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 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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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Mahogany with a pinkish head that disappeared pretty fast, no lacing, moderate carbonation, cloudy.

A: Raspberry tartness, Belgian yeast, some alcohol, really pungent raspberry tartness.

T: Raspberries, lots of raspberries, hint of the Belgian yeast, finishes tart, alcohol is noticeable at the end, tastes great.

M: Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation.

O: Outstanding, I like this, raspberry tartness up front, nice Belgian yeast flavor, finishes with a lingering raspberry tart flavor, balanced, the addition of Belgian yeast makes this a little different than other fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Red-pink-brown, no head, and no carbonation- strange, but pretty.

S: Truthful, real raspberry, detectable sweetness.

T: Ditto. There isn't even a trace of 'beer' character here- nothing wheaty, hoppy, yeasty, malty, boozy, nothing. If you like fruit juice...

F: Thankfully not syrupy, but still sugary/medium bodied. No gritty teeth either.

O: They wanted it fruity, and they made it fruity- but not artificially, so kudos. Barely recognizable as beer, but thankfully it wasn't cloyingly sweet either. A good test to see if you really like fruity beers- this is the motherload.

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Photo of jgido759
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fruity Summer beer. Hides the ABV very well. However, it tasted too much like a raspberry soda (very sweet) to then point that if I didn't know from reading the bottle, I wouldn't know I was drinking a beer.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours Cloudy ruby red color with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, Belgian yeast esters, distinct tartness.

Taste: Very strong tart raspberry flavor up front which lingers throughout. Some hints of yeast and bready malt on the finish, but the raspberries really dominate. Overall very well done, doesn't come off artificial at all, which tends to be the Achilles heel of most fruit beers. Very sweet however, and I would imagine it would be difficult taking down an entire bottle of this alone.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied. Tartness keeps it light enough on the palate despite a lot of sweetness. Well done.

Overall: Well done, a good dessert beer. Again, I wouldn't advise opening a bottle by yourself...very sweet.

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Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great after dinner beer, provided you have at least a party of four to split the bomber. Sweetness is too cloying to have more than 5 or 6 oz.

Belgian yeast aromas are very much in the background when you've got the quantity of raspberry going on in this beer. Lacks the tartness of rubaeus but that's ok for a beer of this gravity.

This beer is worth trying if nothing else for the novelty of having a high ABV raspberry soda beer. Fruit flavors are legit, no chemical aftertaste of artificial flavorings here.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blushing Monk

Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

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Photo of HankSingle
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a delightful beer. This was so much better than I had been hoping for when I ponied up the cash to give it a shot - this stuff is extremely expensive, 17.50!

Totally thrilled by the faint hint of sour that runs throughout - raspberry can be dauntingly sweet, but here it comes in at the edges and the back; this has deep, nourishing flavor all around, but drinks like a light-to-medium belgian - I went *way* too fast, as did my partner, and we got a little messed up. Terrifically serious beer, for all the love raspberry. I highly recommend it, even if the price pretty much relegates it to 'treat yo'self' moments.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice change of pace from especially with the hotter weather coming. I don't normally enjoy Belgians nor fruit beers but this was refreshing without being over the top. Alcohol well hidden for a 9% beer

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this beer ? I guess technically it is beer but it reminds me more of an old Bartles & James wine cooler. I personally didn't enjoy this offering. Too sweet and syrupy for my liking and like most Founders beers in my opinion Blushing Monk is over hyped as well. Pours a gorgeous glowing ruby color with a fantastic raspberry aroma but after that . . . Nothing else appealing to me.

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

On tap

A- pours a deep ruby red color with a small sudsy white head that reduces almost completely leaving just a ring behind

S- Aroma of pure raspberry jam, fresh squeezed raspberries, just pure raspberry all around

T- tart raspberry up front eventually gives way to sweet raspberry marmalade, the sweetness continues to the finish with more fresh raspberry on the linger

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly chewy finish

O- a pure showcase of raspberry, remarkably drinkable for the abv

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

Pours a beautiful dark ruby red body, head is a pale pink and 1/8th of an inch. Head retention was bad and so was lacing.

Smells like sweet tart raspberries, slight medicinal alcohol aroma. No hops present, mostly just sugar and fruit.

Taste is big on sweet, slightly tart raspberries. Syrupy sweet malt is also present, doing a good job of covering up the 9 percent abv. Hops weren't present, and didn't really get much Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation levels are average for a Belgian style beer. Head died immediately, which was a big detractor.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer, just too sweet to really enjoy it. There wasn't much head presence either which was unfortunate. Like the style, Love the brewery but this beer was too one noted.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle. Dark pinkish red body. Sweet fruity aroma. Lots of raspberry taste, but cut with a good amount of sweetness. Similar to New Glarus fruit beers, just sweeter.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Glass Nickel for GCBW 2015. It was a pleasure to have this in the context of the barrel aged CBW event in the buzz of the hot and crowded basement of Glass Nickel for the barrel-aged Founders event. (Had it next to Sweet Repute.) You don't think you ever knew this was barrel aged. Is this really 12%+?

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Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
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