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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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle purchased in Aug 05 at Founders in Grand Rapids. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Dark cherry red that glows brightly when backlit. With a vigorous pour a clean white head develops that takes on a pinkish look because of the red beer beneath it. The head has moderate retention and it thins to sticky clumps of islands and lace. Light swirling revives a smooth and uniform head made up of only the smallest white bubbles. The head is sticky on the sides and leaves a tight lacy coating on the sides.

Smell: Strong raspberry nose with lots of candy sugar sweetness in the fruit. Some grainy seed or rye scent sits around the raspberry smell.

Taste: Tangy sweet flavor much like raspberry jam up front. Considering the nose on this beer it is surprisingly diverse in the flavors it offers. Along with the raspberry is a full maltiness in the middle. The chewy malt lasts into the last third of the beer. The end lets a tiny cluster of earthy and leafy hop bitterness burst out into the sweetness. This is nice change and without it the beer would approach cloying with all of its sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Grainy, sticky, and syrupy. It has the feel of sugar dissolved in water with a spoonful of raspberry jam mixed in. Tasty, but it feels more like fruit punch gatorade than beer on my palate.

Drinkability: Despite the not-so-great mouthfeel this beer is very drinkable. It is sweet and fruity with some hop to balance out the mad sweetness. I'd recommend trying it at the very least. It make a good dessert beer all by itself.

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Photo of malcontent
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin, foamy white head dissipates within seconds of a hard pour. Beautiful ruby/brown body more than makes up for that shortcoming.

Smells strongly of sweet raspberries and a touch of alcohol on the back end. Straightforward and appetizing.

Very nice. Only mild sweetness accompanies a tart raspberry flavor. A bit of a mouth-puckering finish with equal part tartness and wheat tang. Slight medicinal taste peeks out from an otherwise tasty fruit beer.

Avoids syrupy tendencies with a refreshing acidity throughout. Actually, almost a touch thin but decently carbonated. A way above average fruit beer, just a step below New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Liefmans' Framboise as far as raspberry beers go.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a gift from Viggo, given to accompany the Blushing Monk I picked up last October at Merchants in Dearborn, MI, shared with biegaman. I believe this to be well aged. Enjoyed in an Affligem goblet that might have spread the head a little thin. Light red, a few large bubbles at mid-glass, suspended yeast particles from the last half of the bottle. Inviting smell of fresh cranberry, raspberry from which it came but also a lot of melon and pomegranite. Taste, texture and mouthfeel are light but run the gamut of cherry, wild berries, passion fruit with a malty finish. Low acidity was a real treat considering the menagerie of fruit present. The alcohol was very well hidden and the finish smooth and silky despite the relatively thin body. Overall, a nice treat and I can't wait to compare it to the Blushing Monk. Thanks, Viggo!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Surly Darkness glass

A- pours a white one finger head that dissipates very slowly. Very nice lacing that coats the side of the glass. Color is dark brown/red/copper. Hard to see through it. Attractive beer.
S- The aroma is sweet raspberry jam upfront, sugar, very rich and fruity.
T- Very refreshing, slight tartness, but the sweet raspberry jam flavor takes over the beer, very rich.
M- Light mouthfeel, clean finish, well carbonated, very refreshing
O- Not too bad, very New Glarus like, reminds me of there Raspberry Tart, but not as good. This beer is perfect for a hot summer day like today, i feel very satisfied. Well done Founders.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive red shade, somewhere in between burgundy and cardinal. A soft pink covering of foam rests nicely on top. The aroma is sweet and complex. While a trace of hops and grains can be detected, the drinker is overwhelmed with ripe raspberry. A tart aspect mixes well with what is perceived to be the malts. The flavor is quite similar to the qualities in the aroma... it is a bit earthy, a little bitter, and is very wine-like. It's got a nice, crisp finish... similar to a fresh cider. Overall I rather like this one, especially as I am not the biggest fan of fruit beers. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys adult beverages, except perhaps those who might not like something that's moderately tart.

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

Not very beer like in appearance. Thin pinkish head quickly receded. Mildly cabonated with a few big bubbles that quickly rise and embrace the atmosphere. Essentially no lace.

Sweet, ripe raspberries and a touch of grain, some raspberry tang present, along with a touch of yeast mustiness.

Sweet, ripe raspberries along with some pale malts. Tartness shows up near the finish, along with a touch of musty yeast and some grassy hops.

Showcases raspberries in this light bodied brew. Not cloying or syrupy, but is certainly sweet. Would prefer a slightly greater tartness, and perhaps more of a malt presence as well.

One will be enough for me. I really enjoy raspberries, but this is too sweet and unbeerlike for me. Would make a decent dessert drink, but next time ill just go with the NG raspberry tart. A good brew to serve to those who usually stick to alcopop beverages. Might mix well though with a robust porter or perhaps a stout. Could also probably make a killer marinade or sauce out of this.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., poured into my The Bruery tulip glass, drank 11/6/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - deep ruby red coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see or read through), initial whitish one finger carbonation resolved into a subtle glass lacing throughout the drinking; moderate-to-high carbonation, little alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - lots of raspberries and vinous qualities; no off aromas detected

T: 15/20 - on the anterior tongue, there a lambic-like fruity-estery slap - raspberries through and through, and, in the middle profile featured, some sweetness continues with a slight sourness; finished dry; little-to-no alcohol flavors, which was appropriate at 6.0%

M: 3/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation makes it tart and refreshing but, even so, it's still too thin for me

O: 6/10 - as much as I love Founders, this, for me, is one of the worst beers in their portfolio; it tastes like a poor man's version of Lindeman's Framboise, which is a decent enough lambic; I was definitely expecting more complexity and not just getting slapped back-and-forth by raspberries; I think that lots of wine and uninitiated beer drinkers could enjoy this beer in moderation but it's just not for me and won't be buying it again if it comes out for 2014

TOTAL = 34/50

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a pink, foamy head of about one finger in depth that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and it leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Body is the color of cranberry juice.

Smell - tart raspberries. No real scent of malt or hops, not quite wine-like either, but it also does not smell like fruit juice or pop, just tart raspberries.

Taste - same as the smell. Tart raspberries. No real taste of malt, only the slightest hint of maltbread, just enough of it as a backbone to prevent this from tasting like fruit juice or wine.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and very effervescent.

Drinkability - this is good ale. But I do not think it is sessionable, rather this is something that goes well with dinner.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founders Brewing Co. branded pint glass

Pours a deep crimson with violet and maroon accents capped by a violet-tinged one and a half finger head. A blast of raspberry on the nose combined with semi-sweet malt. Opens with big fresh raspberry, combined with general berry jam notes, smooth malt, and even hints of vanilla. Very crisp light body, smooth with a hint of syrup and stickiness on the edges. Rubaeus succeeds in staying very balanced and is never overly sweet; one of the most common failings among some fruit beers. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, hazy, pink/red pour. Huge frothy white head, rose up very quickly too.

Tart, snappy nose. Raspberry scent dominates, some yeast, malt too.

Great tart raspberry flavor. Crisp and tangy with a clean finish. In character, it's much like my favorite lambics. Maltiness is present in a significant portion as well. I don't get any real sense of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is zippy, must be greatly refreshing on a hot summer day. Still, it tastes pretty good even on a rainy October evening.

Overall, very good. Drinkability is high, for the style. I would be happy with just 1 or 2, especially in the summer season. My wife, however, loving fruit beers, would probably drink these all night.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically do not like most fruit beers, but I thought I would like this one.

A: Deep reddish / raspberry color light pink foam, nice amount of head

S: Yep, that's raspberry

T: Overly sweet for my taste, but the wife likes this one. Not as sweet as some of the other fruit beers, I think founders did a nice job with this, just was hoping for a bit of tartness or acidity.

O: Not for me, but I can see how some would appreciate this beer.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +16%

This isn't your standard beer, it is a very serious and delicious fruit beer.

Appearance: Pours a nice ruby red color, with short pink head, not much lacing

Smell: Tart raspberries all the way, some malt in there

Taste: Again, tart raspberries up front and in your face, a bit sweet as well. A healthy dose of malt in there as well

Mouthfeel: Light body, good refreshing carbonation

Overall: An excellent summer beer. Wish it was a little cheaper, but I'm sure it is expensive to brew so I'm just glad it is made at all. Considering buying a case.

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Photo of wingman14
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright Kool-aid red with hardly any head by the time it got to the table. It smelled very sweet, a small hint of hops, but mostly rasberry. Tastes like rasberry Kool-aid, the only reason I knew it was beer was for the alcohol. I was least impressed with this beer although it does have its own merits. Maybe I will try this from a bottle, but after having some of the strongest offerings from Founders, this one just couldn't hold up. A decent beer worth trying if you are into the fruit beers.

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

From deejaydan and the B&G BiF. Thank you.

Dark purply red, with a huge pale purple head that fell to a 1/4 inch table of medium-bubbled foam. Nose is dominated by fruit reminding me of a frambose lambic without any funkiness. Taste is raspberries, slightly watery, with a touch of berry seed flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel was a thin. There isn't much balance to this beer. The alcohol is not present in the taste or mouthfeel. Easy to drink, but one would be enough. Non-beer drinkers might enjoy trying this.

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Photo of do_ob
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear pink/red with virtually no head. Looks like cherry or raspberry juice you'd buy your kid. Straight raspberries on the nose. Maybe a little spice and booze in there, too. Medium weight, clean yet dry mouthfeel. Raspberries dominate any and all other ingredients in this beer. Has a bit of a champaign-like drinkability to it, only with a heavier body. Finishes tart and dry. Residual sweetness on the aftertaste.

This is an okay beer if you're a fruit beer fan. I liked Blushing Monk better than this, probably because of the higher abv (for what it's worth, Blushing Monk is pretty much just an "imperial" version of this beer).

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Photo of oldn00b
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this again yesterday. I generally prefer Blushing Monk because of the absurdly decadent mouthfeel. However yesterday this was on nitro and it makes a huge difference. The flavor is very similar to Blushing Monk, that one is just raspberries turned to 11.

This would be like "light" - but it was a perfect beer for a hot day. Lower ABV helped, raspberry was refreshing, but the nitro took it one step further in providing a a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of Franchise
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders does it again, this offering poured a dark red body with a huge tinted head even with a soft pour. The body is fully carbonated, the aroma is fresh ripe raspberry, green apple, horse blanket, wheat, peppery spice, similar to aroma of a dry fruit wine. The taste starts sour, not as powerful as a lambic but very suttle. It also has a sweet tart chalky mouthfeel. The raspberry taste is very apparent, some sweetness in there for balance. The carbonation is perfect for a refreshing clean feel on the palate. This is a fantastic fruit beer, I couldn't drink it all night but it would be a perfect after dinner drink.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken June, 2013 from notes

12 oz brown stubby/stout style Founders bottle with a very sweet and fruity summer time label. Very elegant and nice to look at on this rainy summer evening. Poured this into standard Founders pint glass. Didn't really know what else to pour it into.

A - ruby red body that really illuminates in the late to more of a bright blood red. Head is a light purplish pink that has some stick to it and the ring of lace last nearly the entire way. Some slight haze but still fairly clear.

S - lots of fruit with raspberries, slight cherry and a touch of cranberry juice? Some grain to the malt background with an Founders depth to the malt aroma. This thing smells like sweet, tart and fruity raspberries but it has a Founders brewery aroma as well. Amazing how a fruit beer has this sort of character.

T - tart raspberry up front. Okay very tart, but it soon shifts to a luscious raspberry sweetness with a soft hint of sweet cherry pie. The grain is there as is that Founders malt funk in the backbone. This may be a fruit beer, but it lets you know it is indeed a BEER. It's like sweet liquid nectar with a good balance of malt and grain character.

M - on the lighter side of a medium bodied but no where near thin. This thing carries that good ol Founders thickness and texture. Smooth and easy to drink. Bursting with fruity flavors.

O - okay, I love Belgian sours. Maybe more than most, but its not something I can do everyday like say my wife could. But this thing is much lmuch more than just a fruit beer or a sour. It has some balance and complexity to it. Maybe not a lot, but the Founders imprint of their malt style this thing lets you know you are indeed drinking a brew from the same folks who make the worlds best stouts. This is perfect for summer and a real answer to the somewhat disappointing Cerise, and I liked Cerise. But it was no where near as brilliant as this thing is. Founders may have indeed found the direction they want to go in during the warm months of summer.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not a lot of carbonation when poured aggressively. Color is a rich reddish pink.

S - Smell is very sweet with lots of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry notes

T - Pleasantly complex. I expected liquid raspberry pie from the overly sweet smell, but taste is balanced with notes of fruit, sweet, tart and a malty finish.

M - Even though carbonation seemed lacking the texture matches up with the taste pretty well.

O - I'm always a little nervous about trying fruit beers. This might be the least favorite Founders beer I've had to date, but it's definitely an above average fruit beer still. Good beer for a warm summer day.

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

Despite the pure, bleeding raspberry fruit, Rubaeus is never cloying. It shows the transporting balance of an aged Flanders Red. Tart and austere, yet nearly filling in body and flavor, this beer is in a league with New Glarus' Belgian Red--though, Rubaeus is perhaps a bit more drinkable. Dry, but never painful. Acidic, but never caustic. The finish lingers for minutes.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of rousee
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful magenta pour. Small head. Smell is vinegar and sugarplums, apples also, and I guess some raspberries. The taste is absolutely amazing !!!

This is one of the finest American examples of taking a Belgian sour/Flemish red and blending it with a sweet lambic like Lindemann's framboise. An excellent combo. The mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent also.This one is really worth seeking out.

Tasting notes:(in addition to sour cherries/raspberries would be some real woody maltiness)

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Photo of MattSlem
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I could have like twenty of these. A bit sweet and heavy on the mouthfeel, but damn. I am a huge fan of Alaskan Brewing's raspberry wheat, but I think I've found my new favorite.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard to review as a beer, but pretty tasty nonetheless! Pours ruddy, with no foam. Aroma is definitely raspberry. Very nice, I'll definitely suggest this to my next girlfriend. Taste is a nice balance of sweet and tart, true to the real berry. It's a bit more carbonated than I like and leaves a tart aftertaste. Kinda weird, kinda good.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/17/13

The head is a pleasing light purplish color. Body is a reddish brown. Retains a little froth up top. Lace clings strong during each sip.

Raspberries, malt and gardeny hints.

This beer straight up tastes like raspberries. You get hints of malt and hops but they are subdued and hard to pinpoint.

Refreshing and light-medium bodied. Sweet and slightly sticky.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely deep, clear, ruby color with a faint pink, soapy head that remains modest despite a vigorous pour. Relatively mild aroma smells of raspberries and beer--not nearly as tart and luxurious as a raspberry lambic. The flavor tastes of raspberry juice blended with a wheat beer. The raspberry comes up front and is superseded by a fog of grain husk. This transition is less than elegant, feeling like the beer is morphing from one thing to another on your tongue. The finish is almost vegetal, akin to trace amounts of dilute herbal hops. Alcohol is also more noticeable than it ought to be considering the entirely pedestrian ABV. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp though, and excellently suited to the style--probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

As an admitted Founders fan-boy, I must confess this brew is something of a disappointment considering their track record. It's not bad, but it feels like a novelty compared to Founders' usual standard of quality. If you're looking for a class fruit-infused beer, you're better off sticking to Lindemans.

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