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Founders RübæusFounders Rübæus

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Enjoyed: 21 November 2013

Appearance: A deep burgundy red with an ever so slightly pink head that builds quickly and fades just as fast, leaving a small ring of bubbles on the edges of the glass.

Smell: A sweet bouquet of raspberries and not much else. This doesn't smell as strong as Lindemann's Framboise.

Taste: This is a sweet fruit beer. The raspberry flavor is especially pronounced, but lacking any sourness whatsoever. Almost tastes like raspberry juice, but there is certainly an amount of beer-like bitterness on the very back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not especially effervescent, and quickly looses carbonation.

Overall: A decent brew, but not one I would search out again. I prefer sour fruit beers over this, and if I want to drink a raspberry beer, I'll go for a raspberry lambic.

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Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/26/13. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours ruby red with a hint of purple. There's one finger of a light pinkish head

Smell: Fresh raspberries, grainy malt, tart. Slight Belgian quality as well.

Taste: Tart raspberries, malt sweetness, light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the better fruit beers out there. This is exactly what I'm looking for in a summer beer. Only downside is the relatively high price given what this beer is.

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Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass or Flute]

The pour was a murky almost dark cranberry red with a small light pink fizzy head that was fully diminishing and produced no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was all about raspberries, with a light grain malt and a sweet yeast along with notes of candi sugar, a light vinous odor and a moderate tartness.

The taste was boldly sweet with a nice malt undertone and a huge raspberry presence from the start and was present throughout, progressing slightly with a wheaty sour taste latching on towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a fruity tart taste left behind on the taste buds to linger for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and somewhat syrupy in texture with a strong ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a very refreshingly tasty Fruit Beer, it possesses a bold fruit taste along with a mild hint of wheat only to be topped with a decent tartness making it very enjoyable and refreshingly easy to drink...


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Photo of dexterk1
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in NYC. Appearance is dark amber/ reddish.
Odor is of ripe raspberries mostly.
Taste was raspberry front and center. Almost like a fruity sparkling wine. Sweet but not over powering or drying. The fruit is almost all of the flavor profile. Perhaps some other brown sweetness in there but very little.
Mouth feel is carbonated and light. Easy drinking.
Overall, not overly sweet (which I was afraid it would be). Raspberry beginning, middle and end. Nice lambic-like beer.

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Photo of davey101
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Date is smudged but I can make out that it's from June 2013. Pours a deep red/violet body with two quick fingers worth of pink stained foam. Pretty solid lacing and retention. Aroma is raspberry jam and some caramel malts. Zero hop presence. Taste is similar with tart raspberries and malts. Not as juicy or fruity as New Glarus raspberry tart but on a similar page. Slightly syrupy but never daunting. This is a really solid fruit beer, I just can't believe I'd be in the mood for it that often.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby coloring with no head. Aromas of rich, darkly sweet raspberry, like when you boil the fruit when you are making jelly/jam. Flavors are rich and sweet, heavy in legit raspberry fruit flavors. It does a very good job avoiding the sugary or syrupy sweet characteristics. Tart and slightly bitter notes at the end of the palate. The body is smooth and slick. Rich, sweet, and tart aftertaste that starts to pucker a bit as you continue to drink. Slick, slightly cloying finish with a decent tart linger. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of carolynschaf
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry fruit flavor. Very sweet, hard to drink more than one. Very nice color and consistency. A very good choice for people who do not love the beer flavor and are more into cider style drinks.

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Photo of morris786
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours strawberry red with small head and minimal lacing. Smell is earthy herbal raspberries. The fruit flavor in the beer taste very real. You don't get that medicine taste that I've had with other fruit beers I've tried. It's a fresh raspberry with fruit herbal tea flavor and a malty backbone. Very tasty for a fruit beer but I must admit I'm not a fan of the style.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer make a return. Picked up a 4-pack a couple weeks ago, finishing it up now.

The beer is maroon colored with some clarity. A pink head starts at about a finger in size, falling to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving some lace behind.

Nose is raspberries. Sweet, fruity and authentic with light tartness. Decent strength.

Taste is mostly fresh raspberries and that's it. Good mix of sweetness and tartness. Slight grassy and stemmy tastes hiding in there, and make this not so one-dimensional, but it's pretty much all about that fruit. Some lemon maybe in the finish.

Full-bodied with high carbonation that's just a bit spiky. Otherwise smooth and malty, drinks pretty easy.

It's simple yeah, but a very solid straight up fruit beer. Nice fresh taste, light and drinkable, good summer release. Pure raspberry ale.

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this first at the Green River Brewfest in June. Enjoyed then, but they were only serving about a half ounce. So I bought a bottle in a mixed six to try.

Poured into an amber wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A deep clear red. No surprise there. Finger thick white head vanished rather quickly, leaving a very thin partial surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s: Fruity. Still no surprise.

t: Raspberries! Unsweetened, with a bitter aftertaste which lingers forever. Initial reaction was it was like drinking a dry red raspberry-flavored wine.

m: Medium due to the tart raspberry taste. Refreshing but almost mouth-puckering.

o: A most unusual beer. Rubaeus certainly delivers the raspberry flavor. However, at the price point it might be possible to get just as much fruiity flavor (with more than twice the ABV), from a bottle of Wild Vines or Arbor Mist. I'd recommend this only if you LOVE the flavor of unsweetened semi-ripe raspberries, and don't really want to get a big buzz.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks! Pours a deep almost neon pinkish red with a very small slightly pink head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sour berries and funk, with more malt presence than I expected (silly me for expecting a Blushing Monk type of brew). Flavor is big bold raspberry with some other flavors mixing in that I can’t put my finger on. A definite malt presence in the finish. Dry finish and plenty of carbonation. More like Cerise than Blushing Monk. Solid overall, but not spectacular.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crimson caramel topped with a frothing of pink-glinted ivory.
Aromatic of mashed raspberries and caramel-fudge nougat.
The first draught suggest all raspberries, and all the time. But it is neither all berries, nor exclusive, though the pulpy, seed-laden, fleshy berryness is prevasive, and predominant. Malt assembles, full of milk chocolate, and cakey breadiness. Berries stand true and tall through it all, even as the malt fades, and the lightly tannic and tart fruitiness dominates the hindquarters. A glimpse of wine-cooleresque sweet alcohol is noted late, and hops are excluded for the most part.
This certainly pulls no punches. It's unabashed raspberries. Not so out-of-sorts as to be compared with things like Leinies Berry Weiss. The attention to the malt end helps elude such a fate. But the manic sugars and lightly cloying nature would prohibit me from drinking more than one. Fans of Lindeman's Framboise or New Glarus Raspberry tart will find a like minded brew. But for me, the wine-cooler element seems underlined here.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink-amber with a thin white head. The aroma immediately reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise for the rich raspberry. The flavor is similar but lighter in body and not quite as strong in flavor. I mean, if you want real raspberries in a glass, you've got it here. There's a mild earthy note that distinguishes this from a raspberry flavored beer and it's almost juicy at times, finishing with a sweet and sour tang.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the outset of this review, I feel a disclaimer to be somewhat necessary. That is, this is a fruit beer--a style that has become a bit of a laughing stock in the craft beer world. I have seen this occur close to home with Magic Hat's flagship #9 which is altogether disregarded by most of the beer snobs I know. That said, Founder's has yet to let me down and I love raspberries, so I figured I'd shell out the seemingly overpriced $4 for a single and give it a fair shot.

A: Beautiful ruby, as you would expect from, say, raspberry juice.

S: Raspberry again, with almost nothing else. Very pleasant, though.

T: As expected, the raspberry flavor is quite overwhelming and, although very pleasant, it is quite difficult to tell that you're not drinking a raspberry juice cocktail of some sort. No hints of alcohol or malt for me or those who tried my pour. Most doubted that I was in fact drinking alcohol.

M: Substantial and impressive.

Overall, especially due to the price of this offering, I would generally dissuade others from shelling out the $13 or $14 for a 4-pack considering the low alcohol content. However, I don't regret trying it at all and, if someone approached me asking for my recommendations for fruity beers, this would be chief among them. Very well done for the style, but not a beer I can see many flocking to considering the pricetag.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

On-tap 8/5/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short pinkish-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong raspberries, light caramelized malts and not much else.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong raspberry flavor. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is very mild as you would expect. This one is all raspberries. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you crave the raspberry flavor.

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Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one from Aprilluvsbeer as part of BC2. thanks april!

12oz bottle.

pours crystal clear red colour with a wisp pinkish white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. raspberry bread. touch of alcohol. light sweetness. it does come across as slightly medicinal, but not overly so.

taste is good. lots of raspberry. big bready malt. bit of alcohol. light sweetness. slightly tart. bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. the raspberry character is strong, but still lets the base beer show through. nice level of sweetness without reaching an undesirable sticky sweet level.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz twist top stubby poured into a pint glass.

Clear crimson with a huge, Whitish pink head that leaves globs of lace.

Smells of real raspberries, not berry flavoring. Some floral hops underneath pair well with the berry tartness.

The raspberries are also strong in the taste, with the suggestion of hop bitterness again working with the berries. Not much else going on, but I do appreciate tasting real berries instead of generic berry juice/synthetic flavoring.

Moderate to light mouthfeel. Unimpressive but I don't see anything fuller helping this one out. This could be a good hot day beer, or a good one to pair with poultry.

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Logical raspberry aromas arise from a burned burgundy-colored liquid. Fudge and caramel sundae topping and tootsie roll aromas beef up the bouquet considerably. It's a dry moutful of dusty red fruit tannin, dense malt weight (a Founders signature) and vibrant raspberry fruit flavors. A dry, crusty caramel-flavored foundation is obvious. A streak of sweet alcohol flavor joins the finish. Punctuated fruit acidity and bitterness on the finish roughly counterweigh the sweet, plump elements. Another parade of good tasting ingredients from Founders. While it is impeccably crafted and well-proportioned, there are no surpises here. Nothing happens to the raspberry and slo-poke flavors on their way to an admirably dry finish. Though this beer may be a prescription for boredom, the brewers should be praised for their craftsmanship, skill and market sensibility.

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Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an attractive raspberry color with less than a 1/2 finger head in a stein.

Strong raspberry aroma.

The beer was lightly carbonated.

There was little alcoholic presence in the beer. It tastes more like a fruit soda, or a fruit drink.
Refreshing, but not my style of beer. A times it almost tasted like cough syrup.

Even though I am not partial to this style of beer, it seems well brewed. There is balance in the beer.

It would work well at barbecues on hot sunny afternoons.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste: raspberry cherry grenadine raspberry tartness taste a lot like a kitty cocktail.
Overall: this is a solid beer light bodied really dry finish. maybe just a little to sweet. Wish it was more tart and less sweet.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It is a hazy brown color that has been tinged with a ruby color. The head was an off white lacing that disappeared quickly.

S: Very sweet and very potent berry in the nose.

T: This reminds me of the New Glarus fruited beers. Very sweet raspberry flavors with a touch of carameled grains.

M: It is very thick to point I kinda want to stop drinking it. The carbonation is lacking significantly. This could have been much better.

O: Definately not your everyday beer. Very sweet and fruity but is well done within that style. Worth mentioning in the same sentence as Rasberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red although both those are indeed better.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from the “I want THAT BIF: Round 3” thanks to BeerBeing.

The color is a rusty, dull red with virtually no foam or noticeable carbonation. The eye candy is more on the color than anything else.

Aromas of tart, fresh raspberries, almost smells like an alcoholic raspberry juice drink. Hardly any sign that this is beer. A sweet note in the background, reminiscent of raspberry bubblegum.

The taste is surprising. I was expecting more of a tart and sour profile but it’s quite sweet upfront and a little tartness in the back of the throat. Some slight sourness on the edges of the tongue as well. This would be excellent to drink with some dinners or just as a dessert.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is on the low side.

Drinks very easy.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Minor head barely rises. Brew is foggy deep ruby red color. no lacing.

Awkward aroma. Dirty water? Not the best aroma. Deeply hidden present sweetness, but it's hard to find.

Flavors are very nice. Well blended flavors. No tartness, but lots of forward sweetness. Carbonation is light and perfect. No bitterness. Lots of dark ripe raspberry.

A bit of a (good) mess. Aroma does not even close to match flavors. Recommended, but not anything overwhelming. May need time to sit and think.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-purple brew with light haze and some sporadic bubble streams. Light pink head is small and dying.

Smells of raspberry puree, pale and toasty malts, and some herbaceous hops. Lightly grassy, yet vinous. Hints of fresh tobacco.

Sweet raspberry jam with a slight tartness. Tannic qualities tie in with a quiet, but stodgy, hop. Finishes with a mineral note and earthy bitterness. Really feels gripping with tannins in the mouth. Coupled with the light tartness, it's a real tooth-stripper. Medium body weight with a well-placed carbonation level works decently. Nothing gooey about it. A fruity fruit ale with perks.

I'll take this one over Cerise, but it's a ways still from Blushing Monk. Works for what it is. A nice treat after a long hard day's work.

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Photo of kenito799
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a glass stein. Thanks to Tizzod--part of my Thanksgiving beerfest in Minnesota.

Pours a clear dark brick red, no head, no lacing. Active carbonation, crisp soda-like mouthfeel. The aroma is full on tart raspberry with some malty beer scents underneath, nice.

Flavor is a very good sweet then tart fresh raspberry taste, crisp, not at all cloying. The finish is bitter as in fruit pith, not hops. Flavorful and good if not terribly interesting...recalls more complex raspberry lambics and makes me want to go find on of those rather than drink more of this. But certainly not bad, as one would expect from this fine brewery.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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