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Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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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693
Ratings:
3,255
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
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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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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 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 Oxymoron
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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 brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at The Courtyard Brewery, NOLA

A: Raspberry red in color, opaque, with a pinkish half finger head that lingers.

S: Malty raspberries, sweet, summery. Just a tad below cough syrup.

T: The raspberries really shine thorough. Not overpowering. A sweet, sensual sipper to be enjoyed in the great outdoors. Slightly medicinal, but not overpowering.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation. Wet and wild.

O: Glad I got to try this one. An interesting dessert beer. I bet this would mix well with a sweet wine.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Founders has fruit beer looks down to be sure. Blushing Monk was gorgeous and this ain't bad. Nice hazy raspberry. If a wine turned into a brew it would look like this.
smell: Raspberry (no kiddin right?). Some tartness, a bit of sweetness. Not a complex nose but just like I'd like a raspberry ale to smell.
taste: Much like the nose. Not complex and not as wow to me as Blushing Monk, but tastes like a raspberry ale should.
overall: If I can get it this'll be a mainstay for the summer. Nice job.

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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 RickS95
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't care much for the looks, but for what it is, I'm not sure how you get around it. The pour is a deep burgundy, looks like wine, and fortunately, it's not clear like other fruity beers, but rather has a slight haze to it. The head isn't much, a finger thick at best, and it's pink. Little retention so you don't have to look at it long.

The nose is overwhelmingly raspberry. No malt or hop presense whatsoever, just garden picked, fresh raspberries.

It's ok. The first few sips almost resemble beer, but after that, it's more or less and Bartles and James wine cooler...raspberry flavored.

Not awful, just not very beer like. Sweet up front, slight resemblance to an ale midsip, then very tart. The tart is extremely sharp, but never crosses the line to being kriek-like. Carbonation starts to work near the finish with a strong bite to completely scrape the palate clean so you can tolerate the next swallow.

A fruit beer is what a fruit beer is--barely beer like, some not even drinkable. This is drinkable, but only slightly beer like. It's well above average for a fruit 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 Budinetz
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a rose color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly.
Smells of...well...raspberries and tastes of sweet berries up front with a sour, tartness on the finish. No bitterness detected, but a great malt profile within. Low abv, but the acidity alone will kill your palate. Drink this one last.

Cheers!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep red color with one finger of light pink foam on top. Average retention and good lacing. It's obvious there will be a lot of raspberry flavor in this one.

S: Strong tart raspberry aroma. Tartness and sweetness balance each other well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a ton of raspberry flavor in this one. Again, the sweetness and tartness balance well. Straightforward, but nice.

M: Medium thickness with fairly strong carbonation.

O: A straightforward, tasty fruit beer. Refreshing, too - a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a purplish, pink with a 2" light pink head. Trails and waves of lacing remain.

Honey, raspberry, dark fruits, maybe a trace of alcohol?

Sweet honey and raspberry syrup. Very light tart raspberries, and almost some chocolate notes.

Pretty good fruit beer that is like blushing monk lite. Still nowhere near anew Glarus fruit beers but worth a try.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wild carmine pours like an eddy in a glacial river in a gully during the peak of summer. Wild torrents of bubbles spew forth. This is one of the most wild pouring brews I have ever seen. The bottle should have a warning label printed on it that says, “Pour really slowly into a really big glass,” because this brew explodes all over the place.

Smells kinda like cough syrup mixed with raspberry Kool-Aid and boatloads of NutraSweet.

Tastes pretty mediocre, very medicinal and too sweet, false, with too little fruit or substance.

Mouthfeel is thin and artificial.

Drinkability is fine but nothing special.

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Photo of number1bum
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stole this bottle from a box intended for my brother, his beer winnings courtesy of mymrrnngjkt courtesy from our fantasy baseball league. I've had Blushing Monk so I had to try this one, too.

Pours a bright reddish color with one finger of pinkish/ivory head. Head settles to just a thin lace.

Smells like raspberries and not much different than Blushing Monk, really. Nice, clean, fresh raspberry aroma.

Taste is a bit more tart than the smell, with plenty of raspberry flavor with some light sweetness and some sourness. There is some earthy bitterness through the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with a crisp carbonation.

For a fruit beer this is quite good. I like the raspberries, and if I had to choose a fruit beer this would be toward the top of my list. It's just like Blushing Monk but not as strong; a perfect little brother.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Threw down $11 for a four-pack due to a heat-of-the-moment decision at a liquor store because I hadn't seen this at my bottle shop yet. Bottled 6/17/13, so... not even two weeks old. Poured into a simple clear glass, since there weren't any clean pint glasses.

Appearance: Purple. Maybe a dark ruby. Slight pink, silky head that yields some pretty nice lacing. You can tell right from the start that this is a fruit beer just by looking at it.

Smell: Raspberries. Cotton candy. Some sourness. The sour note I wasn't really expecting, but I liked it... it just reminded me of raspberry candy. Maybe that'd bother some people, but if it would, why the hell are you drinking a fruit beer!?

Taste/feel: That sweet raspberry flavor is there on the start, then sour in the middle, and then there are some bready sorts of malts to remind you that what you are drinking is a beer at the finish. The mouth feel is excellent... there's a nice body that suits this sour/sweet raspberry beer very nicely, but it's just short of being cloying.

I could never sit back and have a bunch of a fruit beer, but if I were going to, this would be my choice. The amount of sweetness with that sour note and then the mouthfeel all works for me very well. Now what I might do is buy a Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout or 2X Stout by Southern Tier and make a dessert beer for champions...

Rubaeus is worth trying... even at the $1 mark-up that I threw down for this four pack, it's a good buy -- as most anything from Founders is.

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Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a simple good drawing of a raspberry bush up close. You can see all the plump raspberries growing on it. On the top of the label is you'll find Founders' notched bottling code. Mine was in the top right hand corner. Whatever that means. It's capped with a twist off cap.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, I didn't expect this beer to a solid raspberry red. I expected this beer to be a red color, but not a raspberry red color. On top of this raspberry colored beer was a thin and fizzy head of white foam. I noticed that sometimes even the head of foam had a small tint of red in it. This head of foam quickly fizzled away, but did manage to leave behind a handful of red foamy rings. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind, but I still liked the color of this beer.

The aroma was heavy on the juicy red raspberries. The only other aroma in this beer was a small amount of malted wheat. That is it, just red raspberries and malted wheat.

The taste was nothing but lightly sour and tart red raspberries. No malted wheat or hops, just the red raspberries. If there was anything else in this beer, then the strong raspberrries would have covered them up completely.

The mouthfeel was light with a creamy aftertaste of (you guessed it) red raspberries. Also in the mouthfeel was alot of carbonation.
The carbonation even seemed quite high for a fruit beer.

If you like drinking alcoholic red raspberry juice, then you'll really like this beer. If you want something with a little more variety, then you better go somewhere else.

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Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one cause I've always been a fan of Founders brews, and I was in the mood for something raspberry-y. This one is basically exactly what I was looking for. Pours a reddish color with a small tan head. Nose is raspberries, sweet malt. Flavor is lightly tart, with a strong sweet raspberry flavor as well, and a light hop background. I'm a fan of good fruit beers, and I think this one qualifies. Very similar to the Blushing Monk (just $10 cheaper), glad I grabbed this one and would again if in a mood.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

freshness dating is scratched off of bottle.

A= pours a nice red color with a pink finger of head that falls fast to a thin layer on top of the glass. Little to no lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like a raspberry patch or a raspberry soda. I won't even pretend I can smell too much else in this. It's raspberries.

T= The taste follows suit. Again it's raspberries and little else. It's got a very nice flavor though. It's a natural fresh raspberry taste not really overly sugary or crazy soda like. Just a nice smooth flavor.

M= Bright and bubbly.

O= This beer is all it's advertised to be a supreme raspberry ale. It reminds me a lot of New Glarus raspberry tart actually so if you don't like in Wisconsin this is exactly what your missing. A nice bright raspberry flavor in a beer. Seek this one out. As far as fruit beers go this is at the top among the best.

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this first at the Green River Brewfest in June. Enjoyed then, but they were only serving about a half ounce. So I bought a bottle in a mixed six to try.

Poured into an amber wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A deep clear red. No surprise there. Finger thick white head vanished rather quickly, leaving a very thin partial surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s: Fruity. Still no surprise.

t: Raspberries! Unsweetened, with a bitter aftertaste which lingers forever. Initial reaction was it was like drinking a dry red raspberry-flavored wine.

m: Medium due to the tart raspberry taste. Refreshing but almost mouth-puckering.

o: A most unusual beer. Rubaeus certainly delivers the raspberry flavor. However, at the price point it might be possible to get just as much fruiity flavor (with more than twice the ABV), from a bottle of Wild Vines or Arbor Mist. I'd recommend this only if you LOVE the flavor of unsweetened semi-ripe raspberries, and don't really want to get a big buzz.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a clear pinkish copper color with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of raspberries and sweet malt.

Tastes of the sweet raspberries. Raspberry notes lead off with some sweetness and a bit of tartness as well. A bit more malt adds in with a touch of bread, but plays off of the sweetness. Not particularly complex, but I feel it is done pretty well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a raspberry beer that well, tastes like rapsberries. I can't complain about it, but it is a touch sweet for me and I would like some more tartness.

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Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku
Bottled on date is worn off, but this is from the latest release.

A: Pours a ruby red, thats almost brown when not held to light. 1 fingers width of pink tinged head quickly dissipates down. Leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Raspberry jam, very sweet, some tart fresh raspberry aromas as well. A touch of bready malts. Smells like toast with homemade raspberry jam. Very nice.

T: Very, very sweet, but decently tart as well. Not sour or puckering like a lambic, but definitely tart. Raspberries galore (obviously). In addition I get some pale malts, and a medicinal cherry-cough syrup type of flavor.

M/D: Fuller bodied than I anticipated, and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is appropriate, on the higher end. Drinkability is ok, its surprisingly filling though.

O: Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable change of pace beer. Its no where near as good as Raspberry Tart, but it is something I would drink again in the future. Certainly worth a try if you've never had it and are interested in fruit beers.

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish amber color and formed a huge foamy pink head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and heavy aroma of raspberries. The flavor is dominated by raspberries and very tart. The body is medium and light and finish is tart with a slightly astringent finish.

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Rubaeus
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Pours a hazy light red, almost dark pink color with a fluffy off-white head on top. Spotted trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Intense aroma of freshly picked rasberries and zesty citrus.

Syrupy sweet rasberry bombs attack the palate with a backbone of caramel malt. Flavors of rasberry tart pie, freshly ground rasberry puree and rasberry pez candy meld together to create one hell of an interesting fruit beer. A very nice balance of tart, sweet and malty mold together.

In many ways, this reminded me of the Lindemans Framboise. I think the similarities between these two beers are plentiful, making me even further question if the Lindemans Framboise is a true Lambic or a Fruit Beer. Nevertheless, this brew is original, extremely fruity and easy to drink.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - no head to speak of, light barely visible carbonation through the ruddy reddish-brown eliixir

S - raspberry predominates the aroma, it really takes over, there is a discernible malty backbone however

T - as imaginable, raspberry flavors dominate the taongue as well as the nose, very fruity, were not talking frozen mushy raspberries, real, fresh raspberry flavors. once again there is a hop/malt balance in the background providing support. This beer avoids the pitfalls that other fruit beers fall prey too, in that it's not too sweet

M - smooth and easy down, this was stolen by the girlfriend. she very much enjoyed, no offensive qualities to speak of

D - incredible, it really acheives a superb drinkability, would compliment dessert quite well, especially pie ala mode, mmm...

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Photo of taez555
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a sweet tart, raspberry or even natural cranberry type smell. The carbonation almost gives it that fruity soda sort of smell.

Medium bodied with a syrupy sweet fruit flavor. A big carbonation gives it a very soda like quality at first. Fresh Raspberries, natural tart fruits and some muted sugar. An interesting overlaying earthy bitterness that adds to the natural fruit flavor.

It is what it is. Sort of the session beer version of Dogfish head's fort. Not quite a lambic, but could be nice paired with chocolate.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.
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