Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,450
Reviews:
745
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
662
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Pencible
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a translucent cherry red with almost no head.
S: It smelled like sweet raspberry jam, with a slight bit of bready malt.
T: It tasted like sweet raspberry jam. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a fantastic raspberry ale. The scent and taste were delicious. The body was ok, but the finish was really smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Better than Raspberry Tart. Impressive dessert beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours one of the most stunning color of any beer I have ever seen - clear as hell and a gorgeous ruby red. Head is small, fluffy and off-white.

Nose is raspberries...galore. Some supporting toffee malt shows as well as a bit of boysenberry syrup. Definitely sweet.

Tastes like the raspberry syrup in the syrup carousel at IHOP. Diabeetus? Possibly. Its not as good as some of the New Glarus fruit beers, but neither is it unappealing. Id have to say it is a good fruit beer, but I am more curious to see how this can compliment another beer in a blend than drink my remaining 2 by themselves

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rübæus pours a blood-red cranberry color, accented with some deeper crimson in the center. Exceptional clarity - very clean and sharp looking as it sits in the glass. It's capped with a pink-tinted cumulonimbus layer of foam that leaves back some chunky pieces of lacing and is very slow to digress into a skin. A very elegant looking beer.

Raspberry explosion. Very vibrant, this smells like freshly crushed raspberries, reduced and puréed. Aside from a faint, dry malt undertone in the finish, the aroma is all raspberries... It isn't exactly "complex", but the fruit is done pretty well. Unfortunately, there's a mild chalkiness that makes its way in as the beer warms up, but it's nowhere near as potent as, say, Cerise.

"Raspberry juice" is the first thing to come to mind when I take a sip. Soft and sweet with a light residual sweetness backing up the explosion of raspberry flavors. A mild tartness just tingles the back of the tongue but stays far from the realm of "sour". The sweetness is very controlled and apparent all at once - very juicy and jam like in the finish. Raspberries as far as the palate can taste.

The only other things I can possibly identify other than raspberry spin-offs would be some very light, dry grassy notes, but even then, I may just be reaching for something else. Otherwise, this beer is dominated by raspberries, up and down. Again, not the most complex or revealing beer out there, but who needs complexity when you've got raspberries like this? The mouth feel is thin-medium and kind of slick and oily with medium-high carbonation and a nice snap.

Very good fruit beer. Much, much better than its "sister" beer, Cerise. Luckily, the taste didn't include many of the chalky notes I was eventually getting in the aroma, so that's a big plus. Refreshing and easy-going, drinks more like a wine cooler than a beer, but it tastes great and I love raspberries, so I don't care. I'd love to see Founders make this an "every year" specialty.

EDIT: 7/7/2013

After having had quite a few more bottles of this beer this summer, I've come a cross a few that have a slight chalkiness and medicinal character to them. Nothing like Cerise, just a twinge in the background at times. Other bottles seem to be completely void of this, however, so I'm not sure what the deal is. Still a great beer, but maybe not as perfect as I thought it was at first.

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled in June of 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a lot of bubbles. Solid two fingers of light pinkish head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very fruity, juicy, and fairly tart aroma with lots of raspberries and some bready malt. Big aroma of fresh raspberry fruits all over that smell fairly sweet and tart and slightly sour. Also some subtle fruit hints of cherry and cranberry. Soft bready malts with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and yeast. A very nice juicy aroma that is big on the raspberries.

Taste: Like its smells, a very juicy fruit driven aroma with lots of sweet and tart raspberries and some malt. Big taste of raspberries throughout along with some other fruit notes of cherry and cranberry. Fruits are fairly sweet, tart, and somewhat sour. Very jammy. Soft bready malt background with notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, caramel, and toffee. Raspberries dominate. A very good fruit beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, juicy, and jammy. Sweet but not overly syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good berry filled fruit beer. Great fresh raspberry juice flavor with a nice subtle malt backing. Simple but very good.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark garnet with a large pink head.
Aroma of raspberry confectionery and little else.
Simlar flavours, very sweet. Raspberry lollies again sums it up perfectly. Very little to it really.
Could use more carbonation.
Much too sweet. Nothing apparent behind the raspberry.

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

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks AutumnBeerLover!

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany that looks similar to cranberry juice. A thin white head surfaced that had just a shade of pink to it. Wispy lace.
S: Sweet and syrupy smelling with huge notes of raspberries and nothing much else. Smells enticing.
T: Follows the nose, as expected, with very sweet flavors of raspberry. Sweeter than blushing monk and more syrupy. Sugary finish, faint crackery malt aftertaste.
M: Medium-thick body, viscous mouthfeel, smooth carbonation. A fine sipper.
O: A very delicious raspberry beer. Definitely sweet, borderline syrupy, but the fruit has a natural (non-synthetic) taste and the mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Definitely worth seeking if you have a sweet tooth. Thank you, Kevin.

EDIT: Now that Founders is in CA I decided to try another bottle, and found it much more appealing. Score adjusted.

12oz bottle into tulip. Consumed 4/11/16
A: Pours a clear light ruby/peach color with three fingers of very active and effervescent head that fizzed away into a thick collar. Streaks of wispy lace were left down the glass.
S: Perfumey nose with light and fruity scents of flowers, perfume, strawberry, and of course, raspberry. The nose is light and airy as opposed to sickly sweet and cloying smelling. I get notes of crisp base malt and light graininess as well.
T: The base beer comes through much more than expected and a welcome change from the other usual fruit forward synthetically sweet fruit beers on the market. The raspberry is much like the nose, perfumey, floral, and only lightly sweet, but it also gives off flavors that remind me of a melted popsicle. There is candy-like sweetness throughout that sort of reminds me of a watermelon jolly rancher but far less sweet. The finish has notes of the base malts with light and crackery flavors. A very light fruity sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Light body, fuzzy and soft but very active carbonation, light and highly drinkable mouthfeel. The fruit or sweetness doesn’t lay on my tongue so each sip is welcomed instead of a chore.
O: One of best fruit beers I’ve had. The light base beer is perfectly balanced by the combination of sweet and fruity flavors. Well done.

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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,450 ratings.
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