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

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#1,264
Reviews:
622
Ratings:
2,309
pDev:
10.5%
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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

Photo of MikeWard
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 release, 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

thick brownish red body. good thick foamy head. decent lacing.

pleasing strong raspberry aroma.

on the taste, raspberries somehow manage to be a little tart, a little sour, and a little sweet. a tingly feeling. 9.2 abv is completely hidden, this could be dangerous. i'm drinking this one solo.

rolls nicely around the tongue. close to full on the mouth. the tiniest of tiny alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

overall, a most enjoyable hour long drink.

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Photo of RedNeckBeerDude
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage from awhile back. Great beer. Definitely hold onto your 2015 versions for a couple years and hopefully that vintage will be close to this one. Pours a bright redish pink and the aroma is raspberries for dayz. Taste is sweet raspberry nectar with a very thick yet not cloyingly sweet mouthfeel. I really wish I had another bottle of this one to see how it's drinking now.

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

No label information. Brewed in the style of a Belgian Golden Ale with pure raspberries added, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Re-released 2015 bottling.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a rose tan color over a mildly hazy ruby body with lively, abundant carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Rich, raspberry puree with a decadent, syrupy sweetness atop a smooth, caramelized body. Potency is high. 3.75

(Taste) Rich, raspberry puree atop a clean, silky caramel body, finishing with a refreshingly tart raspberry bite. Clean, straightforward and highly enjoyable, without approaching a cloying sweetness. Nicely rivals traditional framboise beers gracefully with well-rounded and developed raspberry flavor. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is light, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even tart and tangy to sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Far and away a superior composition and flavor profile to Rubaeus, ideally the beer I was hoping for when I sampled Rubaeus for the first time, but I am glad that this outstanding alternative is out there. Very well developed raspberry flavors with nearly equal parts sweet fruit sugars and acidic, tangy bitterness for a well-rounded flavor. Atop a clean but rich malt body, this beer comes together quite gracefully as one of the best examples of raspberry use in a beer I have ever sampled. It has been several iterations of Founders' Backstage series since one that blew me away, but re-releasing Blushing Monk was a validated reprise, and a justified purchase. I'd be much appreciative if it came around again. Fruited beers may not be everybody's forte, but as far as fruited ales go, Blushing Monk is well worth a visit as a standout example within the genre. 4

Founders Brewing Company's
2015 Blushing Monk
4.03/5.00

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Photo of sparx1100
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSiegs
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark pinkish red in color with two fingers of off white, slightly ruby head. Head fades relatively quickly but has a long lasting ring and slight film across the top. Aroma is powerful raspberry punch. Pure raspberries but fantastic, rich, and jammy. The taste follows at first, with jammy raspberries coming through. That is followed by a slight tartness and hints of grass, herbs, and funk. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Really impressed, this is excellent, although I admittedly love raspberries.

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Photo of drstalker
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish color with pinkish head. Aroma has quite natural raspberry juice notes and some sweet malt. Taste starts slightly tart and sweet, fruity, quite tasty. Overall it's a quite good fruity beer but a bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Glowing ruby that trails. 4
Raspberries! Seed, flesh, + skin. 4.25
Doughy fullness, a touch of tart, luscious jammy fruitiness, and a grassy cut. 4.5
Medium and then some, round, chewy. 3.75

A bit unctuous - needs fizz or acid to cut it. But that’s a tiny flaw in this gem of a beer. Deep, mellow, round - champion. 4.25

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Photo of tom10101
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

2015 bottle opened August 5, 2016.
Opaque reddish-brown with nice lacing and thick ring of bubbles around the edge. Head leaves a thin film on the surface as well.
The smell is almost all raspberry and is sweet and jammy. There's some Belgian yeast and brown sugar on the nose as well, plus a hint of sourness, but the raspberries definitely dominate.
Flavor is sweeter than the smell would suggest. The tart raspberries prevent it from being cloyingly sweet, but it's close.
The mouthfeel is what you would expect from such a fruity, jammy beer: it's syrupy. It suits the style, but it's hard to drink more than a few ounces of this beer.
Overall, I like the beer a lot. Founders did a great job of integrating the raspberries into it. The tartness helps to keep everything in balance through the first glass, but I feel like I may need a shot of insulin if I have a second.

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

Photo of Yarni28
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,309 ratings