Founders Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk
BA SCORE
4.19/5
2,299 Ratings
Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by granger10 on 09-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,139
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
2,299
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
538
Gots:
863
Trade:
76
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,299 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of jgido759
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fruity Summer beer. Hides the ABV very well. However, it tasted too much like a raspberry soda (very sweet) to then point that if I didn't know from reading the bottle, I wouldn't know I was drinking a beer.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass; 2015 vintage drank shortly after release.
Look = 5.0 Pours a deep ruby red with 4 fingers of thick red-tinted head; great lace and retention. Great color and look.
Aroma = 4.0 Raspberry pours out, mild spice Belgian notes and a little hint of alcohol and a touch of funk.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet, juicy raspberry is the prominent flavor with a tart finish. Alcohol is present in the finish too, provides a light burn.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium carbonation; syrupy and sticky. Coats the mouth.
Drinkability = 3.5 High ABV, sweet flavor profile and alcohol flavor all hurts drinkability.
Overall = 4.1 This is a tough one to rate. It’s different and comes with a big reputation. I was underwhelmed though; the boozy level surprised me. Hear it gets better with age. Great looking beer though.

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Photo of 5EKF
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kubrickx
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hophazzard
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Illinasia
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrChadly
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirsteve42
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abbbp
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shoegueuze
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of STEG
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Id give the appearance a 5 it's surreal how ridiculously colored this is and it had some damn fine retention of the pink head. Smell is raspberry dominant with a yeast phenolic funk in back. Almost reminds me of trash in an odd way. Taste is sweet and then sour with various tones and dimensions of raspberry throughout. It really showcases how well raspberries can be so multi dimensional. Mouthfeel is
Moderately thick for a fruit beer but on par for a 9.2% ale. Carbonation is also quite low but there to break up the monotony.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdeese21
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of changdulla
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taturbo...thank you so much for this trade and the extras.

Appearance:
Deep black with an almost fluorescent purple head. What an incredibly unique looking beer, I've never seen anything like it. In the light there are flecks of garnet. There isn't much lacing and the head falls flat quickly. However, the bubbles are tiny and tight, which leads me to believe the beer will be slightly creamy. I have never given an exceptional appearance before and may not for a long time.

Smell:
Pungent aroma of ripe fruit, specifically raspberries, but borderline cherries and grapes. The yeast is non-existent or overpowered. There is no bitterness detected, a tart sweetness dominates.

Taste:
Very sweet berries with a little beer flavor in the middle followed by a dry finish. What surprised me the most was that there was still a shred of beer flavor left, even with all the fruit overpowering. This is different from a framboise or the DFH's Fort. It's a lot darker with less girly fruitiness. However, it's totally dominated by tart, fresh fruit.

Mouthfeel:
Bubbly, rich and fruity sweetness. The lingering tartness leaves a nice dry finish that leaves me salivating for more. I am reminded of a dry-finishing berry mead...which is the next bottle I've opened for the evening. Wine-like characteristics, with some body and appearance similarities to beer.
No cough medicine flavors!

Overall:
Although this was a last minute trade, I'm happy I tried it. It's quite tasty and not just another gushy fruit beer. I can't be sure how much was paid for this beer, but anything around $12 would be reasonable. I do wish that more of the Belgian characteristics same through, a yeast fruitiness would have played nicely off the raspberries.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boatshoes
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this awhile back in a trade with Nonstick. Thanks again Chris!

Appearance- Pours a deep ruby/crimson with a slight haze to it, though mostly translucent. I get about a half finger of slightly pink head off a fairly aggressive pour. Dies back in short order to some wisps across the top and a ring around the edges.

Smell- Wow, fresh raspberry jam. Despite its age, this one just pummels you with fresh smell raspberry. Just a slight woodiness as the end as well, along with a little bit of evident alcohol. Very reminiscent of New Glarus Raspberry Tart apart from the alcohol actually.

Taste- Again, lots of fresh raspberry preserves and a slight bit of woody seediness mixed in there as well. Finishes with a mild tartness and just a little bit of warming alcohol as well. Maybe just the slightest yeastiness as well, but I can't quite tell what I'm picking up on there.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decently substantial and adequately carbonated. Perhaps just a touch towards thin. Drinkability is excellent for the ABV as well and it went down quite easy.

Overall, a very good fruit beer. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the New Glarus but definitely worth giving it a try if you can still find it.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,299 ratings
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