Review - Founders Brewing Company's Rubaeus
"This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process." -- Founders Brewing Company
Pours a ruddy red hue with a slight light amber undertone, crowned by a slightly pink head with a short duration. Lacing is non-existent. Body is hazy with very little activity. Very strong aroma of fruit with pomegranate and raspberry, with very little else coming through. Initial taste is lightly sweet through some active carbonation, quickly ramping up to sour raspberry dominance and finishing with a subtle Tootsie Roll-like chocolate characteristic. Very active carbonation, tangy sour aftertaste, thin watery texture. Shockingly raspberry and even more surprisingly chocolately, this is a brilliant example of how a fruit beer doesn't need to be cloyed and overly sweet and syrupy. Remains light and crisp throughout the mouthfeel, with a well-masked alcohol that never shows its face.
Reviewed on September 4th, 2010.