Brewhead Review: Founders Blushing Monk

Blushing Monk is a rare release from Founders who only brew it about every four years. I had not tried any of the previous batches and it looked to …


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Blushing Monk is a rare release from Founders who only brew it about every four years. I had not tried any of the previous batches and it looked to be a tasty treat, so I was anxious to get my hands on some. Founders touts it as being brewed “with a ridiculous amount of raspberries.” Berry ales are not high on my list of go-to styles, but the hype had gotten the better of me.

Blushing Monk is sold in 22 oz bottles adorned with a rather feminine blushing pink-ish label hinting at the sweet treat waiting inside the bottle.

Pouring Blushing Monk releases a brilliant ruby-red glow in the glass. The scent of berries immediately fills the air. A two-digit bubbly head formed atop the ale. A closer sniff reveals fruity grapes and raspberries. Founders markets this as a dessert beer so I knew I was in for a blast of sugar.

First taste was an interesting mix of berry and black cherry with a touch of maltiness from the Belgian yeast. Dry sweetness and raspberry finished off the berry barrage. Blushing Monk was slightly tangy but not enough to restrain the sweetness. I was looking for more sour in this ale, so the sweet was a bit much. I bet it would make a nice pairing with strong cheeses, though.

Blushing Monk is a complex ale that kept me coming back for more, although it could stand a few months (or years) on the shelf to continue fermentation, reduce sugar, and refine the flavor. I’ve heard the 2011 vintage is just now starting to peak.

Founders Blushing Monk is excellent but you’ll need to find someone to share it with. At 9.2% ABV it is a strong and fun ale that’ll have your sweet tooth doing a dance. Remember to get one to enjoy now and save a couple for later.

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