Founders Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk

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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a stemmed chalice glass.

Appearance: A one finger pink head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Very dominant aroma with bready, pale malts, and slight booze.

Taste: Raspberries dominate the flavor. Nice malt bill, slight booze, tart, and pucker notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little dry, raspberry sweetness, medium carbonation, tart, and pucker.

Overall: This beer is definitely a sipper due to the raspberry dominance and sweetness. Sharing a bottle next time around.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark reddish purple color with a nice off white head. Very little retention and spotted lacing. Smell is raspberry wineish, some booze present. Taste is the same, way too sweet. Feel is light with good carbonation and booze is definitely apparently. Overall not for me at all. Pass.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Brewing tap takeover at Fireworks in Leesburg on 11/17/15. Cherry in color, almost no head. Overpowering raspberry aromas, smooth on the tongue, no tarrness, very sweet. Can't drink a ton at one sitting but great in small pours

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Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark ruby red with a frothy deep magenta pink head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Sweet raspberry juice, faint citrus and spice, maybe a little honey.

T: Tons of sweet raspberry juice, faint spice, a bit tart, maybe a little honey, with a touch of alcohol than can come out as it warms.

M: A bit on the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: The first few sips are fantastic, but after a while it just turns into sneaky dangerous raspberry juice. I wish there was something else there, more malt or Belgian yeast presence to counter all the raspberry. I'm glad I got to try it on tap because I can't say I'd shell out the big $ for a full bomber.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founder's Blushing Monk, Belgian style ale brewed with raspberries. 9.2% ABV.

A: Rich plum in the glass, with pale pink in the dimple, and pinkish cream colored head. Tons of tiny bubbles slowly cascade down the side, until the lacing forms, thinly.

S: Raspberry doughnut filling, with light sweet dough backing.

T/MF: Raspberry, with a deep, dark malt backing. Seems dry at first, compared to the aroma, but it's actually fairly sweet. That seems to be from a strong raspberry seed influence on the beer.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass

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Photo of RickS95
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not the most attractive beer, but for the style it works. It leaves the bottle with a maroon color, but cloudier than I remember Rubaeus being. As it warms and settles a bit, a brownish hue begins to present. The head is white, not large, and fleeting...non-descript.

Smells like what I imagine raspberry wine would smell like. Again, not a fan, but what else should it smell like?

It tastes like tart raspberries mixed with a splash of vinegar. Reminds me of a few krieks I've poured down the drain.

Extreme tartness. There is an initial sweetness before the tart explosion, but mixed with the high carbonation (why is the head so lame with such carbonation), the tartness is almost overpowering. Lurking in the background is that 9.2% ABV creating s bit of heat.

I like raspberries, but this is too much raspberry. I appreciate the high alcohol, hopefully it helps me with all 22 ounces.

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

My wife likened Blushing Monk to a raspberry soda with some alcohol mixed in. I tend to agree with that description.
I found Blushing Monk to be a little too think and syrupy.

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Photo of brian_white
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a beautiful raspberry red, little bit of a white head

Smells- fresh crushed raspberry, little medicinal character

Taste- a little too much "cough medicine" quality for my taste. warm alcohol flavor.

Feel- nice carbonation

Overall- a little too sweet and cough syrupy for me

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Photo of markcp
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gorgeous looking--clear, dark ruby red with minimal white head. Smell is dominated by raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries with some bready malt on the finish and a little alcohol burn. Tastes more like raspberry syrup than fresh raspberries. The sweetness is overwhelming, and, unlike New Glarus's fruit beers, this is kind of heavy and oppressive to boot.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour enjoyed at Founders brewpub in GR. This is a big jammy fruit beer with the Belgian yeast to add some musty backend. Pours an inviting ruby red with little to no carbonation visible. The feel is thick and reminds me of a raspberry coulis. Excellent

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Photo of craftcraver
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: red rose color with a finger width head showing a nice pink hue.

S: Straight raspberries with noticeable sweetness.

T: Wow. The fact that added 4x the amount of raspberries to this beer than the rubaeus is evident. There is no mistaking the taste of fresh raspberries and although its impressive, this beer kind of lacks any further complexity.

F: Thick and syrupy with a minimal amount of carbonation.

O: The first few sips were intriguing and the ability to nail the fresh raspberry taste was impressive, but before I was half way through my 8oz pour I was overwhelmed with the sweetness and was looking for more complexity. If I were to have paired this with a fudge brownie, I think the experience would be fantastic, as I drank it by itself, I found it to be an above average fruit beer.

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Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: The body of this beer has a nice, rich raspberry color. The head is the color of the label, very reactive to the pour, very fine, and almost creamy. After a few minutes, there is a broken film over the top, and a nice halo around the glass. Clingy broken dots for lacing.
Smell: Faint raspberry and sweetness.
Taste: Fluffy, rich taste of raspberry. The Belgian aspect of this beer provides just enough of an influence to make this beer a nice cross-breed. Nice amount of sweetness. Cleaner finish.
Feel: Somewhat sparkly, similar to Champagne, but not quite. A good amount of carbonation, nothing over the top, and not underwhelming. Nice prickly mouth feel up front, smoothness in the middle, and tackiness in the finish.

Overall - This isn't wine or champagne, but I imagine some people would not be able to tell the difference. I would identify this as part Belgian beer, part champagne (bubbly), and some wine. This would be an excellent summer time drink. This could almost replace Strawberry Boone's Farm.

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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, one finger white foam head quickly subsides, no lacings

Aroma of sweet sweet raspberries

Taste follows the aroma. Sweet raspberry over a malt base and then more raspberries

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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