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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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694
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3,268
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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 SaCkErZ9
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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 gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 granger10
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 robwestcott
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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 pmcadamis
2.91/5  rDev -25%
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 Ri0
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Cresant
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 heygeebee
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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 ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Photo of byronic
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

I had high hopes for this brew and found a few on the shelf. Quickly grabbed it and put it in the fridge soon after. The pour met my anticipation, a nice clear cranberry red with medium carbonation. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. At first it tastes quite nice there's a definite raspberry presence with a tinge of tartness, however it quickly turns into cough syrup. The flavour is completely dominated by this medicinal quality. This returns after each taste but thankfully does not linger in the finish. The mouth feel is a bit slick and oily and leaves a finish again similar to cough syrup.

After reading a few reviews here it seems that I may have gotten a bottle from the "bad" batch. However I stick by my rating as this inconsistency seems common enough. I'd hesitantly be willing to give this another go.

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Photo of peabody
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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 HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronzish pink in color; 1 finger faint pink head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: raspberry, but not very assertive; definitely a mineral note as well;

t: a lot of raspberry flavor; sweeter up front; a little tartness in the middle; sweeter again on the finish with a little tartness again in the aftertaste; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate, fizzy carbonation;

O: a very good fruit beer;

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Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to UncleFlip for the bottle, as part of his way-too-generous beer trade. I understood it was his last one, too. Quite a guy.
Pours a hazy, muted rose color, topped with a pale mauve head. The head erupts violently upon pouring, foaming up to the top of the glass with less than an inch of liquid at the bottom. I finally got all the bottle's contents in a tumbler, with a mountain of pale mauvey-pink erupting out of the glass. Whew! Holds a ton of lace, however, sticking in sheets. Great retention, fed by furiously rising streamers of carbonation.
Pungent raspberry in the nose, more tart than sweet, with a backing of wheaty, slightly sour malt. Some toastiness.
The flavor begins with softer maltiness, helped along by initially sweetish raspberry. Pleasant fruitiness, not overbearing. It shares dominance with the malt. Unlike most fruit beers, this brew actually has some body and presence. Raspberry flavors become a bit tart into the finish. Real raspberry, all the way down to that wierd sharp tartness of the seeds. Some wheaty sourness, and a slight alcohol burn in the back of my throat. An odd kind of tart prickliness in the swallow, too. Charged carbonation, relatively full bodied. Very smooth, with a pleasantly dry finish.
Pretty good, especially for being a fruit beer. Fruit flavor isn't overbearing, and the tartness of the raspberries only works with the beery qualities. I'd had this beer on my radar for a bit, and I have to thank Uncle Flip again for sending it to me. I like Founders' brews, and I had to see what they did with a fruit beer. Everything I expected. Good stuff.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pink color was unlike most other beers, but obviously the raspberries were responsible for this hue. The head was fizzy and one finger thick at most. The beer looked more like a rosé wine except with carbonation. The smell also was clearly indicative of the fruit used in making the beer, with strong raspberry scent dominating all else. Taste was dominated by tart-sweet raspberries, some malt sweetness, and showed no hops. The mouthfeel was crisp and simple. This is clearly a fruit dominated drink, and barely a beer at all, but it was good on its own terms.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Frozensoul327
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this beer near killed me when I opened it. A loud pop like a .22 rimfire. Don't know why or how. Anyway, so upon pouring, the carbonation rears it's head and i'm left with 4 inches of foam, and 1 inch of beer. Ok... Um, this is different. Finally it cooled off and I was able to pour it and really get into it. Dark raspberry red color with high carbonation. Major foamy head was present. Aromas of raspberries and some malt with a touch of sweet alcohol. Taste is exceptional. Right up a the fruit beer alley; flavors of raspberries, strawberries, malt, sweet hops and alcohol blend in fantastic harmony. Tartness is present yet not overpowering, adding to the presentation of the flavors. Sour finish is smooth and slightly warming. Mouthfeel is light and airey, not watery or sticky like some other fruit beers. This beer has a high level of drinkability, as this could be enjoyed year round, but more so in the summer. Highly recommended beer for this unique style. If you want raspberries in your beer, look to this, not a rasberry eisbock.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light pink head drops to a small collar and faint cap in short order. Minimal carbonation on the pour. A deep rich purple red color. Slight haze and muddle drops quickly leaving nice clarity.

Smell: Sweet obliterated raspberries. Jam, juice, flesh, it's all there. It's like sticking your nose in raspberry. Not much else. A very slight hint of malt in the back, but it's vague and light. Some sugary sweetness, but more like jam than straight sugar. A very slight tart edge in the back.

Taste: Macerated raspberry. Juicy flesh and juice. Some tannic qualities. A bit more malt than expected from the nose. A light, slightly bready and caramelized flavor. A bit sweet, and more so as it warms. Almost sugary at times. A slight tart raspberry flavor. Ends sugary sweet and it lingers. Very similar to a raspberry Dum Dum.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderately light carbonation. Very neutral on the finish, not clean, not dry, just kind of there.

Overall: You could do worse.

This beer melted my brain in 2009. I was really looking forward to the new release. It's a fruit beer with some actual beer character in there. A bit too sweet overall, but a nice summer beer. Refreshing and a killer beer to use as an intro to the style.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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 larryarms847
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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 gillagorilla
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (couldn't read the bottling date)

A: Deep purple, amethyst color. Slight lacing.

S: Sweet and tart. Lots of raspberry. There is even a bit of funk/yeast in there.

T: Quite sweet and not very tart. This could use a slight balance of those two notes, less sweet and more tart. It tastes a bit like soda. Lots of raspberry comes through, which is rare. Most fruit beers don't have the fruit flavor as prominent. I feel that the sign of a good fruit beer is the prominence of the fruit.

M: Slick but still prickly. Good feeling here with less carb then kombucha.

O: I could drink this all day (or summer). I hope Founders comes to MD by next summer because I would love to have better access to this.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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