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Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk

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Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a Belgian yeast strain that keeps our head cellar operator from sleeping for a week. It pours a stunning deep berry red and, at 9.2% ABV, has a surprising kick. The perfect dessert beer, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh cheeses, fruit, cakes and more.

First released in July 2011, rereleased in 2015.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhatton (127) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2015
She was dressed as Pirouette in red...pours a deep crimson body with full pink cap of foam. Head settles quickly, leaving a sticky lacing. Wafts of fresh summery fruit with some funky yeast. Massive berry taste with a pleasant tartness. Slick mouthfeel, slightly syrupy consistency, and a lingering sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (205) - North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2015
Pours a crystal clear garnet red with a light off white head. The aroma is raspberry with just a hint of cherry. Flavor is also mainly raspberry with a malty note. Tart finish. Medium body, good fizz, though not too much. Reminds me of a wine cooler from back in the day. Packs a good punch with its 9.2% ABV. Not overly boozy tasting. Great desert beer. I wouldnt want a large quantity of it, you might be painting the town red! Or at least your walls!!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cjmccahill (29) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle to tulip. Bright, hazy, pink, thin head fades fast. Sour fruity nose. Sweet, semi-sour, but comes with a kick. Good, but for the style I prefer the bottles I've gotten from New Glarus. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (585) - California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Huge Raspberry flavor with a great yeasty kick. Huge aroma as well. Perfect for dessert. A great huge delicious beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pressboxjoe (282) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap. Lasting white head. Aggressive raspberry aroma. Never tasted anything more raspberry-y besides raspberries. Candylike, hint of metal. I am a sucker for a red beer, I think I always give them fives for appearance.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (458) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2015
Aroma of raspberries, raspberries, and more raspberries, taste is more raspberries, yeasty, hardly any alcohol presence, perfect desert beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinfull (981) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2015
Deep red color , nice looking ,pink head. Very natural raspberry aroma mixed with the scent of malt. Malt, raspberries , moderate sweetness and pleasant tartness in taste with light yeasty notes. Great fruit beer , which does not have any hint of artificiality .

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhsiung (983) - USA - APR 14, 2015
750-ml bottle from wlvliquors. beautiful clear ruby color, pretty pink head, tasted like raspberries with malt, sweet, not tart, which is fine with me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2015
Winter ’14-’15 release draught at Meadhall on 4/9/15.
Clear, bright red raspberry colored body is topped by a pink-flecked white head that is initially large and fluffy, but quickly recedes to cover.
Full-on raspberry puree in the nose. Juicy, authentic and quite sweet. Light vanilla sweetness as well, with touches of alcohol.
The flavor is raspberry, malt sugar (honey, vanilla) and light alcohol. The natural tartness and dryness from the acids in the raspberry juice and raspberry seeds seems to be the only thing here attempting to balance. It dosent; not even close. But, I will say the raspberry sweetness, while overpowering and out-of-balance, is still enjoyable in the dessert sense or just for someone who likes raspberries. That being said, the beer displays very little beer character, gets a bit too alcoholic after warming and despite the high sugar content, still seems a bit thin and watery on the finish. I get that they want to display the raspberries, and make this a dessert beer, but I still think it could have accomplished this while being a good deal more dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (624) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2015
Good for the style. Has a really nice aroma with an intense fruity flavor on contact.


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