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:
3,525
Reviews:
757
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
691
For Trade:
13
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a ruby red color with hints of darker mahogany mixed within. Upon serving there is a pink tinted head floating atop the brew. The head fades over a moderate amount of time, leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and fruity with tons of raspberry aroma filling the nose. Along with the raspberry are some other lighter blueberry notes as well as some tart cherry smells. Overall it is very sweet and tart, smelling very much like a Lambic.

Taste – The taste begins with a big raspberry sweetness mixed with just a hint of tart cherry. As the flavor advances the souress increases with it taking on a little bit of a lactic acid taste. While the sourness increases, so too does the raspberry flavor largely overpowering any cherry that was present upfront. In the end some candy sweetness comes to the tongue balancing out the sour just enough to leave a very pleasant, sweet and raspberry fruit sour candy taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation and thinner body are great for the combination of sweet and sour making it very easy to drink.

Overall – A rather tasty fruit beer with a decent sour characteristics. It is very much like a more affordable slightly less tart Lindeman’s framboise. Overall, quite tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy reddish pink color. The head is a two finger Jigglypuff shade that doesn't feature the best retention. Spotty lacing is left behind.

S: Raspberry. That's kind of it, really, but it's a nice singular note regardless.

T: The flavors are primarily raspberry juice and cream. Those flavors are nice, but it's kind of one note to a fault. I really don't have much to say other than this one would do better on a hot day.

M: Medium body, sweet finish, high carbonation. This feel is so average, it's leaving me at a loss for words.

O: I think I preferred Cerise to this one. I've been looking to try this for a while now, so in that regard, this is a mild letdown. Of course, this beer's monotony means I don't have to write a long review. Wooo.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Bright red body. Almost no head. A few off white bubbles.

Smell - Bright raspberry. Juicy and fresh smelling. Sweet and maybe just the slightest aroma of a beer back there.

Taste - Raspberry juice. Slight tartness, but it's more of a sweet raspberry flavor. Faintest bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Like its New Glarus brethren, it's mostly juice. I think I'd take the lighter versions over this, though.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks AutumnBeerLover!

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany that looks similar to cranberry juice. A thin white head surfaced that had just a shade of pink to it. Wispy lace.
S: Sweet and syrupy smelling with huge notes of raspberries and nothing much else. Smells enticing.
T: Follows the nose, as expected, with very sweet flavors of raspberry. Sweeter than blushing monk and more syrupy. Sugary finish, faint crackery malt aftertaste.
M: Medium-thick body, viscous mouthfeel, smooth carbonation. A fine sipper.
O: A very delicious raspberry beer. Definitely sweet, borderline syrupy, but the fruit has a natural (non-synthetic) taste and the mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Definitely worth seeking if you have a sweet tooth. Thank you, Kevin.

EDIT: Now that Founders is in CA I decided to try another bottle, and found it much more appealing. Score adjusted.

12oz bottle into tulip. Consumed 4/11/16
A: Pours a clear light ruby/peach color with three fingers of very active and effervescent head that fizzed away into a thick collar. Streaks of wispy lace were left down the glass.
S: Perfumey nose with light and fruity scents of flowers, perfume, strawberry, and of course, raspberry. The nose is light and airy as opposed to sickly sweet and cloying smelling. I get notes of crisp base malt and light graininess as well.
T: The base beer comes through much more than expected and a welcome change from the other usual fruit forward synthetically sweet fruit beers on the market. The raspberry is much like the nose, perfumey, floral, and only lightly sweet, but it also gives off flavors that remind me of a melted popsicle. There is candy-like sweetness throughout that sort of reminds me of a watermelon jolly rancher but far less sweet. The finish has notes of the base malts with light and crackery flavors. A very light fruity sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Light body, fuzzy and soft but very active carbonation, light and highly drinkable mouthfeel. The fruit or sweetness doesn’t lay on my tongue so each sip is welcomed instead of a chore.
O: One of best fruit beers I’ve had. The light base beer is perfectly balanced by the combination of sweet and fruity flavors. Well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours one of the most stunning color of any beer I have ever seen - clear as hell and a gorgeous ruby red. Head is small, fluffy and off-white.

Nose is raspberries...galore. Some supporting toffee malt shows as well as a bit of boysenberry syrup. Definitely sweet.

Tastes like the raspberry syrup in the syrup carousel at IHOP. Diabeetus? Possibly. Its not as good as some of the New Glarus fruit beers, but neither is it unappealing. Id have to say it is a good fruit beer, but I am more curious to see how this can compliment another beer in a blend than drink my remaining 2 by themselves

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,525 ratings.
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