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Founders Blushing Monk (2004-2010)

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Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1705) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13956) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle from 2008 at the Funky 6. Pours a hazy, deep red with a medium, pinkish head. Holds a strong, sweet aroma dominated by raspberries. Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of berries, citric hoppiness, light acidic tartness. Medium to full in body with soft to average carbonation. Warming, sweet finish with lingering raspberries and slight tartness. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7027) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark ruby red color with a small pinkish head. The aroma is raspberries; sweet with some tartness. The flavor is more raspberries. I like that the sweetness is balanced by the tartness. Medium bodied at best; probably light medium. This falls under the category of only one glass because the alcohol is so well hidden. Absolutely no sign of 12.1%. I am a little bummed this is gone as it was much better than Rubaeus and their more recent fruit beers. From notes.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Dark transparent ruby, thin paper white head that lasts. Heavy vanilla and butter, raspberry comes over as syrupy and sweet. Ultra sweet flavor, way too sugary and syrupy through finish, a bit of heat up front. When compared to raspberry sours, lambics, and fruit beers, this fell way short on all accounts, particularly "drinkability".

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark reddish hued pour with a red tinged off-white head. Aroma is raspberries. Tste is tart raspberries. I find it to be nicely balanced. Lacing is plenty. Little dry in the aftertaste. Very tasty overall.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle shared by StFun...thanks Josh! - Pours pink and rosy, with a bubbly off-white head. Tons of deep, overripe raspberries on the nose, though itís lightly soapy and not too terribly sweet. The taste however, is the star here. The smooth overripe raspberry flesh is one of the most realistic Iíve tasted and reminds me a bit of the New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Pretty sweet, but has a decent amount of malt to offset it a bit. Syrupy and smooth, with great carbonation. This was a treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Sample thanks to StFun! Hazy dark red pour, average amount of carbonation and an aroma of slightly funky raspberries. Flavor is vibrant and tangy muddled raspberries and slightly sour on the aftertaste. I canít believe this is 12% ABV, dangeroursly drinkable and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle shared by James, big thanks! Poured a hazy deep raspberry with a reddish off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet and tart raspberries and a decent alcohol burn. Flavor was similar with tart and sweet raspberries somewhat balancing a pretty strong alcohol burn.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
RBSG 10 grand tasting. Pours a deep almost a purple color with a awesome head and some good lace. The aroma is jammy and lightly boozy with tons of raspberry. The flavor is lots of fruit, sweet raspberries and some spiciness, mostly all sorts of raspberry jam. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (7552) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2010
Got to try this at the grand tasting, RBSG. Amazing raspberry aroma, big flavor. No indication whatsoever of that 12+% alcohol. Well balanced, refined, luscious. Not too sweet, as the tartness balances well. Love it.


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