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Founders Blushing Monk (2004-2010)

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
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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).


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4189) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1589) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (744) - 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 can’t 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.

4
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 it’s really smoothed out beautifully by the intense real raspberry flavor. Awesomely tasty, I definitely wasn’t sober but it reminded me of Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Lovely stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1721) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle via local trade. I will protect the trader’s identity because if his girlfriend knew he traded one, she’d kill him. 2007 vintage. Pours a hazy ruby-red color with a small tinted head that doesn’t last long. Aroma of raspberries, floral notes, Belgian yeast, and cherry juice. Flavor of rich dark raspberries, Belgian yeast, floral notes, and sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with a vinous mouthfeel and low carbonation. Hell yes. This is even better than I thought it would be. I’d love to put one of these up to a Raspberry Tart because they seem equally awesome.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer is dark pink with a light pink head, pretty good lacing...The aroma is really sweet with raspberries and despiting know that they are real the smell comes offs as very generic candied rasperberries. A little tartness to it but not much going on...The taste is lacking a little bit. The raspberries are dominant sweet and tart but it doesn’t do a good job of hiding the alcohol, its very prominant, however its still very drinkable. The feel is ok, slightly warm but has a very distracting tart/bitter/alcohol finish. Overall, this is ok but nothing special. Its not a true fruit beer to me, not enough fruit with too much alcohol. If you want to crush a 12% real quick and get slammed this might do the trick.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1679) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
A-pours a cloudy dark ruby red color with a light pink head. S-lots of vanilla and berries, not exactly raspberry but overly sweet. There are some light notes of oak and some christmas spice in the back. T-the taste is pretty sharp, the fruit is somewhat artificial and the vanilla is very strong. the oak is light with some off putting medicinal notes in this towards the back. the flavor is slightly water and has a bit of acidity in the back. M-creamy body to this, rather big especially in comparison to other sours at the tasting. slightly heavy, decent bit of carbonation and a light to semi dry finish. D-this is very artificial and syrupy in the flavor, it is straight forward and simple, sweet and slightly bitter in the finish.


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