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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3.89
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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle. No best before date but a sample I'm sure has been slightly aged.

A delightful appearance showcasing flashes of different colours. Rübæus resembles a ripening pomegranate; some parts ruby red, others a pale pink, and still yet in other spots, a distinct tinge of orange. No head less a thin sudsy collar.

The aroma is wonderfully fruit filled, with raspberry easily overlooked among the cherry, cranberry, passion fruit, pomegranate, honey dew, and strawberry that ALL seem present (though aren't part of the recipe). The aroma doesn't merely give 'hints of' or the 'impression of' ... I damn well believe I am smelling strawberry, cranberry, passion fruit, and pomegranate.

The mouthfeel is thin and flat but refreshingly sweet. Both bitterness and alcohol are non-factors, as sweet, sugary fruits take over all aspects of this beer. It is flat and sweet like juice. This sweetness drowns out any presence of hops or malts.

To no surprise it taste purely of ripe fruits. Mandarin, cherry, strawberry, passion fruit, melon, honey dew, tangerine, and especially pomegranate and (of course) raspberries. All of them! A hint of honey too, maybe?

This is no Lambic but it certainly doesn't seem to be your standard fruit beer either. The sheer amount of fruit (both in number and in depth) that they've extracted is unbelievable. I know this beer was fermented with only raspberries, but I swear I am a tasting whole fields, whole orchards, whole fruit stands and produce sections ... and I am very impressed.

A big thanks to Viggo and ThatWineGuy !!!

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep ruby hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft ripe raspberries, that's it.

The taste consisted of the same raspberry element, but not overly sweet.

The mouthfeel was smooth.

Overall a tasty fruit beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy rosey amber color with a light pink head that quickly dissipates to a ring with no lacing. A little sediment made it into the glass as well.
S: Relatively strong smell of fresh raspberries and a little grain. Slightly sour with a little alcohol punch.
T: Light body with a lot of carbonation. Very sweet up front with taste of slightly sour, fresh raspeberries. Surprisingly not much of an artificial taste. Strong malt body, however finish has a slightly grainy, cloying taste with a warming alcohol punch. I enjoyed this, but would like to try a fresher sample.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkish amber colored beer with a small pinkish white colored head.

Smells of raspberries and malt. Caramel and faint grassy hop scent. But mostly this smells of natural raspberries.

Starts out mildly sweet and tart with the taste of raspberry being the strongest flavor. Fruit tartness not vinegar sour. Mild bitterness but really mostly raspberry.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a superior Raspberry Ale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby color with a short head that fades quickly to a rim. Smell is of beautiful fresh raspberries and a touch of malt in the finish. taste is very refreshing, but a tad light, and it crys out for some more tartness. Nice ripe raspberries, a touch of astingency, and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light and quite quenching. Very drinkable on a hot day.

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Photo of dar482
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear deep ruby color with a 2-3 finger white tiny bubbled head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma has tons of raspberries, almost like a pie, but also that sugary flavor that comes from candies or cough syrup. Along with the punch of tart, there’s also a grainy malt in the back.

The flavor follows with a gentle raspberry, cherry tartness in the front. It’s not like a sour with the tartness. The sweetness is syrupy, but still also a bit of that fake medicinal sweetness. But then it turns into sugary, which is lovely. Then on the middle, you get some of that bready malt with a bit of graininess in there too.

It’s quite easy drinking, but I really wish the sweetness tasted more fresh and real (despite the fact they already use fresh raspberries). It lacks tartness and the sweetness is also a bit too strong for me. However, a good summer beer and definitely a very good introduction for those who prefer fruit flavors and sweet beers.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl., oz. bottle. Sampled on April 10, 2015.

Reddish-brown pour with modest head. The head fades.

The aroma is full of raspberry esters, which was to be expected. A little sweet malt character behind it all. But, yes, the fruit takes it over.

The body is light to medium.

The raspberry fruit is dominant in the flavor. If one was tom rate this by the taste it does deserve a very high rating because it is exactly what it promises to be. But this is a style I tend to avoid so my rating maybe lower. Sorry about the bias.

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

Pours a five-finger+ light pink head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy red/amber color. Strong rasberry nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a strong sweet raspberry flavor that stays right to the finish, hops and malts are way in the background. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish, "framboise like" body with pink head and minimal lace. I mostly smelled raspberries with my beer, possibly some hops and grainy malt but to be honest nothing but razzies for me. I will say that thankfully this beer isn't thick or sticky, and by that I mean the dominant taste profile is raspberry but it's not like drinking raspberry flavored smoothies with alcohol. It is a balanced beer, as there are some hop bites that add crisp, bitter backbite, there is some tart and sweetness, and there is a good amount of raspberry but everything is balanced and it feels more like a beer with raspberries, not raspberry beer. Also, I appreciated the balance because it never gets too sugary/sweet but nor does it get so tart it borders on puckering/sourness. I still gave it a "low" overall score because personally I couldn't drink more than 12 ounces and the pint I had started to wear on me. Pretty good beer that probably is best served as a dessert beer because it is a little bit of meal in a bottle.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark cherry red hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger foamy off-white head with a slightly pink tinge. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring with minimal lacing.

Aroma is dominated by raspberries with a bit of an artificial syrupy presence as well as a tart funky note.

Sour and tart but not too puckering that nicely balance out the sweetness of the raspberries and syrupy fruit flavor. This sweetness is still the dominant flavor but without the slight tart feel it would be a bit overbearing.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pink grapefruit color that appeared much darker in the glass of ruby-orange. The head was eggshell white in color, thin, bubbly, with pink hues. Upon closer inspection there was a big haze and turbidity nature to the beer with a few floaties to be seen.

S: Tart, fruity raspberries and some sugary sweetness combine to produce a soft, perfumy aroma.

T: sugary sweet raspberries. Very fruity and sweet overall. Wish I had more to say and elaborate on but that was pretty much it in a nutshell.

M The mouthful was medium, oily with almost no carbonation detected, while it left a tart berry tang behind on the swallow.

D: Overall it was overbearingly sweet at times and hard to imagine putting more then one of these down at a time. A six pack may last awhile and may be a bit much as don't see this beer having much redrinking value.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish color with an off-white head that turns into a ring of lacing.

S- There is no mistaking the aroma. It is fresh raspberries all the way. What is great about the aroma is it smells like you have your nose to a bowl of fresh raspberries and not an artificial fruit-like aroma.

T- The taste is nothing short of amazing. Tart raspberries up front with a lingering sweetness coming in. At first, I think the sweetness will overpower but the tartness comes back in the finish to balance things out. Even though the taste is 100% raspberry, it does not taste one dimensional because there is so many waves of flavors in the taste.

M- One of the first things I noticed in the taste was the thickness of the mouthfeel. I was expecting a very light body and a high amount of carbonation but this beer is medium bodied with a moderate-average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I am extremely impressed with this beer. It is a must try for anyone who loves raspberries. If you love raspberries, you will love this beer. If you dislike raspberries, you will dislike this beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer opened with a big “Pssst” and poured a full glass of light raspberry colored foam. The tiny body is a hazy reddish orange hue with a strong carbonation.

S- The aroma is a big fresh sweet raspberry with a hint of tartness but not a yogurt sourness.

T- The flavor is a big raspberry tartness without the berry flavor and some hoppy floral taste. There is a finish of pale malt in the body.

M- medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizz. There is some astringency or maybe just a big tartness.

D- This beer has the big nose of a great raspberry beer but it is missing the flavor. It was really over-carbonated but I don't think that affected the flavor much. It was missing flavors like fresh berries or malt or hops to balance. It just needs something besides sour.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz stub-nosed bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale pours with an unnatural crimson red color, very similar to the Lindeman's framboise. When held to light, a deeper red-brown color emerges. The head is luxuriously thick, clinging to the sides of the glass as if life itself were in the balance.

S: Sweet raspberry puree dominates the nose, syrupy and thick with a big sugary body.

T: While raspberry is the first and, arguably, the strongest flavor to come out of the beer, the body is nicely stabilized by a grainy malt body that is heavy on the cereal flavors. The raspberry flavors throughout the beer are the syrupy sweet kind, not dry, acidicly tart fruits. The finish of a sip has an element of tartness to spice things up a bit. An interesting, if not overwhelming drink.

M: The big grains stand up nicely against the raspberry flavors, preventing the beer from going too sweet.

D: The sweetness is strong, so this beer is not for everyone. I could probably have another bottle but that would be the extent of it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear crimson red color. Produced a lovely pink frothy head that really stuck around for awhile. Some good lacing too.

(S)- A vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness behind it.

(T)- Again, a vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness. What is nice is on the finish with just a touch of a light citrusy dry hop character from what I can tell.

(M)- Crisp carbonation level and a smooth velvety mouthfeel overall. It does get a touch sweet as it warms, but the subtle tartness helps out alot in that sense. Not overly complex, but a refreshing fruit beer.

(O)- There is no mistaking this is a great fruit beer. Are there better ones? yes, but this is really good. This is like Blushing Monk's younger brother.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 6/10/13, poured into a goblet.

Pours a vivid dark red color with no head with some fizzy carbonated bubbles on the top. The smell is huge.. and of nothing but raspberries. Exactly what it promises. Taste is a bit tart at first with a big raspberry flavor on the finish that lingers on your palate after you swallow. I'd say they nailed what they were going for on this one. Lighter side of medium bodied with low carbonation. I dare to say that the raspberry flavor might just be a bit too much, hurting the drink ability slightly.

Overall this beer delivered on what it promised - raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries. I would have liked it if it was a bit more tart and not entirely fruity, but overall i enjoyed it.

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

Pours slightly hazy purple ruby with a foamy quarter inch lightly pink head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Sweet raspberry, light grain and raspberry seed, and soft floral notes form the aroma.

Flavor is intensely raspberry throughout. Sweet initially, the profile turns tart mid palate and finishes almost with a cobbler-esque biscuit malt character, which is slightly dry. The more I drink of it, it does seem somewhat cloying. Herbal hop notes linger in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with zesty carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. More beery than a new glarus or blushing monk, but the fruit is clearly dominant. I need to buy more of these!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

I am drinking this exactly three months past its bottle date.
Big raspberry nose with a hint of light funk in the background. The glass is sitting on the table and I can still smell raspberries.
Brilliant ruby garnet, ½” pinkish foam cap quickly dissipates. Above average carbonation, slight oiliness, medium to medium light body.
Was afraid of getting a pop beer but it is surprisingly good. Big raspberry flavors are supported by a light tart touch over a hint of caramel and light bread.
A well balanced, refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a red/pink/amber color with a very small white head. Aroma is pleasing, but it's pretty much just raspberries and it's both sweet and tart smelling. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's sweet and tart raspberries, very nice. I don't notice any hops or alcohol taste in the beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, although I think this is more of a dessert beer. I don't know if I could drink more than a couple of these at a time. But overall I think this is a good beer. It's not too sweet and not too tart, it's a great example of what a fruit beer should be.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark, reddish pink. Body is murky. Pretty off white head with violet undertones.heads lasts forever and laces with purpose.

S-Sweet raspberry purée. Really concentrated in its raspberry sweetness. Jammy without much aroma behind the berries.

T-Raspberry jam. Very sweet. Very direct. I am about the biggest raspberry beer guy and this is too much. Where are the subtle undertones of secondary flavor? I don't want to call it cloying but...

M-Feels much fuller than a beer packing less than 6% booze. Sticky and jammy.

O/D-I have been wanting to try this for years. I thought Blushing Monk was a gem too. This was a big disappointment. Too sweet, sticky and one-sided. All things considered, I love me some raspberry beer and although I donate a relatively harsh review, this was still pretty decent.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mini snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 04/23/14.

A- Pours a crab apple red color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before dissipating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind

S- Aroma is of raspberry soda, similar to the Lindeman's Raspberry. The fruit follows through all the way with not much trace of an actual beer smell.

T- Big rush of raspberry that transitions into the base beer flavor I was looking for in the nose. There's a cough syrup quality in the aftertaste that doesn't agree with me.

M- Syrupy which doesn't help the bit of cough syrup I found in the flavor. Medium carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Nice to take a couple sips of but I probably couldn't finish an entire glass of this.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 5" blush-hued head over the 1/2" of raspberry-tinged amber brew. Head fades very slowly, I had dinner while it receded, with heavy, frothy lacing as expected with such a head. Aroma is something to behold, effervescent raspberries dominant. Taste is the same berries upfront, mellows with some malt body, and then closes with a bit of a sour tinge. Mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as I had hoped/expected, and seemed a bit over-carbonated, but still not bad. Drinkability was somewhat limited by how long it took to get in the glass. Not a bad fruit brew, but I've had better.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark red color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Exactly what you might expect: Lots of raspberries and some malt.

T: As is usually the case with most of the best fruit beers, this beer's flavor is short on complexity and long on flavor. A big amount of raspberries and a little malt in the finish. Lively and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Founders rarely seems to go wrong, and Rubaeus is no exception. It's extremely balanced and well made.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought out by Shaun at our recent tasting. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/31/2013.

Pours a thin, pink-red body with a small white head that lingers a bit. Lacing is spotty but actually somewhat substantial. Looks like a light fruit beer.

Smells like straight up raspberries which is very nice. The sweetness is a bit cloying but overall given that this is a fruit beer, I enjoyed the nose.

Very sweet raspberry flavour on the tongue, not very tart or sour at all, not quite cloyingly sweet but the sweetness quotient is definitely high as advertised. Not complex, but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very thin, yet it is enjoyable to drink. I thought the finish was a bit drying, which I would not want from a fruit beer that I expect to be refreshing.

Not quite on the level of Raspberry Tart, but I think the sweetness of this beer is just right compared to that Raspberry Tart. RT is thicker with a better nose and appearance but the sweetness on that beer is just off. Rubaeus does it quite well but is lacking in a lot of departments. Still an interesting beer to drink, but I'm definitely not stockpiling these.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a four pack for only 12 bucks! Into a pint glass.

A - A very pretty shade of bright red with a purple hue, clear with a solid 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a decent lace ring.
S - Smells of over ripe raspberries, residual sugars and just a hint of wheat like base to remind you it's a beer but it could just be more sweet malts.
T - I would have to agree with other the first two were excellent bright tart fruit flesh taste mixed in with some sugar and malt sweetness that makes for a flavorful fruity beer which it is and not just some wine cooler. After the 3rd it does get pretty bland like a alcoholic juice so drink in moderation!
M - Light to medium in body the definition of a fruit beer lite, refreshing, and somewhat session able.

Overall just like all great beer it's meant to be enjoyed one or two per sitting. I had this next to Samuel Smiths Cherry beer and even the taste was lacking so its true you can have too much of a good thing! Recommended!

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