Rubaeus Founders Brewing
Tasting: June 27, 2013
Beer #: 476
Okay everyone, back to biology class and the dreaded exam on biological classification – “King Phillip Came Over For Grape Soda”. Remember memorizing snappy sayings like this when studying? This sentence was the key to remembering the biological categorization of lifeforms. If like me, you’ve forgotten, there’s kingdom, followed in order by: phylum; class; order; family; genus and species. Rubaeus is a combination of the genus (Rubus) and sub genus (Idaeus) of the plant that bears the featured ingredient in this beer — red raspberry.
At one time, this beer was an exclusive and occasional offering at the Michigan-based brewery’s brew pub. As part of a Founders line up shuffle, Rubeaus has now replaced the cherry-influenced Cerise (65 points) as an annual seasonal offering. Even though Rubaeus’ 15 IBU and 5.7% ABV vitals are comparable to Cerise’s 15 IBU and 5% ABV, many compare Rubaeus to the first of Founders’ Back Stage Series release – Blushing Monk (88 points). Bottled once in 2011, Blushing Monk was a massive raspberry bomb brewed as a Belgian-style ale. I read someone’s description of Rubaeus as “the poor man’s Blushing Monk”.
Pours a rich ruby red with a pink head that sparkles itself flat in no time. The aroma reminds me of a raspberry shrub that I bought a few years ago. Shrub is a concentrated fruit syrup that you’d add to sparkling water. First sip is lighter than I expected. A wisp of sweetness rolls across the palate but gets run over by a tartness that you would expect from raspberry. I can see the comparison to Blushing Monk, but this one isn’t half the decadence of Blushing Monk. It is refreshing and I can see having one of these as a change of pace on a hot summer’s day. In my review of Cerise, I said that it was like an ale and a fruit ale nailed together. This one doesn’t remind me of beer whatsoever. I’ll put this at a solid 85 points. My wife’s opinion – “raspberry enough without being icky and you could probably only drink one of these”. Well put. I concur.