Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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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

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3,397
Avg:
3.89
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12.34%
 
 
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Photo of CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BrewerB - thanks!! Poured into a little cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, deep reddish amber-bodied brew, almost purple at first - perhaps somewhat like raspberries? - with a relatively fast-fading, one-finger, dirty white head. The lacing on this one is thin and delicate but definitely has a measure of stick, leaving a few streaks and blotches of lace.

Aroma: Whew. This one smells like precisely what you'd expect - raspberry bread. The fruit is surprisingly upfront, authentic, and well-integrated with the lightly roasted, sweet malts here.

Taste: Very authentic and pretty moderate, actually. Raspberries are large up front and are definitely the dominant note here, though they're accompanied by slight caramel, other light fruity overtones - perhaps pears - and a slight, light amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated in a medium-thick body, yielding a big, fluffy, and very even but still crisp mouthfeel. Has that nice, fructose-fruit sugary feel, too. As with all fruit beers, however, this one's a little uneven, bubbly, frothy, and sort of falls apart as it warms.

Drinkability: An interesting and unique brew. I'm not much a fan of fruit beers, but I'm a huge fan of Founders, so I knew I had to give this one a try. It didn't disappoint - very authentic and very intense, sweet and fruity, perhaps a little too sweet and fruity for some but pleasant for me. I enjoyed it, and though it's certainly no NG Raspberry Tart, it's solid and tasty.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6/6/13
Victory tulip

A: Pours a deep ruby color. White leading to light pinkish head. Tight bubbled. Leaves some lacing. Nice carbonation.

S: Fresh raspberries. Light ale yeast. Mostly getting the fruit coming through. There is some malt backing. Finish is slightly dry with lingering fruit.

T: Really full on raspberry. Very low on the IBUs is right. This is just full on fruit. Damn tasty. Nice slightly dry finish.

M: It's a light medium.

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Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep ruby red withe a small pick head.

S- Raspberries, mainly sweet, a little tart. Actually smells like a raspberry black tea I had gotten recently.

T- Tart raspberries at first followed by a lot of sweet raspberries, touch of honey, and hints of herbal notes in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- An enjoyable raspberry ale. Very happy I was able to try this. Really hope Founders comes to Maryland soon so next I can pick this up a little closer to home.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown, red beer with a creamy head.

Smell is very sweet and fruity with some light woody notes. Also a kind of artificial fruit smell.

Taste is slightly tart and fruity with sweet raspberries, which appear to be a little artificial. There is also a light woody taste that makes me think it will be from the seeds of the fruit. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. Aftertaste is sweet, but dry. Nearing the end, this beer is starting to become more like a kriek than an artificial, sweet fruit beer and drinkability improves.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 9/3/13

Appearance: Medium purple with some pink highlights - mostly clear with some haze - pours with a medium sized, light pink head that fades to a few wisps of a cap - leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Juicy, fleshy raspberries - some lightly grainy sweetness, though, somewhere between sugar and jam (without being over the top) - robustly fruity without being excessively sweet - perhaps a hint of tart, but just straight-up ripe raspberries

Taste: Raspberries, raspberries everywhere - fresh, ripe, carbonated raspberry juice - nice amount of fruity sweetness - some actual malts in here, too, which were mostly masked in the aroma - light undercurrents of pale and caramel malts, lightly bready - touch of tartness - no bitterness, finishes sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, but gets kind of sticky as it warms up

Overall: Best paired with raspberry yogurt and raspberry Pop-Tarts

I would probably rate this higher if I had never had any New Glarus fruit beers. Regardless, this may be the best fruit beer that I can buy without going to Wisconsin. It loses some charm as it warms up, but it's still good. And unlike most fruit beers, I would actually buy this again.

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Photo of Ri0
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the stubby bottle with stylish raspberry artwork a deep dark purple with hints of red...yes I said purple. A volumious three finger light pink head of bubbly foam rises up and has great staying power. A nice fresh raspberry jam aroma greets me along with lemon and light grain tones. Sweet and inviting.

First sip brings a nice pale maltiness that is highly accentuated by a natural raspberry lemonade flavor. The raspberry is not overpowering melding well with warm yeast tones. Good interplay between sweet and bitter. A very enjoyable fruit beer that does a good job of not going too overboard with the fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rolling wall of dense carbonation. Quite effervescent. An easy drinking beer that would go down nicely poolside on a hot day. Another good one from Founders and a nice change of pace. Well worth a try.

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Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep but vibrant crimson, head has a slightly pink tinge to it. Full on raspberry onslaught, nothing artificial about it, just pure raspberry like homemade raspberry jam. There's a definite sugar cookie malt sweetness going on underneath which further enhances the fruit, but other than that it's all raspberry. A slight natural tartness lingers on the finish. Just a step behind the New Glarus fruit beers in terms of fruit intensity. There aren't many "clean" fruit beers I enjoy but this is certainly one of them. That said, it's not a beer to drink in quantity but as a nice aperitif or as something fun to pair with sweets.

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Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Beer Depot (Ann Arbor) and hand carried back here to Colorado. Consumed about 2 weeks later. Pours a thin layer of slightly pinked head over a crystal clear raspberry red liquid. Smells of fresh raspberries. Mostly like raspberry jelly (even has some peanut butter hints), but some woody and sour notes. Dash of ginger.

Tastes wonderfully raspberry. This is a raspberry drink rather than a beer with raspberry hints. Strong carb keeps the beer from being sweet and also lifts the flavors off the tongue, so it doesn't possess a persistent aftertaste. Raspberry has some woody and tannic hints which are likely the result of seeds in the brewing process. Touch of orange and some sourish, but not acidic sour like my raspberry homebrew sometimes comes out as. Aftertaste is the place where malt is most present, which isn't saying much. Bit of wheat and a bit of toasted character.

Md-light mouthfeel and strong carbonation. A well done raspberry beer, which can be quite hard to pull off.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle information. Founders' Rübæus is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale with a focus on Raspberries. Available as a limited summer seasonal release in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft. I am comparing a fresh release alongside a bottle of the previous year's vintage to see how the raspberry character evolves.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a rosy ecru white head of a fizzy, crisp consistency over a burgundy amber body. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Sweet raspberries in a berry syrup amidst a very pale malt background, virtually transparent from the raspberry character. Clean but perceivably sweet and incredibly fruity. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor generates more diversity from the raspberry, notably a pleasing tartness up front which gives the raspberry angle a slightly more natural flavor. Regardless, there's not enough action coming from the malt and hop profiles to comment on how it all falls together in a beer sense. The raspberry comes through just about as much as it possibly could in a beer generating a thorough bodied, acidic and juicy raspberry flavor. Finishes on an everlasting raspberry sweetness dragging through fruit sugar. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, sticky, modestly syrupy and slightly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is fruity and sweet over tartness. Alcohol presence is very low, drinkability high particularly if you like sweet fruity beers. 4

(Overall) It's an experience to behold, as raspberry flavor transfers to beer to a degree unlike any other fruit. Thus, expect Rübæus to be one menacing fruity bomb of a beer. A touch sweet but shy of cloyingly so, tread lightly especially if you are expecting a fruit accented beer, because the fruit is the core of this beer. I consider this a very tasty beer but it's obviously not for everyone, especially the faint of heart. I could see fans of Leinenkugel's fruit-laden beers or wild blue find crossover enjoyment in Rübæus. 3.75

Founders Brewing's
Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale
3.7/5.00

Vertical notes:

1 year aged: Head is slightly less rosy, more gray. Body is noticeably smoggier, otherwise very similar in appearance to fresh. Nose is similar with a creeping sourness and peppery grain character sneaking in to compete with the raspberry. Flavor is much the same, the tartness really not any bolder than the fresh vintage but the spicy, peppery yeast character generates a welcome kick to counteract all that raspberry flavor. The texture is a bit spritely compared to fresh possibly due to excessive carbonation and a slightly lighter body accentuated by a perkier spice character from the yeast. This was a fun experiment although I didn't find the aging to make much of a significant impact on this beer. The raspberry is still front and center in this beer regardless of how old or new it is. You shouldn't be too upset if you forget to drink one of these or decide to stash one in the cellar through the winter.

Recommended vintage: Try one aged, drink three fresh.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Red ale with brownish undertones. Single finger head with did not last.

s. Fruity and sweet, almost like a wine cooler smell

t. Raspberry with a hint of malt. The after-taste reminds me of a wine cooler from back in the 80s. - been craving a revisit of this beer.

m. Very smooth going down.

o. A bit sweet and I like sweeter beers. This was very good, would revisit on a summer day.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

After dispensing the beverage into a pint glass, I read some recent reviews to see if my experience mirrored that of others on this site. However, my experience didnt :( Poured a hazy, amber color with nothing but foam. My first pour evicted one inch of beer and 5 inches of head. After waiting 4 or 5 minutes, the head dissipated slightly and I was able to fit another two ounces in the pint glass. Finally, after about 10 minutes, I was able to fit all of the beer in the glass. I am not sure if this one got infected or what, but there is WAY too much carbonation here.

Aroma was pleasant and sweet. Definitely raspberry in the nose. Smells tart yeat sweet, like a raspberry tart. Other than the raspberry, not much going on. However, I did enjoy the aroma.

Quite tart tasting. Actually, very tart. I enjoy some tartness in a beer every now and again. I enjoy most lambics and this seems like it could fit in that category quite easily. Lots of raspberry. Somewhat sweet as well.

I enjoyed this beer. I had not idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Besides the excessive foam, this was a pretty good beer. Dry in the finish and a little overcarbonated. Certainly a good summertime beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. Had heard of this one, and was dying to try it. So glad it was finally available here.

This one formed a full pint of head in my glass. It was slightly pink foam, and it took a while to subside so I could add more. Final color to the brew was purplish-red, so I knew there were a hell of a lot of raspberries in it. Body was clear.

Aroma was VERY rich in raspberries, quite powerful. I couldn't pick up anything else. Very similar to DFH Fort.

Taste was initially bitter, followed by a burst of raspberries across the tongue. Not as much malt discernable... all about the fruit.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, much to my disappointment... a lot like a malt soda.

Can't give it a good drinkability rating, unfortunately. I'm not a major fan of raspberries, but that's not it. I just don't think it had as much beer character as it should have. This was too much about the berries.

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Photo of pootz
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Poured a brilliant ruby colored ale in my stein...2 finger frothy pink cap...moderate carbonation..cap laces well signifying a good malt base in this brew.

Aroma was splendid...pungent floral- berry fruits and subtle grass and grain tones...very nice.

Slightly sweet up front but this lasts only a second as the tartness from the fruit and hops rush in to balance...although there is a big dose of bready malt here it rides in the shadow of the fresh berry fruit...and that’s not so bad...this leaves the impression of chewing a fresh warm biscuit smothered in raspberry preserve...no cloying in the delivery either...finishes wet and slow where the fruity tartness, woody hops and thick bready malts sort themselves out on the palate in a long finish...slightly bready after taste.

This is definately one of the most authoritative, freshest tasting fruit beers I have ever tasted....there is nothing synthetic about the ample berry flavors and it rides on a substantial malt spine to carry the whole thing off....well done!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours ruby red, nose is tinned raspberries, and flavour is quite sweet raspberry/malt. Nice and zesty on the mouth but overall just a bit too sweet to cut it.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red, almost purple in appearance. Absolutely gorgeous in sunlight.

Raspberries, only raspberries.

Tastes immediately of raspberries, go figure. Not much to say about the taste aside from that this is like drinking raspberry pop with bite.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated which goes very well with the tartness of the raspberries.

Overall this is only a mediocre showing from Founders, but a must try for anyone with a palate for fruity brews.

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Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours brown with hints of pink/ruby highlights and a tan head.

Smell: Aroma of fresh raspberries, with hints of chocolate and caramel as well.

Taste: Incredibly quaffable! This is so easy and approachable I would be hard pressed to find someone who does *not* like it. WOW. Very tasty tart raspberry juicy flavor balanced brilliantly with chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Sheer SILK! The dark fruit flavors just slide right through the palate from beginning to end so easily.

Drinkability: Heavenly. I want cases of this stuff. You would never guess it was nearly 7% ABV! Simply tasty easy drinking, fruit beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of peabody
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reddish amber with one finger of white suds and slight lacing.
Smell is raspberry. Lots of Raspberry. Hiding behind that is some sugar and malt with a slight yeast burn to the nose.
Taste is very very berry. This is like a sodapop. Not really sour but as it leaves the mouth you feel a dry sourness. I like this beer but I am not too much up on fruit beers that are sweet.
Mouthfeel is sweet at first then a dry and dirty flavor comes through. Like a sweet tart after it has dissapeared from the mouth. A sugary stickiness is left.
Drinkability depends on if you like this sort of drink. I am not that keen on it but it is not a bad drink.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy rhubarb color with an explosion of pink foam everywhere. This one has quite the head on it. It is real bubbly in the beginning almost like champagne.

S - All raspberries in this one, a little tart, some malt aroma, not sweet or syrupy at all.

T - Starts of as sweet raspberry and then quickly transitions to tart raspberries and a slight bitterness. Slight malt backbone through the whole thing. It leaves quite an after taste.

M - Just like champagne. Crisp and very bubbly/carbonated with a very dry finish.

D - A good fruit beer that would probably be even better on a hot day.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cold from the bottle to a dogfish head signature glass, deep raspberry pink with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

Aroma of - well - of raspberries. Super ripe raspberries or a super sweet raspberry reduction. This beer is raspberries !

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice sweet and sour balance, with a dry finish.

Drinkable on this hot day out on the porch

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This summer offering from Founder's really surprised me. Fruit beers are usually not too great and they are usually either super sweet or super tart, balance is not what I think of when I think of fruit beers. But this had it. Pours an amberish, pinkish girly looking color. A few bubbles to the top with a fizzy pink head. Lots of lacing though. Aroma is all raspberries, I can't get past the raspberries, they smell really fresh though. Taste starts out a little sweet, too sweet but it's not all raspberry sweetness. There's a malty sweetness in there that pushes the envelope a little too much. Right when I'm ready to write this one off though a nice super tart flavor hits me which is most definitely the raspberries in their full effect. A yeasty, alcohol dryness finishes this beer off. Great complexity and balance but I still liked their Raspberry Pale Ale on tap a little better.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I shared this one with my fiance since she loves the fruity stuff...

A - Deep rhubarb red with watermelon highlights. This is a beautiful shade of deep red that has a lot of different hues showing through. The head is a pink and fluffy cap that eventually goes away leaving a ring of bubbles around the collar. A net of fine lace slides down the glass.

S - Smells like a bowl of fresh raspberries with sugar piled on top. Reminds me a bit of Lindemans framboise, but without the acidity. I can detect a small amount of hops pulling through, which I really appreciate in a category that can be all about the fruit and not the beer.

T - Sour apple and tart raspberry are the first flavors to touch the tongue, along with a vague funky sour note. Again, hops show through and make this more of a beer lover's fruit beer than a girly candy treat. This has a neat funky earthy almost moldy mushroomy aspect that makes it a bit of balance, but does add some complexity.

M - Light bodied with some moderate carbonation. A bit slick and sugary.

D - A pretty good fruit beer that has a lot of complex and unique flavors. It's no lambic, but it's a decently drinkable fruit beer.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Founders snifter. Picked this up in a build your own pack since I didn't think I would need 4 of these.

Appearance is opaque, dark pink ruby. Translucent around the edges. The head quickly dissipated. In my snifter this beer looks like the skin of a plum.

Aroma is very light malt almost like a berlinner weisse. Lot's of raspberry that seems slightly tart.

Taste is sweet raspberry at first but it goes back and forth with sweetness and a mild raspberry tartness. There is also some light malt peeking through although the raspberry is for sure the focus. It reminds me of a raspberry popsicle from when I was younger.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Small bubbles that make it seem a little champagne-esque. Medium body and not as syrupy as I was expecting (which is a good thing).

Overall this is a great raspberry beer. From my memory I think it is less sweet than the NG Raspberry Tart. I'm glad this comes in a 12 oz and I'm glad I got this in a build your own pack. Satisfying beer but this style isn't one I go far too often.

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Photo of Cresant
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated bottle into a pint glass. Achieved no head. Body was a flat cranberry red/mauve/brown. Rich and nearly opaque.

Smell was fantastic. Fruity raspberry sweetness.

Taste was tart raspberry. Non-cloying. Malts peeked through but primarily this tasted like a nice alcoholic raspberry soda. Alcohol taste was very minimal but I did feel it's presence. It tasted great, but not really beer-like. This is my first fruit beer so it is a bit difficult to review within the style.

Mouthfeel was solid medium bodied with minimal carbonation. i would not want more than one.

Interesting offering but not one I will likely buy again.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy reddish-pink color with foamy light pink head. Decent retention and lacing. Granted, not what a normal beer looks like, but with raspberries added it seems appropriate.

S - Sweet smell of raspberries with just a little tartness. No other discernable aromas.

T - Light sweetness initially, primarily raspberry in flavor. A lip-puckering tartness comes through mid-drink to provide an excellent balance to the sweetness. Finishes slightly tart. Nothing artificial tasting at all about this fruit beer, excellent job Founders.

M/D - Medium bodied and slightly sticky/syrupy on the feel. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,397 ratings.
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