Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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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
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#1,270
Reviews:
622
Ratings:
2,309
pDev:
10.5%
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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris7482
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 release, from a 750 mL bottle. At this point, Blushing Monk is a cloyingly sweet, raspberry syrup. Still enjoyable, definitely a dessert beer, but it's even sweeter than it was upon release. I would say that the regular Rubaeus is preferred to this now, given that it is much lighter and the lower ABV is preferable.

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

Photo of atlandy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OntheLambic
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet raspberry. Like rubaes on roids.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmukid87
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AirBob
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of _nickg_
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Simon212
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(32 oz crowler, poured into a 0.3 L tall lager glass)

L: clear, brilliant, deep red liquid... puts up a bit more foam than expected on pour, but it also disappears completely, no collar

S: ridiculously redolent of raspberry - lovely definition and dimension with the fruitiness early on... perhaps a bit of quasi Belgian spicy phenols, but very mellow

T: actually rather malty foundation throughout which the intense, juicy raspberry nectar ... subtle hint of acidity and yeasty spice in the finish... could stand to be a bit more bright and pungent with the yeast/alcohol

F: tiny little prickle on the front of the tongue... light-medium body, delicate syrupy residual viscosity... could use much more carbonation to thin out the body, but this is probably due to the crowler packaging

O: the raspberry flavor is very much similar to Lindemans framboise, while the rest of the beer is a bit like a meek, bare-bones tripel

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

Photo of chris826
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of varian7
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spoda1983
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwilcox767
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a mild hazy red with a little head.
S - Raspberries. Then more raspberries. Then Belgian Ale.
T - Same as the nose, very well put together on the palate.
M - Medium carbonation, I would have preferred more, but not an important factor with this brew.
O - Fantastic. I want more. This was a 2015 bottle so I'll have to have it fresher and see if it's different. It was everything raspberry that I thought it would be and, none of the crappy Rubeuas that I was afraid of.

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

Photo of ElGallo
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of axf4129
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,309 ratings