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Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk (2011)

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Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4357) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle at the Deanso’s 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. It’s rather too sweet for me. Nice to taste, but this beer is all about the sweetness and the raspberries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1127) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5259) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
sample at Dean’s Monthly Den Haag tasting. Raspberry aroma. Thin creamy pinky white head. Huge raspberry taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5065) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle shared at Dean’s 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2014) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbrana (449) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2013
This is an absolutely amazing beer. A perfect amount of both sweet and tart notes with an overwhelming amount of raspberry flavor. Tastes similar to raspberry wine with contributions from the Belgian yeast and malt flavors. Has a subtle burnt sugar finish which is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle shared by Ryan, Nice raspberry maroon pour, thin white head. Aroma of raapberry/cherry and light malt. Taste is tart cherry and raspberry, creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle, shared by beerpig317. Nice deep dark red color. Thin pinkish khaki head. Good lace. Awesome big, rich raspberry aroma. Like raspberry syrup on a cake. Medium to bigger body. Very light carbonation. Light viscosity, but not what I’d call a syrupy finish. Light;y tart taste, some sweet. Good big raspberry aroma, rich cake, some belgian yeast. Bit of chocolate in there. Kind of lambic-like, but with a bigger body, and less sour. Very nice, unique, high-quality fruit beer. Impressive stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
From notes - quick commentary. Personal favorite from MI Winter Beer Fest. More similar to lindy’s framboise than expected. The palate differs most, favoring malt only slightly. Short and sweet - an awesome, enlivening beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 February 14, 2012 - 2011 bottle that I got just in time for Valentine’s day from Sean. Purple pour with nice pink head that faded relatively quickly and lacing. Aroma was wait for it, wait for it, yes strong raspberry. There was some malt and wood in the aroma as well, especially as it warmed. Taste was consistent with aroma, but there was also some Belgian yeast. Very smooth and medium to full bodied. Great beer to share with the wifey to celebrate the holiday.

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