Blushing Padre
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #32
Ranked #10,868
4.06 | pDev: 6.65%
Sep 10, 2022
Feb 01, 2020
Very Good
Notes: Formerly: Mothership Series #12: Blushing Padre

We introduced our Belgian-style raspberry ale "Blushing Monk" to a tequila barrel and wound up with what can only be described as an international love affair. Now who's Blushing?
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at founders

Pours a ruby color with a one finger link head that reduces to a ring. Smells of fresh red cherries, tequila, cherry syrup and some phenolic yeast. Tastes of slightly tart cherries up front, immediately followed by a bit of tequila. Mid palate gives some peppery yeast that adds some clove and phenolic notes. The finish gives more tart cherry and tequila. Medium body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and warming finish
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 3.56 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Founders. Poured out a clear, reddish-brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of tart raspberry, tequila and some toffee. Nice tart raspberry taste with tequila and some spiciness.
Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap. Pours dark red with beige head. Medium crisp body. Taste is of raspberries, caramel malt, wood, vanilla, spices, herbal hops and alcohol. Long spicy finish. Great brew.
Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The blushing palate of the Belgian monks are taking a road trip! South of the boarder being the destination, its' Founders Blushing Monk that takes such a trip albeit in a tequila barrel.

The results are equally as blushing as Blushing Padre comes with a golden rouge color, slightly hazy and topped with a short froth. As its tangy and fruity scent swoons the nose, the raspberry influences are obvious. Red fruit, rosé wine, peppery spice and a tingle of tequila round out the scent while the initial sip is candied, fruity and with the lightness of raspberry tart.

As the fruity and tangy ale washes the middle palate, the beer trends less sweet than its predecessor, Blushing Monk, with the raspberries playing a more tart and winey role. As the tequila influence balances the raspberry and malt sweetness, it adds a peppery dryness with the aid of tannic oak and alcohol vapor to bring the beer closer to those red wine and rosé impressions.

Low in bitterness and finishing both fruity and spicy, the beer's medium-sweet taste lingers briefly on the after palate while leaving a trail of peppery woods, agave and tequila warmth in its wake.
Apr 05, 2021
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Reviewed by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Crystal clear appearance with a nice head that quickly disappears. Aroma is strong with tequila with a hint of raspberry. Smooth flavor but a lingering tequila aftertaste in the mouth.
Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Giggy from Michigan

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a brilliant garnet color. It is topped with less than an inch of beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

It has a fruity aroma. I get raspberry and a sweet candy smell. I get hints of tequila.

I has a rather intense raspberry flavor. It is sweet and warming. I get hints of tequila in the finish.

Medium bodied with a syrupy yet smooth mouthfeel

This bottle was more mellow than it was on draft. The raspberry shines and the Belgian base beer seems a perfect marriage of flavor. The tequila, as I mentioned is subtle. I can't wait to do a side by side with Blushing Monk.
Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by Zaphog from Michigan

Aug 12, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Jul 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Haha, no. Another tequila barrel experience that I couldn't take. My wife, however, quite enjoyed it. I'm doubly saddened because I love Blushing Monk so much, but the nice bubbly raspberry goodness is tamped down and overwhelmed by barrel and Tequila.
Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Buck_Jones from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 3/18/20. Poured into a Bruery RS tulip glass.

A semi-vigorous pour yields a decent sized head that slowly dissipates over a few minutes; a nice ruby red just as regular Blushing Monk.

The nose is raspberry-heavy and I do pick up the faintest barrel, but it’s mostly raspberry.

The taste does indeed follow the nose; a heavy hit of raspberry and a little tequila barrel at the end. The feel is on point.

An enjoyable brew, but I do like Blushong Monk quite a bit, so that may play a role. Similarly to the first review on here, I could’ve used more barrel. There doesn’t seem to be that big a difference between Padre and Monk.
Jul 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Serving: 16 oz. crowler poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. No brewed on date, but I know this was initially supposed to come out in March before COVID-19, so it's likely 5 months old.

A: Pours the classic Blushing Monk ruby red with just a slight ring of off-white head.

S: Honestly, not getting much tequila here. Seems just like regular, fresh Blushing Monk, raspberries all the way.

T: Hm, again, not a lot of barrel. If I was served this blind, I'd say it's just Blushing Monk. It's good, but I can't really tell it's barrel-aged.

M: Nice and full as usual.

O: So, heading into this beer, I was actually pretty nervous. Putting Blushing Monk in a tequila barrel was the last thing I would do. Just doesn't seem like it would work, and yet, here I am wishing for more barrel! I honestly can't even tell this is barrel-aged. Did they keep it in there for 1 month? I do think there's a happy medium for this beer, where you get a small nice touch of the tequila barrels to liven up the raspberry flavors, but this isn't it. As a beer, it's still great, because, well, Blushing Monk is great. But they miss the mark on what they were going for.

Recommendation: If you like Blushing Monk, it's worth a spin, but don't go in expecting a ton of tequila (or any for that matter).
Jul 03, 2020
Blushing Padre from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 19 ratings