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Blushing Monk

Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids, MI
USA
http://www.foundersbrewing.com

Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 12.3%

Jill’s Rating:
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Comments:
I’m sure this is called Blushing Monk because it’s a Belgain ale, and monks make the best beer in Belgium. Then it’s got raspberries to give it that reddish hue. However, you can also think of blushing as a sign of being embarrassed, but Founders has nothing to be embarrassed about with this beer.

This Belgian-style ale is fermented with pure raspberries (which, as you know, to me constitutes a good fruit beer). It pours red and serves up a nice dark pink head. You can instantly smell the raspberries, and it’s just a beautiful smell. Not cloying, but just a beautiful bouquet of fruit.

Going down, it’s smooth. Really smooth. And it’s got a full body feel. What’s great is that you get the fruit taste without it overpowering the beer. It’s extra-sweet on the finish, but that just made me want more.

You might think I’m giving this beer five mugs simply because it’s got 12.3 percent ABV. OK, that doesn’t hurt, but in all seriousness, this beer has the most perfect mixture of fruit and ale that I’ve ever tasted.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on December 26, 2007.
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