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Founders Blushing Monk (2004-2010)

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
AKA: Imperial Belgian Razz. (Please note: This is not the Backstage Version. Ratings for the version released in 2015 should be placed under the Backstage #1 listing).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Aroma: massive dose of raspberry, slight malt note, but thatís pretty much swamped out by the fruit. Pours a deep red with fizzy pink head, the color of this beer is really brilliant. Flavor is mainly raspberry, there is some hint of malt, but the fruit really steals the stage. For the alcohol content, there isnít much detectable booze, very easy drinking. Medium-full body with high carbonation. Interesting beer, well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle from Chris - thanks! Brownish red in the glass with a slight, quickly receding foam slick. Aroma is sweet raspberry with some light malt and no noticeable alcohol. Taste is chewy raspberry, soft sweet malt, and fruity sugar through the finish. Itís hard for me to pin down the flavor profile but I like how the beer has a sweet fruit component but itís not overly sugary. Excellent sipping beer and I cannot understand how it goes down so easy at 12%. Had this side-by-side with the í11 version and I preferred the í07 as more balanced, more complex, and not as one-note sugary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bomber. Pours purple with thin cream-purple head. Aroma is raspberry. Flavor is very tart raspberry. Surprisingly delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark, blood red with a vibrant pink head. Extremely strong with raspberry flavor. Almost like a soda pop beer. Think New Glarus Wisconsin Tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Pour from a bottle gave a dark blood red color with a red tinged head. Rasspberry aromas. Smooth and rich on your palate. Jammy quality with ripe raspberry, strawberry flavors. No real tart quality present. Good solid finish. Some tart sour qualities would have been nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Draft. Vivid deep red color that is surprising. Carbonation is apparent and the head is minimal. Strong berry aroma with more coming out as you drink, but this was not overly sweet. the high alcohol is masked so be aware.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2011
2011 edition, 750ml bottle into a DFH snifter. A - Dark red/purple body. Light pink head. Looks a lot like a framboise. S - Well....raspberries. I canít detect anything else. Still really natural. T - No suprise here. Raspberry overload. Very fresh and natural raspberry syrup. Crisp and smooth mouthfeel, but somewhat syrupy. Just a hint of alcohol on the end. O - Very nice raspberry...drink? Its hard to call it a beer, but its still really refreshing. Made for a nice 50th review on an "excessive heat warning" day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Wow, super old rating that I never entered. On tap at the 2008 World Beer Fest in Durham, and pretty much my favorite of the day. Pours dark cloudy pink with a light foamy beige head. Nose of raspberries and some dark cherries, but with lovely Belgian yeast and light wheat notes. Just funky enough to make it interesting, but still plenty of bright fruits. Booze surprisingly well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Pretty cloudy red pour with a small pink head. Aroma and flavor are absolutely full of raspberry, yeast, and booze. The 12+% alcohol is definitely in there, but itís really smoothed out beautifully by the intense real raspberry flavor. Awesomely tasty, I definitely wasnít sober but it reminded me of Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle shared at DLD. Not sure of the vintage. Pour is cloudy red with a small off-white head. Lacing is fantastic. Aroma is mostly of raspberries with some tartness and syrup/soap thrown in. Flavor is of sweet and sour raspberries with it leaning more towards the sweet side. Some slight sugar syrup overtones but not in a bad way. Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

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