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Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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3,575 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#7,844
Reviews:
767
Ratings:
3,575
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 3,575 |  Reviews: 767
Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a St Bernardus chalice. Bottles 2 June 2015.
4/4.5/4.25/3.75/4
Murky-clear auburn.
It smells super-raspberry-y. Very much so. A mild beeriness underlies it.
It's magnificent. A little on the sweet and syrupy side, but there's juust enough redeeming tartness to keep it enjoyable. Very little carbonation, and the aftertaste is mostly sticky fruit preserves.
Overall, a really enjoyable beer...IF you like raspberries. Which I do. :)

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy reddish pink color. The head is a two finger Jigglypuff shade that doesn't feature the best retention. Spotty lacing is left behind.

S: Raspberry. That's kind of it, really, but it's a nice singular note regardless.

T: The flavors are primarily raspberry juice and cream. Those flavors are nice, but it's kind of one note to a fault. I really don't have much to say other than this one would do better on a hot day.

M: Medium body, sweet finish, high carbonation. This feel is so average, it's leaving me at a loss for words.

O: I think I preferred Cerise to this one. I've been looking to try this for a while now, so in that regard, this is a mild letdown. Of course, this beer's monotony means I don't have to write a long review. Wooo.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby when pouring, some carbonation, two finger head with a pinkish hue.

S-Lots and lots of raspberries. The raspberry scent is natural and great, but nothing else.

T-Lots and lots of raspberries (again). Maybe too sweet, but very natural tasting. As it warms becomes too sweet.

M-Lighter nicely carbonated.

O-Too sweet and very one dimensional. Still an upgrade from Cerise, but too sweet for me.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dertyd
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of bubseymour
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red cherry color beer with a pink 2 finger head in my Sam Smith pint glass. Smell screams of rasberries. So nice and sweet. Extremely full bodied, sweet of the rasberries bot still nicely balanced with the hops to make it easily drinkable and not overly sweet and sickening. This is an exceptional fruit beer that is quite easily enjoyable by a wide range of people. I could see many non craft beer drinker appreciating this beer, and beer afficianodos also respecting how well crafted this one is.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Stofko1992
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's $2.99

appearance: pours from the stubby founders bottle into a chalice...body is a bright pink-ruby. light beige head with decent lacing. its interesting as it pours a bright pink but but establishes a richer ruby colour in the glass

smell: juicy and sweet fresh raspberries, syrupy, quite tart aroma with a noticeable malt presence, nutty, fruity an complex

taste: fresh sweet raspberries, a tart sourness, syrupy and sweet...toasted malt noticeable, vinous alcohol slightly apparent...Tasty fruit beer if you are a raspberry lover like myself

mouthfeel: tart, medium bodied and syrupy, light vinous alcohol presence

drinkability: pretty high

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,575 ratings
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