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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 yinyang5
1.39/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is beyond sweet. Cloying, overwhelming, beyond sweet. Pours decent with nice red color, clarity and head. Smell is strong raspberries, but no surprise there. The Belgian notes are completely lost in the fruit flavor, and the acid overwhelms everything else. Can't even taste the malt. No sense of balance; it's like drinking thick syrup. I would avoid this beer like the plague.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.87/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into my Founder's snifter.

Pours a dark red with a mountain of pillowy pink foam. Is this Nestle Quick? Lacing remains. Incredibly sweet on the nose. Raspberry puree. Taste is of strong raspberries. Syrup-like in the mouth with a heavy dose of carbonation. Followed by an alcohol burn. It sits deep in my chest. Nauseating and painful. Almost like my chest has a cramp in it.

Sickeningly sweet followed by a god awful throat/chest burn. Gee can I buy some more of this? Worst beer I've had from Founders hands down.

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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 BHansen214
2/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Raspberry wine with more raspberries than one can imagine. Not my thing, I don't care for wine and hated this. Luckily my wife loved it. No false advertising here, tastes exactly like what they describe.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.21/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark red color with a handful of pinkish colored bubbles. I knew I was in trouble right there. Pretty much no head retention or lacing.

S- There it is a ton and I mean a ton of raspberries. Smells very sweet, yeast, and a light touch of bread. Don't get me wrong I like berries, especially when I run into one of the berry trees while I'm out hunting. I just don't really like them in my beer.

T- I thought I was ready to get smashed on fruit here, but nope I wasn't ready by any means. HUGE amounts of raspberries, with a bit of booze to it and a touch of malts. Way too sweet.

M- Light in body and carbonation.

O- I'm not digging this one at all. Tastes more like a wine cooler than a beer, but to each their own.

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Photo of champ103
2.4/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have had this several times. A generous friend shared a bottle with me a few weeks ago. Review from notes...

A: Pours dark with a pink/reddish hue. A small head forms and recedes to nothing. Not much lace to speak of.
S: The aroma is raspberry syrup, puree and brown sugar.
T: Wow, that is raspberry syrup and puree all the way. Cough syrup and bubble gum Tasts artificial. Cloying sweetness and brown sugar. This is bad.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though this needs to be way more crisp and dry for my liking. Plenty of alcohol, mixed with artificial fruit and cloying sweetness makes this hard for me to drink.

This is pretty bad. The fruit flavor seems very artificial to me. To much like childerens cough syrup. I love Founders, but this is crap. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of sgulner
2.45/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, I understand its made with crazy amount of raspberries, but that's all I get. From the nose, to the taste, to the overall. So one note its sad. Give me more funk, or tart, or SOMETHING. Not my cup of tea...

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Photo of brdc
2.59/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks hoppymeal for this one.
Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

The appaearance is very nice, a deep pink, with a light pink head. From here, it is all downhill.
The aroma has a faint yeastiness, and raspberries; lots of raspberries.
The body is medium, and the flavor - raspberries. Excessive raspberries, which do not allow any other flavors to come through.
This one is a miss. The New Glarus version is vastly superior.

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Photo of GRBrew
2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really disappointed in this beer. It was glowingly sweet and the fruit flavor was overpowering. The mouthfeel was syrupy and I just could not enjoy it at all. There was little to no head on this beer and the carbonation was severely lacking. I'm not sure what the hype is about. I like Founders but this one was a miss.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.68/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Eau Benite flute on 11/18/11; shared with PDXHops

2011 vintage

"Whoa. Whoa. Holy mackerel. Whoa."

Deep ruby hue while poured. in the glass it's darker, but still has a glow about it. Nearly grape juice hued. One finger head - the color is that of strawberry ice cream. Soapy layer of retention.

Even raspberries don't smell this much like raspberries. If the aroma wasn't sweet enough, well, just take a sip old bean. Painfully sugary - the raspberry is simply out of control. The only redeeming quality is that it finishes sort of toasty and dry. I don't know how it manages that. Full, sticky, sugary feel. Moderate carbonation situated underneath the sugar tones.

Blushing Monk is amusing for three sips - anything beyond that is overkill.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$13.59 a bottle at Woodman’s East. Wowza! 12.3% Pours a crimson lavender with a huge pink tinged white head. Dissipation is rapid despite a lot of visible carbonation. Aroma is boozy and very powerful, consisting mostly of raspberries. Very tart and boozy flavor of raspberries. Full to the point of being heavy. Raspberry flavor is out of this world but it’s one dimensional, not that that is necessarily bad. I think this beer is exactly what the brewers were going for. It’s really quite astounding. Personally, however, I am not very happy with it. It’s just too big, too strong, and too much of a good thing. I also don’t like that the body, at least to me, seems to come more from alcohol then from raspberries. Impressive it is, simply for being so big and so fruity but I really did not enjoy it and had a tough time finishing the bottle, even with a little help.

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Photo of trixdout
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2012 vintage was amazing, with a frothy head. 5 rating for Look, Smell, Taste, Feel and Overall.

2015 vintage is sub par. Utterly disappointed in this brew. They changed the recipe and not a fan.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet fruitiness numbs the palate.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Lazy label with Founders branding in soft faded scarlet hue with the name of the brew and a cut out of a raspberry and faint images of the fruit in the white background. Shows vintage 2001, and 9.2% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep crimson pour, short pinkish head with moderate to low retention, and little lacing.

S - Intense raspberry nose, heavy and sweet. Quite mono-chord, faint yeasty touch in the background.

T - Ouch, the nose was actually a shy advanced of the things to come… Brutally sweet raspberry. Hefty sweetness destroying any nuances that this brew might be riding on. Imaginary yeasty touch in the distance, cloying sweetness screaming raspberry, and screaming annoyingly loud.

M - Medium-full body specially after the intense sense of the brew, moderate if fair carbonation that does not entertain much the brew beyond its hammering identity.

O - Not a horrible brew but the overwhelming and mono-chord fruitiness seriously compromises the drinkability. Two or three ounces as a curious taste are actually more than enough.

Notes: Founder's brews some of my all time favorite brews, and then stuff like this… It is not as bad as their Cerise but the experience with their fruit brews… This one lacks the complex boozy punch of say DFH's Fort, or the tart nuances of a good lambic. Quite surprised by the hype generated by this brew, and that this one was selected as the first release in big bottles.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a purplish red color, with a short pink head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all sweet and tart raspberries. I really couldn't detect much else.

T: The taste hits with a tangy blast of raspberry flavor and a little bit of sweetness and creaminess in the background. The malt character is thin there's very little hops presence. The after-taste is tart and sour.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: A little tasty especially if you're into the raspberry flavor, goes down ok, not very filling, strong kick, this just is not my type of beer, particularly since I could see too much in the way of beer characteristics through the intense raspberry flavor.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/1/08. Bottle. Wow, I expected a lot more from this beer based on the ratings. Pours a dark red with no real head. Aroma is quite pungent, of sweet raspberry (juice-like). Aroma of slightly tart raspberry sweetness (still juice-like), also some cranberry. Quite sweet and fruity. This is a little stronger than juice but it's practically the same. I was hoping that such a renown fruit beer would have a stronger malt background, but this is not the case. It's alright to drink but it's more like juice than beer. Are people rating this based on reputation?? All I know is that there are tons of fruit beers with quite low ratings that are more delicious than this beer. Another point of interest is that a full glass of this beer is a little hard to take (in comparison to those that rated off of a 2-4 oz. sample). I'd pass on this in the future...
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

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Photo of jbwimer
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma is medicinal and I get more cherry and cranberry than raspberry. Taste and mouthfeel are cloying with hints of cranberry juice on the flavor. Oily mouthfeel that coats the palette with flavors that I don't find to be particularly enjoyable. Quite disappointing.

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Photo of ms11781
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage. 9.2% ABV per the label. 750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very deep purple color. Looks almost black in the glass with lighter purple hues on the edges and bottom. If I didn't pour it myself I might have a debate as to the color. A thin, fizzy pink head develops and fizzles out almost immediately leaving as close to zero head as possible. No lacing to speak of.

The nose is extremely sweet and that is apparent as soon as the beer leaves the bottle and heads to the glass. Raspberries are present in copious amounts. It bounces back and forth between sickly sweet and overwhelming and pleasant, juicy raspberry aromas. At times it really isn't appealing at all and at others it seems to be an enticing array of fruity aromas.

The taste follows along with the nose fairly closely. The first sip brings a great rush of slight tart raspberries. Really not much else, just huge, juicy raspberry flavor. At other times the sweetness is overwhelming and overpowering. The tartness isn't too much, in fact, it's not really that tart. It's the sweetness that gets to you after a bit. There really isn't much complexity with this beer, just a huge rush of sweet raspberry flavor.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with prickly carbonation that numbs the tongue a bit. A slight tartness is present, but it's not mouth puckering.

I'm torn on this beer. At times it can be a great, sweet rush of raspberry juiciness. At others it's a sickly sweet mouth full of carbonated raspberry juice. There isn't much depth or complexity to it. No sign of the Belgian yeast and none of the ABV shows it's face at all. Probably best enjoyed in small samples rather than full pours.

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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 tripledbrew
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The previous tasting of this beer was of an older vintage and I enjoyed it, however I cant say the same for the 2015 release. I love founders , and this is as kind as I can be, but this beer tasted like cough syrup.

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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a crimson red with two fingers of frothy pink head that recedes into a thin pink cap with a little lacing.

S: Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries.

T: Raspberries dominate yet again--maybe a slight yeast flavor? Or maybe just wishful thinking.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sweet and has a juice-like consistency.

O: It pains me to have such a meh beer from my favorite brewery, but such is life. It's not a bad beer, but it's so completely one-dimensional and lacking in complexity that I could never call it good. Add onto that the fact that it's very expensive ($15 for my bottle) and you have an all-around disappointing beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by beddachedda, I believe. Thanks, Evan!

A: Short-lived pink head caps a slightly hazy, raspberry red body. Some curtains, but no lace.

S: Fresh raspberries drizzled with raspberry sauce and wrapped in raspberry jam after being knocked unconscious by a marauding gang of raspberry preserves. There's some sort of fruit in this beer, but I'm having a hard time placing it.

T: A pure manifestation of raspberry juice and just the lightest hint of drying spice in the finish, which I mistake for tannins on some sips. The flavor is tart, but not sour. Very, very fruity with an underlying sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. A moderate tartness, accompanied by fruit residue and sweetness, makes for an unpleasant buildup after a few sips. This beer is fantastic for a little pour, but in larger quantities it gets troubling.

O: This is an amazingly jammy, one-dimensional fruit beer, and nothing more.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dense opaque looking liquied for a fruit beer, and a touch lighter then the color of pomegranite juice.
Aroma is sweet and fruity, booze is hidden well here.

So i am drinking this room temp now, and the alcohol is coming out a bit more, well by that i mean it is perceptable, still impressed by how little it is there given the fact this is 12+%. Raspberry, raspberry, sweet sticky raspberry. This one is like a spiked fruit juice, even the viscosity matches closely to a fruit juice.

I have to say, it's good, but not something i'd buy a bunch of, it's honestly too much like juice for me. So since i think it is about average, i will give it a C-ish score.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a cloudy dark ruby red color with a light pink head.

S-lots of vanilla and berries, not exactly raspberry but overly sweet. There are some light notes of oak and some christmas spice in the back.

T-the taste is pretty sharp, the fruit is somewhat artificial and the vanilla is very strong. the oak is light with some off putting medicinal notes in this towards the back. the flavor is slightly water and has a bit of acidity in the back.

M-creamy body to this, rather big especially in comparison to other sours at the tasting. slightly heavy, decent bit of carbonation and a light to semi dry finish.

D-this is very artificial and syrupy in the flavor, it is straight forward and simple, sweet and slightly bitter in the finish.

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Photo of markcp
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gorgeous looking--clear, dark ruby red with minimal white head. Smell is dominated by raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries with some bready malt on the finish and a little alcohol burn. Tastes more like raspberry syrup than fresh raspberries. The sweetness is overwhelming, and, unlike New Glarus's fruit beers, this is kind of heavy and oppressive to boot.

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Photo of jopezu
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

deep violet mahognay, light head. smells of berry fruit sweetness - almost no detectable beer notes, perhaps slight yeast. taste is a raspberry tart dominated affair almost entirely, that becomes a lingering sweet aftertaste. not artificial fruit tasting, but simply overpowering with the berries. this is a dessert beer that's probably best shared. founder's is in my top brewers and makes amazing stuff, so my lackluster score for this brew is simply indicative of my personal preferences. my wife (who isn't a beer drinker) liked it and finished the bottle. =)

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