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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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Reviews: 601 | Ratings: 2,235
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 BrewUSA
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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Photo of RockAZ
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been disappointed by too many raspberry ales lately but this delivers. Pungent berry, nice mouthfeel that is very very refreshing. Brilliant ice cold but warms up to exude even more raspberry notes. Subtle use of yeast and it hides that 9.2% abv well. Excellent all round, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for that raspberry bite - but this is not a sour!

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A little backstory - I opened this on a whim while cooking Bigos (Polish stew consiting of a butt-ton of pork, sausages, and venison) because I needed a cup of "wine or cider", thinking this might do the trick. I poured it into a hefeweizen glass, and took a sip.

"Nectar of the gods" came out of my mouth involuntarily, and I RUSHED to my computer to write a proper review.

Pours a deep, vibrant cherrywood-red with overwhelming and intoxicating aromas of fresh-picked raspberries and toasted butter cookies. The head is thin, and the EXACT same shade of pink as Hello Kitty's dress.

As for flavor, this is a thermonuclear raspberry detonation - followed by soothing, rolling notes of butter, biscuits, cranberry juice, a tiny tinge of herbal hops reminiscent of marjoram, and finished by a high note of creamy, pure alcohol burn much like you'd get in a quality herbal vodka. The aftertaste doesn't linger for long, but tastes like a giant mouthful of cold raspberries and makes me want to almost *chug* this magic potion.

Overall, this is straight up the tastiest beer I have ever had in my life - Period! I'm definitely going to use it in the stew, since I shouldn't kill a whole bomber by myself, and will update this review with a pairing analysis.

UPDATE: In Bigos, this is absolutely incredible - the tart, sugary raspberry notes meld into the charred, gamey meat to hit every single major taste bud note known to man. A bite of the stuff, followed by a sip of this beer straight from the fridge, was stupidly amazing - it makes the stew's gamey notes (especially the fresh pork) surge through my entire face, and the stew brings out the cordial-like alcohol burn that I love so much. Best pairing EVER.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a bright ruby red with a two-finger pink head. The head leaves a light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberries and maybe a light yeastiness.

T - The taste follows the aroma with juicy tart raspberries throughout. The raspberries produce a nice balance of sweet and tart.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy. Dry finish.

O - I'm really glad Founders brought this back. The flavors are a beautiful balance of sweet and tart. Delicious.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. It really does drink like a beefed-up rubaeus, a bit more tart, the Belgian yeast gives it significantly more body & the carbonation is pretty low. ABV is masked quite well, which adds to the drinkability of this brew. Really nice!

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

World of Beer Easton, draft poured into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

As the description implies, it's sort of an imperial Rubaeus. Light, fruity and full of raspberry flavor. Goes down pretty smoothly and the alcohol is barely noticeable, which could be trouble for 9.2% ABV beer...If you like raspberries or fruit beer then "yes", if not, then "no".

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a reddish color with a bubbly head and only slight lacing. Strong aroma of raspberries and fruits. Taste is of raspberry on steroids and for me that's not a bad thing. Crisp and carbonated with a clean feel. Overall, Blushing Monk was a highly enjoyable fruit beer that hit the spot, though, it may not be liked by all.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Said the same about flying fish exit 3, beautiful blend of fruit and body, hard to taste the high abv. Not overly sweet, but great body and taste. Had it on draft and loved it. Then again, founders always comes through.

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

Poured cold into a tulip glass; 2015 vintage drank shortly after release.
Look = 5.0 Pours a deep ruby red with 4 fingers of thick red-tinted head; great lace and retention. Great color and look.
Aroma = 4.0 Raspberry pours out, mild spice Belgian notes and a little hint of alcohol and a touch of funk.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet, juicy raspberry is the prominent flavor with a tart finish. Alcohol is present in the finish too, provides a light burn.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium carbonation; syrupy and sticky. Coats the mouth.
Drinkability = 3.5 High ABV, sweet flavor profile and alcohol flavor all hurts drinkability.
Overall = 4.1 This is a tough one to rate. It’s different and comes with a big reputation. I was underwhelmed though; the boozy level surprised me. Hear it gets better with age. Great looking beer though.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ever take a Gose and amp it up a notch or two? That's what happened to me when I had this last night when I ordered this at the Cloverleaf Tavern. Loved it but boy, was it strong and intense and almost didn't fit the category of Fruit/Vegetable beer. I did enjoy this but it took a while to get down and there weren't as many nuances to this as I would have liked, in addition.

Had this served in a snifter glass which allowed the gorgeous red hue to shine, but there wasn't a lot of light head to this. Tons of raspberries from start to finish but not a syrupy feel to them like Chambord. Slick mouthfeel with a dry finish that let the yeast show through once the tarntness faded away. Reminded me of champagne because of how it hit the palate, even though I couldn't see a lot of carbonation in this. Strong, one-dimensional, and appropriate for the season was what this turned out to be.

While not something to be enjoyed quickly, it didn't take a while to finish this off but the potency of it kept me from ordering another. Like the Southern Tier Creme Brulee, this was something that you'd probably love or hate because of how intense and straightforward it was. More of the self-described "Imperial Rubaeus" a typical Fruit/Vegetable beer, it almost came across like a Lambic on another level. Drink this if you want to kiss winter goodbye and never look back!

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Photo of sgulner
2.45/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, I understand its made with crazy amount of raspberries, but that's all I get. From the nose, to the taste, to the overall. So one note its sad. Give me more funk, or tart, or SOMETHING. Not my cup of tea...

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Photo of do_ob
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle split between two Sam Adams glasses. Pours cherry red with a frothy, 2 finger pink head of foam. Smells like..raspberries! Also some subtle notes of green apples and bananas. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. Almost puts me in mind of a champaign, only much heavier. Lots of tart fruit up front, mainly raspberries. Finishes dry with a slight alcohol presence on the aftertaste.

There's not really a whole lot to say about this beer. If you like raspberries, or are a fan of red wine, this will be right up your alley. My wife, who isn't too crazy about many beers but likes wine, loved this. I'm on the fence. It's pretty tasty, admittedly, just not much like any beer I've ever had. I'll probably buy another bottle to save for a special occassion, but this isn't something I'd buy, or even drink, on a regular basis.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle split between a pair of large snifters. 2015 bottle with no dates or codes that I can see.

Pours dark pink/ruby, pretty clear, with a medium light pink head. I have to admit, I don't find pink beer attractive. It makes me think of Bud Light Chelada. Smell is super raspberry. Very slight yeast. Not much else. So if you like raspberries...yes, it smells good.

Taste is sweet, balanced with tart -- quite tart -- and very raspberry. It's actually quite tasty. If you like raspberries. There is an element of unreality to it -- and it doesn't taste much like a beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and nice. Overall -- tasty beverage.

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