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.