Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Founders Rübæus (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 5/8/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 18A Blonde Ale?)

AROMA: Huge, authentic, and inviting raspberry aroma akin to jam or preserves. Smells sweet, but not sugary or "raw", per se. Difficult to discern base style character (malts, hops, esters, etc.), though it does smell like a beer and not an FMB or cocktail. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful shade of magenta/cherry red (13-17 SRM). Slightly hazy, but clear of particulates or sediment. Initially a large, pinkish foam which never completely evaporates, and still leaves some lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly sweet up front with a strong, authentic raspberry fruit or puree taste which becomes slightly medicinal on the backend with just a faint tartness. The fruit does not seem like an extract/concentrate, or an artificial/chemical additive. Though sweet, it is not cloying; nor does it seem under-attenuated or that artificial sweeteners were added. Base brew is rather difficult to detect other than a nondescript pale maltiness and perhaps a slight wheaty, cracker-like character. Bitterness is very low; hop flavor is absent (which is acceptable). Raspberry flavor lingers for a slightly sweet aftertaste. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing. Surprisingly strong at 5.7% ABV as it drinks like something more overtly sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though simple, it is a delectable, non-faux, highly drinkable fruit beer. Difficult to judge to guidelines since the base style is undeclared. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

NOTE: See my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/07/founders-rubus.html

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