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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


4.8
   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 lindyís framboise than expected. The palate differs most, favoring malt only slightly. Short and sweet - an awesome, enlivening beverage.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Tart yet fruity sweet. From the bright pink head to the last dark red drop, this beer aims to please, and, for me anyway, it totally succeeds. Itís definitely a fruit beer and makes no qualms about it. A punch of fresh raspberry (like eating the fruit, not simply raspberry flavored) is present all the way through with a lasting sweet and tart finish. Iím going to have to grab another before it sells out!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2011
OMG! Pours red with a pinkish red head. Smells like raspberry jam. Strong sweet raspberry flavor. Almost like candied raspberries. 9.2 abv? No trace of it at all. Even the non beer loving wife loved it. Flavor lingers on the palate forever. Overall an AWESOME beer!

4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
uhljoseph (64) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pthebutcher (2) - Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2011 does not count
Deep Red color, light pink head. This was very easy to drink, I generally donít enjoy sweet fruity beers. This was unlike any I have ever tried, had genuine flavors that included not just sweet but tart tastes as if it was a smoothy. The aroma was true to the taste, I would continue to pay the current asking price if they would continue to make it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2011
This poured a very dark red almost pruple color, plum like, with an awesome pink head. Aroma was fresh ripe tar raspberries, lots of seeds, some light yeast and some acidic notes. Flavor was much like the aroma, but more intense, a mix of sweet and tart raspberries, like belgian spice and yeast, acidic and again nice grainy seedy character too. Just awesome stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2011
2011 vintage. Finally, I sit here opening a bottle of my all-time biggest want. This bottle is in celebration of the NFL Lockout being lifted, and the Panthers re-signing Charles Johnson! For what itís worth, I have had this before, on tap. This beer pours a full bodied dark red, reminiscent of a framboise, with a two finger, Valentineís Day pink head. It smells of Belgian yeast and sweet and tart raspberry puree. The raspberry is overpowering and delicious. It tastes of sweet raspberries, first and foremost, with a moderate tartness and a Belgian yeast finish. It offers complexity in terms of raspberry, offering every aspect of the fruit, but the beer itself is dominated by the raspberry. It is delicious and is like an imperial framboise. It drinks full in body and really is a big beer. I couldnít be more pleased with it. Itís an exceptional beer and one of my all-time favorites. I canít wait to open an í07 in the following months!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cheap (3802) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Thanks to lithy, I had an opportunity to try this at the 2nd Pgh Tasting on the 2nd. Very nice looking presentation in the glass; looks like grape juice with a head. Aroma is simply lovely; big fresh fruit raspberry thing in your nose, makes you forget all about your problems in life. My mouth is watering before I drink it. Taste? What taste? I think I died and went to nirvana or heaven er sumthin. I am dizzy with greatfulness as I sip this pleasure. This is styled as a fruit beer but it is not your typical fruit beer by any standard, its more in line with the best fruity lambics. This whole session with this gift is just so niiiiiiicccccceeee! Yummy fun for the taste buds. You would never know this is more than 9%, it canít be. There is just a touch of alky on the palate, seems more like 3%. This beer must be scary when doing a bottle, if it really is 9.2%. Raspberry raspberry raspberry, lovely raspberry. This is what all fruit beers should strive to be, not a hint of artificial flavor what so ever. Lithy, THIS BEER ROCKS! Great, galore of beer tasting never forgetfulness. Big thanks to Justin for this brew! Truely the highlight of the tasting event!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikesaum (592) - Newark, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Tasted and rated 7/22/11, pours a purplish,magenta, with thick pink head that soon turns thin,aroma of belgian yeast and raspberries. Wow taste is full on raspberry, starts extremely sweet then turns sour, but in a good way.second sip letís you taste the yeast and raspberry better since you are done witht the initial flavor bomb of the first sip. Love it love it, very different from what I am used to,hope to see it again next year

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1220) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
One of my most anxiously anticipated beers, I love raspberries and I had heard this beer delivered them in spades. I wasnít disappointed, and I actually think this is an even better beer than the NG fruit beers (which are too sweet to drink in any quantity). This has just the right amount of tartness and crispness to keep from going saccharine, and it works beautifully.


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