Founders Blushing Monk | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk
BA SCORE
4.19/5
2,299 Ratings
Founders Blushing MonkFounders Blushing Monk
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
Ranking:
#1,140
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
2,299
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
538
Gots:
863
Trade:
76
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Ratings: 2,299 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale red, semi-opaque. Looks pretty much the same, color-wise, as Rübæus, only much more effervescent.

Smells delectable. Th-that's not a word I use too often, but it fits here: the aroma is a combination of fresh, processed, and candied berries, drawing the tartness of the first, the earthen sweetness of the second, and the mellowed sugar of the third. An excellent aroma that rivals Raspberry Tart and Serendipity.

Unfortunately, the taste falls a bit flat. Not at first, however--served cold and drank quickly, it seems almost parallel New Glarus' offerings: tart yeasty raspberries up front, mellow Fruit Roll Ups in the middle, and chewy yeast finishing it off.

But then a few sips later, in creeps the alcohol. The yeast becomes astringent and sharp, and this throws the balance off so much that the front gets too sweet, begins tasting ersatz. What starts off as a world-class fruit beer becomes almost hard to get through.

Served as a cordial, this would be divine. As a beer, it's uneven--perhaps it was foolish of me to try to drink so much all by myself.

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Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. (750 ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2015
Served in a tulip

Beautiful appearance. The crystal clear, ruby colored liquid was topped by a bubbly, one-finger tall, light pink crown that quickly dropped to a bubbly mass. Patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was somewhat odd. Super sweet, strawberry and raspberry notes dominated. I would probably peg this more for a strawberry flavored beer. Strawberry and raspberry jam-like notes (or possibly hard candies) came to mind. Quite sweet. There was an unusual, plastic-like note as well, but it dissipated as the beer warmed. The raspberry become stronger and more pure as the beer sat.

The flavor was more intense than the nose but not very good. Again, raspberry came through strong. Lots of cherry as well. The fruity notes were cloying and, combined with a bit of earthy hop bitterness, tasted a lot like cherry cough syrup. There was a crisp yeasty quality as well. Tart on the back end and the finish. Hint of lemony sourness. Medicinal notes lingered after the swallow. On a positive note, the alcohol was extremely well buried.

The mouthfeel was super thick and syrupy. Almost sticky. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy, zippy effervescence that gave the beer a nice fluffiness on the palate.

I tend to like sweet and intense, fruit-forward beers, but Blushing Monk came across as a cloyingly and somewhat artificial, mixed berry flavored mess. This beer has nothing on New Glarus's Raspberry Tart.

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

Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

***

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JFresh21
2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
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 +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yoitsarch
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farinag16447
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ldhughes3
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benesi88
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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 -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of spark3148857
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgrunin
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Blushing Monk from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,299 ratings
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