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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
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719
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3,367
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
26.74%
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe raspberry red with rose colored trim and hyperkinetic carbonation. The loud pffft! upon opening led me to pour slowly. I'm glad I did. The glass filled instantly with pink foam that's still a space hog several minutes later. The beer and head combination looks a little frou-frou, but given the ingredients, I suppose that can't be helped. Good cap persistence with several large splotches of chunky lace.

Rubaeus has a wonderful nose of crushed fresh raspberries, yet is still easily recognizable as beer. Thankfully, it doesn't smell like one of those sweet, syrupy fruit beers (although I don't mind them in small doses). There's an undercurrent of earthy hoppiness that gives an added dimension and a certain seriousness.

This is one complex fruit beer, at least more so than most of its peers. The dominant flavor of juicy, sun-ripened raspberries isn't complex, it's just damn good and is as reminiscent of the actual fruit as any fruit beer that I've ever had. The thing that makes each mouthful a treat is the interplay among sweet, sour and bitter.

Like most beer that possess all of those qualities, it starts out favoring sweet. At the midway point, sour comes on with a rush, only to be nearly overtaken by bitter on the back end. Sweet never goes away, however, and is still (barely) noticeable on the finish. It's quite the interesting whirlwind of ever changing flavor sensations.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and isn't nearly as carbonated as the appearance would suggest. I take back what I said above. The final version of the kaleidoscopic flavor profile is devoid of sugar. It's an amazingly dry, puckery finish that would be better if it contained the slightest bit of countering sweetness. The 6.9% ABV, which seems high for a summer fruit beer, is nowhere to be found on the palate.

Rubaeus is another quality offering from a brewery that makes a habit of brewing quality offerings. It's an excellent fruit beer that would be even better if it contained a tad more sweetness. Other brewers take note: this is how it's done.

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Photo of Mgrad92
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured almost flat, but tasting revealed a light carbonation upon drinking. The color was a very nice raspberry tinted amber. Just what you might expect from this kind of brew.
The taste was much better than most fruit beers I've experienced. The hop profile actually made itself known, but the raspberries were not hiding behind them. Overall it was a nice balance between fruit and beer.
The body was light, but since I don't know the underlying beer for this brew, it's hard to say if they hit the mark here. All I will say is that it was very refreshing and drinkable. I could have a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (2008 release). Figured I'd better get it now before you can't anymore. Poured a cloudy reddish-pink; loses color saturation at the edges of the glass. Small raspberry and yeast particles float throughout - rather nice to look at actually. Rigorous pour produced a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly. Aromas were tart raspberries - that's it. Tastes were also tart raspberries with a nice biscuity malt backbone providing excellent balance and drinkability. Had this back-to-back with Cerise and I prefer this one, although they are similar. Refreshing with the alcohol well-concealed.

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Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rubaeus is...dare I say it?...raspberry red in color. It really is, though, darker than the typical mauve/dark pink/light red, more of a medium red even with a light violet hue. The off-white head develops nicely up to between one and two fingers tall. As it recedes, it leaves creamy rings, several, in fact, that all interconnect through legging and webbing. There's some really nice structure here.
Not too sweet but certainly not devoid of natural sweetness, the juiciness and balance of sweet and tart that are evident make this a refreshing beer from the get-go, even smelling it. Malt is evident but doesn't overtake the fruit. There's even just a faint hint of some earthy and almost floral notes. All in all, it's not quite as big and juicy as the very best, but it is in a higher league than most.
The mouthfeel is a little fluffy, a bit more than effervescent in a light body. It's pretty crisp, generally, and the carbonation that continues to rise through the session somehow isn't too overdone.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a recent present from the 80's bif.

pours amberish without any head. a slim ring of white film surrounds the edge of my glass. no lacing.

smells like raspberry jam. obviously a strong point in the beer. hints of faint malt that are mostly masked by the raspberry goodness. almost smells like a soda. but it is a good smelling beer.

tastes sweet up front but ends dry. obvious raspberry notes. a very interesting beer. not what i was expecting but that is probably a good thing.

mouth is thin and dry. crisp. but not quite refreshing. a slight pucker near the end.

easy to drink. not sure i would actively hunt this down but if it was an extra i would gladly down another one. well done founders.

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Photo of Domingo
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on my midwestern summer beer trek to the Chicago area. I like raspberry beers, and Founders can seemingly do no wrong...so it seems like a great buy.
Pours a pinkish color with more carbonation that you might expect, so a white head forms with no issues. No pink head, so which is a really good thing. If you look closely there are a lot of fruit bits suspended in it.
Smells fruity, but it's still clearly a beer. Not overwhelming, but there's no mistaking this is a fruit-based beer...which is the goal, right?
Tastes just like what a fruit beer should be like. It's got the rasberry flavor that you want, but it tastes real (not some syrupy extract) and yet it still has a nice grain flavor and a little hops in the finish to "keep it honest"
At nearly 7% this went down like water. Makes me wish I'd gotten a second 4-pack.
Short of the New Glarus brews (which are great, but even less "beery") this is about as good as a fruit beer can be.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/26/13
Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: Reddish-purple color with two fingers of light pink head. Lacing is noticed as the head settles. Lacing is all over the glass with each sip as this beer nears the end.

Smell: Well yes raspberries albeit not over powering. Sweet smelling like honey with a slight touch of malt. I'm picking up what I find to be a metallic type smell also.

Taste: A very refreshing sweet raspberry upfront with a nice tartness quickly following. It is a sweet beer for sure but I do like how the sweet and sour notes complement each other.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium with a sticky feel. Carbonation is rather high creating a refreshing feel.

Overall: Though one or two is more than enough for me in a sitting, I can see this one being a very drinkable beer on a hot day.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this definitely isn't my style of beers however since its a Founders I'll give it a try. It pours a purple brown, with a purple lace. Very strange looking for a beer. The smell is extremely sweet with an absolute ton of raspberry hitting you right in the face. The taste is more of a raspberry soda than beer, very sweet and a nice tart end. It's actually put together rather nice, which shouldn't come as a surprise from Founders. The feel is a bit syrupy but it does fit with the sweetness. Overall I have to say it has a place. A dessert beer perhaps? Or a summer party. For what this beer is, it's pretty good and will have place in the fridge at he right place and time.

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Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

a: looks like opaque cranberry juice, a true rose color.

s: wow, raspberries! in my face, yum.

t: this is delicious, light carbonation ushers in a smooth and pleasant raspberry flavor, slightly tart, a little too sweet. There is a hint of malt in there somewhere midway through which prevents it from being a soda rather than a quality brew that it is.

m: light, crisp, and smooth all at once.

d: could drink this all night, though due to it's sweetness its more of a desert beer. A good one to get the ladyfriend who "hates beer" to try and thats a good thing.

cant wait to pick it up again.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer a few times, but finally rating it.

Look: deep red, minimal white head
Smell: strong raspberry smell
Taste: berries. not much else. perhaps even too sweet... almost syrupy
Feel: medium carbonation, medium to heavy body

Overall: I'm generally not a fan of fruit beers, but this one is pretty drinkable. I'll probably end up having this again.

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Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good fruit beer. I've had the blushing monk. This is essentially the watered down version of that (not a bad thing, just reality).

Overall, a nice raspberry beer. Tastes way better than it smells.

Cheers.

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Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of BA's who sent me this
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that left fast followed by the lightest of lace. The body was a light raspberry color.

Aromas of raspberries dominate this one and overwhelm your nose in a pleasant way

Flavor is raspberry and a good representation at that. It starts of sweet and finishes a little tart in the end. The only thing I might change would be the mouthfeel; it is a tad light for me.

A good desert brew, treat it as such. One of the better fruit beers I have tried

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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle. No best before date but a sample I'm sure has been slightly aged.

A delightful appearance showcasing flashes of different colours. Rübæus resembles a ripening pomegranate; some parts ruby red, others a pale pink, and still yet in other spots, a distinct tinge of orange. No head less a thin sudsy collar.

The aroma is wonderfully fruit filled, with raspberry easily overlooked among the cherry, cranberry, passion fruit, pomegranate, honey dew, and strawberry that ALL seem present (though aren't part of the recipe). The aroma doesn't merely give 'hints of' or the 'impression of' ... I damn well believe I am smelling strawberry, cranberry, passion fruit, and pomegranate.

The mouthfeel is thin and flat but refreshingly sweet. Both bitterness and alcohol are non-factors, as sweet, sugary fruits take over all aspects of this beer. It is flat and sweet like juice. This sweetness drowns out any presence of hops or malts.

To no surprise it taste purely of ripe fruits. Mandarin, cherry, strawberry, passion fruit, melon, honey dew, tangerine, and especially pomegranate and (of course) raspberries. All of them! A hint of honey too, maybe?

This is no Lambic but it certainly doesn't seem to be your standard fruit beer either. The sheer amount of fruit (both in number and in depth) that they've extracted is unbelievable. I know this beer was fermented with only raspberries, but I swear I am a tasting whole fields, whole orchards, whole fruit stands and produce sections ... and I am very impressed.

A big thanks to Viggo and ThatWineGuy !!!

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Photo of damienblack
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light red, almost pink in color. Minimal head and lacing. Huge fresh raspberry smell, sweet and tart. In short, the beer both looks and smells like raspberry.

True to trend, the beer overwhelmingly tastes like raspberry, too. Sweet raspberry, only slightly tart. Infinitely drinkable and refreshing. There isn't much depth here at all, it's a one trick pony. But it doesn't really need anything else, it does that one trick very well. A little thin in mouth, but that's really it. If you want something sweet and fruity, without being artificially cloying or oversweetened, this is it here. I've had Blushing Monk a while ago, and this is basically a less potent, less complex, slightly less awesome version of it. But now that I know this is being discontinued, I might grab a bunch to keep around for the summer months. I just can't stop drinking it.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Deep reddish, fairly clear(some chill haze), light pink head that fell quick

Aroma- A blast of raspberry, fresh, juicy, sweet but tart, some bready malt in the background. It really smells like fresh raspberries.

Flavor- Very good amount of raspberries, great balance of sweet and tart, its juicy and refreshing, sort of bready malt in the background as well.

Mouthfeel- medium, moderate carbonation

Overall- i'm not big on fruit beers as they usually seem artificial or medicinal to me, but this has a very fresh natural feel to it. This has changed my idea of what a fruit beer can be. Recommend trying

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

How does the umlauts help with the pronunciation? Pours a more pink hue that is mostly clear. There is a light amber hue that makes it similar to a beer in sorts, but the pink is the stronger color. A fizzy pinkish white head was ample with the pour but limited retention and no lacing.

The nose is limited on the berry aspect. The beer comes out a bit more with some grainy and light caramel notes. The raspberries come out a bit with a light fruity and tart undertone. Some minor metallic and minerally note but limited. There is a light hop note with a herbal and earthy hop. There is a slight yeast note in the finish.

The taste is a bit more complex compared to the taste. A sweet caramel up front but is quickly replaced by some malty and fruity notes. This is more of a citrus meets raspberry flavor that is not really distinct but does lingering into the finish. The malt has some minor bready and biscuit notes. Some bitterness that is a bit off setting and hides some of the fruit notes. Some metallic notes in the finish and the yeast comes out more than the nose.

The body is a bit over carbonated and leaves a slight carbonic bite. This, with the bitterness, is a bit of a distraction. The fruit is light but does linger into the finish. Overall a easy drinking beer that brings out more beer than fruity. The fruit is subtle and not too girly but I think that is the appeal for beer geeks.

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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 chimney
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: with a hint of amber it has a very "berry red" almost dark pink look to it with a very light pink foamy head.

S: very strong raspberry immediately upon opening and after pouring

T: starts sweet and very fruity and ends with a nice lingering tartness.

M: lots of small bubbles, but not effervescent (flat champagne, is the best i can think of) by no means flat, kind of thick and syrupy.

D: wonderful to try, but too sweet for me to have multiples of. something i could have every once and a while, especially with a good vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of thinkinflicka
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark red with a thin pink head.

Smells like raspberry juice very fruity and sweet.

Taste is strait raspberry little hops and malts, pure fruit taste
extremly drinkable slighty sweet with a small tart finish.

Mouth feel is balanced for a fruit beer.

The ulimate panty-dropper, tastes like juice.So many brewries use fruit extracts and other flavorings you can tell lots of real raspberries are used in this. All in all one of the better fruit beers i've had.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a flute.

Pours a hazy deep rose color with 1/2 finger of fizzy brite-white head. This peters down pretty quickly but then retains around the edges (with thin wisps across the center) and flares up very nicely when swirled, leaving a huge cascade of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is lush with fresh raspberry character as well as some addittional underlying sweetness and floral hops in the back.

The taste is once again a big, fresh, raspberry presence along with another level of backing sweetness, like maybe caramel malts. A solid tingle of hops runs through the backbone of the beer and kicks things up a bit, providing some needed bitterness. Finishes a bit sticky on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation and easy feel. Very drinkable even though there is a touch of alcohol beef to it, comparable to what you would find in a well balanced 7% IPA or something similar.

This was a very well crafted Fruit Beer that mixes fresh raspberry character with a great drinkibility that belies it's higher ABV. I'm sad to hear that this will be going on a hiatus. Drink up while you can!

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Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful cranberry color with a foamy head. The nose is dominated by raspberries and a hint of funk. The taste is a gush of raspberries with a twang and a bit of tartness. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both highly informed by the thirst quenching tartness and acidity. A really wonderful beer. Could have drank several.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much better than I expected. Smooth and velvety feel. Raspberry is definitely present and lends the perfect amount of sweetness. A little tart and snappy. Well done.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great raspberry flavor on this one, very authentic. This is a beer non-beer drinkers could really get into. Sweetness is not over powering in any way thanks to the offsetting tartness of the fruit. Mouthfeel is not unlike that of a full flavored high quality raspberry soda. Creamy from the sweetness inherent in the malt bill and the fruit adjuncts, lifted by effervescence to dance across the tongue.

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this last night was very good

Appearance looked almost like blood. Small pinkish frothy head

I liked the taste very much ice cold as it warmed it became a little skunky

My first go'round with FOUNDERS. Definitely won't be my last a little pricey 12$/4

But that is the norm for craft beer I have been told

Overall a little sweet but I enjoyed it I can see the ladies liking it

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Photo of chefhatt
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice violet color body with a small white head that didn't hang around long. The smell is like fresh raspberries. The taste is sweet very good raspberry flavor, not fake. The mouthfeel is great, not over carbonated, smooth its not like syrup. Overall a darn good beer.

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