is not as sweet but with a similar style, taste.
10-11-2009 20:51:12 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
As always, big thanks to prototypic for sharing the wealth.
A - Pours mostly brown with a little bit of a pink hue. Head is somewhat minimal and also has a hint of pink to it. Retention looks to be just about average. Some spotty lace stays behind in the glass. Not a bad looking beer but nothing to write home about either.
S - Aroma is absolutely dominated by raspberries. It starts with raspberry with some raspberry that comes in about midway. Towards the end, more raspberry. On a side note, there might be a hint of cherry hidden in here. Pretty one dimensional overall. Not bad though.
T - Well, well, well...Flavor starts with raspberry. It's not quite as one sided as the aroma. There seems to be layers to the fruit that adds at least a little complexity. It starts out with a sweeter sugary flavor and quickly changes to a mouth puckering tartness. Alcohol stays very well hidden til the very end. It's good but still comes across as a little too one dimensional for me.
M - Body is lighter than expected but that isn't a problem with this beer. Carbonation is lively and also works well. Finish is tart and has a little heat to it.
D - Drinkability is good for a 12.3% raspberry bomb. It's simple but I think that's what Founders is going for with the Blushing Monk. It goes down quite easy given the abv. Actually, the alcohol is hard to pinpoint which is pretty shocking for a beer of this stature. A good idea might be to share this brew. A bomber might be a bit much in a session for one person but I'd sure be happy trying to put one away myself. Another fine brew from Founders.
09-27-2009 03:23:25 | More by csmiley
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
Huge thanks to hoppymeal for knocking off this 'want.' Thanks, Derek.
Blushing Monk pours a deep reddish brown color. It's a little hazy, but sufficient lighting gets through to reveal a really nice scarlet hue. It's topped with a foamy pinkish looking head. It only rose to about a finger and dissipated quickly. No big surprise given the abv. Lacing was on the light side. Nice looking stuff all-around.
The nose is initially very sweet and chock full of berries. Very strong raspberry aroma. There's a little malt in there. Perhaps some light grainy notes. The strong berry aroma seems to interfere with anything else that may be present. Much to my surprise, I'm not picking up any alcohol. Extremely nice job there. Not a whiff is noted. Toward the end a little yeast is noted. This is an above average smelling beverage. Doesn't resemble beer much at all, but it smells alright nonetheless.
The flavor profile is not quite what I was expecting. It is a little sweet up front. There's plenty of raspberry flavor noted throughout. What comes as a surprise is the sour flavor. It resembles sour cherry a little. It's a pleasant sour flavor though and isn't overbearing at all. I like that aspect of it quite a bit. It blends well with the sweet raspberry flavor. Frankly, I'm not too enthralled with Founders fruity releases, but this is easily the best of the bunch. I like it, but don't quite love it. Amazingly, I'm still not picking up any alcohol. That's quite the feat. My bottle indicates 12.3% abv. Really impressive. There is a bit of a yeasty flavor on the tail. At the end of the day, it's good stuff. Still not a lot going in the 'beer' department, but it's a good beverage.
Blushing Monk has a medium body that's relatively smooth. Carbonation seems a little high and prevents it from scoring any better. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor here pretty well, but it is strong at 12.3%. I also find fruit beers interesting on a pretty limited basis. I'm happy to split this bomber.
Founders did a nice job overall with Blushing Monk. Personally, I prefer this to their other fruit beers. Yeah, it's somewhat one dimensional, but there's enough flavor to score pretty well. It does have a nice taste. Founders did a really nice job with the alcohol in this one. You'd never guess it's over 12%. For a fruit beer, it's good stuff. If you're into the style, you'll probably really like it. If you're like me and have a tough time getting into the style, you might just be surprised. Definitely worth picking up if you have the opportunity.
09-27-2009 02:05:58 | More by prototypic
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
Appearance: Raspberry-mahogany with a pink head and almost no lacing. Not the most tasty looking beer ever, probably a given based on the ingredients.
Smell: Huge raspberry aroma and sweetness. A nice bit of tartness as well.
Taste: Raspberries again, lots of sweetness and a cookie-dough malt. I don't believe this is 4x Rubaeus though, more like double.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly full, almost too big. A bit sticky.
Drinkability: Enjoyable, but enormous and better shared.
*NB: Much better than Rubaeus, that one is a bit watery
09-10-2009 23:04:36 | More by craytonic
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
A- Ruby/purple in color. Active head with decent retention and lacing.
S- FRESH raspberry... a mixture of sweet/sour/tart. Nice yeasty bread and malty notes.
T- Full but not overpowering sweet/sour raspberry flavor. Nice Belgian malty/yeasty flavors to keep it balanced. Excellent. Best tasting raspberry beer yet.
M- Medium bodied, slightly sticky, good carbonation for a bottle almost 2 years old.
D- Great pre or post meal sipper. A truly wonderful experience from top to bottom. ABV completely hidden.
08-19-2009 17:07:24 | More by rfgetz
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours from a 22oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Emerges a perfect red grap color with a tight, stiff, pink carnation colored head. Some sporadic lacing as well. Good retention for a 12%abv beer.
Aroma is pure, tart raspberries and a touch of alcohol. The alcohol is a little hidden but as the beer warms, the aroma becomes more noticeable.
More raspberries and a touch of caramel and chocolate in the flavor. The abv is really well hidden. A slight alcoholic warming effect is the only indication this one is any stronger than Rubaeus.
Medium bodied yet crisp and relatively clean. Finishes slightly dry. A really nice beer. I really loved Rubaeus and this was no let down either. The raspberry flavor really shines, as it should, and this one is a real easy drinker.
07-15-2009 19:04:06 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Appearance - pours a deep hazed raspberry color. A light pink cover of foam leaves a high water mark of lace and some stray dots as well.
Aroma - nice raspberry smell, not overly sweet, but good.
Taste - a big sweet raspberry drink. There is a tannic sourish tang on the swallow, could be hops or fruit, not quite sure. A needed bit of balance, though. As the beer warms a bit, the natural tartness of the fruit comes out more, enhanced by the abv warmth.
Mouthfeel - a little creamy, quite crisp, close to a champagne feel.
Drinkability - as much like a fruity wine as it is a potent brew. Not much in the way of grain, hops, the basic beer components. A fine dessert beer or evening apertif, the strength and tartness of the beer keep it at a sipping level.
06-23-2009 03:05:36 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. The color is relatively clear and pretty, a nice ruby color. There is a small reddish-white head that leaves small lacing along the side of the glass.
The aroma to me is strongly of raspberries or raspberry seeds. I also smell some sugar and lighter malts. Alcohol at the back end. It is the raspberry that comes through most, though.
The taste has a nice tartness to it. I get raspberries and malt, with a bitterness near the back. I detect a little caramel to it as well. I do not notice the alcohol whatsoever despite the high ABV. Overall though, this is raspberry, raspberry, and more raspberry. It is enjoyable.
The mouthfeel is carbonated and leaning towards thin rather than medium. It sticks in my mouth a little bit after swallowing.
A very drinkable beer. I split this with my girlfriend who also liked it. If you are into fruit beers, I recommend this. It will not stun you with complexity, but there is enough going on to keep up the interest.
05-19-2009 01:43:14 | More by tedsox31
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
My bottle says 12.3% and this site says 9.5.
Pours a red raspberry color. Very little head. No lacing.
Smells of raspberry and a little funk. Nice and sweet lambic smell.
Tastes is just as it smells but with a little caramel malt to it. Lit bit of Belgian funk and sourness. Pretty tasty.
Mouthfeel could use a little more carb because of the taste is a little viscous.
Overall a tasty brew. I would drink it again for sure.
04-08-2009 07:04:00 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.63/5 rDev +8.9%
Are you sure the monk is blushing, could be Irish and drunk? Sat on this for about 6 months and it is tasting great. Pours a semi clear amber color with a definite red hue through out. A mostly white head with a hint or shade of pink. Good retention but limited lacing.
The nose is complex with some hints of raspberries. The malt really comes out with nice blend of kettle caramel, melanodians, some sugary notes and a light bready Belgian thing going on. Nice malt backing. The raspberry is noticeable and is distinct, but is limited overall as a fruit beer. Probably better that way. The yeast has a slight Belgian note as well, with some plums, raisins and citrus that helps the raspberry notes come out. Very clean yeast, even more so considering the ABV.
The taste is more on par with a fruit beer as the raspberries come out a bit more versus the nose. The malt and complexity is still there. A very nice caramel and Special B malt like taste comes out. Some sugary notes that enhances the Belgian Strong flavor. Some lighter spice notes on the back end as well. The raspberries come out but blend nicely with the malt. A slight astringency from the taste but leaves a light citrus kick and lingers into the finish. A bit dry as a beer but balances nicely with the fruit. Very clean with the yeast and alcohol.
The body is moderate and surprisingly so clean for the ABV. The carbonation is light but does allow the raspberry to come out more. Just have to say it again, very clean. Overall a great fruit beer, and no it's not an oxymoron.
04-03-2009 22:06:44 | More by Oxymoron
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from the bottle a hazy dark raspberry color with a thin, creamy pink head.
Aroma of raspberry kool-aid, fresh raspberries, and a touch of funk.
Big sour raspberry bite up front followed by sweetened raspberry kool-aid and raspberry jam. Finishes clean. The 12.3% is well-hidden.
Medium bodied, crisp and tart, and quite carbonated.
This is much too easy to drink. Especially for a 12% brew. Enjoy this one if you get the chance.
04-01-2009 21:53:21 | More by Monkeyknife
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Binny's Orland Park
Blushing Monk has been tucked away in my cellar for close to two years now. The shimmering raspberry red body shows some haze even after sitting for such a long period. The head grows easily to a fatty finger in height and has some positive staying power. The foaminess is white but has a tint of deep red from all the berries used. Patchy but sticky lacing gets left behind after each sip.
There's not much to the nose of this beer besides huge, intense, vivid raspberries. I have to say, it's tough for me to pull my nose from the glass. There's more sweetness than tartness involved but they seem to be pretty well balanced. There is a bit of mustiness that I'm going to say is coming from the yeast used since this is a "Belgian Style Ale".
Again, it's raspberries front and center. Big, bursting, delicious raspberries come across a little tart off the bat, enough to actually cause a little pucker. The tartness is greeted by a nice sweetness mid-palate that balances things out nicely. The mustiness come along pretty well on the swallow and adds a much needed layer of complexity. The alcohol is nowhere to be found....nowhere!
The mouthfeel is spot on. For a 12.3% brew the body is outstanding with a medium body and a touch of stick. The carbonation is active enough to brush that stickiness right away and leave some prickliness over the tongue.
For such a rich fruit beer the drinkability is excellent. The alcohol is non-existent and that fruitiness is both rich and quenching. The finish is slightly sweet.
This is yet another excellent brew from the guys over at Founders. I'm not all that into fruit beers but this is a great example of what fruit beers can and should be.
03-30-2009 05:56:55 | More by joe1510
Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.