Here at Al Dente, we obtain beer one of three ways: a brewery sends it to me (either because I ask or they offer), a friend makes a pickup for me (by request), or I go shopping (our most common acquisition method). I review three beers a week, on average, so there is quite a bit of beer in my house. And, every so often, I forget a beer. I keep most of my bottles in the basement. Some go into the refrigerator for weekend consumption. Some come up to the kitchen so that they are within arms reach for review purposes.
Sometimes those beers get shifted around, be it hidden behind groceries or moved to our second vegetable crisper to make room for food. This bottle of Founders Brewing Company Rubeaus was one of those lost beers. It was purchased earlier in the summer on a trip to Binghamton and the best bottle shop on the I-81 corridor — Sam The Beer Man. I’m not entirely sure why I bought this beer in Binghamton, as opposed to Syracuse where it was readily available. I barely remembered that the damn beer was in my fridge.
Rubeaus was released as Founders’ summer seasonal, a break from the citrusy beers that dominate store shelves from May to September. It reminded me of Lindemans Framboise, in the sense that it has that distinct fermented raspberry flavor, but what it also had was the unmistakable presence of alcohol. Framboise packs a finger poke’s worth of booze at about 2 percent ABV, while Rubeaus comes in at 5.7 percent. It’s not much, but it’s noticeable.
As an ale, it is fine. Founders makes an exceptional range of ales, from the it’s session All-Day IPA to its Centennial IPA and the Bastard series. The Rubeaus is belongs in that class.
Brewer: Founders Brewing Company
Style: Fruit beer
ABV: 5.7% IBU: 15
Container: 12 oz. bottle
Price: $3.99 (purchased as a single) Point of Purchase: Sam The Beer Man, Binghamton, N.Y.
To The Eye: Ruby red and cloudy. I gave it a hard pour intentionally to produce some foam. Good carbonation.
To The Nose: Like sticking your face in a bowl of berries. Rich, natural raspberry aroma with some hints of strawberry as well.
To The Palate: Lots of carbonation. Tart raspberry flavor, reminiscent of Lindemann’s Framboise, runs from front to back. A full-bodied, rich beer but not so heavy that you couldn’t drink two or three.
Aftertaste: Lingering tartness from the fruit.
Boozy Factor: You can taste that there is alcohol in it, but it’s not overwhelming.
On a Scale of 1 to 10, with 10 as highest: 8.5