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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

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3,409
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Beer-A-Lot
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very pink, cloudy, with a thin soapy head.

Smell is Rasberry. No malt or hop detectable.

Taste is artificial sour rasberry flavoring. Once again, there isn't a trace of malt or hop to be found. Hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Founders is a great brewery but this isn't even what I would call beer. Your wine cooler drinking girlfriend might like this.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Dilly Deli.
Pours a light, soft, red in color with no head forming. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing up the glass. Smell is indeed raspberries. Taste is much the same, of course. Not dominating, overpowering, raspberries, but an almost perfect dose. Another warm weather beer, that's perfect for sitting outside and enjoying. This one went down way too fast to even notice the near 7% ABV.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a little head that fades fast, but some retention remains. Nice amber color.

Smell: Nice raspberry smell with some faint malts underneath.

Holy shit what nice flavor from the fruits, no off tannins just pure nice fruit flavor. The maltiness isn't anything I can pick apart but it's sweetness balances nicely with the raspberries.

Creaminess on the palate with light carbonation. PERFECT!

I could drink this beer all fucking day, oh man.

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Photo of Treebs
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Founders snifter. Bottled 7/2/2013.

A: Pours a solid, slightly hazy, garnet color with a thin white head forming on the pour. it recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some minimal splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Fresh squeezed raspberry with a slight, sugary syrup type of scent.

T: Raspberry, a slight citrus note. Sweet malt, a little bready, with a lingering raspberry syrup presence. A little tangy, raspberry jam presence as well giving it a nice bite.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Jammy and sweet finish.

O: Thirst quenching, sweet and tart with a great freshness to it. Perfect beer to blend with a berliner or a light IPA. I'll have to try this soon.

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Photo of Domingo
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on my midwestern summer beer trek to the Chicago area. I like raspberry beers, and Founders can seemingly do no wrong...so it seems like a great buy.
Pours a pinkish color with more carbonation that you might expect, so a white head forms with no issues. No pink head, so which is a really good thing. If you look closely there are a lot of fruit bits suspended in it.
Smells fruity, but it's still clearly a beer. Not overwhelming, but there's no mistaking this is a fruit-based beer...which is the goal, right?
Tastes just like what a fruit beer should be like. It's got the rasberry flavor that you want, but it tastes real (not some syrupy extract) and yet it still has a nice grain flavor and a little hops in the finish to "keep it honest"
At nearly 7% this went down like water. Makes me wish I'd gotten a second 4-pack.
Short of the New Glarus brews (which are great, but even less "beery") this is about as good as a fruit beer can be.

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Photo of Jho3325
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a rich ruby red. A pinkish foam does not last and there is virtually no lacing. It is a deep red with plenty of carbonation.

The aroma of this one is all raspberry from start to finish.

It starts with a blast of sweet raspberry, but quickly turns to a more sour taste. While not unpleasant, the taste was disjointed rather than complex.

There was plenty of carbonation and there was a refreshing feel.

This was not my favorite Founders brew, but it was not a bad offering. I didn't think that it separated itself from the pack and would have preferred it stayed sweeter throughout because the back end of the flavor didn't quite meld with the initial fruity sweetness.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Very little head. Deep, opaque raspberry red body.

S - Raspberry jam; tart berries; bready yeast.

T - Fresh raspberry to a mix between sweet raspberry syrup and cranberry juice like tartness.

M - A bit watery and flat on the front of the tongue. Very light carbonation. An almost clean, tart finish leaving behind a slight film.

O - I found the first few sips to be refreshing, but the raspberry juice like qualities make this a sipper. An enjoyable, fresh-tasting fruit beer. The smell was by far the most enjoyable and balanced part of the this beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to orbitalr0x for this treat

clear.. or maybe cloudy.. essential red pour. two finger soapy foam of an off white coloration.. perhaps a light sprinkling of pinkness to it. what i suspect might be raspberry esters wafting from the glass, upon further inspection, seems to be more of a berry-flavored 7-UP thing happening. light botanical hops masquerade as berry stem, or something, in the aroma. unique fruit beer aromawise. initial sip is lindeman's sucrose-laden fruit sweetness with a burst of booze. this beer is a sipper that wants to be a thirst quencher, making for dangerous possibilities at nearly 7%. fruit soda meets sparkling wine with a beery nuttiness. crazy. despite my lack of ability to nail the style, it seems well balanced. a guilty panty-dropping pleasure.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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 BeerSamurai34
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good but the balance was a little off. There was a weird boozy flavor on the backend that needs to even out after some aging. Otherwise this was still really tasty.

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a basic brownish amber, but in the light, it takes a a pink rose blush. A finger of lavender tinged head sustains with a little life. Thin spritzes of lacing sprinkle the inside of the glass.

The aroma is, above and beyond all else, raspberry sprinkled with powdered sugar. A hint of yeast lurks underneath, but this is about the berries.

Upon tasting, again, it's the raspberries taking up the space, and it's a nicely sweet, fresh from the bush berry sweetness, with no sign of extract or concentrate. A mild tartness mitigates and leads into an underlayer of bready yeast with distantly crisp esters. Malt comes through slightly near the close with a residual, more earthy sweetness that is crisped by a general spiciness. The finish lingers with a mild crisp bite. This is what berries can do when done well.

Between light and medium bodied, the carbonation is more pronounced on the palate, lending a pop character to the fresh feel.

Once again, I find another beer that undermines my stale "no fruit in my beer" stance. This is like a peppy, well played berry beer soda, which in this case, is all good. The aroma didn't deliver full announcement of what was to come, so it was a bit surprising, and in the end, it drinks smooth, with a little sugar to the tooth, and with a refreshing finish. So from now on, all beer, even those with fruit, are fair game. Except maybe for apricot. We'll see.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown with a pink hued head. The aroma is fresh raspberry followed by a toasty malt The flavor is lights, but extremely pleasant, with the promised raspberry taking the lead. While I may not reach for fruit beers with regularity, this is one of the best I have had. Direct, simple, and very tasty.

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Photo of younger35
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So apparently Rübæus isn't being brewed anymore by Founders? It's still on their website but whatever. This is easily my second favorite raspberry beer (after New Glarus's Raspberry Tart) and I've had it many many times. This was my last one so I decided I better review it. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the '09 Masters.

Appearance- Pours a ruby red with a very small bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving almost no cap and super thin collar.
Smell- I've always sort of thought that Rübæus smelled like Flintstone vitamins but that's probably not fully accurate. Loads of pulverized raspberries give a very nice nose that is fresh and bright. Some subtle grain adds a bit of doughy bread but for the most part this is a one trick pony. Raspberries.
Taste- Unlike New Glarus Raspberry Tart this beer is actually reminiscent of a beer. The raspberry isn't tart, raw and dominant as much as it's fruity, fresh and inclusive. Just a hint of sweetness lies in the background from the malt with an extremely light sort of toffee that is really only detectable once the beer warms. On the finish there is the tiniest bit of a hop bite that adds a touch of bitterness and proves that this is really a beer.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp on the airy side of a medium body with fairly sharp carbonation.
Drinkability- Every time I drink this beauty I love it more and more. I'm a huge fan of any beer with fruit or coffee in it and this is one of the bests. It's so drinkable and although the raspberry is fairly strong, it's not overbearing. An absolute gem that Founders needs to keep on a brewing.

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Photo of Raime
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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 roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think they have obviously tweaked this one since I last had it in 2008. I remember it being an orangish color and only tasting faintly of actual raspberry. Well now it is much darker and actually dark red in color, and it actually tastes like an explosion of raspberries! The aroma is nice but slightly faint, all raspberry. The taste is like the aroma only it is stronger. Great beer and I'll be picking up a full 4 pack next time I'm at the store!

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Logical raspberry aromas arise from a burned burgundy-colored liquid. Fudge and caramel sundae topping and tootsie roll aromas beef up the bouquet considerably. It's a dry moutful of dusty red fruit tannin, dense malt weight (a Founders signature) and vibrant raspberry fruit flavors. A dry, crusty caramel-flavored foundation is obvious. A streak of sweet alcohol flavor joins the finish. Punctuated fruit acidity and bitterness on the finish roughly counterweigh the sweet, plump elements. Another parade of good tasting ingredients from Founders. While it is impeccably crafted and well-proportioned, there are no surpises here. Nothing happens to the raspberry and slo-poke flavors on their way to an admirably dry finish. Though this beer may be a prescription for boredom, the brewers should be praised for their craftsmanship, skill and market sensibility.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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 craytonic
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +2.8%
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 -5.4%
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 -10%
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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