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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723
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3,383
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #100.

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The bottling date has been rubbed off, but it must be at least four months old. I got this in a hop-box from vande for winning his recent "Help a School out LIF..What can I say - vote, and get a chance at free beer?" Thanks again!

A - nice looking beer, at least color-wise. Held up to the light, I get nice reds and browns. Points off for the lack of head though. I like to see a big foam from beers like this, but alas. Some carbonation bubbles present.

S - eh. There's a nice sweetness here, but also an empty bitterness. I don't like the malt that Founders uses for some of their beers, because it lacks in substance. Of course, I don't know the specific recipe for Rubaeus, but I know that the base here is rather empty.

T - dear god, a raspberry explosion. This beer is all flavor and no spine, but what a sweet, wonderful flavor it is. Objectively, I know that this brew doesn't have a ton going on besides its fruit flavor, but subjectively, I love sweet brews.

M - bitter and empty, suggested in the smell, but still pretty yummy. This is a very sessionable beer. No alcohol present, beautiful.

O - Rubaeus is a decent beer, very sessionable, and a nice substitute for more expensive sours.

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Photo of NRo
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Opaque reddish hue. Not as clear as I thought it would be.

Smell: I can really smell the raspberries. Smells like alcohol and raspberry juice.

Taste: Little bit tart right away, from the raspberries, but not as sweet as a lambic.Very refreshing without feeling light.

Mouthfeel: Tingly from the carbonation but not sour.

Overall: This is very different from a lambic or a sour beer! It's heavy for something so fruity, in a good way.

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Photo of kingston2
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice summer fruit beer. Raspberries really sing in this one and the overall palate is very nice. For those Founder's fans out there who haven't already tried it... mix 1/2 Rubaeus with 1/2 KBS... That scores 5/5 all the way across for me.

As it is, I really enjoyed this beer for the category it is going for. Founder's knocks another one out of the park IMHO.

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Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date of June 7th, 2014. Poured into a Lindemans flute. Translucent dark ruby red with a thick, bubbly, pink head. Head slowly fades to a thin crown. Thick, sticky lacing covers nearly every part of the surface of the flute as the beer goes down.

Aroma is a raspberry jam/puree. Slight touch of pale malts and the faintest hint of wheat. Vinous flavors, almost dark cherry and grape as well.

Flavor is raspberry and a hint of wheat. Raspberry, of course, completely dominates. It starts off a touch sugary, but ends with a tart finish. I can feel a tiny bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish as well, even if I can't taste it.

Light-medium body with moderate carbonation; certainly a decent amount, but not as much as it looks like during the pour. Tart finish keeps it from being cloying and maintains a nice, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer. I'm not sure if I'd put it up against the New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but it stands pretty well on its own. Nice balance of sweetness/tart and it's obvious it uses fresh, natural raspberries. What else should one expect from a fruit beer?

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Photo of Nipitato
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: A cranberry colored hue. Pinkish head is thin, practically not there. Opaque.

S: Wow. A really nice balanced aroma. Fresh raspberries is only a nice compliment to the aroma that includes a nice earthy hoppiness as well as some caramel malt character.

T: Tartness from raspberries finishes out the end. Raspberry flavor is noticeable but not overpowering. Malt base stand up well and provides needed sweetness to strong bitterness.

MF: Medium heavy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. For a higher ABV no alcohol warming.

D, notes: Not overly sweet or cloying, which makes this drinkable. Fruit derived bitterness adds to drinkability.

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Photo of kinger
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No doubt that this is a raspberry brew wooo this is tart, sweet, and nice. Poured into a merlot glass, color is a light mahagony with an enormous carbonated head that is a lighter shade of red. Dark sediment collects at the bottom indicating the use of real raspberries. Aroma is a strong tangy scent of raspberries and sugar. The taste is just what I was anticipating real fruity with just enough alcohol presence from the malt and fruit to remind me that this still is beer. Raspberries are my favorite fruit used in beer and this example reinforces why I like them so much. The mouthfeel is alright slightly over carbonated for my liking but with this much fruit presence it is expected. Out of the ordinary but well worth it.

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Photo of mchegash
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date 2/26/15

Appearance - 4.5/5
A beautiful red. Perhaps the most vibrantly red beer I've ever seen. The head is a light pink color, about a finger or so. Slightly opaque/hazy.

Smell - 4/5
Delicious raspberries, yet still has many of the other subtler qualities of beer, which makes it still smell like a beer (albeit a very fruity beer).

Taste - 4.25/5
Amazing raspberry taste but still tastes like a beer.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, medium level of medium-high carbonation. Quite crisp near the beginning of the sip. Then goes down smooth with a little carbonation tingle all the way down.

Overall - 4.5/5
I've had this beer many times before, and am finally getting around to reviewing it. What I love about Rubaeus is its delicious raspberry taste, yet it still tastes like a beer. This is perhaps the best examplar of a "fruit beer", meeting both the "fruit" and "beer" criteria masterfully. If you want a nice sweet fruity summer beer, but want it to be a beer and not fruit juice, this is the beer for you. Also, I think this would be a great way to introduce someone new to the beer world into beer. Show them that not all beer tastes like what they have had before. Start with a very fruity beer like this, and slowly move them to less and less fruity beers.

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Photo of Lupe
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok - from the pour you know this is a fruit beer that's not playing around. Light red raspberry color with pink hues and a small pinkish white head. Not much retention and very little lacing. Lighter in color than Lindeman's Framboise Lambic, but more color than any other fruit beers (excluding those delicious fruit stouts & porters).

Upfront raspberry aroma and a hint of alcohol. Mild malt sweetness mixes well with the fruit and does give off the disconnected graininess of typical fruit beers.

Again, raspberry dominates but not too overpowering. Wonderful sweet-tart flavors provide the right about of tangy sourness. Light bitterness towards the end, along with a dose of some alcohol spice. Finishes with lingering raspberry, sweet malt, a hint of spicy hop.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp with low carbonation. Finishes dry and surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. Great drinkability, but as with many fruit beers it can get tired.

A special beer and one of the best in the fruit category. This beer does not play - you want raspberry, here is raspberry!

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Photo of Wukk
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep red with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Head seems more like the head on top of a fruit juice than the head of a typical ale.

Smell is mostly raspberry, unsurprisingly. There is something more there, perhaps a very subtle hop character underneath the fruit. Hard to determine it, at least for me.

Sort of a dry mouthfeel. The carbonation really hit me, peaking right as I swallowed. Sticky. Drinks like a soda.

Taste is not so strong as the beer first touches the tongue. The raspberry takes a moment or two to reveal itself as the dominant flavor, but when it does... wow, it really dominates!

All in all, I'm not the biggest fan of fruit beers, but here Founders does a good job of not overpowering the palate. There is a complexity here that reveals itself, before the raspberry hammer falls.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/26/13
Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: Reddish-purple color with two fingers of light pink head. Lacing is noticed as the head settles. Lacing is all over the glass with each sip as this beer nears the end.

Smell: Well yes raspberries albeit not over powering. Sweet smelling like honey with a slight touch of malt. I'm picking up what I find to be a metallic type smell also.

Taste: A very refreshing sweet raspberry upfront with a nice tartness quickly following. It is a sweet beer for sure but I do like how the sweet and sour notes complement each other.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium with a sticky feel. Carbonation is rather high creating a refreshing feel.

Overall: Though one or two is more than enough for me in a sitting, I can see this one being a very drinkable beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a raspberry color , small head , no lacing.

Aroma is tart raspberry , kool-aid comes to mind.

This is easy , tastes like raspberries , no cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin , light. Carbonation is low.

Overall a nice beer to try , not sure If I'd like to drink more than one.

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

Rubaeus pours out like cranberry juice with a slight white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is mainly soft wheaty tones and raspberries. The raspberry aroma is fairly powerful, but it pales in comparison to the super razz Blushing Monk that I just had on tap at Founders, and the score is marked down a bit because of it.

The flavour starts out with a tart raspberry tone with a creamy malt body underneath. The finish has a distinct malty twang. Not a lot of depth here, but if you like raspberries, like I do, this is a good flavour.

Mouthfeel, some tingles in the right place and full carbonation effects...good stuff. Drinkability, rock solid. A refreshing, juice-like aspect make this an easy beer to quaff.

Overall, Rubaeus is an excellent spring or summer choice for beer lovers who happen to also like raspberries. I think the new Blushing Monk at the tap room outshines it (based on the heavier flavour due to increased fruit content) but Rubaeus is a smoother drinking beer and still maintains a lot of the things I like about its bigger brother. All of this said, I generally have a fair bit of Rubaeus throughout the year because it tastes wonderful with the nitro tap Oatmeal stout stacked on top of it. Just one more reason to visit Founders again, and soon.

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Photo of benito
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fourteen bucks for a six pack of a fruit beer? I was skeptical, but now I'm a convert, as this is the best fruit beer I've seen available on the American market.

It is a raspberry red with hints of brown and a strong, fruity bouquet...of raspberry. The flavor is equally aggressive--lots of raspberry throughout and a slight alcohol presence in back to remind me that this is a beer. What sets this beer apart from so many other fruit brews is its overall feel. Like New Belgium's Frambozen (and for the record, I believe that this is a far superior beer to Frambozen) it has a strength of body and dry finish that balance out the fruit well. As it should, raspberry dominates almost every aspect of this beer; however, it doesn't go fully unchecked. What's more, it's got tremendous length with a sweet and sour aftertaste that lingers long after each swallow.

This is a top-notch summer brew that, as I understand it, was brewed with the intention of 'dethroning' the American pale wheat ale as the unquestioned king of easy-drinking Summer styles. Rubaeus makes a good case that APWAs should play second fiddle to other, more challenging and equally refreshing summer styles--saisons, kolschs, or, in this case, a full-bodied fruit beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not all at a fan of fruit beers but I gave this one a try. Great looking, very fruity, slightly sweet, easy drinking. Might give this a shot after a round a golf.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From twelve ounce bottle, freshness date is illegible.

Very strong raspberry aroma! Pours deep ruby brown with red highlights, pale off white/pink head. Head dissipates immediately. Taste is sweet , raspberry absolutely forward. Lambic like. Very drinkable, not for the person who loves hops!!

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Photo of breakingbland
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Red with an orange tinge and a lively light pink head. The aroma is raspberry as is the taste. There is considerable sweetness in the taste and a pleasant bit of sourness at the end. The body and carbonation are very nice.

Overall, this is a surprisingly good beer, and I enjoyed it more than expected. It's very heavy on raspberry and in a way doesn't resemble any other beer. I consider it a dessert beer and may be best enjoyed alone. Didn't find any food that it paired with. I'll get this one again even if it's not one of my regulars.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All of a sudden, Founders products are popping up all over Western Mass. This one showed up a couple of days ago. I am not a fan at all of fruit beers; but I figured, what F, it's Founders.

Head absolutely exploded when I was pouring it (average pour), took a good while to settle down. Gave off tremendous raspberry odors, yes, odors, I could smell it from a couple of feet away. Head eventually settled down, to leave a taint of rasp along the cusp of the glass on foam- I have never seen that before. Lacing almost the entire length of the glass. Hazy unfilterness, glowing tinted red-that doesn't make sense. Whatever.

Decent beer certainly won't turn me on to the world of fruit/veggie beers. Might be a good way to introduce your girl to craft beer.

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Photo of matcris
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A very clear red, with a small amount of tiny bubbles rising. About a half finger of strawberry head that dissipates quickly down to a ring. Very slight lacing left down glass.
AROMA: Prominent raspberry, and an underlying funk or tart quality.
TASTE: Big sweet and tart rasberries. Get a nice funky thing happening underneath...the yeast, IDK?
FEEL: Mild carbonation, slick feel up front, then drying on finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: Would be berry refreshing on a hot day, pun intended. Easy to drink, too.

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Photo of MWolverines66
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at a tasting event this past week. Not usually a fan of fruit beers but this was an exception. It poured a nice maroon color and you could definitely smell the fresh raspberries.

Taste was extremely clean, sweet, but not over powerful sweet. I had this alongside the Bell's Wild Raspberry which was much more tart compared to this. This was very smooth. Definitely something I would try again, hoping I can find some bottles at a store in NYC

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Photo of Brian700
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a....well raspberry-like shade of red, really it does. There is a very small white head that quickly becomes a ring around the glass leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is pretty mild, there is some raspberry presence but not much else to speak of.

The flavor is heavy with raspberry flavor and there is little touch of sourness that enhances the raspberry. It tastes like this flavor rides on the back of some pilsner malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, almost on the effervescent side.

The drinkability is pretty good. This is a tasty drink that would go down nice on a hot summer day.

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

12oz to standard pint, pours a bright red/slight pink shade, head fades to nice lacing.

smells of sweet raspberries, slight malts, bitter cotton candy

tastes of raspberries! malty alcohol, as drinking continues the alc presence is less noticable and becomes more of a sweet raspberry nectar, sourness, malts compliment nicely, bitter, tart, nicely done - blushing monk is even better!

mouthfeel is light, sweet, crisp, easy drinking for a high abv of this style

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today, the #USMNT beat Ghana, the Royals smoked the Tigers and the summer sun made its debut. Time to crack one of these tasties.

Initially looks like a hearty amber, but then when the light catches it just right, you pick up unique hues of red and even pink, resulting from the infusion of raspberries. Quite a pretty beer.

Sweet smelling like you would expect from a beer with this much fruit - juicy, fleshy, somewhat acidic.

Usually too sweet, fruit beers that I actually enjoy are few and far between. This one is the exception - while the sweetness is definitely there, it's not overpowering, maintaining the freshness of raspberries without turning them into syrup. Sparkling, bright, a bit sharp on the tongue,

Somewhat slick, making an easy runway for the raspberries to make their way to the pallette. The carbonation really cracks on the tongue, exploding raspberries through the mouth.

I really enjoy this beer - not only for its uniqueness, but also because it's really good.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours with no head whatsoever. Carbonation is minimal. The beer itself is a very deep red bordering on a light murky brown.

The nose is also a bit disappointing, it is very subdued. I get a minimal hint of raspberry and that is it, it is very subtle.

The taste is easily the best part of this beer. It is fuity sweet up front with a fair dosage of wet-raspberry, this transitions to a much more muted berry flavor towards the middle and then finishes pretty wet with no hint of bitterness.

This is a pretty good beer, one or two once in awhile would be pretty good. I would buy this again to have around for a nice changeup.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer a few times, but finally rating it.

Look: deep red, minimal white head
Smell: strong raspberry smell
Taste: berries. not much else. perhaps even too sweet... almost syrupy
Feel: medium carbonation, medium to heavy body

Overall: I'm generally not a fan of fruit beers, but this one is pretty drinkable. I'll probably end up having this again.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful and rich dark pink hue, with an intense raspberry aroma. Very refreshing flavor, with a bit of a tartness to it. A really solid fruit beer.

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