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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

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3.89
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Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 20 July 2013. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice deep pink with brownish shades behind it. Clear, with half-finger of pinkish-white head. Okay retention and lacing.

Smell is a balance of raspberry and malts.

Taste is similar, combining sweet caramel malts with raspberry. It's just sweet sweet sweet, with nothing to balance it. Also has a funny mouth-smacking buttery back-end.

Feel is light-bodied, kinda prickly.

A relatively weak raspberry beer, in my opinion. Not bad, but I just find it dull, and that buttery character doesn't blend well at all with the raspberry. Lastly, the raspberry is not as potent as it is in the best fruit beers. Comes nowhere close to the quality of New Glarus's Raspberry Tart, so I'll stick to that.

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Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a 1/4 inch pink head which vanishes quickly. Leaves no lacing. The aroma has pureed raspberries, and nothing else. Smells like it will be quite sweet.

The only thing I can taste are raspberries, which isn't a bad thing. they are sweet without being cloying. There is also a light amount of tartness, which is barely noticeable. Provides nice balance.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Complex? No. Good? Yes. Well worth seeking out, and drinking again.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red/pink color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all fresh raspberries. I can't get much else, but it smells really good. The flavor has a certain emptyness to it across the tongue. Has nice raspberry flavor at the first taste and on the finish, but there's really nothing in the middle. Very odd. Tasty too, but odd. The body has a certain thickness, as if from oats or wheat. Drinkability is very good. Tasty brew.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep red/ pink clear liquid. A small spritzy head forms and quickly falls to a small ring of lace around the top of the liquid.

S- Fresh raspberies. Not very heavy smelling, just a light aroma of raspberries.

T- Oh yeah, just how it should be. The raspberry flavor is great, it even has that raspberry tartness. There is just a slight bit of breadiness. Sweet then tart. Balanced very well. Not a lot of depth, but very tasty.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation gives a light, sweet, and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D- I found this to be a very unique, but very tasty beer. I will have this one on my mind for quite awhile I think. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of SebD
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear ruby red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves really nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of raspberries, slight bready malts and some tartness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet raspberries upfront, a slight tartness, some breadiness and wheat malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Simple and delicious.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Probably the best Raspberry Ale I've ever had the opportunity to try. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of far333
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beet/pomegranate colored with a purplish head that rises up quickly and sinks down low. Sweet and tangy aroma of raspberry. Flavor is a sweet and tangy raspberry right upfront, with a dry sweet-tart finish. Raspberry flavor lingers long on the palette. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, very satisfying, with a crisp finish. I'm having trouble picking out any other flavors, the raspberry is so all-encompassing. Tasty beer, but a bit low on the drinkability scale for me due to the shock and awe of the raspberry flavor throughout the glass. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty fruit beer. Looks like a glass of rose, smells tart with a bit of raspberry. Tastes moderately sweet but not overdone, with a nice balance of tartness. Mouthfeel is very drying. Quite drinkable.

This is a very nice beer for the style. A great balanced taste.

HV

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Photo of rangerred
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy darkish red with a light pink one finger head. Really no lacing and just the slightest bit of head retention.

Aroma is full of hearty raspberry along with some grass and hay.

Quite sweet taste with raspberries. A little too sweet but it doesn't really seem artificial which is nice. Very little bitterness with a sticky mouthfeel. Oddly not real refreshing due to the sweetness.

Overall, one of my least favorite beers from Founders. Decent flavor but too sweet to really enjoy.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a pink wine color from the bottle, but as it fills the glass and settles it sits at more of a brick red color. Opacity is @ 70%. The head is bubble gum pink, with traces of white. Lacing is left in sparse graphics on the sides of the glass.

S : Fresh, tart raspberries, maybe crushed. This is the spotlight. Beyond that I can smell dry jarred barley.

T : Very tart, very fruity. The raspberry is very loud here and has a great mix of tartness and sweetness. Behind that luscious fruitiness it takes on more of a Blonde Ale character : golden and toasted malts, a tiny bit of grassy hop. At the tail end there's a snap of ginger and a squeeze of lime.

F : Pretty creamy while being extremely refreshing. A lively carbonation stays beneath the body to pop it up into excitement. A semi dry finish wraps it up.

O : Apparently raspberry fruit ales are impossible to make, because this is the only solid one I've had thus far. I love raspberries, and I love beer, but it seems like the two can never marry together properly, or at least a multitude of brewers have trouble doing it right. Founders was not one of those. I really enjoy Rubaeus and would have it again!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how I had missed this one before, but it's terrific! Nice and fruity with a great raspberry aroma and taste. Slick and sweet body with a lingering sweet fruity aftertaste. Refreshing and easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

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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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Photo of jaasen64
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard tulip glass.

A- Appears a dark purplish red in the glass with some light translucency through the fairly dark liquid, about a finger and half of pinkish off-white head forms on the top that dissipates at a moderate rate leaving the glass coated in a thin foamy layering.

S- Very sweet raspberry purée, very juice like, thin malt background, overpowering sweetness and puree qualities makes this not overly pleasant to smell.

T- Lots of puréed raspberries lend a very sweet lightly tart taste with a light malt background, finishes with a fairly crisp almost lager-like finish followed with a long aftertaste of sweet raspberries.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the thin side, crisp finish, a hint of syrupiness especially on the finish.

O- This was a decent fruit beer that reminded me a little bit of the New Glarus fruit beers. It was very sweet with a light tartness and in your face fruitiness. The downfall was the overpowering sweetness and the purée quality of the fruit which definitely makes this beer something I couldn't palate drinking a lot of. Definitely an upgrade over Cerise, but still not a beer that I'll likely come back to in the near future.

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Photo of JDV
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WeeHeavy
Pours deep maroon with a big fresh raspberry smell and a touch of malty "beery"ness to it as well. Tart, fresh and sweet raspberry flavor and nicely and crisply carbonated. Some grain like beer flavor in the finish that keeps it short of cloying. Fantastic flavor, and very well done. So far, my favorite beer from Founders. Big thanks for this one Jon!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish color, with an interesting light pink foamy head. The head disappears very quick. Raspberry, fruity, and winey aroma. Slightly tart and sweet raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit harsh, as if something is not quite right. It became better as it warmed slightly. Not too sweet, might use a bit of sourness. Light body, but not overly carbonated. Interesting, and refreshing.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into 12 oz. tulip. Nothing resembling a head here, slightest trace of lacing, doesn't last too long. Raspberries come off strong immediately in the aroma and hide anything else that might be there. Taste is the same thing for me, the taste is delicious, but I really feel like I'm drinking raspberry juice. I haven't had a lot in this style so I'm not sure exactly what to look for in terms of depth and complexity. Incredibly refreshing however!

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Guest bottle at FFF poured into half pint. Sweet raspberry and ether aroma. Sweet then sour berry on the tongue melting into fresh baked bread and malt. Delicious.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top label notch right of center.

Hazy magenta, headless, with particles settling to the bottom.

Earthy sweet tart candy nose with raspberry pancake syrup.

First swigs: Hard candy almost Jolly Rancher. Raspberry flavor is complimented with a floral bouquet. Earthy with a tight tartness. Slightly sour, but not to a fault. Lots of candy sweetness and fruit. There must be a ton of fruit in here.

Feel is undercarbonated and restrained which adds to the drinkability. Almost juice like and clocking in at 7.0% is quite a trick. A well built fruit beer. Thanks SkinnyElvis.

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Photo of bashiba
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured bright pink with now head at all, lookes more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Smells like fresh tart raspberries.

Taste exactly like the smell, like raspberries, absolutely no standard beer flavors at all, no detectable malt, no hops, no yeast, just sweet and sour raspberries.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly slick

Overall the flavor isn't bad, but has absolutely no beer qualities, taste as much like beer as the Smirnoffs, Bacardi's, and Bartles and James of the world. I will avoid this one. The first let down I have had from founders.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice ale pours a lightly chill hazed reddish amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ting, light pool, and light lacing. Nose of raspberries and sweet malts....period. Flavors follow but exceed by flavor with rich raspberry notes on all sides, light honey, and light grassy herbal; hops on the rear and aftertaste. Very nice mouth feel, crisp, effervescent, and lively with a light warming aftertaste saturated in raspberries. Excellent for the style.

Cheers

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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 ONUMello
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Unique pomegranate color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Just like a raspberry smoothie
T: This has a nice sourness to go along with the fruit, quite tasty
M: Somewhat thin but crisp, noticeable carbonation
O: Not sure I could drink several of these in a row but this is quite tasty & could definitely also have some great uses in the kitchen when cooking in place of Chambord

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Photo of spointon
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one from a 12oz bottle with no drink-by date - poured into a stemmed wine glass.

A= Poured a very deep reddish color, sort of like overripe strawberries. The brew was cloudy with some raspberry debris floating in the bottom. The head was out of control - HUGE, white, and foamy! Once the head settled, it maintained well, but produced no lacing down the glass.

S= Pleasant but complex. The first two things I pick up on are raspberries and a sour vinegar smell. There are some minor hop notes and a bit of earthy grass notes too. If you really agitate it, you get a whiff of alcohol.

T= I am thrilled that this beer lacks the cloying sweetness of other fruit beer I have had. I taste malt, tart raspberry/cherry notes, and that vinegar sourness. The sour aspect stops short of being to much and probably is what balances the fruit sweetness. I suspect this balance is hard to achieve and I salute Founder's for pulling it off so well.

MF= This one has a huge effrervescent quality that stops short of being crisp or biting. Slightly heavy body makes it a sipper.

D= Its not my favorite style of beer, yet it is more beer-like than any other fruit beer I have had (and that's meant as a compliment). I wouldn't want to drink very many of these in a row, but its an outstanding beer!

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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 Vonerichs
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky reddish brown with active but wispy carbonation.

The smell is one dimensional, but it's distinct and strong. Sugary raspberry puree. Raspberry jam. Sweet, sweet raspberry.

To no surprise, the flavor is entirely sweet raspberry. It's wine cooler-esque and sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation. A sweet sensation is left on the tongue.

It's entirely one dimensional, but still enjoyable. A good summer beer and if you like raspberries, it's certain you'll like this.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,369 ratings.
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