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 DocDownUnder
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is beer comprises one of the best drinking experiences that a beer lover can enjoy.

Ruby colored and simultaneously crystal clear with a fluffy pink head. But don't be deceived by the girly accessories, the nose is all raspberries with a hint of yeast funk. Mouthfeel is gorgeous, smooth and wort-thick. Flavor is unparalleled: best description is a raspberry jam filled Spanish doughnut. With as much fruit as this beer has, the real genius is the sweet malt accompaniment.

A stellar beer.

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Photo of MerryTapster
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep reddish purple. Nice fluffy head, with decent lacing. Head last's through out.

S: Ton's of tart and sweet raspberries. Some creamy notes show up behind the raspberry. A nice whiff of funk as well.

T: Upon first tasting you definetely get the tart raspberry, followed immediatley by sweet raspberries. There is some breadiness and a little funk in the taste. This is a fine tasting beer.

M:Fluffy/Chewy. Smooth and refreshing for a 9.5 abv brew. It really finishes great.

O: For a style that is growing on me this beer is definetely tops. This should be a must try on anyone's list who enjoy's or is looking to explore fruit beers.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been disappointed by too many raspberry ales lately but this delivers. Pungent berry, nice mouthfeel that is very very refreshing. Brilliant ice cold but warms up to exude even more raspberry notes. Subtle use of yeast and it hides that 9.2% abv well. Excellent all round, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for that raspberry bite - but this is not a sour!

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Photo of bismarksays
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pure raspberry bliss. If you do not like raspberries, do not rate this beer.
Pours raspberry red with a finger and a half of pink head. Retention and lacing are both present.
Nose is fresh raspberries and just the faintest hint of fruity yeast.
Flavor is decadent and luxurious raspberry, layers of fresh raspberry. Tart and sweet perfectly balanced. Tastes is bold, yet natural.
Mouthfeel. If I have a complaint, it is a touch sticky. Listen, that is really nitpicking.
Overall, this beer is a perfect dessert beer. I would take this over raspberry tart from new Glarus, and that is saying something. Interested to see how this ages, but that is just A curiosity. This is perfect now. Share it with people you love

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Photo of mwcullnane
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 750ml 2011 @ Brew Haven craft beer festival to share with everyone at my table
Aug. 6 Trion Tavern

A: Deep red, 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly leaving pink ring with minimal lacing.

S: Raspberries (disclaimer: I love raspberries)

T: Raspberries; masks alcohol wonderfully; not cloyingly sweet

M: Smooth, light bodied. Perfect summer sipper.

O: I'm reluctant to give any beer an overall 5 rating, but if there was ever a beer that I would give such a rating to, this would be my pick. I completely understand if some people really don't like fruit beer, but I do, and this one is the best I've ever had. Thank you Founders for taking such pride in your work.

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Photo of ahlavato
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At 14.99 per bottle, I can't see picking this one up all too often, though its rarity assures I will not have the opportunity.

Like pretty much everything Founders makes, this beer is worth trying even if its style is not your typical cup of tea. It is a more drinkable raspberry than new glarus's raspberry tart and the considerable alcohol is masked rather well. In fact, the only evidence is a gentle warming after the fruity tartness fades.

Strongly recommended, even if only a rare diversion from the myriad IPA's and stouts that populated my fridge normally.

Note that its alcohol content, according to the label, is 9.2%, not 12.3.

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Photo of samie85
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage; 9.2%.

A-Pours a ridiculously extravagant dark fuchsia color with a half finger reddish head.

S-Huge mouth-watering aromas of ripe raspberry mingle with some light malt and cocoa.

T-Love the complexity with some light chocolate mixed in with huge tart raspberry notes and finishes with a light bitterness.

M-Rich and luxuriously thick feel with low carbonation but a crisp finish.

D-A ridiculously enjoyable beer; way more complex than any other fruit beer I've had; most are one-note fruit bombs. This one has the fruit bomb character but also some nice chocolate with a slight bitter character that keeps me coming back for more. I don't, however, get any of the Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of MikeTheVine
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am one of those idiots that doesn't branch out from IPAs too often... but this beer changed my life...

2015 vintage, served in a Bordeaux glass.
Eyes: Incredible dark red hue and slightly cloudy
Mouth: Literally a carbonation I've never experienced in a beer before... Perfect body and alcohol was literally nowhere to be had.
Taste: Very very fruity... BUT NOT SWEET. Was super impressed by this... it drank like a raspberry wine... had a dry finish with a malty biscuit after taste.
Overall: ISO MORE.

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Photo of rudzud
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received numerous bottles of this in trades and from stores. This one was poured into a Duvel tulip and shared with bpk59. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a deep crimson raspberry hue with a light pink one finger head that leaves a nice thin cloud with light side lacing. Gorgeous.

S - Smells just like a lambic!! TONS of raspberry jam and juice. Fresh tart sour raspberries and yet there are sweet tart cooked qualities. Outstanding.

T - Equally as exceptional as the nose. This is like a lambic framboise that they added raspberry jam to. This stuff is insanely good. Incredibly raspberry rich. Its like drinking raspberry juice.

M - Mouthfeel is really solid. Tart and sour with the finish super inviting and enjoyable. Its a bit thin/syrupy but still wonderful.

O - Overall this is incredibly outstanding. So, so so much raspberry. Its incredible just how much raspberry qualities they've crammed into this one.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just awesome! This exceeded all of my expectations. Bright and cloudy magenta with a heavy cotton candy colored head. You can tell this bad boy is thick as you pour it out of the bottle. Super jammy and crazy(almost gelatinous) mouthfeel. Getting more of this soon!

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Photo of Northtexan
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful crimson red with a fluffy pink head. Absolutely stunning in appearance. Lovely smell from the glass. The taste is intense raspberry. This would VD heaven on a hot summer day. I will seek out more of this gem.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a reddish color with a bubbly head and only slight lacing. Strong aroma of raspberries and fruits. Taste is of raspberry on steroids and for me that's not a bad thing. Crisp and carbonated with a clean feel. Overall, Blushing Monk was a highly enjoyable fruit beer that hit the spot, though, it may not be liked by all.

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Photo of HopHobo
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just had this beer the other day at the Brewery in Grand Rapids. This is one exceptional beer! Labeled as a Belgian Trippel fermented with raspberries and the ABV is 12.3%. Kind of a champagne type mouth feel with huge amounts of raspberry aroma and taste. You would never know that this beer is as high in ABV as it is indicated because is it is dangerously smooth going down. It would be easy to call this a "chick beer" because of the flavor, but I would venture to guess that even the biggest of beer drinkers would have a short night after a couple of glasses of this beer. That being said this beer is my wifes favorite and it is simply delicious for a fruit beer. I'm still much more of a KBS fan, but this is a nice touch to drink on occasion.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: looks like red wine with a head. Purplish red in the light. A fine grape head. This is the perfect look for a blushing monk.
smell: A little sweetness in the raspberry, not too much, just the right hint. A slight tartness. The raspberry makes itself known without being overbearing.
taste: a tingly carbonation in the start, then balanced tart, slightly sweet goodness.
overall: Man, did the news of this brewing turn me into a kid on Christmas Eve. Like KBS it actually lives up to the hype.

10/11/14: holy shit is this great after 3 years. Nose is huge, rich and fruity. Taste is semi-sweet, tart, smooth as hell. Wow.

7/15/16: holy shit X 10. My last bottle of '11 side by side with a '15. If you have any left, age them! Amazing.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle split with a fellow ba and my mother.

Pours a dark red with a hot pink head looks crazy. Smells strongly of raspberries. Taste is sublime...big raspberry sweetness up front with just the right amount of tart. Carbonation is slightly higher than let's say a lambic but not huge. Very drinkable, my mother hates beer all together but loved this. She still doesn't believe its a beer. Overall amazing beer.

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Photo of nortmand
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look for "blushing monk" if you are at the brewpub.

Rich ruby red pour with a bit of pink foam.

Incredible raspberry aroma. Complex and winelike, with some sour notes.

Sweet raspberry dominates the flavor, a spreading tartness balances some of the sweet. A bit cloying, expesially after it warms a bit.

Velvety smooth and incredibly drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice raspberry colored red with a small pink colored head and very nice carbonation visible throughout the session. The smell was rich with raspberry essence. Extremely strong so that nothing else could possibly come through. Now the flavor was to die for. I have never been the biggest fan of fruit beers in general, but this has just come to a whole new level. So sweet yet tart and sour at the same time, the flavor was so strong, yet not overpowering and not too sweet as to make you sick, it was in a word, perfect. It had the most perfect taste for this style I could have ever imagined. A great light body and great carbonation made it feel like water and there was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this. This was by far one of the best brews I have ever had.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is Raspberry Tart with a lot more alcohol -- but so well hidden.

A perfect balance of sweet, strong and tart.
Smell is raspberries,
Taste is raspberries,
appearance is a bright red raspberry clear.

A superb offering. Certainly didn't taste its ABV. If you love New Glarus Raspberry Tart and high ABV beers (and I do) you will love this beer (and I do).

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A little backstory - I opened this on a whim while cooking Bigos (Polish stew consiting of a butt-ton of pork, sausages, and venison) because I needed a cup of "wine or cider", thinking this might do the trick. I poured it into a hefeweizen glass, and took a sip.

"Nectar of the gods" came out of my mouth involuntarily, and I RUSHED to my computer to write a proper review.

Pours a deep, vibrant cherrywood-red with overwhelming and intoxicating aromas of fresh-picked raspberries and toasted butter cookies. The head is thin, and the EXACT same shade of pink as Hello Kitty's dress.

As for flavor, this is a thermonuclear raspberry detonation - followed by soothing, rolling notes of butter, biscuits, cranberry juice, a tiny tinge of herbal hops reminiscent of marjoram, and finished by a high note of creamy, pure alcohol burn much like you'd get in a quality herbal vodka. The aftertaste doesn't linger for long, but tastes like a giant mouthful of cold raspberries and makes me want to almost *chug* this magic potion.

Overall, this is straight up the tastiest beer I have ever had in my life - Period! I'm definitely going to use it in the stew, since I shouldn't kill a whole bomber by myself, and will update this review with a pairing analysis.

UPDATE: In Bigos, this is absolutely incredible - the tart, sugary raspberry notes meld into the charred, gamey meat to hit every single major taste bud note known to man. A bite of the stuff, followed by a sip of this beer straight from the fridge, was stupidly amazing - it makes the stew's gamey notes (especially the fresh pork) surge through my entire face, and the stew brings out the cordial-like alcohol burn that I love so much. Best pairing EVER.

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Photo of zrab11
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a Dark crimson red,Looks almost like thick red blood, produced a decent 1 finger pink head

S- Has a super pungent aroma of Raspberries, also getting some strawberry smell as well as a spice of some kind(can't put my finger on it)

T- Has a nice sweet raspberry taste upfront ,followed by some peppery spices and and more raspberry, it finishes with a creamy smooth tart raspberry flavor

M-Has a medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was one of my favorite beers in a long time. I;m so glad i grabbed 5 bottles of this. This goes especially well with Thanksgiving! IF you have not tried this please do try to get it. I just love the intense flavors of raspberry. This is so drinkable and complex at the same time.

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Photo of Optifron
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 11/18/2012 during Founders night as Crane Alley in Urbana, IL

Appearance: Dark, dark crystal clear red. Very nice looking.

Aroma: Tart raspberries. Really nice tart raspberries.

Taste: And of course, delicious tart raspberry! I’m a fan of tartness, so this does it for me. Normally not big on fruit beers, but this is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Nice, smooth and balanced.

Overall: Fantastic raspberry beer. Good drinkability. Could have a lot of this.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Possibly the best fruit beer I've had where the fruit is the sole star. This beer is all about jammy raspberries. It's not "funky" or "sour." There's an inherent tartness because fresh raspberries are tart by nature. I'd love to pair this with some vanilla ice cream for dessert. Truly remarkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Brew33. Thanks Josh!


The reddest of reds in colour with the pinkest of pinks foam, about an inch or so. Tons of lacing. A fun brew just to look at.

Ahhh..the raspberry smell is so strong, so vibrant, so fresh. Tart and sweet notes. I'm digging the aroma big time.

Good lord, the taste is as good as the smell, no, even better. Massive raspberry flavour with the tart and sweet tugging at my palate, sending my taste buds to a raspberry nirvana. I love well made beers using raspberries, blueberries, etc and this is a killer good example of a how a fruit beer can turn out if done right.

Medium, richly smooth bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation, the brew glides down to the gullet without a hitch and where, I ask you, where is the +9% alcohol?? No sign of it in the taste and I reckon there's not much evidence of it after the swallow either. Great brew!

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Photo of thebigredone
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle.

Pours a deep purplish red, opaque and heavy looking.

Smell is of raspberry jam with a hint of funk, absolutely fantastic.

Taste is similar to the nose. Overwhelming raspberry, with a hint of underlying Belgian yeast. Great raspberry jam likes flavors, rather than fresh raspberry.

Very thick and heavy in the mouth, though it works well with the flavors.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic beer. Wish I could have tried this fresh so I had a point of comparison, but man was this delicious.

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Photo of EMV
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at 'Champs' in State College, PA in a snifter glass.

L: Pours a deep maroon, almost merlot in color. A thick pale pink head leaves delicate lacing on the cup.

S: Fruity, raspberry and sweet.

T and F: This is a dessert. A nice mixture of fruity sweets and raspberry tartness, and the raspberry flavor dominates as expected. Nicely carbonated and very smooth.

O: Great fruit beer, one of the best I've had and what I'd expect from Founders. It makes a great sipping dessert, and one glass is enough. Great way to finish a session. The 9.2% ABV is well (too well?) hidden. Very comparable to a Lindemans but somewhat better in my opinion.

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