Founders 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
Ratings:
2,293
Reviews:
618
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.87%
 
 
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539
Gots:
863
For Trade:
76
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Photo of lunarbrew
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of krl2112
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Roze
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mythaeus
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudabegga9
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zac16125
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrfehon33
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was afraid it would b overly sweet and shallow on the complexity. Turns out to be just dry enough to keep from being a candy bomb and the touch of tart funk helps the balance. Belgian candied body. Creamy but light feel. Tho is a really solid effort

$18 for 750 ml bottle

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oxymoron
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Are you sure the monk is blushing, could be Irish and drunk? Sat on this for about 6 months and it is tasting great. Pours a semi clear amber color with a definite red hue through out. A mostly white head with a hint or shade of pink. Good retention but limited lacing.

The nose is complex with some hints of raspberries. The malt really comes out with nice blend of kettle caramel, melanodians, some sugary notes and a light bready Belgian thing going on. Nice malt backing. The raspberry is noticeable and is distinct, but is limited overall as a fruit beer. Probably better that way. The yeast has a slight Belgian note as well, with some plums, raisins and citrus that helps the raspberry notes come out. Very clean yeast, even more so considering the ABV.

The taste is more on par with a fruit beer as the raspberries come out a bit more versus the nose. The malt and complexity is still there. A very nice caramel and Special B malt like taste comes out. Some sugary notes that enhances the Belgian Strong flavor. Some lighter spice notes on the back end as well. The raspberries come out but blend nicely with the malt. A slight astringency from the taste but leaves a light citrus kick and lingers into the finish. A bit dry as a beer but balances nicely with the fruit. Very clean with the yeast and alcohol.

The body is moderate and surprisingly so clean for the ABV. The carbonation is light but does allow the raspberry to come out more. Just have to say it again, very clean. Overall a great fruit beer, and no it's not an oxymoron.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultimate
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TBonez477
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of soupyman10
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a maroon purple color. A finger of big bubbled head that vanishes quickly. Interesting color, although no real lacing. Nose is crazy spicy raspberries. Very light hint of sourness. Flavor is solid. Sour raspberry notes, but not as strong as the sweetness. Alcohol is covered up really well, and grows as the beer warms. Sourness shows up at the end. Winelike, although very sweet. A nice mix of random dried fruit as well. Feel is excellent: crispy, biting, refreshing high carbonation. Body is medium, maybe a little thin but good with the carbonation. Overall, I liked this one, although it's not the most complex beer in the world (standard for the style). A lot like a sparkling (and highly alcoholic) raspberry juice.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bzach
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,293 ratings.
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