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Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk (2011)

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Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RABinCO (1365) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2011 bottle shared with friends. Still a nice carbonation. Deep red, copper pour. Big jammy fruit aroma. Hints of wood and vanilla. Taste is tart red fruits, wood, caramel, vanilla. Had held up great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demmbonz (542) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Shared 750ml. Huge raspberry juiciness. A fruit beer for the ages. Dark and wine like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2014) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle: Deep, deep crimson, blood-red & indigo tinted; nearly opaque with barely a head at all, just a skimpy, bubbly lavender skin that muddles across the top. Aroma of macerated raspberry jam. Residual sugary sweetness, like a raspberry pie filling or raspberry compote would have. Mild floral & spicy perfume notes buried way underneath, but the fresh raspberry element is clearly the star here. No medicinal hinderances; juice, fresh, pure. The taste shows the same juiciness as the aroma. Mouth explodes with raspberry purée, sweet raspberry reduction, residual sugar, & just the lightest amount of tartness that you’d get from the outer skins of the fruit. Other than a very faint floral essence in the aftertaste, this beer is essentially like muddling a bag of raspberries with a mortar & pestle then taking it straight to the dome. Lovely fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
(Bottle) Pours hazy brown with red and orange highlights. Brown/pink head. The aroma holds tart raspberries and sour cherry candy with undertones of doughy grain (wheat or oat?). Really clean yeast wise. A tad milky. The flavour is dry and medium to heavily acidic with raspberries and a tight malt profile. The mouthfeel is clean, somewhat tart from the seeds and tiny sticky from the massive berry addition with a near medium carbonation. Acidic finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you biggsbowler! Pours ruby reddish dark brown with a frothy reddish beige head that leaves lots of sticky trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is intensely fruity with dark bread, oatmeal, raspberries, sour cherries, leather, damp soil, hay, lime zest, lemon zest and hints of raspberry balsamic vinegar. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly malty and heavy fruity with dark bread, toasted oatmeal flakes, raspberries, blackberries, sour cherries, hay, moist soil, leather, green apple skins, raspberry seeds, lime juice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, tart, slightly dry, slightly berry seed astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sour and heavy fruity with dark bread, raspberries, lemon juice, raspberry seeds, hay, damp soil, leather, lime zest and lemon zest. Wow, not like other US ”fruit beers” I’ve tried like New Glarus Raspberry Tart. No overwhelming sweetness and no heavy breakfast oatmeal malt base. Just plain tasty berry tartness on a complex beer base. Essentially a raspberry sour without any bacteria or wild yeast.I’m starting to detect some hints of oxidation so I’d recommend consuming this ASAP if I had a bottle but at this stage this very much holds up great. Happy to have had the chance to try this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1784) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
HMOG 2014. Big ups to EricTeusink for digging in and getting this bad boy from the Brickstore cellar. Missed this one when it originally came to Atlanta. Gigantic raspberry jam - almost syrupy. Nice light tart and some medium sweet with bits of other berry. Full mouth for a fruit beer. Really nice to see what this is 3 years after release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (698) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
HMOG 2014. Grabbed this out of the cellar at the Brick Store near the end of the day. Glad I did. Pours a lovely light red shad the bordered on pink. Tart raspberry smell on both the nose and in the body. Not sure what this tasted like 3 years ago, but the raspberry flavor certainly lasted. Light and lively on the tongue. Bottle - Brick Store Pub - Decatur, GA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (711) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
750ml bottle - pours a ruby red with off white head . Aroma is raspberry with fruity yeast esters . Taste is tart raspberries , some yeast sweetness . Excellent . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle at somewhere around the chaotic Christmas/New Years time of 2013, (thank God that is over). Pours out a deep reddish color with a nice pink head. Aroma is of sweet/tart raspberries, fruity jam, juice pulp and some lightly tart yeast. Taste is complex, lots of sweet/lightly tart raspberries, fruity jam, some lingering spicy yeast, pulp and some mild tartness with no indication at all of the ABV. If this were easy to obtain when I was in college this would for sure be that drink to give a girl who you’d want to get drunk...not that I would ever do that, just saying "if".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled 2011 A: pours insanely dark red, we are talking venous blood red. A two finger vibrantly pink foam falls to a glassy surface. No lace. Can not really tell the clarity provided how dark the beer is. S: Smells vaguely of belgian yeast, sweet and cloven...but then the raspberries blast me. Strait raspberry puree. T: The nose told the story...ish. Strait up raspberry nectar. Can’t taste the yeast, can’t taste the alcohol. The raspberries taste reduced and have the slightest tartness. I’m not a big fruit beer fan, but this is really nice. M: moderately heavy body with velvety carbonation. Wet finish. O: really nice beer. A little sweeter than I prefer, but this beer has it’s place and it is exceptional in it’s place. Great for a warm summer evening. Serving type: bottle 08-31-2011

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