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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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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It's kind of a ruby red color. I'd didn't get much head. I didn't even get am inch of the white foam.

S - It is loaded with raspberries. I get a little bit of a wheat smell.

T - This tastes like raspberry purée with a hint of beer. This is by far the most raspberry tasting beer that I have had. Most raspberry beers have a stale flavor that I find off putting. This beer tastes fresher and more flavorful.

M - Moderate and pretty smooth

O - I read the hype for this fruit beer and was skeptical. Raspberry has been my least liked fruit beer so far. This beer tastes way fresher than any other raspberry beer. I am glad the cherry crop suffered in Michigan, so I got to try this beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - ruby with a short, fizzy, pink head that has decent retention

S - tart raspberries, some faint malt, a creamy note similar to cool whip

T - mildly tart, big raspberries, a bit sugary, creamy similar to the nose, faint malt in the finish

M - medium bodied, a tad sticky, crisp but not over carbonated

This is one of the better fruit beers I have ever had. It's full flavored without being overpowering or cloying. It has depth of flavor but showcases the raspberries perfectly. For an fruit beer fan, raspberry fan, or simply someone who likes a well crafted beer, this is definitely one that is worth checking out.

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Photo of Shumania
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle bottled on 7/20/13 poured into a tulip

A: deep red/purple, lots of bubbles

S: smells like a raspberry jam, lots of fruit and very sweet

T: It's like biting into a fresh raspberry.... A lot of the times fruit beers taste artificial, but Founders did well with this. Slight dry finish

M: This is sweet, but not over the top. There is some body to it to make it seem like a beer.

It appears that Founders made a raspberry jam and then put alcohol into it and made it a beer. This is unique and refreshing and Founders nailed what they were going for. This is a great beer on a hot summer day. Reminds me of the New Glarus beers...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep ruby red in color. Great clarity. Pinkish white head retains at a modest quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Raspberry juice with a light tartness. The malt base smells of pie crust with perhaps just a suggestion of cocoa.

T: Fresh and bold raspberry taste up front. A modest level of tartness and good attenuation do a nice job of making sure that this beer never feels too sweet. The malt base is more subdued than on the nose, but some crust and cocoa do come through. Semi-sweet finish of raspberry and hints of a tootsie roll-type chocolate flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. A slight suggestion of weight is whisked away by a fluffy texture and modest carbonation.

O: Is this a straightforward fruit beer? Yes and no. The raspberry is definitely the main attraction, but there’s enough contrast thrown in to add complexity and enhance drinkability. Fresh and authentic fruit flavor is the driving force, but a balancing tartness and supporting malt base make this one of the best fruit beers on the market. I don’t think I’ve ever been this pleased with a fruit-forward beer that wasn’t a lambic.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to krl2112 for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Dark red - almost magenta - appears nearly opaque but is clear when held to light. Forms a thin light pink head with visible carbonation fairly low.

S: Sweet and fruity, with some grainy malt in the background (wheat and/or pilsner malt). Almost reminds me of a slightly tart fruit juice cocktail (raspberry cranberry juice?).

T: Sweet and mildly tart raspberries, again some wheat grainy and pilsner malt flavors, lightly tart with a moderately dry finish.

M: Medium body, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel, low alcohol presence and fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: Well, it's not going to be my favorite beer. But - it's really pretty good for a non-sour fruited beer, one of the better ones I've had. Recommended if you're in the mood for something a little different.

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruby color with a medium head and good lacing

Smell: Raspberries and some malt. Sweet and tart, just like a raspberry. Not complex but enticing to someone who loves fresh raspberries (like, say, me)

Taste: Again, raspberries and malt. This tastes fresh. It's sweet and tart at that same time, and unlike most fruit beers, this doesn't go too far with the sweetness. The raspberry flavor is powerful, and they certainly didn't skimp on the fruit here. If you don't like raspberries, you won't like the beer. If you like raspberries a little, you'll like the beer a little. And if you love raspberries, you'll love this beer.

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect. It has just enough thickness while still going down so easy. With as much of the sweet fruit flavor that there is, it isn't sticky. And it's nice and crisp.

Overall: It's not cheap, and it's not kidding when it says it is a "pure raspberry ale". It's also not complex, and it's also not something that everyone will like. But I enjoyed it for what it is, and I'll drink it again. It's one of the best fruit beers I've had just because the mouthfeel is not too thin and the sweetness isn't overpowering.

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

A - Not a lot of carbonation when poured aggressively. Color is a rich reddish pink.

S - Smell is very sweet with lots of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry notes

T - Pleasantly complex. I expected liquid raspberry pie from the overly sweet smell, but taste is balanced with notes of fruit, sweet, tart and a malty finish.

M - Even though carbonation seemed lacking the texture matches up with the taste pretty well.

O - I'm always a little nervous about trying fruit beers. This might be the least favorite Founders beer I've had to date, but it's definitely an above average fruit beer still. Good beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours a light brick red color with a pink tinted head. A good amount of lacing is left behind as well. Definitely looks like a well crafted fruit beer.

SMELL: Raspberries and sweet doughy malts. This actually has the aroma of a raspberry muffin. A bit of tart smelling berry notes are coming through as well.

TASTE: Full on raspberry purée flavor that is quite nice. Small bitterness with a citrus hint that is quickly cast aside for more berry. Light berry tartness, pale and biscuity malt character, but mainly fresh raspberry jam here. Bright, fresh and utterly delicious.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated brew with a delicate tartness that lingers with that raspberry presence in the finish. There is a tapering rooty bitterness that adds a layer to the flavor profile and definitely sticks with you.

OVERALL: Rubaeus is a successful brew, that is for sure. With heaps of berry flavor from 5 different stages of berry additions, this is a straight forward, high quality fruit beer. I'd love to pair this with my grandmother's chocolate raspberry cake.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Rosy pink with little to no head.

S - Jammy raspberry, small amount of yeasty funk.

T - Sweet but not cloying, slightly sour. Like a light lambic. Vague metallic aftertaste.

M - Very fine, effervescent carbonation. Light body, refreshing.

A beginner's lambic. Fresh, fruity taste with slight sour notes. A refreshing fruit beer that would work as a great introduction to lambic or other sour beer styles.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically do not like most fruit beers, but I thought I would like this one.

A: Deep reddish / raspberry color light pink foam, nice amount of head

S: Yep, that's raspberry

T: Overly sweet for my taste, but the wife likes this one. Not as sweet as some of the other fruit beers, I think founders did a nice job with this, just was hoping for a bit of tartness or acidity.

O: Not for me, but I can see how some would appreciate this beer.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 jerrytodd
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with Jim (thanks!)

Appearance is a nice deep raspberry color, very effervescent.

Smell is of sweet raspberry! Almost like a soda... More on that....

Taste is over the top slightly sweet raspberry, really like a raspberry soda for adults.

Mouthfeel slightly thin and totally appropriate

Overall, a very well made beer that I wish was a bit more subtle but I can see why some would love it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from Barrels and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 2.29. Bottled 7/3/13. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours bright pink purple with a quarter finger of very pale pink head. Timy smidges of lace.

Smells of yeast, sugar and raspberries.

Plenty of raspberry flavor with traces of candy sugar, syrup, slightly tart, sweet and lightly doughy malt. Almost zero alcohol detected. It's sweet and it's fruity for sure.

Almost medium but still light bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Kind of like a Blushing Monk light. Not bad at all but it lacks the depth I've come to love and expect from Founders. Still, this is so much better than Cerise was and I think I may try it again blended with their Imperial Stout.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken June, 2013 from notes

12 oz brown stubby/stout style Founders bottle with a very sweet and fruity summer time label. Very elegant and nice to look at on this rainy summer evening. Poured this into standard Founders pint glass. Didn't really know what else to pour it into.

A - ruby red body that really illuminates in the late to more of a bright blood red. Head is a light purplish pink that has some stick to it and the ring of lace last nearly the entire way. Some slight haze but still fairly clear.

S - lots of fruit with raspberries, slight cherry and a touch of cranberry juice? Some grain to the malt background with an Founders depth to the malt aroma. This thing smells like sweet, tart and fruity raspberries but it has a Founders brewery aroma as well. Amazing how a fruit beer has this sort of character.

T - tart raspberry up front. Okay very tart, but it soon shifts to a luscious raspberry sweetness with a soft hint of sweet cherry pie. The grain is there as is that Founders malt funk in the backbone. This may be a fruit beer, but it lets you know it is indeed a BEER. It's like sweet liquid nectar with a good balance of malt and grain character.

M - on the lighter side of a medium bodied but no where near thin. This thing carries that good ol Founders thickness and texture. Smooth and easy to drink. Bursting with fruity flavors.

O - okay, I love Belgian sours. Maybe more than most, but its not something I can do everyday like say my wife could. But this thing is much lmuch more than just a fruit beer or a sour. It has some balance and complexity to it. Maybe not a lot, but the Founders imprint of their malt style this thing lets you know you are indeed drinking a brew from the same folks who make the worlds best stouts. This is perfect for summer and a real answer to the somewhat disappointing Cerise, and I liked Cerise. But it was no where near as brilliant as this thing is. Founders may have indeed found the direction they want to go in during the warm months of summer.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance is a deep reddish color with a small amount of white head that recedes quickly.

Smell is a sweet raspberry flavor.

Taste is heavily raspberry, but with a nice crisp, tart finish. Not much in the way of beer flavors.

Mouthfeel is sticky and fairly thick, but is offset by heavy carbonation.

The early spring in 2012 devastated the Michigan cherry crop, and Founders turned to raspberries for their fruit beer. Overall, the result is an excellent summer beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, deep pink with a light pink top.

Aroma: Raspberry syrup.

Flavor: Sweet and slightly tart raspberry. Virtually no malt/hop/yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather refreshing.

Overall: There's not much to say about this brew. It tastes like raspberries, and it tastes awesome. Nothing insanely complex. Just delicious raspberry beer. Nothing wrong with that, and I look forward to it every summer.

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Photo of ktblue22
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite aspect of this beer was the delightful light-ness of it, almost like a really carbonated cider. It was so beautiful and refreshing, I didn't expect anything less from Founders but I was skeptical of a fruit beer that was so vibrantly colored. But the raspberry-ness was sweet, crisp and light. So refreshing, I drank it outside on a very humid deck and I completely enjoyed myself.

I would definitely recommend this beer for people like me that don't ever drink them ever - it was really a surprising treat

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Photo of Treebs
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 jvillefan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It is a hazy brown color that has been tinged with a ruby color. The head was an off white lacing that disappeared quickly.

S: Very sweet and very potent berry in the nose.

T: This reminds me of the New Glarus fruited beers. Very sweet raspberry flavors with a touch of carameled grains.

M: It is very thick to point I kinda want to stop drinking it. The carbonation is lacking significantly. This could have been much better.

O: Definately not your everyday beer. Very sweet and fruity but is well done within that style. Worth mentioning in the same sentence as Rasberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red although both those are indeed better.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a globe at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep raspberry red color with a 1-finger bubbly, pink head. Decent retention with some spots of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Raspberries and bready, grainy malt. It reminds me a lot of Cerise except with raspberries.

T – Sweet nearly all the way through with lots of raspberries and some bready, grainy malt. Toward the finish, the raspberry flavor shifts to an earthier, bitter flavor, much like what happens with actual raspberries.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky but crisp mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and very dry finish. Dry, bittersweet raspberry flavors linger for a while.

O – This is a nice fruit beer. It reminds me a lot of Cerise, of course with raspberries instead of cherries. I think this is better-crafted than Cerise with a stronger base beer and noticeably fresh fruit being used (rather than extracts). I still prefer fruit beers that are mostly beer with a touch of fruit rather than the other way around, but this tasty and drinkable one will do. Nice job from Founders.

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

Founders Rubaeus

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Raspberry red... Go figure... A nice finger of head with a pinkish hue. This settles to a wispy dusting. Not much lacing.

S) Pretty sweet aroma... Raspberry juice with a whiff of grass.

T) Delivers on the raspberry in a big way. If you're doing a fruit beer, you have to go all in on flavor, and Founders accomplishes that here. No weak sauce allowed. The finishing flavors are a leafy raspberry tea.

M) Lighter medium body, with moderate carbonation. Raspberry flavor coats the palate nicely.

O) This is a top-notch raspberry brew. Not as good as their Blushing Monk, but a solid option, and a must try if you love raspberry.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the outset of this review, I feel a disclaimer to be somewhat necessary. That is, this is a fruit beer--a style that has become a bit of a laughing stock in the craft beer world. I have seen this occur close to home with Magic Hat's flagship #9 which is altogether disregarded by most of the beer snobs I know. That said, Founder's has yet to let me down and I love raspberries, so I figured I'd shell out the seemingly overpriced $4 for a single and give it a fair shot.

A: Beautiful ruby, as you would expect from, say, raspberry juice.

S: Raspberry again, with almost nothing else. Very pleasant, though.

T: As expected, the raspberry flavor is quite overwhelming and, although very pleasant, it is quite difficult to tell that you're not drinking a raspberry juice cocktail of some sort. No hints of alcohol or malt for me or those who tried my pour. Most doubted that I was in fact drinking alcohol.

M: Substantial and impressive.

Overall, especially due to the price of this offering, I would generally dissuade others from shelling out the $13 or $14 for a 4-pack considering the low alcohol content. However, I don't regret trying it at all and, if someone approached me asking for my recommendations for fruity beers, this would be chief among them. Very well done for the style, but not a beer I can see many flocking to considering the pricetag.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear light ruby color with a light pinkntonwhitenhead and a little lacing

S-sweet, raspberry, slight tartness, little malt

T-raspberry, sweet, light malt, minimally tart

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and light

O-decent fruit beer, but too sweet for me, wish it had a lot more tartness

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Photo of Chico1985
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer make a return. Picked up a 4-pack a couple weeks ago, finishing it up now.

The beer is maroon colored with some clarity. A pink head starts at about a finger in size, falling to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving some lace behind.

Nose is raspberries. Sweet, fruity and authentic with light tartness. Decent strength.

Taste is mostly fresh raspberries and that's it. Good mix of sweetness and tartness. Slight grassy and stemmy tastes hiding in there, and make this not so one-dimensional, but it's pretty much all about that fruit. Some lemon maybe in the finish.

Full-bodied with high carbonation that's just a bit spiky. Otherwise smooth and malty, drinks pretty easy.

It's simple yeah, but a very solid straight up fruit beer. Nice fresh taste, light and drinkable, good summer release. Pure raspberry ale.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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