Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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4.49/5 rDev +20.7%
Poured a nice, dark, deep reddish brown with red tinting at the edges of the glass and a thin off-white head. Quite nice, very appealing and pleasant to look at. Scents of Balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, overripe fruit, sour funk and faint caramel malt. A good sour aroma, quite appealing. Flavor begins with sour and funky notes alongside sweet, moscato-like white grape, moving into some indeterminate fruity flavors, sour apple, caramel and earthy mustiness. The finish is tart, with some sweetness. An excellent flavor profile that blends sour and sweet into a lovely whole. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky, semi-drying feel. Quite nice. Overall this was a great Flanders Red that has an excellent aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Highly recommended.
03-06-2014 04:50:55 | More by Auraan
4.47/5 rDev +20.2%
Purchased same date as review. (Best before 02/08/2015 date)
Pours copper red with a pink/tan head.
Nose is initially a red wine vinegar sour acidic that quickly goes to esters of fresh green unripe pear and then to green grapes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just what you would anticipate (and want) from the nose. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced with medium acid brightness and light carbonation.
Flavor profile is bitter grape acidic celery and green spice and pepper. Very appealing, leaves you wanting more and very food friendly .
Just the right amount of initial sour character and a nice celery, salty acidic finish.
Very drinkable and very nice. This is a beer that the inexperienced and experienced will both like. Good with lots of food profiles.
01-06-2011 04:28:48 | More by GRG1313
4.45/5 rDev +19.6%
Very short, creamy white head.
It is very dark redish brown in color with orange highlights.
The smell pulls you in: green apples and a wiff of cherry.
Medium-light carbonation, tastes like green apples against an amber ale backdrop.
Aftertaste is slightly bitter and sour.
12-17-2011 02:42:03 | More by agent2550
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
Nice deep burnt Amber color.
Smells sour "around the edges". Certainly not in your face or over the top. Reminds me of dark red lemon tarts or a vinegary icewine. Yes, definite wine nose.
Slightly sour, more tart than sour. Somewhat surprising. It has a True cider taste- puckery and not to sweet.
This is the only beer I would think to eat with a brocoli cheese beer soup served in a bread bowl. This beer would stand up nicely to cheese pairings.
Aftertaste is vinegar then crab apples.
01-29-2012 20:26:17 | More by CasanovaCummins
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
poured a dark brown with minimal head.... smell seems a tad vinegar-y but i dont know what to expect from this. it says sour is a characteristic of the flanders red ale so . . . . . . let's see!
oh yeah. that was definitely a vinegar i smelled... i like these 'tarts'. they dont always mix with the others i try in an evening, but i like 'em. fruity, vinegar-y, tart as in an over-ripened cherry.... but delicious!
overall... not much lacing on the glass- seems a bit thin, but flavor is there. i like the sourness of it and i like the general style of these brews. often wonder why no american brewer attempts a 'sour' . . . . do americans just not 'get into' these types of beers? i love 'em!
02-16-2013 02:12:48 | More by pkalix
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
Deep red, med. Tan head slowly shrinks, a tiny bit of lace.
Aroma is dried cherries, meat gravy, iron, wet bread.
Taste is sweet-tart cherries, iron, hint of dark bread, finish of caramelized topast and grain, light hint of peppery bitterness. It is excellent, with good complexity and depth and a very nice, full character with good balance.
09-29-2011 04:56:59 | More by Offa
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
APP- A lovely crystal-clear deep ruby. Off wite head is moderate but leaves thick sticky sheets of lace.
AROMA- chocolate, dried cranberry, black pepper, truffle, honey and fruit, faint note of cinnamon- possibly from barrel.
FLAVOR- Extremely red-wine like. Reminds me of a jammy malbec and or/ very spicy cab at he same time. Toasty and tannic sensation comes on first, with deep dark dried fruit and red wine vinous flavors drenching the palte before a kiss of vinegar clenches the finish. Rasberry tone. Hint of new leather. Some vanilla in the aftertaste.
MF- Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. A little astringent in the finish, but really nice.
OVERALL- The oak really pops out in this beer. It is not the most complex example of the style I've had but the tannin should make it fun to age a few bottles. Very fun beer to drink and a great sub for red wine.
08-04-2012 05:44:06 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
First off, the ABV is 6.5 percent. I say that because it's not listed above. Had one of these at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels in September, so a month later I decided to go buy a couple and try again (this time a bit more sober).
The color is a rusty brown with a red tint that intensifies with any light. Head barely lasted long enough to note its presence. Smells of figs and plum, and I detected a slight bit of caramel.
The first taste matches the smell (sweet) but soon gives way to a very tangy flavor, with an oaky, bourbony (if that's a word) presence. It really shows the complexity of this beer.
I'm glad to know that my first impression -- despite having had a few beers prior -- was correct. This is a must for fans of red ales.
10-25-2010 19:02:22 | More by CaptainPiret
4.28/5 rDev +15.1%
Poured a nice orange toned brown color from the tap into a very nice looking goblet style glass. The head was non-existant, but I can't say if it was the beer or whatever the bar happened to wash the glass with. After a few sipps the head on the side of the glass remained. The flavor was sweet and sour with a tart aftertaste. Very light in the body making this a highly drinkable beer. My first beer of this event, so I was hirsty, but still a good start regaurless.
02-26-2006 19:20:46 | More by gdogalishus
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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