Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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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 DaPeculierDane
2.73/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$13.59 a bottle at Woodman’s East. Wowza! 12.3% Pours a crimson lavender with a huge pink tinged white head. Dissipation is rapid despite a lot of visible carbonation. Aroma is boozy and very powerful, consisting mostly of raspberries. Very tart and boozy flavor of raspberries. Full to the point of being heavy. Raspberry flavor is out of this world but it’s one dimensional, not that that is necessarily bad. I think this beer is exactly what the brewers were going for. It’s really quite astounding. Personally, however, I am not very happy with it. It’s just too big, too strong, and too much of a good thing. I also don’t like that the body, at least to me, seems to come more from alcohol then from raspberries. Impressive it is, simply for being so big and so fruity but I really did not enjoy it and had a tough time finishing the bottle, even with a little help.

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

A- About a inch pink head on a pure red body (a bit on the darker side).
S- Huge raspberry aroma! Smells like pure fresh raspberries crushed up. Maybe just a hint of caramel.
T- Really strong raspberries. Sweet and tart with some sour ones too. Really all over the board with the different flavors of raspberries. Some fresh raspberry juice comes through. Some warmth from alcohol and alcohol tickles the tongue too. Just a hint of caramel makes it through in this. Other than that it is a concentrated raspberry flavor.
M- Medium/full body with low/medium carbonation. I think a bit lower on the carbonation would be better.
D- It is a great beer if you love strong raspberry flavors. Not a style I would usually spend $15 on but I am glad I tried it. Probably not one I would get again. Nice beer to watch a rugby game with!

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.3% alc per label.Poured into a oversized wine glass a full rich raspberry red with a hint of brown to it a lacy pink colored head atop,wow big tart raspberry aromas a bit of sweet alcohol and toast as well.Tastes like the raspberries off the bush I used to eat when running around the woods of central MI as a kid very tart with just a bit of sweetness but the tartness really is the show,there is a toasty backbone and a sticky sweet aftertaste and mouthfeel making it more that just tart raspberries on the palate.The best fruit beer of any kind I have had I had Rubeus over the summer and this is a double version of that,kick ass beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a dense crimson and purple with a small head of pink foam that fades into a mild film and collar. Scattered spots are left around the glass.
Smell is of rich raspberry sorbet, mixed berry yogurt, & tropical fruit esters.
Taste is of a rich, complex raspberry smoothie with lip smacking, creamy goodness. Wow.
Mouthfeel is like a sweet tart filled with fruity jam. It tickles the front of the tongue upon the sip and hits the rear of the tongue with verocity. Full bodied, rich, chewy, yeasty, and chocked full of berries.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was about $16 at The Keg in Clarksville, Indiana. Pours a slightly hazed garnet body with a small and soapy pink head. A few flecks of lace are left on the goblet. Aroma is earthy yeasty mushrooms and lots of raspberries. Taste mirrors the aroma, with lots of tart raspberries and some earthy yeast. Alcohol is miraculously hidden except for a slight warmth. Very drinkable for such a large fruit beer.

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Photo of bosco7
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's outside Philadelphia.

Served in a snifter-pours a slightly burnt rose color. Head is minimal and dissipates quickly.

Smells like raspberries. Can't detect any malt aroma. Pleasant but I would have like to smell something other than raspberries.

No surprises in the taste- raspberries dominate. Tart and very thirst quenching. Not hugely complex but pleasant. Reminds me of a Jones Soda (which are tasty).

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and soda like carbonation. Good beer but I would like to have seen some malt presence to counter the fruit.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a light pink foamy head of about one finger in depth, and it quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and there is a small amount of spotty lacing. Body is a purpled tinted red, looks like cranberry juice.

Smell - raspberries, and a hint of saltine crackers. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste - like the smell. Tart raspberries, with a hint of saltine crackers. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and tart.

Drinkability - this is very good ale. Its high abv alone limits sessionability, but the taste is more of sipper than a session beer anyway. It is something to enjoy with dinner or dessert.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my living room watching Saint Ralph. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Served a reddish light brown with a pink head.

Smell: Very raspberry.

Taste: Pretty tart and pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy.

Drinkability: Pretty good fruit beer.

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

Dennis: After having Devil Dancer, both of our opinions of Founders have been pretty high. That's part of why we were willing to pay so much for this beer, and I'm happy to say that it's pretty darn impressive. The beer itself pours a deep red that almost makes it look like a dye, with a quickly dissipating head...the beer almost appears flat to the eye. Taste however, shows that the carbonation was just hiding as tiny bubbles really make their presence known. Of course the real star here is Raspberry....strong, tart, alcohol hiding raspberries. You'd never know this has 12.3% at all, you'd just think it's a pretty tangy wine cooler. Before you know it, you'll be done and wishing there was more.
Jen: Do we usually pay this much for a beer? No! Would I buy this again...without even blinking!. It pours out a nice deep magenta color with little foam. All I can smell is raspberries. First taste is quite amazing. It has a nice medium body with small bubbles. The ending is of tart raspberries that makes the alcohol virtually disappear. I wouldn't even think there was alcohol in it, except that equivalent to a wine cooler. I both want to savour this and drink it in one big gulp...can't wait to have it again. I would recommend this to anyone, even non-beer drinkers!

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Photo of WesWes
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful raspberry aroma that is tart and almost lambic like. The taste is perfect. It has a smooth and refreshing raspberry taste that goes down so easy and finishes tart. It's refreshing even at 12.3%. That's quite a feat. This is what I was hoping Fort would taste like. These guys have a winner here. There is such a tremendous raspberry presence. This may be the best fruit beer ever. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I wish I could get my hands on more of this; a kick ass beer and great drinker.

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

This beer is absolutely phenomenal. I had it on tap at capones in Norristown.

Appearance: Served a reddish light brown with an almost pick head and nice lace in my 6 once snifter.

Smell: Wow. The Raspberry really jumps right up out of the glass. It is quite fruity and a bit like a wine, with prominent but not aggressive alcohol attribute.

Taste: Just like the aroma. This beer comes close to the Framboise line with out the acidity. It is gorgeously tart but remains a fruit beer with it heavy heavy raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy with light carbonation and a full almost slick warm body.

Drinkability: I love raspberry and I love the tart beers. This one really struck a chord with me. Reubaues on steroids!! Go for it man.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Capone's last night.

Came to me in a small snifter. It was a murky reddish-brown color with only a thin ring for a head. The head was much better on the one poured from a bottle.

The aroma was of fresh raspberries, candied sugar, and yeast. The raspberry smell wasn't over powering at all, though it was strong.

The flavor was pretty much the same as the aroma. Fresh raspberries dominate, with some doughy earthy yeast, a little nuttiness, and some alcohol.

Felt very bubbly in the mouth. Nice medium body. Tart aftertaste. This one was enjoyable for me, and I am not a huge fruity beer type of guy.

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Photo of rattech
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A small head forms when poured into a goblet. The color is a very deep burgundy, almost black. It almost looks like it is a sparkling red wine. For a high alcohol fruit beer, it looks very nice. 4.5/5

Smell: Raspberry jam is the dominant smell. I get a bit of yeast and alcohol, not as much of an alcohol smell as I would expect. It smells like a less tart lambic. The smell is fairly mild considering the alcohol percent.

Taste: Initial taste is very tart, much more then I expected it to be. The raspberry is there, but the sourness keeps the usual raspberry sweetness in check. I don't really taste the malt, but I can tell it is there in the background; the beer has a lot of body for the sour-dry taste. The alcohol is detectable in the background, but for a 12.3% alcohol brew it is hidden phenomenally well. As it warms up, the strong acidity/sourness mellows and you can begin to taste the sweetness and malt.

Mouthfeel: luscious, light carbonation, I like it.

Drinkability: For the alcohol percent, wow. The acidity is a bit much for me (although right now I am feeling especially acid sensitive, so I am going to disregard the acidity), and the price is quite high. I will buy it again.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottle says 12.3% ABV
A- This beer has a reddish-brown body with a deep red glow shining through the base. There is a thick pinkish white head that forms a creamy meniscus that last and last. There is a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but it is a bit to dense to see carbonation in the middle.

S- The fresh smell of raspberries floats out during the pour with a sweet dark sugar note in the background. There are notes of raspberry tea and a light green leaf note at the finish.

T- The taste of fresh from the vine raspberries are tart and juicy with a sweet spun sugar note in to follow. There is a note of cream and a faint hint of circus peanuts and a soft hint of cola. The tartness of raspberries lingers on after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a soft pucker in the finish.

D- This beer is all about the big and wonderful taste of raspberries with some nice sweet and sugary notes that support the tartness. It drinks very smooth for a beer for this much alcohol. The Belgian yeast adds some nice subtle flavors that enhance the sweetness and give it some nice depth.

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Photo of Wildman
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark amber color and formed a small off white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and strong raspberry as well. The flavor was of malt, raspberry and maybe a hint of anise. The body is medium light, yet slightly creamy. The finish is tart, yet a touch sweet with the influence of the raspberry quite apparent. The warming effect of the alcohol is present, but is hidden fairly well, otherwise. Not much for fruit styles, but this one is done very well.

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

Shared growler from the brewpub. Pours a pinkish ruby color with a medium and fluffy white head with decent retention. Strong tart raspberry aroma with touches of citrus. Medium-bodied and fizzy with a very strong raspberry flavor that mellows pretty quickly. Unlike most tart raspberry beers, this one becomes easier to drink with time, which is probably due to the maltyness. The higher than usual ABV is well-hidden too. The finish is tart raspberry at first but finishes like sweet toffee. One of the best Fruit Beers I have tried.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a snifter. The liquid is red and have a sparkling wine type carbonation, not like beer. The Head is small and light no lace or retention.

The smell is good and quite interesting. Lots of Real raspberry and alcohol.

The taste follows and is quite nice indeed. Lots of raspberry taste, and seemingly tart cherry as well

The mouthfeel is light and airy. the carbonation feel is also nice.

The drinkability os very good. Yes it could be a chick drink but hey it's summer time hot and sticky and this seems to hit the spot just right.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of HopHobo
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just had this beer the other day at the Brewery in Grand Rapids. This is one exceptional beer! Labeled as a Belgian Trippel fermented with raspberries and the ABV is 12.3%. Kind of a champagne type mouth feel with huge amounts of raspberry aroma and taste. You would never know that this beer is as high in ABV as it is indicated because is it is dangerously smooth going down. It would be easy to call this a "chick beer" because of the flavor, but I would venture to guess that even the biggest of beer drinkers would have a short night after a couple of glasses of this beer. That being said this beer is my wifes favorite and it is simply delicious for a fruit beer. I'm still much more of a KBS fan, but this is a nice touch to drink on occasion.

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Photo of marksto
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dave Engbers from the brewery for pulling out a sample of this beer this afternoon at a Founder's tasting event at Kahn's Carmel - reportedly the first time tasted in Indiana.

A real gem. Served in a wine glass, pours a garnet red and displays a huge, intense raspbeery nose. The aroma is definitive and noticible long before you hold it to your nose. Elements of sourness and what seemes to be to be a brett character - kind of funky and barnyard like - underly as well. Really nice.

Flavor is a huge dose of raspberry and tangy malt. Very wine-like, with sour, malt, alcohol, and light a earthy-tart character. Reminds me very much of the famous New Glarus Belgian Red wih raspberry instead of cherry.

I'm not generally a big fruit beer fan, but this one is no ordinary fruit beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of ToggleEyes
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That's right, this serving was from the bottle. I just got my hands on a limmited 22 oz bottle. This red passion poured with a fizzy head that was gone in an instant. The smell was like sweet frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate you get at the grocerie store. Very tart, no alcohol phenols smell present. Mouthfeel is crisp, fizzy but thick. Taste is great. Big raspberry up front with a little dry almond after taste. Drinkability is outstanding, you could easily go through a 22oz'er yourself. I think I just might do that.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Founders 2/2/07. Listed as 10.3% abv on the chalkboard. Thanks to Leslie for the assist!

A: Served the color of pure cranberry juice. Light pink colored, 1/2 finger head. Nice and hazy.

S: Aromas of pure fresh raspberries with a faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Sweet and, at the same time, tart raspberry with a solid malt backbone. Very simple and clean.

M: Tart and prickly, effervescent, sweet and smooth without the slightest hint of syrup.

D: This is criminally drinkable. it goes down so smooth and easy. The alcohol is virtually nonexistant. I can't figure out how or where they hid it! It's like drinking a 3.5-4% lambic. Amazing!

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this recently on tap at TPH.

This was a really good representation of this style. Far superior to the Rubeaus.

Very clean pour with an excellent rose colored head. Very sweet beer. This may sound stupid but this reminded me of my childhood and I kept remembering back to that foamy jello stuff (I don't remeber what it was called) . Perfect amount of carbination. Overall yet another great job by Founders.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ruby to blood in color with a bubble gum pink head that builds to a finger and then recedes to nothing quickly. Aroma is a mix of sweet raspberry puree along with a lemony tartness. Taste is much the same, like a not quite ripe, tart raspberry, there is some raspberry sweetness underneath that slides across the back of the tongue, but the tartness is dominant. Carbonation at first is a bit sparkling with a crisp effervescence, this dies down as it warms but there is still a bite at the back of the throat. Reminds me very much of another tart raspberry beer except for the alcohol content. The alcohol on the chalkboard at the pub stated 10.3 and it is almost non-evident, very well hidden/balanced. This is definitely not one I can do many of both because of its strength and its strong fruit flavors, but it captures the essence of raspberries very well and was a nice festive one to have after belgian waffles this holiday morning.

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

tried this at the 11th annual indian brewers festival (glad that the guys from grand rapids, michigan came out)

served in a 5oz sample cup
fresh raspberry aromas echoing from a bright ruby red brew (similar in appearance to Lindiman's framboise)
great mouthfeel with that refeshingly carbonated zest and the raspberry flavors zinging around
a slightly high ABV, but you really can't tell

a great desert beer
can't wait to try it over ice cream

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Amazing brew. Poured out to a deep ruby color with medium low carbonation. Aroma of raspberries and malt. Very appealing. Flavors of complex berries, malt, a hint of grain and husk. Nice. Mouthfeel was thicker than most other fruit beers, but wasn't at all syrupy or overly dense. Drinkability is pretty good consitering the rather high ABV. This is what we'd get if Rübæus was put on steroids. Recommended.

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