Founders Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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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.

Added by granger10 on 09-15-2005

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrIncognito
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +8.7%
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 -8.7%
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 +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbub18
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -9.4%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fondyball20
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KT123
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bonkers
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale red, semi-opaque. Looks pretty much the same, color-wise, as Rübæus, only much more effervescent.

Smells delectable. Th-that's not a word I use too often, but it fits here: the aroma is a combination of fresh, processed, and candied berries, drawing the tartness of the first, the earthen sweetness of the second, and the mellowed sugar of the third. An excellent aroma that rivals Raspberry Tart and Serendipity.

Unfortunately, the taste falls a bit flat. Not at first, however--served cold and drank quickly, it seems almost parallel New Glarus' offerings: tart yeasty raspberries up front, mellow Fruit Roll Ups in the middle, and chewy yeast finishing it off.

But then a few sips later, in creeps the alcohol. The yeast becomes astringent and sharp, and this throws the balance off so much that the front gets too sweet, begins tasting ersatz. What starts off as a world-class fruit beer becomes almost hard to get through.

Served as a cordial, this would be divine. As a beer, it's uneven--perhaps it was foolish of me to try to drink so much all by myself.

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Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. (750 ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Beautiful appearance. The crystal clear, ruby colored liquid was topped by a bubbly, one-finger tall, light pink crown that quickly dropped to a bubbly mass. Patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was somewhat odd. Super sweet, strawberry and raspberry notes dominated. I would probably peg this more for a strawberry flavored beer. Strawberry and raspberry jam-like notes (or possibly hard candies) came to mind. Quite sweet. There was an unusual, plastic-like note as well, but it dissipated as the beer warmed. The raspberry become stronger and more pure as the beer sat.

The flavor was more intense than the nose but not very good. Again, raspberry came through strong. Lots of cherry as well. The fruity notes were cloying and, combined with a bit of earthy hop bitterness, tasted a lot like cherry cough syrup. There was a crisp yeasty quality as well. Tart on the back end and the finish. Hint of lemony sourness. Medicinal notes lingered after the swallow. On a positive note, the alcohol was extremely well buried.

The mouthfeel was super thick and syrupy. Almost sticky. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy, zippy effervescence that gave the beer a nice fluffiness on the palate.

I tend to like sweet and intense, fruit-forward beers, but Blushing Monk came across as a cloyingly and somewhat artificial, mixed berry flavored mess. This beer has nothing on New Glarus's Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red color, capped with a couple fingers of pink foam. Head retention is pretty good, while lacing is limited and spotty. Aroma is dominated by the fruit. Hints of Belgian yeast character come through. Bright, malty, and fruity - it smells pretty tasty.

And tasty it is, though the flavor doesn't "pop" like the aroma does. It's sweet, but there's a nice tartness that keeps it from becoming cloyingly sweet. The fruit and malt notes blend into each other. Finish is a bit dull and uneventful. Probably the best aspect is the mouthfeel, which is silky smooth yet still well-carbonated.

"Imperial Rubaeus" sums up Blushing Monk pretty nicely. A really great fruit beer - there's no style that Founders doesn't do well.

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Photo of huevos-de-oro
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeBeers
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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