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
Ratings:
2,293
Reviews:
618
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.87%
 
 
Wants:
539
Gots:
862
For Trade:
76
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Ratings: 2,293 |  Reviews: 618
Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red color, capped with a couple fingers of pink foam. Head retention is pretty good, while lacing is limited and spotty. Aroma is dominated by the fruit. Hints of Belgian yeast character come through. Bright, malty, and fruity - it smells pretty tasty.

And tasty it is, though the flavor doesn't "pop" like the aroma does. It's sweet, but there's a nice tartness that keeps it from becoming cloyingly sweet. The fruit and malt notes blend into each other. Finish is a bit dull and uneventful. Probably the best aspect is the mouthfeel, which is silky smooth yet still well-carbonated.

"Imperial Rubaeus" sums up Blushing Monk pretty nicely. A really great fruit beer - there's no style that Founders doesn't do well.

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Photo of huevos-de-oro
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red brew, topped with a lightly pink creamy head, with good production and retention.

Raspberries, syrup, and a touch of rustic, grainy, farmyard hay on the nose.

Flavor is a mellow ale blend, heavily featuring raspberries, of course. The higher ABV translates to a thick malty sweetness.

Incredibly drinkable; just slightly tart, without any puckering sourness, and the ABV is unnoticeable.

This is a really good beer, without exactly being a lambic - but close in many ways.

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Update: my original ratings are from a fresh bottle. After enjoying a bottle aged 2 years, I have the following additional thoughts to offer.

Age has not exactly harmed this beer, but I can't say it has improved it, either. The raspberries have faded a touch, and the yeast has increased the dull rustic aspect a touch. It hasn't developed in dramatic directions, nor is it the slightest bit oxidized. Final verdict: this is a beer you can age without worry, but don't expect it to improve the overall experience.

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

Photo of JFresh21
2.99/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Found this to be overly sweet and one dimensional. Its a raspberry bomb. I would like some more complexity. I won't be buying again at 16.99 a bot.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yoitsarch
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farinag16447
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ldhughes3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benesi88
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a Belgium or a fruit guy, but thought this was awesome..but too expensive. Going to try yhe rubeus.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rojapa
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spark3148857
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgrunin
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Meyers1023
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BHansen214
2/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Raspberry wine with more raspberries than one can imagine. Not my thing, I don't care for wine and hated this. Luckily my wife loved it. No false advertising here, tastes exactly like what they describe.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from draft at Firkin on March 27, 2015.

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Photo of kwm5067
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shy5
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,293 ratings.
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