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:
#1,137
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
2,299
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
538
Gots:
863
Trade:
76
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Ratings: 2,299 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear pink, lots of raspberries, not much else, but the raspberry flavor is spot on. Not artificial at all.

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sahd-1
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polopaul20
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrayWolf1766
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pink fluffy head of about two fingers. Dark ruby red hue to a clean transparent body. Slight random lacing creeping down the sides of the glass after each sip. Low active carbonation.

Smell: stone fruit, raspberries, soap, and some breadiness pop on the nose. Sparkling white grapes and sweet raspberries with a touch of a pucking note shine on the body. All about the fruitiness with enough presence from the Belgian yeast to be felt.

Taste: waves of sweetness immediately crash over the palate in massives waves. Just enough tartness to keep you interested. Soap and bread build substantially during the later stages. Sweetness reigns throughout though with just a touch of inoffensive artifical twang. Jammy finish left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: jammy mouthfeel with some sprite Belgian fruits shining on the back. Carbonation is well stated.

Overall: a massively tasty brew that having it now, I'd be hard pressed to want to cellar this one for very long. Can't for see present flavor developing more favorable but maybe one day I'll see. Regardless, good to have this one making another appearance.

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Photo of guido19
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBlightning
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrIncognito
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have said (annoyingly I'm sure) that I don't and will never like fruit beers. Well I'm eating my words now. Really liked this one.
Aromas of raspberries and yeast that is sweet above all else.
Raspberry-forward and lightly tart. Nice balance with Belgian yeast. Dry in the mouthfeel from the carbonation and tartness. Sweet in the finish without being cloying. Tastes of crushed raspberries as opposed to some sort of sickening-sweet syrup.
Slightly medicinal in flavor without being off-putting

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant garnet with a 2.5” lacy pink foam cap that slowly dissipates. S: Big fresh raspberry nose laced with tartness. T: Raspberry and lemon with light grains M: Medium body and above medium carbonation O: I have had this in the bottle and on tap. The bottle is more carbonated and is an excellent, tart fruit ale and the carbonation helps tame the fruit. The tap version was barely drinkable.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep red to blood red color. a finger or two of an off white head forms with weak retention. leaves behind a small lacing. somewhat opaque do to darkness but very nice red hues when held to the light

Smell: sweet and strong raspberries, Belgian yeast, slightly medicinal

Taste: opens up with big and bold raspberries. comes off strong and sweet. depth comes through with Belgian yeast. some sips come off medicinal and cough syrup like due to the high sweetness.

Mouthfeel: good crisp mouthfeel. warming and strong. a bit on the sweet side of the balance.

Overall: good but not great. I can see this one becoming really nice in a couple of years, but as for now it could use a little something to take the edge off the sweetness. a bit more alcohol in the taste might be nice too.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbub18
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit sweet but nailed the style--thinking a few years of age will do this some good.

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

Interesting beer on draft. Too much berry juice flavor for me. I wanted to drop an ice cube in it and drink it like a high schooler drinks a wine cooler. Just fruit fruit and more fruit. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fondyball20
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KT123
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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