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Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk (2011)

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Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
uhljoseph (65) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
What a great raspberry taste! Delicious and great finish! A little sweet but very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (1960) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2013
750ml 2011 bottle poured into a St. Bernardus snifter. Appearance: Pour is a deep cranberry/garnet color. It starts with a small, mixed-density pink head that fades relatively quickly to a thin partial coat Very dark but clear. Smell [7.5]: Tons of ripe raspberries, with some vague sweet fruitiness and a bit of funky Belgian yeast. Taste [8.5]: Like the aroma thereís a strong flavor of ripe raspberries with some vague sweet fruitiness. Unlike the aroma, the yeastiness is quie subtle and thereís a nice. light tartness. Only a touch of alcohol that is well masked by the berries. Mouthfeel: Body is medium-full and slightly sticky and syrupy; Light carbonation provides light tingle; enough tartness to feel; pleasant warmth from the acidity and ABV. Overall: Great raspberry flavor with enough tartness and complexity to keep it inviting ... even at 750 ml.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7157) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2013
750mL bottle. Poured blood red with a smoked pink head.. definitely different. The aroma picked up tangy raspberry seeds, oak, and layers of sweet berry depth.. kind of one-dimensional, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found tart raspberries and related vinegar throughout.. meaty berries and light biscuit supported.. finished tangy with a little warmth. Medium-bodied and tangy as mentioned on the palate.. nice fuller carbonation.. very engaging and well-presented.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pour from bottle at Zwanze Day 2012 at the Barrel Cellar, courtesy of Dave. Thanks Man!! Appearance is deep maroon, almost purple with a pink head and great lacing. Huge fruity aroma; cranberries, raspberries, floral hops, honey, red apples, and wood. Nice bright aroma. Taste is super fruity, orange and cranberry juice, raspberries, grapefruits, strawberries, and oak ending lightly tart. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Bright and refreshing beer; fruit cocktail. Nice!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6704) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a dark amber / cherry red with a small tan head. Aroma of intense sweet and slightly tart raspberries, some slight Belgian yeast, and some grassy notes. Flavour of intense raspberries, mostly sweet and a tiny tart note, but not much. The Belgian Strong Ale qualities are completely hidden, as this drinks like a pure fruit beer. Medium carbonation and a full-bodied raspberry puree quality dominating. Drinks like a 4-5% beer - dangerously drinkable. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
A - Pours a ruby-purple color with a finger of frothy pinkish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a full of fresh raspberries with a bit of Belgian yeast, tartness, and the faintest hint of citrus. T - Starts off with some big sweet fresh raspberries and other berry flavors. Through the middle, some sourness and tartness come through with some Belgian yeast flavors with a touch of citrus and farmhouse flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet and tart raspberries and other fruity sweetness with some sourness and other Belgian yeast flavors and a hint of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, tart, and lightly sour finish. D - Very drinkable. Big raspberry and fruity flavor, but there is also many other subtle flavors to add some complexity and balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (688) - USA - OCT 22, 2012
Aroma is raspberries. Lots of em, veery intense and tart smelling. Looks black with red edges and a beautiful pink head. Sweet beer y with subtle tartness. Not overbearing but constant berry. Top echelon fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Aroma- raspberries, cough syrup, yeast Appearance- purpleish-red, some lacing, white head Taste- blueberries, raspberries galore, high carbonation, effervescence Palate- syrupy sweet, relatively thick, very sensual Overall- A sipper for sure. Intensely sweet, lots of raspberries. Half of the bottle was fantastic, other half became cloying. Iím glad I had the opportunity to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottle split with my father for an early birthday celebration. 2011 Vintage picked up at the local Whole Foods. A: Pours a perfect crimson with light purple hues around the edges. The creamy pink head is awesome. Pours out to 1 finger then slowly goes down to a mini head. A thicker film if you will. Iím very impressed with the look of this brew. No real impressive lacing going on. S: Wonderful tart raspberries right up front that gives way to nice mild sweetness. Some cracker malts round it out. T: Nice mouth puckering tart fruit on the initial sip. Like a dark cherry warhead or something similar. After the initial mouth shock it makes may to a mixture of semi-sweet and tart mixed berries. M: Medium bodied with a perfect medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel that coats the palate with a nice semi-tart candy fruit flavor. O: I had NG Raspberry Tart last night and I must say that I enjoy this brew much, much more. Iím not getting any of the medicinal notes I picked up with the NG beer. Fruit beers are growing on me and this is another awesome example. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-24-2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2012

Bottle 750ml. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG12, Ulfborg.

Clear dark red colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white pink head. Aroma is moderate to heavy cherries, raspberry, very concentrated and intense berry aroma. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, berries, raspberry, cherry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120818]

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