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
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 2,299 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbaker67
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear deep garnet red in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pink highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy pink head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of raspberries over the top of lighter aromas of pale malts and a very light amount of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts which is quickly overtaken by strong flavors of slightly tart raspberries. There is a light to moderate amount of sweetness and a light amount of spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of alcohol towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the beer is quite enjoyable though it might pair better with a chocolate dessert vs. a main course.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kjuntura
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wellsnb
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevanb
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2015 release, poured into a Founders Doom stemmed glass.

The beer pours a deep blood red, garnet and ruby hues, hazy but with light clarity and a thick finger or so of pinkish head, nice retention and webbed lace. The aroma is pleasant, strong raspberry preserve, jammy, seedy, sweet, fresh, light funk, definitely some underlying base beer, spice and pale grain. The flavors echo the nose, huge showing of raspberry, sweet and thick, almost syrupy, not quite cloying, but definitely strong and a little overwhelming, minimal base beer, just a hint of peppercorn and musty grain, light booziness. The mouthfeel is good, thick, full bodied, coating, moderate carbonation, very gentle and smooth, lightly dry at the finish.


Verdict: A nice fruit beer from Founders, imperial rubaeus wouldn't be out of the question, a bit sweet and syrupy, heavy and very one dimensional, just plain raspberry juice. The booze starts to come through a bit which adds to the harshness, but at the end of the day, this is refreshing and enjoyable, great for an afternoon session.

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Photo of lonewolfcry
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wulfie85
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of mlhyatt
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This is a robetussin clone, and they almost naked it, buy I prefer the real stuff.

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Photo of Srkolodn
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wallbj
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ela
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brihon
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful deep burgundy, average head with an aggresive pour. Some foamy lacing. Big raspberry aroma, some spiciness, a hint of pepper. Taste follows the nose with the big raspberry taste. It's pretty sweet, but avoids being cloying. Picking up some cranberry on the back end. Very smooth, good body and feel.

This is a great beer and I hope they don't wait 5 years or whatever, to make it again. Whenever they do make it, I'll be a buyer.

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

Photo of modidia
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruity but with a heavy mouth feel..not smooth..good but not great

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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