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Founders Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Appears as dark as some brown ales. Half centimeter of head on pouring recedes to an outside ring.
S- Raspberry and more raspberry
T- What you smell is what you get. Raspberries with faint alcohol presence which cuts what would be a cloying sweetness. It's better than Rubaeus on that point alone. It's strong fruit flavor, but no so much it seems artificial.
F- Enough carb to make it drinkable. Not watery I'd call it medium.
O- This beer is a great beer to complement a chocolate desert. It is pricey though so it'll only be an occasional purchase. I will re-buy at some point.

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Photo of L0ne
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From backlog. 750ml bottle, May 2015.

Pours ruby red with a small white head. Tart, with lots of sweet, fruity raspberry flavor. Crisp and lip-smack inducing mouthfeel that is reminiscent of cider. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of LAp
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a Founders tasting event. This beer pours a beautiful light ruby color, with a sugary (and slightly tart) nose. Taste is a bit too sweet for my palate. Avoids the complexity and tartness of lambics and embraces a more unadulturated fruity-sweetness. On tap, had a deliciously creamy mouthfeel. A unique beer to be sure, but not one that lines up as strongly with my palate. Would almost certainly pair well with a vanilla pound cake or similar dessert. Overall a good beer, just not a style I'm in love with.

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

Bottle of 2015 Blushing Monk at Kings Table in Dayton, Ohio on September 4, 2015.

Look - Light pink to red to dark raspberry. Bubbly head. Thickest bubbles I have seen. White.

Smell - Raspberry. Grape. Faint tobacco. Raisin.

Taste - Grape juice. Raspberry. Slight "beer" taste but may as well be a cider.

Feel - Very smooth for a cider like beer. No carbonation bomb.

Overall - Good transition beer from cider.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is quite interesting. It pours a raspberry Amber color. Has aroma of tart fruit with a touch of Belgian yeast. Flavor is tart, sweet with a touch of that Belgian funky flavor. Super smooth, and overall delicious. I could drink this all the time

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Photo of justinp444
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip it has a massive 4 inch head of pink white with a dark amber red body. Smell of raspberries, earth, slight malt, some floral, and citrus. Taste is raspberries, even slighter malt, some citrus, and a bit of rosewater. It has a big crisp carbonation with a full mouth feel and a moderate to full body. A very nice beer with a bit of a lighter feel than Rubaeus but with the same raspberry taste.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling red with no head.

Smells of raspberries, malt, and slight floral bouquet.

Taste is fermented raspberry with a touch of malt - biscuit. It is very highly carbonated and lively.a nice little treat, but closer to a sparkling cider.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I should have know that if I didn't like Rübæus I wouldn't like this beer. It pours a beautiful velvet red. With little to know head. The smell is of fresh raspberries but with a slight medicinal edge. The taste is the same but more of the medicinal quality shines through and its much too sweet for my palate. It tastes artificial. Overall this beer just isn't for me.

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Photo of dbauer78
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: deep cheery red, highly carbonation, light pinkish head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing behind
S: nothing comes though other than the raspberry with a small hit of sweetness
T: sweet at fist with a dry finish very raspberry like
M: medium mouth feel with an appropriate amount of carbonation
O: super raspberry flavor and smell but not much Belgian character to it though

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Photo of Alequine
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours clear ruby ruby red color - beautiful see through giving the beer a very appealing appearance. Slight aroma of raspberries and syrup. Very light tart raspberry flavor up front which goes into a syrupy finish leaving it very difficult to drink. After three tastes the syrupy finish still remains but is slightly more bearable. Very surprised by the syrupy taste and underwhelmed by the beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap poured into a pint glass at The Beer Belly

Ruby red, no head, no lacings

Aroma of sweet sweet raspberries

Taste follows the aroma. Sweet raspberry over a malt base

Smooth , low sudsing

Nice raspberry beer. Would make a great dessert beer . Very good

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Photo of Beric
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap in a tulip
Served: 5 August 2015

Appearance: The light's in the place were pretty dim, but you could tell this one definitely had a strong reddish tint to it, though it looked slightly different than Rübæus- definitely a bit clearer, almost ruby like rather than juice like. Little to no head due to the high alcohol.

Smell: Huge raspberry notes, as you would expect, and not much else. Smells sweeter than Rübæus, less like raspberry jam and just a pinch more like a framboise lambic. No detectable malt or hop presence for clear reasons.

Taste: Much better than Rübæus- it reminds me of a tripel with a ton of raspberrys thrown in. There is a soft, round maltiness that isn't really assertive flavor wise, but there's a mouthfeel there that really rounds out the whole flavor of the beer. The raspberry flavor is not artificial at all and is at a level that I think matches the maltiness of the rest of the brew. Raspberries are a fruit with pretty dominant traits (acidity, flavor, etc.) and I think a bigger beer does them wonders.

Mouthfeel: Nice big mouthfeel carries the raspberries perfectly without letting them feel syrupy or thin. Medium-low carbonation makes this one a sipper though.

Overall: A magnificent fruit beer from Founders, and one that is rightly described as an "imperial" Rübæus, but one that is far better than it's smaller cousin.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like raspberries a lot, but this is a but much. It's too sweet and too one dimensional- raspberry raspberry raspberry. If it had a more robust yeast element, providing some other flavours, it would be better. As it is, pretty hard for me to drink much of- but a few sips are nice.

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark pink to red color with a 1-2 finger purple/pink head that faded and left good spotty lacing that slides down the glass and leaves spotty lacing.

Smells of raspberry, yeast, cherry, gummy bears, candied sugar, Swedish Fish candy, herbs, berries and malt. Sweet smelling, but not too sweet with just enough malt to balance the fruity sweetness.

Tastes like it smells with raspberry, fruit punch juicy juice, yeast, cherry, gummy bears, candied sugar, Swedish Fish candy, herbs, berries and malt. Some chalk, yeast and blueberry mix in with the other fruity flavors and tame the sweetness and give it some Belgian qualities.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, mild carbonation and a sweet fruity aftertaste. The sweetness borders on cloying but is not unbearable. Overall it was good, but a tad too sweet to have again in mass quantities. Glad I split the bottle, but it was well above average for a fruit beer and hid the ABV quite well.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is beer comprises one of the best drinking experiences that a beer lover can enjoy.

Ruby colored and simultaneously crystal clear with a fluffy pink head. But don't be deceived by the girly accessories, the nose is all raspberries with a hint of yeast funk. Mouthfeel is gorgeous, smooth and wort-thick. Flavor is unparalleled: best description is a raspberry jam filled Spanish doughnut. With as much fruit as this beer has, the real genius is the sweet malt accompaniment.

A stellar beer.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just awesome! This exceeded all of my expectations. Bright and cloudy magenta with a heavy cotton candy colored head. You can tell this bad boy is thick as you pour it out of the bottle. Super jammy and crazy(almost gelatinous) mouthfeel. Getting more of this soon!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$17.99 for a 750ml of this stuff. The bottle doesn't have a bottling date on it, but it does say 2015, and that's basically all I need anyway.

Appearance: Poured aggressively into the glass at first, but a fizzy head came up quickly. The head died within a few moments though. Blushing Monk has a ruby red copper-ish color to it with a slight haze and a little lacing. The head is a sort of bubblegum pink color. Talk about a sexy looking beer. (4/5)

Smell: Raspberries. I guess there's maybe a little bit of a Belgian quality to it, but I could be imagining that just because I know this is brewed with Belgian yeast... it's so faint that I probably wouldn't pick that up if I didn't know. There's also a bit of a malt aroma as well, but really, this just smells like fresh raspberries on top of raspberry ice cream with raspberry syrup and raspberry sprinkles on top. If you've smelled Rubaeus, you've basically smelled Blushing Monk -- Blushing Monk just has MORE raspberries and the tiniest bit of Belgian yeast. (4.5/5)

Taste/feel: Raspberries. I haven't had Rubaeus for two years now I think, but this tastes a lot like it. Right out of the fridge, this really has nothing to it other than raspberries. Once the beer warms up a little bit, the faint Belgian yeast aroma can be tasted. Blushing Monk is mostly just dominated with tart, sweet raspberries though, so expect nothing less. The feel is both good in bad. In smaller quantities, the low carbonation and almost syrupy thick texture would be great. As I'm trying to nurse a 750ml to myself (you're probably not), the beer starts to become a bit much. A little more carbonation would keep this beer from drinking so thick, and probably make it come off as less sweeter than it actually is. (4.25/5, 3.75/5)

This truthfully is an imperial version of Rubaeus, as both beers have a ton in common... so if you like or dislike one, the same can be said for the other. The most impressive part of this beer, I think, is how flawlessly Founders hid the alcohol. It's not detectable at all when fridge temperature, and only noticeable as it warms up because of a slight tongue warmth. My biggest problem with Blushing Monk is the lack of Belgian flavors. It makes sense that Founders wanted to let the raspberries shine by using accents, but it seems like they just accented an accent (does that make sense? Of course not). This is a beer well worth purchasing once, but it's so similar to Rubaeus at a higher price that I'm not sure I'd get it again, despite how good it is. As usual, Founders impresses, but at a pretty hefty price tag.


4.02/5 (-0.2% rDev)

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very well balanced with the fruity aroma and taste. I love the color on this one as well. Not too dark but the redness sticks out beautifully. I had this on tap and it's wonderful in a goblet. I'm picking up a bottle at my local store next time I see it. I'm curious what aging it 3-4 months would do to a beer like this due to it's high ABV. Just a thought.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not enough can be said for how this beer feels. Yes it's bright red, it's raspberries, it's jammy. But the mouthfeel of this is the most decadent beer I might have ever had. It feels unlike any other I've had. I sound like a moron the more I try to describe it. I'm clinging to my last bottle for a special occasion.

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Photo of WalkerHater
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like Raspberies. Smooth. Taste is almost like Framboise. . Not traditional "Belgian" ( unless you mean Lambic) but also not what I was expecting. Still a great brew

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Red coloration, Decent head

S: Fruity, Raspberry!!, flowery

T/F: Some tart berry taste, wonderful raspberry, slightly wine tasting. Medium body, decent carbonation, light feel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, very summertime. would recommend and buy again and again

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

750 ml bottle, vintage 2015. "Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries".

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful wine-like ruby red body with three big fluffy fingers of fluffy pinkish-white head. Good sticky strands of lacing. Looks luscious and inviting.

S - Fresh fruity raspberries come through beautifully. Jammy, with a touch of floral alcohol fumes.

T - Just the right amount of juicy fruity berry tartness. Tons of authentic raspberry flavor. Very juicy and fruity, with subtle wine-like notions. Definitely not spicy, with no real traditional 'Belgian style ale' flavors present. No clove, banana, etc.

M - Feel is crisp & tart. Medium-bodied, good carb, and easy-drinking for the moderate 9.20% abv.

Overall, a nice one from Founders. Not very traditional, or 'Belgian' which is fine by me. Very nice, would be curious to see how one of these ages.

Founders Blushing Monk -----4/5.

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Photo of Gear54
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a tulip glass

Beer is rich mahogany with 1/2 finger of off white foam. Foam fades quick leafing whispy lace in the glass

Smell us like a raspberry liquer or raspberry wine. Sweet fruity and floral notes in the nose as well. Belgian yeast is present but it's well masked by the raspberry aroma

Taste is exactly the nose. It's like sweet raspberry soda. Not a whole lot about the flavor profile says this is a beer. No real hops or malt characteristic. Just powerful raspberry sweetness.

Overall very sweet with medium mouth feel. Average carbonation. Close to soda far from beer. No boozyness for a high abv beer. Interesting

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Photo of jopezu
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

deep violet mahognay, light head. smells of berry fruit sweetness - almost no detectable beer notes, perhaps slight yeast. taste is a raspberry tart dominated affair almost entirely, that becomes a lingering sweet aftertaste. not artificial fruit tasting, but simply overpowering with the berries. this is a dessert beer that's probably best shared. founder's is in my top brewers and makes amazing stuff, so my lackluster score for this brew is simply indicative of my personal preferences. my wife (who isn't a beer drinker) liked it and finished the bottle. =)

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

Not so much a beer as an alcoholic raspberry sweet soda. If that is what you want, then this is a fine example. I was expecting something not so sweet and with some beer character versus a sweet soda character. So it will be satisfying if it is what you are expecting; would work very well as a dessert drink but not more than one serving at a time.

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.
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