Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,542
Reviews:
761
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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144
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702
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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very nice looking red color with a soft pinkish purple head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this. The smell of the beer is fruity, plenty of sweet fresh raspberry on the nose. The taste of the beer is also packed with raspberry flavors with a subtle wheat malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little syrupy with a gentle carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty tasty, I enjoy it but I wouldn't wanna drink a lot of it in one session.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light pink colored head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry sorbet are present in the nose.
T: This beer is filled with flavors of raspberries, but these aren't really of the sweet variety and the taste is more like a raspberry sorbet.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount
O: This beer achieves an excellent balance between sweetness and tartness as neither of them stand out in particular. As this tastes like a sorbet, I could almost see this beer being used as a palate cleanser between courses during a beer dinner.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 07/20/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with nice label art and a branded pry-off cap acquired earlier tonight at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery - which makes some beers I love. 5.7% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of dull pink-grey colour. Okay thickness and creaminess; it's a bit wanting in fairness. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - about 1.5-2 minutes at best.

Body colour is a clear translucent amber red of above average vibrance; it's got a nice rich glow to it. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks a bit darker than I expected - but good overall for a fruit beer.

Sm: Raspberry fruit extract/syrup. Mild floral hop character. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. Sugary raspberries. Cane sugar. Luckily, it's got a good berry aroma but never ventures into cough syrup territory. It's definitely on the sweeter side, though, and I'm a bit concerned that it might come off too syrupy like so many beers in the style. Although I do get some tartness - and even a kiss of sourness - off the back end. That tartness surfaces more and more as it warms, reassuring me. I'm excited to try it.

A pleasant fruity aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

T/Mf: Plenty of raspberry - both natural raspberry notes and your usual fruit extract/fruit syrup notes. It does land on the sweet end (undoubtedly), but there's a nice tartness throughout which lends it needed depth and diversity of flavour. Pilsner malts give it an unobtrusive clean foundation. Ripe. It's got a good balance to it even if it is kind of one dimensional. It satisfies its aims; it's a tasty fruit beer. But this doesn't have a whole lot of complexity or subtlety. One could point to Delirium Red as a superior approach to this kind of beer.

Average depth and intensity of flavour. Above average duration of flavour for the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

It's got a crisp clean presence on the palate, and is adequately carbonated - though not perfectly. Chewy and sticky. Nice body. The mouthfeel suits the flavour profile generally well, but I don't know that it seems the brewers custom-tailored the texture to the taste. More acidity would really help it.

Not oily, biting, gushed, or hot. It flirts a bit too much with a syrupy character to quite be refreshing, even in 100 degree weather here in Texas.

Dr: I hoped for better given the brewery, but this isn't a bad beer by any means, and I'll enjoy finishing the four pack. An excellent beer for luring women and/or cider lovers into craft beer if they're not already fans. Hides its ABV nicely. It's a flavourful little fruit beer that has its place. It certainly won't be a fridge mainstay for me, but I can easily see myself buying it again in a certain mood.

That said, it's easy to read this as a cider/wine cooler/alcopop. There are better approaches to the style, and the price point isn't great.

High C+

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served at the Handlebar with a snifter.

Dark red overlayed against a brown body. A flurry of foam settles to a compact head. Some visible carbonation under the surface. Clean, fresh raspberry aroma that definitely comes across as authentic. It's fairly light, and the malt underneath is tangible.

Berry flavor comes through in a fairly understated way, a touch sweet, not all that tart. Malt flavors are a little bready, giving this a suprisingly full body for what might be expected for a "fruit beer". There's some slickness on the palate, and a touch of bitterness after the swallow. It's thirst quenching due to the fruit element. The full body would limit me to one or two, although it's not overbearing, just a little filling.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark pink color ale with a nice bubbly pink head with average retention. Aroma of pure raspberry is of pure enjoyment (I was a bit scare at first that this would be another chemically induced fruit beer). Taste is refreshing and raspberry totally dominate by bringing a balance between sweetness and tart. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well done for a style that comport to many misses.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/6/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge tart raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry skin, floral, and light bread. Fantastic aromas with big authentic raspberry notes; and big strength. Exactly what was expected. Taste of big tart raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry skin, floral, bread, grass, and light floral earthiness. Lingering notes of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, floral bread, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of raspberry and malt flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent fruit beer! Great balance and robustness of authentic raspberry flavor; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pink head. Color is a dark raspberry purple/pink.

Flavor is dominated by raspberries. Very fruity. A little tart. Very fresh. Some malts show, but not a lot. No hops show. No alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Tart. Light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Very clean.

Overall, an enjoyable raspberry beer. Easy to drink. I wouldn't want more than a bottle however, because it is kind of sweet.

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Photo of Boone757
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Rubaeus is a basic raspberry ale but without any extract flavor and not too much wheatiness. It pours the typical very hazy golden body beneath a short-lived head of dark white froth that quickly subsides to an average collar. The nose is fruity and malty, and malty and fruity... with a decidedly raspberry-tinged character - but it's not slap you in the face, it's much softer than that. The flavor follows suit, and it's malt and fruit up-front, with the most dominant sweet-fruitiness at that point. The malt then steps in and mellows it. A tinge of tarness passes quickly, and then it becomes sweetly malty across the middle and into the finish as it warms in the mouth. Surprisingly, it's not sticky in the finish at all. The balance is very good, keeping the bitterness well heeled, and letting the natural tart sweet fruitness of the raspberry ride and bob across the surface of the slightly honeyish malt base. I'd personally prefer a beer that had a little more of an edge to it, but I can't fault it as it's very nicely balanced for what it is. Worth trying? If you like the style, absolutely.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful salmon pink color, with shreds of sticky lace. Aroma is raspberries, some malty notes (biscuity), a bit of a saccharine sweet note. Flavor more orless follows, slightly tangy but overly sweet. Finishes with a bit of a fake sugar sticky feel.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids this month and served in a snifter.

Deep red, lightly hazy, with a thin head that barely covers the top despite a fairly vigorous pour.

Raspberries!!! This brew is all about the raspberries and they are there in spades, both in the powerful aroma and in tasting. In both, the rasperries have a very natural tasting presence. The aroma is largely a cross between fresh raspberries and raspberry jam. Excellent tart/sweet balance shades to the tart side.

O: Founders’ answer to New Glarus Serendipity (or is it the other way around?). Close in quality to that world-class brew although notably lower carbonation, if memory serves. I’d love to compare them in a simulataneous tasting. Highly recommended (unless you do not care for fresh raspberries).

{revisited with bottle of same vintage in Feb. 2014: remains at least as impressive}.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,542 ratings.
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