Blushing Monk
Founders Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #6
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,711
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
706
Ratings:
2,586
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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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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.42/5  rDev +5%
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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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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
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Sigmund from Norway

3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear ruby red with half finger pink/white head, some lingering lacing. Aroma is of raspberry jam and cherry pit. Flavor starts with interplay of belgian yeast and raspberry that folds into ripe raspberry/strawberry jam on white bread that is slightly tart and somehow not overly sweet, ends with a slight spicy/herb touch. Body is light to medium. Ends dry. Overall a nice fruit beer, up there with Cherry Chouffe, but the raspberry equivalent. A nice step up from rubeaus and tastes natural

Feb 28, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: Clear ruby red. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Fermented raspberries over a light Belgian malt.

T: Raspberry preserves over banana bread. Lots of sugar to convert to alcohol--The time and circumstances involved in elegantly converting sugar is what drives up the price--Anyway, it's just like the bottle says, mature tart raspberry.

F: Suspiciously drinkable for it's 9.2 percentage. The dry finish is refreshing.

O: A solid contender. Worth trying if you like raspberry.

Feb 12, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely hold true to the description. A lot like Rubaeus but it has some chocolatey notes I don’t recall getting from Rubaeus and higher ABV. Overall if you liked Rubaeus or raspberry infused beers in general, you’re gonna dig this for sure. It definitely has authentic raspberry flavor. But.... it’s also like 16$ a 4 pk. So I’m not sure if the quality actually justifies the price or if it’s just the hype of Founders limited releases. Your call.

Feb 11, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a pure ruby red color with dreams of carbonation inside. Head is pure white, frothy, and has good retention with lacing down the glass.

S: Pure raspberry with a bit of crusty malt in the background to balance it out. Like a sweet raspberry tart. Inviting.

T: Fruit forward, with plenty of tart raspberry notes and sugary raspberry jam. Balanced by a hit of Belgian yeast and a slight yeasty malt like pie crust.

Overall: This fruit beer is on another level. Like a Belgian dubbel mixed with raspberry juice. I enjoyed this a lot.

Feb 08, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single 12oz bottle $3.99 Village Bottle Shop
No bottle date
Smell of sweet raspberries
Reddish pink color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Very sweet raspberry taste, very light tartness. Hides alcohol really well
Overall too sweet for me. Was expecting it to be more tart. Does deliver on the raspberry flavor.

Jan 30, 2021
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a beautiful looking beer, and the smell is great, lots of raspberries. The taste is just a little disappointing ... too much sweetness for my taste. It's still good, lots of berries and just a little funk, but I'd like it a bit drier. Not in the same league as New Glarus, IMHO.

Jan 29, 2021
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Wortmunkey from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As usual, I will defer to the prior snobby reviews that adequately capture the flavors, looks, and feel of this beer. To me, it is sort of a cross between a Lambic and a Belgian ale. Think Lambic, but with the ballz of a Belgian strong dark ale and a bit of Belgian white spice. Really, the best of both worlds, as if G*d took my two favorite things and put them together in one glass. My batch could been a bit more carbonated, with a prettier head...and I fantasize about how great this would be fresh on tap. Founders strikes again.

Jan 18, 2021
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iamclifford from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip
L: vibrant, clear red/pink. White, pale head
S: has a wheat and strong raspberry smell, almost medicinal
T: Raspberry through and through with a fine tart finish. Not too sour/tart for me, just right for a fruit beer.
F: smooth and bright
O: a good fruit beer, but not exactly my preference. Will gladly enjoy the rest of the 4pk

Jan 09, 2021
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker ruby red with a one finger pink head that falls slowly, not much lace.

Aroma is lots of sweet raspberries, touches of honey, nice Belgium yeast notes hints of peppery spice.

Taste is loads of fruity raspberries lightly tart hints of lemon and white grapes light sweetness counteracts with the tartness to be pretty well balance. Finish is lightly earthy/peppery yeast notes with a light alcohol warmness. This beer is smooth, fruity with just a light kick in the finish to make it seem perfect.

Mouthfeel is weird feels lighter then a 9% should be but so smooth and drinkable seems to suit this beer to a tee.

Overall this is the best fruit beer I think I have had, not really a huge fan of the style but this is wonderful at least it is tonight.

Jan 08, 2021
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Gregg03 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer. I might say the fruit flavor is a bit sharp, but to reduce it would be to remove the exact attribute that gives the beer its character. It leaves just a perfect sour flavor that satisfies each side of the tongue, perfectly lingering on well after the swallow. To ask for better would really be just asking for different. This is another superb brew from Founders that evolves the art. Kudos.

Jan 02, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/23/20

I gotta be honest here, I don't have the highest of hopes for this one given how I feel about Rubaeus, since this is thought of as the "bigger" version of that beer. I figured it was worth giving it a shot anyways, mostly because I know Founders is capable of surprising me

Pours a clear ruby red with a finger of pink tinted white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

The aroma is pretty simple, dominated by jammy raspberries and supported by notes of lemon, honey, and a touch of peppery yeast for balance

The taste starts off with an assault of fruit like tart raspberry, apple skin, cherry, red grape, and lemon, with just a little hint of malty sweetness. The swallow really drives up the tartness for a brief moment, but it feels more full with notes of red grape, plum, earthy yeast, and more tart raspberries

This drinks well below the abv, almost dangerously so. A light medium body pairs with prickly carbonation for a tart yet balanced drinking experience. Finishes a touch sticky to remind you of the alcohol presence, but does not detract from the shear drinkability

I was quite impressed with how this one exceeded my expectations. It isn't mind-blowing, but it is damn good for what it is. Scary how easy it goes down given the abv. I'd love to see a barrel aged version of this, maybe in red or white wine barrels. That would really enhance the experience

Dec 27, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark raspberry color, light head smells of sour fruits and light grassy notes. Taste sour raspberry right-away, hops and alcohol on the cheek, then sweet raspberry finish. Yummy addition to the arsenal.

Dec 13, 2020
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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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