Blushing Monk
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #7
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,401
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 10.29%
Reviews:
712
Ratings:
1,887
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 24, 2022
Added:
Sep 15, 2005
Wants:
  569
Gots:
  890
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear light pink color Smell has raspberry ,vanilla yeast and vanilla . Taste flows nose with raspberry front , followed by melon ,vanilla and stone fruits . . Mouth feel sweet with some yeast funk, slight tartness .
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by xmanden from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
It’s clear and the color of pink grapefruit. The raspberry smell is very evident and pleasant. Taste more like a cider than a beer. The raspberry comes through strong and at first it’s sweetness is immediately up front but followed by a sour on the finish. Gives the flavor a beautiful experience. Make sure you coat your entire tongue, this hits so many different taste buds. Nice!
Aug 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by arzt from Germany

Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours rose' with a 1" light pink head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, raspberry. Belgian yeast.

Taste is wine like. Raspberries, Belgian yeast, sweet.

Medium body, lively carbonation. Sweet finish.

An interesting take on a beer.
May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on 11/23/2020, drank on 5/3/2022, so may need to revisit this when I try a fresh one. But for those of you curious about how it held up, read on-
Poured reddish amber, deeply hued, and sported a manila colored 1 cm head for a minute or two, leaving behind a thin ring which left regular lacing.
The aroma is still all about the raspberries. But there is a secondary note in there that reminds me, of all things, angel food cake. Hmmmm.
The flavor starts out strong with raspberry but later mellows to a semi sweet malty ale that is sheer pleasure to drink. The angel food cake shows up in the flavor as well, very curious and very tasty.
The feel took me back a bit, far more viscous than expected, but that's likely on me. This is a fruited "Strong" Belgian ale and a little viscosity isn't misplaced. Just unexpected. Maybe fresh the carbonation balances it out more.
OA, so glad the released this again, sorry I picked an old one to rate it with, but once it's open, ya drink it!
May 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by scottyshades from Florida

Apr 29, 2022
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Rated by Weve from Michigan

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolutely love it hopefully it turns into a year round production!
Apr 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by vincechan from Canada (ON)

Apr 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Mar 03, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This is a very very berry beer—appearance, sip, scent all scream berry bomb. Enjoyed on tap at the source, after trying it in the wild for a number of years.
Feb 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by JTuomi from Finland

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Strix from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very red in color

Plenty of raspberries in the nose.

Raspberry with a bit of yeast and tartness

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pretty similar to NG Raspberry Tart in my recollection. Nice change of pace, but nothing you can drink a gallon of.
Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by ToddBeans from Kentucky

Sep 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.39 by Meddwol from Michigan

Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.53 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by doctorgary from New York

Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jun 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by loganburgh from Michigan

May 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by eric5bellies from Australia

May 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by Jmilton from Michigan

May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pour is a beautiful deep ruby red - obviously tons of raspberries. thick pink head. Decent retention and lacing.
Nose is fresh, sweet, ripe raspberries, cherry. subtle estery yeast character
taste is fresh, ripe raspberries upfront followed by ester / clove from the yeast. quickly replaced by sweet cherries. Not overly sweet at all. lightly tart.
May 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look is ruby red that almost glows. Head is minimal, but leaves a beautiful sparkling rim on glass when moved. Smell is cherry pie with a nice earthy undertone. It’s very gentle on the nose, but still present. The taste isn’t as gentle- and that’s okay. Ripe syrupy raspberry and cherries upfront, becoming tart raspberry filling with floral notes. The finish is sweeter than the start. Feel is deliciously creamy. This beer is fantastically balanced between sweet and tart. It’s like a cherry pie and raspberry jam love child. A true treat.
Apr 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Glowing red with very little head, leaving a thin ring. Aroma is all raspberries, and wonderful. It's not the most complex nose, but it smells amazing. Taste is also all raspberry. A little on the sweet side, but man is it good. Relatively low carb. Alcohol is completely hidden. Really tasty beer.
Apr 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.32 by TomBanahan from Kentucky

Apr 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Mar 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.56 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by dansushi from New York

Mar 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by robebo44 from Virginia

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750 ml bottle, as Founders Blushing Monk 2015, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.2%. Beautiful clear red colour, moderate pinkish-white head. Lovely and intense aroma of ripe raspberries and raspberry candy. Sweet flavour (too sweet for some, I’m sure - but not for me), raspberries and raspberry candy galore, some tart hints and very moderate bittering hops the finish. The alcohol is well hidden, dangerously drinkable. A fine dessert beer. I was about to write "the big bottle is for sharing", but then I noticed it was empty - and I’m here alone. Oh well ....
Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
My first in filling-out my reviews of the Beers of Fame; prompted by Todd's thread. (Blushing Monk marks my 163rd of 250. Incidentally, I claim to have Bragging Rights within the Medicare Crowd... and if I'm wrong, let me know and the race is on.)

As for this Monk... reminds me of a strong version of New Glarus' Raspberry Tart. (And I'm reminded I haven't had that for a few years now and need a beer run to Wisconsin.)

Monk Looks pretty good in a flute; a pretty ruby, some foam and enough bubbles. Smells like raspberry's with some alcohol and a few hops for balance. Tastes are largely the same, although in the late palate the alcohol lets itself be known. Cleansing and bubbly on the tongue, a light to medium mouth. I like how Founders made fruity drinks an area of concentration relatively early when their cash cows are strong stouts. Shows diverse interests and traditions. But, I wonder if others think that Monk is just an amped up Rubaeus. Think I'll read a few reviews.
Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by micada from New York

Mar 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
L: Crystal clear ruby red with a tall head that dissipates leaving some lacing.

S: Overwhelmingly raspberry, but some phenolic yeast and breadiness as well.

T: Very sweet raspberry flavor, some mild bready notes. Very low bitterness.

F: Full bodied, a tad syrupy, but not that bad.

Overall: A very tasty beer that is huge on the raspberries. Any raspberry fans would really like this, otherwise it is probably best to not buy too much. Very good.
Mar 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Mar 05, 2021
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