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Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk

Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
2015-11-27. Hazy dark red-brown body with a small head. 3+ Aroma is quite fruity, sweet raspberry. Touches of green leaf. Flavour is similar, very sweet fruity raspberry. Almost sickly sweet raspberry. Mild green leafy undertones. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Tasty in very small quantities but far too sweet. Disappointing. 7/3/7/3-14 Bottle 2015 Vintage from Merchant’s, Detroit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
N3lson1 (633) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Drank from a large bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a beautiful red color, has wonderful aromas of raspberries. A good brew does not taste like 9.2%!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23691) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Bottled@CBC2015 Queue. Red colour, small white head. Aroma is raspberries, some wood, mild floral notes as well as some cherry stones. Flavour is raspberries, some floral and quite tart and sour wooden notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (4738) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2015
Sample at SBWF15. Red with off white, slight pinkish head. Aroma has raspberries, sugar and malty sweet notes and light grain. Taste is similar, malty with lots of raspberries. Sweet with a light bitter fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (601) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 22, 2015
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is raspberries, cherry juice. Taste is raspberries, slightest wine cooler taste with the alcohol a little hot but manages to finish pretty silky smooth. Was a expecting a bit more from this one but still a pretty great fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2015 Bottle shared and paired with dessert. Pours a clear raspberry red with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of real raspberries, a bit jammy, over a tripel-ish base. Taste is of juicy raspberries with some light backing alcohol. Never too sweet and a little tart. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel is juicy. A serious fruit beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (1103) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2015
Color rubí limpio y espuma rosada compacta. Intenso aroma de frambuesa y fruto rojo con toque de frutas confitadas, caramelo. Cuerpo medio-alto, maltoso, sabor dulce de frutos roojos y frutas confitadas con final seco moderado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle sampled at Studio 1 with Anna, William and Holly. What can I say that hasn’t all ready been said, big raspberry notes, tart finish, hints of yeast and caramel. The good news is that the fruit flavor did not taste synthetic or chemical in any way. Good for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Abner (263) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle (2015 version). Pours a deep ruby red with an off-white head. Lots of messy lacing coats the glass half-way through. Aromas of raspberries & raspberry juice -- smells slightly syrupy. Heavy sweetness with a light bitterness creeping up in the finish. Tastes of raspberries. Medium+ bodied and soft. Makes me wish I had some angel’s food cake on hand to pair it with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1404) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, bought in the States, drunk at home. Loads of raspberries and a prominent good head. Raspberries on aroma. Also perfume and spruce. Quite an interesting aroma. Taste is far too sweet for me. It’s not very acidicy. It’s very sweet. Infact too sweet. I want some more Belgian influences please. Also it’s quite hot on the finish and the alcohol is rather unnecessary for a fruit beer. It’s ok. Just don’t get the hype.

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