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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

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694
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3,269
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep ruby hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft ripe raspberries, that's it.

The taste consisted of the same raspberry element, but not overly sweet.

The mouthfeel was smooth.

Overall a tasty fruit beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date. paid 3 bucks for a single bottle, wasn't too sure what it was, bought it on the strength of the FOunder's name alone.

Look is a dim, semi-cloudy, bing cherry color. smell is full of juicy/tart raspberries, some wheat. taste has pale malt/wheat with big raspberry presence. taste is wine cooler-ish, but enjoyable. feel is light and effervescent.

I liked it, but only marginally better than a comparable Liney's product.

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Photo of tpd975
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish pink with a small white head. No real retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of light raspberry, candy sugar, and pale malts.

T: Raspberry for sure not sweet not tart, just somewhere in between. Light malts with hints of caramel sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of body, peppy carbonation.

D: Not bad, just not a favorite of mine.

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

a: This was a dull, muddied pink color. It poured with a whispy, soapy head that quickly faded to nothing.

s: Raspberry jam, not much else.

t: Here as well, just raspberries. They are tart with an edge of sweetness that never crosses over into cloying.

m: Pretty still, but it doesn't feel all that thin.

d: Makes for a nice dessert beer. One at a time for me though.

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Photo of JRed
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby in body with white head that stays around. Smells of big, juicy, mouthwatering, raspberries. Tastes of smooth raspberry juice. Smoothie-like in body. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Does any other American brewery do fruit beers like Founders?

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Photo of Ri0
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Looks great, nice ruby red with a 2 finger salmon colored cap. Minimal lacing, which I expect from this type of beer.

S - Nice fresh, juicy raspberries. Hints of some grape and other fruits, but mostly raspberries.

T - It is very good, but it's hard to rate it high when I am used to Raspberry Tart. This is much more sweet, like a soda compared to Tart. Raspberries for sure, but it almost seems blended with other fruits. I definitely enjoy it.

M - Nice carbonation and very refreshing and wet.

O - Solid fruit beer and well done. I prefer the added dimensions of the New Glarus, but do enjoy Founders efforts.

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Photo of BeerBrose
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is exactly what someone should expect from a Raspberry Ale. Light malt, sticky sweetness and a nice fruit flavor. The bottle I am having is nearly a year old and its still tasting right on, maybe even better than when it was released.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with almost pink head that trails the glass. The smell was full of raspberry to the point where I couldn't make out anything else. The taste was rather pleasant, but very sweet. But the aftertaste lingered way too long with a mouthfeel that was a bit syrupy. A great dessert beer but I can't see myself drinking more than one at a time.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red color with no head whatsoever.
Predominant raspberries aroma with a caramel backing up. Hints of vinegar.
Flavor full of raspberries with pleasant tartness and salt notes. Although it does not seem like, it is quite malty. Hints of white wine, pear and a bit something like the flowery Indian drink Gulab Sharbat. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Not a heavy sour, it is a friendly Fruit beer, but by no means boring, especially if you like the style once in a while.
I would like to taste it a bolder version, tuning up other than raspberries notes, or unbalancing it a bit.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on May 1st for $3.49. Bottled on 3/12/2015.

Beer poured reddish-pink with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is the traditional wheat/malt raspberry ale, very pleasant.

Taste is very sweet but not cloyingly so...yet. It is a refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied which i believe is the intent of the brewer.

Overall this is a pretty good brew, nice and refreshing. Definitely a chick brew for those sweaty July and August days. This was nice to try but likely will not purchase again.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks and smells outstanding. And although it's certainly well made, it's a bit overdone in the fruitiness. The raspberry flavors are just a bit too sweet. I'm glad I tried this because it seems to have some qualities that make it stand out (as different) from many others, but I found it just a bit too much.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: On the pour you can see the beer is a light red color, and it becomes a dark red when completely in the glass. Not much of a head forms, but it seems to be a light shade of purple.

S: More of a grainy, beery smell than a fruit aroma, although the fruit is present.

T: Tart raspberry, then "beer" flavor, followed by sweeter raspberry.

M: Fairly light, but not watery.

O: A decent beer overall, and pretty good for a fruit beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With summer in full swing, no other brewer takes better advantage of what the season gives us. Founders sets Cerise aside for a moment and returns to a revamped Rubaeus. One taste celebrates everything about what's great with raspberries.

Its mauve and ruby pour lets the fruity secrets out of the bag- it simply looks like fruit juice, except for the light creamy-white froth that rises to cap the beer. Hazy in its appearance, the beer shows off its unfiltered and unadulterated translucency.

Incredible raspberry aromas leap from the glass and fill the olfactory senses with mouthwatering fruit sweetness and a pleasantly tart and acidic scent. The slimmest note of wheat sits in the shadows and hardly brings attention. Similarly, the taste is dedicated and squarely focused on the glorious raspberry fruit. Bright, zesty, ripe, sweet and with a hint of tangy cherry and concord grape- its not too hard to read a mild red wine taste. Its sweet and tart upstart remains consistent until deep into finish.

And on the palate, its sweet and tart balance is moderately sugary and playfully acidic- again, it begins with the initial taste and extends well into aftertaste with little variance. A tinge of hops and alcohol warmth are noticeable in finish, but the beer remains sweet and fruity throughout.

Reminding me of a lighter bodied Blushing Monk, the beer is all about the raspberry. I would like to see a bit drier and "beery" character to show me that this is a serious ale and not wine cooler or soda pop. But hey, chicks should dig it!

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice summer beer. Looks appealing. Deep ruby red with a pinkish head.

Smells of jammy raspberries. Very sugary sweet on the nose but not overpowering.

Tastes of sweet ripe raspberries. Follows the nose on the sweetness. Not something I could have more than one in a sitting. Would like it a bit more tart.

Medium carb and feel.

Worth trying on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a purplish, pink with a 2" light pink head. Trails and waves of lacing remain.

Honey, raspberry, dark fruits, maybe a trace of alcohol?

Sweet honey and raspberry syrup. Very light tart raspberries, and almost some chocolate notes.

Pretty good fruit beer that is like blushing monk lite. Still nowhere near anew Glarus fruit beers but worth a try.

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Photo of Treebs
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Founders snifter. Bottled 7/2/2013.

A: Pours a solid, slightly hazy, garnet color with a thin white head forming on the pour. it recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some minimal splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Fresh squeezed raspberry with a slight, sugary syrup type of scent.

T: Raspberry, a slight citrus note. Sweet malt, a little bready, with a lingering raspberry syrup presence. A little tangy, raspberry jam presence as well giving it a nice bite.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Jammy and sweet finish.

O: Thirst quenching, sweet and tart with a great freshness to it. Perfect beer to blend with a berliner or a light IPA. I'll have to try this soon.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, ruby red to almost brown color. Hazy and ruddy looking in the body with about a 1.5 finger, pink head. Retention is pretty good down to a thinner film on the top, which also laces pretty well.

S- Fruity and sweet with only the slightest bit of tart flavor detectable. This scent is fairly one dimensional all the way through the smell, with no malts to be found by the nose.

T- Wow! Holy fruit bomb! Starts with a slight hit of tart raspberry flavor before moving towards a much sweeter berry flavor. The tart to sweet progression would be ideal for a hot, humid summer day. Towards the back end of the drink, the sweetness intensifies then fades slightly to reveal just a few hints of a solid, malty backbone. Sweetness lingers a bit on the tongue after each sip.

M- Light in body and high in carbonation would lend this to feeling like your typical summer beer, but a high amount of sweetness makes this feel somewhat syrupy. The sweetness is intense across the palate, giving a slick feel.

Overall, this was much sweeter than I expected, but a good change of pace for a summer seasonal. I would recommend that anyone looking at trying this wait until it's hot as hell out, then go for it.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to orbitalr0x for this one...just received today. Must have took a beating in shipping, as it lost a bit of its contents en route. Popped the cap to tons of carbonation as expected.
Pours a real dark cherry color w/ sudsy pink head...pretty cool.
Tons of head w/ very impressive lacing sticking to the side of my pint glass.
Smell dominated by rasberries of course, but a nice amount of malt as well.
The taste is enjoyable...could be a bit cooler, but under the circumstances I wanted to crack this one open before too much air spoiled the experience. A full on explosion of rasberries and a nice bitter finish...very clean in its aftertaste w/ no lingering flavors.
Again, a nice dose of malts to keep this one from being too fruity or "wine cooler" like.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is what I was expecting...even thanks to our friends at FedEx.
I could enjoy a couple of these w/ little effort.
Another fine offering from Founders...a nice addition to my latest trade.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish pink, with a half of a finger of pink head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very fruity, like a bowl of fresh raspberries and honey. There are also some slight ester aromas too.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very fruity, like…a bowl of fresh raspberries. It’s sweet, without being cloying, and finished with some good tartness without being puckering. Unfortunately, there’s not much actual beer flavor here, just the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.7%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty beverage. Good raspberry flavor with a great balance between the sweet and the tart, but unfortunately not too much beer flavor. It’s more like a low-alcohol punch. That being said, it’d be a great brunch drink!!

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Photo of umfskibum
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red color, about the same as a bottle of cranberry juice. Finger-width white head tinted with a blood-red color. Beautiful lacing, as Rubaeus holds onto the glass until the bitter end.

S: Holy cow, your nostrils get assaulted by the smell of raspberries. The strong scent wouldn't be a surprise in a lambic, but is bracing coming from a beer. This being said, the scent is a nice and authentic raspberry - not a hint of syrup or other artificial odors. Wheat and malt follow at the very end to remind you you did indeed pick up a beer.

T/M: As one would expect, Rubaeus starts with an almost overwhelmingly sweet raspberry taste. About halfway through the sip, a sour fruit flavor kicks in. The nicest surprise comes at the end, with a wonderful (and delicious) bitter cereal malt taste. The mouthfeel is light, with just a bit of the syrupy stickiness you usually find in a fruit beer. Carbonation is moderate. The tart and sour tastes definately give a bit of a pucker at the end of each sip.

D: A bit sweet and bubbly to become a staple for me, but undoubtedly a great summer beer. Also, one of the best examples of a fruit beer I have had - other breweries should take note of the quality that comes with using real fruit rather than artificial flavors.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a pinkish red with a nice size light pink foamy head. Some lace was left coating the glass. Tart fruit notes, raspberries and some other fruits. Some sweetness to it as well. Overall a pretty strong aroma. Flavor starts off with a big of fruit that is tart and sweet. Raspberries are noticeable as are other sweet malty notes. Ends with a lightly sour finish. Nice but not too much too it. Medium body with a bubbly feel to it. A bit refreshing as well. Pretty good and easy drinking. A nice fruit beer for the summertime.

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Photo of Brian700
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a....well raspberry-like shade of red, really it does. There is a very small white head that quickly becomes a ring around the glass leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is pretty mild, there is some raspberry presence but not much else to speak of.

The flavor is heavy with raspberry flavor and there is little touch of sourness that enhances the raspberry. It tastes like this flavor rides on the back of some pilsner malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, almost on the effervescent side.

The drinkability is pretty good. This is a tasty drink that would go down nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pinkish red with a pink foam head that does not last. No lace.

Strong raspberry aroma. Sweet and powerful, but not artificial. That's all you get here.

Big strong sweet/tart raspberry flavor. As the palate clears, you wonder where the beer will be...and you get this subtle flavor of malt. Not raspberries at the end, but very light malt. No sour juice notes, no sugar, but malt. What a unique transition. The fact that the berry does not linger at the end is rare and welcoming.

Light to medium-light in body. Light carbonation keeps this from being a soft drink. Good decision. At the end of the glass and this one seems almost dead still.

Solid fruit beer for a hot summer day. A true raspberry beer. Enjoy.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Downtown Wine and Spirits yesterday and bought a few bottles. Was disapointed that it was so carbonated upon initial pouring, not sure why it just immediately came out of the bottle and overflowed my glas. so much. There's a good deal left though, so here goes. Actually left pink cotton candy floss on the sides of my glass. Aroma is maybe it's best feature, this one really smells like fresh raspberries. Tastewise, I guess I expected more....I think the rasberries only show themselves in the finish. Upfront there's some malt, and a strange yeastiness (anything wild at all in this one??). It does appear to be unfiltered as colorwise, it is cloudy/dusty raspberry in color. It is tart, I don't really find it that sweet at all. Mouthfeel isn't bad.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Perfectly transparent dark rose body that pours with thin 1/2 finger foamy white head. Head almost instantaneously fades to a collar which holds the whole way down. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The nose is overpowered by a rush of tart raspberries. Sweet and sugary raspberries are present in the background.

T- Dry raspberry upfront with a sweet bready malt backbone. The raspberry becomes quite tart for the finish and the subtle malt backbone disappears for a moment. What lingers is a nice combination of tart raspberry and sweet malt.

M-Medium to high carbonation and light spritzy body-somewhat champagne like.

D- This is a good fruit beer and is surprisingly similar to both Great Divide and Celis Raspberry. Good for one drink but not something I'd like to have more than one of. I might pick this up when I find it again (not available in my area).

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