I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It had not freshness date and cost $4.49 ($0.37 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark opaque lavender/maroon hue. Forms an average size,
indigo-tinted soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor
Smell: Tart raspberries, nothing indicating sour or sweetness, though.
Taste: I like a fruit beer as much as the next beer drinker, just as
long as it’s not gimmicky or cloying. Founders Rübæus is neither of
those things - it’s just a standard raspberry flavored ale. It doesn’t
purport to be anything other than that. A little generic considering the
brewery, but the end result is a tasty, satisfying beverage and I’m
okay with that.
There’s pretty much only one taste to this beer and that is, not
surprisingly, raspberry. Initially sweet at the tip of tongue followed
by an increase in tartness on the back end. Nothing sour about it per
se, but nothing that tastes artificial or sickly sweet. The raspberry
tartness lingers on the tongue, making this one of those beers that
makes you cluck your tongue to savor the flavor. This recipe with some
overt sourness would probably be amazing, but what we get is still
pretty good and a nice change of pace for a summer brew.
Drinkability: If there’s one reason to drink this beer it’s for the
sheer drinkability. Founders Rübæus has a nice thin body and a
refreshing taste that’s welcome to the palate. It’s so easy to drink, I
had to make an effort not to drink it all down at once. Not sure why
it’s as big as 5.7% ABV, though, since it drinks like something much
lighter than that. It would be extremely easy to session this beer,
though the surprisingly hefty price tag of $4+ per bottle would probably
prevent that from happening.