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Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk (2011)

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Belgian Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbrana (483) - 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 (6946) - 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 (1900) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
uhljoseph (66) - 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 (2128) - 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 there’s a strong flavor of ripe raspberries with some vague sweet fruitiness. Unlike the aroma, the yeastiness is quie subtle and there’s 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 (7181) - 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 (2874) - 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 (7074) - 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.

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