Founders Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Essentially an "Imperial Rübæus," this ale contains four times the amount of raspberries as Rübæus and is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Blushing Monk into a Teku glass.
A - Pours a crimson red with a finger of off white head.
S - Tart raspberries.
T - Tart raspberries, yeast and light malt if any.
M - Medium all the way.
O - A nice well crafted fruit beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

Pours ruby red with a creamy frothy light pinkish off-white foam head. Smells like fresh raspberries, raspberry juice, vanilla, caramelized toasty bready malt, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fresh raspberries, raspberry juice, jam, vanilla, caramelized toasty bready malt, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice Belgian style ale fermented with raspberries.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle, I'll get another one to cellar. Ruddy red-brown pour with just a ring of off-white left. Aroma is raspberry and raspberries. Mouth-watering. Flavor is just delicious with raspberry dominating a just-sweet-enough tangy and slightly tart. Really smooth, no trace of booze, and not cloying. One of the best fruit beers I've tried. Shame on me for passing it by so many times without trying.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 2015 release. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark red and translucent with a fluffy pink head that fades quickly. Low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Raspberries and raspberry juice. And that's about it.

T: Raspberries up front, with a cranberry juice-type tartness and dryness. Some lactic tart and just a mild bit of funk. Finishes with more raspberry juiciness and tart dryness.

M: A fairly light body, with low alcohol presence and fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: A decent beer. I never got to have the original. I'm not sure if this is legitimately inferior, or if this suffers from other beers catching up. It's not as crazy juicy as the New Glarus raspberry, nor as funky and complex as most fruited lambics. It's certainly not bad, but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A color presentation in the red, pink, purple and brown vein, this one drops a very thin off white 1/6" head that vanishes quickly. Rocks the nose with raspberry.

Comes in more impressive than rubaeus, drops way more raspberry, hides the alcohol decently. Not overly sweet. But at the same time, lacks so much of the other ingredients of beer to make it more beer centric instead of like fruit juice. Carbonation is ample, but not excessive. Expensive format. Its good for summertime around noon drinking and stuff. But I wouldn't want to pound one all to myself, really about 4-6 oz of this is the right amount on a hot day. Would not bang again at this price point though.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brown, reddish hue with an off white nearly pink colored head. Great lacing. Aroma is raspberry purée, a touch of grassiness and a Belgian like yeastiness. Interesting nectarine/honey as it warms. Sweet raspberry flavor, nearly cloyingly sweet. The tartness balances this out. Nectarine, honey in the back end. Mouthfeel is slightly tangy, finishes a little dry.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Early 2015 vintage; drank on draft 4/1/15 @ Fischmans.

Semi-opaque red/purple appearance.

Minimal off-white head; no lace.

Sweet raspberry & grape nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Strawberry & grape juice flavors up front; a hint of booze heat on the finish. Honeyed grains emerged as this warmed. Nice & flavorful, if a bit too sweet.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 release, 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

thick brownish red body. good thick foamy head. decent lacing.

pleasing strong raspberry aroma.

on the taste, raspberries somehow manage to be a little tart, a little sour, and a little sweet. a tingly feeling. 9.2 abv is completely hidden, this could be dangerous. i'm drinking this one solo.

rolls nicely around the tongue. close to full on the mouth. the tiniest of tiny alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

overall, a most enjoyable hour long drink.

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Photo of RedNeckBeerDude
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage from awhile back. Great beer. Definitely hold onto your 2015 versions for a couple years and hopefully that vintage will be close to this one. Pours a bright redish pink and the aroma is raspberries for dayz. Taste is sweet raspberry nectar with a very thick yet not cloyingly sweet mouthfeel. I really wish I had another bottle of this one to see how it's drinking now.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Brewed in the style of a Belgian Golden Ale with pure raspberries added, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Re-released 2015 bottling.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a rose tan color over a mildly hazy ruby body with lively, abundant carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Rich, raspberry puree with a decadent, syrupy sweetness atop a smooth, caramelized body. Potency is high. 3.75

(Taste) Rich, raspberry puree atop a clean, silky caramel body, finishing with a refreshingly tart raspberry bite. Clean, straightforward and highly enjoyable, without approaching a cloying sweetness. Nicely rivals traditional framboise beers gracefully with well-rounded and developed raspberry flavor. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is light, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even tart and tangy to sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Far and away a superior composition and flavor profile to Rubaeus, ideally the beer I was hoping for when I sampled Rubaeus for the first time, but I am glad that this outstanding alternative is out there. Very well developed raspberry flavors with nearly equal parts sweet fruit sugars and acidic, tangy bitterness for a well-rounded flavor. Atop a clean but rich malt body, this beer comes together quite gracefully as one of the best examples of raspberry use in a beer I have ever sampled. It has been several iterations of Founders' Backstage series since one that blew me away, but re-releasing Blushing Monk was a validated reprise, and a justified purchase. I'd be much appreciative if it came around again. Fruited beers may not be everybody's forte, but as far as fruited ales go, Blushing Monk is well worth a visit as a standout example within the genre. 4

Founders Brewing Company's
2015 Blushing Monk

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Photo of BSiegs
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark pinkish red in color with two fingers of off white, slightly ruby head. Head fades relatively quickly but has a long lasting ring and slight film across the top. Aroma is powerful raspberry punch. Pure raspberries but fantastic, rich, and jammy. The taste follows at first, with jammy raspberries coming through. That is followed by a slight tartness and hints of grass, herbs, and funk. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Really impressed, this is excellent, although I admittedly love raspberries.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish color with pinkish head. Aroma has quite natural raspberry juice notes and some sweet malt. Taste starts slightly tart and sweet, fruity, quite tasty. Overall it's a quite good fruity beer but a bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Glowing ruby that trails. 4
Raspberries! Seed, flesh, + skin. 4.25
Doughy fullness, a touch of tart, luscious jammy fruitiness, and a grassy cut. 4.5
Medium and then some, round, chewy. 3.75

A bit unctuous - needs fizz or acid to cut it. But that’s a tiny flaw in this gem of a beer. Deep, mellow, round - champion. 4.25

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Photo of ccg
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle opened August 5, 2016.
Opaque reddish-brown with nice lacing and thick ring of bubbles around the edge. Head leaves a thin film on the surface as well.
The smell is almost all raspberry and is sweet and jammy. There's some Belgian yeast and brown sugar on the nose as well, plus a hint of sourness, but the raspberries definitely dominate.
Flavor is sweeter than the smell would suggest. The tart raspberries prevent it from being cloyingly sweet, but it's close.
The mouthfeel is what you would expect from such a fruity, jammy beer: it's syrupy. It suits the style, but it's hard to drink more than a few ounces of this beer.
Overall, I like the beer a lot. Founders did a great job of integrating the raspberries into it. The tartness helps to keep everything in balance through the first glass, but I feel like I may need a shot of insulin if I have a second.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a supped up version of Rubaeus and it does not disappoint. The raspberry flavors more that match the higher alcohol content to create a fantastic drinking experience. This is a great summertime beer that will be sure to impress.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell: sweet raspberry some funkiness
Taste: really sweet raspberry thick raspberry jelly a slight tartness a syrupy sugary sweetness and a slight funkiness.
Feel: this has a medium to full body really nice body semi dry in the finish.
Overall: really nice just to sweet though wish it was more tart. Still not bad.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into glass. Very nice ruby color w modest carbonation and small head. Raspberry notes imminate from the glass w floral notes. Tart yet sweetness w hints of honey. Flavor lingers with some lacing on the palate. If you like raspberry, this ones for you !

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pulled this one out of the cellar to share with my wife and oldest daughter who just returned from spending her junior year of college in Rome. Good experience for her, not so much for the wallet…

Poured into a glass, the beer is a darkish red with just a skim of beige foam and lacing.

It has a big aroma of raspberries, bready malts and floral notes.

It is sweet with lots of raspberries, a hint of honey, flowers, and cracker like malts. I like how it turns a touch sour mid-glass and that adds a nice bit of balance.

The mouth is slick with lower than expected carbonation.

I liked this beer, for me it is a great one to split as I couldn’t finish a whole bomber in one sitting.

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Photo of BWood
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: deep red raspberry color with so so lacing. But I do like the color .

S: definitely raspberry

T: smooth ale with a great raspberry infusion. Really a good combination.

F: super smooth. Great aftertaste.

O: a great beer .Glad I bought. I'm not huge into the fruit beers but this will make me try more.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Cask & Vine.

Pours a deep reddish color with a beautiful pinkish white head. Ridiculous lacing.

The aroma is tart raspberries with a touch of booze.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet and lightly tart raspberries with a solid pale malt backbone.

The feel is full bodied, sticky, with lingering tartness.

Overall an interesting and good beer. A little sweet for my tastes but still good.

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Photo of parris
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red color, small head. Raspberry aroma, smells like it will be tart.
Tastes like jam up front, then fades to a light tart. Sweet then sour, awesome.
Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of jongleich
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honestly surprising at just how much raspberry flavor comes through. Some complain it's too sweet and syrupy. Perhaps on its own, but paired with a dessert, savoury or sweet, this would definitely crush.

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise live up to the hype. The smell the taste the color all excellent. Now I wish I had more than just the one bottle. I hope they release this again in the very near future.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Founders Taproom the other day.

L: deep reddish purple, small amount of white head
S: intense raspberry scent
T: delicious berry flavor, both sweet & sour
F: medium body, lighter carbonation

Pretty similar to Rubaeus, but this one's better in my opinion. I generally don't like fruity beers, but this one (along with Rubaeus) are pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of draheim
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes. 750mL (2015) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pomegranate w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is a blend of sweet raspberry and a touch of stomach acid.

Taste is bright, fruity and sour. Nice balance of elements.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, with a sharp acidic bite on the finish.

Overall a fruity, sweet sour beer. Not sure this one is for me.

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