Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Fruit and Field 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.

Added by granger10 on 09-15-2005

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#2,327
Reviews:
629
Ratings:
2,329
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice light ruby color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has pleasant raspberry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice raspberry flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice refreshing fruit beer that has a kick that sneaks up on you afterwards

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Photo of Raime
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've seen this one floating around ever since I got into craft beer. Found a single at kroger and tossed it into my mix a six. Let's see what we get.

Look - Deep ruby with a crystal clarity and a finger of pinkish head. Carbonation appears to be about medium.

Smell - Definitely raspberry as you'd expect with an exuberantly apparent Belgian yeast we've all come to know. Peppery and moderately alcoholic with a medium burn of the nostril hairs.

Taste - Raspberry and belgian yeast dominate pretty much exactly as you'd expect. The alcohol is there though not nearly as pronounced as the nose would initially lead you to believe. Peppery on the back end.

Feel - Moderate and sticky bodied with a low carbonation. The yeast comes through more and more the longer you let it sit. Less alcohol than the nose, but a bit more than the taste in this department.

Overall - It's a very unique beer without a doubt. I've never had anything quite like this. Off the bat, and before I started my review, the taste reminded me of boozy cough syrup but that quickly went away. In the end, this is a pretty good beer and would make a fine after dinner dessert. The more I drink it, the more it seems to grow on me.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MercInc
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not very much of a fruity beer drinker, preferring Porters and Stouts, but this was a "Founder's" so I had to try it Strong nose of raspberries. I found it to be very tart. Although the ABV was in the 9's, it was not noticeable. Almost like a semi-dry wine. A good brew if you like fruit.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Explosion72
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mitchster
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

$4 for a single at Trader Joes. 9.2% ABV, 20 IBU.
Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep red, forming a nice creamy pink head with very good retention and solid sheets of pink lace. Nose of freshly crushed raspberries, some hefe weizen esters and wheat. Mouthfeel is sweet tart, puckers the cheeks a bit, smooth initially, a bit syrupy, medium dense bodied, moderate prickly carbonation, then hot, dry and boozy in the finish. Taste is a recap of the nose, tons of fresh raspberry juice, some hefe weizen esters, some peppery hot alcohol, some mild fusels (I suspect this was fermented quite warm), a bit horsey (the bottle and website makes no mention of brett), it tastes back sweetened because there is a strong dryness/astringency mixed in with the sweetness yet a big alcohol presence. Also a moderate metallic bitterness in the tail, a bit stronger than expected and likely needed to counteract the sweet/tart combo.

An interesting beer, but honestly, if I want something like this, I'd rather get a belgian framboise. This is just too boozy, hot, weirdly bitter, and syrupy to be very enjoyable. I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeLev
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scotty_Karate
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikecd234
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kiral
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolvmar
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 2019 Taproom release. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: ruby red, 1 finger white foam head. Dissipates pretty quickly into a thin ring and a few clouds. Slight bubble lacing.

Nose: tart raspberry, a hint of strawberry (for those in Michigan, Fargo Redpop) and dark cherry. Maybe a little bready malt in the background.

Taste: big raspberry with balanced tartness/sweetness. Bready malt/yeast in the background. Slight bitterness on the backend with a dark cherry tang.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation but not annoying. Syrupy bit not cloying. Relatively clean finish.

Overall: I’m not a huge fruit beer fan, or Rubeous fan. But I like this. Refreshing, balanced tart/sweet, ABV well hidden. Not sure it’s a go to but a nice treat once in a while.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of midlifec
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer but as others have stated, a little too much like an overly-sweet Rubaeus. Sampled on tap at Founders. Looks interesting - almost a bright red color with very scant head and just a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells deeply of raspberries. Tastes of raspberries right upfront - a little too sweet and cloying - but not so over the top as to remind you of cough medicine. There’s definitely some Belgian yeastiness in there as well, along with malt and a little tartness. Can’t really taste the high ABV. Smooth mild mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation. Overall, a nice beer, but I’d actually prefer the Nitro Rubaeus any day of the week.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage

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Photo of Spaten454
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris7482
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 release, from a 750 mL bottle. At this point, Blushing Monk is a cloyingly sweet, raspberry syrup. Still enjoyable, definitely a dessert beer, but it's even sweeter than it was upon release. I would say that the regular Rubaeus is preferred to this now, given that it is much lighter and the lower ABV is preferable.

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Photo of Griphon
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,329 ratings