Friday, July 19, 2013

Founders Rübæus (2013 original review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (926) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
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 lacing.

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. 
Grade: 7/10

NOTE: See my 2018 re-review to BJCP specs here:

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