Blushing Monk
Founders Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #6
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,577
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.45%
Reviews:
688
Ratings:
2,532
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Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Notes: When our love of fruit and our love of beer come together, Blushing Monk happens. Brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries for tart yet luscious raspberry-jam character and fermented with Belgian yeast for subtle fruit and spice esters. Think of Blushing Monk as Rubaeus’ older sibling – more intense, slightly larger and just a little bit more mature.
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light red with a foamy pink head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of raspberries. Tastes of raspberries and a nd alcohol. Crisp and refreshing. Good mouth feel. Enjoyed this one.

Sep 11, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the 2015 version. Distinctive Raspberry flavor going quite well with this ale. I have been told the newer versions are not as good anymore. Feeling quite fortunate I was able to have had this one.

Feb 23, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Beer Republic. En copa Teku. Viendo El Vecino 1x08-10. Mucha frambuesa muy natural, con anv muy bien oculto y una base de malta corpulenta y muy bien integrada con la birra. De belga poco, eso si

Feb 13, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled about 1 year prior.
Found a single in a fridge at a liquor store.
Unsure if age is good or bad for the style.
Appears as cranberry/raspberry juice with pink head that fades fast.
Raspberry smell with a medicinal berry scent. Spicy.
Taste of berry. Ludens cherry cough drops. Slick mouthfeel. Boozy warming effect.
Overall a nice offering of a strong Belgian golden ale with a ton of raspberry. Would be interesting to try fresh.

Feb 12, 2020
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear ruby red with one finger of powder pink head that leaves sheets of lava lamp lace as it quickly recedes.

Smells of crushed raspberries, which is delicious but dominates pretty much everything else. Hints of lemon, doughy malt, a bit of spicy yeast and some grass.

Tastes of raspberry jam on sweet bread, faint brown sugar, rose wine, some lemony tartness, warming alcohol, phenolic yeast and faint grassy hops.

Feels rich and soft. Full bodied with velvety carbonation. Finishes long and sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Pretty heavy on the fruit, but I happen to like fruit. If you are a wine drinker trying to get into beer, this is almost literally your jam.

Feb 08, 2020
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Kentster from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A : Poured straight into tulip glass with a resulting creamy foam. Deep red juice like colour with a light brownish tinge.
S : RASPBERRY! Light roasted barley.
T : RASPBERRY! Is this really beer? A huge punch of raspberry dominates the flavour here. A syrupy, jammy beginning, followed by more raspberries, finished off with a dry and tart sensation.
F : Light on the tongue and incredibly smooth.
O : What an amazing beer. This beer has defined fruit beers for me. What a juicy, tasty, fruity and smooth beer. The raspberry flavour dominates for sure but there is much more too it. Quite a bit of depth here. Very nicely balanced. I felt like i was sipping a glass of fine wine with momma. So easy to drink.

Jan 07, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lip-smackingly delicious brew! Poured cold from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Clear, light ruby in color, with an evanescent pink-tinged white head that settled to a thin ring. This is bursting with aromas and flavors of raspberries, with a light malt backbone, a slight floral note, and a hint of grassy funk. Light in body, not too sweet, with good carbonation and a little bitterness. Finishes with some tart raspberry lingering on the palate. With its festive appearance, this would be right at home on the holiday table. Proceed with caution, though: the alcohol (9.2 % ABV) is extremely well hidden in this easy-drinking brew!

Dec 31, 2019
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StretchZep from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Raspberry heaven!!! I grew up with Red Raspberry bushes on our property. We had them fresh on cereal as well as homemade jam. This is as close as you can get to that!!! The Raspberry flavor explodes on your tongue and tickles your palate!!! Just the right amount of tartness!!! 9.2% ABV is totally hidden by all that fruity lusciousness! Founders hit this one out of the park!!!!

Dec 17, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Violet pour with light pink head. Aroma is berries, raspberries, woody notes and some funk. Taste starts with big fruity sweetness, mild tartness. Kind if sticky, thick. But great...

Nov 10, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle purchased by my wife
9.4% alcohol
North Coast Tulip Snifter

The appearance is lush with deep ruby reds and a bubble gum pink head of 1/2 finger.

Aroma is of raspberries, blackberry funk, some sangria, spritzer, and pink zinfandel.

Flavor reminds me of a very fruity wine. In fact that's practically what it is. Very drunken raspberry, cherry, blackberry, and blueberry. Some slight vinegar acidic notes, faint fruity perfume, harsh tannic wine-like alcohol floral notes,and slight coriander.

Feel is clinging and tannic. Soaks in like a wine.

Overall, with all of Founders' flops lately, this one was a nice win. To be completely honest, if a wine drinker was to bridge over into craft beer this would be the poster child. Very wine-like, but still very good. I think one thing I'd change is the intense alcohol and perfume presence.

Oct 18, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark reddish-brown with a slightly purple head that recedes rapidly.
Smell: Tons of raspberry. Hints of caramel, dark fruit, and red wine/alcohol. Hint of clove.
Taste: Fantastic. Raspberry up front, then dark chocolate and malt flavors predominate. Hints of banana, caramel, and brown sugar. Raspberry/cherry/raisin flavors throughout gives it fruity sweetness and tartness.
Feel: Medium-bodied, low/medium carbonation. Fairly thick in comparison to most fruit beers I've had.
Overall: Definitely one of the best fruit beers I've had, and something I'll be looking out for in the future.

Oct 15, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; bottled on 12/28/18 and purchased at the Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids on 10/04/2019.
A: Pours a largely clear, garnet color with a much less than one half finger, white head, rim retention, and basically no lacing.
S: Aromas of raspberry, raspberry, and raspberry. Slightly tart/tangy.
T: Sweet. Flavor is a very hearty, but not overwhelming raspberry. Low bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
O: Label say it's a "Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries." More reminiscent of a fruit lambic, but why quibble. It was good and I enjoyed it.

Oct 10, 2019
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a home run! It pours a beautiful burgundy color, with not much head but a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is pleasant, if a tad on the sweet side. It smells more like a wine cooler than a beer. The taste is similar to the smell, and yet it works well even though it doesn’t taste very much like a beer. Carbonation is fine.

Overall, this is a winner and one I will buy again.

Sep 13, 2019
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travolta from California

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Not really sure what to say here.........this is one of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen. Bright red and clear, pink head with great lacing and head retention. Pink head!

Nose: A tiny touch of lemon, raspberry and tart cherry.

Taste: Crisp up front with a syrupy finish. Mix of spices, big berries, lemon and a faint alcohol finish.

Notes: This is an excellent beer.

Aug 16, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a dark cherry color with a tiny fizzy off white head. The head fades very fast, leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a tart cherry and raspberry smell mixed with lots of grain and a little bit of grass. Along with these smells comes some lemon aromas and a light amount of a floral smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet raspberry and cherry flavor that has a decent hit of sour raspberry mixed within. The lemon is light upfront, but gets stronger in the flavor as the tastes move forward only to fade into the background more toward the end of the taste. All the while some grainy tastes and a bit of herbal hop grow in, and with a surge in the raspberry sweetness and a little bit of warming alcohol at the end, one is left with a sweet and robust, subtly tart, raspberry taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on eh thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is average. I think a little higher carbonation may have been slightly better for the sweet raspberry tastes, but overall the feel was pretty good.
Overall – A little on the sweet side, but very nice in flavor overall. While not a standard go to triple, this is a nice one from time to time (if they continue brewing it). Well done and delicious.

Aug 12, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque red, little head nor lacing.

Aroma: Strong raspberry, quite nicely.

Taste: Big berries, tangy but not sour. Spices (Belgian yeast) set it off nicely. A very nice beer that’s complex and refined, melding a strong Belgian ale with juicy raspberries. Would try again no problem.

Jul 21, 2019
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stoutman from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear ruby red with a fizzy big pink head which is gone quickly. Big fruit scents. Nice sweet and sour berry flavors with an astringent and sweet alcohol finish. However, like everything from Founders, this one is quite well made.

Jun 08, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That first sip is a doozie...

...as in there is some tart pucker power behind that beer. Once you get past that first sip you enjoy a boozy, tart delight of a beer. Reminiscent of a wine cooler to the nose that’s where all similarities end. Great red-colored beer, very crisp and astringent mouthfeel, and simply a tart, raspberry beer with a hint of sweetness.

Very good drink, definitely unique, and worth many more tries.

May 27, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark red/brown with pinkish head. Raspberries dominate the nose, which is amazing. Yeast, vanilla, and a touch of spice come through as well. Taste is really amazing. Raspberries, bread, wood, a touch of leather, a faint hint of citrus peel, and a bit of candy. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly dry. Overall, a great ale from Founders. I will definitely be buying more.

May 25, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 1-23-19 for $4.49. Bottled on 12-28-18; consumed on 5-16-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured crimson with an okay white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is raspberry forward, very fragrant and pleasant.

Taste is raspberry forward over the top of a large pilsner malt base. No signs of Belgian yeast impartations.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a nice dessert beer. Glad the 12 oz format was available this year!

May 17, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark red with fine, pinkish foam.

Smell is sweet and filled to the brim with raspberries. Some jammy notes and some raisins lurking in the back as well.

Taste is in your face sweet, and buries you in raspberry jam. Once you get past the initial blast of syrup, there is hint of bitterness and notes of raisins and leather. Most of the complexity is hidden by the sweetness and raspberry overload, though.

Mouthfeel is full and thick, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, this was just way too sweet for me. With that toned down a notch, this would be excellent.

May 15, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Grand rapids. Cranberry red color. Strong rasberry on the nose, slight funk. The flavor, too, is mostly cranberry with a little spice. Some booze. Sweet with a pleasant light tartness. My five oz was nice, but it works be a little too strong and sweet for a full portion.

May 04, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This barely seems like a beer but it's Founders so here I am. Beautiful ruby red color with a quickly disappearing head. Smell is of berries and a yeasty funk. Taste is of raspberry jam with a sour tinge to it. For 9.2% the alc is very well hidden. I'm not sorry I had this but don't know if I'm going back for more.

May 04, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice, strong sweet berry aroma. Smells more strawberry than raspberry to me. 1 inch light pink head, over a ruby-pink, clear body with a steady stream of rising bubbles. Head recedes to a cap and ring in a few minutes, leaving sparse lacing. Substantial body, a bit chewy on the tongue. Initial taste is raspberries, and pretty much stays that throughout, into the finish and aftertaste. Slightly tart/bitter finish. The berry flavor remains naturally tart. This beer is pretty much like drinking hard raspberry juice, rather than a beer. Pleasant tasting and refreshing, just like a good glass of raspberry juice would be. I've rated this against what I think the brewer was going for, rather than my own personal taste. This kind of beer is not my favorite.

Apr 23, 2019
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Stooven from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not one of my preferred styles, but was amazed at how well hidden the alcohol was. Raspberries as strong, and I thought I caught some cherry. Syrupy, which also isn't something I like. But I am in no way hesitant to finish the pack.

Apr 23, 2019
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