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
Ranking:
#1,166
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
2,304
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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540
Gots:
863
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Ratings: 2,304 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of jcflorian
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of avas
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggtriksta
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Timc32
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle, I'll get another one to cellar. Ruddy red-brown pour with just a ring of off-white left. Aroma is raspberry and raspberries. Mouth-watering. Flavor is just delicious with raspberry dominating a just-sweet-enough tangy and slightly tart. Really smooth, no trace of booze, and not cloying. One of the best fruit beers I've tried. Shame on me for passing it by so many times without trying.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 2015 release. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark red and translucent with a fluffy pink head that fades quickly. Low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Raspberries and raspberry juice. And that's about it.

T: Raspberries up front, with a cranberry juice-type tartness and dryness. Some lactic tart and just a mild bit of funk. Finishes with more raspberry juiciness and tart dryness.

M: A fairly light body, with low alcohol presence and fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: A decent beer. I never got to have the original. I'm not sure if this is legitimately inferior, or if this suffers from other beers catching up. It's not as crazy juicy as the New Glarus raspberry, nor as funky and complex as most fruited lambics. It's certainly not bad, but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josephwa
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A color presentation in the red, pink, purple and brown vein, this one drops a very thin off white 1/6" head that vanishes quickly. Rocks the nose with raspberry.

Comes in more impressive than rubaeus, drops way more raspberry, hides the alcohol decently. Not overly sweet. But at the same time, lacks so much of the other ingredients of beer to make it more beer centric instead of like fruit juice. Carbonation is ample, but not excessive. Expensive format. Its good for summertime around noon drinking and stuff. But I wouldn't want to pound one all to myself, really about 4-6 oz of this is the right amount on a hot day. Would not bang again at this price point though.

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Photo of ellswrth
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Mateo2699
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brown, reddish hue with an off white nearly pink colored head. Great lacing. Aroma is raspberry purée, a touch of grassiness and a Belgian like yeastiness. Interesting nectarine/honey as it warms. Sweet raspberry flavor, nearly cloyingly sweet. The tartness balances this out. Nectarine, honey in the back end. Mouthfeel is slightly tangy, finishes a little dry.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tharper178
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RAFH
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treycotton
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Early 2015 vintage; drank on draft 4/1/15 @ Fischmans.

Semi-opaque red/purple appearance.

Minimal off-white head; no lace.

Sweet raspberry & grape nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Strawberry & grape juice flavors up front; a hint of booze heat on the finish. Honeyed grains emerged as this warmed. Nice & flavorful, if a bit too sweet.

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Photo of fern22
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coz
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,304 ratings
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