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Founders Blushing Monk - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 523
Gots: 602 | FT: 59
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to alefish for this bottle.

A: thick, dark red color that is almost purple in the middle and pink on the outsides, with a strong, light pink head.

S: smell is raspberry with some sweetness some yeast spiciness. The smell is fine, but it could be a lot more aromatic (if it were fresh).

T: taste is raspberry dominant, but is not overly sweet like I expected. Its tartness balances it out, and the raspberry taste even lets some belgian flavor come through.

M: medium-heavy body with a good amount of carbonation that lifts the body and gives it a bit of fluff.

O: solid beer, but it was better when I had it on tap at Founders. I started off thinking that my glass was not enough, but the drinkability diminishes as I have more than 8 ounces. It's trite, but this is now a different beer as the raspberry diminishes. Still awesome.

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

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - dark red with a pink head that thinned to a ring leaving a few spots behind.

S - tart raspberries, it's a nice aroma.

T - tart raspberry flavor from start to finish, no hint at over 9% abv here.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - I'm glad I have one more bottle to enjoy with my sister-in-law for Easter 2012.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. The one "special" Founders release I just happened upon at the bottle shop, no ridiculous effort to obtain. Already gets extra points just for that.

A dark red pour, I mean no light really gets through. Pretty thick looking. Founders has such nice looking big beers.

Aroma, raspberry and tart cherry. That's about it.

Taste, not too sweet like I was expecting. Raspberry and a plethora of other red fruits. Light hay and lighter yet yeast funk. Still the raspberry and currant are the stars.

About in the middle body wise. A healthy amount of carbonation keeps this from being too fruit juicy. Still pretty coating.
An interesting high fruit American style Belgian.
4.5 overall is from ease of obtainment.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark purple color with deep red highlights. an interesting pink/violet color foam caps the dark liquid.

S - the aroma is very fruit forward. notes of currants and berries are dominate along with an aroma reminiscent of sorbet.

T - the flavors are very similar to the nose. fruit forward. mostly currants and berries but there is a medicinal cherry note possibly from alcohol. drier than expected.

M - slick mouth feel. medium bodied. medium carbonation.

O - an interesting beer. I was surprised as how easy it was to drink, and the unique aromas. but not something I would crave constantly especially at this price point.

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Appearance – A very dark ruby black opaque color with a medium pink head. A thin head stays with the beer throughout.

Smell – Raspberries. A bit more sour than sweet. And some toasted malt.

Taste – Taste is mostly raspberries, slightly tart, with a touch of red wine.

Mouthfeel – A tingly carbonation, medium body. A bit tart. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Drinkability – Highly drinkable. The only hint of alcohol at all is the touch of red wine.

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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