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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Draft notes from Caponeís. Hazy ruby pour with nose of fresh raspberry, earthy yeasty florals, and a raspberry flavor paired with earthy yeasty notes and a complex, dense finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1014) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Backlog review, tasted 07/10/2011. Pours deep purple, like young red wine, small pink head, residual lacing and foam. Aroma is primarily fresh, sweet raspberries, with cherries, blackberries, peppery yeast character. Taste is juicy raspberry, some cherries, hint of dark chocolate, slight tartness adds a bite to the end, finishes with sweet berry juice, and becomes sweeter as the beer warms. Body is thin, almost juice-like, but suits the flavors well. Nice and refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2013
2011 Vintage.
Appearance: The pour is a deep garnet and a pink short and thin head appears with little retention, but leaving a full bubbly coating.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of raspberry and hints of strawberry. Thatís all I get, and itís very pleasant.
Taste: Wowza, light tartness throughout with huge raspberry flavors leading to a dry oaky finish. Thereís not much else I get but boy itís good.
Palate: Medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: This is very one note, but boy it does it right. Highly drinkable and very good. Iím glad to have found this.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMMillsy (1255) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Trade from Garry. 2011 Bottle. Thanks! Last Backstage to try that I missed out on. Pours a deep dark red with a dark pink one finger head. Aroma is super sweet raspberry sherbet and just a hint of dry yeast funk, then more raspberries. Beautiful! Flavor follows right on with raspberry sherbet, and somehow super creamy whoah. There might be a hint of yeast in there, but that is stretching. pure raspberry bliss here. Higher carbonation than I expected that really lightens up the sweet raspberry syrup. Otherwise pretty sticky and thick. Not quite NG Rasp Tart but a close second and much more decadent. This is yum!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3051) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
Poured a luminous reddish purple with a white head. Aroma of sickly sweet raspberries. Medium body, flavour is of the fruit, a bit too sweet for my palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4022) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle at the Deansoís monthly RB tasting, July 2013. Poured a dark reddish brown with a reddish head. The aroma is zesty raspberry. The flavour is medium to strong sweet, zesty raspberry, a little yeast and not much else. Itís rather too sweet for me. Nice to taste, but this beer is all about the sweetness and the raspberries.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Thanks deanso for popping this one. Pours dark red with a frothy pink head. Aroma is raspberries, red fruits and barnyard. Quite sweet, light sour. Awesome. Full bodied with light carbonation. Love it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5029) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
sample at Deanís Monthly Den Haag tasting. Raspberry aroma. Thin creamy pinky white head. Huge raspberry taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle shared at Deanís sticky table tasting thanks to Deanso. Pours clear dark red with a light pink head. Aroma is massive raspberry, light tart, a little cherry. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (1956) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
750ml bottle from the backstage release. Had it on tap and it was decent however opening up the bottle 2 years after the fact and good lord. Pours a magenta with a dark rose head. Huge raspberry nose, sorta freshly pressed, very faint alcohol but tart. Moderate carbonation, full body, slightly tart, becomes dry, more raspberry, freaking amazing finish and I wish I had cases of this.


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