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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 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 TickTheBrews
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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Photo of cherche
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Fruity and enjoyable but nothing I would get too excited about. Worst trying but probably not worth the price. Founders isn't quite up to the rating once again.

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Photo of Beerlover
1.89/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Waaaay too sweet. Ridiculous, if i didnt know any better id say i was drinking a raspberry cider, there is no beer characterists about this one, not to mention belgian style characteristics.It smells like cider, and taste like it too, ick. On the plus side the mouthfeel and appearence are quite nice but i want to drink my beer, not look at it! Drainpour!!

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a stemmed chalice glass.

Appearance: A one finger pink head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Very dominant aroma with bready, pale malts, and slight booze.

Taste: Raspberries dominate the flavor. Nice malt bill, slight booze, tart, and pucker notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little dry, raspberry sweetness, medium carbonation, tart, and pucker.

Overall: This beer is definitely a sipper due to the raspberry dominance and sweetness. Sharing a bottle next time around.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark reddish purple color with a nice off white head. Very little retention and spotted lacing. Smell is raspberry wineish, some booze present. Taste is the same, way too sweet. Feel is light with good carbonation and booze is definitely apparently. Overall not for me at all. Pass.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Brewing tap takeover at Fireworks in Leesburg on 11/17/15. Cherry in color, almost no head. Overpowering raspberry aromas, smooth on the tongue, no tarrness, very sweet. Can't drink a ton at one sitting but great in small pours

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Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark ruby red with a frothy deep magenta pink head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Sweet raspberry juice, faint citrus and spice, maybe a little honey.

T: Tons of sweet raspberry juice, faint spice, a bit tart, maybe a little honey, with a touch of alcohol than can come out as it warms.

M: A bit on the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: The first few sips are fantastic, but after a while it just turns into sneaky dangerous raspberry juice. I wish there was something else there, more malt or Belgian yeast presence to counter all the raspberry. I'm glad I got to try it on tap because I can't say I'd shell out the big $ for a full bomber.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founder's Blushing Monk, Belgian style ale brewed with raspberries. 9.2% ABV.

A: Rich plum in the glass, with pale pink in the dimple, and pinkish cream colored head. Tons of tiny bubbles slowly cascade down the side, until the lacing forms, thinly.

S: Raspberry doughnut filling, with light sweet dough backing.

T/MF: Raspberry, with a deep, dark malt backing. Seems dry at first, compared to the aroma, but it's actually fairly sweet. That seems to be from a strong raspberry seed influence on the beer.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass

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