Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with Jason,Derek, and a couple of newbies thank you Jason. Is it 9 or is it 13%? Bottle aged for a year says 13.2% and it could very well be. Amaxing fruitbeer. Dark pink with big soapy pink head and pink lace. Aroma of raspberry and some malt. Big mouthfeel, raspberry, tart raspberry. The taste is a beer with very raspberry, she delivers. Good drinkability. Carobonated too. Natural sugars.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

2011 vintage.

Pours a clear dark crimson with a 1 inch puffy light red head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random chunky streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. A very striking looking beer. Smell is of raspberries, raspberry juice, other berries, and some malt notes. Taste is of raspberries and other berries, berry juices, and a subtle malt flavor that ties everything together. Some tannin-like aspects in the flavors. This beer has a very wine-like mouthfeel with a coating quality in the mouth. The carbonation is nice and the beer is dry on the drink down. Overall, this is a good fruit beer with a nice raspberry/berry presence. I think the smell on this one is better than the taste though.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out looking like carbonated blood, a really nice looking ruby red brew with a pink colored creamy looking head. No lacing but has some light retention. The smell is of fresh raspberries and more raspberries. The taste is sweet and lightly tart with again with plenty of raspberries. The mouthfeel is smooth, and slick. Overall this brew is a lot like most Framboise brews, very sweet and has a long lasting aftertaste. Definitely somethingto sip and enjoy over a long period of time. Very happy to have tried it finally.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high pink colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of raspberries are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of raspberries. Although you can taste some of the alcohol, it isn't very obvious.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice and fruity. It would make for a nice dessert beer to pair with something like chocolate cake. The alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crazy strong raspberry ale that's all about the fruit. One dimensional throughout, this beer is every much a showcase for the raspberry in much the same way that hops are for IPA's. ...and wonderfully so.

A pour of blood-red releases a pinkish head of froath and sprite- caught somewhere between a Belgian pale ale and champagne. bright clarity gives a remarkable ruby red glow that reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise except with better clarity. Low on lace, the 12+% abv and dry malt base won't allow more.

Succulent and bright aromas of raspberry juice, freshly squeezed fills the nose. Background aromas of citric acids provide a subtle balance and moderate tart scent that provides roundness to the nose. Fructose sweetness blends well with the malts of soft powdered sugars for a less tart scent. The yeasty spice and fruit all reinforce the raspberry focus without confussion. An absolutely exquisite scent!

Flavors are nearly a mirror description of what's found in the nose: Raspberry on the forefront from the initial sip, through the depth of the gullet. Vine-rippened and freshly picked, the beer preserves all those juicy and vibrant fruit flavors with natural tasting sweetness and a smooth citric acidity that provides a tart balance to the fresh rapberry sweetness. Never sour or bitter, the beer is an flawless display of what raspberries should taste like in a beer. The surpressed malts, yeasty spice and fruitiness, and alcohol provide just enough support to the fruit without bringing attention to themselves.

Medium-full textures to start makes a quick transition towart fruity tartness, light pectin bite and slight astringency in finish as the carbonation proves fleeting and the tartness meshes with alcohol for a warm and dry finish with a memory of raspberry that lingers well into the next sip. Much lighter than New Glarus' Raspberry Tart for increased dryness and less interference from malt.

An insanely intense display of raspberry! Avoiding all the common flaws of typical fruit beers, and with the excessive use of fruit, it's remarkable how vibrant and true that this beer is to nature and the character of the plant.

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3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 750ml. Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap.

Acquired: From my sister, who bought it at Founders.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
ABV: 9.2%.
Style: Belgian stale ale (fruited).
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Goblet.
Expectations: Sky high (given the brewery)

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide head of pink colour. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention: ~20 seconds. Not long enough to properly note its characteristics.

BODY: Deep dark red of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks good overall. Not unique or mind-blowing.

AROMA: Fantastic raspberry with bursting fruity notes and a bit of pleasant tartness. Powdered sugar. Neutral Belgian pale malts. Belgian yeast. Maybe some crystal malts?

Aromatic intensity: mild.

A very appealing aroma with definite similarities to rubaeus. Surprisingly, it's not boozy at all.

No overt hop character or off-notes come through.

TASTE: It is a biteen boozy for a fruit beer which seems intended to be refreshing, but the raspberry fruit notes are nice and the tartness is pleasant. More tartness (or even sourness) would be ideal. The neutral Belgian pale malt backbone lets the fruit dominate. Belgian yeast does lend it a Belgian character, but it's not as pronounced as would be ideal.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Decent.

Complexity is reasonable. Not as intricate as great beers in the style. Not a real subtle brew.

TEXTURE: A bit overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, and medium-bodied, with fair thickness and heft (probably too much so).

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This doesn't accentuate the notes of the flavour profile well, nor does this texture elevate the beer. But it suits it decently.

OVERALL: An enjoyable brew from Founders, but far from world-class. Should be more drinkable and refreshing, with a tarter taste. I'll enjoy finishing my glass, but its alcohol presence holds it back. Likable for what it is.

Low B-

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color, almost like blood. There is a finger of very pink head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet but very natural raspberries. Just a little tart.

Taste: Sweet but not too overpowering. Lots of tart natural raspberry with lots of fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. The alcohol was well hidden, and the flavor wasn't artificial at all. I would definitely have another if I get the chance.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, but dark, dark red color with a one-finger, light pink head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of raspberries. Some nice sour and sweet notes.

T - It tasted very sour and tart with a strong raspberry flavor. There was a touch of sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and puckering. A light to medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a great tasting raspberry ale. It was worth the price.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart raspberry, red grape, plum, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, red grape, plum, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, red grape, plum, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome sweetness/tartness/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial Belgian fruit beer. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Appearance: Pours a deep vermillion, with a frothy purple head that leaves a web of lace

Smell: Raspberry syrup with just a hint of Belgian yeast

Taste: Rich raspberry purée, starting out sweet and building in tartness by mid-palate, when some yeast complexity enters the picture; after the swallow, the flavors meld together, with a puckering tartness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I might have preferred a bit more tartness or yeasty funk, this is still a very nice example of what can be done with a fruit beer

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