22 oz bottle happened upon at Ale Yeah in Atlanta for $14.99. Served up in a snifter.
A: A dark pink/purplish stream pours up an almost black, very dark red body. Held to the light, the red really livens up, very pretty. The pour got me less than half a finger of pink, bubbly head. Sadly, no retention and no lace. Although a very nice looking color, not a whole lot else going on here.
S: Well . . . hello. We are going simple here, lots of raspberries. Fresh raspberries, incredibly fruity, slightly syrupy. Slight bready yeast quality rounds it out.
T: Almost exactly like the nose and is quite similar to New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Just tons of raspberry flavor. Tart and sweet. Lightly syrupy like a pie filling at times. picking up on a Kool-Aid like sweetness at times but it works incredibly well. Very playful. Touch of cherry note. Doesn't deviate much at all from the fruit but it doesn't have to. Delicious.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Sweet on the palate and has some serious stick to it. It is not necessarily cloying . . . it actually feels like I just chewed on a bunch of raspberries but without the graininess from the seeds. ABV isn't a problem or noticeable. Aftertaste is shockingly raspberries.
OA: Friggin tasty as expected. Almost mirrors Raspberry Tart to a T, but the feel is a bit bigger and less carbonated. It does everything that Raspberry Tart does well and does very little that could read as bad. Very happy with the chance to try this and it further proves that Founders knows what the hell is going on. Just a great beer.
Price: $14.99 Served In: Tulip
Are you sure the monk is blushing, could be Irish and drunk? Sat on this for about 6 months and it is tasting great. Pours a semi clear amber color with a definite red hue through out. A mostly white head with a hint or shade of pink. Good retention but limited lacing.
The nose is complex with some hints of raspberries. The malt really comes out with nice blend of kettle caramel, melanodians, some sugary notes and a light bready Belgian thing going on. Nice malt backing. The raspberry is noticeable and is distinct, but is limited overall as a fruit beer. Probably better that way. The yeast has a slight Belgian note as well, with some plums, raisins and citrus that helps the raspberry notes come out. Very clean yeast, even more so considering the ABV.
The taste is more on par with a fruit beer as the raspberries come out a bit more versus the nose. The malt and complexity is still there. A very nice caramel and Special B malt like taste comes out. Some sugary notes that enhances the Belgian Strong flavor. Some lighter spice notes on the back end as well. The raspberries come out but blend nicely with the malt. A slight astringency from the taste but leaves a light citrus kick and lingers into the finish. A bit dry as a beer but balances nicely with the fruit. Very clean with the yeast and alcohol.
The body is moderate and surprisingly so clean for the ABV. The carbonation is light but does allow the raspberry to come out more. Just have to say it again, very clean. Overall a great fruit beer, and no it's not an oxymoron.
Served In: Pint Glass
Binny's Orland Park
Blushing Monk has been tucked away in my cellar for close to two years now. The shimmering raspberry red body shows some haze even after sitting for such a long period. The head grows easily to a fatty finger in height and has some positive staying power. The foaminess is white but has a tint of deep red from all the berries used. Patchy but sticky lacing gets left behind after each sip.
There's not much to the nose of this beer besides huge, intense, vivid raspberries. I have to say, it's tough for me to pull my nose from the glass. There's more sweetness than tartness involved but they seem to be pretty well balanced. There is a bit of mustiness that I'm going to say is coming from the yeast used since this is a "Belgian Style Ale".
Again, it's raspberries front and center. Big, bursting, delicious raspberries come across a little tart off the bat, enough to actually cause a little pucker. The tartness is greeted by a nice sweetness mid-palate that balances things out nicely. The mustiness come along pretty well on the swallow and adds a much needed layer of complexity. The alcohol is nowhere to be found....nowhere!
The mouthfeel is spot on. For a 12.3% brew the body is outstanding with a medium body and a touch of stick. The carbonation is active enough to brush that stickiness right away and leave some prickliness over the tongue.
For such a rich fruit beer the drinkability is excellent. The alcohol is non-existent and that fruitiness is both rich and quenching. The finish is slightly sweet.
This is yet another excellent brew from the guys over at Founders. I'm not all that into fruit beers but this is a great example of what fruit beers can and should be.
Price: $14.99 Served In: Snifter
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-03-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Got this one in a trade with DavidEddie, thanks!
Pours a lovely rosy color and settles into a dark crimson with minimal head.
Huge aroma of raspberry jam and caramel malts. A bit of alcohol but mostly well hidden.
Sweet raspberries upfront with a little tart and dry finish. Alcohol is a little evident in the finish but more in the like of dry, sour grapes. Can’t say that this is a very complex beer but it’s a real tasty one. Good carbonation but a little too dry in the finish for me.
Drinkability had to suffer for its price, I don’t see how this bomber, while being very good beer, can cost $16 or so. Definitely a beer worth nursing for a while as the raspberry sweetness and alcohol intensify a bit as it warms up.
Good beer to try but I don’t think I’ll seek this one too often.
Served In: Tulip
Thanks to OChaos for this midwest brew. Pours a deep red with a slightly red head. Nice looking brew. Smells a little winie to me, but not over the top. AS it warms the alcohol comes out in it. Taste very fruity, not a whole lot of brew in there IMO. Still, one of the better fruit/vrg brews I have had. The ABV never really come out in this, which is nice if I can get my wife to drink it. :excited:
Served In: Pint Glass
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