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Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk (2011)

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1723) - 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 (679) - 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 (636) - 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 (2504) - 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 youíd 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 (1496) - 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. Canít taste the yeast, canít taste the alcohol. The raspberries taste reduced and have the slightest tartness. Iím 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 itís place and it is exceptional in itís place. Great for a warm summer evening. Serving type: bottle 08-31-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Hazy berry red with a thin white crown. Aroma of strong raspberries with bready malt, alcohol, caramel and yeast underneath. Taste is sweet with plenty of raspberries, bready malt, dark fruit and some candi sugar. Finishes a bit tart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
In short: A liquefied raspberry coulis with carbonation. Decadent and excellent in its simplicity.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed when over 1 year of age. Bottle from my man Tyler.
The look: Cloudy dark red topped by a small pink head.
In long: The intense nose is condensed sweet raspberries mixture. An aroma that is as powerful as it is inviting. In mouth the beer offers a sumptuous mouthfeel with a rich corpulent body supported by a lot of soft bubbles. I tried to find fancy ways to describe the intense sweet raspberry taste of this beer but really all I can say is that it tastes like a raspberry coulis, I wish I had a piece of cheesecake to eat with it, actually Iíd pour this beer all over the cheesecake. Totally different from the New Belgium Raspberry Tart (the reference raspberry beer imho), the Blushing Monk is all about extreme decadence. No alcohol presence whatsoever, this decadent beer is surprisingly drinkable because it tastes so damn good that you keep going for more. I prefer the Raspberry Tart but this one goes into a different direction and I wish I had access to both on a regular basis. As you may have heard, I drank my only bottle of Backstage Series #1 with my brother, now we donít have any more bottle of Backstage Series #1, my family and I ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle, shared with friends. Thanks a ton to Elwood for trading this bad boy to me! Pours cloudy deep red-burgundy, small pink head, decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is, well, raspberry. Tons and tons of raspberry, as well as cherry and lemon. Flavor is lightly tart raspberry/cherry with medium sweetness. Terrifically fruity. Medium body, quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2031) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
The beer pours outstandingly with a very dark ruby color to it and passes almost no light through it at all, also a foamy pink head and leaves great lacing on the glass. The nose is decent with a nice belgian yeasty nose with a decent fermented raspberry finish. The taste is great with the bitter fermented raspberries up front that gives away to a mild yeasty flavor on the back end. The mouthfeel is outstanding as the beer is perfectly carbonated and it leaves you with a mildly bittersweet flavor lingering around. Overall, this is a great fermented raspberry belgian ale and I hate to discourage people from trying it but my wife put it best "this is like a rich mans version of Lindemens Framboise". Great Beer, but can get a similar taste from something much cheaper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours a dark red with a healthy purple/pinkish head. Smells of raspberries of course. A little Belgian yeast smell gets through as well. The raspberry is definitely the overpowering scent though. Raspberry again dominates on the palate. It starts off with a sweetness from the raspberries, but it is far from cloying and this coming from someone who detests most sweeter beers. The raspberries provide a nice tartness at the end of the palate and it finishes pretty dry. I normally donít like Belgian yeast strains, but the tartness of the raspberry balances the Belgian aspect perfectly. It almost has a lambic quality to it. Pretty full and syrupy. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but the mf is definitely not the highlight. I split this bottle with the girlfriend. Not sure if I could finish a whole one myself, but we both enjoyed 1/2.

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