Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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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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Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Photo of Skidz
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a hazy pinkish color and sits a lightly foggy pimped out ruby-pink in the glass with a good sized pink-tinted head, fading slowly to a light skim. Very wine-like in appearance, a young pinot noir is most comparable in tone. Tampax is now at the ready...

Smells of ripe, juicy red raspberries. Tart, creamy sides with hints of honey and smooth malty core. Very attractive, but not overpowering.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, nice initialy malt presence. Raspberry flavors start out soft and sweet, and tartness intensifies to a peak of fruit flavors. Doses of grapes, apricots and raspberries are all jammed up and spread out over a layer of lighlty toasted malts. Finish lends a very mild bitterness, fruit flavors linger on and on.

Soft, young body boasts light and pillowy carbonation. Very refreshing and flows very well.

I've had very few good fruit beers, and this is one of them. For those who can't handle the over-the-top fruit mimicry done by New Glarus (which I think are excellent), this might be right up your alley. Fruit flavor is nicely balanced and allows the inner beer shine through just enough. Well suited for a (expensive) fruit beer session. Very tasty, and I'm not surprised one bit. Founders has impressed me yet again.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is what it is. Not really for me, too tart sweet. For the style its good, fresh fruit flavor ect, but not what I look for in beer. Would go well with dessert.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that this is a style of beer that I usually do not like but.... I figured that coming from a brewery with the rep of Founders that it would be worth a try.

Ruby red color with a pink tinged head. Smell is a very appetizing raspberry. The smell is sweet but it's not the sticky sickening syrupy sweet that you get in a lot of fruit beers. Somehow the sweet smell portrays a complexity that gives you the impression that you are about to try something special.

The taste dosn't dissapoint, sweet raspberry up front followed by a tart sourness and a dry finish. Notes of cherries and some citrus zest also show themselves. I'm searching for the malt but it really never appears. Faint earthy hops finish at the very end. The dry finish is really the most surprizing part of this beer. The sweetness totally dissapears. 6.9% is completely hidden.

Simply the best fruit beer I've ever had. I've finished this one off without any trouble when it would normally be a struggle. This is what this style should be and a great example of what a quality brewer can do.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with almost pink head that trails the glass. The smell was full of raspberry to the point where I couldn't make out anything else. The taste was rather pleasant, but very sweet. But the aftertaste lingered way too long with a mouthfeel that was a bit syrupy. A great dessert beer but I can't see myself drinking more than one at a time.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Either I had a funky glass or this stuff is seriously pressurized, cuz when I popped the cap on this one, let's just say science fair volcano here. After the geological event subsided, I was left with an attractive fuscia colored beer with a light pink head. Paris Hilton would be proud. The nose is the winner here, a bouquet of sweet fresh raspberries. The taste, while complex, didn't sit with me quite as well. A transition from cloyingly sweet to puckeringly tart left my palate exhausted, with a slight lingering "beer" aftertaste. Kinda reminded me of the sparkling juice I used to have to drink on new year's eve when I was young. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but the super sweet/super tart thing made this a one at a timer for me. A nice fruit beer here, but I've had better.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Rubaeus, pure raspberry ale. 5.7% ABV.

A: Slightly pink tinted head; about a finger and a half's worth. Dark rose pink in the glass, with a slightly pink tone in the dimple. Decent sheeting. Nice lacing.

S: Similar to the Blushing Monk, it smells like a sweet glazed, raspberry filled donut. Sweet, doughy. Big raspberry jelly aroma!

T/MF: Taste is not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Raspberry seed flavor is present, but light enough. Just a pleasant raspberry flavor for a beer. Light doughy malt character, but the raspberry is the star. Raspberry tartness is mostly noticeable, under the tongue, along the sides. The flavor is light enough that this would go good with a summery salad, or a lighter dessert. Or, some chocolate would be good, too.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours amber / red / purple with a tiny wisp of cherry / white head.

S - Raspberries, sour apples, caramel.

T - Sweet raspberries, tart fruit, highly carbonated and has a mouth feel more like a soda.

O - Nice summer refreshing fruit beer, but could probably only have one as it is overly sweet and very one note.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Rubaeus is a wonderful bubbly raspberry ale. I've had some bottles that had a foaming problem (maybe my fault from agitating it). Be forewarned. But not this one...its pours nicely into a pint glass. Head retention is excellent.. ..especially for a fruit beer that I have found have thinner heads that dissapate faster than a normal ale. The head forms a solid ring thats sticky.

The nose is of malt with a sweet tart raspberry cover. The flavor is not a citric sour explosion like a lambic, but a slightly tart raspberry layer on top of a solid ale. The fruit flavor blends well with the malty beer. A+ for mouthfeel.

This would be the kind of raspberry beer that I could brew and know that my non-beerheaded friends would drink up.

Founder's makes some awesome beers, and I'm immediately partial to this one because of their reputation for delicious unique beers. Even so, this raspberry brew is a treat. Cheers! :-o

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Photo of magpieken
3.5/5  rDev -10%

355ml bottle. BB 04/2015. Pours a mid rosé colour. Creamy pink head, good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of raspberry syrup, artificial sweetener and some grain. Initial taste is quite sweet but not in an overpowering way and then some dry tartness. Medium almost winelike body, effervescent, sticky lingering mouthfeel. Gentle alcohol warmth. A pleasantly interesting beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle folks. Stored in the fridge since I heard the news.

Poured into my usual Ommegang anniversary glass. Half sea foam, half strawberry puree. It settles a touch, but is still quite cloudy.

Smell is still big on raspberries. Not as bright as before, but still very juicy & somewhat sharp. Enough fruit to negate almost anything else except the acid shriveling my tongue.

Tart raspberries & just a little soft strawberry-ish sweetness. Wafer-ish malt & slight oxidation. Jammy, but not enough to alter the texture. Cherry pit bitterness in the finish. Still very good.

Feel was a touch hairy, & the carbonation was big. A sour bite has arrived, but that is sort of welcomed. Alcohol is muted by the acidic nature of the beer.

Cerise? What is this crap?!

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Photo of taylor714914
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby bottle.

A- Gorgeous ruby red color with a thin cap of head.

S- Smells of ripe raspberry, raspberry juice, and light malt.

T- Raspberry plays the main role here. Tons of fresh raspberry jam, raspberry juice, sweetness, hop bitterness, and a pilsner like backbone.

M- A little too carbed in my opinion, but otherwise mouthfeel is solid.

Overall a winner. A nice change of pace and quite refreshing.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mike for the in person trade!
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy ruby red color with a slim little white head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was slightly stringy here and there.
The smell had strong tart raspberry notes.
The taste was tart through the raspberry. A lingering raspberry aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body with a big sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly harsh on this one.
Overall, its a raspberry beer, nothing more, nothing less, nothing spectacular, nothing bad. Nice to try, but probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of damienblack
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light red, almost pink in color. Minimal head and lacing. Huge fresh raspberry smell, sweet and tart. In short, the beer both looks and smells like raspberry.

True to trend, the beer overwhelmingly tastes like raspberry, too. Sweet raspberry, only slightly tart. Infinitely drinkable and refreshing. There isn't much depth here at all, it's a one trick pony. But it doesn't really need anything else, it does that one trick very well. A little thin in mouth, but that's really it. If you want something sweet and fruity, without being artificially cloying or oversweetened, this is it here. I've had Blushing Monk a while ago, and this is basically a less potent, less complex, slightly less awesome version of it. But now that I know this is being discontinued, I might grab a bunch to keep around for the summer months. I just can't stop drinking it.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Sam-VW
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Samuel Smith's Organic Wheat Beer Long Pint Glass.

A - Dark almost ruby Red with quite a thick pink head which fades to a cap and stays throughout. Very sticky lacing which almost covers the sides of the glass.

S - A lot of raspberry/jam first of wall with a hint of pale malt and a little wheat. I'd say some Red Grape juice and cranberry too.

T - Big hit of sweet raspberry with a bit of wheat, a touch of hoppy bitterness and tart at the end.

M - Medium carbonation, but not too much for this style. It helps with the tart finish. Very refreshing and goes down very smooth indeed.

Great beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freaky, almost magenta in appearance, Founder's Rübæus comes out of the bottle into my chalice bubbly as all get out. Gigantic, whooshing 'champaign' foam that meringues but settles like a toddler after his ritalin. Smallish white head with flares of lace. Great presentation...par for the course from Founders.

Nose is raspberries in syrup; just really lovely and amazingly un-beery...a compliment, a put-down, and an invitation to beer advocacy all in one. Slight whiffs of sweettarts.

Intense fruit follows on the palate. Marachino cherries in syrup. Overripe red grapes. Childhood flashbacks to Sparkling Grape juice on New Year's.

Not really that drinkable, but remarkable and 'must-try' in all regards.

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

Well, it is indeed straight-up raspberry soda, but it is refreshing and tasty enough, and I kind of like it as such, as a guilty pleasure. I was happy to welcome Founders to Washington State because I had other beers of theirs in mind, but I'll take this one, too...

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Photo of Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife just gave me a mixed case of Founders for Christmas. Happy holidays indeed.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Rubaeus is a beautiful pinkish, reddish, orange color. Sort of a cherry copper hue. Light pinkish white head on top; little to no lace. A pretty color here, created, I presume, by the raspberries. The nose is tart and filled with berries. A bit sweet as well, with some malty notes, but mostly consumed by raspberries. The taste is tart and tangy as well, with strong raspberry content and a syrupy sweet flavor that fades in and out. Mouthfeel is a tad bit watery at times, with a dry finish.

A fine beer, the Rubaeus. One of the best fruit beers on the market, in my opinion. Rivals the New Glarus Belgian Red and the DFH Aprihop for quality and production. A delicious beer that I am glad to have more than one of in the fridge.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 OKbrew89
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro variety. On tap. Pours a well carbonated red color with a massive two finger head that sticks around and leaves an inch of lacing. Nose of raspberry and sour. Taste is a sweet and tart raspberry with a light, crisp finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. The nitro almost gives it the feel of a soda.
I think it's better on nitro than it is without the nitro. It was a bit sweet and I wouldn't have minded more tart. Fun summer/warm winter offering.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 malcontent
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.1%
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 Neorebel
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
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 do_ob
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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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