Saturday, June 7, 2014

Founders Brewing RÜBÆUS Pure Raspberry Ale

When it comes to summertime and summer beers you tend to think of light crisp refreshing fruity beers that are easy to drink. That is generally what you will find on store shelves. Many different fruits are used with a myriad of ingredients, such as ginger, wheat, rye, bittering hops, regular hops, somewhat rare yeast strains, and/or a verity of malts. Some are better than others. Here is Rübæus, 5.7% abv, from Founders Brewing in Michigan. This is a Malt beverage fermented with raspberries. Rübæus pours a hazy reddish color with a reddish white two finger head that dissipates quickly. There isn’t much light coming through due to the hazy nature of the beer and I could barely see any carbonation bubbles there. The aroma on Rübæus is tart with touches of sweet raspberries and raspberry musk. The taste is sweet at first followed by a tart fruity raspberry flavor that becomes a bit more tart as it hits the back of your tongue. It has a nice refreshing quality to its taste. The mouth feel is light to almost medium and has a nice tart and somewhat sweet raspberry finish. The after taste is a touch more tart with little less sweetness there and then end with a fade of some raspberries. Nice beer for a nice warm summer day and is refreshing with an easy to drink quality. I would say this is somewhat similar to a Belgian Lambic beer. So Rübæus gets an A, a solid fruit beer that is refreshing.  I would love to have Rübæus again and I do recommend Rübæus. So go out and try Founders Brewing Rübæus for yourself and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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