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Founders RübæusFounders Rübæus

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Reviews: 695 | Ratings: 3,281
Photo of chugalug06
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Minor head barely rises. Brew is foggy deep ruby red color. no lacing.

Awkward aroma. Dirty water? Not the best aroma. Deeply hidden present sweetness, but it's hard to find.

Flavors are very nice. Well blended flavors. No tartness, but lots of forward sweetness. Carbonation is light and perfect. No bitterness. Lots of dark ripe raspberry.

A bit of a (good) mess. Aroma does not even close to match flavors. Recommended, but not anything overwhelming. May need time to sit and think.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer is a hazy reddish color with a fluffy pinkish head that retains pretty well and laces the glass nicely. I get lots of fresh raspberries on the nose as well as a hint of almond.

The beer has a light body and could definitely use a bit more carbonation to wake up the tastebuds more. I get a mild grainy flavor of cereal and a pleasant hit of fresh raspberries that strangely seems to start out tart and sweeten as the beer moves across the palate. The flavors mellow out in the back of the mouth, rendering the finish unremarkable. It's unfortunate that the raspberry flavor in this beer isn't more intense. If it was, we might be talking about an incredible beer. Still, the beer is quite pleasant and enjoyable with no objectionable characteristics.

Overall, a delightful addition to the Founders stable (and an appropriate substitute for Cerise), yet in my opinion it's a little pricey for the quality. Nevertheless, if the supply at my local bottle shop holds out, I can see myself splurging on another 4-pack of this to get me through the hot summer months.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An awesome brew sent to me from laymansbeerfan, a big want. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint -

A: Red body, slight chill haze, with a head that fades quickly.

S: Fresh raspberry, period. I could half-lie and say I get notes of honey blossom and sweet bready matliness (which, maybe I do?), but mostly this is plain ol' sweet and tart raspberry.

T: Fresh, sweet & tart raspberries. Again, extra-faint hints of other things like malt and random fruit poking through, but pretty much straight-up raspberry puree. Lots of fruitiness.

MF: Feels like a fruit juice, but with a bit more body (light to medium), a bit fizzy with good carbonation. Tart and refreshing.

O: Really pleasant, not quite as earth shattering as Blushing Monk but a darn good substitute in 12's and 4 packs. Good stuff.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks and smells outstanding. And although it's certainly well made, it's a bit overdone in the fruitiness. The raspberry flavors are just a bit too sweet. I'm glad I tried this because it seems to have some qualities that make it stand out (as different) from many others, but I found it just a bit too much.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into my Founders nonic. Deep cherry red in colour, with a half inch of light pink foam which recedes into a fine ring. No lacing to speak of. Nice colour to the brew.

Nose is tart raspberry juice, citric acid, a touch of floral hops and sugar.

Tasty raspberry ale, which has a nice tartness - almost sour - which keeps it from being cloying. Tart raspberries, lemon and a mild acidic funkiness define this brew. Thinner bodied, medium-to-high carbonation.

Good take on the raspberry ale, with enough tartness to make things interesting. Not an everyday brew by any means, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BigGold
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had at Finch's Brasserie, Bloomington, Indiana, on draft into pint tumbler. Normally avoid non-Belgian (or Belgian-style) fruit beers; tried this because of the brewery. Fruity but balanced.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As you'd expect pours a deep red colour with a white foamy head.

The smell is raspberries and a little smokey malt.

The taste is raspberry, a little sour,tart and just little bit of malt.

The mouthfeel is quite light with medium carbonation.

This would be a good summer beer, I'd defiantly recommend if you're a fan of fruit beers.

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

A - Pours a dark red with a one-finger pink foamy head.

S - Aroma is lots raspberries with grain, and sweet malts.

T - Lots of raspberry. That's really all that's going on in the flavor. There is a light amount of malt t balance out the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

O - A very good fruit beer. Drinks more like a raspberry soda than a beer. A nice summer beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: ruby-purple pour with a bit of pink head.

Smell: Aroma of thin raspberries, bit of sweetness

Taste: Raspberries, similar to the aroma. Very sweet, with a bit of sour mixed in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin

Drinkability: Fun to try, not sure why one would ever want a second helping.

*NB: A bit watery, stick with blushing monk. However, it does come through that they used real raspberries, which tend to be quite expensive, as opposed to artificial flavor and corn syrup.

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

OK, here's my thing with Fruit/Vegetable Beers...from my experiences so far this year, its...."am i going to finish this or is it going to be a pour".

If that doesn't put you in my hemisphere then don't bother reading on.
Pours a slightly hazy blushing deep raspberry color with a thin delicate pink head that fades quickly. Surprise! ...it has a rich sweet raspberry aroma, maybe a little syrupy, with a hint of alcohol and an underlying earthy character. Here goes...wow! a keeper. It has a surprisingly heavy body. It's adequately carbonated and there is a tart feel thats well within my tolerance that complements the sweet raspberry flavor nicely. It finishes dry, but the wonderful lingering berry taste causes involuntary 'lapping' urges.

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Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at The Dilly Deli, poured into a pint.

A: Pours an awesome blood red with some hot pink tinting. About one finger of head dies pretty quickly and doesn't help much on the lacing. The color is just awesome.

S: The obviously blast of raspberries and some added sweetness. If it wasn't for the slightest touch of alcohol, you'd think this was a juice.

T/M: What else would you expect besides raspberries? Nicely tart raspberries with just enough sweetness to balance things out. Alcohol isn't really detectable even after a bit of warming. Finish is a bit stronger in the tartness but nothing extreme.

D: Pretty straight forward. Taste isn't anything spectacular but it's better than I expected. Now to decide if I should crack the Blushing Monk open or not.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pinkish-red color with a small white head that doesn't last long, leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity raspberry kool-aid aromas, sweet, tart and sour raspberry flavors. Medium bodied with a spritzy, seltzer like mouthfeel, finishes sour. Unique and flavorful, gets even better as it warms.

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Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass or Flute]

The pour was a murky almost dark cranberry red with a small light pink fizzy head that was fully diminishing and produced no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was all about raspberries, with a light grain malt and a sweet yeast along with notes of candi sugar, a light vinous odor and a moderate tartness.

The taste was boldly sweet with a nice malt undertone and a huge raspberry presence from the start and was present throughout, progressing slightly with a wheaty sour taste latching on towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a fruity tart taste left behind on the taste buds to linger for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and somewhat syrupy in texture with a strong ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a very refreshingly tasty Fruit Beer, it possesses a bold fruit taste along with a mild hint of wheat only to be topped with a decent tartness making it very enjoyable and refreshingly easy to drink...


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Photo of 98green
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of cloying sweet. I actually had blushing monk a couple months before this one. It is tasty but heavy on the fruit-sweet. One is more than enough

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was magenta in color with some white bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Big surprise, it smelled like raspberry. The aroma was not overwhelming or particularly sweet. It was almost like a wine.

Taste - Anybody remember the Sundance sparking waters of the late 1980's. This is the raspberry flavor. It is a little tart with a diet soda like note in the aftertaste. The raspberry really does not stay potent for long.

Mouthfeel - This is an easy drinking fruit beer. Lightly carbonated, not too thick.

Overall - The closet comparison would be New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Rubaeus loses that contest in a first round knock out. The fruit is not as potent as I would like, and the aftertaste in this one is a detriment.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A very hazy beer. A brownish amber color. A two finger light pink head.

S- Smells like raspberries. Sweet and somewhat sugary. Smells like a belgian brew. A dry smelling beer.

T- Wow, raspberries. A very intense flavor profile. A tart beer but a very strong sweetness. The raspberries taste very fresh. A plain, but sweet and breaddy malt profile that really help highlight the raspberries. A strong and intense flavor to the beer. A sipping beer spite the ABV. May be difficult to drink more then one of these.

M- A sweeter beer, thick in feel.

O- An awesome fruit beer. A bit tiring on the palate but still a good beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Founders Rubæus.

Is this supposed to be a lambic although not by traditional sense orrrr..what exactly is the deal here..?.

Look - Pours what I would say is the most perfectionate amber I have ever seen with a head that never truly forms. Carbonation appears to be pretty low surprisingly. 4

Smell - Not really getting a whole lot here. Almost like some wannabe levels of raspberry that are half artificial with a bit of bread like qualities. 3

Taste - The raspberry aspect is still there and dominates the majority of the flavor but it has neither an inviting tartness nor even a touch of bitter beyond a quick surprise squirm of the mouth. Bread levels are still on medium. Let it warm a bit, then it can show it is legit, although still not too heavy. 3.75.

Feel - Body is pretty well rounded and the tart aspect makes itself known here. Carbonation is about moderate as would fit the style. 4.25.

Overall - Y'know what, after finishing the brew I'd say it isn't a wannabe at all. Actually, a fine way to introduce somebody to the world of lambics and sours. The smell was a bit goofy but the taste had its heart in the right place, though slightly missing the mark. Cannot complain as I paid $1.69 for the bottle FRESH mind you and the guy was obvisouly try to cut losses. Try it out, and come to your own judgement. 3.75.

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

Founders Rubaeus

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Raspberry red... Go figure... A nice finger of head with a pinkish hue. This settles to a wispy dusting. Not much lacing.

S) Pretty sweet aroma... Raspberry juice with a whiff of grass.

T) Delivers on the raspberry in a big way. If you're doing a fruit beer, you have to go all in on flavor, and Founders accomplishes that here. No weak sauce allowed. The finishing flavors are a leafy raspberry tea.

M) Lighter medium body, with moderate carbonation. Raspberry flavor coats the palate nicely.

O) This is a top-notch raspberry brew. Not as good as their Blushing Monk, but a solid option, and a must try if you love raspberry.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Red wine colored with a slightly pink head that lingers leaving some lacing, slightly hazy

S: loads of raspberry, like a raspberry sauce to pour over ice cream, sweet with a little malty beer aroma

T: really close to overpowering raspberry flavor, sweet then almost instantly mouth turning sour, finish is a musty sour fruit flavor

M: very sticky with high soda like carbonation

O: I wasn't revolted by this, but I won't rush out to buy more. It is much closer to a raspberry flavored malt liquor drink than what I would call beer. I appreciate the craftsmanship it took to get all that flavor in without using the artificial flavoring rout, but it isn't to my taste.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ClockworkOrange and biegaman for this treat.

12 oz. stubby bottler poured into a nonic.

Pours a ruby red with a pink fluffy one finger head that quickly dies down to a thin, almost non-existant, layer. Stickiness is not there at all. Smell is of tart raspberries, almost wine like, very refreshing. Taste is of what else, raspberries and sour in a way, but not too much. Bitter hop bite starts and finishes on the tongue. Raspberry flavor seems to appear more with warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but NG's Raspberry Tart is a step above.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a tulip. The color on this is really nice; a hazy red that reminds me of grapefruit juice. No head on this but it still has a solid body that looks terrific. The smell is shockingly enough full of raspberries. Sweet and tart raspberries, this is fun to smell! The taste is slightly tart raspberries to start and a nice subtly sweet finish. Very nice. The mouthfeel is light and this is a great beer for sipping on. Easy to drink and will be missed.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark red color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a fruity raspberry aroma. Nice raspberry taste. Mild amount of bitterness. Not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one is very good and refreshing.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the reddest I've ever seen a beer poured. Beyond mahogany, this delves into a deep rosé, befitting its sweet nature. Minimal head and no retention brings it down slightly in my book.

When you sniff at this beer the immediate impression is... fermented raspberries. This may not appeal to everyone, but for a 'pure raspberry ale,' it seems appropriate.

Tasting, it is much of the same. The raspberries ARE the show here, they don't steal shit. It's their sweet nature that lures you in initially, seducing your tongue and lulling it into a comfortable dream state with its bubbly personality, but soon it goes stale (ok, not stale, per se; more... fermented. but stale fit the narration better. so sue me.). Her underlying bitterness seeps in towards the end, and you leave with the impression that she is [a] tart (deal with it).

This is one of those brews that will probably see much of the variety in its ratings due to the age old struggle of personal taste vs stylistic integrity. It's definitely not for everyone, or for every occasion, but for what it is, it is done quite well (not that I would expect any less from Founders at this point). It's easily the best fruit beer I've had, but I wouldn't necessarily find myself reaching for it ahead of other items available that often. Well worth the price of admission, but I won't pine for her when she's gone.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gorgeous ruby color! Really bright and vibrant. 1 finger of light pink head. Lots of raspberries on the nose. Tart sweet raspberries! Some sweet grains.

Lots of tart raspberry flavor and grainy sweetness. Full bodied that things out a little on the finish. Tartness doesnt linger too much. Sweetness lingers a bit but its not overly sweet. A little sticky though. Not as refreshing as most fruit beers. Heavy body and thick. It's good but I wouldn't drink more than 1. And with how rare pricey it is I wouldn't really recommend it. Preferred Cerise.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moderately thick, dense, light pink colored head leaves a short sheet of lace. Hazy dark mahongany colored beer with a ruby hue. Raspberry jam aroma with a toasted malt base; almost like a raspberry poptart. Fresh raspberry flavor throughout mixed with mild doughy malt flavor. It finishes just barely tart. Light, fairly crisp mouthfeel. It's like somebody took a piece of toast with raspberry jam and liquified it. I'm usually not a big fruit beer fan, but this one is different from the rest. Thanks to malty for another great brew.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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